Connecting to the Earth

July 15th, 2013

The UN has honored American Indian traditions and called on elders to help with global issues of usage of water and other earth resources. I learned of this through a write-up and video of Grandmother Mona Polacca, who serves on several United Nations committees on indigenous people’s issues. And I found the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers who gathered in Stockholm a few days ago.

The Hopi promise to the Creator to take care of the natural elements of water, earth, fire and air, like that of many Indian Nations, prompts them to observe principles such as “you only take from the earth what you need” and “you take from the earth with respect”. Their respect and stewardship would allow the earth to keep producing what people need and want to use. The United Nations recognizes this wisdom and puts it to use.

Meanwhile, in the U.S., the “NY Times” reported on July 13th that the sequestration has adversely affected American Indians on reservations. With unemployment as high as 85% at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, an area as large as Connecticut, services are desperately needed and sequestration has hit them hard. While many programs to support the poor were spared from sequestration, programs to support American Indians were not. Is this the breaking of more promises to the Indian nations? see “Pain on the Reservation

Since childhood I have felt a deep connection to the earth. It must have started with my parents who lived in relation to the earth even when we were city dwellers, with food gardening and drives and walks in the country. My dad enjoyed hunting and fishing but only for what we would eat at the dinner table. When in third grade I discovered the American Indian books in the school library, I found a philosophical and lifestyle support for what I felt, and that year I eagerly devoured every such book they had.

Now a grandmother myself, I am still learning from Mother Nature and look forward to the lessons to come. To support others in their listening journey I created a moutnain workshop retreat coming up August 9-11 entitled “Nature Dialogue: Translating Nature’s Voice Into Personal Action”. (Early bird pricing until Wednesday.) at Kayser Ridge, Berkeley Springs, WV
I will be sharing some of my own listening and learning.

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