Native American traditions in the desert Southwest speak directly to our contemporary concerns about climate change and sustainability. Without the benefit of irrigation canals, huge water reservoirs and other technology desert urban dwellers have come to depend on, Native American desert dwellers lived in harsh yet spectacularly beautiful environments for thousands of years.
Their artifacts, pictographs and petroglyps left behind tell us there is a way to live here. Swimming pools in every backyard, “misting” of grocery store parking lots and other practices completely ignore the environment where we live.
There is a way to experience the Spirit of Place that can help us be in tune with the environment and understand how to co-exist with this land. If we take the time, everything we touch in the environment has a message for us. This requires quieting our minds, listening and observing–realizing we are not separate from this world, but a part of it.
The EarthWalks journeys we have taken in the U.S. Southwest and Oaxaca, Mexico have helped us on the “inner earth walk”–accessing our intuition and personal knowing. Let me know if you, your family or organization would like to develop an EarthWalks experience. This does not mean difficult hikes or strenuous physical endurance tests. It does mean traveling on the land and visiting with local cultures not as a tourist, but rather as a fellow traveler and pilgrim.
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