As I am starting my journey with helping the environment (snail’s pace or not), I have been thinking: how do I influence others to come along?

I had an experience recently that made me think of this differently. I attended a chanting program at my small meditation center. I noticed that not many people were chanting, but I felt pulled to chant, and so I did. It felt and sounded beautiful to me. I thought to myself: those other people should be chanting, too. Why aren’t they?

And then I noticed that it was actually beautiful to chant almost solo, with the accompaniment of partial silence, so I focused on that. 

Eventually, as others joined me, I was grateful for their company, and that made the experience beautiful in a different way.

I thought afterwards about me wanting to bring others along in helping the environment. I thought that maybe my pull to serve the environment is kind of like chanting almost solo, with just a few others for now – not mainstream yet. Maybe I can be at peace with the beauty of that, and as others join me, I will be grateful for that as well.

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JOURNEY WITH US: The Climate Action Team extends a radical welcome to activists, contemplatives, readers, meditators, questioners, tree hugging hippies, scientists, policy wonks, radicals, pacifists, nature enthusiasts, and all who seek community as we navigate our changing times together. Learn all about the group here, and check out our lending library and Carbon Offset Fund grant opportunity. Contact Jon Reese to connect to the CAT and join us for a special, in-person potluck in the social hall on Monday, June 19.