People -- Like a snake shedding its skin, the transformative powers of human interaction and acceptance can can cleanse us of unnecessary fear and ignorance, and energize us with new perspectives.
Animals -- The acceptance and unconditional trust from animals touches most people deeply. Animals allow us to share parts of ourselves that often takes years to share with other people. They teach non-verbal ways of listening, interacting, and socializing that make us happier and healthier. Regardless of geography, economics or politics, our connections with animals also connect us with emotions that unite humanity. Click on any of the four categories -- People, Animals, Earth, Spirit -- to see examples from each "spoke of the wheel".
Earth -- The pull of the earth tugs at people more than just from gravity. Finding a time and place to get "grounded" seems to be a universal need that crosses cultural and geographic boundaries. We value being amidst the rocks, trees and water, to realign and "regroup". David Brower once said that "We think rocks are inanimate because their tempo of life is slower than ours". The simplicity and quiet grandeur of un-manned spaces can calm us down and provide a stronger foundation to conduct ourselves in the world. Click on any of the four categories -- People, Animals, Earth, Spirit -- to see examples from each "spoke of the wheel".
Spirit -- We all seem to be born with a curiosity and sense of wonder about what we can see, and not see. And we speculate on where we came from or where we are going. Today, the world always seems to be in conflict over religious and moral frustrations. Religious, political and spiritual leaders all over the world, like spokes of a wheel all pointing to similar goals, preach ways of connecting to the higher forces around us.
Whether Catholic, Buddhist, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Atheist or Agnostic, all people deserve the space and sensitivity to explore the boundaries of their beliefs, and discover what works for them. Through tolerance and reflection, we can confront our own ongoing, ultimately solo connection with the heart of our being. Click on any of the four categories -- People, Animals, Earth, Spirit -- to see examples from other "spokes of the wheel".