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 Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — In the book Savage Grace, authors Andrew Harvey and Carolyn Baker suggest dedicating one day to taking a personal inventory of ways in which we are disconnected from ourselves, others, and the Earth. I like this. The focus on our disconnections, which we all have and even more so in these rushed, stressed, complicated times, is really important. We can’t make good personal or environmental decisions from a disconnected state. Or even enjoy life to its fullest. Then what is the next step? I get dozens of self-help offers on-line on a regular basis from multiple different experts but that is not where help lies. Help lies within ourselves. Yet most...

— by Anam Thubten — Gratitude So many beautiful souls are gone, just like the rainbow disappears. Their faces are smiling in the shrine of my heart. I’ve tried to dream them many times, so I can say "thank you". They are the most sacred words our lips can utter. Each time we say them, this invisible cold ice between us melts.   Thanks to my beloved ones, You listened to my stories, Shared thousands of delicious meals, Opened my heart, Accepted me the way I am. Your presence never gave me sorrow, only joy. In your field, my entire being is so relaxed.   Thank you to all my friends. Your trust has been empowering...

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — Things used to be simple. There were two kingdoms, plant and animal, and one kind of real intelligence – human. Then we discovered that Life is creative and complex…Enter the brilliant slime mold. Every now and then a new scientific discovery is made that is so exciting, so paradigm-shifting, that we need to share it as widely as possible; to think about it; discuss it, absorb it into a new world view of the nature of Life. The good news--it is a worldview that, if we adopt it, will help with our environmental crises. It is so amazing it can’t help but foster respect and wonder for all life. As a little girl I was fascinated by slime molds....

— by Gitte Fjordbo — Since the start of the Conservation Conversations this Spring, I have been getting up in the middle of the night to participate. I live in Denmark, so it happens between 2 and 3 a.m. Denmark is a small country, still the duckpond Hans Christian Andersen wrote about in the fairytale, The Ugly Duckling. In many ways you have to fit in, or else, especially if your world or vision is bigger than that of the rest of your pond. Although many of Andersen’s stories were about animals, our relationship to and with animals today--pets, farm animals and a bit of wildlife--is not very evolved in general. You should think having been proclaimed the “happiest people in...

When the winter winds blow fiercely, snow drifts pile up in the Wildlife Garden so high that the wolves can just walk straight out of the Garden. In order to keep it open for them all winter, we put up a snow fence; a perforated orange plastic strip that lets the wind through but causes the snow to pile up behind it. Unfortunately Bluebell apparently took exception to this intrusion in her pasture. She takes her duties as Watch-Buffalo seriously. Or alternatively gets annoyed when there's an intrusion into her territory and takes it as a person insult. Or maybe she just thought it was really ugly. In any case we found the fence decimated with part of it pierced by her horns and carried...

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