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Spiritual Ecology
August 4, 2017

From the Frontiers of Science

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — As left brained engineer and astronaut Edgar Mitchell hurtled back toward the earth, he saw it in all its vulnerable beauty, hanging...

Every year it is a surprise. A delight. A wonder. It is not guaranteed you know. Not to be taken for granted. But it is inspiring! Hopeful! Life bursts forth anew despite the harshness of winter here. Life, is adaptable. Persistent. Hardy. Resilient. —by Susan Eirich, PhD—

I stumbled out in the early morning dark discombobulated by Daylight Savings Time. On my way to the office I heard the first call of a killdeer, those vibrant harbingers of spring in our area. My heart sang to hear the lovely plaintive evocative trill of those irrepressible little birds. I could picture it running on its long slender legs, so fast and smoothly all you see is a feathered body being locomated as if being moved along a track. It is probably already busily looking for a nest site. Is it the offspring of couple that laid eggs here last year? — by Susan Eirich, PhD...

— by Susan Eirich, PhD — When I got out of the plane returning the States after living in a village high in the Himalayas on the border of Tibet, the first thing that struck me was straight lines everywhere. The walls, the tiles on the floor, the counters – everything was straight. Where I came from everything was homemade, rounded, organic. The contrast was startling. I had a similar experience driving major highways down to Tucson from Idaho recently. Living here, there is no need to get on a superhighway. I spend much time on the land here with the trees and animals. The town has one traffic light. I was driving my little Subaru in the slow lane at a respectable 85 mph, but...

As I called home from my travels, someone (who shall remain nameless) asked if I missed any animal in particular. Quelle Horreur! (French for what a horror). How could I? That would mean that I had favorites! I can't have favorites! (To see all the animals click here.) When asked, as people often do, which animal is my favorite, my standard and true answer is, "Whichever one I am with." Firstly what would coyotes Faerytale and Shaman say if I said Pimpernel was my favorite?  Or Huckleberry Bear Bear and Bramble and Ramble and and Humble Bumble Bear if I said Teton Totem? Or Foxie Moxie if I said Sage or Lightfoot or Sprite the foxes? Or any of them if I chose another species from theirs?...

-- by Susan Eirich, PhD -- When we do any journey with good intention, be it an inner or an outer journey, we come back home with riches. This is a time where it is especially critical that we journey, in order to come up with the most thoughtful effective things we can do for our Earth and the life systems she supports. The more mindful we are about what we can do the more effective it will be. We must let the sense of urgency energize us but not lead us to quick fixes or waste time on not very useful actions. I would like to share with you a journey I just took in pursuit of how Earthfire can be more effective, and share with you what I came back with. Then I would very much like to...

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