Revel in Nature’s Glory

“I am rich today with autumn’s gold.” — Gladys Harp

Autumn Reflections

Our vision may suddenly sensitize to a certain color, and then it is everywhere! Autumn’s gold is just like that. We were living our lives and didn’t notice the subtle shade changes from green, to yellow, to gold and hints of orange and red. Now we are surrounded by a chorus of autumn colors singing so loudly we are at once awakened to the time of year, the moment of “now” and the look in our companion’s eyes as our windswept hair reflects back flecks of autumn’s glory.

“How much of the year has slipped away,” we marvel. “Who are we to allow such absentminded living?” And as we grow quiet and settle into the familiar oneness of the land, we ask the same questions Ilchi Lee has pondered from mountaintops in Sedona and faraway places, “Who am I? Where do I fit in this grand, magnificent world?”

Is the turning of the seasons nature’s way of jolting us back into consciousness, returning our presence of mind back to a moment of revelation over the incredible, striking magic of life itself? We surely need these moments, rich with autumn’s gold, or spring’s glory, or summer’s blue skies, or winter’s crisp contrast to keep bringing us back around to remembering what a spectacular opportunity nature presents to remind us who we are.

Lynn A. TrombettaBy Lynn A. Trombetta: A freelance web writer on topics of art, music, and wellness, Lynn is also a wildlife artist/photographer, professional flutist, recording artist, and published author.

Inspiration from Nature: J is for Javelina

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In The Call of Sedona, Ilchi Lee writes about the amazing landscape to be found in this region. What we tend to overlook as we gaze out across the land is the myriad of wildlife which dwells here. It is fun to imagine the hundreds of eyes that may be observing us from within the camouflage of the territory at any moment!

Although much wildlife is hidden from view while hiking the trails of Sedona, you may eventually encounter the javelina (pronounced ha-va-LEE-na). Although they seem at first glance to be a kind of pig, they are actually the collared peccary (Tayassu tajacu), also known as Mexican hogs and “musk hogs” due to the animal’s potent scent glands.

If you see one javelina, it is a sure bet there are more nearby. You will want to avoid engaging with these creatures, especially when there are young ones in the herd. A herd can number anywhere from just a few to 100 individuals! Allowing them their space and the room to continue on without interference is a good lesson in respecting nature: Javelina can be dangerous if provoked.

Many believe that the sight of a particular animal crossing your immediate path might be a “spirit message” concerning something that needs to be understood or realized in this very moment. Some may feel such encounters are communications from their “totem” animal, delivering awareness of characteristics that are needed now for problem solving.

It is fun to keep this idea in mind as you hike around Sedona, paying particular attention to what animal crosses your path, and what meaning you might derive from the encounter. For example, the characteristics attributed to a javelina are a strong connection to others in the herd; they are adaptable, thick-skinned animals who can and will defend themselves and their family when needed, but shy away from confrontation if possible.

Nature is always speaking to us: from the highest branches to the lowly worm, we need only open our eyes, our ears, our mind, and our heart to the messages she carries on hoof, wing, and wild calls across the land.

Lynn A. TrombettaBy Lynn A. Trombetta: A freelance web writer on topics of art, music, and wellness, Lynn is also a wildlife artist/photographer, professional flutist, recording artist, and published author.

Sherab Khandro: Connecting Art and Spirituality in Sedona, One Colorful Dot at a Time

Through symbols of transformation, Sedona artist Sherab (Shey) Khandro reminds us of our own natural beauty and the power of small acts to make a difference. Enjoy our interview with this fascinating painter, sculptor, speaker and writer and learn how, like Ilchi Lee, she found inspiration in the energy of Sedona.

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LT: How did you discover Sedona?

SK: I was living in Maryland where I was practicing as a Tibetan Buddhist Nun; I was ordained. My spiritual teacher said “a group of us are going to go to Sedona, with kind of a pilgrimage, as a place to come for prayer, connection, deep practice, visiting some of the sacred sites that have been actually recognized by many of the Native American tribes over the years.” So, we would come and practice: meditate, pray, hike around out in the rocks, and my teacher was leading some teachings and such, and we did that kind of a trip several times. Then back in the late 90’s, she decided that she was going to relocate here and invited several of her students to come. Actually, there were many that came and we were going to build a stupa and establish a center for study and practice. I came with my spiritual community to work on the stupa; I was the arts director for that project.

