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.