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One Good Deed: Idea and Action Exchange

Each month we have will a suggestion for something we can do and invite your responses, ideas and actions. Ours will come from the basic principle of spiritual ecology,...

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THIS EARTH IS PRECIOUS TO US. The president in Washington sends word that he wishes to buy our land. But how can you buy or sell the sky; the land? The idea is strange to us. If we do not own the freshness of the air and the sparkle of the water how can you buy them? Every part of this earth is sacred to my people. Every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every meadow, every humming insect, all are holy in the memory and experience of my people. We know the sap that courses through the tree as we know the blood that courses through our veins. We are part of the earth and it is part of us. Perfumed flowers are our sisters; the bear, the deer, the great...

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This is so important an idea that we wanted to call attention to it again, on Earthday, until it becomes part of our thinking. — by Susan Eirich, PhD — What if we developed a strategic business plan for the Earth the way successful businesses do, but include the voices of all living beings? We are managing the Earth and wildlife anyway; we are just doing it really badly. What I suggest is not that we run the Earth as a business but rather that we ask the larger questions first. Where do we want to go; what culture and values do we want to encourage. Let’s start from a beautiful hopeful vision that includes wisdom common to the world’s great spiritual traditions as the...

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-- by Susan Eirich, PhD -- Each morning I collect the fine eggs from our fine chickens – pale blue and pink and green. Most are destined for the distinct pleasure of our bears, foxes and coyotes. (To make it very clear: for the distinct pleasure of Teton Totem, Humble Bumble, Huckleberry Bear Bear, Bramble and Ramble bears; Faerytale and Shaman coyotes, Foxie Moxie, Lightfoot II, Loki and Sprite foxes). The chickens have their contribution to make and they do it well. Our fine eggs But each morning I reserve one for myself. I boil it 3 minutes. Dipping my spoon into the deep orange yolk I think about how the egg came into existence. It is made of the tender green spring grasses the...

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Our bears are very tidy, economical eaters (Assuming they like the food). There is not a molecule of juicy orange flesh left, scooped out as neatly as with a spoon. If it were watermelon there would not be a molecule of pinkness left (they won't touch the rind). If it is grapes, each one is delicately picked off the stem, one by one. Jean says they can use their paws so delicately they could turn the pages of a book, though we haven't figured out a way to test that yet. There are endless surprises in the animal world. No-one can believe it when they see the bears eat. An interesting question is "Why?" What assumptions are we making? Orange peels left by Teton Totem: -- by Susan...

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Two young foxes, Lightfoot and Sprite, were playing ecstatically in the “Small (In-Size-Only) Animal Garden. Suddenly above the berm appeared the head of a young female moose. She was on her way to the shelter of the wildlife corridor but apparently couldn’t resist the urge to see what was going on. We didn’t get a picture of it- it was too quick, but here is a rendering of a loose moose...

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