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Every day the Earth embraces us so tenderly and the Sun shares its energy with nondiscrimination and grace. The soils and waters, the animals, plants and minerals – all are constantly transforming. In our podcast, biologist and poet Dr. Andreas Weber says, ‘a single being can only be because it is able to transform itself into the whole ecosystem. It gives itself away.’ How beautiful!
‘Becoming whole by giving’ is a perfect keynote for today, #GivingTuesday. This is our collective opportunity to ask ‘what more can we offer?’, to listen with our hearts and support the good work in the world that aligns with our deepest-held values. The articles in this edition gently remind us that the ‘not-human’ members of our ecosystem need us to make mindful choices.
The rise of authoritarianism in the world represents what we at Kosmos believe is the last gasp of a dying order based on greed, fear and an ecocidal mindset. A new Era for humanity is being seeded even as we speak, by millions like you, who are taking positive steps toward conscious evolution in harmony with all Life. Kosmos is a herald of this evolutionary ecology movement, even as we understand there are storms ahead we must all endure together.
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Episode 9 – Andreas Weber | On Matter and Desire
“The profound changes that are coming are the profound changes that are happening in every process of identity, which is every life form all the time. In a very difficult and astonishing way, let’s say the profound changes or even this sadness of goodbye or this sadness of loss which is englobing us, is just a variant of the sadness of loss which happens if you are fully alive.”
By Andreas Weber, Hildegard Kurt
In KOSMOS JOURNAL
“On a profound level, nature is threatened by ignoring the principles of fertile, imaginative interpenetration, which shape existence. The real opportunity of the ‘Anthropocene’ is to create a new bios for our thinking—an Enlivenment.”
The Inner Life of Animals: Love, Grief and Compassion—Surprising Observations of a Hidden World, by Peter Wohlleben
Reviewed by Julie Morley, for Kosmos Online
Our increasingly disenchanted world with its looming dystopian scenarios makes German forest ranger Peter Wohlleben’s series of enchanted naturalist tales a welcome palliative respite.
By Dr. Kristen Weiss, via her blog Enviro-Mental
“…it all comes back to making thoughtful choices, and showing gratitude and respect for the resources available to us—whether they are plants, animals, soil, rock, or water. If we could revitalize more widely the ancient practice of paying respect to the food we consume, perhaps this gratitude would spill over into other aspects of our lives.
These two essays are from Sy Montgomery and Elizabeth Marshall Thomas’ new book Tamed and Untamed: Close Encounters of the Animal Kind (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2017)
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