Showing posts from 2017

Interpretive Truth

The world is a messy place. I've been absent on this blog due to topsy-turvey in my own life with a long illness and then moving, but I'm back. My heart has compelled me to speak what has been tumbling around in my mind since the weekend. It's not about plants or Nature, but the nature of humans. The violence in Charlottesville, VA is a horror that feels all-too familiar . . . a little supremacy and entitlement mixed with primal reactions, disputes and accusations, with harm as a result and someone feeling like they were the "winner". I personally can't see any winners in a situation where people were intentionally mowed down by a car and someone died. There's a whole lot of blaming going on. A whole lot of people pointing fingers, media filled with outcries supporting the various sides. Screams of protests against monuments that were intended to represent history but have become icons for prejudice and malice. Arguments over free speech vs. hate.

An Invitation

Each day as the sun warms the earth, we are graced by the gifts of our planet. Nature provides us with all we need to not only survive, but be well and whole on every level. We are a part of the web of life on this planet, and Nature teaches us how we can be fully balanced within ourselves and in relation to every other living thing. We're shown these gifts every day if we're paying attention. There is no true separation between us and the natural world. Just as our bodies are made up of billions of tiny atoms, so too are we the building blocks of our living world. As things are happening in Nature, so too, are we affected. Night and day, seasons and cycles influence us on a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual level. Our own health affects the health of the planet. John Muir wisely noticed: "When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” We are all connected, all One, all part of someth

Greater Than Fear

The U.S. is in a state of vast change on every level.  Let's be honest...we're all scared and frustrated, no matter which side we're viewing things from. Every one of us has been left out of something, somewhere along the way in this country.  We cannot change the past, but I am  hopeful, because we're learning from it. The inequities and injustice that have been happening for so long are being acknowledged, and we are coming together to do something about them. All our shadows are out in the open so we can heal them. If we don’t like how things are, we have a rare opportunity to shift our gaze to the change we want to see in the world and go be that change. There is so much unknown right now that it has become the void of creation. It can be a dark and frightening place, as it requires us to reach deep down inside and see what we're made of. It's messy and sticky and we have to feel our way through, untangling our lies and half-truths along the w