LT: What year was this?

SK: I came here in 1998 and kind of hit the ground running, getting involved with the arts scene and getting to know who people were. A couple of years later, I met Linda Goldenstein [Goldenstein Gallery, Sedona] and we’ve had a wonderful partnership in the arts ever since. I do paint and I sculpt and I like to speak about my experiences as a nun, and I also like to speak about the power of art and its voice in the world, and I do a little writing on the same subjects. Most of my days are spent either wrapped up in creating art or connecting with people and connecting them with the arts. It’s been 17 years now, and I have just stayed to focus on my own spiritual growth and my growth as an artist.

LT: Your bio mentions that you were formally trained by Tibetan masters in exile in the U.S. We would love to hear that story!

SK: That’s a fascinating part of things. The formal training began in Maryland with the Tibetan masters who found themselves in exile here in the United States. When I first took Ordination, I was encouraged to explore my gifts as an artist. That was the world I was immersed in at the time; I was with the Buddhist community and the Tibetan teachers that had come. Our community was very active in building things; it’s not my temperament to be just sitting in meditation for hours and hours. And my teacher, of course, knew that, and I think most of her students had that inclination. So, we built things; we would be building stupas and monuments, and building altars and such and there’s a lot of imagery included in it.

LT: Please explain the imagery you speak of.

SK: From three-dimensional pieces, sculptures of the Buddha, relief images, as well as the paintings. So, I started as a sculptor involved in our stupa building projects. Each stupa requires some artistic elements, like lotus petals and the spires and the umbrellas and the images of the Buddha himself and often some decorative elements. I did some large reliefs of snow lions that went around the throne of one of the pieces; each lion was about five by five feet and there were eight of them.

Some of the projects were very involved. Right from the down-and-dirty digging trenches for foundations and such to framing up the walls for the molds to the more delicate kinds of sculpting work that was required, it was a really rich opportunity for me as an artist for me to not only explore the side of it where it requires some hand-eye coordination, some kind of sense of aesthetics, also the part that was most striking to me was the mind quality that’s taught among the Buddhist practitioners, particularly in the arts . . . well, in everything.

LT: Yes, the quality of mind involved is fascinating to think about!

SK: But in the arts it’s really about recognizing the story that the work tells. There are certain qualities that the artist is invited to develop . . . well the artist practices with a certain kind of intention, a “purposefulness.” The art is meant to tell a story, it is meant to remind us of certain qualities; it’s meant to hold an energy. Art is meditation, a creative force rising from our own true nature, an expression of the heart, opening the heart and allowing this intention to arise with a kind of purposefulness into the world. And it ultimately becomes a display, an external display that tells the story.

I found that to be so fascinating. I do paint some traditional images of the Buddha, still now, but I also bring that kind of mind quality to all of the pieces that I’m working on, particularly the pointillism.

LT: For our readers who may not be familiar with the term, Pointillism is a technique of painting. Shey works in the neo-impressionist style of Pointillism in which tiny dots of color are applied to create rich and vibrant imagery. See this style of painting on the website, www.SherabKhandro.com.

Sherab Khandro

SK: Pointillism lends itself so beautifully to that practice [of mind quality] because each dot is visualized as an offering, as a jeweled universe that’s being offered requesting blessings to come to the world to end suffering. So it’s not only a meditation on my part, but it lends kind of purposefulness to the small acts that come together to create just about anything that we do, but particularly those paintings.

LT: How has your work changed since being in Sedona?

SK: It wasn’t until I came to Sedona that I had started painting and at that point had continued my study with the Tibetan Masters, and there is a certain kind of geometry, sacred geometry that goes into the pieces: proportions and sacred elements that are included in each of the pieces. It became just a fascinating kind of study. I was struck by the thoughtfulness of it all, that one invites the mind to focus on an intention and imbues the work with those things.

At the risk of sounding “Woo, Woo,” I do believe that there is a real power to some places. There’s almost a . . . it’s the earth, being an energetic body . . . there are certain places where there’s an opening that may be part of its natural beauty. It may be part of the minerals that the area is made with; it may be that this land has been held in high regard by the native cultures for a very, very long time. I feel that the energy shift of my teacher to come here and place a stupa here was a way of holding and accentuating that energy. My landing here as an artist wanting to connect more deeply with my spirituality, with my voice as an artist and the opportunity to bring that forth as purely as possible without distraction – I think Sedona has lent itself beautifully to that, and I feel it’s such a beautiful place to call home. And the art scene is vibrant here!

