A Space for Silence & Prayer

Article by Judy Walsh-Mellett – September 2019 eNews As a child walking in the woods, I was not compelled to ponderous thinking or righting the world’s wrongs. I simply walked and paused breathless if a deer or a rabbit passed by. Or gazed in awe if I chanced to see a Lady Slipper’s rare glory, […]

Praying across the Globe

Last month, nine members of Shalem Korea gathered at the guest house of a Presbyterian church in Seoul for a retreat. Their time was guided by Shalem’s Contemplative Earth Awareness online retreat day, led by Ann Dean. Hyeran Yang shares, “the weather had been very windy and rainy until Thursday night. But the morning of […]

June 06, 2018 by shalem online
Categories: Nature and spirituality, Pilgrimage, and spirituality in community. Tags: earth, korea, retreat, and seoul. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

The Birthing of a New Earth Consciousness

Article by Ann Dean (April 2018 eNews) I am the rain coming from the dew that causes the grasses to laugh with the joy of life. I am the yearning for good.                                 Hildegard of Bingen The quality I most […]

April 04, 2018 by Ann Dean
Categories: Nature and spirituality and Non-duality. Tags: earth. Formats: Article, Article by Shalem Staff, and eNews Article.

Spiritual Mulch

Today’s post is by Bryan Berghoef Spring is upon us, and the warmer weather has many of us returning to tasks we last performed some months ago. We may find ourselves mowing the lawn, prepping the garden, pruning some bushes, setting out bird seed, or simply enjoying the ever-greening view. As I called upon my […]

Remaining Calm

Today’s post is by Bryan Berghoef I recently came across these words from Thich Nhat Hanh, which he wrote nearly thirty years ago: “Many of us worry about the situation of the world. We feel that we are on the edge of time. As individuals, we feel helpless, despairing. The situation is so dangerous, injustice is […]

Ancient Eternal Presence

Today’s post is by Jamie Deering. Nature. Wild and free. Tempestuous and Serene. Open and Life-giving. Healing. This could describe nature anywhere, and for me, it describes the wonder and magnificence of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state. I’ve lived in desert, middle ground, and for the last 33 years, mountain, sea and open air.  […]

When Earth and Heaven Meet

We gathered mid-morning in the backyard of our host. The sun was already up and warmed us as we sat on the lush green lawn. The autumn air was cool while its gentle breeze reminded us of the dryness typical of the high desert plains of Denver. We began by lighting a candle and burning a braid of sweet grass, a gift from a dear friend who joined us from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Before our smudging ceremony, she told us that the sweet grass is known to the Ojibway Indians as “Mother Earth’s hair,” and it became our connection to the holiness of the ground on which we sat.

The Gradual Greening

Each year I look forward to nature’s transformation in March. I imagine the earth as a reluctant lover, having been cold and withdrawn in the winter months. Now slowly, ever so slowly, she warms again to the sun’s touch, showing her pleasure in the tender shoots of daffodils and crocus, budding dogwoods, and the slightest hint of a southerly breeze.

Hildegard noticed that plants and trees grow into the fullness of their nature according to the capacity they were given. A seed grows into the only plant it can. She believed that healing is really the power of your own nature to be itself—the freedom of the true self to live in unity with the life force that has been given to it.