We borrow this planet from our children seems to put it into perspective for me.
When i was studying at the Ecoforestry Institute in Oregon, Dennis Martinez asked us “when you are doing a timber cruise or an ecosystem map for a sustainable harvest, sit in the forest for a few moments and be silent, eat your lunch, or drink some tea and ask yourself “what do i want this forest to look like in 500 years?””
That blew my mind! It has stuck with me and I realize that it helps me to see past my nose and into the future for our children and their children’s children.
I want to live simply, so that others can simply live is another great prayer or mantra to meditate on.
I have also learned about my ego and it’s need to be right and not wrong. My ego is over protective of my feelings. In the pursuit of optimum health for all beings, I hope others will help me to understand this path and guide me when i’m astray. It is only together that we will build healthy people, families, communities, and shelters; and only then will we be witness to a healthy planet.
“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.” Masanobu Fukuoka
The same can be said for the ultimate goal of building a shelter.