We are all passengers on this elliptical space ship called Earth. The fact is Earth is where it all happens for us; it’s the magic show, the main event; it is the theatre, along with the light show of the heavens, where the living God displays His glory.
From creation to death, from life forms through life cycles, we all have skin in the game and therefore are obligated to consider how we steward the environment. Now more than ever we are called upon to repair and restore.
Recent news about an old story finds the UK joining other nations in considering laws intended to stem the tide of virtual islands of plastic floating in the oceans ingested by and choking sea life – indeed, choking all life. Thus today’s offering is timely; it comes from Victoria Rosales writing for Gravity:
“On April 22, 1970, Earth Day was born amidst the backdrop of the Vietnam War, only eight years after Rachel Carson published her masterpiece Silent Spring, an environmental wake-up call that began to inspire new consciousness about our planet. In those days America had not yet fully discovered the effects of the post-WWII industry boom during which suburban America and its needs for convenience and modern technology had created a wasteful, polluting system. Finally awake to the destructive patterns created by society, thousands of citizens demonstrated across the United States in a historic first Earth Day, birthing the modern environmental movement.
The environment is not something external of which we partake but is something of which we are inescapably part.
Engaging contemplation allows us to wake and see the connections between how we simultaneously experience and contribute to environmental degradation. Contemplative practice can help illuminate these connections and assist us in addressing environmental challenges with greater self-awareness and effectiveness.
As we hold Earth and one another in love, we have an opportunity to stretch our contemplative awareness in new ways… You have the ability to play a critical role in changing the culture of a world asleep to truth. A contemplative prayer practice conditions us to live from a place of authenticity, fully alive and aware, able to understand and live from the unconditional love found within.
Contemplative practice makes room for developing a meaningful, integrative, and useful life. It involves developing wisdom for navigating and engaging the world.
We are all capable of engaging our world in a way that brings effective change to prevent the violence and destruction unfairly imposed on our world and our planet.
Join us in fostering attitudes and actions that promote our connection to each other and all created things. May we enhance the effectiveness of our environmental efforts by being rooted in Divine love.”