On Sunday, August 9th, 2015, Bloom of the Present held its third “Meditating with the Redwoods” of the year. The theme was: “The Thread of Interconnectedness; Beyond the Separate Self.” Several people asked for some of the quotes I shared throughout the day. Our next daylong in nature is Sunday, September 13. For more info.

“We are not meditating in the redwoods, we are meditating with the redwoods. Let the forest meditate for you; practice inter-meditation . . . May the forest be with you.”
– Carla Brennan

“At the heart of Buddhist practice is moving from the illusion of separateness and isolation to open, connected awareness.”
– Carla Brennan

“Until we can expand our scope beyond self-centered and purely human concerns to hold in mind the trillion worlds alive on this one earth at any moment, and to glimpse ourselves exactly in that vibrant, seamless web of interconnectedness, we are living in a kind of madness–which is to say, not living in reality.”
– Susan Murphy, Minding the Earth, Mending the World

“The unending call and response between human mind and planet earth can be dulled but it cannot be turned off. It can be hard to hear over the avalanche of distractions, but the moment our resistance softens or mysteriously gives way, it cannot be silenced.”
– Susan Murphy, Minding the Earth, Mending the World

“Life is so astonishing, it leaves very little time for anything else.”
– Emily Dickinson

“But ask the animals, now, and they shall teach you; the birds of the sky, and they shall tell you.
Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you; And let the fish of the sea declare to you.”
– Job 12: 7-8

“Few are altogether deaf to the preaching of pine trees. Their sermons on the mountains go to our hearts; and if people in general could be got into the woods, even for once, to hear the trees speak for themselves, all difficulties in the way of forest preservation would vanish.”
– John Muir

On Indra’s Net:
”Imagine a multidimensional spider’s web in the early morning covered with dew drops. And every dew drop contains the reflection of all the other dew drops. And, in each reflected dew drop, the reflections of all the other dew drops in that reflection. And so ad infinitum. That is the Buddhist conception of the universe in an image.”
– Alan Watts

“Personal life and life on earth are a seamless continuum, a slow, ever growing and evolving multi billion-year-old vibrating affinity dance between all entities within and around you.”
– Michael Cohen

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.”
– John Muir

“When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.”
– John Muir

“We are dead stars looking back up at the sky.”
– Dr. Michelle Thaller, astronomer and science communicator at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

“Shinrin-yoku is a term that means “taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing.” It was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine. Researchers primarily in Japan and South Korea have established a robust body of scientific literature on the health benefits of spending time under the canopy of a living forest. Now their research is helping to establish shinrin-yoku and forest therapy throughout the world.”
– shinrinyoku.org

“I see the great adventure of our time as not losing heart or going crazy but regaining humanity in the course of fighting for a planet where our children’s children can safely flourish.”
– Susan Murphy, Minding the Earth, Mending the World

When the Animals

When the animals come to us
asking for our help
will we know what they are saying?
When the plants speak to us
in their delicate, beautiful language
will we be able to answer them?
When the planet herself
sings to us in our dreams
will we be able to wake ourselves and act?
– Gary Lawless