At the HEART OF THE EARTH,
prayer is a sense of belonging. Belonging is the basic
truth of our existence. We belong here. Life belongs
here. Likewise, at the heart of gratefulness, in its
deepest sense, we also find an expression of belonging.
When we say "Thank you"
we really are saing "We belong together." That's why
we sometimes find it so difficult to say "Thank you"
- because we don't want to acknowledge our interdependence...
We all belong together,
we are of each other. In this awareness we are freed
from self-preoccupation - and only then, emptied of self,
can we be filled with THANKS.
Healing the Whole ~ During this time
of great imbalance on planet Earth we may feel ourselves
torn between priorities of healing ourselves...and attempting
to cure the social and economicills that beset our culture...Healing
ourselves and working to resolve the contradictions in
the human-Earth ecology is the same work...all healing
involves making whole again - resolving the contradictions
that exist between self and other, body and spirit, mind
Knowing that we are not encapsulated, self-enclosed
entities, but rather fields of energy integrated with
the environment, everything we do tranforms and reshapes
the world. If our actions can destroy, so can they heal...
In this light, there is no distinction between physical
activity and the work of the spirit. Precisely in the
restoration of this balance between body and spirit lies
the path for healing the greater whole...
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
Love what it loves
~ Mary Oliver