Just as the life that pulses in our bodies goes back to the beginnings of the Earth, so too does that heartbeat carry the pulse of those that come after. By the power of our imagination we can sense the future generations breathing with the rhythm of our own breath or feel them hovering like a cloud of witnesses. Sometimes I fancy that if I were to turn my head suddenly, I would glimpse them over my shoulder. They and their claim to life have become that real to me.

Joanna Macy in The Way Ahead: A Visionary Perspective for the New Millennium by Eddie and Debbie Shapiro


To Practice This Thought:
Imagine you are surrounded by your descendants and future generations. What do they need from you?


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