Earth Day: Love Yourself- Love Your Mother

“The Earth has lost her equilibrium. The fact that we have lost connection with Earth’s natural rhythm is the cause of modern sickness…

We need to realize that the conditions that will help to restore the necessary balance don’t come from outside us; they come from inside us, from our own mindfulness, our own level of awareness. Our own awakened consciousness is what can heal the Earth.

 

     There is a revolution that needs to happen and it starts from inside each one of us. When we change the way we see the world, we realize that we and the Earth are one and we begin to live with mindfulness, our own suffering will start to ease. When we’re no longer overwhelmed by our own suffering, we have the compassion and understanding to treat the Earth with love and respect. Restoring balance to ourselves, we can begin the work of restoring balance to the Earth…There is no difference between healing the planet and healing ourselves.”

 

                             -Thich Nhat Hanh, “Love Letter to the Earth” p 56-57.

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Joel Salatin: Folks This Ain’t Normal

I just finished the latest book, Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World, by farmer/author/educator extraordinaire Joel Salatin.

This book is overflowing with the type of contemplative life wisdom you’d expect from a Buddhist monk. Ponder this little gem:

Food for Thought: A Brunch with Joel Salatin

Yesterday was the 5th of May, Cinco de Mayo, a big celebration in Northern New Mexico, as you can imagine.

It was also the 350.org ‘s Connect the Dots event with actions going on worldwide like this one of firefighters in the Santa Fe Forest remembering the largest wildfire in New Mexico history that was connected to climate change.

My family and I spent our day… Continue reading

Biodiversity on a Fair Trade Coffee Farm in Costa Rica

On a recent visicoffee berriest to Monteverde, Costa Rica, I met Victor, a small coffee farmer and member of the  Coopesanta Elena. Made up of 75 small coffee producers, the cooperative members are committed to growing their crops in harmony with nature.

Victor’s farm is in fact teeming with biodiversity. From sloths hanging… Continue reading

Global Warning, Our Oil Addiction and Living on a New Planet

Narrated by Leo DiCaprio, this clip is based on the book by Thom Hartmann, The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight: The Fate of the World and What We Can Do Before It’s Too Late.

“Picture this, a blue planet protected by a thin layer of atmosphere that keeps temperature, air and water in perfect balance to maintain life. In the cold

Florida’s Great Senator- The Oldest Cypress Tree in North America

Senator CypressEvery young student can tell you what are the biggest theme-park attractions in Orlando.  But probably very few can tell you about Big Tree Park, home Florida’s oldest and most distinguished resident, the Senator bald cypress tree. Located in Longwood, FL , the Senator majestically looms high as if… Continue reading | 2 Comments

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