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Celebrating This Beautiful Earth ~ Dr. Will Tuttle

To me, the greatest joy and sense of wonder flows from opening to the beauty, power, intricacy, and magnificent abundance of our Earth. Swimming in lakes and streams, wandering through forests and mountains, snorkeling around coral reefs, watching birds, fish, and other animals soaring, darting, and celebrating their lives, camping in remote regions and sleeping on the living earth, gazing into the night sky, and contemplating the tiny wings of flies, delicate veins in leaves and the ordered symmetry of flower petals and pine cones—I am aware of being in the presence of an overwhelmingly intelligent and benevolent force and presence. I sense that the outer world is a manifestation of a consciousness that is of the essence of creative exuberance, ecstatic joy, and what can only be called a vast love that dwarfs all efforts to conceptualize or grasp by intellectual means. “It” is ever-present and ever beckoning.

Looking around at the other humans, young and old, with whom I share this Earth, I see beautiful manifestations of this same life-source. The overwhelming tragedy of our world today is how deeply we have disconnected from our sense of belonging to a benevolent universe, and how we’ve turned this abundant paradise into a realm of fear, lack, competition, and an ongoing violence that blinds us to the truth that is ever-present.


Dr. Will Tuttle, Contributor One Green PlanetDr. Will Tuttle, educator, author, pianist, and composer, presents 150 lectures, workshops, and concerts yearly throughout North America and Europe. Author of the acclaimed best-seller, The World Peace Diet, he is a recipient of the Peace Abbey’s Courage of Conscience Award, and is the co-founder of Circle of Compassion ministry. A vegan since 1980, he is a Dharma Master in the Zen tradition, and has created eight CD albums of uplifting original piano music.

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