As we grow into a more spiritual means of living it changes our outlooks and perspectives. What we once did not recognize or were aware of in our conscious every day life, we begin to pay attention to. We begin looking at the fine lines and intricate details of our activities and the people and places involved. We begin to look at ourselves more closely instead of just skimming over the surface.
When we awaken these senses, we begin to have compassion for others with the same ability or even lack of ability. We begin to experience empathy on a more conscious level than just human. This occurs because we are entering a positive state of awareness. Instead of only seeing our little circle of friends and family as a center from that which our lives extend, we see ourselves as a part of the whole. We begin to recognize the connection between ourselves and the world around us. We may act as individuals, but how we act affects us all.
This concept is not limited to people alone. It extends far beyond simply a human capacity. This concept stands for all living things. We have the ability to recognize the connection present in all life formations from humans, to animals, to even plants. With this brain capacity and spiritual awareness, we are given a responsibility to respect all of which we encounter. This may be difficult for some human beings to see, as not all life formations communicate in our language, however they do communicate, and they do respond to positive and negative treatment.
Plants are a primary example, as they do not speak human language. If you care for a plant and nourish it with water and sunlight, it will grow. It will increase in size and possibly bare flowers or fruit, depending on its type. This plant may give off pollen, seeds, and even oxygen to its environment. Animals, human beings, and the environment where this plant lives begin to make use of its offerings. If the plant is not cared for, it will wilt, turn colors, and eventually, cease to exist. So when we take care of one formation, we are essentially caring for all other formations that come into contact with it.
We are responsible for preserving that which we encounter. In fact consider yourself appointed to care for a life formation if it is guided into your presence. If a stray or wounded animal comes to you, then do as you see fit to care for it. If you cannot care for it directly, take responsibility to seek a shelter or loving home for the animal. You just may wind up with a loyal and trusted companion in the end that you did not realize existed.
We are responsible for preserving nature. We rely on nature constantly without even thinking about all of the resources that are used at the cost of our daily living expense. Think about the fuel you use in your car. If this is something you use frequently, think about what you can do to conserve. Maybe start commuting to work through mass transit or a co-worker. Maybe you are close enough to your place of employment where you can walk or ride a bicycle. Look for healthy alternatives to a stagnant lifestyle.
Sometimes we tend to become complacent with the technological advances we use. Let them not replace adequate exercise, dietary habits, or personal interactions. It is acceptable to use modern conveniences, but don?t forget about traditional means. Sometimes the old way of conducting tasks might take more time, but that is part of the enjoyment. Walking to a bus or train stop might take an extra thirty minutes, but the extra time you spend is not wasted. Instead you are using thirty minutes to reflect on yourself and the world around you along with providing your body an outlet for exercise.
Sitting down and writing someone a letter may take more time out of your day than a phone call, but it is worth the extra effort. A letter written traditionally or even through email is a welcomed distraction for its recipient.
Taking time out of your day to cook your own food can be a warming change for your mind, body, and spirit. If you don?t know how to cook or are baffled in the kitchen, take small steps and start reading some cookbooks. You can buy cookbooks at the store or go to your local library. Abandon microwave meals and take-out for home cooked meals. They are typically better for your body and they allow you to have more control over what you are ingesting.
Being mindful of your activities in life allows you to concentrate on your impact on the world. Even small actions on your part can leave big impressions. Take a moment to justify and evaluate your daily performances and make changes where necessary. A compassionate heart deserves compassionate living.
About the Author: Inspirational Artist & Author Meilena Hauslendale's work and articles are displayed internationally. She is the founder of Silence Speaks International Artist Association and the Editor of Intrigue Magazine. Published books include, Making Your Purpose Your Business and Recognizing Unhealthy Relationships. Website: http://www.meilena.com