The following thoughts have been inspired by reading the fictional novels – “Breakfast with Buddha, and Lunch with Buddha written by my favorite author Roland Merullo.
Native Americans made few lasting architectural masterpieces (although I have been told Cliff Dwellings are pretty incredible), they made no great libraries, had no in-depth modern scientific knowledge of our world or outer space yet they lived so much in harmony with the earth and other living species that they had a thriving civilization and culture for a thousand years or more.
We have made many valuable and important advances and have so much scientific, technological and historical knowledge, yet we are destroying our planet. We manipulate the physical universe outside of us more skillfully than any nation that’s ever existed and we live almost in a state of oblivion to what is actually going on in the natural world around us and demonstrate very little awareness of what goes on inside of our own minds and bodies.
Maybe it’s time for us to combine our technological knowledge of the outside world with a deeper knowledge of both our external and internal environment. In other words Mind, Body and Habitat. Inside and out. The ancient Chinese referred to it as balance. Moderation in ALL things is the key to a healthy life.
Mindfulness and meditation can help us regain and maintain a sense of balance in our physical and mental health and help us to live our lives more in harmony with nature and our environment at the same time.