Category Non-Dualism

Landing

Waiting for the landing, for a soft fall to the spongy earth, Waiting for the lift of dank air, Waiting to drop down into my stomach and toes and the planet’s fire, Waiting for this spinning and clenching to come to rest on the shoulders .     of ancient, living rock. It’s been months of […]

The Earth That We Knew Is Gone

I have been waiting for the grief to come, and today, reading Bill McKibben’s eaarth, my grief was set loose when I read his summary of the de facto changes that have beset our lovely jewel planet. After chronicling the reasons our dear Gaia cannot recover in any recognizable way from the devastation that has already taken place, […]

Orange Bowl

Holly-berry, moist chalk pyracantha beads beckon from a woody stalk; small fingers smash the pulp against an orange-striped bowl, stained from weeks of outdoor kitchen play amidst mud, twigs, tiny muscari hyacinth, honeysuckle nectar gleaned from tens of stolen flowers, camelia stamens and heady scotch-broom sunshine. From the brick-red playhouse tumble brown legs, round thighs, […]

Letter to Pope Francis

Most Holy Father, Thank you for saying NO to power and YES to love in so many beautiful and radical ways. As a non-practicing Catholic, your example has stirred my hope for the future of the church and the world. I am writing with a simple and humble appeal as you research and write the […]

Water

It came to me this morning casually pouring a glass of water: here is depth, here in my hand, liquid stardust, billions of years old, the elixir of life on earth and I can drink it. Millions of molecules have traveled billions of places and come to me, come through me, from that deep, dark past bearing […]

King’s Canyon

She said to go depth, find my place in the deep of things, travel down, down to the canyon bottom, feel those granite walls, majestic, decorated in scraps of life, and the smaller sky, swimming among the clouds, covering me in my hidden abode. There in that secret place, find the windy arms to hold […]

Presence in the Wild

How to love and defend the earth? I recently spent two weeks exploring my connection with wilderness in Kings Canyon National Park in the Sierra mountains. My companions? Thomas Berry and The Great Work, natural history guide books, land/earth, air/wind, water/river/creek, and a multitude of beings who surrounded me with their integrity, purpose, and presence. Before […]