The Natural Contemplative

Ask the animals and they will teach you





Whales change people's lives. The experience is ultimately indescribable, but often upon meeting a whale, people realize something they had forgotten or never knew: our essential unity as members of a living planet and the wild joy of simply being alive. Along with this sense of wholeness comes a recognition of the imbalance we humans are creating in Earth's life support systems by thinking that we are somehow separate from everything else.

Humanity is at a crisis. We have put at risk the systems that all of life depends on for survival: the atmosphere, 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 are based in contemplation. Although it is simple, contemplation goes to the root.

Few of us ever get to look a whale in they eye or dwell in silence, so it becomes the job of people like me to try to convey that experience, and the vital message it transmits. 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.

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 words through which I attempt to communicate what I have learned from observing the lives of the great whales, our own human lives, and the others who inhabit this Earth.

For me, meeting a whale for the first time was like looking in a mirror, and seeing myself in a form I could never have imagined. I invite you to take that look and be utterly surprised by who you really are.



Contemplation for a World in Crisis