In Celebration Circle, we often speak, sing and meditate about our connection to Mother Earth, as an integral part of our spiritual growth. There is real power in employing ritual space and spiritual principles to explore our connection to the Earth and focus on a sustainable future for our precious planet.
But it's also important to take concrete actions, to do our part to create that sustainable future on the physical plane by choosing to recycle, reducing consumption of material goods and fossil fuels, re-thinking our "foodprint" and becoming more mindful of our personal lifestyle choices. In a very real sense, every dollar we spend -- or don't spend -- is a direct vote on the nature of our relationship with the earth.
USING OUR VOICES
Speaking of voting... if you are a registered voter who lives in San Antonio, I strongly urge you to vote in the current mayoral runoff election. Among other things, this election is a direct referendum on what environmental policies and actions the City of San Antonio will or won't act on in the near future. Of course, I can't tell you how to vote, but I do want to remind you that the two candidates have very different approaches to environmental policies -- and that your vote matters. Historically, local run-off elections are often marked by low voter turnout and can be decided by just a handful of votes. Please make your voice heard.
Early Voting continues through June 4, and and Election Day is June 8. Please consider voting early, when you can easily cast your ballot at any one of a number of locations, rather than waiting till Election Day, when lines may form at your local polling station, and unforeseen circumstances might keep you from getting there. For information about polling places and times, check the official Bexar County Elections website by clicking here
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
In closing, I'd like to share a story about Mahatma Gandhi, who was getting on board a train that was just about to leave the station, when one of his shoes slipped off his foot and fell to the ground. The train began moving, and unable to retrieve his shoe safely, Gandhi quickly took off his other shoe, and threw it out the door, where it landed near the first shoe. His companion was taken aback, and asked him about it, to which Gandhi replied, "Whoever finds that one shoe will now have a pair that he can use."
This story asks us to ask ourselves, again and again: "What small, simple actions can I take today that help make the world a better place?"