‘Once upon a time’ in a children’s magazine of years gone by, lived a town mouse and her cousin, the country mouse. The magazine often featured their adventures arising chiefly from their different cultures and views on the world. I was reminded of this dichotomy (my big word for the day! I’m going to use it all day!) recently during our week’s holiday at the seaside, when I discovered something interesting about myself. Continue reading
There is a hypothesis called The Gaia Principle first expounded in the 1700s by Scottish Geologist, James Hutton. He studied the planets and concluded that in the same way our bodies are made up of billions of cells all working together as one single unit, everything on Earth also works together as one single, living, self-regulating organism – all living things, the atmosphere, plants, animals, humans, climate and so on. And just as our bodies have their own regulatory systems (eg. nervous system, respiratory system), so the Earth has its own systems: atmosphere (air), biosphere (all lifeforms), geosphere (soil and rock), and hydrosphere (water). The health of the Earth depends on all these components working well in harmony. If one system is impaired or malfunctioning, it will affect all the others. There can be many reasons for impairment or malfunction, for example ozone thinning, unbiodegradable plastics entering the food chain, fracking, draining of water tables, to name a few, of which the common denominator is: us!
When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe. John Muir
If we subscribe to the Gaia principle, I guess the overarching aim behind it might be that we learn to share, cooperate, compromise, discover consequences of our actions; that we learn the need to give back to the Earth in order that it may thrive for future generations.
I love the Earth. It’s absolutely astonishingly beautiful. Let’s cherish it. I love my part of the world too. Here are some images from Scotland. The first image is the castle in my hometown, Kilmarnock. We live in a region called Ayrshire. If you look at the second image, this is a view of Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland. I like that we are never far from the sea no matter where we are! The Mackintosh rose is an icon of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the famous architect and furniture maker. You can visit examples of his work all around, from the Hill House in Helensburgh (a small town on the west coast) to the Tea Rooms in Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow (our largest city), to the House for an Art Lover in Bellahouston Park in Glasgow. The fourth image is an interior view of the City Chambers (where the city councillors meet). Isn’t it gorgeous?!
In the penultimate photo, you can see that we don’t take ourselves too seriously in Scotland. In fact we are famed for being self-deprecating! The final image is of the paddle steamer The Waverly which chugs tourists up and down the west coast and islands.
I would dearly love to see images of your part of the world! Why don’t we collaborate on a joint post on the beauty of our world? If you’d like to do this, just add a link to this post https://anitaneilson.com/2019/03/11/gaia/ when you’re writing your blog. Right, I’m off out to litter pick and look after my little part of Gaia. Have a great week. Much love, Anita.😊🌻🌳👍
I’m reblogging this wonderfully inspiring post from Spiritualitywithoutborders.blog. May the sacred imagery and words help you with your daily practice! Anita.😊
Jim Neafsey https://www.sacredbondprints.com used with permission I wanted to evoke a living Presence, a palpable sense of Mystery infusing the mother and child, the green hills, the foggy valleys, the starry night…and ourselves. Jim Neafsey https://www.sacredbondprints.com This stunning and evocative icon gifts me with a rich array of feelings, faith and questions. It takes me […]
Here’s the video promo for my 2nd book, Rose Petals Floating Downstream, which is out now (online, mainly from Amazon). If you are feeling kind, perhaps you would like to do me a kindness and re-blog it your page? Have a great weekend! Anita.
November 30th is the Feast of St. Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland. He is also the patron saint of numerous other countries: Greece, Cyprus, Romania, Ukraine and Russia. But we are a generous people and don’t mind sharing! I’ve discovered three surprising things about nationhood during the course of writing this post. Read on to find out more. Continue reading