Living Life — Inspired by Water!

In delightfully discovering the Thrivability blog I there was gifted with the discovery of The Upward Spiral video of Paul Krafel. Paul summarizes a lifetime of being inspired by water there. His thinking is creative, practical and inspirational. The video will leave you inspired and perceiving the world… including the world of nature and certainly water itself… differently.

Paul, and his larger body of work, including his book, Seeing Nature: Deliberate encounters with the natural world, can be accessed through The Chrysalis Charter School. The mission of their newsletter, H.O.P.E., is:

“…to turn the prow of our entropyship, the Earth, back upstream so that Earth’s evolving consciousness may explore the headwaters of the Universe for billions of years to come. The work of H.O.P.E. is to make visible the larger relationships we live within – relationships that inspire visions of wonder and works of hope.”

One of the Seven Keystone Processes of the Wild Resiliency model (and a chapter in the draft book) is The River of Life: Wellness, Hardiness and Wholeness. Paul’s work deepens and clarifies my own thinking and will certainly inform future development of the model as well. For this I owe Paul a heartfelt, “Thank you. You speak with the wild wisdom of an elder, one who knows he too… embodies the spirit of water. May the flow of your own life be gentle, and all you desire.”

“There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story.” — Linda Hogan

I recommend getting a beverage of your choice and preparing to get quiet and patient enough “to pay attention to the story” for about 40 minutes. Enjoy.


  1. NurtureGirl

    07/24/2008 at 11:53 pm

    So pleased you found Krafel! That video has shifted how I see change…and our efforts to work toward thrivability. Wonderful to weave ideas with you. Thanks for sharing on this blog!

  2. AlexM

    08/12/2008 at 9:43 pm

    I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you down the road!

  3. Gary Snyder on “Wild” « wild resiliency blog!

    11/27/2008 at 9:51 am

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