At the Center for Religion and Environment’s first retreat for the creative arts we spent time contemplating nature for inspiration. After a couple encounters with a plant and a stream I decided to stretch a bit and tried my hand at some blank verse. Here is the result, with a bit of explanation preceding each poem.
Bear corn is a non-photosynthesizing parasitic plant (see the above photo) that draws its nutrients from the roots of oak trees. Continue reading “Ruminations on Bear Corn and Creeks”
Awhile ago the Sivana Community contacted me saying that they enjoyed my blog at the Huffington Post and asked whether they could interview me. How could I say no?
The Sivana Community focuses on Buddhism, Hinduism and yoga. The substance of the interview focused on my personal and professional goals, what I perceive my mission in life to be, and what I feel I offer to the world. The interview isn’t long, so it’s a quick (and I hope interesting) read. Check it out!
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Walking through the power line cut I glanced down and noticed a couple of stones. Sitting down among the newly leafed blackberries and grasses I took a few minutes to give them a closer look. When I did, I sensed these rocks had stories they wanted to tell me. Indeed they did.
Storytelling on the Plateau
I was sitting on a beach. Well, what had been a beach. Continue reading “Spirit, Rocks and Water: Joiners of Space and Time”
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When we explore nature, we divine hints of life, love, and resilience. No matter how hard we try to keep weeds out of a yard, they keep coming back. Trees sprout from stumps, fields return to forest. It seems like in many ways nature tells us that life is stronger than death, that life is resilient. Poets echo that refrain asserting that love is stronger than death.
Nature and Resilient Life
Nature has developed many mechanisms to ensure that life overcomes adversity. Continue reading “What Nature Has to Tell Us about Easter”
During this time of year many Christians observe a period of time called Lent, when they engage in fasting, almsgiving and prayer to prepare themselves for the great feast of Easter coming in a few weeks. While it’s easy to see Lent as a gloomy time of self-denial, it actually can be a time for joy and discovery that brings healing for people and the environment. As with many things it all depends on our understanding of what we are trying to do.
Relationships and Happiness
God is the world’s best psychologist. Continue reading “People and Planet: the Joy of Lent”
Let’s assume for the moment you are a climate change denier. I think there are some strong reasons why you still might want to support policies intended to stem climate change. As such you might find you share a lot of common ground with people who do believe in it. And let’s face it – these days we can use all the common ground we can find.
We protect ourselves against all sorts of things, even when we think they’re not likely to happen. Continue reading “Why Climate Change Deniers Might Want to Act Like True Believers”
Looking at our increasingly fractured, fragmented and wounded world, a world where we vilify one another and our environment, I can’t help but think that the problem lies in our increasingly being out of touch with our world and with ourselves. Our more and more urbanized and technologically embedded species has lost contact with the rest of creation that gave it birth and still gives it life, unheeded though it is. Similarly, many of us no longer speak to “those people,” while many report they do not experience God in their lives. Can these phenomena be related? Continue reading “What We Think We Know and Healing a Fragmented World”