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From a Catholic perspective, the one who is sacred to me is sacred in and of Himself, and doesn’t need me to preserve His nature. But He does ask me to abide in Him and do His will, so that the fruit I bear will glorify Him and benefit my neighbor. To the extent I can do this, my life becomes sacred. To the extent I fail, which is often enough, my life becomes less than it should be.
The more aware I am of what is sacred to me, and the more positive attention and energy I give it, the more I can help to preserve it. The less aware and committed I am to naming, honouring, loving and giving attention + focusing to what I value and love, the greater chance it will shrivel and die.
My morning routine including meditation grounds me to presence where the sacred lies with me. In the outside world I can do my bit to mitigate climate change. I could do more but I’ll refrain from picking up the stick to hit me.
Go for it, with all my heart, no matter the circumstances, with loving kindness, and as Kevin said, honoring what is sacred with bowing and prayer.
Be kind to myself.
Slow down, feel everything, don’t numb anything, be present especially with loved ones
Listen to that still small voice inside.
I can help to preserve the interdependent web of life on this planet by reducing, reusing, and recycling; not buying or owning more than what I need (living simply); walking, running, using mass transit, or biking rather than driving when possible; and partnering with other organizations to fight against environmental degradation and its intersecting oppressions (environmental racism especially).
By feeling and experiencing, being in the present moment. It roots me to a sensitivity that helps me to be much more conscious of the impact I’m having on others and the planet as a whole — it gives me strength to go against the tide, be that consumerism or feeling I need to be so rushed, not with anger which at times can be the place I pull energy from, but from a place of compassion and cherishing. There’s a much deeper quality of cherishing and appreciating, gentleness, tenderness, of seeing beautiful and good in others and world worth preserving.
To preserve – protect, prioritize, and take pause.
Be kind to all my relations.
By spending time to give honor and build relationship with the God of my understanding. When I do that I am more open to respect his presence in all of creation as I encounter it throughout my day.
By being present—- by knowing what those people, objects, causes are that are most important to me and devoting time and energy to those things. Learning how to filter out the excess ‘noise’ of life.
Doing what I can to preserve sacred irreplaceable old growth forests in my province through donations, learning, direct and indirect activism because we need the trees more than the trees need us. I’m learning to behave like we’re in an emergency – which we are.
This is wonderful
Yes, I agree it is an emergency. You remind me I have a couple of trees yet to plant this fall. 🌳🌳 Thank you, Elaine, for your fine efforts. 💚
Elaine, thank you so much for your work to save old growth forests. It breaks my heart, the rampant disrespect for our majestic trees that seems to be the “normal”. I worship the mighty Redwoods in my neck of the woods, No. California. Thank you for your concern & commitment. Blessings to you…🌲🍁🌲🍁🌲
My relationship with family and friends is sacred. I find myself spending time with each to preserve our relationships. I have to pray about each and how I can navigate my day to the point that I am mindful of my needs as well.
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