ecology

Having a soft heart in a hard world

I've been thinking a lot lately on what it means to have a soft heart. To feel, acutely. 

Earth as self, animals as self, the homeless person on the corner, as self. 
And about how the world at large and even most therapists and others in helping professions, attribute this depth of feeling to some kind of pathology, to something missing from our childhood, or a projection of the hurt parts of ourselves onto those most vulnerable, and it is dismissed as a kind of "reverse healing" that negates our authentic impulse.

I strongly counter that rather than soft hearts indicating that something is wrong with us, they are an indication that something is RIGHT with us.

Feeling, viscerally, as part of the whole; recognizing the struggle of another, the experience of empathy, a call to alleviate suffering, seeing self in others -across the illusory divide of species and color and culture (and that there IS no "other") are all part of moving closer to our unfettered state and essential nature.

And, softness doesn't cancel out ferocity.

Walking this earth with a soft heart, the willingness to feel the pain (and the magnificence) of mad love for all that is, and the impulse to act upon it, is a gift. 

Do more of that.
Nothing is wrong with you.

Magnificent. And Magic. Ancient Trees ..

Beth Moon, a photographer based in San Francisco, has been searching for the world’s oldest trees for the past 14 years. She has traveled all around the globe to capture the most magnificent trees that grow in remote locations and look as old as the world itself.

“Standing as the earth’s largest and oldest living monuments, I believe these symbolic trees will take on a greater significance, especially at a time when our focus is directed at finding better ways to live with the environment” writes Moon in her artist statement.

Sixty of Beth Moon’s duotone photos were published in a book titled “Ancient Trees: Portraits Of Time”. Here you can have a sneak preview of the book, full of strangest and most magnificent trees ever. View more of this incredible work here ... http://www.boredpanda.com/ancient-tree-photography-beth-moon/

TreeSisters: women seeding change ..

...'What I wasn’t in touch with then, that I am increasingly in touch with now – is how uniquely wired women are to be nature connected - wired to channel earth energy as part of our intuitive and ecstatic make up - wired with an internal gateway to creation that is also a constant pathway of personal evolution – wired to be deeply powerful when rooted in our essential nature connected, earthy and sensual state – if we will allow ourselves to remember and to open to who and what we really are...' From their new blog Excerpt from our new blog 

http://treesistersofficialblog.wordpress.com/2014/11/22/why-we-are-earthing-the-moon/