The Pope’s recent official publication of his stance toward climate change was a massive jolt to the collective psyche. No matter your religion, knowledge of climate change or whether you like the Pope or not, this information has affected and changed the course of the lives of everyone on this planet.
Many will be learning about the specifics of where we stand in terms of science and the news, to be sure, is going to create more fear, dissension, and polarity of beliefs in our societies. Everyone is going to have their own individual reactions ranging from ambivalence, fear, anger, blame, denial, shame, grief, “digging in the heels” and, yes, even relief that we are finally starting to face the state of things. Some people will want to say that we are being punished by the earth for being bad stewards and that we get what we deserve…
My experience of late has been a sense of feeling supported by the earth and nature now more than ever. An afternoon stroll and sitting on a rock by the river, listening to the birds chirp in the morning, learning that I have food at my fingertips when learning to forage…These have been deep, supportive, nurturing experiences in which I’ve learned that Mother Earth isn’t out to get us. Instead, she is just doing what she needs to preserve the greater family system which goes beyond the care of only humans. I’m not inherently a “nature girl” who has always been connected and felt the call of nature. I’ve often been ignorant and oblivious to my environment because of my past focus in building a business, making a living and raising my son. We all get busy and less mindful sometimes while living in a fast paced world that needs us to produce more and do more to just survive in the systems we have in place.
The truth that we are all part of an interconnected, interdependent system as we experience our incarnation on planet Earth is the greater message in what we are now learning. It’s one thing to say “All is one” and quite another to experience that truth as food, water and safe living conditions become more scarce. We are indeed all one when there is no water or food. Now, more than ever, compassion, understanding, foregoing the need to be right, community connection and grief work are going to matter tremendously to help us maintain some sort of “center”. Caring for what’s remaining on this planet, evaluating our choices about how we utilize resources, conservation and kindness all matter now not when we realize it’s too late.
The Earth is supporting us in this process. Take time to slow down, go to a park, take a hike, listen to the birds chirp and experience this truth for yourself.
Come sit. Come have a seat and tell me your troubles and fears.
Let your tears flow for they are a soothing salve
for my poisoned rivers and fields.
If you are free of troubles, then cry for the sheer joy of it.
Cry in awe of the beauty that surrounds you.