This Stunning, Stunning World!

<August 2007>

It’s a stunning summer day, and as usual, I went out for my daily morning walk.

As I walked, I looked at trees and sky (mostly trees; to me, they’re magic!) and I thought, “Yikes! This amazing, amazing stunning, stunning world!”

Have you noticed – do you notice regularly – how utterly beautiful and abundant this world – this Earth – of ours is?

Maybe not. Most of us are in such a darn rush all the time…

Why are we in such a darn hurry?

I think it’s because most of us live rather like rodents on a treadmill, running so madly in circles that we not only don’t notice the bars of the cage we’ve placed ourselves in, we don’t even see that a whole world exists outside the cage.

We don’t realize that life has other options.

There is another way to live!

I think the name of the game that most of us are playing is “Keep up with the Joneses.” It’s a pretty all-consuming regimen. Takes a ton of energy – and lots of money and time.

It doesn’t allow us a whole lot of time for thinking – walking – reflecting – re-considering.

Most of us don’t realize we’re “rogue primates,” in the language of John A. Livingston, author of the book by the same name (Rogue Primate – An exploration of human domestication). As he points out in the book, we humans think we “run the show.”

Everything is a triangle – a hierarchy – and we humans sit at the apex of the triangle and “run” things.

This is not the true situation at all. As Paul Hawken suggests in Blessed Unrest – How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming, “take a winter off” and see if you can order up Spring.

We are part of the world/Creation/the Earth – one integral part – and we have overrun it with our numbers and our technologies and our creations.

What we have wrought isn’t very pretty, is it?

But life isn’t about triangles, it’s about circles.

And hey! It doesn’t take a lot to change it all – to transform it. It just takes a bunch of us stepping off that darn wheel and starting to look around the cage, and outside the bars of the cage.

It can be as simple as “getting back on your feet.”

Take up daily walking. No Walkman, no I-pod. Just you and Nature (even cities have parks and trees!)

Read some. Think some.

Then, take some action.

You won’t regret it, I promise you.

Janet

P.S. Don't take my word for it! The Dalai Lama has said “The most important meditation is critical thinking – followed by action.”