THE EARTHFIRE BLOG

Ecology, Spirit, and Action
November 30, 2017

Of Lonely Trees & Talking Rivers: Our Conservation Conversation Takes Us Deeper

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — In this seventh month of our online community conversations, the fruits of shared conversation, of personal ways of seeing shared among...

The bears have gone to bed. Winter is upon us.

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— by Mariah Palmer — I recently hosted an awareness and fundraising event for wildlife at my art gallery in Bozeman, Montana. Called, "Where the Wild Things Were,”  it included talks by grassroots conservationists and a seated farm-to-table dinner. I intended it to be a gathering to celebrate and protect our sacred connections to wildlife. I wanted the core of the event to be driven by our spiritual connection to animals, and strategic ways to serve them. Susan asked me what inspired me to put so much of my personal time, energy and funds into organizing such an event. I have always had a strong undercurrent of love and reverence for animals and wildlife. Growing up in the Wood...

— by Susan Eirich, PhD — How can we take action for nature and animals in these difficult times? We have a recent addition to our e-newsletter called One Good Deed, but it has been a struggle. How do you suggest things to people that are of real use? What is of real use? And if we suggest it, are we willing to do it ourselves? Part of the work at Earthfire is to look at the larger picture, including the perspectives of all nature, believing that our human-centric focus is too narrow to create real, lasting solutions without including all living systems of the Earth. But even working with just humans, how do we best proceed? Life against all odds | Stock Photo Do you suggest...

— by Richard Landry — Do cats feel gratitude? Apparently not, judging how standoffish or even rude they can be to their human benefactors or, worse yet, their doggy housemates. But observe a cat closely, and we can gain insight into a deeper level of gratitude than we normally see in most human beings or even feel in ourselves. We could say that a cat sunning itself on a porch or windowsill on a cold autumn day is a perfect example of gratitude in action, if we consider gratitude to be the graceful acceptance of what is freely given to us. The cat stretches out, closes her eyes, and absorbs fully and completely the warming rays of the sun. She knows the sun is there to warm her,...

— by Susan Eirich, PhD — “Listening connects us. It opens a channel through which information can pass on a beam of respect and caring. And then, ultimately, love.”    Susan B. Eirich “I used to know a man who could walk by any cornfield and hear the corn singing. “Teach me,” I’d say. He’d say, “It takes a lot of practice. You can’t be in a hurry….Do this: go get to know one thing as well as you can. It should be something small. Don’t start with a mountain. Start with one seed pod or one dry weed or one handful of dirt. You have to respect that tree or hill or whatever it is you are with….Take the horned toad for example. If you think you are better...

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