Nurture your IntentionPosted: April 23, 2014 Filed under: Meditation, Yoga | Tags: blogging, Earth Day, Freshly, life, love, nature, Nurture, Omaha, passion, Pressed, yoga 10 Comments
By cultivating the beautiful we scatter the seeds of heavenly flowers, as by doing good we cultivate those that belong to humanity–
Earth Day was yesterday. Today there are no disappearing species, the air we breathe has been rid of its poisons, our water and soil is safe once again, and our inventive ways of despoiling our sacred Earth can wait until next year.
I’m exaggerating just a bit, and the greater point I would like to discuss is, that like setting an intention before yoga class; We need to nurture these intentions away from the mat. Nurture our Earth, our home, the rest of the year.
Much of modern life saps away at the ethics of care, rather than building upon it. Each day we have less contact with nature and our true selves. Pop quiz! How many corporate logos can you identify? Now lets compare your answer to the native plants and animals you know off the top of your head, without looking them up online (I failed my own quiz).
Caring for nature, and others, is at the very essence of who we are. If we need a gentle slap upside the head to remind us once a year – so be it! I suppose we could say the same about setting an intention before class?!?
Awesome! Love the initial visualization!
I’m glad you enjoyed this and thank you for stopping over!
Like you, I believe nature is of the same essence as we are. I find it so much easier to get in touch with me in a forest than a skyscraper. That said, nature is all around, even in cities. When I visit my daughter in San Francisco, there are hummingbirds buzzing around her apartment all the time……reminding me that the spirit of nature has no physical boundaries.
The subtleties in nature are truly what awakens our deepest senses … A sparrow alighting on a budding oak branch. The sound of fallen leavens from last fall, brought to life by a warming Spring breeze … These events can happen anywhere, although when we take notice of them? There in lies the true subtle beauty of nature. 🙂
My favorite line “Pop quiz! How many corporate logos can you identify? Now lets compare your answer to the native plants and animals you know off the top of your head” sad state of affairs……smh
The quiz hits close to home does it not?!? The cool thing is, all hope is not lost! Each one of us has the ability to immerse ourselves in nature, we just need to pay a little more attention – myself included. 😉 Take care this morning and be well!
Beautiful. One thing I think we need to shift, though, is the idea that we are nurturing Nature. No. It’s the other way round. Nature is the steward. We are the (peripheral) manifestations of that stewardship. It is in our interests to conserve, respect and lighten our step, not for the sake of Nature (Lynn Margauis called ‘her’ ‘a tough bitch’), but for the sake of our own survival. Not that some of us would not survive an apocalyptic breakdown in social order as a result of collapsing ecosystems (many of which will evolve in some alternative way, over time, given a dearth of humans) but that art, poetry, music, and all the other myriad ways in which we express our civility, all those will be seriously under threat if we are reduced to the bare struggle for survival that is the ‘natural’ way.
Sitting here, warm coffee in hand – simply shaking my head up and down gently, in complete agreement with your inspiring words. 🙂
I live in North Cyprus where there are no corporate logos (apart from the ubiquitous Coca-Cola), no hypermarkets, no big multinational corporations – a little bit of paradise. I live close to nature with a field beside me, a nice little garden, the Mediterranean about 5 mins away and big Besparmak Mountains to the south about 10 mins away. And I think (hopefully) I’m beginning to forget corporate logos, thank goodness, and I can name a lot of native flora now thanks to my husband who is an ace gardener!
Sounds lovely and inspiring! 🙂