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Weeding as Spiritual Practice

Gardening is an active participation in the deepest mysteries of the universe.                                                                                    ~ Thomas Berry   I spent part of the day absorbed in one of my favorite contemplative practices: Weeding. There’s something addictive about it. Just one more… Something that happens is my awareness of my energy field intensifies and I become conscious that there’s no edge, no boundary. There is movement and...

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Perspective

  Recently I spent a few days in Colorado’s San Luis Valley staying in a cabin perched on the Sangre de Cristos. The valley has a palpable presence that I can only describe as forceful. A powerful fullness. There is a human aspect to it, to be sure. But mostly it seems elemental. The Sangres reputedly were a destination for spiritual pilgrimages for native tribes since prehistoric times. Archaeologists found 9,000 year old arrowheads within a few miles our cabin. Nearby Blanca Peak is one...

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You Are a Gift

Each one of us, I believe, is a gift the earth is giving to itself now, a unique gift. … You don’t need to be extraordinary. If the world is to be healed through human efforts, I am convinced it will be by ordinary people, people whose love for this life is even greater than their fear. People who can open to the web of life that called us into being, and who can rest in the vitality of that larger body.  ~ Joanna Macy This is such a beautiful sentiment. It’s a wonderful reminder...

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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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