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Earthfire Journal
January 9, 2019

Bramble Bear Can Be a Bit of a Brat (But He’s Actually Kind of Cute…)

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — Bramble the grizzly bear could be a bit of a brat---except in this incident, it was also so cute. We hold many types of retreats...

Seeds in various stages of germination

Seeds are tiny, magical packets of latent energy and potential, ready to burst forth when conditions are right. They contain the very essence of Life itself: ancient wisdoms and future hopes, exquisitely designed to adapt and evolve as needs arise. Part of Earthfire’s mission is to be a seed center. Here we gather selections of what we would like to see to germinate, take root, and unfurl into the light; stories that educate, inspire, inform and embrace hope and action. We invite you to partake, swap and share them. May they all bear fruit. This IKEA in Italy is giving homeless dogs food and shelter. Wyoming billionaire Hansjörg Wyss has pledged to protect 30% of the planet in...

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— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — During our online conservation conversation at year’s end, we explored what each of us felt we could do to help ease our global crisis in our own way. Joni, one of the participants, said that if you see someone doing something good, let them know you see and appreciate it. She referred to a woman she knows who is trying to stop the building boom in her community from cutting down too many trees. It seems like a simple and obvious thing to do. But for some reason, it stayed in my mind. That night, I woke up about 3 am with the thought, “You need to send a Christmas card to Jess.” I was a little perplexed---why did I wake up and think of such a simple...

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — “I came to realize that mind is no other than wind, trees and the great wide Earth; the sun, the moon and the stars.” - Dogen Zenji. 13th century) “The Earth is saying it’s time to wake up or get out of the way.” - David Loy I had a conversation with David Loy because our current ecological crisis is, at its core, a spiritual crisis. Therefore spirituality is where we have to go to solve it. As with all the great religions, Buddhism offers a very useful insight on how we can solve our personal and environmental crises: our personal suffering and our collective crises are the same because there is no separation between us and the rest of Life....

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — We have a tiny cactus here in the office that I have had for years. It was being originally sold as a souvenir from Arizona. It was potted in a blue pot glued to a magnet and destined to become a refrigerator decoration. I couldn’t stand life being treated that way, so I rescued it. Over the years, it has had quite an adventurous life. When it first came, a round little ball the size of a quarter, it covered itself with dozens of tiny blooms year after year. How did it produce such amazing beauty and profusion from a bit of dry soil? Then one summer, when I put it out to enjoy the Idaho sun, apparently some mice came and threw it on the ground. They...

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — In November's Conservation Conversation, wildlife vet Linda Bender and I shared a conversation on how nature heals, joined by participants who contributed their own profound insights. This was a wonderful conversation--one that needs to be continued. With its quiet, inviting presence, Nature invites us to calm, to come back to ourselves in communion and companionship with other life. Through connection with other living beings and the interchange of energy that then flows, we are renewed. We feel less alone. Quieted, our body begins to relax and more freely exercise its natural healing capacities. As Linda noted, we have a whole pharmacopeia within us,...

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