As a species on this Earth, we are separated from other life forms by consciousness, in that we are aware of our own existence.
“Live like a tree, giving, forgiving and free.”
― Debasish Mridha M.D.
I was walking the gardens this morning…really I should say, woodland, for that is what it has become, and pondering on the way in which all this manifested.
It began with an unblinking, unfettered generosity of spirit…a conscious choice to simply plant trees into a land bereft of habitat.
Growing and planting trees from seed has been my work over the past ten years.
Growing trees has been the work of Mother Nature for hundreds of thousands of years.
However, at this point in time, Mother Nature, Mother Earth, needs our help…for she is so badly damaged by humankind!
For my part, I continue to sow seeds of mighty trees in small pots…to give away with a generous heart, to the hundreds of annual visitors to Bealtaine.
So many of you have made this sacred journey with me, planting trees wherever you live, in countries all over the Earth.
“I have come to the conclusion that imperialism and exploitation are forms of cannibalism and, in fact, are precisely those forms of cannibalism which are most diabolical or evil.”
― Jack D Forbes
“Wherever forests have not been mowed down, wherever the animal is recessed in their quiet protection, wherever the Earth is not bereft of four-footed life – that to the white man is an ‘unbroken wilderness.’
But for us there was no wilderness, nature was not dangerous but hospitable, not forbidding but friendly. Our faith sought the harmony of man with his surroundings; the other sought the dominance of surroundings.
For us, the world was full of beauty; for the other, it was a place to be endured until he went to another world.
But we were wise. We knew that man’s heart, away from nature, becomes hard.”
― Chief Luther Standing Bear
To plant and restore the sacred Earth means that it will never be “a place to be endured…”
“We return to you, O Earth, the things which you have given us willingly and most graciously; with our hearts, hands and minds, in the best way we know how.”
― Taj Mahal
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