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Grace

At the end of my 9 miles I saw them. Three enormous bull moose by the parking lot. So did everyone else. Part of me was annoyed that these people should get to see them too. Some old belief about the necessity of earning joy. Carloads of pale, soft-bodied Walmart shoppers shuffled over to the edge of the willows. Please shut the hell up. Please just look. The woman on my left asks her companion, “What do you suppose they’re for? We don’t use their meat… or their fur…” “You mean, what’s God’s...

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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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Holy Night

  Over the past week I’ve been really conscious of something in me that longs to mark this time with ceremony and celebration. Something in me wants to make it special, as people have done at the winter solstice and New Year for millennia, recreating the world anew. Yet I’m also aware that the rituals our culture presents me with seem sadly hollow. “Consumeristmas” is a fitting term for the materialistic orgy so many of us indulge in. I struggle to get my head around the scale of it....

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Making Ecospirituality Real

Vandana Shiva speaks of the challenge of bringing ecospirituality into the real world. What does the spiritual principle that nature is sacred look like when given full expression? How odd that we seem to have this recurring problem of not being able to express our truth in the way that we live. We already know what we should do. The thing is, the space for choice is severely limited. We live in a fundamentally disempowering society. In every aspect of our lives we are dependent on...

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Welcome!

This blog is about finding your true nature in nature. We spend a lot of time in the realm of abstract concepts. I did this as someone trained in the scientific method. I was trained to look at the world in terms of systems, categories, and facts. I didn’t like it. Ultimately, it didn’t seem true. Or perhaps it’s better to say that it seemed like a half-truth. So I began pursuing the deeper, hidden truths in the way that many modern people do: through a mystical path. At...

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