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My Heart Thrills

I have never shared with any one what I am sharing here so please bear with me if I seem to go on a little too much, if I do it is simply to allow words to get as close to my level of inner joy of these experiences as possible.

For as long as I can remember my heart thrills as I listen to the songs of birds, the whirr of cicadas, crickets, grasshoppers, the stirrings of wind, the timpani of thunder, the crack of lightning, the rustle of fallen leaves as I purposely shuffle through them to amplify the sound, the gurgles of streams on their way to rivers, the croak of the bullfrog and the song of tree frogs, the snorting and rooting around of animals as they find their food and make a comfortable resting place, and even when laying on the ground hearing the diminutive sounds made by unseen entities, and oh, the crackles and pops that come from a fire, the unique sound of the wind as it passes through evergreens then cottonwoods or maples or oaks, the fluttering of a moths wings, buzzzzzing of bees as they gather pollen from first one blossom then another….I could go on. And the silence when no sounds from humans can be heard and any sounds of nature are indiscernible…I can rest in that silence.  These sounds along with the scents of soil, tree bark, grass, flowers, rain, tomato plants and honeysuckle (to name a few); the brushing of the wind on my face, the sun as it warms my body, the texture of stones and leaves; the variety of colors, shapes, designs, and variations of each of them combining
into myriad patterns to please the eye.

I have never understood why so few people I have met experience a similar inner response as mine to all of these communiqués.  Instead I hear: “I wish the wind would quit blowing,” “The stupid birds singing woke me up,” “I hate the sound of the locusts,” “It’s too quiet.”

The sounds, scents, textures, visual variety of the natural world are here to interact with us, to calm us, to inspire us, to comfort us, to help us let go of whatever it is that is an irritant to our soul, to motivate us to live a little more fully and authentically.

As David Abram lifts up in his book The Spell of the Sensuous, the “magic” available to each human is in altering one’s common state of consciousness “precisely in order to make contact with the other organic forms of sensitivity and awareness with which human existence is entwined.”  I personally have always believed in the existence of magic and it is Mr. Abram’s definition of magic that most resonates with me: “Magic…is the experience of existing in a world made up of multiple intelligences, the intuition that every form one perceives–from the swallow swooping overhead to the fly on a blade of grass, and indeed the blade of grass itself–is an experiencing form, an entity with its own predilections and sensations, albeit sensations that are very different from our own.”

I am inviting you to experience magic in your day, every day. May your life be full and your heart thrilled.

~ Belledessa

Thinking Outside the Bottle

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“Thinking Outside the Bottle”,* the title of an article from a flyer that was handed out by the Sierra Club at the recent EcoFest at the Unitarian Universalist church in Wichita.  As one who has been drinking, and enjoying, filtered water for a number of years, the title caught my eye.

Also, as one who is an ardent recycler, ever looking for places to recycle even more items, I have been concerned about the number of plastic bottles, large and small, that are used for bottled water that I see as litter and in trash cans.

For all of us who are concerned about conserving water and stopping pollution, what if we “say good-bye to plastic, disposable bottles?”

Consider the following:

  • for every 3 liters of  fresh water that goes into making bottled water, just one liter ends up in the bottle–the other 2 go to waste;
  • in 1 year more than 900,000 TONS of plastic was used to package 8 BILLION gallons of bottled water–most of that plastic ended up as litter or in dumps;
  • if we turned all of the energy that goes into making a bottle of water back into oil, the bottle would be one quarter full of oil.

How can we think outside the bottle?  Here are a few alternate methods of having good tasting water handy:

  • obtain reusable containers and fill them with a supply of filtered water that you keep at home;
  • for public events, set out pitchers of filtered water and reusable cups;
  • install a quality water filter on the tap in your home.

Every adjustment each of us makes to live sustainably and tread more lightly on the Earth (regardless of how small or seemingly insignificant each adjustment is)  is magnified because we are modeling that behavior to others.  How will you “think outside the bottle?”

* Source: Tomorrow’s Planet, by Ann Pinkerton and Eileen Weckerie