What are some ways that the quality of the environment directly impacts our lives?

Seeking silence in a noisy world by Adam Ford

A deeply spiritual man, Ford has always found nature to be a powerful source of healing silence.He can find beauty and peace in simply watching and listening to the natural world...
A deeply spiritual man, Ford has always found nature to be a powerful source of healing silence.He can find beauty and peace in simply watching and listening to the natural world...
"The loss of connection with the natural world is the source of our apathy," Bonnie, a Noongar elder and traditional owner of the land, part of it also covers the outskirts of the capital city, where my house stands as well...
"The loss of connection with the natural world is the source of our apathy," Bonnie, a Noongar elder and traditional owner of the land, part of it also covers the outskirts of the capital city, where my house stands as well...
She explains to me how much pride her people take in maintaining land, constantly walking the land, removing twigs around the base of trees, watering young shoots and thirsty trees,
She explains to me how much pride her people take in maintaining land, constantly walking the land, removing twigs around the base of trees, watering young shoots and thirsty trees,
perform controlled burn offs to prevent forest fires that would destroy the eco system and many life forms within it, that in turn would feed her people.
perform controlled burn offs to prevent forest fires that would destroy the eco system and many life forms within it, that in turn would feed her people.
"Why are you doing this?" Stops her people in nearby National Park. Her response is always the same: "It is the right thing to do."
"Why are you doing this?" Stops her people in nearby National Park. Her response is always the same: "It is the right thing to do."
For those of us fortunate to live in the land we now call Australia, the wisdom of the original custodians has not been completely destroyed, although in places the knowledge of landcare is hanging on by a threat...
For those of us fortunate to live in the land we now call Australia, the wisdom of the original custodians has not been completely destroyed, although in places the knowledge of landcare is hanging on by a threat...
Make contact with the traditional owners of your place, humbly receive their wisdom and the dreaming of your land...
Make contact with the traditional owners of your place, humbly receive their wisdom and the dreaming of your land...
It is vital for us all to help rekindle and honour the lost indigenous wisdom and become again and together custodians of our beautiful but fragile Australia...
It is vital for us all to help rekindle and honour the lost indigenous wisdom and become again and together custodians of our beautiful but fragile Australia...
The wisdom of Aboriginal people teach us, that humans, as the most advanced from of life on Earth are not here to exterminate weaker species or live in the lap of luxury at the expense of 'lesser' creatures...
The wisdom of Aboriginal people teach us, that humans, as the most advanced from of life on Earth are not here to exterminate weaker species or live in the lap of luxury at the expense of 'lesser' creatures...
but rather use our superior skills, our mind, body and spirit for learning and growing....
but rather use our superior skills, our mind, body and spirit for learning and growing....
to become finely attuned to nature's rhythms...
to become finely attuned to nature's rhythms...
to give our life a purpose greater than our temporal self...
to give our life a purpose greater than our temporal self...
to allow life to flow through us to bring strength and sustenance and compassion and healing to all we encounter: human, animal, plant and more...
to allow life to flow through us to bring strength and sustenance and compassion and healing to all we encounter: human, animal, plant and more...
Learn from the wisdom of Aboriginal people that was gained over many centuries and through many generations passed down from elders to grandchildren with every generation adding more...
Learn from the wisdom of Aboriginal people that was gained over many centuries and through many generations passed down from elders to grandchildren with every generation adding more...
through patiently watching and sharing the newest insights for landcare. They are not worshipping the physical tree or rock or land...
through patiently watching and sharing the newest insights for landcare. They are not worshipping the physical tree or rock or land...
nor they worship that particular spirit, like a Tibetan monk, they worship the spirit of life that lies beyond and lives through that object, land or spirit....
nor they worship that particular spirit, like a Tibetan monk, they worship the spirit of life that lies beyond and lives through that object, land or spirit....
Re-establish our connection with nature, re-discover the ancient wisdom...it is here all around you, are you listening?
Re-establish our connection with nature, re-discover the ancient wisdom...it is here all around you, are you listening?

Silencing of the heart


The life of nature

is not found in parts

however beautiful,

but in the whole.

Light, air and space,

the meaning is in the being

or life that is

evoked,

ineffable

in itself

howering between things...



Desperation unfolds

like a luminous dream.

How can we imagine

what our lives should be

without natural world

broken in parts

and such,

damaged as a whole.



In Beijing

they want

the skies

to be blue and clear again.



In Fukishima

they want

the cascade

of radioactive failures to end.


In the Torres Straits

they want

the threat of High King tides

breaking down

the old sea walls

to be dealt with

by more

than fresh concrete.



Our careless actions

shattering

the still wholeness

of a harmonious world.



How can we imagine

what our lives should be

without the illumination

of the lives of others?



The quiet,

seemingly unremarkable lives

of our forebearers

reminds us

that with privilege

comes

the untanticipated power

to change our own lives.




How we can think

far more freely

about love and family

and our place in nature

our death in it.

They call us to converse and to act,

for the sake of a better life

and a better world.




Dream encounters

on a brief stroll

through my past

take me back

to my Grandmother's door,

in the Eastern Europe

to her wooden cottage

surrounded by a lovely garden

on a small piece of land

she inherited from her parents,

surrounded by thousands

of tiny pheasants dwellings

in the Carpathian hills.




We walk carefully

through fresh green vineyard

her Grandfather's

property and pride

and she talked

about World War I

trench was

where we stand,

detonations,

carbonised bodies,

sweat and pain.

My Grandomother

was just a child

they lived through it

by taking care

of their land.




