|The World We Are|
|Written by Wake Up NL|
|Sunday, 22 May 2011 18:02|
Wake Up Retreat from 23. to 30. September on Mindfulness, Deep Ecology and Permaculture at the EIAB in Germany
Let us wake up together, let us move from being homo sapiens to homo conscius! Conscious of the state of our environment, we young people will come together in this 7-day retreat to cultivate collective awakening and explore Deep Ecology, our nature of Interbeing. We will look deeply to see that the world and its creatures are nothing less than an extension of ourselves.
Together we will enjoy the conditions for happiness available in the present moment and learn how take care of our inner and outer environment through mindful breathing, walking, sitting, eating, smiling, relaxing, playing and cultivating brotherhood and sisterhood. We will discover concrete ways to establish an intimate conversation with Mother Earth and apply the insight of Interbeing into our own daily lives. We will do this through presentations, sharings and workshops on the Five Mindfulness Trainings, Deep Ecology and Permaculture. Trees will be planted at the end of the retreat to express our love and gratitude towards Mother Earth, our ancestors, present and future generations, and all beings.
"People sometimes ask me how our species can reconcile with planet Earth after all the harm we have caused. We can reconcile with Mother Earth by practicing walking meditation. On every step we can kiss the earth with our feet, with love, with the promise that we will stop our current course of destroying Mother Earth. If we continue abusing the earth this way, there is no doubt that our civilization will be destroyed. This turnaround takes enlightenment, awakening. The Buddha attained individual awakening. Now we need a collective enlightenment to stop this course of destruction.
One day during meditation, I was contemplating global warming. With some anguish, I asked Nature this question: “Nature, do you think we can rely on you?” I asked the question because I know that Nature is intelligent; she knows how to react, sometimes violently, to reestablish balance. And I heard the answer in the form of another question: “Can I rely on you?” The question was being put back to me: can Nature rely on humans? And after a long, deep breathing, I said, “Yes, you can mostly rely on me.” And then I heard Nature’s answer, “Yes, you can also mostly rely on me.” That was a very deep conversation I had with Nature.