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Making Ourselves at Home

It’s no wonder we don’t defend the land where we live. We don’t live here. We live in television programs and movies and books and with celebrities and in heaven and by rules and laws and abstractions created by people far away and we live anywhere and everywhere except in our particular bodies on this particular land at this particular moment in these particular circumstances. ~ Derrick Jensen   Because we’re so used to it, the extent of our alienation from the...

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Earthly Poems #4

    No series of earthly poems would be complete without an offering from Robinson Jeffers. His poetry is weighty and brooding and no one will ever speak to the essence of raptors, rock, and ocean the way he did. He was never afraid of examining darkness, looking at it unflinchingly. He was always matter-of-fact about the destructiveness of humans, grieving without slipping into despair. This ability to work with the shadow is vital to any honest spirituality, and Jeffers’...

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Earthly Poem #2

Here in the Rockies we have had some late winter storms that have blessed us with snow. It inspires me to share this poem by Wallace Stevens. He captures the sense of timeless emptiness that we can be graced with in nature. The poem shows us how the strategic parts of ourselves (the parts that are always working the angles, forever trying to engineer something) fade away into the background when we are still and in our senses. Notice how the poet moves from mind, to sight, to sound. The...

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The Challenge of Being Fully Human

I am not one to rant, but I did enjoy Joey’s recent cathartic post. If you take a look at it, pay attention to your own responses and emotions as you read it. I can relate to much of what Joey expresses. Many times I have felt despair, anger, and confusion about our predicament and what we are doing to the planet. I think it’s important to let myself have those feelings when they arise, and be honest about my reactions. Frankly, if you do not feel challenged by the current state of affairs, I...

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