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Gleanings #3

I wanted to recommend two videos from a talk by David Abram. I’m reading his book Becoming Animal at the moment and loving it. These are short clips, and the quality is poor, but they are worth watching. In the first he speaks passionately of our flight from embodiment and its consequences. In the second he tells a marvelous story about an encounter with the more-than-human world. Lovely. I also enjoyed this interview of Paul Kingsnorth by Rob Hopkins of the Transition Towns movement. Having...

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We Are Not Alone

 Our present economic and industrial systems can only function to the extent that we insulate ourselves from our love and our pain. ~ Charles Eisenstein In a recent piece entitled “Fear of a Living Planet,” Charles Eisenstein points out the collusion between scientism, our cultural story of separateness, and our destruction of nature. He writes about our culture’s inability to tolerate the idea or experience of the planet as alive, let alone sacred. As he puts it, “science (as we have known...

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Contemplative Hiking

Yesterday I went on a contemplative hike with Margaret Emerson. I had not been on this particular hillside in over a year and it was like visiting an old friend. This early in April the swaths of three-leaf sumac are grey and brittle-looking. We walked through some flatter areas with stands of dried up mullein, still standing at attention. My husband threw his back out recently and we’ve been working with mullein tincture as a remedy. I paused to study the rosettes of fuzzy leaves coming back...

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