My inner-prompting to recycle again, spurred on by a magazine article, even though the apartments I live in don’t offer the service, has led me on a mind-trip, one I have not enjoyed. Bottles of products I use, like the Clorox kitchen cleaner or the bathroom air freshener, and other things like drain cleaners and furniture polish and many more (think of all the products you use) have paraded through my mind like a line of wild party-goers, some even sticking their tongues out at me. (Yes, I do know I have ‘quite an imagination.’)
I thought of the Earth and all the garbage we humans create, especially us Americans because we mostly don’t think about the Earth, and was overwhelmed. I remembered a news report about the State of California trucking massive amounts of garbage to our state and paying us to dump it here. “It’s impossible,” I thought. “It’s too late. Plastic is God to manufacturers and retailers and it never breaks down. What can we, or Mother Earth, do?”
Then, when I was meditating this morning, I saw a picture in my mind. It was an immense Being of Light and we humans were on its skin and wherever a whole bunch of us gathered it was as though a disease was spreading, making dark holes in the skin. Then I heard a great belly laugh and everywhere we and the disease had spread was absorbed by waves of Light from the Being’s body. I heard in my mind, “When the shift in consciousness happens, your Mother will be healed by the Light she holds within herself.” Ever ready with yet another question, I asked, “So it doesn’t matter what we do? I don’t need to care about the Earth?”
“Inaccurate assumption,” I heard in my mind. “The actions of those who care about the Earth and other people, are helping to bring about the shift in consciousness. Do what you can, each of you, and you will share, and share in, the gifts of Love. It is never too late to care.”
That makes sense, doesn’t it, that it’s never too late to care? We can all do little things, like joining those who recycle the plastic, glass and cardboard they use, and don’t let the water run needlessly, and turn the lights off when we leave a room. According to the Great Being of Light, what we do, matters. We need not feel overwhelmed. Instead, let us share our gratitude with all of life, secure in the knowledge that the effect of our caring actions is Love.
Note: Compostible kitchen garbage bags are available at http://www.reuseit.com.