On this important occasion of Earth Day. It is important to talk about gratitude, between to-do lists, laptops and airports, we often forget to pause the ground, and reflect on how astonishing our planet is.

We can become so immersed in this modern existence, we lose our connection with nature, but the act of connecting with nature is vitally important, it infuses us with humility, responsibility, and gratitude, many astronauts have recounted that when they view Earth from space, they experience a shift in awareness, they instantly understand on a profound level, that our planet is tiny, fragile and precious.

They call this experience, ‘the overview effect.’

So as we reflect on it together, try bringing that image into your mind’s eye, as though you’re looking down on Earth from space.

Notice the paper-thin atmosphere in developing this tiny ball observed the vivid blue oceans, the swirling white clouds.

The textured green and brown surface of the continents.

Now let’s zoom in a little closer.

Down below the cloud cover, as we saw above the landscape. Notice the rich green forests, sprawling between towering mountains.

Look around and marvel at the beauty and harmony all around you. The Wonder is elements and conditions that support and enrich our lives.

Think of the joy of swimming in the ocean, hearing the songbirds and feeling a summer breeze across your face.

Think of every drop of water you drink every breath of air, you inhale, every morsel of food, you enjoy.

Think of the beauty of a butterfly or a cuddle with a cat, recognise that it all came from this incredible planet.

When we actually take time to reflect on how miraculous our world is, it is difficult not to experience reverence and gratitude.

Albert Einstein said: “There are two ways to live as if nothing is a miracle, or as if everything is a miracle”.

So today, find some time to connect with this planet.

As you stroll in with the trees, see the miracle and every plant and creature. Every gust of wind and beam of sunshine. Everybody blade of grass and drop of rain, as you hear the chirps of the robins and smell the scent of the lilacs.

Allow your breath to slow your gaze to deepen your heart to fill in. Remember you’re not a visitor here. The Earth is your return address in the universe. You are a citizen of the interconnected mesh of life on Earth, beautiful and complex, and billions of years in the making.

I hope you enjoyed this reflection, thank you for your time here.

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