Think of the questions that have propelled you on your personal journey. Live those questions.

Quote of the day: In his new book, Awakening: Musings on Planetary Survival, Earth Day pioneer Sam Love tells us that, “No one is alone, we are all part of life’s web / With each breath, we inhale, remnants of the universe, and exhale nourishment for plants / Who knows what spirits hitchhike in each breath, each morsel of food or each drink of water?” Do these spiritual fragments transform us, in ways too subtle for calculation?

Commentary: One of the ...

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Pay Attention to Everything around you. Seize the Moment.

Quote of the day: My friend at the Duke Divinity School, Norman Wirzba, reminded me of something William Blake wrote, that is exceedingly relevant to what each of you may be facing during this era of social distancing. Poet Blake prophesized that, “If the doors of perception were cleaned, everything would appear to man as it is: infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks in his cavern.”

Commentary: Our moments of solitude can ...

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Earth Day at 50: Towards a More Inclusive Environmental Movement

This spring, as we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day, many social historians are asking questions about the legacy and efficacy of what was initially known as the “environmental teach-ins.”

Does the environmental movement launched a half-century ago reflect the vibrant diversity of the American people? Does that movement address environmental justice issues that disproportionately affect people of color? Many surveys confirm that black and brown communities suffer differentially high exposure to toxics, air pollution, degraded lands and polluted waters.

When ...

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Grief and Mourning Can Be Seen Not Simply as an Expression of Private and Personal loss, but as Part of a Spiritual Practice

Quote of the day: My neighbor Douglas Christie, author of the stunningly beautiful book Blue Sapphire of the Mind, has commented that “The ability to mourn for the loss of other species is, in a way, is an expression of our sense of participation in and responsibility for the whole fabric of life of which we are a part. Understood in this way, grief and mourning can be seen not simply as an expression of private and personal loss, but ...

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The work to reinvigorate local economies and to take better care of our places continues, in fact, it never ends.

Quote of the Day: As we move toward the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day, it is a good time to remember what this celebration is really about. As Sister Chris Loughlin of the Crystal Spring Literary Center says it, “We need a change of heart, a change of mind,” to truly solve environmental problems. Earth Day pioneer Arturo Sandoval puts it this way: “We have a lot more work to do to become fully human again. What I mean is ...

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If you care to see the diversity of people and species and landscapes on this planet, first decolonize your mind.

Quote of the Day: On April 5 1970, some fifty years ago, a passage of Buddhist poet Gary Snyder’s Four Changes manifesto was read into the Congressional Record in anticipation of the first Earth Day that would be celebrated two and a half weeks later. It was the first expression of “contemplative ecology” to ever go viral, being picked up by over a dozen publications that year, and made into a poster that graced walls from coast to coast. In ...

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How can we get out of our own selfishness, unless we see that other lives matter each and every day?

Quote of the Day: The Patriarch Bartholomew once said, “The root cause of all our [environmental] difficulties lies’ in human selfishness and sin (literally, missing the mark.) What is asked of us is not greater technological skill, but deeper metanoia, (literally, a transformation of mind and heart.) …we need a new way of thinking about ourselves, our relationship with creation, and the Creator.”

Commentary: When Bartholomew talks about a new way of thinking, I sense that it is heart + mind ...

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The Earth is not just about celebrating the sweetness and beauty of life on earth. It’s also about how to reduce suffering.

Quote of the Day: In Debbie Hale’s wondrous book, Consider the Birds: A Provocative Guide to Birds of the Bible, she says this: “Being alive involves a lot: suffering and taste buds and sweetness and muck. The spirit of God is not apart from this.” Whether we call that spirit Creator or Elder Brother or the Tao or the evolutionary process, we still get the muck from which we arose, sweetness in our innocence as children, taste buds and sensuality ...

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The path of the cross winds back to life in the garden. Our new life is one of patient care and abiding joy…

Quote of the Day: In T. Wilson Dickinson’s  wonderful new book, The Green Good News, he reminds us that whether we walk a trail through suffering from disease or hunger, or follow the Lenten Path of tracking Jesus on his way to the hill where he was crucified and beyond, “The path of the cross winds back to life in the garden. Our new life is one of patient care and abiding joy…”

Commentary: It is what we begin to here ...

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If there has ever been a time in your life to set enough minutes of the day for deep listening, it is now.

Quote of the Day: Whenever we go into solitude, we are not acting in a misanthropic manner, we are renewing our wellspring of good will for other. Henry David Thoreau put it this way: “Nothing makes the Earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.”

Commentary: If there has ever been a time in your life to set enough minutes of the day aside for silent contemplative work and deep listening to ...

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