Loving the Interconnected Web of Existence

Orcas Road w Lily - photo by Catherine R

In light of this past Earth Day and Spring, the Climate Action Team invites you to meditate on this quote from Buddhist Teacher, Thich Nhat Hahn:

We can all experience a feeling of deep admiration and love when we see the great harmony, elegance and beauty of the Earth. A simple branch of cherry blossom, the shell of a snail or the wing of a bat – all bear witness to the Earth’s masterful creativity . . . When we can truly see and understand the Earth, love is born in our hearts.

Only when we’ve truly fallen back in love with the Earth will our actions spring from reverence and the insight of our interconnectedness. Yet many of us have become alienated from the Earth. We are lost, isolated and lonely. We work too hard, our lives are too busy, and we are restless and distracted, losing ourselves in consumption. But the Earth is always there for us, offering us everything we need for our nourishment and healing: the miraculous grain of corn, the refreshing stream, and the fragrant forest . . .

. . . Our love and admiration for the Earth has the power to unite us and remove all boundaries. We need to re-establish true communication–true communion–with ourselves, with the Earth, and with one another as children of the same mother.

What actions of yours spring from reverence and the insight of our interconnectedness with the Earth?