Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A prayer for the earth

The earth is not ours. It doesn’t belong to us . . . we are guests, temporary guests . . . and part of why we are here is to manage the place, to be stewards of God’s creation. In fact that’s our highest calling, our holiest vocation, to manage God’s creation.

John Buchanan, “Holy Earth,” September 17, 2006

“Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints.”

Chief Seattle

In the past few years there has been a clarion call to be kinder to Mother Earth. Al Gore has been preaching the global warming side of it, Michael Pollan and Barbara Kingsolver have been eating it, and the burgeoning Slow Food Movement is picking up steam and converts every day. Almost overnight it seems, Richmond has 5 or 6 healthy farmer's markets, CSAs are sprouting up everywhere, and everyone wants to be a locavore. This week's Style Weekly has a fantastic cover story by food writer extraordinaire, Brandon Fox , that explores the the philosophies and Faith of Our Farmers.


Anonymous said...

I've always loved this prayer/meditation. Thought you might like it:


We are all One
When One is Harmed, All are Harmed
When One is Helped, All are Healed
Therefore in the name of Who I Am
One with All, Omnipresent, Omnipotent and All Loving One
with All Masters, Saints and Prophets
with All Beings and the Christ
I ask that only that which is the highest good of all concerned to happen here
I ask for the greatest Beauty on the physical plane
The greatest Joy and Love on the emotional plane
The greatest Illumination and Wisdom on the mental plane
And the greatest Unity on the spiritual plane
And now I give thanks that this is done

brandon said...

I think that's called "logrolling," John, but thank you! Thank you!