I’d take refuge in Gaia.
I take refuge in her teachings.
I take refuge in the hoofed, winged, finned, pawed, clawed, footed, entwined life of this planet,
In the leafing, blossoming, fruiting and fading plants,
In the stones and rivers, oceans and hillocks, mountains, air and light of earth,
And in the cycles of the sun and moon
I take refuge.
Ecosystems are numerous. I vow to preserve them.
Species are dying. I vow to save them.
Greed is inexhaustible. I vow to end it.
The truth is unfathomable. I vow to understand it.
The way forward is inconceivable. I vow to take action.
Words from John O’Donohue:
May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
May the clarity of light be yours,
May the fluency of the ocean be yours,
May the protection of the ancestors be yours.
And with the gifts of that nourishment, clarity, fluency and protection, we dedicate our practice for the benefit of all beings, everywhere:
May all places be held sacred.
May all beings, without exception, be cherished.
May we open to the beauty and wonder of this earth, our home.
May we open to the wounds to forests, rivers, deserts, oceans, all creatures with clear eyes and compassionate, tender hearts.
May our practice be for the benefit of all.
And may we be with things, just as they are.