On being mindful and responsible to living things

As a sustainable individual, acting in harmony with nature.

This impulsive cat seems oblivious to the possibility that I might trip over, step on or shuts doors on her; challenging me to practice mindfulness of her presence at all times.

This impulsive cat seems oblivious to the possibility that I might trip over, step on or shut doors on her; challenging me to practice mindfulness of her presence at all times.

The challenge of my cat, she is impulsive and acts on the viewpoint that I know where she is at all times.  Sadly, the reality is that I don’t, and the unfortunate possibility arises that I might accidentally harm her, such as step on her.

It is dark and raining, my cat is in the kitchen, I am at the front door, closing the door.  The cat suddenly has darted for the closing door; had I closed the door with any force, I would have killed my cat. Outside, the rain has brought out the snails and frogs.  I am fortunately mindful of where I am placing my feet, the frog survives, but the less easily seen snail dies, another accidental death by crushing of my feet.  In the dark, the cat lets out a little anxious meow as I kick her.  This is all a reminder of practicing mindfulness, the difference between life and death of the living things around me.

Yesterday I was camping.  A spider was crawling across my sleeping bag.  I attempted to evict the spider from my tent, but in the process discovered and caused the spider to lose a ball of eggs it was holding.  It is so easy to dismiss the spider and its loss of its eggs as insignificant, but to the spider, the loss of its young means everything.  I see the spider outside the tent silent and motionless, predictably the main item on its mind in that moment, the loss of its young.  I see the white ball.  I pick up and place the ball next to the spider, which immediately moves over the ball, gathering it up and running off to safety.

For the few that recognise and work towards action in harmony with nature in their daily lives, mindfulness born of awareness of the living things present  around them, and the responsibility to act in harmony with living things, is a good attitude to follow.

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15 responses to “On being mindful and responsible to living things

  1. Aww how mindful you are Alex.. so loved that you thought of the spider.. 🙂 and her eggs.. And your cat is so lovely, reminding me of one we had when I was a child… she was feral to start with… Wishing you well, and glad I caught your post Alex.
    Blessings Sue

  2. Alex, beautiful thoughts expressed so eloquently. The saying that comes to mind: “Always leave a clean wake behind you.” is so difficult to achieve in practice. Even when such good persons as you work so hard to do just that!

  3. It was kind of you to give the spider her eggs back.

  4. Alex, how perceptive you were to watch the reaction of the spider and see her suffering at the loss of her egg sack.

  5. It is a rare human being who is mindful of a tiny spider and of her thoughts in losing her young, to stop and restore her egg sack. A lovely story, thank you.

  6. You remind me so much about myself 🙂 I also like your writing, very comfortable to read, though I sense some sadness in your words.
    Sending love and light ♥

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