Nature is our first and greatest mentor. It’s magnificence reminds us of our place in the natural order — helping us to think and act in ever-widening circles, considering the impact of our decisions on the more-than-human world. These five books highlight the important role nature plays in understanding ourselves, our role in the world and in providing solutions to the complex challenges of our time.
When Eve took a bite of the apple, was she being a heroine or a villainess? The gods of our time, the pharmaceutical companies and the spirituality marketplace, are tempting us back into the garden of Eden — a sanitized and prozac-balanced version of the world that keeps us out of contact with one another. It’s time to start finding the point of contact between the paradoxes in our own lives.
As humans, we have the need to hold tight control over our lives. We expertly craft our lives like a curator in a museum. We carefully select each piece and spend countless hours contemplating their placement in the museum of our lives. It isn’t surprising then, that letting go of these expressions of life proves to be challenging. But what if we have to anchor ourselves, before we surrender to the sea?
Where does your water come from? When you flush, where do the solids go? What happens to the waste water? Find out how much you know about your human impact on the larger systems around you with this week’s bioregional quiz.
Being of value doesn’t look like glitz and glamour and sparkling finish lines all the time. It looks more like self-discipline. Even in a new job where I’m having impact in my community, I sometimes feel like I’m still pushing meaningless paper around. But each day, the value I create accumulates and adds up to success.
This week’s quiz will reveal how good you are at shifting your perspective from “ME” to “WE”. Greater awareness of the natural history and communities around you creates a spill-over effect, heightening your sensitivity to the human groups you live and work with.