Monday, 16 September 2013
"You are not separate from the whole.
You are one with the sun, the earth, the air.
You don't have a life.
You are life."
('Guardians of Being', Eckhart Tolle)
It comes with the territory. When you try to be mindful it becomes obvious that living mindfully means to live lightly upon the earth. In harming our world we are only harming ourselves and our children and their children.
I have always been very interested in environmental issues, though I'm not so great at taking the relevant action. Lately, I think I appreciate the need to 'green up' our lives due to my interest in mindfulness. How can I be still, be quiet, be present and not hear the voice of nature asking me to be gentle with her as I try to be gentle with myself, my husband, my children, my friends? It's just so obvious that it is the right thing to do.
There is so much that can be done in order to protect our environment that it simply overwhelms me sometimes. As with all things, little baby steps can help. Making sure I take my shopping bags to the shops, trying to make fewer car journeys, making cloth hankies instead of buying disposables. Little things I know but important nonetheless. I am also always aware of the example I am setting for my children, they should see their Mummy doing all that she can to safeguard their future.
Some much-needed inspiration recently came from Bea Johnson's book, 'Zero Waste Home' and her excellent blog http://zerowastehome.blogspot.co.uk/ We are far from being a 'zero waste home', but this woman is such an inspiration I'm certainly much more aware of the waste we produce and the things we buy.
So, I'm reading, I'm learning, I'm reflecting. I'm trying to go about my day in mindfulness so that my actions and my purchases do the least harm to the environment. I have such a long way to go, but I believe in it and I want to do it in any small way I can.