Environment

Preserving our environment and mindful consumption are a part of our practice
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    Allegiance to Life Paid Member

    It’s no secret that our world is in a tough spot. The critical problems that we face today—political, economic, and ecological—can be overwhelming even to think about. Joanna Macy, Ph.D., however, believes we are in a moment she calls “The Great Turning”: a transition from a society shaped primarily by industrial growth to a society structured to be life-sustaining. In her workshops, Macy—a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology—encourages people to take part in this collective transition not by hiding from their pain for the world but by embracing it. In honoring our despair, Macy says, we discover our love for the world. More »
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    A Palace of Decay Paid Member

    I stand on the ice-black ground of December, tearing apart matted roots of coastal iris, preparing to sow dark chestnut redwood seed in deep wooden boxes. To my wicked delight, the last celebrated plants of summer have frozen to death and been carted off to our roaring compost heap. My mind is free to range the stark terrain of winter. More »
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    Making Amends Paid Member

    Made a list of all those we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all. How far were we to go in making our amends to those we had harmed? Should we move to a yurt in the woods? reduce our carbon footprint? become an advocate for third world countries whose environments had been decimated by our greed for cheap disposable products? And what was the purpose of such an exercise? Was it to assuage our guilt, or were we actually expected to right our ecological wrongs? More »
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    The Greatest Danger Paid Member

    How do we live with the fact that we are destroying our world? Because of social taboos, despair at the state of our world and fear for our future are rarely acknowledged or expressed directly. The suppression of despair, like that of any deep recurring response, contributes to the numbing of the psyche. Expressions of anguish or outrage are muted, deadened as if a nerve had been cut. This refusal to feel impoverishes our emotional and sensory life. We create diversions for ourselves as individuals and as nations in the fights we pick, the aims we pursue, and the stuff we buy. More »
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    Asking Earth Paid Member

    Humbly asked Earth to remove our shortcomings.In order to “humbly ask Earth to remove our shortcomings,” we first had to admit that we actually had shortcomings. For those of us involved in ecological activism of one kind or another, this required a resolute step backwards—into our own lives and our own bodies. We’d grown used to thinking that the problem was all “out there.” If only the corporations weren’t so predatory, if only the government would enact and enforce environmental regulation, if only the average American were less materialistic and less wasteful—then things would get better. What a shock it was to discover that we could find no moral foothold in Ecological Recovery unless we started with ourselves.  More »
  • Cultivating Compassion: An Interview with Karen Armstrong (Video) Paid Member

    This week we are beginning the Tricycle Community discussion, Cultivating Compassion in Your Community, with author and religion scholar Karen Armstrong. We were recently able to speak with Karen in Washington, DC: Join the discussion here! More »