You live in a fast-paced, noisy and high-tech world. This modern way of life has caused disastrous results for Planet Earth. It alienates you from your Divine Source and from the natural world. By reconnecting with Earth and your true Self, you can create a new way of being. You renew your life meaning and purpose.

You live in a world separated from Planet Earth.

For the past 300 years we have viewed the universe as a vast machine that moved according to fixed, mathematical laws. We saw ourselves as the pinnacle of creation. The natural world and its resources existed primarily for human use. This false way of viewing the world has led to the current degradation of Earth’s ecosystems. And this perspective has served to separate us from the natural world.

We have arrived at a crossroads in this new millennium. The major problems of our time are systemic problems that cannot be solved in isolation. Their solutions require a change in values. We must understand that our actions now affect generations to come and the whole of creation. Our choices now create our future.

You live in a world disconnected from Earth’s natural rhythms.

Artificial ways of measuring time now govern our lives. Clocks and calendars record the march of time. Our scheduling books overflow with dates, deadlines and things to do. But we pay a high price for this false way of thinking about time. Chronic stress and ill health come from putting technology first.

By observing the rhythms of time in nature—the sun’s path across the sky, the growth of seeds, the changing seasons—we realize that time is not a mechanical measure. It measures process. By detaching from clock time for even a short while, we allow ourselves some moments of sanctified laziness. In that quiet space we come back in touch with who we really are. We find the humility and courage to express our true Self in the world.

You can create a new way of being in the world.

Sacred wisdom and science reveal a powerful truth. Everything in the universe is connected with everything else. It is time that we see the universe as an integrated whole and feel our connection to this whole. It is time that we honor the oneness that is at the heart of being fully human and spiritually aware. It is time that we expand our commitment toward Earth and the world community.

Modern life alienates you from the natural world and from your true Self. But recent studies show that you can change your ways of thinking and feeling. You can create a new way of being in the world.

Science also shows that spending time in nature has an energetic effect on your state of being. It impacts your mood, your immune system and the self you are becoming. Step away from your busy life and walk alone in nature. This quiet time restores your inner balance. You recognize your deepest thoughts and feelings. You reconnect with Earth and your true Self. You return to the world with a renewed sense of life meaning and purpose.

Author's Bio: 

Dr. Mary Beth Ford is the author of Wisdom from the Gardens—Life Lessons and creator of the CD Garden Wisdom—5 Ways to Grow in Life Balance and Joy. She specializes in the area of life balance, which she describes as balance between outer world and inner Self. In her work Mary Beth shares five powerful garden lessons for living with balance and joy. She helps busy people live with Spirit in the world. Using nature images she offers us a new way of seeing ourselves and our world.

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