What makes us act, both in life and in meditation? In one sense, our actions have little consequence in a perspective that takes into account the age and size of the universe. Yet, we intuitively know that our actions are important, and our ability to reflect, choose a course of action and be mindful of that action sets us aside from most other beings.
Spring is finally upon us. How wonderful to feel that the sun is warming again and see magnolia trees in blossom! It is recognized that nature has an effect on our mood, it can for example be calming when we feel stressed. But can a closer relationship with nature influence our engagement and behaviour in environmental issues?
I live close to the Botanical Garden in Oslo, an oasis of meditative silence amidst noisy roads on Tøyen. The changes of autumn are fascinating and stimulate a reflective frame of mind. The poetry of falling leaves is also an inspiration to me as a painter.