“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

-J.R.R. Tolkien

“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”


This is a time, like so many times before us, where change is happening at a rapid rate; climate is changing, our environment is changing, our relationship to ourselves and each other is changing. We can easily feel disconnected from self, from other, from the natural world. Despair and cynicism often set in, but if we listen closely we can hear the longing of our deeper selves…a deeper wisdom…an invitation towards another way of being. If we can remember that we are not alone…but kin to everything…well, I imagine anything is possible.

Some folks helping to change the planet in Portland:

Gift Economy communities: https://buynothingproject.org

Vipassana Meditation: https://www.dhamma.org

Thai Forest Meditation: http://www.pdxdhamma.org

Some folks helping to change the planet beyond Portland:

Gift Economy: https://charleseisenstein.org

An economy that works for everyone: http://ourfinerfuture.com

Emergence and community: https://berkana.org

Compassion and meditation: https://www.tarabrach.com

When the animals come to us,

asking for our help,

will we know what they are saying?

When the plants speak to us

in their delicate, beautiful language,

will we be able to answer them?

When the planet herself

sings to us in our dreams,

will we be able to wake ourselves,

and act?


-Gary Lawless