Being a servant of Mother Nature
Being a servant of Mother Nature, but not of other human beings.
Before all this COVID started officially in our country, I was in Nature. I was in Nature to rest there and feel the joy of being its part. And got absolute satisfaction for all long day after. So, what did I do there? The same what is already usual for me, the same – I was collecting the garbage from Nature’s folds.
It was quite cold there, and my fingers, gathering tiny shreds of plastic from water were swollen and painful. It was not of worries for me, I was seeking my goal.
Some plastics, garbage were newly left in Nature, but lots of it were there for years and already started to integrate into the soil or dissolving microparticles in natural water pools – a small lake.
One could say: “That’s great! You see, plastic is decomposing!” But, we should understand that decomposition of plastic elements to soil or water is a toxic process.
Decomposition of plastic elements to soil or water is a toxic process. More so, it decomposes firstly to smaller particles and birds or animals can mistake it for food. Link for more information: https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/microplastics.html
Would you like to drink water (or to give to your child) if knowing that there are chemical pollutants in it? Of course not. Why do we think the birds, animals and fishes are ready to swallow it?
While collecting garbage from Nature, you naturally are doing reverences, hundreds of times, because you are cleaning the soil and water around.
Reverence is the way of radical respect. By showing our respect to Nature directly, with reverence, we become a part of it and live in harmony with ourselves and the world around.
From the spiritual point of view, Reverence is the way of radical respect. It recognizes and honors the presence of the sacred in everything — our bodies, other people, animals, plants, rocks, the earth, and the waters (by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat at https://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/practices/alphabet/view/28/reverence).
Reverence is also a powerful physical exercise, connecting lower and upper body parts by enhanced lungs’ ventilation and blood flow.
Guys, I would say with a smile, but the best sport in Nature is collecting garbage! Physical and mental satisfaction are guaranteed!
First time I started to collect OUR (humans’) garbage from Nature in 2014, I guess. In my living region this kind if activity was not well-known, and by myself, I only read on internet that it is possible, but never saw anyone doing that. In people eyes, who were passing by with their dogs, was a confusion – “What does that homeless do?” Is she homeless?… That time I dragged away to the nearest container around 7-10 kg of garbage in each hand. I was so exited! And so well-feeling physically, as after super sports.
Some friends are telling me that it is not my work to do so, there are special services and organisations who deal with clean-ups. Yep, if majority of us are still thinking this way, next generation – we, being elderly, and our children – would probably consume plastics directly as those whales year ago… Link to the info: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/03/whale-dies-88-pounds-plastic-philippines/
Tips for responsible humans:
Even if there is a garbage bin close to your picnic place in Nature – don’t put the garbage there. Take it with you to the city and through away there, because:
- a) garbage bins at Nature spaces are already jam-packed,
- b) cleaning services are always busy and those jam-packed bins are staying there for a long time,
- c) if a wind will blow – it will blow all light garbage plastics away for miles,
- d) if not a wind – animals, birds will do their job the same day and strew all over the space, because they used to scrabble in bins
Tips for responsible humans after COVID-19:
- Look around and be sure that everybody around is doing the same (see tips above)
Reduce. Reuse. Recycle