like a bulb needs a socket.
We who are not yet dead are responsible for living fully,
with deep reverence for the wide range of emotion in the human experience.
I look for the pleasure of home,
of rooting + nesting,
of growing things,
of moving slowly,
of being honest,
of writing, of cooking, of dancing,
Every single day I dose myself with pleasures small + large,
knowing that as it all falls apart, so much is growing;
knowing that within myself + my circle
I am seeding a path towards a future
in which feeling + growing pleasure
in relationship to each other + our abundant + perfect planet,
is our central focus.
~Adrienne Maree Brown
What difference would it make
to the quality of our lives,
I wonder, if we spent a little more time in nature?
Would paying attention to the life cycles of animals
or the annual changes of landscapes
give us an increased sense of respect for the environment?
How would eating seasonal local food
affect our patterns of consumption + our health + well-being?
Ordinary experiences of nature
can renew our sense of reverence
+ remind us of how deeply interconnected we all are.
~ Patrick Boland
Growing a garden is a great lesson in the cyclical nature of life.
From seed, to sprout, to plant-
witnessing growth in the soil can gift us
a lot of understanding of our own processes
+ the natural world.
Plants are part of the fabric of nature,
+ we too are nature.
There is the opportunity of belonging
+ the synergy between us all.
~Erin Lovell Verinder (via)
I've held this one back for quite awhile. This is lofty stuff...but maybe worth considering with
a heart full of gentle love + compassion...for both self + others...
I suggest that we are thieves in a way.
If I take anything that I do not need for my own immediate use and keep it,
I thieve it from somebody else.
I venture to suggest that it is the fundamental law of Nature,
that Nature produces enough for our wants from day to day,
+ if only everybody took enough for himself and nothing more,
there would be no pauperism in this world,
there would be no more dying of starvation in this world.
But so long as we have got this inequality,
so long we are thieving.
Naming + appreciation of the gifts that surround us
creates a sense of satisfaction,
a feeling of "enoughness" that is the antidote
to the societal messages that drill into our spirits,
telling us we must have more.
Practicing contentment is a radical act
in a consumption-driven society.
Robin Wall Kimmerer
on a journey toward zero-waste, simplicity, + compassion :: daring to choose fair one choice at a time