[ 19/Feb/21 ]
Spend at least half an hour every day looking at nature.
Looking at the ocean, how its surface is in constant change.
Looking at the weather, always changing, clouds always changing form in the interaction of air flow and temperature and humidity, all ultimately driven from the heat from the sun.
Looking at the land, appreciating how all land is the result of plate tectonics, of vast plates moving at about the same rate our fingernails grow, over vast times. Appreciating that without such forces (and the earthquakes that necessarily accompany them) then all would be ocean, as the rains necessarily wear and wash away rock over time. So all life on land is possible only because of these vast movements of plates renewing the land and the mountains over deep time.
Looking at life, the plants, the birds, the insects, the people, and beginning to appreciate some of the levels of complexity embodied in even the simplest of possible organisms. Seeing past the competition on the surface to the depths of cooperation necessary for the existence and survival of any and all forms of life.
Having such a practice gives me a grounding from which to find the energy necessary to care for those things I am able to, my home and family, my community, the life on my section, the life in my district, the biodiversity in my country, and life on this planet. To the extent of my limited and fallible abilities, I join with many others at each and all levels; and together we are all still alive.