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I want to remind you to listen to the earth’s heartbeat

We are guardians and creators.
What we notice we care about.
What we dream we create.

I believe in humans as guardians.
We do not have dominion.
We are not a scourge or plague. The earth would not be better off without us.
We are meant to be here to tend, to care, to encourage abundance and beauty and thriving life.

We are part of the earth.
Our job is to listen deeply to all the languages.
To learn to listen to all the different beings –
the birds, the wind, the seasons, the plants, the land;
our kin.
To remember how to listen and take instructions to assist.
Our western human way is not the only way of being in the world.
And we are not the only ones we are meant to be working for.

I want to deepen our sense of place.
If you could be anywhere, why would you care for right here?
I am interested in our unacknowledged sense of rootlessness in colonised places.
I seek to remind us that we are connected to nature, in a particular place.

I want to amplify better stories than ones of dystopian destruction.
Stories of how we are guardians.
We create the world of the stories we tell ourselves.
We can choose to make the world a better place.

The earth has a heartbeat.
Hearts entrain love.
Our job to listen and tune in to the heartbeat of the earth.
To be in service to all life.

It is human to listen to the earth.
A deeply human skill across all cultures.
It is human to care for the earth.
We can live another way. We have done it before.
Let’s remember.

I live and work on the beautiful lands of the Gumbaynggirr people. These lands were stolen. Sovereignty was never ceded.
I do my best to offer love and respect to all their Elders; past, present, and future.
I extend this respect and reverence to all Indigenous Elders across all nations throughout the world.
Let’s look after them and the old stories they hold from the land. We all need them more than ever.