Environment & Nature
Enjoy browsing through our lists of environmental organisations, websites, theatres, festivals, campaigns and publications. You can find the list you want by clicking on the list's name on the grey highlighted menu on the right.
This information has been put together by Spiritual England researchers. Inevitably, it’s an incomplete list as there’s a whole world out there of environmental stuff these days, most of which could be deemed to be spiritual for one reason or another, or even for many reasons!
Back to Nature: Reviving Yourself and Your Spiritual Connection to the World. The very essence of spirituality is the natural connection to the energy and fabric of life: every rock, plant, animal, and person are meaningful and part of an entwined universe. For humans, our physical and mental health are connected deeply to our spirituality. Feeling dissatisfied and fatigued in our everyday lives are signs that we have lost this connection in some way. It’s all too easy to do - with touch screens everywhere, social media keeping us on the go 24/7 and a consumer culture placing importance on outward appearances and material possessions… remaining balanced and connected with your spirituality can seem tough! When you sit in your office in front of a computer all day, with a concrete car park and endless traffic outside, dealing with abstract concepts and mind-boggling budgets, it’s not surprising you become aware of something vital that might be missing. It might just be so long since you have taken the time to connect with your spirituality that you have almost forgotten how to do that. Fortunately, it is never too late. Making some time to relax and re-centre your spirituality through connecting to nature really makes a difference. If you’re stumped for ideas, check out this fantastic guide from backpackerverse.com to get you started back on the road to inner peace.
Our ancestors had a vivid relationship with the natural world – watch: 'Walk With Me' with Peter Owen Jones - BBC TV presenter of the award wining ‘Extreme Pilgrim’, ‘Around the World in 80 Faiths’ & ‘How to Live a Simple Life’ documentaries. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psC9V13tvXo
‘The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the centre of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.’ – Black Elk, Revolution of Consciousness
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I believe children have a right to be in their communities and play on the streets safely. When people walk in the streets they see what is going on, they connect with their environment, the earth, and with their community….after more than 500 square metres of our mosaic have covered the worst eyesores of our town and 10,000 people have taken part we can be proud of our environment. The biggest bonus is not the amazing artwork, (which has won awards) but the connection that ordinary citizens have to their town, their environment. It has made them feel proud, confident and connected. Bernadette Valley Save The World Club , Kingston, London
Unless we can have a kind of a spiritual revolution, then those changes that we put in place at the institutional level will not be binding. We need a total revolution, a complete revolution that's both inner and outer. If we don't deal with the inner shadow basically, then we're going to project it out into the world and so we need to do our own psychological work of transforming ourselves to recognize and befriend our own shadow side so that we're not continually reflecting it and needing it to manifest in somebody else who we want to see as the enemy. If there's a war inside going on, then we're going to see a war outside. Matthew Fox Speaking in the film ‘Earth Spirit Action’ on UTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6jCpChUxOw
King Arthur is a Druid and spends a lot of time at Stonehenge in Somerset. To him, spiritual beliefs are a natural way of life. He lives as a part of nature as opposed to being ‘apart’ from nature and believes that we are all part of the cosmos and all have our part to play. It is a matter of being 'in tune' with that which is infinite, the very earth we live on and the universe that surrounds us.
He also believes that we all have the need to feel a part of something, and find our place within the greater system. He says: ‘All of a sudden when I was least expecting it, I realised that actually I had a place in the greater scheme of things. It came as a flash of inspiration. I realised that I was not alone on the path and also that maybe I had been here before and would come back again’. Being Part of Nature The Spiritual Beliefs of King Arthur Pendragon of Stonehenge
I too have a mystical faith in Nature. Not only is nature a miracle maker, nature also has the capacity to stun us out of our short-sighted, self-serving ways and open us up to the larger collective - the Earth community, which we are a part of. A miracle might well be needed to save the preciousness of the Cenezoic era but I wouldn't put it past Mother Nature to pull off such a feat. Every day babies are born, life evolves in daring and creative ways, who knows. Perhaps as the poet Rilke says:
‘If we surrendered
to earth's intelligence
we could rise up rooted, like trees. Ruth Rosenhek http://www.rainforestinfo.org.au/deep-eco/rosenhek.htm