LT: Are there any final thoughts about Sedona you would like to share?

SK: We’ve been designated as an International City of Peace. We value a lot of the ideals that resonate so perfectly with the commitment I have for my own life and my hopes for the future of our world. I felt so welcome here from the very start with the ability to pursue my dreams of being a voice of healing, a voice of personal empowerment, stimulating conversations of compassion and the small acts that we each can make that can add up to a big difference in our world, and exploring that through symbols of transformation: the Buddhas, the totems from nature, and things of that sort.

LT: Thank you, Shey!

Lynn A. TrombettaBy Lynn A. Trombetta: A freelance web writer on topics of art, music, and wellness, Lynn is also a wildlife artist/photographer, professional flutist, recording artist, and published author.

Changing with the Season

“Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.”
― Chad Sugg

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What a beautiful time of year! As the breeze carries a hint of the autumn to come, the universe seems as undecided as we over whether to call this summer or fall. No matter, we can give in as the cooling horizon beckons us to places we have held in our hearts while summer’s sun baked the land.

So what of this transition? Can we ponder the change of season and notice that within our self that echoes, or even anticipates the coming change? In The Call of Sedona, Ilchi Lee often speaks about meditating from various intriguing locations around Sedona. As this season calls you out into the surrounding countryside and begs you to sit a spell, it would be lovely to draw in the scents and scenes and try deep breathing meditation as a way to balance your energy and enhance awareness.

Like the seasons, the cycle of breathing has four stages: inhaling, pause, exhaling, pause. It sounds quite simple, but staying with this thought does take your intention and attention. However, you will notice as soon as you become aware of your breath and think of it in this way, your breathing will naturally become deeper and slower.

What a wonderful way to create space and quietude within as you enjoy the scenery surrounding you! You can imagine drawing it all in; the colors and the entire experience as it swirls in and refreshes you with the magic of nature, and then swirls back out with your breath, taking away bits of the past and thoughts no longer needed.

You’ll soon discover you can change with the season, loving yourself as you are right now until the old falls away, leaving you bare and eager for new growth in a season to come.

Lynn A. TrombettaBy Lynn A. Trombetta: A freelance web writer on topics of art, music, and wellness, Lynn is also a wildlife artist/photographer, professional flutist, recording artist, and published author.

Hike High and Gather Oak Creek’s Pristine Landscape into an Energy Ball Meditation

Ilchi Lee - forest hike

In The Call of Sedona, Ilchi Lee writes about his many adventures into the woods and rockscapes of Sedona where he has hiked and meditated. If you would like to try a somewhat difficult hike and reward yourself with a solitary meditation in a pristine forest landscape at the apex, then the scenic Sterling Pass Trail is a delightful choice.

This beautiful but steep hike can be accessed by traveling north from the “Y” in Sedona on Highway 89A toward Flagstaff for a distance of 6.2 miles 9.9 km (mile post 380.4). There is no dedicated parking here; just tuck your car in somewhere safe along the roadside and watch for traffic as you exit your vehicle. Look for a small metal sign which reads “Sterling Pass #46” at the trailhead. Remember, never hike alone, be sure to tell others where you’re going, and always carry plenty of water.

The Sterling Pass Trail wanders across the Oak Creek streambed several times as it climbs steeply through the dense, cool forest of pine, fir, and spruce trees. After the first 0.25 miles 0.4 km, the highway sounds fade into the distance and the trail seems positively mystical. At 1.25 miles 2.0 km, the path will rise above the trees for views of highly sculptured canyons of varying shades of color, including white.

The crest of this mountain pass is at about 1.65 miles 2.6 km where you will arrive onto a saddle which is surrounded by stands of oak and maple trees. Many hikers stop here before turning back. It’s a good, quiet place to try Energy Meditation. After all, what better place than atop a lofty mountain pass to ponder your connection to the energy of our universe?

Find a spot where you can sit comfortably in a cross-legged position. Relax into “where” you are. Look out across the landscape and breathe deeply, drawing in the scent of the forest trees.

Imagine you can gather the energy of all that lies before you into a ball that you can hold between your hands. Raise the ball of energy to chest height and focus on seeing and feeling the energy of the sphere.
Try to sense everything about the energy within the ball as it sits between your palms. Meditate on the sensations of size, color, warmth or coolness, and magnetic or electric. Stay with the feeling of connectedness between your mind, the energy ball, and the landscape. Experience this feeling as it is: small or vast, within or without, spiraling, or still. Then play with the sensations as you imagine the energy ball growing larger or smaller, changing color, or growing heavier in your palms.

