Earth elements feed us, clothe us, give us air.
We have flooding, snow, and a lotta wind here in Colorado right now - just Mother Earth's reminder that she is the boss.
We are simplifying our lives, downsizing our expectations, having gratitude for what we have. We have been guilty of taking more than our share and expecting more than the Earth could provide for all the people in her care. My husband had a fancy job, we lived in a big house, our kids had closets full of clothes and we drove here and there, buying what we wanted. . . we had lost sight of our connection to the Earth and our promise to be respectful caretakers.
We are planning a much more sustainable life style, simpler work, eating local food and growing some of our own, riding our bikes, walking outside as our entertainment. We are trusting Spirit to guide us toward making these dreams realities, and I am hopeful and trusting it will come to pass.
Lately I have been honored to get my hands back into clay, and I sit around a table at Mud Club at Marie Gibbon's Studio (a very gifted ceramic artist here in Denver). I get to work with other women, sharing our stories and dreams, molding and shaping round wet chunks of earth - it feels so wonderful.
Today I remember my promise to honor the elements, air earth fire water.
For the breath and food that keep me,
for the flowers that inspire me,
for the energy of the sun that warms me and fills my eyes with light,
for the chunks of wet clay that transform into beauty,
I Give Thanks.
"There is a sufficiency in the world for man's need but not for man's greed." --Mohandas K. Gandhi