The Natural Contemplative

Ask the animals and they will teach you





Humanity is at a crisis, a turning point. We have put at risk the systems that all of life depends on for survival: the air, the soil, the oceans. Because the crisis involves the whole sweep of the human presence on the planet, the resolution of the crisis must be equally comprehensive. My understanding of the crisis and its resolution is based in ecology and contemplation, observing whales, and listening to and recording natural soundscapes. Earth is alive with creative intelligence of which we are barely aware.

Few of us ever get to look a whale in they eye or dwell in silence, or listen deeply in a place without human noise, so it becomes the job of people like me to try to convey those experiences, and the vital message they transmit. It is like being an ambassador from another world that has its own language, one that can not be translated into human speech. Music, the common language of the Earth, comes closest.

We are members of a living planet. We belong here. We are kin to the other animals, the plants, the water, the soil and the air. They are inextricably part of us and we are part of them. Whatever happens to them happens to us. We seem to have forgotten this. Are we beginning to remember?

On this site you will find educational programs devoted to contemplation and the natural world, music of a Celtic flavor that draws inspiration from land and sea, and the essays through which I attempt to communicate what I have learned from observing the natural world and our own human lives, and dwelling in the great mystery of silence.



Contemplative Ecology:
Contemplation for a World in Crisis


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