Ten thousand thanks to all who’ve posted such kind and generous comments here!
You may have noticed that we are now “Healing Earth.”
Yes, if we’re open, Earth is healing us – allowing us to become whole once again.
After our first entry on this blog, I received this post from traditional Cherokee Grandmother Red Leaf:
Dear Paul: Thank you for sending “Earth Healing”. Long ago, these words were given to me:
“Even when we poison the air, the air is still there for us.
Even when we pollute the water, the water is still there for us.
Even when we cut into the breast of Elohino, she is still there for us.
Her love for us is unwavering, and complete and total.
Would that our love for her be so great.”
Grandmother Sara Smith from the Mohawk Nation said this: “Sounds like Grandfather teachings.”
It’s both extremely humbling and a great honor to receive this recognition from the traditional Elders.
I can only try to continue to live up to their positive regard for our work.
In this spirit, I respectfully offer this one:
Prayer for the New Millennium
Our ancestors remind us that gratitude is the beginning, where we come from and to where we return.
Our awakened nature invites us to recognize any imbalance or woundedness within ourselves or in our relationships and begin the healing process, and continue the healing process.
We become ruthlessly practical.
We make compost, grow gardens, plant trees, restore wildlife habitat, and build solar to restore balance and recreate community with all living beings.
We become serene and courageous in our everyday lives.
We celebrate the gifts of fresh air, pure water, fertile soil and the spark of creativity.
We practice mindfulness, respect, kindness, and compassion wherever we go.
Our kindness is our kinship responsibility with “the egg-born, the womb-born, the moisture-born, the miraculously-born, those with form, those without form, those with consciousness, those without consciousness, those with no-consciousness, and those without no-consciousness.”
We rediscover and honor all our relations with our every good thought, good feeling, good word and good deed: the 4-leggeds, the 2-leggeds, the wingeds, the roots, the greens, the swimmers, the creepy-crawlies, the blue green algae, the soil mycorrhizae, all the elements of the periodic table, and the 7 directions.
We practice peace through forgiveness and understanding.
We live peace by extending a kind word and a helping hand.
We plant and nourish the great Tree of Peace.
We remember to give thanks for the gift of each and every breath.
We humbly remember to respect and honor the unborn and unborn yet to be, and the 7th generation.
We plant more trees.
Long Branch Environmental Education Center
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