– Heartwood Path Waypoint 39 –
One Person At A Time
Breathe In The Air Around You
The Heartwood Path, supplemented as it is in this writing by Dr. Cohen’s NatureConnect Methodologies, can move you in any of the following ways: from fear to love, from ignorance to knowledge, from indecision and stagnation to willfulness, from striving in lust to arrival in bliss, from dependence to interdependence, from ineffectiveness to effectiveness, from worry to peace, from egoism to selflessness, from despair to joy, from no place to some place, from detachment to belonging, from deception to truth, from toxicity to purity, from apathy to care, from alienation to bonding, from financial insecurity to financial freedom, from disease to health, from domination to partnership, from self-improvement to environmental improvement, and from environmental improvement to self-improvement. Each of these movements will be addressed later in this course. By its end you will be awakened refreshed and stirred into action.
For the most part, the environmental movement focuses its attention on saving the Earth one place at a time (like Yosemite Valley in California or the Meramec River in Missouri, for example) or one resource at a time (like the air through the passage of amendments to the Clean Air Act or wildlife through the passage of conservation funding, for example). Those who follow the Heartwood Path, while recognizing the importance of saving places and resources, add a pivotal new dimension to the environmental movement: they undertake a spiritual odyssey focusing on saving the Earth one person at a time.
Like environmentalists, eartHearts –– those who follow the Heartwood Path –– concern themselves with air, but when eartHearts do it they are adding to the consideration its mystical and metaphorical aspects, particularly those that relate to helping with personal well-being. The following activity will demonstrate what I mean:
If this is not a day when you prefer to spend time in nature without an agenda, do the following activity:
Breathing-In The Air About You
HumaNatureConnect Activity: Breathing-In The Air About You. Go to a natural place, the wilder the better, find an attractive aspect of the air such as a cloud, the sky, or oxygen, see if it retains its attractiveness for at least ten seconds, and, if so, imagine as you inhale that, along with the incoming air, you are also inhaling life force energy and self-acceptance. Then, along with your outgoing air, imagine you are breathing out self-judgement. Breathe deeply in this way for a long time. Feel the growth of self-acceptance as you inhale and the lessening of self-judgment as you exhale. Affirm that your self-acceptance and your self-judgments are not who you are.
Natural Systems Reflection Process
For best results, write down your impressions of this activity in your journal using as many of the following components as you see fit, afterwards, share your interpretations with others.
The Heartwood Path Exchange:
Swap Your Ideas, Impressions, Photos, And News With Others
Your input is vital. Enjoy sharing!
Heartwood Path Axioms: