The Starfish Story

The question is not, can we save the world, or do our individual actions actually matter. The question is, can we break our hearts open enough, feel and love deeply and passionately enough, to LIVE as if we can. To live in a way that our intention to see a whole and just world informs even our smallest actions. That is our task on the journey from human to our humanity. For the life of one, or for the world itself (for the world is in that one); our every action holds the power to transform ...

One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean. Approaching the boy, he asked, "What are you doing?" The youth replied, "Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die." "Son", the man said, "don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make a difference!" After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said…"I made a difference for that one.’”

The Original Starfish Story found in ”Star Thrower”, a collection of essays by the naturalist and writer, Loren Eiseley 1978


Universal Motherhood and Love for all Beings

"Anyone who has the courage to overcome the limitations of the mind will attain the state of universal motherhood. This is a love and compassion felt not only towards one’s own child, but also towards all people, animals, plants, rocks and rivers. It is a love extended to all of nature and all beings. to one in whom the state of true motherhood has awakened, all creatures are her children. this awakening of love, this motherhood, is Divine Love. This is God." ~Amma

"There will never come a day, ever, where I am not mystified, transfixed, blown away and completely in love with every single living creature that walks, crawls, hops, swims, slithers, and flies on this beautiful planet."

~Tyler Knott Gregson  

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 ...

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

May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.

"This is a prayer each one of us can practice every day. It reminds us that our relationships with all beings and things should be mutually beneficial if we ourselves desire happiness and liberation from suffering. No true or lasting happiness can come from causing unhappiness to others. No true or lasting freedom can come from depriving others of their freedom. If we say we want every being to be happy and free, then we have to question everything that we do-how we live, how we eat, what we buy, how we speak, and even how we think." Sharon Gannon

In “Comfortably Unaware”, Dr. Richard Oppenlander tackles the crucial issue of global depletion as it relates to food choice.

"The topic of conscious eating has always been about animal rights and welfare. But it's time we view ethics in a much different and much larger context. For instance, is it ethical for any of us to eat food that causes the extinction of other species if we don't need to eat it? Is it ethical to cause or heavily contribute to irreversible climate change, loss of ecosystems, and resource depletion? Is it ethical for any of us to use our planet in a way that exacerbates world hunger and extracts the potential for future generations to survive? It is time we rethink ethics. It needs to be framed much differently than with just animal rights." Dr. Oppenlander, FC&S

A magical conversation with nature

Nurturing a deeper, more interactive connection with nature is essential for the Earth’s wellbeing and our own...

As Thomas Berry writes in the book Spiritual Ecology: “There is a single issue before us: survival. Not merely physical survival, but survival in a world of fulfilment, survival in a living world, where the violets bloom in the springtime, where stars shine down in all their mystery, survival in a world of meaning.”

How does one begin to cultivate the conditions for this deep aliveness to happen?