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Four two weeks
during the UN Climate Summit
we made a walk meditation
for Earth and all life
each morning. The last morning,
we left the grassy place we had walked
outside Angie Smith Chapel
on the Oklahoma City University campus,
and we drove north,
to The Great Salt Plains State Park
to see the Sand Hill Cranes.
We thought it a fitting place
to be
at the close of the UN Climate Summit talks—
at Salt Plains Bay
watching Sand Hill Cranes
on an unseasonably warm
and beautiful
December day.
We heard them long
before we saw them.
It was a bubbling,
perhaps gurgling,
loud. They were standing
in the sunlight
along the bay shoreline.
Several hundred of them.
But there were many more—
40,000—out and about,
Creamy gray and white,
with black tips on their wings
that we could only see
when they took flight,
which they did,
to our delight.

Too, we watched two bald eagles
in a tree above the cranes.
And we walked the nature trail,
alongside the marsh,
beside twittering sparrows—
taking in the warmth
and beauty
and stillness,
letting go the tension
which we hadn’t realized
we’d taken on; the tension
of climate talks,
about the future of life
on this magnificent planet.


And that day
in the sunlight
and stillness,
amid the gurgling sound of Sand Hill Cranes,
the beauty of life on the planet
healed us
and we made one more prayer
for healing
for all.

Early last Monday, opening day
of the UN Climate Summit
in Paris,
we began our climate prayer—
on the frosty grass
outside Angie Smith Chapel
on the campus of Oklahoma City University.
We gathered at 7:30 each nippy morning
and walked reverently,
on Earth—one step
with an in breath;
one step
with an out breath;
breathing in and out
with Mother Earth,
mindful of the planet
and all life in her one
system; mindful too
of the leaders and negotiators
from 196 nations
in Paris
trying to set limits
on carbon emissions
to curb global warming
and climate change.
As the meditation progressed
each morning
and throughout the week,
we each experienced
the connection
in various ways,
profoundly. And carried
Earth and the Summit
with us throughout the day.
Tomorrow and Sunday,
we will begin at 8 a.m.
and return Monday to 7:30 a.m.,
for about 45 minutes
through Friday, Dec. 11,
the final day of the Summit.
Or maybe
we will continue…
Holding Earth
and all life here
in this morning meditation
seems helpful.
All are welcome
to join us.

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A city cat
chose a sunny spot
in the food forest
the afternoon
of this first-freeze,
late-Novemer Sunday.


By then
sun had warmed the chill
and the cat wasn’t the only one
out among the sunlight and the trees.
We humans too
were out—
some in Oklahoma City’s Edgemere Park—
taking in the flabbergasting beauty,
the mystery,
the wonder;
gratefully bearing briefly
the unkeepable impact—
that soaring vigor raging in the chest—
when standing amid light and leaf.


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