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Healing in Nature

A study done 40-plus years ago at the University of Wisconsin found that the plant has two substances that inhibit the growth of tumors – elephantin and elephantopin.

Both are cytotoxic, they kill living cells  and could have some usefulness in treating lymphocytic leukemias.

Native Florida Plant; Tall Elephant Foot

© photo by Lois Reed

Nature & Art, Healing Our Connection to Self

Nature & Art, Healing Our Connection to Self

painting by Lois Reed, feather from a baby Great Horned Owl

Nature is Life. We are Nature. We are One.

Our connection to nature is related to our connection to Self.

To Learn From Animal Being

Nearer to the earth’s heart,
Deeper within its silence:
Animals know this world
In a way we never will.

We who are ever
Distanced and distracted
By the parade of bright
Windows thought opens:
Their seamless presence
Is not fractured thus.

Stranded between time
Gone and time emerging,
We manage seldom
To be where we are:
Whereas they are always
Looking out from
The here and now.

May we learn to return
And rest in the beauty
Of animal being,
Learn to lean low,
Leave our locked minds,
And with freed senses
Feel the earth
Breathing with us.

May we enter
Into lightness of spirit,
And slip frequently into
The feel of the wild.

Let the clear silence
Of our animal being
Cleanse our hearts
Of corrosive words.

May we learn to walk
Upon the earth
With all their confidence
And clear-eyed stillness
So that our minds
Might be baptized
In the name of the wind
And light and the rain.

― John O’Donohue
From To Bless the Space Between Us:
A Book of Blessings

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A voice of reason …

Love Your Planet.
Protect Your Planet.

The destruction on State Rd 44, driving into New Smyrna Beach. These wetlands, this forest, will become “Coastal Woods” development. There are hundreds more in the works, against the citizens’ outcry.

The heartbreaking destruction of the forests in New Smyrna Beach, Florida has broken many hearts and killed many “protected” gopher tortoises,  baby birds, foxes, bears and 400 year old Live Oak trees; just to name a few of the vibrant lives that once lived in these lands. The gross display of greed and sprawl has been overwhelming for the citizens of this lovely area.

The harm to the Indian River Lagoon, the most diverse estuary in North America, is so apparent. As a kayak tour guide for 10 years on these waters I can tell you there is so much death & so little life left in these once abundant waters.

What is to become of our manatee and our dolphins? What is to become of our very home – Earth?

This little one knows the evils of what is being done right before her eyes. Please, let’s listen to our children. They seem to hold a wisdom that is sorely lacking in our “leaders”.

Love the Earth.

May all Beings be Happy. May all Beings be Healthy. May all Beings live in Peace …