“And forget not that the earth longs to feel your bare feet, and the wind longs to play with your hair.” ~ Khalil Gibran
Caring for the Earth’s body is a step forward but not the most crucial one. The root of all the harm we’ve done is that we’ve been treating Her like a separate, inanimate and unconscious object. We must adjust our attitudes and humbly restore our relationship with this ancient and generous being. Thus this section is all about remembering (in our being, not in our mind) we are part of the complex being we know as the Earth, and bringing that relationship to life again.
We each have our own personal way of communing with the Earth, so the pages below are by no means a complete list. Personal contributions/experiential accounts for any of these practices (or others not listed) are very welcome.
These practices, or ways of reconnecting, are very basic and don’t require doing anything or going anywhere, except within— to tweak our very way of being.
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Do you know the names of the living things that greet you when you step out your front door? The birds that flit by, the trees on your street, the many plants that live in the hedge?
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While Learning the Names and Walking change our relationship to the living world around us, foraging introduces a whole new degree of intimacy, taking the very wilderness into our bodies.
A smattering of oneness/interrelationship teachings from various cultures and time periods, as a reminder that our current culture is the anomaly and not the norm.
Books and movies with the power to change our perception from within, inviting us to step into a new relationship with the living world. Please do send your own reviews!