Almost every day I meditate using the Calm guided meditation app. 10 minutes right when I wake up and I am consciously noticing how my feelings, focus and energies are shifting for the better of myself and the daily decisions I make. Today's Daily Calm was about how our mindfulness and decision making can help bring our ecological system back to a place of health and prosperity. Below is the message from today's Daily Calm.
In this modern existence we enjoy many conveniences and luxuries. As we go about our day, commuting to work, eating meals and charging devices, our world can sometimes convince us that it exists for us to consume. But of course, behind our consumption is a fragile ecology. Our use of food, transport and energy, has an impact on the planets water, atmosphere, and biodiversity. So because every choice we make impacts this environment, the power to care for our precious planet is in our hands. Many of us are aware of the growing imperative to be conscious of our ecological footprint. But I imagine it's true for most of us, that whatever action we’re taking now, there’s still much more we can do. So here’s a simple exercise to help bring mindfulness to our environmental impact. Through out the day, as we make choices of food, heating, shopping and transportation, we can simply pause and reflect on each individual action. Mindfulness is about being present to each moment. It’s about a deeper awareness of our thoughts, emotions and actions. So as we turn on the tap, reach for a snack or plan a trip, we can pause, reflect on our choice and consider it’s impact. We can ask ourselves, how we can preserve water, use less energy and reduce waste. How we can act in ways that are cleaner, healthier and more efficient. We’ve only got one home and it’s a miraculous one. When in each choice we make we have the opportunity to care for our future world. So as you encounter the natural world during your day, try to see everything as with in your care. For every tree and tree frog, cloud and cardinal, rock and river, feel a sense of gratitude and responsibility. As Jon Kabat-Zinn said, “We take care of the future best by taking care of the present now.”