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June 03, 2009

Green Your Spiritual Life: Read What's Written

Scripture about nature Most people who consider themselves at least somewhat spiritual, regardless of their religion or set of beliefs, have realized that caring for the earth is imperative to their spiritual life. This week we’re sharing tips about how to align your inner life with your green life.

Tip #3: Read All About It

The deep connection between spirituality and the environment is all in the scripture: Christians and Jews can refer, among other passages, to Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” The Buddhist Sutta Nipata instructs: “Within yourself let grow a boundless love for all creatures.” Hindus reading the Dakshinamurti Upanishad pray: “Let there be peace in my environment.” Muslims are instructed by the Qur'an (2:60): "Do not commit abuse on the earth." The Wiccan Rede says, “Heed the flower, bush, and tree.” Atheists, many of whom revere Darwin’s writings, hold that humans should refrain from destroying the earth of their own accord. For more about religion and the environment, read these books.

Tell us: What’s your favorite eco-themed piece of religious or spiritual scripture?

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