You may have forgotten that the planet you are living on has given you all the elements that make up your body. The water in your flesh, your bones, and all the microscopic cells inside your body all come from the Earth and are part of the Earth.
Realizing this, you can see that the Earth is truly alive. You are a living, breathing manifestation of this beautiful and generous planet. Knowing this, you can begin to transform your relationship to the Earth.
You can begin to walk differently and to care for her differently.
You will fall completely in Love with the Earth. When you are in Love with someone or something, there is no separation between yourself and the person or thing you love. You do whatever you can for them and this brings you great joy and nourishment.
If you think about the Earth as just the environment around us, you experience yourself and the Earth as separate entities. You may see the planet only in terms of what it can do for you. You need to recognize that the planet and the people on it are ultimately one and the same.
When you look deeply at the Earth, you see that she is a formation made up of non-Earth elements: the sun, the stars, and the whole universe. Certain elements, such as carbon, silicon, and iron, formed long ago in the heart of far-off supernovas. Distant stars contributed their light.
When you look into a flower, you can see that iti’s made of many different elements, so we also call it a formation. A flower is made of many non-flower elements. The entire universe can be seen in a flower.
If you look deeply into the flower, you can see the sun, the soil, the rain, and the gardener. Similarly, when you look deeply into the Earth, you can see the presence of the whole cosmos.
A lot of your fear, hatred, anger, and feelings of separation and alienation come from the idea that you are separate from the planet. You see yourself as the center of the universe and are concerned primarily with your own personal survival.
If you care about the health and well-being of the planet, you do so for your own sake. You want the air to be clean enough for you to breathe. You want the water to be clear enough so that you have something to drink.
But you need to do more than use recycled products or donate to environmental groups. You have to change your whole relationship with the Earth.
You think of the Earth as inanimate matter because you have become alienated from it. You are even alienated from your own body. You spend many hours every day forgetting that you even have a body.
You get so caught up in your work and your problems that you forget that you are more than just your mind. You are sick because you forget to pay attention to your body.
You have also forgotten the Earth – that she is part of you and that you are part of her.
This understanding of the deeper nondualistic nature of things is called ‘advaya jñana’ in Sanskrit. This means the wisdom of nondiscrimination. This is a way of seeing that goes beyond concepts.
Classical science is based on the belief that there is an objective reality that exists even if the mind does not.
In the Buddhist tradition, there is mind and there are objects of mind, and they manifest at the same time. you can not separate them. Objects of mind are created by the mind itself.
The way you perceive the World around us depends entirely on our way of looking at it.
If you understand the Earth as a living, breathing organism, you can heal yourself and heal the Earth. When your physical body is sick, you need to stop, rest, and pay attention to it. You have to stop your thinking, return to your in-breath and out-breath, and come home to your body.
If you can see your body as a wonder, you also have the opportunity to see the Earth as a wonder, and healing can begin for the body of the Earth. When you go home and take care of yourself, you heal not only your own body and mind, but you help the Earth as well.
You mind is the Consciousness of the cosmos. The cosmos has given rise to the beautiful Human species. With powerful telescopes, people have been able to observe the cosmos in all its splendor. We have had glimpses of faraway galaxies.
We have seen stars whose images take hundreds of millions of years to reach the Earth. The radiant and elegant cosmos that we can observe is in fact your own Consciousness itself and not something outside of it.