Care is Like Water
My work with care has spanned half a century. Care is essential to life on the planet. If we can begin to appreciate and be inspired by how care works in support of life, then perhaps we will listen to the wisdom of those who care for us and learn how to care for Our Mother, Earth.
Friday, January 20, 2012
What is Care?
Natures Heart by MK Sandford
Tree dies and falls leaving a stump
standing.Time passes and I walk past the
stump. Bright green huckleberry, stately salal, and feathery fern grow from the
decaying heart of the stump. We call her Nurse Tree; from her death, life has come
anew. Is this not a true miracle? A
concert by cells playing together, shape energy into form, and Leaf, Root, Stem,
Berry , Moss, Spore, and Lichen are born.
Rich green leaves fall to the earth
while worms with their voracious appetites chomp them into bits; tiny bacteria feed
them to the mushrooms. The Mushrooms lend their mycelia to Fir, Pine and Cedar to
extend their roots. Roots carry whole food from the soil, to the base of the
tree where nutrients are carried into Tree’s body. Tree grows taller; new
needles, and cones flourish.
we look in nature, there is an ‘I’ kindly nourishing a ‘you’, one hand washing
the other. Care at its essence is a unique relationship, a partnership in which
one aids another to live. Care surrounds us, it is in us, and it is how we got
where we are. Where Life is, there is Care; where Care is, there is Life. Quiet your mind. Breathe. Be still and know
that I Am the Great Mystery. Open your heart you’ll be amazed at what can