When you are ready, close your eyes and lower your palms to your knees for a few deep, finalizing breaths. Finish your meditation by rubbing your hands together quickly until you feel their warmth, and then smooth your palms over your face and neck to transfer the energy from your meditation into a physical form that you can feel.

Keep this energy within as you open your eyes and prepare to hike back down the mountainside!

Lynn A. TrombettaBy Lynn A. Trombetta: A freelance web writer on topics of art, music, and wellness, Lynn is also a wildlife artist/photographer, professional flutist, recording artist, and published author.

The Scent of the Land

“Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles and all the years you have lived.” – Helen Keller

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In The Call of Sedona, Ilchi Lee mentions the fragrance of the land at various hiking places around Sedona. His comments produce longing unlike any other to smell those smells and link them to an experience of “forest fragrance” or the hoped-for scent of an ancient apple orchard.

We could easily take our senses for granted as we go about our lives. Elegantly, the sense of smell goes on recording sensory input. We are not aware of the depth of the mind where the sensory experience is scribed, that is, until a memory is called up to transport our thoughts to another place and time.

Can you give yourself a little gift in this present moment that will surface much later, perhaps when your body has grown too old to hike the raw earth and sit motionless with eyelids closed under a favorite mountain tree?

Create that memory now. Create it without creating it; just let it come to you, without trying to shape the experience, without trying to receive a particular message. Relax and softly focus on your breath and your beating heart. Draw in the air, close your eyes and simply receive. Imagine your mind as pristine, and allow the impressions of scent and sound to fill you up . . not to trip memories of some other forgotten time, but to create a keepsake, a scented, sonic “touchpoint” of “now.”

Just sit, smell the scent of the land, and receive. When you are finished, open your eyes and allow the sight of where you sit to be seen with fresh, new awareness, and smile.

Lynn A. TrombettaBy Lynn A. Trombetta: A freelance web writer on topics of art, music, and wellness, Lynn is also a wildlife artist/photographer, professional flutist, recording artist, and published author.

Sedona Magic: One Thing Led to Another for Violinist Allen Ames

Violinist Allen Ames and his wife, classical guitarist Maryanne Kremer Ames, perform as their duo, “Lyra” in Oak Creek Canyon each summer, a tradition that has endured nearly three decades. Ilchi Lee speaks fondly of this lush canyon area north of Sedona in his book. Read about the simple call to Sedona that has profoundly influenced this masterful musician’s career.

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LT: Allen, please tell us the story of what brought you from your hometown in the greater Phoenix area to Sedona.

AA: My parents used to take me up to Oak Creek Canyon when I was a kid and I had some really magical experiences there. Then, Maryanne and I got together. It was the first year that we really got serious. We were dating and we were forming the duo, Lyra. It’s a pretty amazing story:

She told me, “You know I’ve noticed that Phoenix gets really hot in the summertime, and the work all goes away. We should check northern Arizona and see if there’s any work up there.” I’ve lived here my whole life, and I’m banging my forehead and saying, “Doh! Why didn’t I think of that?”

We got together what repertoire we had and a little publicity tag and we went up to Flagstaff, and especially Sedona. It was just such a wonderful place that we were attracted to it. We started playing, and we landed a few gigs. We were playing at a restaurant called “Eat Your Heart Out,” (which hasn’t existed for a long time now). Joanne Olsen, who owned the Briar Patch Inn was there and heard us. One thing led to another, and she invited us to come and play for one summer, and that started the whole thing.

LT: What year did your performances there begin?

AA: The summer of 1989 was our first full summer there in residence. And then we got married at the Briar Patch the following October. We’ve been playing there for every summer ever since . . . and of course along the way we’ve made a lot of friends and formed a lot of musical relationships that continue off and on for the whole year. So we keep coming back, even when it’s not summer.

LT: How has being in Sedona influenced the way your music developed over the years?

AA: It really has had a huge influence because, of course we freelance during the year in the Phoenix area, and that’s great, we do a lot of playing. Our work in the valley consists of weddings and corporate events and the occasional concert. But in the beginning we were playing six mornings a week, now we’re just doing four mornings. But still that’s a lot of playing, and we’re doing all of it at the Briar Patch in the fantastic Oak Creek Canyon atmosphere and for the people that come there as well.

