I wrote this on Arbor Day and just wanted to share it with you Pinkies!
I saw Avatar last night (in 3D IMAX, no less. Wow!) And today, I went to Green Gulch Zen Center with my family, where the dharma talk was about the interconnection between all living things. After all, today is Arbor Day. Tree huggers of the world unite! After the dharma talk, trees were planted at Green Gulch and those of us with dirt under our fingers felt a little more a part of the earth on which we live.
Our own magical world
Which got me thinking about Mama Earth- and Avatar’s fantasy paradise of Pandora. My favorite part of the movie was the flora, the fauna- the floaty jellyfish seed pods, the giant orange spiral mushrooms, the gossamer trees with filmy filaments like willows that connect you to the Divine. It’s a magical world out there in fantasyland. We gush about the movie, we whisper in Awe about the beauty of Pandora. And then we turn right around and trash our own magical planet.
Think of the majestic redwoods that live in my backyard. Or the ocean cliffs I can see from my window. What about the purple heather that blooms on the mountainside this time of year? And who in the world thought up leafy sea dragons? Talk about magical!
What I loved most about Avatar was the interconnection between all of life. I love how the people mingle their hair with filaments from nature- and in doing so, they link. I love how the roots of the trees are all interconnected to the Mother Tree- how hurting one makes them all ache. I love how the people honor the land, creating a natural symbiosis. And then the ugly Americans show up and ruin it for everybody. It had me in tears.
So I found it funny that today is Arbor Day, the day to honor trees. Several times per week, I hike among the redwoods in reverence. The trees ground me. The stabilize me. They root me, as if we are- indeed- irrevocably linked and my sanity depends upon them. If someone were to chop them down, I would be heartbroken.
It's not just the trees
This interconnectedness to life flows through us, you know? It’s not just about trees or plant/animal life. It happens to us too. When I hurt you, I hurt me. When you berate yourself, you diminish me- because I love you and how dare you berate someone I love? This thread that unites us can feel extremely delicate at times, so much so that we may feel isolated, alone, separate. And yet, it’s simply not true. The thread that binds us is surprisingly strong, like the neurons that entangle each other to make up a thought.
If you’re like me, Pinkies, you get overwhelmed when you think about how we might help save Mama Earth. How can little ol’ me fix this big old catastrophe?
10 Tips to Help Save The Planet & Connect Us All
And as a bonus for today: PLANT A TREE.
Hugging a tree and feeling the love,
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