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On Love & Constancy

In 1979 Jadav “Molai” Payeng was a teenager surveying the damage caused by floods near his village. A large number of snakes had been washed on to a sand bar in the river, and in the absence of tree cover they died in the heat. The episode changed his life, as it inspired him to begin planting vegetation on the sand bar and create a sanctuary for wildlife. Thirty years later a 1600+ acre forest thrives on what once was the barren sand bar. He has been at it all these years. What an...

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How is Harder than Why

  How can we live simply and mindfully, with reverence for all of life? How can we once again learn to listen to life, the Earth, to our hearts, so we act in harmony with the real forces that underlie creation? How can we return to the values that sustain our souls as well as our bodies? What do we really need, rather than what we want? And how can we contribute, how can we help others and the Earth? How can we live the generosity that the Earth continues to teach us?  ~ Llewellyn...

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Grief & Reconnection

I thoroughly enjoyed this interview of Joanna Macy with Krista Tippett. In the conversation they explore Joanna’s path, her early experiences, and her current insights. The fact that the dialogue draws heavily on the poetry of Rilke is a definite bonus. I deeply value Joanna Macy’s teachings and view her as an important elder playing a critical role. I belong to a Work That Reconnects practice group, based on her teachings. I am so grateful for this beautiful, supportive circle of souls. We...

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What We Are Losing: Imagination & Myth

  There’s a scene in this amazing film about Marion Woodman, the renowned Jungian analyst and author, which really landed with me. Quite profound. (Actually there are quite a few scenes in the film that moved me – I really recommend it highly.) But in the segment I want to mention here she speaks about the relentless “concretizing” of the world and how we are losing the ability to work intentionally with myth and metaphor, to participate in life’s mysteries through ritual. She links this...

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Remembering the Sacred

  Some years ago in Boulder, I saw Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee speak with Father Thomas Keating about interspirituality. At the time, I was so taken with Fr. Keating that Vaughan-Lee barely registered. But since then, he has become a strong voice for ecospirituality and I’ve come to admire him greatly. I was deeply moved listening to this interview about Vaughan-Lee’s new book called Darkening of the Light: Witnessing the End of an Era. Though I haven’t read it yet, it’s clear that the book...

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Gleanings #2

Time to share some more gleanings from my internet wanderings. The metaphor of addiction came up a couple of times, describing our predicament. First, in this interview of Jungian psychologist Marion Woodman. The interview barely scratches the surface. I wish it was longer. A short clip from a film about Woodman’s life and views is included. The film looks fascinating, with Andrew Harvey as interviewer. I hope to have some time soon to watch this. Addiction came up again in this rambling...

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