Messages from Mother Earth

Mercy, Mercy me (The Ecology)

Marvin Gaye, USA

A Message from The Penan

Dawat Lupung, Malaysia

Not long ago, we were happy.
Things were good.
Our fish were clean. Our food was pure.
Our way of life staying in the forest was good.

As things are now, we are in difficulty.
The land is being destroyed.
Many open places.

These plants are our medicines.
If we ask for medicines from the government,
they give us Panadol. It is already spoiled.
The more we take, the sicker we become.
This is what we don't like.

We are content to stay on this land,
to make our shelters in this forest.
This is a good life.
But if all these trees are gone,

The Art of Living in the Wise Woman's Tradition

Kryta Deere, Canada

(Submitted by the author)

Shortly after Thanksgiving I buried my cat. Her brother had left two months earlier, after a long life of almost 20 years. They were my true companions and loyal friends, helping me over the most difficult but important period of my life and witnessing my transition from Mother and Career Woman into the stage of 'Wise Woman'.

Alive

Vivek Chauhan, India

Your thoughts on: Trees

Helen Evans, born and raised in Swaziland, now living in London: "In tribal African cultures there was always a large tree (or group of trees) near the village where the discussions took place. Tribal Africans followed a much more democratic approach than we Westerners did in that all members of the tribe would need to agree to a choice that affected the village before any action was taken, so much time was spent talking until everyone agreed. Thus the tree's place in village life was paramount ...

Seasons of the Soul

Mark Josephs-Serra, England

(Submitted by the author)

Traditionally, all communities gathered at least four times a year. Ritual gathering can re-attune a community to its core-note. Seasonal celebrations are not only about planting or harvesting. They are also about an archetypal intrapsychic cycle. Just as our moods can respond to sunshine and cloud cover, somehow we respond to the moods of the seasons. Just as nature pulls itself into itself in winter, in the darkness of winter we ourselves are re-conceived.

Ants

Connie Spittler, USA

(Submitted by the author)

Inside our back patio wall, my husband and I ponder black-collared lizards that practice push-ups in the sun as we stroll the yard. Pulling a straggly weed, an invisible cholla spine pricks my palm. This is the Sonora Desert, after all.

Mother Water

Mama Donna Henes, USA

(Submitted by the author)

When people think of the earth and of the terrestrial environment, they invariably associate it with the color green. But, as that famous photo of Planet Earth taken from space shows, this is a blue planet.

Earth is the only planet known to have water. It is, in fact, covered with water over nearly three-quarters of its surface. Oceans and rivers, ponds and streams, lakes and falls, glaciers and seas run like veins through a living body, carrying refreshment and nutrients to all its parts.

This we know

Chief Seattle, Duwamish tribe (America)

This we know: the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood which unites one family. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.

The Law of Nature, from The Quran

(Submitted by The Art of Living Team)

In the creation of the heavens and the earth, the alternation of night and day, the ships that roam the ocean for the benefit of the people, the water that God sends down from the sky to revive dead land and to spread in it all kinds of creatures, the manipulation of the winds, and the clouds that are placed between the sky and the earth, there are sufficient proofs for people who understand.

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