There is no question that Mother Nature is one of the most powerful force in the Universe. We must respect her and at the same time learn to live in Harmony with her. In less than 24 hours so many lives where totally changed forever.So many lives lost on SANDY’S path from the Caribbean islands of Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti all the way to the shores of New Jersey. 110 plus homes entirely destroyed with all the precious belongings. Some with much sentimental values, pictures, gifts that are irreplacable.
As I watch the news and read stories about the devastation caused by this powerful SUPERSTORM. I am inspired to go within and reflect and ask questions. The devastation in New York and New Jersey could of been in Florida had the storm decide to curve a bit. My thought is that it is really time for humanity to re-evaluate what is really important, our priorities must be adjusted to meet the challenges of this new world that we live in. In the last few centuries we have seen an immense rise in consumption. We Buy, Buy, Buy things that if we really think about it, we did not really need or want. We always want More or Want what the other has. These choices and actions, created so much more demand for companies to produce more,many times in an unstainable manner which created so much more pressure on our planet.
This time I urge and encourage all of humanity to look deeper and re-evalutate our priorities, what is really important as we rebuild our homes, our lives in the affected areas. There are many lessons to be learned in the devastation caused by SANDY. Everyone worldwide can learn from this tragedy. Time to wake up and pay attention!
Simplicity can release from within you great spiritual powers which are currently numbed by mindless over-consumption. Let’s change our focus from mindless consumption to social compassion, love and respect for our natural world and promote peace on planet earth. I leave you with a really inspiring poem from St. Franis of Assisi.
Be praised, my Lord, through Sister Water, who is very useful and humble and presious and pure.
Be praised, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the Stars, in the heavens you formed them clear and precious and beautiful.
Be praised my Lord, through Brother Wind, and through Air and Cloud and fair and all Weather, by which you nourish all that you have made.
Be praised, my Lord, through bother Fire, by whom you light up the night;he is beautiful and merry and vigorous and strong.
Be praised, my Lord with al lyour creatures, especially Sir Brother Sun, who is day and by him you shed light upon us. He is beautiful and radiant with great splendor, of you, Most Hight, he bears the likeness.
Peace and Blessings to All.
Nadine C. Patrice, Executive Director
Operation Green Leaves Inc.
Our guest Blogger today is our Friend and member, Audrey Peterman, Author of “OUR TRUE NATURE”
A storm when I’m extolling Nature? Seriously?!
By Audrey Peterman
The same day I release my book extolling the beauty and majesty of nature in our National Park System, a huge storm is barreling up the Atlantic and heading toward the most populous area of our country along the coast. To say that millions are looking at Mother Nature with fear and apprehension is an understatement.
Is it fair to say that the only time we look at Nature collectively is when there is a fearsome event? Compared to the time we spend with technology, Nature gets a small fraction of our attention, and very little appreciation. She’s just there, and we take it for granted that she’ll always be there.
The problem with that is – man is part of nature and to the extent we withdraw from it, to that extent we diminish ourselves and a contented lifespan. Some years ago I was part of a meeting sparked by Richard Louv, strategizing how to get children back outside to play and explore n nature. Louv’s book, (Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder, 2005) had shown that children’s mental and physical health were suffering as a result of being housebound, tethered to electronic instruments.
One member of the group suggested that we might actually need to teach children how to play in nature, as this generation may not know how. At that moment I felt a chill go through me. I thought, “What can it mean when a species that is dependent on nature has become so removed from it that our offspring do not even know it exists? Or how to interact with it?”
Because I am fortunate and choose to spend most of my time admiring nature, whether in my backyard or in the Grand Canyon, I know the benefits. I wrote the book, “Our True Nature: Finding a Zest for Life in the National Park System” to communicate how much beauty and history is protected and managed in our country for our enjoyment and enlightenment. I wanted to convey the sense of peace and security that I get from seeing nature in its benign, unspoiled vastness. I wanted to share the confidence that something greater than me is in charge, and the best thing I can do for myself and the world is to be peaceful and send love to it.
So as the storm approaches, I send my love to the elements and call for mercy. I send love to the people in the path of the storm and encourage you to be peaceful. Send love to the elements and whatever force controls this universe. And when the storm is past, let us look at Mother Nature with new eyes of appreciation and reverence, for all she is to us.
To purchase Audrey’s book “OUR TRUE NATURE’ Finding your zest in the National Park Sytem, click HERE
The theme for the 2012 World Environment Day GREEN ECONOMY. The United Nations Environment Programs has listed 10 sectors of economy for a green and sustainable planet. They are the following: BUILDINGS, FISHERIES, FORESTRY,TRANSPORT,WATER,AGRICULTURE,TOURISM,WASTE,MANUFACTURING AND INDUSTRY.
Green Economy includes industries, businesses or works that achieve low carbon emmission, and improment of energy efficiency.
Our planet Earth is experiencing great changes currently, it is our only home. It is our resposibility as EARTHLINGS, to be aware and pay attention to what is happening, learn as much as we can so we can take the right actions to protect,preserve and heal her. Remember the earth is ONE inter-connected Eco-system.
When you are shopping for anything, food, clothes, cars ect. make sure that the companies that you are supporting by purchasing their product to it sustainably. Make sure they are a green company or making steps toward it. To heal and save our planet we must all get involve.
Peace, & Blessings,
Nadine C. Patrice
Executive Director, Operation Green Leaves Inc.
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