In a world of information overload, fascination with technology and its increasing dominance, it feels almost rebellious to pause and literally smell the roses.
If the winter months have meant you have spent less time outdoors than you would like, I hope the enticement of Spring eases you back to more nourishment and support from being outside.
It doesn’t pass me by that often those that need it the most – the sick, the less affluent, those living in war zones, have the least access to nature. Imagine if hospitals were more like greenhouses? Imagine the priority was greenspace in town planning? I cannot understand cutting down trees to make way for cycle paths, or solar “farms”.
I have been a long term “Earth Protector” supporter of making Ecocide an International Crime. When I joined a few years ago there were a few hundred of us and now we are 22007 worldwide! It is still barely a drop in the ocean. Yet, Ecocide is making strides and beginning to be talked about and taken seriously. Maybe you will consider joining us?
I think that being receptive to beauty and to be willing and able to pause and enjoy it is one of the benefits of practice. In a whole body~mind way. No amount of technological “advances” can replace or even come close to the actual lived, felt, breathed, sensed -in- so- many- ways- we- are -only- just- beginning -to -fathom, experience of being in nature. Of being with another human being.
I practise for this.
I practise for peace.
I practise so that I can be more resilient in the midst of the stresses and strains of life.
I practise so that I can remember life has cycles and phases, ups and downs, twists and turns, light and dark.
I practise so that I can love and feel more.
I practise so that I can be more authentic and true to who I am.
I practise so that I can laugh when I fall back into the trap of “trying to be the best possible version of myself”.
I practise so that I can be accountable and also forgiving when I behave in ways that cause harm or hurt.
I practise to have empathy.
I practice for fun.
I practise to be a better hugger.
I practise so that I can feel good in my 45 year old body and do ninja with Ostara, my 6 year old daughter.
I practise to be better able to let go.
I practise to be more creative.
I practise to thrive and make the most of this miraculous gift of life.
I practise to stay awake to the injustices of the world.
I practise so that I might be more graceful in so many ways.
I practice for…so many reasons.
Why do you practise?