Waking at dawn is a great way to begin the day. Each new day brings new opportunities and new chances to set things right that we may may need to set right. It is also a great time to renew our relationship with our creator.
In general to the Native Americans East would mean re-awakening, renewal the power of new life and is associated with Spring. So to them it is fitting that they would awaken at dawn and look to the east and pray.
Dawn is a magical time. Neither night nor day and yet both. The creatures of the night begin to settle in for sleep while the creatures of the day awaken. It is a time when you begin to see anew the world that surrounds us. Shifting out of nothingness through greyness and into clarity.
Even the Celtic Shamans believed this to be so. It was “betwixt and between”. Neither one or the other and yet both. A place, or time, of transformation.
Twilight is another time of great power. Another time of transition and transformation worthy of respect and introspection.
He wakes at daybreak, puts on his moccasins and steps down to the water’s edge. Here he throws handfuls of clear, cold water into his face, or plunges in bodily, After the bath, he stands erect before the advancing dawn, facing the sun as it dances upon the horizon, and offers his unspoken orison. His mate may precede or follow him in his devotions, but never accompanies him. Each soul must meet the morning sun, the new sweet earth and the Great Silence alone!
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In a well done, sort of humorous way, “The Story of Stuff,” explained the true cost (and I am not talking dollars) of producing the goods we consume. It covers the effects on our environment from extraction of the resources to make the product, the health costs on those those who do the manufacturing and just starts to go into the disposal of the goods when we no linger need or want the product.
What isn’t covered is what happens to the goods after we throw them away. This is where “Following the Trail of Toxic Waste,” a CBS 60 Minutes segment that aired on November 9, 2008, picks up. They follow toxic waste, such as computer monitors, CRT TV’s, circuit boards and so on, to where they finally come to rest.
This morning, as I was thinking about the program, it reminded me of newscasts from several years ago about ships that are forever at sea because no country will allow the toxic waste into their waters or on their land. I couldn’t, and still can’t, blame them.
To summarize, through the dark hallways of back room deals that evade laws, the toxic waste that we Americans allow to be produced, in foreign lands at the expense of the people in those lands, returns to those lands to be stripped for the precious metals by people in unsafe conditions in unsafe ways at the cost of their health. What cannot be recovered just gets piled up and leeches toxins into the soil and water.
It grieves me that we Americans have taken on the attitude of “not in my backyard – out of site out of mind” with regards to post-consumer waste. If we can’t see it or smell it it isn’t a problem. Landfills moved because people didn’t like the sight and smell of them. This didn’t deal with the underlying problem – too much stuff.
The current manufacturing paradigm is cradle to grave, but there is a growing movement around the world that is now thinking cradle to cradle. This where something is designed with the forethought of when this item is no longer useful (call it dead) it becomes the input for something else. It is being heralded as something new. New to modern man’s way of thinking maybe, but not new at all. It is a Law of Nature. When a tree dies it decomposes and becomes food for other plants and insects which in turn die and decompose into food for trees. It really is a cycle as our forebears from millennia ago new and worked within.
Can we return to those days? Probably not. Can we return to that way of thinking? I believe we can.
• It takes roughly a millennium to build an inch or two of soil.
• It takes less than 40 years, on average, to strip an inch of soil by farming in ways that are more focused on current yield than on sustaining fertility.
• A third of America’s topsoil has eroded since 1776.
In the 1970s, the United States lost 4 billion tons of soil per year.
• Roughly a third of all farmland in the world has been degraded since World War II, with annual soil erosion worldwide equivalent to the loss of 12 million hectares of arable land, or 1 percent of total arable land.
• About a third of China’s 130 million hectares of farmland is seriously eroded, and Chinese crop yields fell by more than 10 percent from 1999 to 2003, despite increasing application of synthetic fertilizers.
The Gunnison Sage-Grouse is a spectacular but declining bird of the western sagebrush. It is restricted to seven isolated locations in Colorado and one tiny population in Utah. In early 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service placed it under consideration for listing under the Endangered Species Act. The males have an extravagant spring display in which they puff out their bodies, fan their tails into a starburst, and make low, gurgling sounds with bizarre frog-like air sacs in their chests.
WHERE THE TREES ARE
Amount of biomass (organic carbon) stored in trees across the U.S., dark green areas the most robust forest growth.
“Soil is not usually lost in slabs or heaps of magnificent tonnage. It is lost a little at a time over millions of acres by careless acts of millions of people. It cannot be solved by heroic feats of gigantic technology, but only by millions of small acts and restraints.” ~ Wendell Berry
“Has it ever occurred to you that beauty depends on something being identified as ugly? Therefore, the idea of beauty produces the idea of ugliness, and vice versa.” ~ Wayne Dyer
“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
“I long to accomplish a great and noble task; but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.” ~ Helen Keller