In Praise of Water

In Praise of Water

Let us bless the grace of water: The imagination of the primeval ocean Where the first forms of life stirred And emerged to dress the vacant earth With warm quilts of color. The well whose liquid root worked Through the long night of clay, Trusting ahead of itself openings That would yet yield to its yearning Until at last it arises in the desire of light To discover the pure quiver of itself Flowing crystal clear and free Through delighted emptiness. The courage of a river to continue belief In the slow fall of ground, Always falling farther Toward the unseen ocean. The river does what words would love, Keeping its appearance By insisting on disappearance; Its only life surrendered To the event of pilgrimage, Carrying the origin to the end, Seldom pushing or straining, Keeping itself to itself Everywhere all along its flow, All at one with its sinuous mind, An utter rhythm, never awkward, It continues to swirl Through all unlikeness, With elegance: A ceaseless traverse of presence Soothing on each side The stilled fields, Sounding out its journey, Raising up a buried music Where the silence of time Becomes almost audible. Tides stirred by the eros of the moon Draw from that permanent restlessness Perfect waves that languidly rise And pleat in gradual forms of aquamarine To offer every last tear of delight At the altar of stillness inland. And the rain in the night, driven By the loneliness of the wind To perforate the darkness, As though some air pocket might open To release the perfume of the lost day And salvage some memory From...
Coalition for Action – the Wonderbag

Coalition for Action – the Wonderbag

On October 19, 2016, Sarah Collins, inventor of the wonderbag, joined us for “The food we eat – the care we feed others.” The wonderbag is a solution for so many to the pressing issues of our time. Sarah’s passion for the women and children of Africa and her invention of the wonderbag has meant that thousands of women have been lifted out of abject poverty into lives of potential. In addition to being a social change mechanism, the wonderbag also positively addresses climate change. As a result of it’s use, less trees are cut down and indoor pollution from the burning of wood and coal has been and continues to be dramatically reduced. Northland Sustainable Solutions honored Sarah Collins for her dedication and tireless efforts  on behalf of women and children in Africa and our...
The Experience of Climate Change

The Experience of Climate Change

10 April 2016 by Karen Olson Johnson The striking photos of the experience of climate change bring feelings of anguish and the accompanying words well, utter disbelief. A coral reef bleached white and lifeless, a mother polar bear and her lone cub on a small piece of ice surrounded by vast open seas, and morbidly obscene piles of trash through which children search for gain, are frequent photographic visitors to the screens of information consumed by millions. These images are tied to statistics detailing trends and projecting a harrowing future. Having seen so many of these photos and read so many of these words, is there any message, any image that can get through and turn the tide? The Lumad Indigenous people and 6000 farmers demonstrated in the Philippines recently. The problem? They have nothing to eat and are literally starving because of drought. The government reaction was to open fire on the demonstrators, killing and injuring many. The photo of this wounded farmer, his blood covered hands held by one, while another tries to attend to his wounds, is yet another picture and story of what we are doing to each other. His is a story of pain at the hands of a government and a world of indifference to climate change. His is a photo of the experience of utter disbelief. Read the...
Climate Change Conference Prayer – Timberlake Earth Sanctuary

Climate Change Conference Prayer – Timberlake Earth Sanctuary

A Prayer for the Leaders of the Climate Change Conference Paris, France November 30 – December 11, 2015 This prayer, inspired by eco-visionary and author Thomas Berry, was written by the Odyssey Fellows 2015 from Pickard’s Mountain Eco-Institute in Chapel Hill, NC. Our prayers for each of you are that as you go into this conference you hold the vision of birthing a new season of life for earth in this perilous time . . . a future of unpolluted waters and breathable air and all species living harmoniously as one sacred earth community . . . We pray that the differences among you be honored with respect and dignity rather than judgment, and that you come to the level of communion with one another out of a common love of the earth that unifies us all . . . We pray that your deepest concerns and intentions be not for individual interests, but for the whole of creation which can bring us together as never before in all of human history . . . for we ask you to acknowledge the sacredness and interconnectedness of all life knowing that we are only ourselves as we honor our reflection in relationship with all beings in existence . . . We pray that your work together may heal deep wounds of violence and assault upon the earth and one another and that in your meetings, the Spirit of Love will be called upon to assist all your efforts . . . We pray that both the wisdom of science and the wisdom of the heart be called upon throughout your...