The Daily Prism will be empty of new posts through July 2020. I'm focusing on finishing a book project, some of which I've used in this blog.
The book, "Connection with 48 Natural Contemplations," is a blend of eco-spirituality, memoir, science, and contemplations on nature. The work represents over a decade of research, study, and posting on this blog and others.
Presently the work is under review by specialists in the various fields of expertise found in this book.
Much focused works remains to be done for this project which will be self-published.
Meanwhile, here's a few thoughts from "Connection with 48 Natural Contemplations:"
“Since the beginning, Native Peoples lived a life of being in harmony with all that surrounds us. It is a belief that all humankind are related to each other. Each has a purpose, spirit and sacredness. It is an understanding with the Great Spirit or Creator that we will follow these ways. And in this understanding we believe we are related to all other living species.” —Dennis Banks
“The forest is not a resource for us, it is life itself. It is the only place for us to live.”
—Evaristo Nugkuag Ikanan
“What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, man would die from a great loneliness of the spirit. For whatever happens to the beasts, soon happens to man. All things are connected.”—Chief Seattle
We need nature, and nature now needs us. In fact, we need one another as humans.
Can we do this? It’s a big job with forces diametrically opposed to the thoughts of Dennis Banks, Evaristo Nugkuag Ikanan and Chief Seattle, (and Princess Morning Star), not to mention the many persons whom I’ve quoted throughout this book.
But like a newly planted seed that bursts open and pushes its way through the soil where it reaches for the sun and begins to grow leaves, limbs and eventually reaches its purpose in life, my hope is that we follow suit. First, however, we must understand our purpose in life. There are as many purposes as there are varieties of seeds.