LOVE FOR THE EARTH

The historic Buddha woke up to the impermanence of all things.
Today’s Buddha wakes up to the impermanence of the Earth as well.

The historic Buddha woke up to the oneness, the interbeing nature of all things.
Today’s Buddha wakes up to how everything he/she does, from breathing, to eating, to driving, has an effect on the Earth.

Impermanence makes love urgent, and the wisdom of interbeing makes love all-embracing. Let us shop, drive, eat with love for the Earth in our hearts.

Let us remember that today, everything we do is multiplied by 8 billion—wasting a drop of water has now become wasting 8 billion drops. Wasting a drop of gas has become wasting one and a half million drops—the number of registered cars. The car is a magic carpet that hides its stink from its driver. Let us think twice before accelerating and braking.
Let us bike or use public transport when possible.

Let us wear clothes till they become old, and not only till they become boring.
Let us see the colours of spring and the colours of autumn as the miracles they are.
And let us find ways to be not only a burden, but a gift to the Earth, .

Consider starting a car trip by singing
“Row, row, row your boat” to these words:

Roll, roll, roll along, gently down the street,
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
this drive is a treat.

Drive down the street, flowing like a stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
life is but a dream.

Lightly, like a kite, let your spirits lift,
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
each day is a gift,

Through the neighbourhood
gently make your way,
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
have a pleasant day.


REVERENCE IS THE NATURE OF MY LOVE is a love song
based on a Thich Nhat Hanh calligraphy.
(Part of the Basket of Plums collection available from Parallax Press)
It is sung by Emily King (click here to listen).

Reverence is the nature of my love, my love,
Reverence is the nature of my love.
I bow to the bushes, I bow to the flowers,
I bow to the singing birds in the trees,
I bow to the mountains, I bow to the rivers,
I bow to the dancing bees.


For another a musical meditation on love for the Earth,
Click here to listen
to LOVE THE EARTH, LOVE YOURSELF.