From Vulnerability to Seeing the Larger Self

Vulnerability seems to be getting a lot of attention lately.  Why are people advocating it?  I’ll suggest one reason, which is that practicing vulnerability can draw us toward recognizing our deepest truths and, through accepting them, realizing that our vulnerabilities are guides to what we can offer the world.   This is becoming increasingly true for me.  As I continue …

Progress Arises in Small Steps

Progress Arises in Small Steps Did you hear that last week, on February 28, the Obama Administration announced new regulations that will reduce the sulphur content of gasoline and thus lessen air pollution and related health problems such as asthma attacks?  The regulations are called Tier 3 and promise to really help with America’s still-serious air pollution problem.  (Of course, …

A Valentine for Snow

In the book Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth, Chief Oren Lyons writes about Native American practices of thanksgiving:  “In the spring when the sap runs through the trees, we have ceremonies, thanksgiving.  For the maple, chief of the trees, leader of all the trees, thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving for all the trees.  Planting Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving for the strawberries, first fruit.  …

Loving your own self and loving the Earth Self

I’ve always shied away from self-love.  As an intellectual striver from a German, Protestant workaholic background, self-love always seemed too squishy to me.  That might surprise friends who know that I read extensively books in the self-help and spirituality genre, and who might assume that anyone who reads the work of authors such as Louise Hay, Wayne Dyer, Christiane Northrup, …

Relating to plants

Here’s a question to consider: what kind of relationship do you have with plants?  Obviously, you eat them in order to live–and ideally you eat a lot of them in order to be healthy.  We tend to take plants for granted, however, and I wonder how many of us could handle this differently.  For example, can you experiment with a gratitude …

Is your health the same as the Earth’s?

In his new book, Love Letter to the Earth, Thich Nhat Hanh writes this: “If we understand the Earth as a living, breathing organism, we can heal ourselves and heal the Earth as well….If we can see our body as a wonder, we also have the opportunity to see the Earth as a wonder, and healing can begin for the …

Transition, the Great Turning, and New Definitions of Community

As I mentioned in my last post, 20th century science has contributed to ideas that maybe our understanding of “community” should include a lot more than just people.  I’ll give you two examples, but we could list millions.  Honeybees need healthy pollen to gather for their sustenance, and humans need honeybees to pollinate the large percentage of our food that …

Re-defining Community

Are you as interested as I am to observe current global explorations of “transitional” lifestyles?  I mean those that are responding to ecological instability and social problems via lifestyle modification with the goal of preserving life on planet Earth.  You may know people who are motivated by scientific evidence about climate change or environmentally caused health problems; perhaps you know …