Sarah Anne Lawless ~ The Song of the Land: Bioregional Animism

I just landed upon another deep and inspiring post by Sarah Anne Lawless called “The Song of the Land: Bioregional Animism.” This post comes from February 2014, back when she still lived in the Pacific Northwest, but the article includes food for thought wherever you live. In fact, that’s the whole point! To find ways to immerse ourselves into whatever bioregion in which we find ourselves — to root deeply, and to live in sync with the natural cycles, flora, fauna and beings who share that spot with us. Sarah’s material is copyrighted, so I’ll just provide a short teaser and a link to the full article:

“The goal of bioregionalism is self-sufficiency and sustainability within a bioregion – of both people and nature. Bioregionalism differs from environmentalism in that it seeks to have humans and nature living together in harmony, with humans as active stewards of nature, rather than seeing humans as harmful and needing to be removed from the equation.

“Within bioregionalism is the belief that the most important thing to learn when you move to a new bioregion, or are born into one, is to learn everything you can about it. …

“Such knowledge used to be intrinsic to basic human survival, but today you will seldom find a person in a city or town who can even list the names of five native trees. How can we be self-sufficient without knowledge of the resources around us and how to use them? How can we be good stewards of the land we live upon if we know nothing about it? How can we fix what we humans broke without first knowing what the local ecosystem looked like when healthy? Through awareness, through knowledge, through hard work, and through truly caring about the land under our feet and all who live upon, under, and above it.”

I always appreciate posts that encourage people to connect or reconnect with the land outside their door and under their feet. All land is sacred. When we remember this fact, when we know it in our bones, we treat our planet like the sacred being She is — and through that loving care and honor, we help Her heal as She heals us. Here’s the link to Sarah’s full article, “The Song of the Land: Bioregional Animism.” Anyone who likes Avatar or permaculture will especially enjoy this piece. You don’t need to live in a resort area or on a ley line to connect with your bioregion. As Sarah says, “…the line between the sacred and the mundane is invisible. Bioregional animism is not a spiritual path, it is not a denomination or a tradition, it is the way you choose to live your life every day and the conscious choice to interact ethically with nature.”

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature on October 2, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    Beautiful Laura. It is all sacred and we should all know and understand Her. I haven’t heard the term bioregionalism, and I really like it. If nobody understands the land, who will protect it?

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  2. Exactly! Thank you for all you do on your path to understand and protect the land. 🙂

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  3. […] Those who fear anything pagan or magical will have a field day with Sarah Anne Lawless, LOL, but this post of hers on Bioregional Animism has much to offer: https://laurabruno.wordpress.com/2015/09/29/sarah-anne-lawless-the-song-of-the-land-bioregional-anim… […]

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