In many of our lives, “nature” is one of the most resplendent and consistent sources of generosity and gratefulness in our lives. When we encounter the majesty of oceans, fields, trees, animals, sky, birds, the sun…and so much more…we can feel immediately in touch with the paradox of our own majesty and our own smallness. Feeling both small and vast in the natural world can lead us swiftly to a sense of the sacred. And yet, we are also living in times when the sources of our greatest inspiration in the natural world are under threat from humanity’s legacy of choices.
Grateful Living offers us a way to be in active relationship with the natural world – to engage in our lives in ways that more deeply appreciate and also preserve that which we treasure most. We are inspired to sustain that which sustains us, through understanding more deeply the ways that we are inextricably bound to the world around us. And we can come into union with the generosity of nature in ways that are deeply humbling and informative. As the poet Hafiz says, “After all these years of shining, the sun does not say to the earth, you owe me…Imagine how a love like that can light up the whole world.”
Global Force for Healing connects indigenous and remote projects to each other and creates co-equal partnerships between groups of global citizens, with love and compassion at the heart of each initiative.
(August 2015) The Silent Friends is a film about trees. And how they possess the virtues we seek in those close to us. The documentary, a trip through tree scenes in the Spanish landscape, wishes to show that every tree plays a vital role, and that the uniqueness of each is, in fact, universal. All just as important, so long as they are respected and loved, and we are aware of their presence. Just like a friend.
And still, after all this time, The sun never says to the earth, “You owe…
The Garden releases its last radiance, not as something failed, but as its full reason…
The orb of light crests the ridge, I stand facing her at the high point…
(August 2014) We’ve all seen images of extreme weather from space. But none of those could prepare us for this video just released by NASA’s Scientific Visualisation Studio. Using real data, this simulation’s volume-rendered clouds depict seven days in 2005 when a category-4 typhoon developed off the coast of China.
Look. The poppies they are at it again exploding on the hills with their deep…
Stuart Brown, a physician and clinical researcher who founded the National Institute for Play, describes Norbert Rosing’s striking images of a wild polar bear playing with sled dogs.
(Myth & Moor, 2015) “One of these stories sustains the living systems on which we depend. One of these stories opens the way to living in gratitude and amazement at the richness and generosity of the world. One of these stories asks us to bestow our gifts in kind, to celebrate our kinship with the world. We can choose.” Beautifully articulated perspectives, stories.
(1977) Powers of Ten takes us on an adventure in magnitudes. Starting at a picnic by the lakeside in Chicago, this famous film transports us to the outer edges of the universe. Every ten seconds we view the starting point from ten times farther out until our own galaxy is visible only a s a speck of light among many others. Returning to Earth with breathtaking speed, we move inward- into the hand of the sleeping picnicker- with ten times more magnification every ten seconds. Our journey ends inside a proton of a carbon atom within a DNA molecule in a white blood cell.
On these pages you will discover inspirational and educational nature vignettes and other uplifting resources … intimate multimedia creations that will delight your senses, engage your mind, deepen your connection, and lead to a greater understanding and appreciation of the natural world.
(Kosmos Journal for Global Transformation, 2014) It is exciting that physicists are recognizing that “the universe is more like a great thought than like a great machine” and astronauts are lifting far enough from Earth to see, feel and show us how very much alive our planet is.
Savoring the substance of existence is a serious frivolity.
Gratefulness counteracts fear, prevailing consumerism, and exploitation of Earth’s resources.
Many ancient myths sound like wild stuff, but what could be wilder than the scientific assertion that we came out of the stars?
This darksome burn, horseback brown, His rollrock highroad roaring down, In coop and in comb…
As people grieve over droughts all over the world and oil spills in our oceans, our awareness of how precious water is becomes clearer and stronger.
The Seneca Nation’s grateful philosophy emphasizes the meticulous care we need to offer our Earth.
Preserving our Global Village depends on our interdependence and honoring all lives as equal.
I wish to grow dumber, to slip deep into woods that grow blinder with each…
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