Albert Einstein | Julia Butterfly Hill | Jane Goodall
"Only a life lived for others is a life worth while."
"Roots creep underground everywhere and make a firm foundation. Shoots seem very weak, but to reach the light they can break through brick walls. Imagine that the brick walls are all the problems we have inflicted on our planet. Hundreds and thousands of roots and shoots, hundreds and thousands of young people around the world, can break through these walls. You CAN change the world."
Julia Butterfly Hill. From her book, Legacy of Luna.
on dealing with the anger she felt towards loggers as they clearcut the forest below Luna, the tree in which she treesat for over two years...
"One day, through my prayers, an overwhelming amount of love started flowing into me, filling up the dark hole that threatened to consume me. I suddenly realized that what I was feeling was the love of the Earth, the love of Creation. Every day, we as a species, do so much to destroy Creation's ability to give us life. But that Creation continues to do everything in its power to give us life anyway. And that's true love.
If that beautiful source of Creation of which we're all a part could do that for us, I reasoned, then I had to find it within myself to have that feeling of undonditional love not only for the Earth as a planet, but also for humanity - even for those destroying the gift of life right in front of me.
lessons from Luna...
"As I started to picture the trees in the storm, the answer began to dawn on me. The trees in the storm don't try to stand up straight and tall and erect. They allow themselves to bend and be blown with the wind. They understand the power of letting go. Those trees and those branches that try too hard to stand up strong and straight are the ones that break. Now is not the tim efo ryou to be strong, Julia, or you , too, will break. Learn the power of the trees. Let it flow. Let igt go. That is the way you are going to make it through this storm. And that is the way to make it through the storms of life...once the storm ended, I realized that by letting go of all attacments, including my attachment to self, people no longer had any power over me. They could take my life if they felt the need, but I was no longer going to live my life out of fear, the way too many people do, jolted by our disconnected society."
"...part of the lesson Luna had taught me: to be still and listen, even in the chaos of my life."
life is like a butterfly...
"Through life's trials and hardships we arise beautiful and free."
on transformation, self actualization...
"True transformation occurs only when we can look at ourselves squarely and face our attachments and inner demons, free fro mthe buzz of commercial distraction and false social realities. We have to retreat into our own cocoons and come face-to-face with who we are. We have to turn toward our own inner darkness. For only by abandoning its attachments and facing the darkness does the caterpillar's body begin to spread out and its light, beautiful wings begin to form."
on the state of things...
"Political and private property boundaries are destroying nature by dividing it up into separate pieces that don't make any sense. We must find ways to fit our lives into the natural ecosystems and watwesheds."
"its all about cumulative impact. Every action we take on this planet affects so much more tha nour personal ives. If we recognized and accepted responsiblity for the compounding impact of our actions, the streams and rivers where the fish spawn would not be overloaded with sedimentation. The people looking to the salmon for food would take enough tfor subsistence and woul dnot take for profit. If we accepted our responsibiltiy for the cumulative impact we have on the enviornment, there would be plenty of fish for all life, including the seals.
"Living in a tree this size, I felt balanced right at the center of Creation, the way we are all balanced a the center of Creation. I learned firsthand how everything that we can - or cannot - see is interconnected like strands in teh web f life, from the microorganisms in the soil helping feed nutrients to Luna, to the stars that are billions of light-years away, and everything in between. Living the way I live, I've learned how each thread reaches back to us.
words to live by...
"So I will continue to hold Creation's love in my heart, in my actions, in my truth, my words, and my very thoughts. I am human, very human, os I will stumble, and I may even fall. But I will pick myself back up again and hold on to love for all I'm worth and try again."