articulating insight


To speak of wilderness is to speak of wholeness.

Human beings came out of that wholeness.

….Gary Snyder

peering into wholeness maps our psyche in all directions, in all facets of our lives….a psychological wilderness of potential….much deeper than personality….our place we were born to be…..may your dialogue with life include a puzzled inquiry into place and soul….

Everywhere transience is plunging into the depths of Being… It is our task to imprint this temporary, perishable earth into ourselves so deeply, so painfully and passionately, that its essence can rise again, ‘invisibly,’ inside us. We are the bees of the invisible. We wildly collect the honey of the visible, to store it in the great golden hive of the invisible……Rainer Maria Rilke

serenade the bees

If you’ve ever felt truly privileged to provide for or care for another being, human or otherwise, even yourself, or if you’ve ever translated an inspiration or vision into art or song, or into a manuscript, an invention, or a community project, then you’ve experienced and taken pleasure in the wholehearted and clearheaded qualities of your Nurturing Generative Adult. Thomas Berry, was a cultural historian, a Christian monk, and one of our leading 20th century environmental thinkers. At age 11, Thomas ventured out for the first time behind his family’s home in NC. It was late May. He came to a creek, crossed it, and there beheld an astonishing meadow covered with blooming white lilies and filled with song. Writing 70 years later, he reflects,

‘A magic moment, this experience gave to my life something that seems to explain my thinking at a more profound level than almost any other experience I can remember. It was not only the lilies. It was the singing of the crickets and the woodlands in the distance and the clouds in a clear sky…Whatever preserves and enhances this meadow in the natural cycles of its transformation is good; whatever opposes this meadow or negates it is not good. My life orientation is that simple. It is also that pervasive. It applies in economics and political orientation a well as in education and religion.’

This extraordinary watershed moment during his boyhood informed Thomas’s entire life and formed the substance, content, and method of his way of nurturing and providing for his people, who Thomas came to recognize as all the species of our world. His love for creation, for our entire cosmos, stands as a moving example of what it is for a human being to be nurturing and generative…..Bill Plotkin

5 thoughts on “articulating insight

  1. One who stands out in my mind like this is Luther Burbank, he understand plants so well he created hundreds, if not thousands of new species using only cross breeding, and tree splicing, many of which we still use and consume. Who hasn’t stood dumbfounded at the edge of a meadow, or on a mountainside awestruck at its beauty, given a glimpse into our hearts … Into the heart of God …

    • the deeper we move into our world, nature, surroundings, the deeper we love… is here we learn how to embody, behold, and accept transience…..and then that magical feeling of gratitude shines……blessings for a glimpse of the surreal beauty of this world g.f.s…….

  2. One of the things (one of many) I love about nature is how it is always new. You can look at the same flower every day and always see something you missed just before.

    Two mornings ago, when I opened my dishwasher, much to my surprise (and likely his) a lightning bug flew out. I have no idea how he made it through a wash cycle, but there he was. He flew to my arm and stayed there as I finished getting ready to go to work. Several times, I was certain that he had died, but when I ‘pushed his butt’, he merely spread his wings and then raced to what he assumed was a safer place on my arm. Before leaving for work, I carried him outside. It took some urging for him to let go, but at last he did, flying into a nearby boxwood.

    Nature is always new, the views endless, the story ever changing. Our only limitation is our willingness to see. May you have just such moments today, Blue. ~ Ever, Bobbie

    • I love clouds…..especially when they seem to appear suddenly….and of course therein lies the beauty…..they are always present, lovely and available…I just forget….again and again, I forget…and again and again, I receive a lovely surprise when I realize how they hold me upright…, I don’t always have to move….I can pause and drift and be for a moment…..your lightning bug and my clouds are timeless and new….blessings to the essential Bobbie….

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