One day my daughter was peeling a hard-boiled egg. She said, "I wonder why eggs have so many parts: there is the shell, then the skin part, then the egg inside."
I said, "Well, each part has its purpose."
She turned to me and asked, "Do people have a purpose?"I smiled and said yes, that every person had a purpose, though we don’t always know what that purpose is. "I thought so," she said,...
In this meditation you will again attune with a plant, with attention toward that plant’s unique intelligence. Choose a plant in your garden to chat with, perhaps your favorite plant or a crop that is doing especially well right now. You might even choose a particularly abundant weed, which also contributes its energy to the signature of your garden. Any plant growing right now in your yard or...
As omnivores living busy lives, we often grapple with where to get our food. Fresh versus fast? Local versus cheap? Organic versus free range? Clea Danaan, author of Voices of the Earth and Sacred Land suggests that we return to gardening ourselves, not simply for the production of our food, but because gardening heals us and returns us to the miracle of life, reminding us that we are in a relationship with the Earth, with whom we co-create life.
The soil is a vast kingdom beneath our feet, home to giant and minute earthworms, billions of bacteria and micro-organisms, spiders and ants, and wise, ancient stones. Rich black, sandy red, or pale and gritty, it is in the soil that life on land begins. But not all soil is the same—far from it.
The first step to getting to know a garden is to meet and appreciate the soil. The health of a...
How can we create a sustainable world? Are we doomed to extinction, or is there hope? Clea Danaan, author of Sacred Land, believes we can craft a new world, one garden at a time.