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Restorative Art

Posted on August 19th, 2013 by Jennifer Grahnquist

From Orion Magazine
March/April 2013

Basia Irland has sculpted and launched ice books in rivers and streams across the United States and abroad. to create these watershed restoration sculptures, Irland works with ecologists, botanists, and river restoration biologists to ascertain the best native seeds for the specific riparian zone in which the books will be released. The books are hand-carved out of frozen river water, and the seeds are embedded within them, as text. Finally, members of the local community gather to launch the books into the river or stream. Along the Nisqually River in Washington State, for example, Nisqually tribal members, salmon restoration specialists, musicians, fifth graders attending Wa He Lut Indian School, students and professors from Evergreen State College, and Mount Rainier forest rangers all took part. Participants in New Mexico on the Rio Grande have included artists, farmers, hydrologists, Pueblo members, and hundreds of interested watershed citizens.
As the ice melts in the current, the seeds are released to eventually plant themselves along the riverbanks. As they grow, they will mitigate floods and droughts, slow erosion, regenerate the soil, filter pollutants and debris, supply food and habitat, and provide shelter and shade for riverside organisms, including humans.


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Inspiring Quotes

Posted on June 19th, 2012 by Marion

At every level the greatest obstacle to transforming the world is that we lack the clarity and imagination to conceive that it could be different.

Roberto Unger

 

Our moral responsibility is not to stop the future, but to shape it… To channel our destiny in humane directions and to ease the trauma of transition.

Alvin Toffler

 

If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll windup someplace else.

Yogi Berra

 

If you don’t change direction you are likely to end up where you’re headed.

Chinese proverb

 

To be truly radical is to make hope possible, rather than despair convincing.

Raymond Williams

 

You do not inherit the earth from your ancestors, you borrow it from your children.

Traditional

 

The most powerful energy resource we have available to us is the creative intelligence of the people.

David Fleming, inventor of TEQs

 

Our ignorance is not so vast as our failure to use what we know.

M King Hubbert

 

When someone demands at gunpoint, ‘Your money or your life?’ that’s not supposed to be a hard question.

Barbara Kingsolver

 

Once you have glimpsed the world as it might be, as it ought to be, as it’s going to be (however that vision appears to you), it is impossible to live compliant and complacent any more in the world as it is.

Victoria Safford


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Shambhala Creed

Posted on June 19th, 2012 by Marion

I firmly establish my intention to live my life for the healing of the world.

I am fully present in our time.

I hold in a single vision the transformation of myself and the transformation of the world.

As a bird flies on two wings, I balance outer activity with inner sustenance.

I remember that I am the inheritor of the strengths of thousands of generations of life.

I recall that the prayers of future generations are silently with me.

I am confident in the magic and power that arise when people come together in a great cause.

In it all and through it all, holding to my intention, I let go into the music of life.

I dance

 

Adapted from a Buddhafield leaflet (www.buddhafield.com)

For a Shambhala Warrior story, see joannamacy.org

 

Try saying it every day for a month. Or put it on your bedroom wall…


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Prayer to Future Beings by Joanna Macy

Posted on June 7th, 2012 by Marion

You live inside us, beings of the future.

In the spiral ribbons of our cells, you are here. In our rage for the burning forests, the poisoned fields, the oil-drowned seals, you are here. You beat in our hearts through late-night meetings. You accompany us to clear-cuts and toxic dumps and the halls of the lawmakers. It is you who drive our dogged labours to save what is left.

Oh you who will walk this Earth when we are gone, stir us awake. Behold through our eyes the beauty of this world. Let us feel your breath in our lungs, your cry in our throats. Let us see you in the poor, the homeless, the sick. Haunt us with your hunger, hound us with your claims, that we may honour the life that links us.

You have as yet no faces we can see, no names we can say. But we need only to hold you in our mind, and you teach us patience. You attune us to measures of time where healing can happen, where soil and souls can mend. You reveal courage within us we had not suspected, love we had not owned.

O you who come after, help us remember: we are your ancestors. Fill us with gladness for the work that must be done.

©Joanna Macy

www.joannamacy.net

You will find this in the section ‘Deep Time’ on this inspirational website, which is also full of practical ideas generously offered by this wonderful woman. Do check it out!


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