Meditation: Healing the Earth

This week I’m in Santa Barbara at the monastery of the Order of the Holy Cross.  The Society of St. Francis (The Franciscans), that I’ve recently joined, has sent me (a postulant) and two of its novices (Brother Juniper and Brother Paul-Joseph) to this hilltop monastery for a workshop on monasticism.  The drive from San Francisco to Santa Barbara down Highway 101 is beautiful.  Majestic mountains, green hillsides, fluffy white clouds and the expanse of the Pacific Ocean are a part of this trek.  The view of Santa Barbara from Holy Cross Monastery is lovely.  How does the beauty of this region mask the ravaged landscape of so many other parts of our Earth?  To begin the repair of the Earth we must first acknowledge what’s happening to the soil, air, water and ecosystem upon which we depend and share. 

The process of healing the Earth need not be overwhelming. We best begin this process by first healing our own bodies, minds, and souls. This is a process of examining how we think, how we eat, how we treat our bodies, and how – or if – we use our energy for the common good.  As we work towards our own healing, we move the process forward to heal the Earth. Our actions tell the story of our commitment to the healing process.  Let your healing begin. Let the Earth heal. Enjoy the journey.

anthony glenn miller


The Tao is eternal, but does not have fame;  
like the uncarved block, its worth seems small,  
though its value to man is beyond all measure.  
Were it definable, it could then be used  
to obviate conflict, and the need  
to teach the way of the Tao;  
all men would abide in the peace of the Tao;  
sweet dew would descend to nourish the Earth. 

Chapter 32 – Tao Te Ching


There is a vanity that takes place on Earth, that there are righteous people who are treated according to the conduct of the wicked, and there are wicked people who are treated according to the conduct of the righteous. I said that this also is vanity.

Eccelesiastes 8:14