Meditation – Thursday 19th August 2021
“If all the beasts were gone, we would die from a great loneliness of spirit,
For whatever happens to the beast happens to us all.
All things are connected.
Whatever befalls the earth befalls the children of the earth.”
- Chief Seattle
The tradition of earth-based spirituality, developed by indigenous cultures including Australia’s First Nation’s people goes back 60,000 plus years, people listened to the ‘voice’ of the earth. I was reminded of this by watching a new ABC series, “Back to Nature” with hosts Aaron Pederson, actor and an Arrernte man from the Central Desert around Alice Springs and best-selling author Holly Ringland. This is a breakthrough series for primetime television as it is virtually a 30-minute meditation.
A friend of mine says that he meditates each day by walking in the bush and communing with nature. A religious man he says that this action satisfies his need to be with God, to be with himself, to be with nature and to be connected to the universe. He calls it “communion.”
Some people meditate by following a rigorously prescribed path and others a path unique to the self. Whatever the path one chooses, we choose to be present, to be in the now. We focus on something in the present moment.
For most of us this is being seated in an upright chair and concentrating on our breath or mantra but for others it is as described earlier.
Let us now meditate in the fashion that we are accustomed always conscious that we meditate not just for ourselves but for and in communion with others.
MEDITATE – for 20 Minutes
A reminder to check out the zoom offerings from the Carmelite Centre.
“Back to Nature’ is on ABC-TV, 8pm Tuesdays or anytime on IView.