MAGNITUDE, GRANDEUR, ALL-ENCOMPASSING RESOURCE!
LUSH SOIL PROVIDES A NOURISHING PLANTING PLACE FOR FOOD
FOR EVERY LIFEFORM.
AESTHETIC BEAUTY OF EARTH, FLORA, FAUNA EXCELS
HER SELF-CLEANING ABILITY REJUVENATES ALL RESOURCES!
WATER REFRESHES, CLEANS, PROVIDES A COOKING MEDIUM, AND
FROM A WATERFALL WE CAN HAVE ALL THE POWER WE NEED...AND
YET MORE CAN BE DERIVED FROM SOLAR POWER.
WALKING THE EARTH KEEPS A BODY HEALTHY, DISEASE-FREE BY
THE OXYGENATION OF BLOOD AND LUNGS AND ALL THE SYSTEMS OF
OUR INCREDIBLE BODILY VEHICLES. MUSCLES ARE RENEWED,
MY FAVORITE MOVIE IS "FERN GULLY~THE LAST RAIN FOREST."
IT SHOWS THE HIDDEN LIFE AND BEHIND-THE-SCENES CARETAKING...
IT DEMONSTRATES THE INCREDIBLE EXTENT OF LOSS OF LIFE, AIR,
WATER AND ALL THINGS THAT FOLLOWS THE DESTRUCTION OF FORESTS
...FOR MANY GENERATIONS~FOR THE SEVEN GENERATIONS, INDIGENOUS
INDIANS WARNED AND STILL WARN US.
THE SIGNS HAVE GATHERED NOW~~LISTEN, OBSERVE, NOTICE!
EVERY TREE IS AN ANGEL THAT PROVIDES LIFE-SUSTANANCE TO MANY
INDIVIDUALS FOR MILES AND MILES. I HONOR TREES AND ALL OF
NATURE DIRECTLY EVERY CHANCE I GET, AND CONSTANTLY IN MY HEART.
MY SPIRIT AND PSYCHE WOULD BE SO BLESSED IF EVERYONE DID.
WE CAN'T EAT MONEY~~LIFE'S BASICS MUST BE RESPECTED AND
RENEWED...WHEN A FLOOD OR EARTHQUAKE DESTROYS RESOURCES OR
INTERRUPTS DELIVERY OF GOODS PROVIDED FOR US BY BUSINESS,
ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD IS NOT GOING TO HELP.
WE NEED TO BEGIN TO TAKE BACK OUR INDEPENDENCE. COOPERATION
IS GOOD~~WE NEED EACH OTHER...WE NEED SIGNIFICANT OTHERS...TO
WORK WITH THOSE WE CAN, TOWARD MUTUAL BENEFIT. DOWNSIZING SHOULD
BE DONE IN COMMUNITITES...MORE WALKING, LESS POLLUTION, BETTER
HEALTH. FOOD IN YARDS AND LOTS...DOES ANYONE REMEMBER EMPTY LOTS?
I PLANT TREES THAT MY TEN GRANDCHILDREN WILL HAVE AIR TO BREATHE...
AND FOR YOU AND I, TOO...
FOR I PLAN TO LIVE TO BE 147, IN PERFECT HEALTH OF MIND BODY &.SPIRIT.
THAT'S ALL FOR NOW...I HAVE TO HUG A WOLF, A TREE, TO BREATHE
~~AND RECEIVE HEALING BEAUTY~~
LIKE A TREE, I EXHALE THE BEST INTENTIONS INTO THE UNIVERSE.
TREES BREATHE IN CARBON MONOXIDE, A POISON TO HUMANS;
THEN THEY CONVERT CARBON MONOXIDE INTO OXYGEN!
I GRATEFULLY BREATHE IN OXYGEN, LOVE AND PROSPERITY OF THE UNIVERSE;
AND INVITE YOU TO DO THE SAME WITH ATTENTION AND APPRECIATION.
(NOW, 2009, I HAVE 12 GRANDCHILDREN AND ONE GREAT GRANDCHILD...
MAY MY ACTIONS ON THIS PLANET LEAVE A WORTHY LEGACY TO THEM.)
These ancient ones give us oxygen, clean our air, and also hold our soil together.
Clear-cutting is robbing Generations of people and animals of well-being!
