As we explored in our first November blog on gratitude, gratitude includes both an appreciation of, and a willingness to pay back kindness. In last weeks blog we looked at gratitude for Mother nature - our sustainer and supporter of life. so how do we repay the kindness of our Mother Nature? It seems to me that making efforts to protect our environment is the way to go!
I have been watching 'The War of Waste' which has been giving me lots of insights into the environmental impact of waste and some valuable suggestions about how to reduce waste. While the enormity of the problem of waste can be overwhelming, I am calmed by the fact that 'peace begins with me'. In Buddhism there is a truism which says you cannot cover the earth with leather for protection, but you can cover your feet with leather to protect them and the earth both!
So, how do we care for the earth, tread lightly on it and reduce our environmental footprint? And how do we return the kindness of our precious Mother Earth? One in the same really!
Here are a few suggestions. I am sure you can think of many more, but here are a few I am trying to put into practice...
As I write this blog from this beautiful spot, I am surrounded by the wonders of Mother Nature and reminded of how she sustains, supports and lovingly takes care of us all, so perfectly. I am truly grateful for this opportunity to restore and appreciate the wonder of my life and put into practice the suggestions in last week's blog. It has been fun to think about ways to be mindful to appreciate, return kindness and care for such wonderful, gracious gifts Mother Nature provides.
As I said last week, no matter where you are, especially at this potentially busy time of year, try to remember to take some time out to let Mother Nature replenish you, be thankful for Her sustenance and support and put into practice some ways to repay that kindness by caring for Her too.
Have a great week. Thank you all.
Kind Regards and Best Wishes,