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The Secret of Life

Deborah King | Posted 06.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Deborah King

As a spiritual teacher, I'm often asked for the "secret of life." The one asking the question is probably expecting some deep esoteric answer, coming ...

The Ecology of Our Minds

KidSpirit | Posted 06.02.2015 | Religion
KidSpirit

When I was eight years old, my parents used to take me to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. We would go every week of the summer, spread out a blanket on the grass, and enact a tradition central to our monotheistic branch of Hinduism: singing devotional songs to passersby, often accompanied by a harmonium and brass hand symbols.

Celebrating Mother's Day and the Sacred Feminine

Tim Ward | Posted 05.10.2015 | Religion
Tim Ward

Mother's Day is just around the corner, the day we venerate the women who gave birth to each one of us. Kind of a penance for the other 364 days a year during which women suffer discrimination, unequal pay, harassment and, in all too many cases, live in financial insecurity and fear of abuse.

Dear Mother Earth, I Owe You Big Time

Donna Henes | Posted 06.21.2015 | Green
Donna Henes

I am 69 years old. That means that I should have planted 483 trees by now to replace those that I have used. While I have conducted quite a few tree-planting ceremonies over the years, I still owe Mother Earth a new orchard or two.

They're Up! How About You?

Millie Grenough | Posted 06.08.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Millie Grenough

Credit: Millie Grenough Pretty amazing, isn't it? Tons of snow atop them for weeks. And now these voluptuous velvets emerge. Just like that. No bruis...

4 Rituals to Create a 'Green Family'

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.02.2015 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

One of the best ways to communicate any message to your children is through regular rituals that are woven into the fabric of their lives. The consistency of intention and action help ingrain the messages you want your children to get most. The use of rituals is very effective in teaching your children about a love of nature and their responsibility for taking care of Mother Earth.

6 Catchphrases to Connect Your Children to Nature

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 04.12.2015 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

Because words send powerful messages to children, you can further help your children connect to nature by associating their wonderful experiences in nature with meaningful catchphrases related to nature.

The 25 Best People's Climate March Signs

Jerelle Kraus | Posted 11.24.2014 | Green
Jerelle Kraus

Photo: Arthur Dworin Mother Earth Can't Yell Rape Deny & Die Boobs Not Bombs [on young woman's tee-shirt] There is no Planet B I Am Full of Greenhou...

As Keystone XL Dominoes Fall, Time to Arrest Tar Sands Industry

Tom Weis | Posted 07.31.2014 | Green
Tom Weis

As it becomes increasingly clear that Keystone XL's northern leg is not going through, it is time to set our sights on ending all tar sands exploitation.

Inner Sustainability: A New Concept for Earth Day

Ann Purcell | Posted 06.18.2014 | Green
Ann Purcell

Can we be more sustainable within our own selves, within our consciousness? Just like we may generate too much trash and wasted energy and resources in the outer environment, when we are stressed and tired that is also wasted energy.

In Partnership With Mother Earth

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.17.2014 | Green
Robert Koehler

If in one of the most defining religious-political texts of the human species we'd been charged with stewardship of the natural world, not some sort of adolescent, consequence-free control over it, what sort of spiritual understanding would have evolved over the millennia?

Top 5 Earth Day Presents

Terry Tamminen | Posted 06.15.2014 | Green
Terry Tamminen

What do you get Mother Earth on her big day (Reminder: It's April 22nd!)? She's just so hard to shop for and, after all, she already has everything. She might appreciate one of those self-help books, although few moms want a gift that implies they are fat or 'polluted'

Calling All Pagans

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

We're all in it together. We're part of nature, not its master. This concept is the missing foundation stone of contemporary civilization.

Daily Meditation: Being One With The Earth

Posted 02.26.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

How to Be a Better Mother to Your Daughter

Claire Fordham | Posted 03.26.2014 | Parents
Claire Fordham

There are specific challenges as well as joys when raising daughters. Yes, opportunities for girls have never been greater, but many teenage daughters pull away from their mother right at the time when they need guidance and support the most.

Getting Back to the Mother of Mother Nature

Tabby Biddle | Posted 11.29.2013 | World
Tabby Biddle

Jane Goodall spoke about hope during the opening evening of the International Women's Earth and Climate Summit on September 20 in New York. Photo by ...

This Is Your Mother (Earth) Calling!

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 10.19.2013 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

Even though you can't define what the words beauty and love mean, if you'd only judge everything you do to me and to each other by first asking if what you're doing is beautiful, you'd have more to love and live longer to love it.

Midsummer Blessings of Bread

Donna Henes | Posted 10.01.2013 | Green
Donna Henes

Summer is half over. The midway point of summer is like a well-seasoned woman. The galloping growth and sweet blush of spring have slowed and faded in her sweltering heat.

Maria Kingsley: An Oracle

Maria Kingsley | Posted 09.17.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Maria Kingsley

The Earth is becoming polluted beyond repair. Soon, there won't be a single corner of the Earth where the air will be clean, the flowing rivers will be clear and the soil will be pure.

The Yoga of Ecology: More From Bluestone Farm

Chris Fici | Posted 09.11.2013 | Green
Chris Fici

In my own small way, in my recovery from nature-deficit disorder, I have begun to develop a set of "soft eyes" which lets me see all the peas or asparagus I need to pick, and all the specific weeds I need to pull.

The Yoga of Ecology at Bluestone Farm (PHOTOS)

Chris Fici | Posted 09.08.2013 | Green
Chris Fici

Having been a practitioner in the bhakti-yoga community for nearly a decade now, I have come to understand that the values of yoga, values that connect us, that yolk us, to the Divine are values that inherently create ecologically-sound lifestyles and communities.

Your Grateful Inhabitant

Zaheen Fatima | Posted 06.13.2013 | Impact
Zaheen Fatima

Dear World, I am writing this letter to you in order to ask of you to stop treating each other with so much hatred. I agree that our leaders have n...

Earth: Love It or Leave It

Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D. | Posted 07.30.2013 | Green
Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D.

In her new book, The Green Boat, Pipher argues that there is still time to save our fragile planet -- but this will involve changing our thinking and actions in significant ways.

Biocide: A Memorial Day for Planet Earth

William Astore | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
William Astore

For our children and their children, Memorial Day weekend may become a time to reflect on another loved one lost: Mother Earth.

Top 5 Green Gifts for Mother's Day

Terry Tamminen | Posted 07.07.2013 | Impact
Terry Tamminen

Yes, it will take a very special gift to really say "I love you, mom" to our Mother Earth. Here are the top 5 green Mother's Day gifts that our favorite planet has recently received and which may provide you a few shopping ideas for the other moms in your life.