Earth Rainbow Network

Global Gathering 2000

Celebrating Peace, Life and Unity on Earth


Coming in Balance With Earth

Weekly anonymous quotes from people engaged in reconnecting with nature activities.


April 15, 1998

"An activity helped me become aware of my attraction to the crescent moon as it hung over two hills near my home. Soon, its mellow glow, framed by peaks and trees, embraced me in a wordless, ancient primordial scene. Timeless power, peace and unity swept me up. I just wanted to stay in that state of awe, I felt in balance with all of reality. I was simply "BEING." No tension, no pressing goal, just truly belonging to the global community. This natural energy captured my stress laden pulse and seduced it to the rhythms of Earth. The sleeping disorder I have battled all my adult life dissolved in this power. For the first time in decades, I gently fell asleep after dark and arose shortly after dawn. I celebrated the breakthrough and I thanked nature. I thanked the activity, too, for it lets me reconnect whenever I choose."



Earth Day April 22, 1998
British Columbia

"Trees swaying, blue sky,

Soothing wind blows through my soul,

Earth, wind, sky, trees, Us!"

"This haiku arose in me as I sat under a tree in my beloved forest area where I have skiied all winter and had many beautiful moments of connection to Earth. The area is wondrous now, washed in sunlight; green spruces and beige poplars seem happier, brighter. This glorious sunny day inspired the haiku through light often gusty winds blowing and playing with the tops of trees. An owl called (even in bright daylight) and songbirds visited from time to time as they wandered through the forest. My dogs, as usual, played or sat near me. I was inspired to assume the posture of the swaying trees so I stood up. Feet firmly planted on the ground, I moved my upper body and arms mostly to the changing motions of the wind in the trees. I sensed how rigid my storied, stressed body and thoughts are, and how wonderful it feels to let go and let the wind, through nature's intelligent-nameless-love, carry me, touch me, move me. All the while, as my upper body swayed, my feet felt firmly rooted to Earth - an empowering feeling of belonging.

I realize that, yes, many people around here would label this as "flaky". My response is, "If this is so, are you really happy with the effects of our non-flaky world? What's important?" I feel the reconnecting with nature process is the opposite of flaky, which connotes superficiality. I'm tried many forms of self-improvement, this is the deepest work I have been involved in."


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