I am lying in the bath soaking up the heat and sensations of being immersed.
Thoughts float on the surface of my mind like the bubbles that surround me.
A bubble pops and a thought erupts. “This body covered by my skin is my ecosystem. When I do things, eat things, say things that impact my ecosystem negatively, I am harming my world.”
Fact is, my ecosystem is connected and dependent upon the ecosystems of everyone in my life, everyone I encounter, know, meet, have never met because my ecosystem is not an independent system, it relies upon the ecosystems of the world to live, breathe, move and thrive.”
I know. Heady thoughts while lying in the bath, but sometimes, you just gotta flow where the current goes.
We are all connected. Not just we humans, but the squirrel bouncing from limb to limb of the naked trees outside my window. The river flowing eastward. The snow covering the ground. The Arctic Vortex that covers our city in its ‘cold dome’ right now.
We and it and they are all connected. Interdependent. Intertwined. Participating in, supporting and being part of one universe.
What we do today makes a difference.
What we do with our time, thoughts, actions — it all matters. Not just to each of us individually but to the world and all its inhabitants, everywhere.
I awoke this morning. Arctic air surrounds my home. I am warm inside.
Outside my window, snow covers the ground, the river flows, trees stand naked, cars drive across the bridge towards the city centre.
I do not know exactly what this day will bring. Every moment is a moment for magic to erupt, for miracles to unfold, for the exquisite nature of life to reveal itself again and again.
I can stay open, expectant, excited by the magic or I can close the blinds and stay hunkered down inside the comfort of my home.
And as I type, I spy the unexpected. A bicyclist pedals across the pedestrian bridge towards downtown. It is minus Arctic outside and he is riding his bike through the freshly fallen snow.
If I’d closed the blinds I would have missed the moment of wonder of his passing by.
Today, let me live with my eyes wide open to the possibility of magic, miracles and wonder. Let me breathe deeply into the awe of the intricate beauty and unexpected nature of this fragile planet upon which I walk and breathe and live my life connected to the world around me, part of the ecosystem of all.