THE LITTLE SANCTUARY

A Small Oasis of Shelter, hosted by Grace Wells

It's deeply distressing to honestly face the scale of our ecological crisis, but it's the only thing we can do.

Things being so fragile, our task is to protect each leaf, each tree, each wave on the ocean. Every stitch contributes to the world's delicate embroidery. The best place to rest our mind is in our contribution to the whole, no matter how small. By creating more healthy stitches, one plant, one tree, one deed at a time, we can lessen the tally of human destruction, and mend the planet we love.

 

Our main tasks are connection & advocacy. The closer we come to nature, the easier it is to see how badly she needs our support at this crucial time. Below you'll find suggestions for eco-connection which may support you as you navigate our challenging era. The closer we come to the intelligent life-force within and around ourselves, the easier it becomes to advocate for the planet and life-on-earth.

 

1. Breathe

1) Breath-work: Practice returning to your own natural breath. Lie down in a comfortable position. Place one hand on your body just beneath your neck, and see how that part of your body, the top of your lungs is breathing. After a few minutes, bring in your other hand to the area of your ribs, and see how that part of your body is breathing. See if you can feel how your ribs open with each breath. Stay like that, breathing into those two spaces for a few minutes. Then when you feel those two areas are free, slide your hand from your ribs down to your stomach area and see how that part of you is breathing. After a while, see if you can feel your breath moving from your top hand, all the way through your body down to your belly or even down into your pelvis, filling the space between your hip bones with your breath. See if your back is moving with your breath against the floor. Here then is something of an experience of your natural breath. As much as you can keep coming home to this natural breath, and watch the times and places where the world steals your breathing from you. 

2. Use your voice

2) Voicework: Howl, roar, grunt, groan, moan, explore the full range and creaturely potential of your voice. 

 

Draw from indigenous cultures and languages to restore the lost words that describe a close and meaningful relationship to nature. Words that describe the immanence and spiritual qualities & intelligence within nature. Words the English language lacks.

 

 

3. Watch your dreams

3) In what ways do creatures, plants and the elements of air, earth, water and fire, come into your thinking, your imagination and your dreaming? How does nature inhabit you? 

4. Observe the world soul

4) Watch for messages from the World Soul, are any creatures, plants, symbols, messages or wisdoms coming towards you, anything from your dreams that is replicated in your waking day? 

5. Watch how shame spirals you away from nature

5) Watch your places of shame and see if they are in any way disconnecting you from nature? We have all been culturally conditioned to view nature, animals, the body as lesser than man and the brain. The 18th century anthropologists urged that 'the further a culture removes itself from nature, the more civilised it becomes'. That cultural attitude is given to individuals from a very young age. We are taught to stay clean, avoid mud, dirt, germs, animals, insects. We are taught not to smell, burp, fart, or behave in animal ways. Shamed into civilisation, we are distanced from our wild souls.

6. How can you mend the world?

6) One of the things you might ask yourself is what you are giving back, what are the threads that you return to the tapestry of the biosphere? Can you plant more trees, leaves or plants to help restore the threads of the biosphere? 

7. Create sanctuary

7) How can you create sanctuaries for the creatures, plants, species or other humans? Sanctuaries for yourself, for the people you love, for the insects, birds, wild flowers, lichen, moss, trees?

8. Listen to your instincts

8) Honour your own instincts and intuition, listen to the little prompts and messages that come to you through your unconscious creaturely intelligences, through your whispers of intuitive thought and through the sensations in your body. Get in the practice of hearing them, listening to them, heeding them, and acting on them.