Sunday, October 10, 2021

Sunday, Saying Yes to the World

When we plant a tree we are planting ourselves. Releasing dolphins back to the wild, we are ourselves returning home. Composting leftovers, we are being reborn as irises and apples. We can "think like a mountain," in Aldo Leopold's words, and we can discover ourselves to be everywhere and in everything, and we can know the activity of the world as not separate from who we are but rather of what we are. The practice of the "nonlocal self" means that when we work for the restoration of the rain forest, we are restoring our "extended" self.

Joan Halifax Roshi, The Fruitful Darkness


Barbara Rogers said...

Have a great Sunday, and the new week ahead. That's practicing non-permanent time.

Tabor said...

Trees are the breath of the world and if they could talk OR if we could listen there would be a wealth of information.