Manage episode 360735021 series 3273773
Kosha Countdown to Earth Day! (Vijnanamayakosha)
The highest form of wisdom is kindness (Source: The Talmud)
What is it about wisdom that can be so elusive? What is wisdom, where does come from, and do we all have access to this well?
Perhaps wisdom lives in the changing seasons, hydrating rains and regenerating earth. Perhaps it lies dormant within us until awakened by an active volcano erupting.
When talking about wisdom and the earth, it is quite amazing to see all that Mother Earth has to share and how generously she offers her teachings.
As humans, the earth reminds us that living organisms require nurturing and care and that we are all part of an interdependent network. She shows us what impermanence looks and feels like, without attachment or sentimentality (which is not to say she is without scars). Her wisdom extends to her ability to heal and rejuvenate following periods of destruction, just as animals can heal from superficial scratches to deep wounds. She offers infinite inspiration for creativity, artistic expression, and connection.
We gather wisdom from our relationship with the earth and what is reflected in nature, including our fascination & identification with wild animals. Where does our natural innate wisdom live as we move away from the sources that would tap our instinct?
Diseases of lifestyle impact humans, but how do our lifestyles and choices impact the earth’s preventable ills? What can we learn from nature’s systems and our body’s systems that are self-regulating and adaptable?
Practices: The best way to glean these teachings is to go into nature, forest bathe or walk barefooted; hike, cycle, run, ski, or just lie on the earth soaking in her healing energy.
By three methods we may learn wisdom (Source: Confucious)
- First by reflection, which is noblest
- Second by imitation, which is easiest
- Third by experience, which is bitterest
Four types of wisdom (Source: James 3:15-17)
- Wisdom from Above (godly)
Five Characteristics of wisdom (Source: Positive Psychology)
- Judgment (discernment)
- Love of learning
Sources & Mentions from the Show:
New Amsterdam (show) – Tiny Spoiler Alert!
Nature Meditations - Simple Mindfulness Practices Inspired by the Natural World by Kenya Jackson-Saulters (this is the deck from which Theresa read her practice)
Realigning with Earth Wisdom By Rhonda Fabian
The Art and Science of Forest Bathing by Kimberly Jordan Allen
Our Amazing Team:
Judith George - Editor (video & audio)
Keith Kenny - Music
Cindy Fatsis - Photography