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Reconnection Ecology
February 1, 2021

Reconnection Ecology: Redreaming our Relationship to Nature

Close your eyes and think back. Can you remember a moment when your life was touched or transformed by a species other than your own? Maybe it was when you were a...

Woman cuddling with black and white malamute dog

— By Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — I had a beautiful dream in the early morning hours, though it didn’t start that way. I was at the vet with my malamute, Woodle. She was on the operating table and she was dead (she passed away a year and a half ago). But then she made a little movement and she was somehow maybe alive. The vet did something to her and she made a huge and sudden evacuation of gas, stirred, and sat up! It was very disorienting---how could she be alive after being dead? Dare I believe it? But there she was. She lay down on the table, leaning against me. I was in shock---she was there! I could touch her! I had my Woodle back! Was it real? Not possible! How could it be possible?...

Promotional image for the film "The Twelve" featuring an indigenous woman

When two of my most respected colleagues who deal with spiritual issues and our environmental crises tell me to watch something, I listen.  The Twelve is a profound experience and a powerful transmission of wisdom messages from twelve indigenous elders from around the world. The film takes us back into what it is to be human, to live in harmony with nature, and with each other. Following the example of these elders travelling thousands of miles and stepping into the unknown for Humanity’s benefit, how can we as individuals and communities get into action to change the course of what is happening to our planet? The film is free to download and stream in seven languages...

White German Shepherd Dog laying in the middle of a cross-country ski single track

— By Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — In my personal opinion, it is entirely unnecessary extra exercise to have to cross country ski in deep snow with an 81.4 pound white German shepherd attaching himself to the tip of my left ski with great enthusiasm with each stride I take. (For some reason, he prefers the left.) He, apparently, thinks it is entirely necessary---and that it’s tremendous fun, growling and barking as he attacks the constantly moving target. When he is not attaching himself he pulls out large branches of sagebrush and drops them directly in my path (the only place he drops them). Or racing from behind with one so big that it hits me in the back of my knee. Shota and the...

Snowy road lined with snow-covered pine trees

— By Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — It was so beautiful. I was driving a friend over a wintry mountain pass to make a doctor’s appointment. We started out in a snowstorm predicted to become worse, but he wanted to make the long-awaited appointment. The pass was icy, windy, and given to areas of blowing snow that made visibility difficult, but that is not what bothered me. What bothered me was that we might be late. I tensed, trying to drive as fast as possible given conditions that varied from curve to curve, switching from areas protected by trees to others where the wind blew freely in great gusts, driving blinding snow across the road. Then, somehow, my brain switched---perhaps as we...

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. A school district in Florida has enlisted the help of some unique landscapers: 24 goats, hired to manage weeds on a patch of land that's also...

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