AHH I am sick of lockdown and being stuck in the house.
Come for a walk with me. Let’s go outside, away from the neatly manicured lawns, fruit trees and garden beds and instead venture into the rainforest that stretches away for miles behind the house.
Let’s sit down and enjoy the peace and solitude of nature.
No! not there on that old rotten stump you’ll be scratching for days.
That buttress root looks better.
Wriggle around a bit until you get comfy and soak in the peace and solitude.
Listen to the birdlife in the canopy above, feel the soft breeze on your face.
Observe nature with fresh eyes as your mind quietens and your soul expands out into your surroundings.
Observe a scene that probably hasn’t change much for thousands of years. A resilient, highly productive, sustainable ecosystem where everything is recycled and re-used with no waste.
As we lose our sense of time, we are filled with an intense feeling of peace.
Our consciousness focuses on a leaf lying on the ground.
We become that freshly fallen leaf that has recently floated down from the canopy far overhead.
In a state of timelessness we feel our leafy body being nibbled by insects, quickly shredding us down into smaller pieces.
Fungi and microbes invade our tissues, digesting our body into theirs. As the leaf becomes humus, the fungi and microbe are in turn eaten and digested, creating plant food to support the diverse forest above.
Relax and feel this process.
Feel the rightness of it all, as the nutrients released by the breakdown of the leaf are used to make new leaves in the rapidly growing forest canopy above.
As always in meditation our mind starts to wander and before we know it we are comparing this process to what happens on an ordinary farm.
On the pathway from diverse rainforest to farmland, forest is cleared and burnt.
As the diversity of the forest disappears so does the diversity of the biology that recycles, supports and sustains an ancient ecosystem.