The ways that we are connected to the Universe, are basically what this site is all about. On the About page, you can find a video of ecological writer Satish Kumar, who says that the answer to stopping climate change is not ‘a new kind of power of industry’ but about changing our ‘ownership of nature’ to one of ‘relationship with nature’. We’ve all heard that phrase about ‘a butterfly fluttering its wings can cause a hurricane the other side of the earth’. It’s not strictly that simple – but the sentiment is. If you drop a plastic bottle into the sea and the tide carries it to the Antarctica (made warmer due to fossil fuels), the seal that chokes does not feed the polar bear that is dying from melting ice. We are all inter-related to each other.
- This Phenomenal Life is a wonderfully entertaining and educational book, full of facts on how we share our world with other species and the natural world. From the vast galaxies above to miniature microbes within, humans are organically connected to the complex cycles and mysterious processes of our universe. For example, the first page has a beautiful illustration of a jellyfish (nature) and a can-opener (not nature!) Every single atom of our body is made of remnants of stars and massive explosions in the galaxies. And we share the same biochemical basis of life: from a single-celled amoeba to a giant blue whale.
- Earth Verse is a beautifully illustrated guide to explore our planet, through poetry & art. Sometimes you need to use some of your right brain, to appreciate rather than just ‘number-crunch’ with your left brain. This stunning picture book is sure to inspire you. From the hidden wonders of fossils, rocks and the water cycle, to awe-inspiring volcanoes, thunderstorms and glaciers – discover the ways the world works, in this unique and beautiful approach to earth science. Sally M Walker is an geology graduate.
Yogi’s Thoughts on Earth Connections
Yogi Cameron grew up in Iran with an English mother, then when war broke out, he came to boarding school in England. He never finished college, as he was ‘discovered on the street’, and went onto become one of the world’s top supermodels. But after a few years, he gave it all up to visit India to study yoga and Ayurveda. Today he runs (with his yogini wife) Inspire Living, a lovely site where they offer pay-what-you-want (free if you have no money) membership to life’s wisdom. Here’s what he thinks on our connection to the universe:
Universal energy is all around me, because I am energy. And I can connect to everything that is of energy. Because my dog, my friend, my parents – whoever – is energy. The tree, the rock, absolutely animate or inanimate objects. They’re all energy. Yogi Cameron
Steve’s Take on Energy
Steve Ross is a very wise and funny yoga teacher from California, who used to play guitar with the big 70s bands. But he also was a yogi. The latter won out and he spent years in India, learning with the real gurus. His book Happy Yoga is a really good read, and gets right to the heart of how we are all just ‘salty bags of soup’, vibrating bodies of energy, and he then gives us 7 reasons there is nothing to worry about (no love, bad career, being fat, death etc). It’s a wonderful read, life-changing book:
I said to my teacher: ‘I want to go to India. I want to become a monk’. He replied ‘I am India. So you stay with me’. Then he said ‘Silence is in the heart, not outside. And if you want to be a monk, shave your head’. Shaving the head is symbolic of letting go of your past, and making a fresh start. But at the time my long hair was also symbolic of being very cool and groovy. I had hair down to my waist and a beard, because I was living mostly on fruit. I looked a little like Jesus, after the forty-day fast. Then my teacher asked me ‘How much are you meditating?’ I told him. ‘A couple of hours a day’. He said ‘That’s good, but you need to eat more rich dense food, otherwise the powerful energy will eat you up’. Basically my spiritual teacher told me to shave my head and eat fattening food. Steve Ross, Happy Yoga