As humans, although many of us might feel ourselves to be alone or separate, we share this planet in coexistence with countless other creatures. Through the very fact of our being, we are always constantly influencing all of them, contributing to the creation of this earthly experience with our every breathe.
Although this is true, many of us do not know how to, or feel empowered to, make a real positive change in this world, fearing our efforts are meaningless in the larger scheme of things. In truth, the only change that can ever clean up this earth to enlighten all of her creatures is a personal transformation towards dedication to the all that one is always in constant connection and relationship to. The essence of a better quality of life for all, and even for oneself, is to reprioritize ones conscious purpose to be in service to all. Through living to help the web of existence that one is apart of, one gains all that he gives, as the good that he puts out into the world essentially enlightens the same world that enables his experience, rather than a separate world from himself.
In this way, empowerment for anything is an empowerment for oneself, as love and goodness spreads more abundantly than any other force will ever hope to. Service can simply be in prioritizing the well being and peace of oneself, so that one becomes the change he wishes to see and empowers all with the gift of the consciousness through which he contributes to this world from a most naturally positive influence, or can be as real and tangible as reaching out for a greater grounded cause to get involved in.
A simple and practical way to physically clean up this world we are in in order to initiate the brighter future that is always necessary to create if we hope to better the quality of life for the web of connection that is ours, and that will go on seeking to thrive beyond this lifetime, is through taking the initiative to “be the change”, and making picking up trash a more intentional and casual part of ones life. Although in most places on this earth there specific bins to through our man made trash away, so that the environment is not damaged by non bio-degradable or edible materials, many humans still feel it is ok to rather than accept the intention to utilize these resources, to litter the streets, beaches, parks and all sorts of public places. Although they might believe these acts are harmless, this everyday form of pollution builds up and affects this earth and a real way.
Sometimes people must clean up after them, sometimes this waste is absorbed by nature in other unhealthy ways, or simply leave our environment with a vibe of disgust and disrespect.
We should always clean up after ourselves, as we share a planet with many. For those of us that don’t litter, it is not our fault that this world is in the shape that it is, But if you are someone that complains in this case about the world being dirty, or if you want to start taking liberty for the earth you walk, on you can start with yourself.
You don’t have to snatch every piece of garbage you see, but at least (and this is what I do) if you are walking and see a piece of trash on the ground upon your path (within 10 feet or so), let yourself pick it up every time. There is no need to get carried away and make every casual wake to anywhere a whole clean up session, as that takes a good amount of specific time and effort- but through this practice specified, service can become integrated as an everyday, casual part of your life. We have one planet- this is the home we are interconnected to. It is a miraculous planet, and the only home we have, that deserves all of our attention. Lets start treating it as ourselves- just like we shower or brush our teeth everyday.
It doesn’t have to be a drag. That is a state of mind that is frankly unnecessary. It is possible to make it swift, a most effortless part of your walk. Even a gratifying part of your work. Its all simply a mindset. The only reason people don’t do this as often is because its not culturally normalized. We don’t see others doing it. But its time to just do it so that we can create that reality and collective experience. Imagine what if this became totally normal? If it did than littering I believe would follow right up as we make a conscious will to eliminate trash
We do not do it to be seen- but we must not fear being seen either. Others will get inspired. Its common sense. We don’t have the luxury of simply complaining anymore. This is the process of individual action that is necessary if we want to see mass revolution. We cant keep walking and hoping people will do it. As butterfly’s we initiate global transformation through our own transformation. And that can be as simple as stepping into our place here on earth, and saying thank you every once in a while with our actions. I’m not saying to pick up trash all over, although that is a majorly helpful and beneficial. But I’m saying first off, if you’re intimidated by doing such big things and think you don’t matter, at least help make these places nicer. That’s one less piece of trash someone else has to pick up, and who knows when or if that would happen. Play your part today. Make it secondary to existing.
In March I returned back home from my trip to Peru, where I spent two and a half months volunteering at my uncle and aunts orphanage, Casa de Milagros Peru (Ninos del Sol), that they single handedly manage out in the Sacred Valley up beside the town of Urubamba, about an hours drive from Cusco. My time there was nothing short of magical. The experiences I’ve had over those couple months have truly opened my mind and heart in all the ways I needed, giving me timeless adventures and opportunities to deepen my growth which i will carry with me forever. My uncle and aunt are a true example of unconditional service. The work they do is truly remarkable. They have created a most beautiful, special space for these kids with the purest most hardworking and determined intentions to give them each the life they never had and empower them with all the love and tools to transform themselves into their greatest versions. There simply is no other place like it. The work they do is so real and important, and yet somehow they manage the seriousness of it with the most skillful sense of light for the kids to explore who they are authentically and feel supported in all they aspire to do. To be a part of it is a true privilege. Join the family: If anyone feels called to the Sacred Valley of Peru and particularly to the work of my uncle and aunt, the Nino’s del Sol, is always looking for help, as funds are always below the necessary amount, and extra hands could always, always be used. In order to volunteer, a commitment is expected for at least 6 months- otherwise the kids have a hard time adjusting to the constantly switching volunteers. If you in any way are inspired to volunteer at an orphanage to work with kids, I assure you there is no other place to do it than here.
About the Author:
Adi Beth is a seeker, lover, feeler, thinker and creator of all things beautiful and of meaning. Having moved at a young age from Tel Aviv, Israel to the center of modern innovation that is Palo Alto, CA, he lives for a vision that transcends all cultural barriers, seeing his place and purpose in this world being to serve the empowerment of a whole humanity towards unification for a future where we are all embracing our full authentic selfs and utilizing our highest gifts and potential to co-create for the upliftment and enlightenment of all. The main means through which he experiences himself fulfilling his part in that vision is through constant exploration of his highest joy and passions through artistry, music, and writing. In acknowledging the importance of these tools in awakening himself to greater honesty and openness regarding the underlying truths of what it means for him to be human, as well as into connection with a greater sense of shared humanity, he feels hopeful to assist and inspire others in transforming and awakening themselves to their own personal places of joy, power, truth, love and purpose so that we may all know our place here at this turning point in history being worth the unleashing of every last bit of what our hearts may have to offer.