By Jill Ryan
Our recent G r a s s r o o t s Symposium was a wonderful gathering of people working to protect and restore our lakes, rivers and wetlands. While most of us attended the event with the goal of increasing our skills and tomeet new people and find new resources, which I believe we did, one of the most important aspects of the event for me was the time to look inside.
Although I was kept busy much of the time with logistics and discussions about projects and strategies, I also found a fewmoments towander on the beach and contemplate the vastness of the lakes. This opportunity, even if momentary, provides us with the perspective to continue our work and find the creativity and inspiration we hold inside.
Sometimes due to the nature of our work, which often entails stopping something such as pollution, destructive development or harmful resource extraction, I think we can hold in a great deal of internal “pollution” in the form of concern, fear and anger. When we are able to stop and reflect we clean out that internal discord and replace it with the positive energy of the wonderful communities and resources we are working to protect. It is difficult to create a healthy external environment without creating the same internally.
So during this beautiful change of seasons I hope you will make the time to get out and do some personal introspection and cleaning.
If humans clear inner pollution, then they will also cease to create outer pollution
– Eckhart Tolle