THE EARTHFIRE BLOG

The Honorable Struggle to Do Well for All Life

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — It is so hard to follow up on our good intentions and resolutions! According to one theory our forebrain, where our will is situated,...

— by Richard Landry — By taking three quick moments for self-reflection every day, we can cultivate greater joy, resilience, and effectiveness in our work for Life. There’s an old Buddhist proverb: “Good in the beginning, good in the middle, and good in the end.” This somewhat enigmatic phrase provides a powerful clue about how to live a life of joy and resilience in the face of very difficult odds, which is the place where we, as activists in the service of Life, find ourselves. Working to save animals and habitat might feel at times like soul-draining work, given how little those in power seem to care about these matters, which affect us all and generations to come. In...

We welcome your thoughts and reflections on how we may together find a new way of living in relationship with wildlife and nature. We publish selected contributions from Earthfire community members as Notes from the Earthfire Community. Send your submissions to submissions@earthfireinstitute. Thank you! —by Miriam Trahan— Lately I’ve become a little too immersed in the coarsening of the cultural moment. I've feared for our natural world. I've feared for the precious work that’s been done in recent years to evolve our human offering into something that is more refined, kinder, more respectful and creative at solving the problems of our world. I let this fear overwhelm me and I...

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — “Real change will only happen when we fall in love with the Earth.” Thich Nhat Hanh There is a meeting this summer in Italy called “Our Sacred Earth…Responding to Ecological Crisis.” It asks, “How can we rise to the challenges of global environmental and ecological crisis?” The conference is intended as a conversation where people, already well informed, participate actively, engaging as widely as possible in dialogue and debate. A major focus will be “exploring how we can each make a difference and take urgent action to be the change in our daily lives, continuously echoing and reflecting on the question, ‘What am I going to do...

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — As we enter the New Year, we are supported by the energy of all the people making resolutions. Surveys say half don’t keep them – but half do! This is a fine time to examine deeply how we want to live our lives and how we want to help our Earth. The first step is to take a personal inventory. To the extent we are disconnected from ourselves or nature we cannot be of lasting help, because nature works in deep energetic flows which require unblocked connections, within us, and outside of us; from breathing freely and deeply to unblocked streams and wildlife corridors, the principle is the same. In the book Savage Grace, authors Andrew Harvey and...

If you have been following Earthfire Institute this last year via our email newsletter, website, or social media, you know that we have been talking a lot about Conversation—that simple act of connecting with another being by offering our selves, our words, and our willingness to listen with an open mind and heart. In the introduction to Turning To One Another, author Margaret Wheatley writes, “I believe we can change the world if we start listening to one another again. Simple, truthful conversation where we each have a chance to speak, we each feel heard, and we each listen well. If we can sit together and talk about what’s important to us, we begin to come alive.” We...

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