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The Act of Prayer

Finding a quiet place, kneeling down, bowing one’s head, appreciating the things before you.

As a spiritual person, yes I do indeed pray. But the difference between how I pray now versus how I prayed as a “religious” man is that I do so now with my eyes open, in nature, appreciating while attempting to understand the complexities in the smallest creations found lying at my feet. I pray while walking. I pray while fishing. I pray while in nature, the mountains, the river. I think “This is God. This is Peace. This is the Grand Design.”

But to pray with eyes open, I see the destruction of our god, the grand loss of beauty that surrounds me. This is what man is destroying; our collective god, ourselves, our future.

I am disgusted by the hypocrisy behind our (yes, our) destroying of the greatest gift granted to humankind; an earth, a sphere, an interconnected web of life, greater than we will ever comprehend.

It’s not about black and white. It’s not about right or wrong. It’s not about politics or profit. But it does need to be about correcting the course, changing the trajectory, and having the discussion.

Stop waiting for the next life, a ‘better’ life. “If this is all there is, then what we do here is the only thing that matters. In fact, it makes it matter all that much more.” (House)

Maybe this isn’t all there is, but does it really matter? Respect each other. Respect our collective home, this amazing earth. What will we lose if we don’t? What do we gain if we do?

Come together, start the conversation, rebuild our community. Find a better way to solve problems. Together.

October 14th, 2018

Temperatures have taken a turn, a dusting of snow covers the mountains surrounding town, and fall colors are making their last stand before turning in for a season. It is a bit strange to have temps in the 20s and waking up to 4″ of snow on a day I had hoped to mow the lawn for the last time and trim up the perennial beds for the end of the growing season.