“We give thanks for all those who are moved, in their lives, to heal and protect the earth, in small ways and in large. Blessings on the composters, the gardeners, the breeders of worms and mushrooms, the soil-builders, those who cleanse the waters and purify the air, all those who clean up the messes others have made. Blessings on those who defend trees and who plant trees, who guard the forests and who renew the forests. Blessings on those who learn to heal the grasslands and renew the streams, on those who prevent erosion, who restore the salmon and the fisheries, who guard the healing herbs and who know the lore of the wild plants. Blessings on those who heal the cities and bring them alive again with excitement and creativity and love. Gratitude and blessings to all who stand against greed, who risk themselves, to those who have bled and been wounded, and to those who have given their lives in service of the earth.
May all the healers of the earth find their own healing. May they be fueled by passionate love for the earth. May they know their fear but not be stopped by fear. May they feel their anger and yet not be ruled by rage. May they honor their grief but not be paralyzed by sorrow. May they transform fear, rage, and grief into compassion and the inspiration to act in service of what they love. May they find the help, the resources, the courage, the luck, the strength, the love, the health, the joy that they need to do the work. May they be in the right place, at the right time, in the right way. May they bring alive a great awakening, open a listening ear to hear the earth’s voice, transform imbalance to balance, hate and greed to love. Blessed be the healers of the earth.”- Starhawk
This week marks one of my most sacred of weeks: Earth Week, Gaia Week.
Earlier this month I said, I was going to go deep and unplug. As of Midnight tonight, I will begin my pledge.
I never knew how literal my pledge would turn out to be, power outages aside, I am looking forward to reading by candle light, and getting away from all of the white noise that surrounds us. It’s retreat time. Who would have thought something so radical to lessen my carbon footprint, would turn out to be so rewarding for me as well?
I guess that’s just plain sweet serendipity. How will you behave this week as we turn inward, and silent and get back to our deep dark roots? I can’t wait to bloom and show you what I’ve gone and done. It’s gonna be fun!
This week: I’m going to make my life a walking prayer.
What will you do to heal the Earth, to heal your Self?