And to you, sweet listener, I thank you for the gift of your attention. I am always very interested to know what's on your mind, so do reach out to me either in the comment section of my blog at empathicwriter.com, on my Facebook Page at facebook.com/empathicwriter, or leave a voicemail message up to 5 minutes at 206-202-0217.
The 4th Permaculture Design Principle.
"Self-regulation" is critical to get our consumptive lifestyles into a state of sanity and health. The rate at which we burn through natural resources is not only appalling, but is also causing our 6th mass extinction. Hellooo? How can that knowledge not radically and immediately correct our out-of-control buying behavior? How can we be more upset by the discontinuation of a sitcom TV show, than we are grieved by the discontinuation of an entire species life?! We have got to get a grip on ourselves, and self-regulation is a mature, responsible way to do so.
I invited my Facebook friends and page fans to consider this principle along with me, and I gratefully acknowledge Nancy Grayson who shared this gorgeous metaphor of how she applies self-regulation in her life:
"Meditation is to a paddle as a canoe is to my life. When I put the paddle into the water, it propels my canoe forward. Without it, I would only see the same shoreline. As I become a stronger, better paddler, I can navigate rough waters with greater ease. I experience the thrill of digging deep, rising to the heights of challenging waves and the joy of sailing down the other side. Like any wild woman adventurer, If I were to capsize, I have the life jacket of my indomitable spirit and a self rescue plan with my favorite emergency supply - the appreciation of all life. This is how I apply self-regulation."
And this is how she accepts the feedback from that self-regulation:
"A giant mirror of cosmic proportion, made of light and sound of All That Is shattered into trillions of pieces. Tell me! Tell me! so I can see your light, hear your beauty and learn more of our reflection of who we are as individuated consciousness of the One that is in All."
Thank you, Nancy, for sharing some of your meditative practice with us! I invite each of you listening to add your own thoughts about self-regulation and the acceptance of feedback in the comment section at empathicwriter.com
"The Secret" to how we evolve.
- Evolve: "develop gradually, especially from a simple to a more complex form."
- Develop: "grow or cause to grow and become more mature, advanced, or elaborate."
- Gradual: "taking place or progressing slowly or by degrees."
The complexity of all this does not give us a Free Pass of Avoidance. We have to build our level of ecological awareness, no matter how weak it might be right now. This is not a hippie movement. Or a cause that only impacts liberals, progressives, new-agers, or any other compartmentalized excuse we may like to hide behind. Any and all who enjoy breathing unpolluted air, drinking uncontaminated water, eating nutritious food and protecting biodiversity -- (all of which is essential to our own physical existence) -- must cultivate some degree of ecological literacy.
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To our gradual and steadfast development,