Digging nice and round potatoes

on a field nearby

she points at the underground cellar

hidden

under a pile of rocks.

There she spent the years

of World War II

with her children,

my mother was just two...

lonely life,

scarred of guns and soldiers

always in darkness

and hungry too.

"Just few memories remind us

this land is who we are

and why we are still here."



Then communists came

with a new highway

and a big dam.

My Grandmother's willage

with many, many others

disappeared under water,

never to be seen again.




Thousands of people

without home

land all around

empty

dead

left for erosion

to finish the job.

Ecological disaster

followed

floods,

water logging,

downstream riverbanks

silting up,

salinity

and spread of diseases...




"This is progress," the communist official welcomed us,

when we and others cramped into one hastily built flat

in the middle of the mud.

My Grandmother never settled down.

She used to shuffle along the dusty roadside

looking for land she lived for and love,

"It feels wrong,'

she kept repeating,

until she lost her mind.


I sat inside our tiny flat

the day after she died

and said to myself:

"Maybe she has not moved out

of our flat and our lives,

but moved further in,

into the lives of those,

like me,

who benefited so much from her selfless giving

and never ending compassion."


When I left my homeland,

when I lost my home,

when my parents died,

when I left my family behind,

when I got sick,

when I lost my job...

I always said to myself:

"Keep moving,

who knows what lies ahead of you,

live without borders,

try neither to harm,

nor destroy

what keeps you alive,

what brings you joy,

your Grandmother is at your side,

cheering you all the way..."

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Eugene Hardy 4 years ago from Southfield, Michigan

I can honestly say there is a difference in living in an environment like downtown Detroit and then moving to a more rural or forested area. You can just breathe better.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

very true, Eugene and hopefully it stays that way, at least in rural and forested areas:)


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hoteltravel 4 years ago from Thailand

The story is the same around the world. In the name of 'progress', environment is being destroyed. Even eco-friendly tourism is changing landscapes. Wonder how far this will continue! Beautiful lines and lovely images. Voted up and beautiful.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, my dear fellow hubber for an acknowledgement of this sad but ever present truth...is there any way out?


Kieran Gracie 4 years ago

I used to be a big fan of wind turbines, probably with the thought of those lovely old windmills in mind. Now that much of our loveliest countryside is being covered with the modern versions, I am no longer a fan. And they don't work all the time, either, so there has to be a back-up power station somewhere. Just one instance of 'progress' eating into the natural environment.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thanks for your example Kieran and all the best with your hubbing:)


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

This is so very awesome. Thoughtfully inspiring and full of love for a wonderful grandmother. Enjoyed reading. Voted up. Great hub once agian.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, Vellur, sometimes it is good to look back so we can look forward with a bigger confidence and maybe, just maybe learn something on the way:)


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dariashakti 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Beata, thank you for this beautiful reflection! It's great to see a fellow hubber with the same concerns! I remembered walking with my grandmother deep in the forests of Pennsylvania where large violets bloomed making a purple carpet when I was a little girl...I'm not sure they grow quite as big now as they were then...Voted your story up...keep sharing....


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you deep Daria, sharing is caring:)...I have botomless well of words to share, just not sure if there will be enough ears for listening out there....


Larry Wall 4 years ago

Beta Stasak

Your work is excellent and your message on target. I worked for an industry that is blamed for a lot of the environmental damage in the world--oil and gas exploration and production. That same industry did a lot of good. Howver, the damage is still there. Steps are being taken to correct some of those problems. Some will never be solved, others will be solved and some with have some improvements. Our ancestors built houses, dug wells and put up fences on open lands. We used trains powered by coal to connect the east and western parts of our country together.

We dumped pollutants into the Great Lakes, which have made a significant compack.

We use to throw litter on the roadside. That has been reduced tremendously.

We use to do things without any forethought. Now we do environmental assessments and people have a right to protest and even take the matter to court.

We have a lot of work left to do. Someone mention the sight of windmills turning in the breeze being replaced by the wind turbines, which do not have the same ascetic appeal and do not work as well as supports claim.

We are making steps forward and sometimes we slip back a step. However, our world has withstood the impact of man for million of years and survived. I think a greater power will decide our ultimate fate. In the interim, take some solace that efforts are being made in many places to correct the actions of the past. I will not call them errors, because sometimes there was no way to predict the impact. We have learned to look beyond today and as a whole I think we, the human race, are doing a better job. Excellent Hub. Voted up and awesome.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you so much, Larry for sharing your wisdom and well researched experience from your profession and your part of the world...

Your words reminded me of the Mary Gilmore's writing from 1922, 'Hound of the Road':

"There are some people for whom a road never lived. To them it is nothing but a dull dead place of ruts upon and equally dull dead earth...People of that kind have no conception of how deep a love a man can have for that which is his only house and land..."

There is so much to learn from our past and yet, as Heraclitus said: "...you can not go into the same water twice." Fortunatelly we are moving forward, slowly but steadily, hopefully fast enough to avoid the most of natural disasters:)


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Beautiful, A home and land is precious. Your Grandmother surely knew that. Thank you...


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you my fellow hubber for stopping by to appreciate my 'string of words and dreams'...all the best with your hubbing:)


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tamarawilhite 4 years ago from Fort Worth, Texas

Air pollution can worsen asthma for those who are asthmatic. Indoor and outdoor air pollution such as smoke particles also increase the risk of lung cancer.


Larry Wall 4 years ago

Tamarawilhite, if people would stop smoking, there would be less air pollution and people would be healthier and those with asthma would be at a lesser risk.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

So true, my fellow hubbers, so true:)

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