That really has formed our style as a duo, especially our compositions. Between the two of us we probably have 30 pieces of music that we’ve written, pretty much all influenced by Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon, the Briar Patch . . . that whole area. If we had been playing somewhere else in Phoenix the whole time, I’m sure that our style would have evolved to be something different. Maryanne has written the most compositions, and I feel that she has written the ones that are most beautiful. Mine tend to be a little more “jazzy.”

LT: Tell us a little bit about your wife and musical partner, Maryanne Kremer Ames.

AA: Maryanne trained as a classical guitarist in New York and, luckily for me, she moved to the Phoenix area so she could get her Master’s degree at ASU. So I met her when she was working on that—we met on a gig. But she also is trained as a symphonic percussionist and before she moved to the valley, around 1985, she was busy playing a lot of operas and orchestra jobs in New York and New Jersey as a timpanist. Now she’s playing in two or three orchestras in the Phoenix area as a timpanist and percussionist.

LT: You perform with at least two other Sedona musical groups, including the William Eaton Ensemble and the group, Meadowlark.

AA: I’ve known William Eaton since when he was living in Phoenix. I’ve been playing with his ensemble since 1985, which brings it to 30 years and of course, now that he’s in Sedona and has spearheaded a lot of things, I’ve played with him in a lot of the community efforts that he’s done. We’ve had a lot of adventures.

The last one we did has led to a couple of concerts. Last summer most of the ensemble went to a remote grotto on the Colorado River and we stayed there for almost a week, camped out in this unbelievable space and played, improvised, and recorded. Eventually a CD will come out of that. Then, when we came back, it happened to coincide with the whole event celebrating the Verde River, so it really was a river concert! In fact, William composed a piece right there that we’ll be playing again. We’re going to be doing another one soon at the Old Town Center for the Arts, “Celebrate the River.”

I also play with a group called Meadowlark. Oddly enough, they’re now residents of Sedona! I’ve been playing with Meadowlark since the early 90’s—pretty close to 20 years—and that’s been a magical experience. We’ve had our share of adventures too! We’ve shared the same performance space in years past when we used to do concerts at the Briar Patch. I think there may have been at least a couple of times when Meadowlark and William Eaton Ensemble came.

I should mention James Buchanan. He’s been the Music Director at Christ Lutheran Church for, I think, twenty years, and Maryanne and I are good friends of his. We play at least two or three concerts a year with him.

LT: Please share your feelings about Sedona, as a town, as a land.

AA: The community of Sedona has its own wonders: there’s of course, a lot of art, a lot of spirituality, but what drives it all is nature. I don’t even know where to begin with all that. Everybody talks about the red rocks, and that’s definitely there. Oak Creek Canyon itself has to be one of the most beautiful drives in the country, just to go down the canyon. And there really is something about the whole area that is so conducive to creativity. I mean, apart from the natural beauty of the rocks, I think it’s no coincidence that so many artists have been attracted there.

LT: Do you have favorite place to go to enjoy nature in Sedona?

AA: My favorite hikes are definitely in the canyon: Sterling Pass and North Wilson. Unfortunately those are two that were hit especially badly in the Brins Mesa Fire, and it will take them awhile to be restored to their natural beauty. It is interesting that Oak Creek itself has experienced a couple of really epic floods since we’ve been there, and parts of it have been really torn up. But the funny thing is that the area is growing back; the track of the creek gets changed a little bit here too, but eventually it will be as beautiful as ever. Well, it really is, but will probably be even more beautiful.

Every time someplace has a flood or a fire or an earthquake, as John Muir used to say, “It’s all part of the wild beauty-making business.” You know, the human scale is nothing. In the grand scheme of things, Nature is just reorganizing herself to make more beautiful things!

LT: Thank you, Allen!

Lynn A. TrombettaBy Lynn A. Trombetta: A freelance web writer on topics of art, music, and wellness, Lynn is also a wildlife artist/photographer, professional flutist, recording artist, and published author.

Answer, “Who am I?”

I ask, “Who am I?”
as I bathe in the sun’s light.
Then, at once I know.

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Sedona offers endless opportunity to sit in the sun and absorb nature’s energy! Ilchi Lee comments in his Shaman’s Cave Spiritual Body Meditation from The Call of Sedona, “The feeling of being alive, the abundant feeling of existence, fills up your entire body.”

