“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature— the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” ~Rachel Carson
This morning I discovered the above quote on WordPress friend Robin’s lovely blog, which expresses exactly how I feel this morning, as I regain strength. Robin’s fabulous Green Man post is currently featured on Freshly Pressed. Please visit it to see her photography.
And last but not least, a blessing from a friend: this morning Sharon sent me this photo she took in the Berkshire countryside yesterday.
Photo by Sharon Lips
Another post from the Dept. of Post-Collapse Studies.
The icicle doesn’t fall far from the eave.*
Click on the photo below to read the beautiful accompanying blog post.
* If you missed it last year, please visit my post about my love of building snow houses as a child.
Big day at church tomorrow. A new pastor will be offering his message, and because we operate via congregational polity, we will then vote about whether he will henceforth be the pastor of our little church.
Then in the afternoon, at 2 PM, Marian will be at the Real Food Co-op to speak with us about GreenSpirit and living lightly. And maybe about Elderwoman, as well. I hope to see you there.
Marian With Flowers
Only by understanding the Universe as a vast, holistic system and Earth as a unit within it can we help restore balance to that unit.
Only by placing Earth and its ecosystems – about which we now understand so much – at the centre of all our thinking can we avert ecological disaster .
Only by bringing our thinking back into balance with feeling, intuition and awareness and by grounding ourselves in a sense of the sacred in all things can we achieve a new level of consciousness.
Thus says the website of the book GreenSpirit: Path to a new Consciousness. In a couple of weeks the author, Marian Van Eyk McCain, will be speaking about this book upstairs in the Community Room at the Real Food Co-op in Chatham. (Please note that the Co-op is not open for business on Sundays.) I’m very happy that Marian will be here, and I’d like you all to meet her. She is also author of the book Elderwoman: Reap the Wisdom – Feel the Power – Embrace the Joy, which ties in with Growing Older, Growing Wiser: Becoming an Elderwoman, a seven-part series beginning in Chatham on September 14th.
Please help me spread the message about her talk at the Co-op on September 12, 2 PM. Thanks!
Here is a poster with the details:
News Flash for Sept. 12, 2010! Marian Van Eyk McCain, editor of and contributor to GreenSpirit: Path to a New Consciousness, will be in Chatham, NY on Sunday, September 12. 2010, 2 PM, to speak about the book and about living simply, at The Real Food Network Co-op, upstairs in the Community Room, 15 Church Street, Chatham, NY. (Please note that the Co-op is not open for business on Sundays.)
Marian and her husband live simply in Devon, England. She limits her air travel for environmental reasons, so we are fortunate to have her with us. Please join us on September 12th!
This event is sponsored by Sanctuary Without Walls.
Today I returned from the conference on our energy transition, and this evening I added the book below to the Recommending Reading list on this blog.
There is much that I wish to write about, but it will have to wait until I’m settled in and caught up.
The Evolutionary Epic: Science’s Story and Humanity’s Response, edited by Cheryl Genet, Russell Genet, Brian Swimme, Linda Palmer and Linda Gibler
You did not come into this world. You came out of it, like a wave from the ocean. You are not a stranger here. – Alan Watts
A tip of the hat to GreenSpirit for bringing this quote to my attention in its newsletter. Alan Watts introduced me to meditation practice when I was a teen in the 1960’s. In one form or another, I’ve practiced it ever since.