Restoring Our Ancient Bond with the Natural World

Restoring Our Ancient Bond with the Natural World


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"Restoring Our Ancient Bond with the Natural World"
by Marilyn Turkovich




[Religion is hard work.] Its rituals are designed to effect a profound change within us. A religious ritual should be a transformative event—it can never be a matter of simply going through the motions, however, piously. Holiness demands that we change our lives and, indeed, our very selves. The sacrificer spent months in an uncomfortable hut, undergoing demanding and demeaning rites before he was permitted to perform the temple sacrifice, which itself required intense concentration. The rituals challenged participants at a profound level, insisting that in some ways the rites properly observed would change their minds.

~Karen Armstrong, Sacred Nature: Restoring Our Ancient Bond with the Natural World

We are at the precipice and need to change quickly. Last week the United Nations released a report in which scientists urged world leaders to cut emissions quickly to save lives. Unlike doom and gloom reports, this one provides advice on reining in climate change. It offers advice and possibilities. In the above quote, Karen Armstrong states that religious rituals should be transformative events, a means to help recenter or even change our minds. Is now not the time for us to reexamine old rituals to bring about new ways of thinking? Science and religion need to partner with one another. Indigenous practices need to be explored and embraced to bring about new wisdom to "restore our ancient bond with the natural world." Passionate people of faith, spirituality, and ethical convictions need to work together for a more just and sustainable world that can be cradled in peace. Continue reading here.



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There’s truth to the saying, “There’s a poet in all of us.” Poetry has always had an important place in society. It still does today. Consider, for instance, Amanda Gorman, the young, African American poet who recited her poem from the United States Capitol during the Inauguration of President Joseph Biden. Shortly after that auspicious day, while the world watched, she read another poem during the Super Bowl, one of the most watched events in television history. Clearly, poetry has a place in our society. But how do you bring out the poet inside you?

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“Do for all others, both directly and indirectly, what you would want done for you.”
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