Stoic week Day 7 Being Part of Nature & Caring for It

Morning. Read today’s text and base your morning meditation on thinking about nature as a providential and ordered whole.

Being Part of Nature and Caring for It Morning Text for Reflection The works of the gods are full of providence, and the works of fortune are not separate from nature or the interweaving and intertwining of the things governed by providence. Everything flows from there. Further factors are necessity and the benefit of the whole universe, of which you are a part. What is brought by the nature of the whole and what maintains that nature is good for each part of nature. Just as the changes in the elements maintain the universe so too do the changes in the compounds. — Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 2.

I always feel that I am part of nature. The world is so big that small little human squabbling is insignificant just like a drop of water in the sea. I am virtually just a tiny part of the humans race that do need to make sure we need to balance our needs without the destruction of nature and other living things. However, we as humans are not doing justice to nature.

That’s the reason why I wanted to work on projects that contributes to a sustainable and circular economy.

Midday. Take longer (20-30 minutes) to sit quietly and contemplate the View from Above, using the audio recording provided.

The ‘View from Above’ is a guided visualisation that is aimed at instilling a sense of the ‘bigger picture’, and of understanding your role within nature as a whole. You can practise a visualization of the ‘View from Above’ by downloading the audio recording provided.

My thoughts, I slept mid day.

Evening. Read today’s evening text, and base your evening meditation on thinking about yourself as an integral part of nature. Think about how you could improve that relationship, for instance by thinking more about the effect of your actions on the natural environment.

Evening Text for Reflection I travel along nature’s way until I fall down and take my rest, breathing out my last into the air, from which I draw my daily breath, and falling down to that earth from which my father drew his seed, my mother her blood and my nurse her milk, and from which for so many years I have taken my daily food and drink, the earth which carries my footsteps and which I have used to the full in so many ways. — Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 5.

Evening thoughts: Since I started practicing minimalism, I reduce spending on useless things. I stopped browsing on Qoo10 and other online shopping places and I spent my time reading and learning.

When I was young, my mom used to put me in front of the tv watching documentary while feeding me. I love animals show and listened to how they sleep, eat and live. Even though living in Singapore, a tiny country with very little natural resources, my exposure to nature was through the television show.

Like today, when I go grocery shopping, I will bring my recycling bags. Singapore is a place where plastic bags are offered at the counters. Our trash are then burned to the ash. Despite that, I think reducing consumption is one way I can do for the earth.

At work, my wish is to reduce wastes our company produces. Fortunately, the company I am working in, take care of the people and the earth. In my perfect world, the wastes we produced will be used for other purpose, making circular economy true.

In fact, on a daily basis, I wear a set of dresses that appears the same every week. After donating most of my clothes to the salvation army, I am left with a few work dresses. Most importantly, being neat and clean and smell nice will do fine to show respect to others.

Too many years, some humans have destroyed the earth with their insane thirst for wealth, power and luxury living and along the way produce side effects that cause harm to others and earth.

If a normal simple project manager like me can practice mindfulness in protecting our earth, to make sure we are livingin not destroying earth, so can you.

Highligted source modern stoic


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