The “Thought for Today” in Anu Garg’s “A.Word.A.Day” for January 22, 2013:
I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech-tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines.
Henry David Thoreau, naturalist and author (1817-1862)
I am of the nature to grow old. There is no way to escape growing old.
I am of the nature to have ill-health. There is no way to escape having ill-health.
I am of the nature to die. There is no way to escape death.
All that is dear to me and everyone that I love are of the nature to change. There is no way to escape being separated from them.
My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground on which I stand.
Video via The Dish (where there are more links to Alan Watts lectures).
Quote via Thich Nhat Hanh’s “The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching.”
Let’s Raise a (Nature) Revolution in Our Kids
The statistics on the dwindling time kids spend outdoors these days is alarming. On average, children spend 50% less time outdoors than they did 20 years ago. Outdoor time is being replaced by more ‘screen time’ at younger ages. At the same time, and not coincidentally, we see rising rates of health concerns in our youth such as obesity, ADHD and depression. The rates of each of these conditions have been shown to be lower, however, in kids who play outside. Similar to adults, exposure to nature lowers stress in children and increases their learning potential. Plus, kids who participate in outdoor, nature-based activities at a young age are more likely to develop a positive attitude about the environment. Read more in Sylvia Fallon’s blog.
“A great silence is spreading over the natural world,” by John Vidal
Krause, whose electronic music with Paul Beaver was used on classic films like Rosemary’s Baby and Apocalypse Now, and who worked regularly with Bob Dylan, George Harrison and The Byrds, has spent 40 years recording over 15,000 species, collecting 4,500 hours of sound from many of the world’s pristine habitats. But such is the rate of species extinction and the deterioration of pristine habitat that he estimates half these recordings are now archives, impossible to repeat because the habitats no longer exist or because they have been so compromised by human noise. His tapes are possibly the only record of the original diversity of life in these places.
“In nothing does man, with his grand notions of heaven and charity, show forth his innate, low-bred, wild animalism more clearly than in his treatment of his brother beasts. From the shepherd with his lambs to the red-handed hunter, it is the same; no recognition of rights — only murder in one form or another.”
- John Muir, naturalist, explorer, and writer (1838-1914)
From Anu Garg’s AWAD