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Re-balancing: Thoughts on the Earth

Posted by Karen on March 17, 2011

I just read this article from Caroline Myss, whom I always love for her bigger context spiritual perspective.

To quote a passage I liked in particular

I have heard many people make the comment, “Mother Nature is angry,” and that’s why these events are happening. I’m not all that certain that Mother Nature functions from the same emotional system of “anger-vengeance/love-reward” that human beings do. I certainly hope not. Given that Mother Nature was an active, alive force long before we occupied this planet, I suspect that She is far more of a cosmic system of intelligence, transcendent of emotions such as anger or vengeance. Rather, if anything, I suspect that the way to understand Mother Nature is best found through the study of the Tao — the study of the laws of balance that essentially govern the activity of Nature. When Nature is out of balance, the system itself will initiate whatever action it must take in order to reestablish an environment capable of sustaining all life — not just human life, but all life. Within the realm of Nature, all life is equal. Life is precious because it is life, not because it is human life or wealthy life or educated life or young life — but because it is life.

I love being reminded of how short and insignificant my life here is on the whole, whilst being also reminded how precious and important it is to the whole at the same time. It can make your head spin to get to the truth of that dichotomy, and it can also, with understanding, bring a sense of calm and centeredness.

It’s not about how far we get in life and the achievements we stack up along the way. It’s the quality of our life that’s important, and our willingness to connect with the whole of Life and be of service to our community – not just people but Earth itself – along the Way.

At the end of her article Myss says this:

We are truly learning an enormous cosmic truth: We are one. And we are meant to use that truth to pray together, heal our fellow human beings together and heal our beloved Earth together. Put your soul to work.

The essence of “The Job of Your Life” is to “put your soul to work” by finding out what makes you come “alive” and doing that with all your heart, soul and mind involved. The best thing we can do is find our place in the world and do that with as much awareness, humility, grace and love as we can – or as Deepak Chopra says “find your unique gifts and serve the world with them”.

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Also feeling some big Canadian pride today so…

Posted by Karen on March 1, 2010

…I’m linking to the Career Joy site where he’s written out in full the slamming Canadian poem (as delivered by slamming Canadian slam poet Shane Koyczan) which can be read as something quite possibly career-related and definitely a good way to approach life. That’s us Canadians. Approaching life with humour and humbleness. Except where hockey is concerned. 

Makes me grin to think of everyone slightly (or very!) tired and quite possibly hung over today but feeling like it was all worth it…as we give little smiles to each other on the street or in the elevator, knowing we were all part of one big shiny moment yesterday…

“let this country be your first-aid kit
for all the times you get sick of the same old same old
let us be the story told to your friends
and when that story ends
leave chapters for the next time you’ll come back
next time pack for all the things
you didn’t pack for the first time
but don’t let your luggage define your travels
each life unravels differently
and experiences are what make up
the colours of our tapestry
we are the true north
strong and free
and what’s more
is that we didn’t just say it
we made it be”.

Shane Koyczan

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