is a beautiful and wonderful place...and it's under great stress
We've all read, seen and heard the news, the discussions, the lectures and the documentaries.
We all know that human greed, warmongering and sheer carelessness has had a huge, detrimental impact on Earth, and that our mushrooming global population will keep on demanding more and more land, fuel and resources, until some crisis point is reached.
But as individuals, however much we recycle our bottles and sign petitions, we often feel very helpless and ineffectual in the face of the huge corporations, the land-grabbing developers and the vast numbers of innocent folk who simply need feeding.
Do we stop trying? Is the green movement a waste of time? In the vast scheme of things, will anything we do make any difference in the long run? Some reckon that Planet Earth will, before very much longer, shrug off most of her human population, as they succumb to a super-virus or are bombarded by natural disasters and self-engineered famine.
It's easy to become depressed, to feel defeated by the enormity of the place in history in which we find ourselves. But does that mean we should give up?
There is no trite advice or benign platitude that can help us deal with this. Each of us has to chart his or her own path through the data, the complexities, the emotions and the uncertainty, and in the process, hope to attain that state of enhanced self-awareness that sidesteps the traps and snares of living by your ego, that suspends judgement and observes reactiveness without getting dragged in.
One way I know of getting close to this state is by spending time in nature, by meditating, by getting to know your inner self in such a way that you begin to observe your outer self, and the goings-on of the outer world, in a wonderfully detached, yet fascinated, way. It's hard to describe - but you definitely know it when you've found it!
And by doing whatever each of us feels is right to make some small, even tiny, contribution to reducing the damage, by raising awareness or engaging with hands, heart and mind in the bid to look after our planet, then a new kind of peace of mind can begin to drift into our consciousness.
Desiderada...not a universal panacea but a gentle reminder...