Visions of Change

Joanna Macy: Embracing Our Pain for the World

I realized yesterday that the events of the past week are breaking my heart (while also giving me many important reminders of the strength of the human spirit). Once I decided to let myself feel my broken heart, to grieve, I remembered Joanna Macy’s words: “A heart that splits open can contain the entire universe.” Remembering that my heart is the seat of my spiritual wisdom mind, I decided to listen to my broken heart for signals of how to be and act in the face of heart wrenching events. Continue reading

Why do we say Gaia?

gaiaAs the Earth rotates us into a new season, re-aligning our relationship to the sun, I thought I would honor Earth by reflecting on an important name of our planetary home: Gaia.  Many people refer to Earth as Gaia for a variety of reasons, including spiritual, archetypal, and scientific, to name a few.  In Greek mythology, Gaia is Earth personified in the form of a goddess, the ancestral mother of all life on the planet.  James Lovelock, in his now famous Gaia Hypothesis, argues that the biosphere is a self-regulating organism that  organizes and perpetuates all planetary systems.  Continue reading

Upstream

downloadThis week, I am enjoying Mary Oliver’s new book, Upstream. Sometimes, when the world feels harsh and jagged, the poetry and prose of the great nature writers soothe my soul like nothing else.  For this month’s Sacred Earth Circle and Solstice Meditation, I will use a few selections from Upstream as our jumping off point.  My intention for this circle is to come together to seek softness and calm in the midst of the  many storms going on in the world.

Embracing Ecopsychology

I’m enjoying revisiting the roots of my work that derive from the field of ecopsychology. Ecopsychology offers a Western return to indigenous ways of knowing, blending ancient spiritual wisdom with modern perspectives on healing the psyche. Bless Theodore Rosak for his pioneering work in this field. Also see his book, The Voice of the Earth: An Exploration of Ecopsychology (Phanes Press, 2001).