Spiritual Ecology: 10 Practices to Reawaken the Sacred in Everyday Life
by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee and Hilary Hart
Those of us who have a knowing of the sacred within ourselves and within the world have a responsibility at this time. We may ask ourselves, “What can I do?” but the inner world primarily requires consciousness rather than action. It is the lack of an awareness of the sacred that is at the root of this [environmental] crisis. Therefore we first need to bring the light of our spiritual awareness into the present predicament. We need to recognize what is really happening within the inner world as much as the outer, within our own soul and within the soul of the world. Only then can we begin to redeem the sacred and open the door to any real change or transformation. Only then can we begin to heal the world and bring it back into balance. We cannot redeem our physical environment without restoring our relationship to the sacred.
The 10 practices:
- Walking; grounding in Mother Earth
- Breathing; connecting spirit to physical
- Gardening; creating abundance and nourishment
- Saving seeds; preserving biodiversity
- Cooking with love; awareness of basic sustenance of life
- Cleaning; creating sacred space
- Simplicity; creating a space of clarity and attentiveness
- Prayer; developing inner receptivity of the soul
- Death; recognizing the natural cycles
- Meaning and the Sacred; When our ancestors knew that everything they could see was sacred, this was not something taught but instinctively known. It was as natural as sunlight, as necessary as breathing, a fundamental recognition of the wonder, beauty, and divine nature of the world. From this sense of the sacred real meaning is born, the meaning that makes our hearts sing with the deepest purpose of being alive.
Tragically, our present culture appears to have lost sight of this vital quality. Instead we live on the surface, separated from the real substance that has always given everyday life a depth of meaning. We are told to find meaning in our individual life, but all around us life itself tells us a different story—that we are part of the Earth, that we belong to the community of all of life in its myriad forms. Only through recognizing and living this sacred unity can we find and experience the real meaning that life is offering to us. And so we have to find ways to remember, to reconnect, to feel again what is all around us. (p. 88)