Ephesus, Rick Steves and Sustainability

The country of Turkey was the farthest stop on our tour.  I had been there 12 years before, and felt the same familiarity amongst the people and culture as I returned.

The ancient ruins of Ephesus are overwhelmingly amazing.  A full Greek city expands before your very eyes.

Our tour guide had just finished working with Rick Steves and he happened to visit with us during that day.  It was fun to see a celebrity.  If I recall, he was standing just near this statue of ancient Nike, and I was reminded of what us moderns connect to that symbol, ‘Just do it’.  Both Rick, who has done much for helping people tour the world, and for myself in taking this trip were resonating to that mantra and ancient goddess of victory.

Richard and I being both actors, took our turns doing monologues in the ancient theater there which could seat over 50,000 spectators.  With just our voices, the acoustics would allow you to hear our speech even in the highest and farthest seat.  It was said that the sea breeze would also allow the voice to be amplified even more so performances were scheduled in the evening when the wind would be blowing inward.

But there was no sea to experiment with.  Ephesus died out because the residents had taken all the surrounding the trees to build their city and never replanted.  The port that was once there filled in and the city became extinct.  A good reminder for the promotion of sustainable living.

Walking back to the ship we heard the call to prayer in this secular Muslim country, and just for a few moments each day, people stop what they are doing to honor that which is greater.

As humans, we’ve gotten somewhat wiser in maintaining and cultivating our societies, but living in a  ‘Just do it’ world needs to be balanced by a consciousness in sustaining our land and as with Reiki, taking time to go within and reflect.

Photo credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ephesus_Theater.jpg

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Christine and Ed
    Jun 13, 2011 @ 16:28:17

    Eileen: Was that you in the picture at the ancient theatre?

    I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the Reiki you are sending Uncle Ed. Tomorrow, Tuesday, is his MRI. We hope to find out what is going on.

    Love you
    Aunt Christine

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