I was reading Amma's website (Amma is the 'hugging saint' who travels the world giving hugs to people).
There are 'chapters' of 'Amma' disciples all over the world, and a chapter is based quite close to where I live.
I have been toying with the idea of finding out more, but I am also torn, because I was also interested in a Buddhist chapter that is also a easy distance away.
I then thought, do I need to do this?
Ammas TEN STEPS TO HELP SAVE OUR PLANET are:
- Develop Reverence for Nature
- Develop Water Awareness
- Develop Reverence for Plants
- Develop Reverence for Wildlife
- Use Sustainable Technology
- Develop Reverence for Food
- Grow Your Own Food
- Take Less from the Earth
- Be a Responsible Consumer
- Inspire Others
I thought about my own philosophy of life and how it compares with Ammas ten steps above.
I reckon I do 9 of the 10. Number 10 is a toughy. INSPIRE OTHERS.
How do you know if you are an inspiration? And why would you purposefully go out and do it? Shouldn't it come naturally and spontaneously?
Being a positive influence (encourage others about steps 1 to 9) is purposeful and achievable. But inspire?
Some people inspire just by being.
Some people aspire to inspire. And don't.
Visiting the Chapters?
I think like any groups, they are there to lend support and reaffirm belief in times of wavering emotions and doubt.
I don't think I need this in my life, yet. My motivations are strong, and I have things in my life that are very important to me, and I am doing the best I can with what I have.
For now, that will be enough to make me feel fulfilled.