Peoples of elder cultures often say that the survival of human beings depends on being able to hear the language of the birds and beasts, the language of the river, rock, and wind, being able to understand what is being said in all the tongues of plant, creature, and element. Listening to the garbage as well as the rose with the same ears, the ears of compassionate understanding.

Joan Halifax in The Fruitful Darkness by Joan Halifax


To Practice This Thought:
Write down the messages you hear from your garbage tonight--about where it comes from and where it's going.


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