A moment of contemplation for yourself or on behalf of others on everything from the life-altering to the mundane.

Prayer: A conversation with The Higher Other who lives within each of us. An invitation to vent, to re-think, to ask, and to rest.

Monday, April 22, 2024

Meditation in Eastertide ~ Monday, Week 4: Earth Mother?

Monday, April 22, 2024 ~ Earth Day in Earth Month
                   Monday in Eastertide, Week 4

An Oak Tree
Earth Day in Earth Month ~ April 2024

   Do you know that even when you look at a tree and say, `That is an oak tree', or `that is a banyan tree', the naming of the tree, which is botanical knowledge, has so conditioned your mind that the word comes between you and actually seeing the tree? To come in contact with the tree you have to put your hand on it and the word will not help you to touch it...[and] if you have no relationship with the living things on this earth, you may lose whatever relationship you have with humanity.  

 Jiddu Krishnamurti*


Dear Creator God ~
            Your precious Creation in all of its bounty is as equally important in the scheme of life as we humans are. You have given us plant life, sea life, creatures of the land, and all that our life requires to be sustained.  Help me to stop and look, touch, hear, taste, and breathe in all the goodness that this Earth, our island home, has to offer.  Help me know a tree, a flower, a bird, a fruit beyond its classification and name. Help me to know this Earth as more than just land, air, and bodies of water to support me. Help me to know it as a partner in life, mutually beneficial, living and breathing as I do and requiring as much of my participation and care in its health as I need from its participation in mine. Help me to pay more attention to the destruction of our Earth in so many ways including tearing down large parcels of trees to pave for unnecessary building for unnecessary profit, and its air and water by the convenience of the packaging we use, the trash islands in our oceans, the microplastics filling our bodies with the bottled water we drink, and the heat and fumes generated by our rabid consumption of fossil fuels.
          Maybe, if we all learn to know that the dirt under our feet is as necessary to our life as are all the pretty creatures and lakes and oceans, we will not only take action for its better care, it will take better care of us.  Perhaps in that way, more of us will see all of creation as necessary: wild, tame, cultivated, animal, mineral, and vegetable. And in those ways we will finally understand that every human on this Earth is also a partner in life, mutually beneficial, living and breathing as we do and requiring as much of us as we need from each of them.  Maybe then, we'll have branched out and have a true relationship with humanity and our planet beyond just the names of a few people and a few trees. amen.


*Jiddu Krishnamurti, [1895-1986] a speaker and writer on matters philosophical and spiritual was born in British India and was influenced as a child by the Theosophical Society in Aydar. Sickly and sensitive as a child, considered vague and dreamy, he was deemed to be mentally backward and was regularly beaten at home and at school. His subsequent development as a writer and speaker is exceedingly remarkable. He disavowed allegiance to any caste or religion, mastered several languages and traveled the world lecturing and writing.  He died in Ojai, California leaving a tremendously interesting legacy of writings and a fascinating biography.




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