Earth Prayers: 365 Prayers, Poems, and Invocations from Around the World by Elizabeth Roberts, Elias Amidon
"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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About 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.
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This has been one of my most cherished, dog-eared and battered books since it's publication in 1991. Through this book, I had my first introduction to poets who are now my favorites, Wendell Berry, Mary Oliver, and Rumi foremost among them, but many other less-known poets, cultures and leaders who have verbalized what I have struggled to express to myself, from profound connection and gratitude with nature through despair at what we are doing to the world. The overall impact of this volume for me has been one of comfort, peacefulness and of hope. If there are people from so many diverse cultures and religions around the planet who are attuned and harmonious in this way, perhaps there is hope after all, and perhaps human beings do, after all have "a place in the family of things", as so perfectly expressed by Mary Oliver in her poem "Wild Geese". As far as prayers of gratitude, of which there are many in this collection, I came to realize the "address" for prayers of gratitude does not matter i.e. whether one believes in a particular deity or believes there is no deity, (as I believe), whether you personify the earth and nature or not (as I do not), feeling gratitude and releasing that breath of gratitude into the world can only be healing. PS I do not write reviews
An excellent collection of poetry, prayers, and sayings about the earth Includes secular writings and multi faith sacred writings Everything from Thich Nhat Han to Neruda to Levertov to Chief Seattle Wonderful