In Episode 201 – Water Connects Us, we launch our new season’s theme: relationship and interconnection. Throughout this season we’ll be exploring our deep bonds with the natural world that gave birth to us and sustains us. We’ll take a deeper look at how we form relationships, how we connect to particular places, how we experience specific times in our lives, and what shapes our experiences. In nature-centered spirituality, water is both a metaphor for our deep interconnection, and a physical and spiritual example of it. In this episode we follow the trials and tribulations of a drop of the Colorado River, and visit the caffeine-laced shores of the Pacific Northwest; we marvel at underwater sculpture gardens and take a close look at the health of our oceans, as we explore our complex relationship with the waters of the Earth. In our Pro extension, we go deeper into the spiritual significance of water in Hinduism and how our relationship with purity shapes our expressions of religious devotion.
Melanie Griffin, a former National Director of the Sierra Club, joins Jeff Lilly in an exclusive interview to share some personal reflections on her experiences working in the environmental movement, exploring the ways that science, technology, the economy and social media has shaped the conversation about ecology and environmentalism over the past few decade, as well as what the future of environmentalism might hold as a new generation grows up with the global warming crisis.
We let the spirit move us as we explore our relationship to the natural world through movement, exercise and travel. From the benefits of walking to the problem with parking lots, from jogging robots to the ecology of immigration, how we move through the landscape changes how we relate to the world around us, both physically and spiritually. In our Pro extension, we take a look at travel from a religious perspective as we explore the tradition of sacred pilgrimage and how it connects us more deeply with our gods and each other.
Enjoy a sneak peek of our new podcast, Faith, Fern & Compass, as we explore nature spirituality in the digital age in Preseason Episode 1 – The Stories We Live. Tonight, we talk about a new approach to the four elements, we share a glimpse into the connection between ecopsychology and global warming, we share some creative ways to celebrate National Poetry Month, and we delve into the secret lives of bees and how understanding our buzzing friends can help us unlock the mysteries of the human brain and maybe even modern politics! We also have a special treat to wrap up the show — so be sure to stick around.
Each week, co-hosts Alison Leigh Lilly and Jeff Lilly invite you to join them as they explore the challenges of nature spirituality in the digital age through ecology, art, politics and interfaith conversation. Become part of a growing community of spiritual seekers and creative contemplatives finding guidance in the wellsprings of personal experience, soulful relationship and the dark green tones of earth-centered spiritual practice.