Defenders of Wildlife

Our Vital Connection

Our Vital Connection
Our Vital Connection

Our Vital Connection

Whenever I have the opportunity to spend time gardening, canoeing or walking in wild places and watching wildlife I am renewed in spirit. My job is a hectic one and my life has often been spent on the go. I treasure the moments I am able to reconnect with Mother earth and the wonderful wildlife that share our planet. That connection, to the place that has given us birth, is more important than we may know. The buddhists believe that we are spiritually connected to Mother earth and all living things. I have noticed that as we destroy more and more of the other living things that occupy this planet human beings are angry and less happy. I believe it is because we are destroying the vital connection we have with our world. There are many people who believe they can ignore what is being done to the ecosystem, yet I believe they are suffering without knowing why, angry and unhappy because their spirit is affected too even though they can't or won't acknowledge it.

Then there is the larger picture. What happens to human kind when we have destroyed the world we live on? We are vitally connected to the ecosystems on this world. We may have already damaged them beyond our ability to save the delicate balance, and in the process, ourselves. Pollution is killing us, there are more incidents of cancer, asthma, allergies, and other illnesses that affect our quality and quantity of life. As we kill the plants and animals we kill ourselves without even fully understanding how we are doing it because we don't really know how interdependent everything is.

I have been privileged to live in some beautiful places like Alaska and Arizona, North Carolina and California. I have seen bald eagles and moose, foxes, rabbits, lizards and many other wonderful creatures up close in their natural habitat and it fills me with wonder and joy. I have seen children see those things for the first time and watched their faces light with that same wonder and joy. We must learn to leave in harmony, not just with each other but with our world or it and we will perish.

 

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