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April 2008

 

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About Midlife Journeys

Love Your Mother (Earth)



About Midlife Journeys

For many people, midlife is a time of transformation, a time of seeking greater purpose, joy and meaning in the second half of life. Midlife Journeys is a monthly newsletter designed to support you in reconnecting with your authentic self and energizing your life through deep self-nurturing, creative expression and heart-centered living. Each issue contains inspiration and resources to help guide you on your journey to greater aliveness, joy and fulfillment.

SOMETHING TO CHECK OUT!

For those who don't already know, Oprah has been running a 10-week global webinar (a web-based seminar) on Monday evenings with Eckhart Tolle based on his book, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life Purpose.

This is an extraordinary event not only technologically (millions of people from all over the planet are either logging on for the live event or downloading it from Oprah's website after the classes have been broadcast) but also because Eckhart Tolle is such a powerful example and teacher of being in the present moment and helping us understand how we can better access and live from our authentic selves.

This far-reaching event has great potential to significantly contribute to the upliftment of consciousness on our planet. Go Oprah!

To watch or download past classes or participate in the live event on Monday nights (there are a few more weeks left), go to www.Oprah.com. I also highly recommend the book.

"When you don't play roles, it means there is no self (ego) in what you do. There is no secondary agenda: protection or strengthening of your self. As a result, your actions have a far greater power. You are totally focused on the situation. You become one with it. You don't try to be anybody in particular. You are most powerful, most effective, when you are completely yourself." Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose.

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Love Your Mother (Earth)


"Treat the earth well. It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children. --Ancient Native American Proverb

We in the northern hemisphere celebrate Earth Day next Tuesday, April 22, 2008. We have been commemorating Earth Day for 38 years; the first event being founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970.

In the early 70's, as a passionate high schooler, I remember organizing a community bike ride to my school in honor of Earth Day, a cause I felt deeply about even then. One of my classmate's fathers arranged to have the event covered on the evening news. Quite a thrill!

Today, environmental issues have become even more urgent and the fate of our Mother Earth (and our survival on this planet) is resting in the balance.

With Al Gore's documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, Leonardo di Caprio's 11th Hour, and a multitude of other sources, we've been made aware of the environmental crisis we face and the implications for our children and grandchildren.

In the 70's, I had a bumper sticker on my school notebook with a beautiful picture of the Earth viewed from outer space and the words, "Love Your Mother".

But our predominant cultural values have so disconnected us from our relationship with the Earth that most of us have forgotten how to honor, care for and live in balance with our "Mother". We have forgotten that she is the source of all life and that our survival depends on treating her well.

This month, I invite you to remember and think of ways to honor, care for and live more in balance with this incredible planet we inhabit.

We can do this through simple individual actions, including: using fluorescent light bulbs, turning off the lights if we'll be leaving a room for more than 10 minutes, recycling, taking our own reusable bags when we shop (see http://www.chicobag.com/), unplugging appliances when they're not in use, buying local and organic, driving a fuel-efficient car, walking or biking whenever possible, working from home, telecommuting at least one or two days a week, flying less, supporting alternative energy initiatives, planting a tree, helping preserve a forest, or taking action to offset our carbon load. (To learn more about offsets, visit: http://www.mycarbondebt.com/).

A wonderful way to reconnect with the Earth is to simply spend time in nature. Hiking in the mountains, walking by the ocean, picnicking in a park, tending a garden, appreciating a sunset or getting up for the sunrise, noticing what phase of the moon we're in, gazing at a star-filled sky (if you can find one!) - these are all powerful ways to remember who we are and where we come from.

Eckhart Tolle (A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose) describes nature as a readily available reflection of who we really are: abundance, vitality, beauty and well-being. Being in nature helps us reconnect with our true essence and gives us access to the peace of the present moment. It's good for the soul!

And from a place of connection and appreciation, it's only natural to want to do what we can to preserve such life-giving magnificence for ourselves, our children and our children's children.

So go out now, hug a tree, and tell your Mother you love her!

Happy Earth Day!

Carol

To learn more about Earth Day and events in your area, visit: http://earthday.envirolink.org/

Earth, Teach Me

Earth teach me quiet ~ as the grasses are still with new light.
Earth teach me suffering ~ as old stones suffer with memory.
Earth teach me humility ~ as blossoms are humble with beginning.
Earth teach me caring ~ as mothers nurture their young.
Earth teach me courage ~ as the tree that stands alone.
Earth teach me limitation ~ as the ant that crawls on the ground.
Earth teach me freedom ~ as the eagle that soars in the sky.
Earth teach me acceptance ~ as the leaves that die each fall.
Earth teach me renewal ~ as the seed that rises in the spring.
Earth teach me to forget myself ~ as melted snow forgets its life.
Earth teach me to remember kindness ~ as dry fields weep with rain.


A Ute Prayer

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