Can we make simple changes in our daily lives to help nature? At a time of enviromental crisis it may seem to huge a task for one person. But I disagree. Do you recall the short story of the starfish? Here it is:

A man walked beside the lapping sea, tiptoeing amongst hundreds of starfish that had been washed ashore by the tide. He saw a small girl picking up a starfish and throwing it into the sea. The man wondered what the small girl was doing? ‘Hey’, he cried to the girl. ‘What are you doing throwing one starfish at a time back into the sea? It’s impossible, there are hundreds!’ he cried out. ‘And anyway, what difference does it make. There are too many to survive!’ The girl turned to the man and replied, ‘it makes a lot of difference to this one starfish’. And with this said she continued to throw the starfish into the sea.

All our actions have consequences.

We can all do something however small to make a change in attitudes and heart about caring for our world. We are fortunate to have so many talented people out there who are willing to share what they do to inspire others that we are inviting individuals to guest blog.

Guest blog

Our first guest blog is from Caroline Sherwood. She brings mindfulness and meditation into everyday life.

The First Time a Tree Spoke to Me

During a meditation retreat in the early 1970s, held in a convent in West Malling in Kent, my teacher sent me to sit beside a little brook which flowed through the grounds and to focus on the short section of constantly-changing water directly below my gaze.

Attending in a relaxed way like this to the sound of running water can have the effect of washing the mind clean of extraneous thought and, in that state, we are able to hear what we usually cannot.

When I arose from my waterside seat I had the distinct impression, and for the first time in my life, that a nearby tree was reaching out to me in greeting. This was the beginning of a journey that has lasted for decades and still continues.

I now understand that everything that is alive – communicates, and we can engage in that wondrous conversation if only we will take the time to learn the language.

Please read the next four blog entries for Caroline’s meditations.