Not only do we live in a living universe, but the living universe lives within us.
— Duane Elgin
by Joanna Macy
I vow to myself and to each of you:
To commit myself daily to the healing of our world and the welfare of all beings.
To live on Earth more lightly and less violently in the food, products, and energy I consume.
To draw strength and guidance from the living Earth, the ancestors, the future generations, and my brothers and sisters of all species.
To support others in our work for the world and to ask for help when I need it.
To pursue a daily practice that clarifies my mind, strengthens my heart, and supports me in observing these vows.
This multi-dimensional global crisis that we're in invites us all to participate fully and to play our part, even if it feels inconsequential.
Joanna suggests that we can choose to give our actions significance by clarifying our intention and consciously committing to them.
In turn, our meaning-full actions become part of The Great Turning - the transition from an unsustainable industrial society to a generative one committed to the Earth's health.
What vows will serve you as you lean your heart and mind into the calling of these times?
Margit Bantowksy, MA, is an artist, coach, teacher and facilitator.