Earth Prayers

From Joanna Macy, from the book, Earth Prayers, and invoked to begin a day of meeting as the board for The Circle Way, by my friend Sarah.

We hear you, fellow-cratures.
We know we are wrecking the world and we are afraid.
What we have unleashed has such momentum now,
we don’t know how to turn it around.
Don’t leave us alone,
we need your help. 
You need us too for your own survival.
Are there powers there you can share with us?

“I, lichen, work slowly, very slowly. Time is my friend. This is what I give you: patience for the long haul and perseverance.”

It is a dark time. As deep-diving trout I offer you my fearlessness of the dark.”

“I, lion, give you my roar, the voice to speak out and be heard.”

“I am caterpillar. The leaves I eat fast bitter now. But dimly I sense a great change coming. What I offer you, humans, is my willingness to dissolve and transform. I do that without knowing what the end-result will be; so I share with you my courage too.”

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