Sing To Me Just Like That: Part 5

FLAME

 

I didn’t grow up with fire. There were no forest fires where I lived. There was no ritual to greet fire as an ancestor, the way it breathes with generous lungs, the way it warms our bones with a primordial spark. I don’t...

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Sing To Me Just Like That: Part 4

beauty grief nature Jun 22, 2020

ICE

 

There is a wind, a breath, a lingering contrail of energy left behind from all the interactions of nature. Everything is moving towards everything else, blood vessels stretching, rivers running, lungs expanding, roots touching, nerves...

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Sing To Me Just Like That: Part 3

auspicious nature trust Jun 22, 2020

WIND 

 

The breeze is my grandmother ancestor, running her beautifully veined hands through my hair. She is this gentle, not just to me but to the leaves and flowers too. I watch the branches of the sequoia lightly heave and settle in a...

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Sing To Me Just Like That: Part 2

freedom loss nature Jun 22, 2020

FOREST

 

I have always gone to the living world with my loneliness, my failures, my heart aches. She is a friend that is unafraid of my very ugliness. 

 

This time is no different. But now it is nature herself that I mourn, needing...

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Sing To Me Just Like That: Part 1

beauty grief nature Jun 22, 2020

FLOWER

 

It is the day after Mother’s Day and the unseasonably warm weather has made the peonies on the dining room table prematurely stretch all the way open. Last night I refilled the water in their vase, making sure it was icy cold...

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Sing To Me Just Like That: Teachings from the Living World about Resilience, Beauty, and Grief

freedom loss nature Jun 22, 2020

If I could pocket this mountain for good, I would. My heart lifts every time I see her, ripped white skirts, unkempt hems peeking beneath velvet cloudscapes. It was this land that called me to her seventeen years ago and I have loved every moment...

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5 Life-Stirring Books to Connect You With the Wild World

book reviews nature wake up Feb 28, 2020

A soft longing is emerging, like a creature in hibernation, from our hearts.

We are hungry to return ourselves to the living world, to feel ourselves belonging to and in allegiance with its inherent harmony. A slow, long wail is resonating from...

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We Must Awaken Our Force of Aliveness

alive nature wake up Feb 24, 2020

“I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonance with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being...

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Stretch Your Wings Wider

alive nature sky medicine Jan 03, 2020

You are hardwired for wilderness.

Modern life is increasingly persuading us, transforming us into some domesticated version of our human creature selves. Dead but living. So many of us are under some strange anesthetic, disconnected from the land...

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The Standing People Are Moving

nature Oct 16, 2019

 

Bashing themselves about,

stag horns clashing as

cymbals of wood and wind.

 

The watchful mothers are stirring,

shifting their burdens as they

wait for their moment.

 

IT. IS. NOW.

 

Restless roots cleave the ground,

leaving...

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