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Episode 25 – Healing Our Disconnect with Nature

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We planned a short podcast but still went over an hour! Oh well… First we revisited T. S. Eliot, then we dove into remembering jewels from our time around the fire last week talking with members of Sustain Floyd and a younger generation concerned about climate change, reflecting on our loss of connection with nature, and the nature of change both in activism and personally. Some juicy excerpts include:

“I feel at home in my heart.”

“The big theme for this gathering around the fire was talking about healing the disconnect with nature.”

“We need to stop complaining. We need to gather our strengths, and expand our minds and expand our hearts. Because we’re going to have to go through this. And we’re going to have to go through it together.” – Woody Crenshaw (with a little added by Larkin).

“We need a global solution to a global problem.”

“We need to build local communities for when these systems break down.”

“Even though the problems seem enormous, if you focus on what you can do in one thing, focus on what’s right in front of you, that can make a big difference.”

“It seems like it’s a drop in the bucket, but it can make a big difference. You never know what’s going to be a tipping point.”

“People want the ‘no chigger’ life. But you don’t grow and your soul doesn’t explode from that kind of life.”

“I found my first gray hair, y’all!”

“When someone transforms into a different version of themselves, even if it’s a more awake, authentic, happier version, the people that knew you before are going to struggle with that.”

“It’s time to let our walls down. It’s time to communicate. It’s time to be honest.”

“We believe in you. The world needs your light.”

“Walk barefoot in the grass!”

Quotes & Poems

Revisiting the T.S. Eliot quote from a Episode 23, we found it was part of a longer poem, but we still got it wrong! It’s part of a much much longer poem, and this is just a small section:

I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope
For hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love,
For love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith
But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting.
Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought:
So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.
Whisper of running streams, and winter lightning.
The wild thyme unseen and the wild strawberry,
The laughter in the garden, echoed ecstasy
Not lost, but requiring, pointing to the agony
Of death and birth.”
– T. S. Eliot, from “East Coker,” Four Quartets

Another excerpt from a much longer poem:
“We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.” —T.S. Eliot, from “Little Gidding,” Four Quartets

“History is made out of common dreams, groundswells, turning points, watersheds…” — Rebecca Solnit, Hope in the Dark

“First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.” — Gandhi

Follow us on Instagram for the memes from this week.

Except for this one, an astrology meme with some tips for this next three months while Mars moves through the Underworld (conjunct the sun) and Venus shines as Evening Star. It boils down to: Go with the flow, get out of linear progress-oriented, action-taking, goal-making mode and surrender into being, surrender into your heart, your love, your connections. Enjoy what you enjoy, and allow your innate radiant magnetism to draw to you and resolve what there is to resolve in the presence of your love.

Theme Music Credits

Track: Travel With Us — Vendredi [Audio Library Release], Music provided by Audio Library Plus, Watch: https://youtu.be/o-rpKzt4KSY, Free Download / Stream: https://alplus.io/travel-us

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