To Be or To Do – A Spiritual Walk in the Physical Realm
The other day I experienced an overwhelming sense of peace from the experience of just being “out” of the self imposed box! One that confines and separates us from nature and all simple pleasures – such as the warmth of the sun on our face. The mere act of being in nature (driving, walking, riding) brings relaxation. Living in a rural part of Tennessee, we often drive for miles without a human encounter. A few mountains still exist, although we have seen and felt much heartache with the realization that entire mountains can be removed. Our precious planet is being mined and stripped right under our nose.
For those conscious enough to fully comprehend the ramifications and long term consequences of strip mining the planet, allowing toxins to be used and distributed—ultimately ending up in our oxygen, food and water supplies—it’s a natural response to step back and evaluate our consuming mindset. For the first time in history, humanity is realizes we have the power to destroy an entire planet and bring about our own extinction. Our home planet! The only known one in this solar system that appears capable of sustaining life. Of course, the planet has gone through this before and I am sure she’ll be just fine! Her inhabitants, on the other hand might not like what the future holds if change is not in the collective conscious future.
I believe that as we evolve as a species our collective desire to take responsibility and create the necessary changes will happen naturally, but not necessarily fast enough to offset the amount of damage the planet receives daily. It is easy to feel overwhelmed and helpless at times like this. Some country or faction is always at war. The very procedures which corporations use to bring “US” the almighty consumer, products to fulfill our mass consumption demands, are also the major cause for the greatest amount of damage to the people and planet.
What can one person do to make a difference in the world? As simple as it sounds we can begin by changing how we think! True change begins within and there is no better place to practice the art of healing than with oneself. The mind creates the illusions of separation and the mind can assist with the healing and union to create a balanced human, which leads to a balanced planet. Many believe the art of controlled breathing & meditation provides a path to a more relaxed state of being. In a study that appeared in the January 30 issue of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, a team led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers were the first to document that meditation produced changes over time in the brain’s grey matter. Participating in an 8-week meditation program appears to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress. 
As science begins to document and prove meditation, the state training the mind or self-inducing a mode of consciousness in order to create change with some benefit, as an effective way to create an overall sense of well being and peacefulness in individuals – there are endless possibility for use to transform and heal the planet. Training the mind how to think is the first step toward creating positive change. The first step that any conscious and social activist can do is to just “BE” and determine what can be changed and then commit to making the changes.
To Be or Not to Be
To be, or not to be: that is the question:Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to sufferThe slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;No more; and by a sleep to say we endThe heart-ache and the thousand natural shocksThat flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummationDevoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep;To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub;For in that sleep of death what dreams may comeWhen we have shuffled off this mortal coil,Must give us pause: there's the respectThat makes calamity of so long life;For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely,The pangs of despised love, the law's delay,The insolence of office and the spurnsThat patient merit of the unworthy takes,When he himself might his quietus makeWith a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear,To grunt and sweat under a weary life,But that the dread of something after death,The undiscover'd country from whose bournNo traveller returns, puzzles the willAnd makes us rather bear those ills we haveThan fly to others that we know not of?Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;And thus the native hue of resolutionIs sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,And enterprises of great pith and momentWith this regard their currents turn awry,And lose the name of action. - Soft you now!The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisonsBe all my sins remember'd.