The article is a fascinating read, as is Peter’s website. Highlights of particular interest to fellow Buddhist practitioners:
Peter recommends measuring human age in days, not years. Here in the Northeast, we are able to experience the changing seasons that comprise a year, making the year of some relevance to our perception of age and passage of time. (Sidebar: An excellent book that uses the theme of seasons to help build a sense of gratitude is here). However, the passage of a single day may well be even more relevant, and certainly much more so for those living in regions with less or virtually no discernable change in seasons.
It was something I started doing 20 years ago. It just struck me that the day is the more natural cycle of our life. We’ve got 70, 80, maybe 100 years, but 20,000, 30,000 or 40,000 days to live on the planet. It’s a whole different perspective and makes us value each day. When you look at your life in days, time seems to expand. It helps make me more present.
Peter provides a handy age-in-days calculator on his website.
Widespread personal awakening (in the same sense of the word as understood by Buddhists) is absolutely essential for our world today.
(W)hatever happens [as a result of our global environmental crises], we’re moving into a world where there is going to be a lot of physical hardship and physical suffering…The more I looked at it, the more I realized that it didn’t matter which scenario you took. We still need to be doing exactly the same inner work to free ourselves from a self-centered, rather short-sighted mode of consciousness into a more open, compassionate, caring mode of consciousness…
My feeling is that we’re only going to come through this safely if we can let go of the old ways of thinking and have some shifts in our consciousness…What I try to do in my life and my work is focus on helping people see the value of that inner exploration and see how to do that. For me, teaching meditation is a fundamental way of doing it.