I live in a blacktop jungle. But it’s the primal black of lava rock, not unending miles of asphalt.
I haven’t seen a Firefox, but I’ve stumbled upon a wild pig. And mongoose dart daringly across the red road as I Safari to my destinations. No Apples here, but avocados, coconuts, bananas, and papayas fall from the trees.
Nature. Alive. In my face. Teasing all my senses.
Not stolen names for the hottest brands devised by marketing gurus for the latest technological device, internet rival, or social media extravaganza.
Living beings with wild hearts, inquisitive minds, and undying souls.
If you live in a big city, nature – in this resplendent abundance – may not be so obvious to you. But wherever you are, there’s the sky above and the earth below. A city still teems with organisms galore though they may go unnoticed or be difficult to see.
Reflection: Who Owns the Land?
Do you ever stop to wonder who owns the land?
That’s the reflection for this week inspired by this quote from Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche.
“When we buy a house or piece of land, we feel some kind of satisfaction that the land is now ours. But there are already numerous beings on that land who did not participate in our real estate transaction. There are a great number of non-physical beings who we can’t see with our physical eyes as well as many substantial visible beings such as insects, birds, and animals that dwell in the trees or burrow in the ground. In some sense, they own the land, too. They will fight others of their kind to preserve their own space and maintain their boundaries, just as we do. Yet we come on the land and dig up their burrows, cut down the tress that hold their nests, uproot the plants they use for food, and destroy their eggs and their babies. How would you react if some other type of being suddenly occupied your home, moved or broke all your things, or buried your house under concrete? We bring this kind of harm to other beings that are visible to us and we also bring this kind of harm to beings invisible to us.”
-from Healing with Form, Energy, and Light by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
So who owns the land? What do you think? This quotation stirred me up. What does this quotation stir up for you?
This article is part of a weekly series of reflective exercises to help you – and me – uproot limiting thoughts, emotions, views, and habits. See more mini-mind challenges.
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