First, we use biodegradable cups, containers, and utensils at Seed, but to reduce trash as much as possible, I regularly bring my own chopstick, plate and cup when I have a job there. Instead of using disposable ones, I can deepen the consciousness of appreciation by taking care of my belongings .
Second, we clean up our neighborhood every Sunday from 10:00am to 12:00pm. For me, cleaning up streets is almost identical to cleaning up my mind. I can create a meditative state of mind and develop a sense of contribution when I concentrate on sweeping on the streets.
These two things- appreciation and contribution- are great seeds to bring about change for the better in personal and social life. We always need to plant these seeds and keep nurturing them. Then, we can pick some fruits later. To enhance our life and this society, we can start anything we can do now with these appreciation and contribution.
I always believe that the first small step each person takes will create a big change in the future.