By Karin Leonard
the first part of this article we took a closer look at your relationship
to yourself, with your significant other, and with the community in which
you live. Now it is time to explore your kinship with the greater context
of your life: Earth and the sacred.
to the World Watch Institute report of 1998, species are
disappearing at a rate of at least one thousand per year. That is a 1000%
increase since we humans began to grace the Earth with our presence.
Statistics like this make me realize that we could easily be next….
the environment is more than green romance; it is an absolute necessity
for us to make it into the new millennium.
Interconnectedness and the web of life aren’t just lofty ideals,
but biological facts, and a matter of survival.
linked do you feel with the living, breathing Earth?
We get so involved in the details of daily life that the big
picture may escape us. The recent return journey of astronaut John Glenn
reminded me of the wondrous images of our home planet, suspended against
the dark velvet of the cosmos.
a beautiful meditation, briefly recall that picture on a regular basis.
You may find doing so naturally inspiring you to care even more for your
environment, and all the life that surrounds you.
you follow a particular religion, your faith will hopefully provide you
with a living connection to the sacred. However, you don’t have to
be religious in order to experience the trans-personal. What is sacred to
you? And do you feel in touch with your guiding values on a daily basis?
has always searched for transcendence – for something that gives our
lives meaning beyond the self. Mystics of all ages have described feelings
of oneness with the living world. The creative, timeless state that
artists go into may be similar to this. Also, the experience of flow
reported by high-performers in all fields, brings with it expanded
awareness. These days, even science is finally catching up with intuitive
and spiritual knowing. Quantum Physics is opening many a door that
didn’t even seem to exist in Newtonian, mechanical reality. There is
plenty of evidence that “tuning in” to the greater intelligence of the
universe, and sending your prayers will not only boost your sense of
purpose, but actually produce results.
art of relationship is a life-long learning experience, and every day
gives us ample opportunity to practice. As you continuously improve your
great web of relations, be they with yourself, in your romantic life, or
within your community by honoring your environment and connecting with the
sacred, you are likely to feel a profound sense of support unfolding in