We do not possess our home, our children or even our body. They are only given to us a short while to treat with care and respect. ~Zen teaching
“We are what we thought”, says a Buddhist teaching. A reminder to nurture an aspiration of thinking the most wholesome and positive thoughts I can, now. I can imagine homes, even cities built-in harmony with nature. Built of materials which are local, natural and processed on-sites most conducive to supporting needs, not only of people, but also the landscape and other living beings. In many areas this may be achieved using straw bales, other areas may best use adobe, and/or wood. Well insulated, energy-efficient. Smartly designed, carbon neutral, properly placed to benefit from natural, passive solar heating and cooling. Small houses with ancient and/or modern energy efficiency technologies. Large porches for shade, cooling and socializing with others. Solar panels, wind turbines, anti-gravity, or other free energy sources. Well lit with natural and low energy artificial lighting, such as LED’s. Water conservation, and re-use systems to most efficiently utilize this most valuable source of life: water. It makes me happy knowing that there are so many who are taking actions which move us all in the direction of sustainability. So that a future is possible for people and other living things. Not waiting for government or corporate benefactors to save us.
In the unknown future, it’s possible for us and our descendants to thrive. Moving into the difficulties with positive actions and smiles despite inevitable sacrifice. We can overcome the barrier of ignorance and cultivate collective understanding by educating ourselves and each other. Cooperatively, supporting each other, and feeling supported. Plugging into our greatest collective power source; the power of love. We can start by simply smiling, then with a small step, such as opening windows to let in fresh air & blow out our own pollution, breathe fresh air, and regulate home’s temperature. A simple, loving act towards ourselves. I read that 80% of Americans don’t even open their windows. Breathing in, my home feels fresh. Breathing out, I smile.
Wisely thinking thoughts of sustainable ways of living. Recognizing that the future depends on what we think and do, now. Smiling together with fellow, compassionate hearts. Can’t you see the smile on these fresh faces of optimism?
“In the garbage I see the rose. In the rose I see the garbage. Everything is in transformation. Even permanence is impermanent.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh