Community: Protecting The Arctic Ocean, by Parvati Devi
The global ecological crisis is a wake-up call for us all. It is not only a call to act with greater compassionate understanding of how interconnected we are. It is an opportunity for each one of us to wake up to the magnificence of our true nature, which is love. A collective is only as strong as its individuals. If we want to change our environment, we need to transform ourselves.
The planet is a complex living organism with wisdom and compassion beyond what we can understand. It continually responds to the energy we put out and we respond to it. Our planet reflects our collective state of global consciousness and how we collectively treat each other, our environment and ourselves. At this time, many people are driven by fear and greed, living with short-term desires to get rather than give and serve. Most of us are taught to look out for “me”, rather than think about and care for “we”.
Most of us do not know or care how our food gets to our table or how it was grown. We don’t know the tailor or cobblers that made our clothes and shoes. We can buy mangos in January in Canada that have traveled thousands of miles, at the cost of gallons of fossil fuels and emitting pounds of greenhouse gases. We have lost touch with the impact of our actions on our environment. What we think, feel and do affects all beings, everywhere, including the planet herself. We feel we can control, outsmart, out-do Nature. And Nature cries louder than ever to be heard: I am here.
What about global food shortages, floods, droughts, and hurricanes? Like a person with a raging fever to shake off an invasive virus, so too, the planet is feverish, trying to shake off the weight we put on her: the physical toxins we emit in the air, water and food, and the etheric toxins we emit in selfish actions and distorted thoughts.
We tend to live disconnected from the whole, thinking somehow we will find the love we seek by wanting more. Yet we are already love. We are already loved. Our mother is calling us to stop, make amends, practice humility, listen to one another and listen to the still, small voice within. When will we reconnect with the beauty we already are, but have forgotten? We are her children. We come from her. We sustain her as she sustains us. We go back to her. She is the mother we all share.
Nature’s agitation is not separate from our own. We cannot walk away from it and pretend it is not happening, just as we would not walk away from a person in distress. Yet like participants in a global hit and run, we outpour toxins onto our mother, and keep on going, expecting no consequence for our actions.
We are being called to a new kind of action, one that understands that our wealth is global health because we are all connected. Every cell of your body is born on the Earth. She not only runs through your veins, she is the very stuff of which our veins are made. By resting in this undeniable unity, compassion calls us to wise action. As a child of the Earth, as a steward of the land, do you hear the call to give voice in communion with Nature to help protect the life that sustains all?
Whether you feel the impulse to open an organic café, apologize to someone, turn your company 100% green, work lovingly with people you judged as bad, tithe your income to protect wildlife, plant trees, save our water systems – whatever it is – that voice is waiting to be heard by you. That voice is Her call, reminding you that you are not alone. We are One Earth Family.
In response to the call, we founded the not-for-profit company parvati.org. Our mandate is “Supporting a healthy environment and healthy people so that we have a healthy world”. We are looking for research volunteers to support the success of our first campaign for the newly founded not-for-profit organization www.parvati.org to stop seismic bombing in the Arctic Ocean by big oil companies. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you feel interested.
Parvati Devi is the editor-in-chief of Parvati Magazine and an internationally recognized Canadian musician, yogi and new thought leader. As a chart-topping touring musician, Parvati spearheads the Post New-Age musical genre with her independent success hit single “Yoga in the Nightclub”. She founded YEM: Yoga as Energy Medicine, a powerful yoga method that combines energy work and yoga poses. Her critically acclaimed self-help debut book “Confessions of a Former Yoga Junkie – A Revolutionary Life Makeover for the Sincere Spiritual Seeker” is currently in its third edition.