Spiritual Ecology – The Cry of the Earth

The Zen Master Thích Nhất Hạnh was asked what we need to do to save our world. “What we most need to do,” he replied, “is to hear within us the sound of the earth crying.”

Representing a diverse set of spiritual traditions, Spiritual Ecology is a spiritual response to our present ecological crisis. The physical reality of climate change, the biodiversity reality of species loss, the ecological reality of a life systems under siege are not by accident; they are the effects of how we chose to live on this earth. Thich Nhat Hanh reminds us that

(These are) the bells of mindfulness,” calling us to be attentive, to wake up and listen. The earth needs our attention. It needs us to help heal its body, damaged by our exploitation, and also its soul, wounded by our desecration, our forgetfulness of its sacred nature. We need to act from a place of real awareness, attentive to the outer and inner need of the earth.

This collection of essays implores us to move through the barriers to this recognition and return, as a matter of spiritual and physical survival, to our natural reverence for life.

“There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves, that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet.”

— Brooke Medicine Eagle

2 Comments on “Spiritual Ecology – The Cry of the Earth

  1. Hello,
    A I think about how to inspire the government in this vital direction I thought, well, marching on Washington is a wonderful, but expensive and time consuming – but the opposite, a quickie via e-mail to the president, gets lost in the pile ..,..what can we do?
    What can we do that would stand out but not wipe us out?
    My idea is for each of us to mail a copy of this book, Spiritual Ecology to Mr. and Mrs. Obama. Can we march on Washington in this way. I think we can with countless numbers of this thought provoking book we can “march” on Washington for the children… It can be distinctive in a new and inspiring way like Taking the Middle Path.
    Please, I encourage you to buy a copy, take the time to contemplate with what can you truly say thank you to Mr. and/or Mrs. Obama – write this thank you inside the book, then, express a request for them to read and consider the urgency about what can be done for the benefit of all, including their very children.
    Here is the required address to Mr. and Mrs. Obhama
    Mr. and Mrs. Obama
    The White House
    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
    Washington, DC 20500

    If each of us begin this and then encourage a few friends to do this as well, and a few more, we can build the wave, a wave that can truly gain momentum in a way distinct enough to shake up a noble endeavor.
    Love and Blessings,
    Abhaya Sandra Kopka

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