earth.mind.body

Month: May 2018

Thoughts on nature connection

Thoughts on nature connection

I have been pondering for some time the question of what nature connection really is and whether being in a specific place is necessary to “do it”. Whilst a vibrant wilderness is undoubtedly the most supportive place to get in touch with the natural world, […]

Nature: A brief communication

Nature: A brief communication

I go into the forest, Hands contorting, yearning for the sky; Body writhing, tongue twisting. Like a lost child or a forlorn lover I ask the trees and the dirt and the musky brown earth, “How can I be with you? How can I stay […]

Four Questions

Four Questions

Is it somehow so complicated?
Have I been fed stories
Which rebel against the raw, immediate warmth
Of my breathing body,
And tactile skin?

Are we so divorced from simplicity
By dreams of grandeur?
Man, standing mighty,
Lord over all, and conqueror,
Giving birth to new, intelligent life.

Is this all some tragic failure of humility?
We chase the golden goose,
Feeling what is here in our hands
To be worthless, ordinary,
Perhaps even boring.

Am I seduced just because others are?
The rip tide of a civilization way out to sea.
It never ceases somehow
To feel a little crazy
To swim the other way —
Back to the shore.

What is nature? (Ramblings #1)

What is nature? (Ramblings #1)

Characteristics of harmonious natural systems: Diversity: A multitude of forms and types of (in)activities are necessary to maintain the whole. Community: A resilience emerges in the whole from the balanced contribution of each part. Interbeing: The (non)existence of each part is intimately connected with the […]

Nature is a dirty word

Nature is a dirty word

I have been contemplating the question “What is nature?” lately. To me, this invites a mystery and an opening into my continual failure to find the dividing line between me and nature, between man and nature. How comical then, that a dictionary definition for nature […]

Passion

Passion

Do you hear the pigeons cooing,
The sigh of the Great Big Earth?
Change is rising up from within the vastness.
The petty world of men has had its day.

Grief swells through me like an ocean tide,
Its salty brine most welcome.
My heart yearns to open
And to touch the sacred Earth.

The dawn chorus greets the rising sun:
A reminder of the more-than-human;
A reminder to slow down and to listen;
A reminder of the forgotten pace of things.

Tears well up like gentle rain:
With these tears I fertilise the Earth;
With these tears I reignite our communion, our passion;
With these tears I clear away the sorrow and the confusion.