I am happy and honoured to have been tagged by the the secret keeper to participate in the ‘3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge’. Many thanks to the Secret Keeper for including me in this ‘chain romp’. Many of my readers will know of her blog, a place of poetry, literature, reviews, humour, philosophy, photography, and amazing visual art. You may also be fortunate to know of her, as I do, as a generous and thoughtful commentator.
The rules for the 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge:
1. Thank the blogger, who nominated you.
2. Share one new quote on three consecutive days on your blog. They can be from anywhere, anyone, or anything that inspires you… Which means, it can be from yourself, too!
3. On each of the three days, nominate 3 more bloggers to carry on this mission impossible endeavor (if they dare!).
Kyrosmagica–‘Blogging about writing and books…a debut author.’
Andy Townend–‘Photographer, writer, poet’
Rantings of a Third Kind–‘The blog about everything and nothing…’
And now, without further ado, my response to the Challenge:
It will be no surprise to my regular readers that a Nature thread runs through my three responses to the Challenge. Each author quoted is unique, and each can inspire us as bloggers, and as people trying to thrive in a complicated world.
Today, I begin with Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist monk speaking of interconnectedness; tomorrow I will feature photographer and environmentalist, Yann Arthus-Bertrand; and on Friday, the words of Dr. Jane Goodall, author, activist, and public speaker, aim to inspire empowerment and hope.
The water in our flesh, our bones, and all the microscopic cells inside our bodies all come from the Earth and are part of the Earth. The Earth is not just the environment we live in. We are the earth and we are always carrying her within us.–Thich Nhat Hanh, Love Letter to the Earth.
Love Letter to the Earth was published in 2013 by Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet, and peace activist. Living in exile, in France, he leads Plum Village, Mindfulness Practice Centre. Thich Nhat Hanh’s writings on mindfulness, breathing, meditation, love, and peace are studied worldwide by people of many religious backgrounds.
I haven’t read the full text of Love letter to the Earth, but it is now on my list. I first got wind of this recent work when reading about Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Climate Change Convention. According to a Globe and Mail report, she keeps the book by her bedside wherever she goes. Perhaps there is no coincidence that the recent UN sponsored anthem is called Love song to the earth. The connection will be even more apparent when you read the quotations below.
In Love Letter to the Earth, Thich Nhat Hanh calls for nothing short of a spiritual revolution. His book is not about climate change or fossil fuels,–it’s about our relationship to the world around us. He says: “We have to change our whole relationship to the Earth”. From alienation and separation, we need to develop a non-dualistic understanding of the nature of things. In other words, we are not separate from nature or the cosmos. Nature is in us and we are in Nature. In his book, Thich Nhat Hanh offers a path to a greater sense of interconnectedness. Here are two more samples of his words:
The entire universe can be seen in a flower. If we look deeply into the flower, we can see the sun, the soil, the rain, and the gardener. Similarly when we look deeply into the Earth we can see the presence of the whole cosmos.
…..…we can see that the Earth is truly alive. We are a living, breathing manifestation of this beautiful and generous planet. Knowing this we can transform our relationship to the Earth…We will fall completely in love with the Earth…That is the relationship each of us must have with the Earth if the Earth is to survive, and if we are to survive as well.
Thich Nhat Hanh, Love Letter to the Earth