Messages from Mother Earth

Animals as Mirrors

Michelle Burns, USA

(Submitted by the author)

Have you ever looked into an animal’s eyes and seen yourself reflected? Reflected, not just physically, but spiritually as well? Animals are so much closer to the source, the infinite, with no veil between this world and others. They see truly. When an animal looks at us, they reflect to us the part of ourselves which we've often hidden, even from ourselves. They can see the part of us that hurts, that is afraid, that is vulnerable, that loves.

The Lion Whisperer

Kevin Richardson, South Africa

Because it has a song

Maya Angelou, USA

A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.

Trees

Rabindranath Tagore, India

(Submitted by Latif Jilani, Lebanon)

Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.

Mapudungun: The Earth Is Speaking

Armando Marileo Lefío, Chile

(Submitted by the author)

One of the most important achievements of our ancestors was the development of a communication system wholly reliant on the languages of the earth and nature, that is, natural codes, sounds, messages and means of communication.

In the cycle of the seasons or stages of the year, messages are constantly being delivered by birds, rivers, the rain and wind, leaves, and insects such as crickets. These messages can guide our actions, to the extent to which we are able to decode them. Otherwise we remain puzzled.

Journey to Moray

Linda Fitch, USA

(Submitted by Florence Searle, USA)

Looking out from our lunch spot, you could see the mountains of the sacred valley - Pitusiray, Chicon, and Veronica - their tops covered in glaciers and snow. I sat in the warmth of the noon sun soaking in the beauty and listening to the laughter of the other journeyers who also had paper plates perched on their laps. My simple but delicious meal consisted of fresh avocado and local cheese on a home-cooked flat-bread roll, picked up in the small village we had driven through earlier in the morning.

Tsunamis

Peter Singer, Australia

When the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan in March, Brian Tucker was in Padang, Indonesia. Tucker was working with a colleague to design a refuge that could save thousands of lives if - or rather, when - a tsunami like the one in 1797 that came out of the Indian Ocean, some 600 miles southeast of where the 2004 Asian tsunami originated, strikes again. Tucker is the founder and president of GeoHazards International, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to reduce death and suffering due to earthquakes in the world’s most vulnerable communities.

Noo Halidzoks

Shannon Thunderbird, Gisbutwada Clan of the Coast Tsimshian Indigenous People, Canada.

(Submitted by the author and originally published in 'The Art of Living')

At the root of all Native teachings lies a reverence for The Land. Noo Halidzoks, or Mother Earth, gave the Red People a special gift of Turtle Island, or North America. We were charged with the responsibility of being caretakers of this vast land and were given much wisdom and knowledge with regard to its care and preservation.

The Land

Debra Landwehr Engle, USA

I live in Madison County, Iowa, home of the covered bridges for which a book and movie were named. The Bridges of Madison County spoke of unrequited love, heartbreak, and longing, all the emotions in Clint Eastwood’s face at the end of the movie as he stood in the rain and watched his love drive away.

The sound of water

Matsuo Basho, Japan

(Submitted by The Art of Living Team)

An old pond
A frog leaps in:
the sound of water.

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