LIVING WITH NATURE
Our natural environment reflects to us constantly that we are part of something very grand. From the tiniest flower growing through a crack in the pavement, in a place you would least expect it, to the vastness and wonder of the night sky and the Universe: the former perhaps offering us an example of the ability to thrive in even the least hospitable of environments; the latter, that there is so much more. Indeed, many of us as children were enthralled by the wonder of the night sky and the vast silence, stillness and spaciousness it holds.
Nature provides us with the opportunity to feel our own true nature with its endless flow, beauty and harmony. Nature also provides multiple opportunities for us to feel our Oneness – our interconnectedness to each other and to everything. Water is a wonderful example of this, having much to teach us. We can indeed liken the qualities of water, and our relationship with it, to our own behaviours and ways of being as human beings.
For example, the water that pours into Lake Taupō via the Tongariro River arrives sparkling, crystal clear and fresh from its mountainous origins. It has a transparency and clearness of quality, making it easy to see into its depths. How often do we as human beings allow that depth of transparency or clarity to be seen in ourselves? We’ve all witnessed the innocence of a child and how openly they show themselves. From the vast Lake Taupō it flows into the beginnings of the Waikato River (Waikato meaning ‘flowing water’) and makes its way through the narrow canyon of the Huka Falls where the profound power of water can be seen, heard and felt. Charged and invigorated, the river winds on, impacted by various human activity, until its eventual release into the ocean at Port Waikato, having lost much of its sparkle.
Could the environmental issues that face us today be saying something about how we are as human beings within? And, if we want to bring balance and true harmony back to the natural world, our Planet Earth that we are part of, then perhaps we can start by bringing these qualities back into ourselves and how we are with each other?
How many of us can relate to that mighty Waikato river, losing our sparkle as we move through life?
Are we affected by destructive and abusive behaviour around us, from the attitudes and thoughts of others, and the pressures of modern life?
Our environment is constantly showing us where we are at and how we are - much like a mirror. Has the time come to look into that mirror, to take an honest look at what we see, and make the needed changes that are there waiting for us to embrace? If we do this, then not only do we move on, but we share our well-being with every step we take, naturally appreciating, respecting and honouring nature by treading more gently upon this living organism that nurtures us all.