Our closest beach on Mitchells Island has lost about a half kilometre of its length in the last couple of years. That’s a big chunk.
The area concerned is at the mouth of the Manning River, but the dunes all along in a southerly direction, including Old Bar Beach, are seriously eroded, too.
The encroachment of the sea has devastated the little tern breeding ground. These tiny birds are very vulnerable and have been declared endangered. I’m not sure where they have gone to nest as I haven’t seen them at Manning Point in many months.
What’s going on in our region could be blamed on global warming and its consequent rising sea levels. It might be that we are experiencing more frequent and destructive storm damage. Or, perhaps it’s just another expression of the ravages of time. Some of the locals say this is just a cycle and not to worry. I find it hard to see it that way when we are seeing massive, old trees falling onto our beaches. How long does it take to grow a Norfolk Pine to 30 feet tall?
Degeneration occurs in us humans, too. As part of ageing, our bodies lose bone density, cartilage, and muscle mass as we grow older.
Many of my peers are looking at The March of Time, up close and personal. What’s the best thing we can do for ourselves in terms of yoga practice?
- Do physical practice regularly in a thoughtful and sensitive way.
- Put your best effort in when you can and back off when you’re fatigued or injured.
- The most important thing is your approach to your practice: be compassionate, respectful, kindly.
- Let those qualities expand into all of your life.
Nature’s transformations are natural, even inexorable. Ours are, too. All we can do is what we’re meant to do – keep coming back to the qualities that really matter.