Earth Prayers/Earth Songs

Earth Prayers/Earth Songs

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by Elizabeth Roberts, Elias Amidon
     
 

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"An exquisite and powerful harvest, this – truly a Book of Common Prayer for our planet's people in this time."
JOANNA MACY, author of 'Despair and Personal Power in the Nuclear Age'

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"An exquisite and powerful harvest, this – truly a Book of Common Prayer for our planet's people in this time."
JOANNA MACY, author of 'Despair and Personal Power in the Nuclear Age'

Editorial Reviews

Joanna Macy
Through this extraordinary collection of prayers from all the world and from all historical periods we finally awaken to the presence of the divine that comes to us through the Earth and the entire natural world.
Hazel Henderson
A treasure! Belongs on the bookshelf of everyone who loves our precious Planet Earth.
Thomas Berry
Through this extraordinary collection of prayers from all the world and from all historical periods we finally awaken to the presence of the divine that comes to us through the Earth and the entire natural world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062507464
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/28/1991
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
172,632
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 6.25(h) x 1.20(d)

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Earth prayer begins with our intuition of the oneness of all life. We recognize that our identity is inextricably entwined with lives beyond our own. This sense of expanded identity goes beyond human relationships, We depend upon trees, trees depend upon grasses, grasses depend upon animals, mountains depend upon oceans, the dolphin depends upon the farthest star. Physically and spiritually, we all are woven into the living processes of the Earth. We take part in-as science now tells us — a planet-sized living system. Our breathing, our acting, our thinking arise in interaction with our shared world. Our own hearts constantly beat out the cosmic rhythm within us. We cannot escape our involvement any more than we can escape breathing the air that has traveled from plants thousands of miles away.

The mountains, I become part of it ...
The herbs, the fir tree, I become Part of it.
The morning mists, tbeclouds, the gathering waters,
I become part of it.

When we ground our spiritual awareness in this ecological context, then the strength and wisdom of the living Earth, in all its manifestations, flows through us. Our Earth Prayer becomes a means of acting upon ourselves. It helps us to empty the self and to open our hearts to be filled with empathy and creativity.

The ecological self, like any notion of selfhood, is simply a metaphor, but it is a dynamic one. It involves our choice. We can choose at different moments to identify with different aspects of our interrelated existence-be they hunted whales, or homeless humans, or the planet itself. The prayers in this chapter remind us of this deep kinship-our bondednesswith all of creation.

Look deeply: I arrive in every second
to be a bud on a spring branch,
to be a tiny bird, with wings still fragile,
     learning to sing in my new nest,
to be a caterpillar in the heart of a flower,
to be a jewel biding itself in a stone....

Please call me by my true names,
     so I can wake up,
and so the door of my heart can be left open,
the door of compassion.

These prayers seek to heal the division that has grown between us and the rest of nature. They tell us: Pay attention. Attend to the relationships alive among all forms of life. Use imagination toexplore the binding curve that joins us together. Seek to know the other. Join with it. Care for it as for yourself. When the human spirit is understood in this sense, as the mode of consciousness in which we are connected to the planet as a whole, it becomes clear that our entire life is an Earth Prayer.

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Thomas Berry
Through this extraordinary collection of prayers from all the world and from all historical periods we finally awaken to the presence of the divine that comes to us through the Earth and the entire natural world.
Hazel Henderson
A treasure! Belongs on the bookshelf of everyone who loves our precious Planet Earth.
Joanna Macy
Through this extraordinary collection of prayers from all the world and from all historical periods we finally awaken to the presence of the divine that comes to us through the Earth and the entire natural world.

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Roberts, Ed.D., and Elias Amidon are well known advocates for social justice and spiritual awakening. They are on the faculty of the Naropa Institute and lead rites-of-passage ceremonies, spiritual retreats, and transformation programs across the United States, Europe, and Southeast Asia. Together they edited Earth Prayers and Life Prayers.

Elizabeth Roberts, Ed.D., and Elias Amidon are well known advocates for social justice and spiritual awakening. They are on the faculty of the Naropa Institute and lead rites-of-passage ceremonies, spiritual retreats, and transformation programs across the United States, Europe, and Southeast Asia. Together they edited Earth Prayers and Life Prayers.

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