Enjoy this 4-minute still point to bless and uplift yourself and those around you.
Pierre Pradervand, Author of 365 Blessings to Heal Myself and the World
Thank you to Manuela and our friends at The Gentle Art of Blessing for sharing.
2-minute poetry reading, honouring our place in, and connection to, the natural world.
Written and recited by Robbie Breadon.
The Folds of These Valleys
No matter how many walls we build
fences we stretch across this landscape –
No matter how many names we speak
against the others to make them different, wrong –
Each of us was born from the soil of this land
to breathe the same air, drink the same water –
We share one sky – our lingering looks at changing clouds
and the pattern they cast on the hills we call home –
And in the folds of these valleys,
the woods, fields, hedgerows,
daily conversation of wren, robin and blackbird
is broadcast to anyone who cares to stop, to listen –
From dawn to dusk sunlight is offered equally,
our shadows stretch and withdraw at the same rate –
At night we turn our faces upwards,
enter the shared wonder of the stars –
You point to the plough – I nod in agreement.
The moon invites us all to the freedom of our dreams.
When the wind blows from the east everyone feels the chill
and as rain falls there is no law to say whose field gets wet –
The ground receives your hayseed and mine equally,
makes no specific promise based upon the creed I speak
or the colour of your skin.
In life the earth receives our blood and tears without question.
In death it embraces our bones without favour.
From our friends at Common Ground, Northern Ireland – a farm-based education, retreat and outdoor therapy centre. All activities are rooted in nature, in the landscape of Co Fermanagh and its ecosystems, including horticulture therapy, ecotherapy, creative arts, professional training, and courses. This video is a collaboration between the Magnificent Meadows project and Common Ground N.I.
Join us via livestream, as our gift to you, as Findhorn Live presents an inspiring evening of talks featuring four compelling speakers, followed by a panel Q&A hosted by Robin Alfred:
Jude Currivan Ph.D. – A Great Thought…
Leading edge science is revealing a radical perception: that our Universe is innately unified, made up of digitised in-formation and holographically manifested. If our Universe is a great thought rather than a great thing – what then?
Jude is a cosmologist, award-winning author of The Cosmic Hologram and previously one of the most senior business women in the UK.
William Bloom Ph.D. – The Future of Religion, Spirituality and Meditation
The social and environmental pressure cooker is intense. William proposes some hopeful possibilities.
William is an author, educator and founder of the Spiritual Companions Trust.
Daniel Wahl Ph.D. – Human and Planetary Health: Ecosystem Restoration at the Dawn of the Century of Regeneration
Re-Generation is rising. Individuals and communities around the world are restoring degraded ecosystems. Daniel explores how the proposed ‘UN Decade for Ecosystem Restoration’ could become the foundation for a Century of Regeneration.
Daniel is a whole systems design specialist and regenerative development generalist with a background in biology, ecology and holistic science.
Martin Ping – The Wealth of Places
An inquiry into what may be gleaned from growing deeper in place…ruminations on the cow path.
Martin Ping is the Executive Director of Hawthorne Valley Association, a not-for-profit dedicated to renewing soil, society and self through the integration of education, agriculture and art on a 900 acre biodynamic farm.
With truth and trust at its core, Tamera explores the vision of “Terra Nova” – a new world in which there can be love free from fear and why working on a new model for love is not just a personal topic but a political one, how the ability to love is the fuel for the deepest form of activism, and how love requires a whole new culture to blossom and endure.
“Hmmm… did I ever stop to consider… perhaps it is not dark and sinister forces breaking apart this “world” as we know it. Perhaps it is instead, the Lightworkers, the Lovemakers, the Pray-ers, remaking the world, tearing the old world of primitive tyranny, suppression, and meager subsistence, apart from the roots, with great skill and success. (Not without some complaints from a few…)” ~ Pat McCabe, Woman Stands Shining
Photograph: Geraint Smith
“Be open to the unexpected with Charles Eisenstein. He is a master wordsmith when it comes to reigning in the new Earth. Dialogues with Charles go deep and deeper into the beauty and possibilities that open to our society when we embrace a new cultural narrative.
“Charles is a public speaker, gift economy advocate, and the author of several books including The Ascent of Humanity, Sacred Economics, The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible and Climate, A New Story.”
Presented by Julian Guderley.
“In 2007, Naomi Klein presented her thesis of disaster capitalism to the world in her groundbreaking book, “The Shock Doctrine.” Klein’s ideas seemed to perfectly explain much of what was — and still is — taking place globally. The idea is fairly simple: Create market opportunities out of disasters. Klein sketched a picture of how powerful entities use political and economic crises to weaken the public sphere and strengthen the interests of private capital. The “shock” that comes after catastrophes presents the perfect opportunity for powerful interests to take advantage of disoriented communities with the hope of turning a profit.
“But when we look closer, we see that the “disaster capitalist” isn’t the only character to emerge out of crisis situations. In these tumultuous times it is crucial that we remember disaster capitalism is only part of the story. There is another story taking place; one based on altruism, solidarity, and social responsibility — and when we look closely, we can see it happening all around us. This is the story of disaster collectivism.
“With an uncertain future ahead marked by deepening divisions and climate change, the many examples of collective relief and recovery efforts can serve as a blueprint for how to move forward and rebuild with a radical resilience. They can also provide a glimpse of another world, one marked by empowered communities filled with more connection, purpose, and meaning.”
Read the full story by Robert Raymond….
Everything we need is already inside us, just waiting to be moved. (2-minute clip)
What if we could rise up from where we’re rooted, meet each other like a long-lost harmony, dance as if we share the same five senses, as if our feet were planted on the same small planet, our veins running the same red blood? We’d forget why we ever stopped listening. We’d forget why we fought ourselves in the first place. We’d forget why we fight each other. We’d forget all the made up lessons we learned along the way because we didn’t have to go to school for this. The users manual we picked up on the way to this planet is in our guts. ~ Tasha Blank