Breath Of Ecology

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I found this in a handbook for public school teachers in England to inspire their students...


"To those who find little or no beauty in their surroundings, direct their attention to the ever- changing panorama of beauty above."


How often do we lift our senses to perceive what is freely available and inspiring above, such as the color of the sky, the beauty of the clouds, the array of stars and planets, sunrises and sunsets, and now and then, a rainbow?


Concerning what is beneath us, we automatically think that we are standing on top of the planet that is not moving, while actually, we are standing on the side of it, held on by gravity, while it's rotating on its axis at 1,000 mph to cause night and day, and revolving 600,000,000 miles around the sun to cause seasons at a rate of 66,000 mph.


To travel that latter speed, we could go from San Francisco to Washington D.C. in three minutes.


Unfortunately, most of us have our minds and senses lodged in happenings immediately surrounding us, which act as blinders to the awareness of the miracles of nature.


As human beings, "created in the image and likeness of God," we should put more effort into living on a higher plane.

Written by:  Sr. Joel:  a Dominican Sister of Peace who lives in Springfield, KY.  She is a native of New Orleans  and has been a teacher, school and parish administrator, social worker, religious educator, and missionary.  She has written "Breath of Ecology" for local newspapers and has published a book under the same title.

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