Today, Martin Luther King, Jr Day,  I attended a gathering to celebrate King’s Beloved Community. The theme was “An Inescapable Network of Mutuality” referring to a passage from a speech he gave a few months before he died.

“All I’m saying is simply this: that all mankind is tied together; all life is interrelated, and we are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of identity. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

All life is interrelated, that is something to remember as we practice biodynamics on our own little part of this Earth. As we recognize that healing in one place can support healing of the whole, and as we remember at its grandest and most simple, biodynamics is meant to heal the Earth. And because all life is interrelated, when we strive to heal the Earth, by extension, we are helping to heal all the beings that inhabit the Earth. This is big. This is important. This idea motivates me.

During winter time the Earth in the northern hemisphere seems deadened and asleep. We are reminded by Rudolf Steiner that so much is happening below the surface. That the energies of the cosmos are dramatically at work, enlivening and healing so that the Earth will be ready to support growth when the springtime comes. 

This time of deep winter, between January 15 – February 15, Steiner suggests is the time to be meditating on the Earth. Taking time to focus our inner awareness, gratitude and love on the aliveness that lives beneath the frozen ground, preparing for the next growing season. 

This is also the time to prepare our potting soil, plan our gardens, and check or acquire our seeds. These worthy activities that can further bring meaning to our meditations and help to heal the Earth and each other; as we remember that all life is interrelated.