The 8 Instructions

INSTRUCTION NO. 1

CONNECTION

No lifeform can exist by itself. The natural world is a finely tuned, dynamic and interdependent community.

INSTRUCTION NO. 2

VARIETY

Diversity in nature is the number one predictor of a system’s health and resilience.

INSTRUCTION NO. 3

BALANCE

In a time when technology has outpaced relational skill, nature shows us how balancing agency (masculine) and care (feminine) is key to human procession.

INSTRUCTION NO. 4

RELATIVES

Over millions of years, many animals and humans have employed similar strategies for being healthy and content.

INSTRUCTION NO. 5

EFFICIENCY

Efficiency is the evidence of natural expression. Unfussed, unscripted. As usual and uncanny as breathing in and out.

INSTRUCTION NO. 6

RESILIENCE

All of nature is inclined toward recovery. Not just to survive, but to thrive

INSTRUCTION NO. 7

ELDERHOOD

In nature, healing from trauma creates genetic benefits that can be passed on to future generations.

INSTRUCTION NO. 8

UNCERTAINTY

To the extent we are able to embrace mystery, humans are able to live creatively and well with each other.

Weariness & Renewal

Weariness & Renewal

Today the temperature around our home hovers near 0°. "Can super cold weather make me tired?" I ask. We talk about it. It can. Sometimes. That's why it's good to sleep in a cool room. It’s also why trees and fields and waterways need winter. To rest well. Whatever the...

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Look to the Tops of Trees – a Solstice Offering

Look to the Tops of Trees – a Solstice Offering

These are not easy days. Here in the northern hemisphere, nearing winter solstice, we’re deep in the cold and dark. Add to that the count – ten months of COVID-19. Like the dark, the pandemic is here with us. So are other circumstances – embers of rumination and...

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COVID in the House

COVID in the House

Well. We’ve got it. We who, since mid-March, have essentially cloistered – masked, sanitized, distanced. We even disinfect our keys and doorknobs. How in the world did this virus find us? It did. Our symptoms are quite light. We’ll make it fine. But, like you, we have...

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Call & Response

Call & Response

In a functioning ecology, the dialogue between wound and medicine is ongoing; there is a call and response always happening.  Francis Weller Do chickens or the eggs come first? They do.   Am I living or dying? You are.  So, it goes and goes. Call and response. The...

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BLM/PDX – Both/And

BLM/PDX – Both/And

Keep your eyes on the prize. Alice Wine, 1956 Human Social Ecology – The ways we’re in relation with each other. The ecologies of intimacy – of family, friendship, neighborhood, community. Both/And – Holding as worthy, two or more perspectives that appear to be at...

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Whiteness in Nature

Whiteness in Nature

We’re in baffling times. Most of us care deeply – really deeply – about justice for all. We’re profoundly compelled by the urgency to stop the systematic oppression of Black lives. Plenty of information floods social and public media advising white people how to be...

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