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What if our prosperity depended on you?

By July 10, 2018 December 8th, 2019 5 Comments

What if the well-being and prosperity of this planet and all its inhabitants depended on you? On your every thought. Decision. Word. Every action?

What if your very breath, taken in consciously wholesomely not only nourished the Earth but gracefully and quietly fuelled the delicate wheels of life on her surface?

You matter. You are vital to the health of the globe. I like to remind myself that I am a microcosm of the universe: an intricate, delicate, complex representation of the entire universe. Every cell in my body and yours is a microcosm of this complex life. When each part does its job, the system operates flawlessly, miraculously, and divinely. When one part of it is slightly off kilter, the delicate balance is disrupted.

In this microcosm, my well-being takes centre stage. And just like a finely tuned machine, it operates on a number of essential pillars that hold its structure together. These include not in any particular order nourishment, sleep, movement, relaxation and stress release, mental stimulation, spiritual practices, and authentic social interaction. The protocol is simple. Each pillar operates at a minimum effective dose that sustains a balanced micro- and macrocosm. The simplicity of this facilitates not only successful implementation, but also diagnosis when any imbalance manifests. Small steps, practiced everyday, are enough to honour that balance. More is certainly not always better, particularly if it eats away from other pillars. Here is an example:

Sacrificing sleep to indulge beyond the minimum effective dose of social interaction. Two, three, four nights and the system shuts down. One night is enough to cause a few hiccups in the system.

Our thoughts affect the macro balance. They most often than not dictate our actions. Our actions reverberate into the world. Every. Single. Action. Our mind goes through 50,000-70,000 thoughts per person a day. Simple awareness of a fraction of those thoughts invites presence into our actions. Here is an example:

You roll down the window of your $100,000 car. Before you toss the cigarette butt out into the street for the government to clean up after you because you are entitled and you pay taxes and why would one tiny cigarette butt make a difference in the grand scheme of things? Awareness eventually forces you to realize the sheer craziness of your false sense of entitlement and hypocrisy. It will ultimately cajole you into thinking a thousand times before you consider tossing anything anywhere but where it belongs. Your actions make a difference. Your one cigarette disrupts the balance. (Incidentally, so does your smoking.)

(A tissue, plastic bag, the remains of your sandwich from your weekend picnic in nature that you put alongside your baby’s soiled diaper cause a major disruption to the balance of the machine of life. This is an unequivocal scientific fact.)

Speaking unkindly especially to those more vulnerable including our non-human earth-mates, turning a blind eye to suffering, gossiping, etc, are all causes to the imbalance of the universe. Here is an example:

You are middle-aged, financially comfortable but subconsciously uncomfortable with your lifes wellness choices. (Maybe you drink alcohol. Every night. Recently earlier and earlier.) You recognize you need to change but overwhelm yourself with grand lofty goals that paralyze you from moving forward. You encounter a young woman at the prime of her life, who chooses not to drink. Her discipline and will-power surprise you possibly touch a nerve. Before you know it, you use your age (wisdom) and “power” to discredit a vulnerable teen and make her question her own life choices. You unknowingly turn your back on someone who deserves encouragement and support, possibly ruining a life. You also alienate a potential teacher and lesson.

As I write, 12 boys and their soccer coach are rescued after 3 weeks of being trapped in flooded caves in Thailand. Experts from all over the globe came together to mastermind and execute this heroic, boggling operation. Each played a role in the wheels of the rescue.

Also as I write in 2018, we are still campaigning against littering, for recycling, and in disbelief over the holding of thousands of children in cages in the free world.All the while, final touches are put in place to scale commercial tourism into space, to free up some room back on earth for humanity to erect walls and prisons to isolate the vulnerable.

All is not well with the world. We are gravely out of balance. There is no greater need than today to find the space to return to ourselves and bravely examine where we have gone astray. And because it is simple, the medicine is within reach, available to all.

Therein lies the liberation. It is empowering because it allows each and every one of us to take back the reigns. It puts us in the drivers seat and removes us entirely from the strangely comforting, disempowering, sad throne of victimhood we have chosen to rest in. The world does not owe us anything. Our breath alone makes us owe the world everything. We owe it to be well, think well, act well.

We owe earth our well-being. (And if we drive a $100,000 car, our debt is even larger.) With privilege comes responsibility and service. Not entitlement.

This may be a very simplistic argument. My experience has shown that simplicity is the most effective tool to effect change. And Lord knows we need change.

We could change this whole world with a piano

Add a bass, some guitar, grab a beat and away we go

I’m just a boy with a one-man show

No university, no degree, but lord knows

Everybody’s talking ’bout exponential growth

And the stock market crashing in their portfolios

While I’ll be sitting here with a song that I wrote

Sing, love could change the world in a moment

But what do I know?

Love can change the world in a moment

But what do I know?

Ed Sheeran

Small steps are key. One day at a time. Mindful choices about the food we choose to put in our mouth, the quality and quantity of sleep hours, the activity we choose to move our bodies, our goddess time, reading time, prayer time, friend time. It all adds up. You will feel so good that you would want to do it the next day and the next. And maybe next time you are out for a walk and you see trash strewn in the most affluent neighbourhoods in town, you will pick up what you can, set an example for others so that they think a thousand times before they consider littering. And they will feel so good about it they will want to do it everyday.

The parableof the believers in their affection, mercy, and compassion for each other is that of a body. When any limb aches, the whole body reacts with sleeplessness and fever.

Prophet Mohammad Peace Be Upon Him

Love can change the world. So can faith. I have no doubt about this. But what do I know?

 

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