THE VALUE OF A TREE
A tree is worth $196,250- according to Professor T.M. Das of the University of Calcutta
in India. A tree living for 50 years will generate $31,250- worth of oxygen, provide $62,000-
worth of air-pollution control, control soil erosion and increase soil fertility to the tune of
$31,250-. A tree will recycle $37,000 worth of water and provide a home for animals worth
$31,250-. This figure does not include the value of the fruits, lumber or beauty derived from
trees. Just another sensible reason to take care of our Forests!
SHE'S IN YOURS...BUT REALLY, YOU ARE IN HERS!
Magical transformations occur by
grace of Mother Earth
We plant seeds that she has
offered, and they open into new life
when we till the land, water and
honor the plants.
Earth is all we need to
feed and nurture us.
I feel a message in this beautiful work of Liza's...of
how Nature gives so freely to us.
copyrite: Barbara Dickinson, 2007, printed in
"Fungi are seemingly small, innocent creatures,
and yet they are actually the largest living organism on earth, made up of
mycelia, strong singled-celled strands of fiber, snaking below ground in
web-like formations. They are powerful enough to create visions, healing
of soul, re-vision of the earth's soil. Some mycelium networks are so
vast, they are only visible from great heights--evidenced by the blooming of
their mushrooms flowers in huge fairy rings.
It is said that mushrooms can help heal the
world--that they, in fact, have been doing so for longer than we know.
They've been keen and efficient composters for eons. Now, given the
opportunity, mycelia eat and transform the leavings of
"civilization"--oil, pesticides, industrial waste--breaking these
chemicals back down to their elemental building blocks, once again harmless and
available to create life. Mushrooms are being brought into areas taht are
in need of soil remediation, places like New Orleans, into land fills and
unstable hillsides where trees have been stripped, leaving the earth depleted of
nutrients and susceptible to slipping away in heavy rainfall. Mushrooms
thrive in these places, soothing, healing these scarred and poisoned landscapes.
Bless you, silent menders of a planet
torn by strip mining, clear-cutting, toxic waste
dumping, soil stripped of nutrients,
your web, of strongest single-celled strand
unseen but for the fruiting of your mushroom
you hold us, mend us, heal us.
~Barbara Dickinson, 2007~
As shared in We'Moon
2010 Calendar, I quote:
"I looked at the
Okanagan decision-making process in its traditional sense...when we approach the
decision-making process, one component is reserved for the land...we have people
who are called "land speakers." We have a word for it in our
language. I was fortunate in that I was trained and brought up as a land
speaker in my community...We have different people, trained as part of the
family system, to be speakers for the children, for the mothers, for the Elders,
for the medicine people, for the land, for the water--for all those different
components that make up our existence.
My part has been to be
trained by my Elders to think about the land and to speak about the land...Each
time a decision is made, even the smallest decision, my responsibility is to
stand up and ask, How willl it impact the land? How is it going to impact
our food? How is it going to impact our water? How is it going to
impact my children, my grandchildren, my great-grandchildren, what's the land
going to look like in their time? So in that process of en'owkinwiwx,
there's a built-in principle in terms of how we interact.. . .Someone had to ask
those questions. That's their responsibility.
When we include the
perspective of land and we include the perspective of human relationship, one of
the things that happens is that community changes. People in the community
change. The realization that people and community are there to sustain
your creates the most secure feeling in the world."
Excerpts from An
Okanagan Worldview of Society by Jeannette Armstrong from Original
Instructions: Indigenous Teachings for a sustainable Future edited by
Melissa K. Nelson copyrite 2008 Bear
& Company (now Inner Traditions) in collaboration with Bioneers.
We are all one...what we do
to the Earth, our Air, our Water...Animals, Winged Ones, Plants, Trees, Forests,
Mountains...another Human Being...WE DO TO OURSELVES.
It is good to live in the
Present...while remembering the Next Seven Generations.
Today, more than 20% of the Amazon
rainforest has been destroyed and is gone forever. The land is being cleared
for cattle ranches, mining operations, logging, and subsistence agriculture.
Some forests are being burned to make charcoal to power industrial plants.
More than half of the world's rainforests have been destroyed by fire and
logging in the last 50 years. Over 200,000 acres are burned every day around
the world, or over 150 acres every minute. Experts also estimate that 130
species of plants, animals, and insects are lost every day. At the current
rate of destruction, it is estimated that the last remaining rainforests
could be destroyed in less than 40 years.
Oil giant Chevron is facing defeat in a lawsuit by the people of the
Ecuadorian Amazon, seeking redress for its dumping billions of gallons of
poisonous waste in the rainforest.
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