An Ode To Rachel Carson

 
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It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know the sense of wonder and humility.
— ― Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder

Rachel Carson was a Marine Scientist and writer. She was one of the first people to speak out against the dangers of pesticides, namely DDT. An avid ecologist and lover of nature all of her life, Rachel Carson could be credited with sparking the ecologist movement within the USA during the 1950s and 60s.

I highly recommend all of her books. You can discover more about Rachel Carson in the video documentary about her life and work below.

 

Tuning In

 
photo credit -  alison scarpulla

photo credit - alison scarpulla

 

“Only a few generations ago in Ireland every field had its own name and history. There was also an ancient sense of the invisible world. The air is not empty.

Spirits, ghosts and fairies were one’s hidden neighbours. Now the fields as well as the imagination are growing ever more empty and poor.

If this era survives itself and does not either blow up the earth or poison it totally, I feel sure that there will be a massive return to the belief in the invisible world.

In the future there will be the ability to tune in to the spirit of a particular area…”

John O’Donoghue from ‘The Four Elements - Reflections On Nature’

Insights

“The global economy today is overwhelming the ability of the earth to maintain life’s abundance.
We are getting something terribly wrong.
At this critical time in history, we need to reorient ourselves in how we relate to each other and to the earth’s wonders.

We need a new mass movement that bears witness to a right way of living on our finite, life-giving planet.”

mariesophielockhart

The Archetype of the Witch

“A Common Craft is a series of podcasts about the archetype of the Witch, Witchcraft and magic and how these subjects may affect our daily lives- sometimes without us even noticing. Through interviews and storytelling, each episode will present a journey of occult ideas, feminism, healthcare, gender and popular culture. As Witchcraft becomes increasingly popular, I ask what we can learn from it's unorthodoxy and how it might make the future more magical for us all”.

https://acommoncraft.com

 

Episode 1: Healing

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Gratitude

Cultivate a habit of giving thanks. Gratitude is good for us. By giving thanks we focus on what is good, it deepens our values and connects us to one another.

“Generosity does not require material abundance. When I think back on the many people who have been so generous toward me, I never think of money or “things.” Instead, I think of the way they gave me their presence, their confidence, their affirmation, support, and blessing — all gifts of “self” that any of us can give.

And where does generosity come from? Perhaps from another life-giving virtue, the one called gratitude. When I take the time to breathe in my life and breathe out my gratitude for the gifts I’ve been given, only one question arises: “How can I keep these gifts alive?”

I know only one answer: “Become a giver yourself, pass your gifts along, and do it extravagantly!”

Parker J. Palmer