How are Spirituality and the Environment Connected?

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The realities explored in science and spirituality are often assumed to be unrelated to one another. Both find their basis in a spirit of inquiry. Modern science is objective analysis, while spirituality is subjective understanding. Science explores the outer world with a series of questions beginning with the basic query, “What is this? What is the world all about?” while spirituality begins with the question, “Who am I?”

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The Importance of Family

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Dictionary.com defines family as “a social unit consisting of one or more adults together with the children they care for.” It can also be defined as two people living in a close personal relationship together with their offspring. The family unit is and always will be the basic social organization or unit of any society. This relationship alone provides stability in a sexual, emotional, intellectual and social way as no other can. When families are strong, society is strong as a rule. When families are weak, societies begin to break down.

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What is Spiritual Environmentalism?

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Spiritual environmentalism is the application of spiritual practices and methodologies to raise awareness and initiate actions to reverse the effects of environmental degradation. It is a developing field that joins ecology and environmentalism with the awareness of the sacred within creation.

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What is Enlightenment?

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Some people are well-developed and others are immature. Immaturity represents a lack of understanding about life and the world, and being emotionally undeveloped. Enlightenment is an individual’s emergence from his or her self-imposed immaturity. This immaturity is self-imposed when its cause lies not in a lack of understanding, but in a lack of resolve and courage to use it without guidance from others. It is so easy to be immature. I need not think, if only I can pay others to undertake the irksome task for me. Thus, it is difficult for any individual to work him- or herself out of the immaturity that has all but become his or her nature. Consequently, only a few have succeeded, by cultivating their own minds, in freeing themselves from immaturity and pursuing a more enlightened course.

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Growing Personally and Spiritually

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Most people want to grow to some degree. If you want to become all you can be, you need to develop both individually and spiritually. There are fundamental principles for growing in this way. They cover everything from faith in God to compassion for others to a deep appreciation for the environment. Following these principles will lead you on a path toward spiritual enlightenment.

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