This is a feeling you must experience out in nature to be able to “bring it home” when you return. To do this requires a level of awareness that allows the details to get in. It seems the edges of things become more visible to the naked eye: We see more, we feel more. Most of all, we begin to understand more as our heightened awareness not only changes our perspective, but begins the unveiling of who we really are, at our very core.

This is a timeless process . . . you may sit quietly gazing out on a crimson landscape, or pose with eyes closed noticing yourself become one with the warmth of the sun or the breeze that caresses your skin. It may seem like hours pass, when it has been mere moments. Or it will seem time has stood still, when much time has passed. No matter, your spirit knows just how long to stay!

Simply listen for the message that has been waiting to be heard. As Ilchi Lee comments, “We have countless thoughts, emotions and habits, but at the same time, we have a mind and eyes that can break free of and watch all of these from a distance.”

“Who are you?” Just take the time to sit in nature, and then you will know.

Lynn A. TrombettaBy Lynn A. Trombetta: A freelance web writer on topics of art, music, and wellness, Lynn is also a wildlife artist/photographer, professional flutist, recording artist, and published author.

The Desert Reminds Us

Dark, desert skyline.
Lightning splits, then lights the night
Contrast of extremes.

If the desert is anything, it is a contrast of extremes: extreme temperatures, extreme darkness, and surface-scorching sunlight. It is a landscape of unmerciful dryness and sudden, torrential rain. The harshness would seem inhabitable, yet it is teeming with life! There are lessons to be learned here. But be quick about it, for an erroneous judgement can spell disaster, no matter which extreme you are confronted with.

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The Arizona desert requires us to stay alert, to be fully present. In more casual situations, we often refer to this state of alertness as “mindfulness.”

What are we to be mindful of?

In The Call of Sedona, Ilchi Lee speaks of the primordial beauty of nature to help us feel the earth as a life form and have energetic and spiritual interactions with her. He comments, “The experience of interacting with the earth connects us with a greater and more permanent power beyond the limited and finite self, to bring us spiritual fulfillment and a sense of unity. And it leads us naturally as members of the planet Earth to earth-centered living in which we coexist with all life.”

There it is: “Co-exist with all life.” To coexist requires mindfulness. The desert reminds us . . .

Lynn A. TrombettaBy Lynn A. Trombetta: A freelance web writer on topics of art, music, and wellness, Lynn is also a wildlife artist/photographer, professional flutist, recording artist, and published author.

Earth Citizen Organization Inspired by Ilchi Lee Seeks Global Change

“There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew.” – Marshall McLuhan

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We are all crew on spaceship earth, or at least we should be. It is so easy for us to forget the earth beneath our feet is, in essence, a living, breathing organism. We are blessed that the earth is self-sustaining in so many ways. Yet our presence here has interfered with the natural order of things.

Our footprints are so recent upon her soil that we are self-indulgent to think of earth as our own. Pondering that thought for even the briefest moment, we may feel foolish in the realization we may in fact, belong to her.

Either way, we must cherish this dwelling, whatever shape it may take in our infinitesimal lifetime here, and care for this place, our home.

In The Call of Sedona, Ilchi Lee comments, “The experience of interacting with the earth connects us with a greater and more permanent power beyond the limited and finite self, to bring us spiritual fulfillment and a sense of unity. And it leads us naturally as members of the planet Earth to earth-centered living in which we co-exist with all life.”

Does the summer season in all of its glory inspire you to find a way to show the overwhelming gratitude you feel for earth’s beauty? There is a fledgling organization inspired by the message of Ilchi Lee called Earth Citizens Organization (ECO). This non-profit organization is working to develop programs designed to lead changes, both locally and globally, toward a more mindful, humane, and sustainable world. They state, “Our goal is to reach out to 100 million people with the idea of Earth Citizenship and help them live by its standards.”

We must begin to think of ourselves as more than just passengers along for the ride. Indeed, we are “crew,” and we have work to do.

There are several ways to get inspired, get involved, and help change the world together! Visit the website: https://www.earthcitizens.org/ or follow ECO on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EarthCitizensOrganization.

Lynn A. TrombettaBy Lynn A. Trombetta: A freelance web writer on topics of art, music, and wellness, Lynn is also a wildlife artist/photographer, professional flutist, recording artist, and published author.