The Heart of Mother Earth

At the heart of the landscape of Mother Earth, there is a feeling of belonging. Belonging is the basic truth of our existence. We belong here. Life belongs here. At the heart of gratefulness we also find an expression of belonging. When we say “Thank you” we really are saying “We belong together.” Many people don’t want to be connected or interdependent. Many of us don’t want to be obliged.


In a healthy society that is exactly what we seek: mutual obligations. Everyone is obliged to everyone and everything else, we all belong together, we are of each other. In this awareness we are freed from self’preoccupation—and only then, emptied of self, can we be filled with thanks.


” Love wholeheartedly, be surprised, give thanks and praise—then you will discover the fullness of your life.”   —Brother David Steindl-Rast


Within this human impulse to gratitude flows the vast cycles of universal reciprocity—for everything that is taken, something has to be given in return. You can’t merely breath in, or only breath out. Death would find you. Life is not giving or taking, but it is giving and taking.


Universal Belonging


We give away our thanks to the earth

which gives us our home.

We give away our thanks to the rivers and lakes

which give away their water.

We give away our thanks to the trees

which give away fruit and nuts…


All beings on earth, the trees, the animals, the wind

and the rivers give away to one another

so all is in balance…

—Dolores La Chapelle



I will sing of the well-founded Earth,

Mother of all, eldest of all beings.

She feeds all creatures that are in the world,

all that go upon the goodly land,

all that are in the paths of the seas,

and all that fly,

all these are fed of her store.


Hail Earth, mother of the gods,

freely bestow upon me for this my song

that cheers the heart!

—Homeris Hymns XXX, adapted by Elizabeth Roberts





in a moment of peace

I give thanks

to the source of all peace


as I set forth

into the day

the birds sing

with new voices

and I listen

with new ears

and give thanks.


You can see forever

when the vision is clear

in this moment

each moment

I give thanks.
—Harriet Kofalk

Morning Salutation

Morning Salutation


Smokey Mountains. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2010

Smokey Mountains. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2010



Reality Check



Welcome to the real world.



The Milky Way. If we destroy ourselves, what happens to the universe?

The Milky Way. If we destroy ourselves, what happens to the universe?




Dolphins living free until we completely destroy our planet

Dolphins living free until we completely destroy our planet




Twilight on boat launch at Avon. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Twilight on boat launch at Avon. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014



California Poppies. Another gift from Mother Nature.

California Poppies. Another gift from Mother Nature.




Upper Waterfall in Letchworth State Park. The Genesee River has formed a gorge. We must take care of the gifts from Mother Earth.

Upper Waterfall in Letchworth State Park. The Genesee River has formed a gorge. We must take care of the gifts from Mother Earth.

We have to take care of our planet. It is more important than oil, money, arms, greed, jealously, bigotry, injustice, hatred and war. We must take care of Mother Earth. Our planet has changed greatly during just my lifetime. There is a supervolcano under Yellowstone National Park. If it blows, it will destroy most of America. Yet we continue fracking, mining, polluting the earth and the air. We must stop. To choose not to stop is to commit suicide.



 Great Spirit


Great Spirit,

give us hearts to understand;

never to take

from creation’s  beauty more than we give;

never to destroy wantonly for the furtherance of greed,

never to deny to give our hands for the building of earth’s beauty;

never to take from her what we cannot use.

Give us hearts to understand that to destroy earth’s

music is to create confusion,

that to wreck her appearance is to blind us to beauty;

that to callously pollute her fragrance is to make a house of stench;

that as we care for her she will care for us. Amen     —U.N. Environmental Sabbath Program





Praying for Mother Earth.

Praying for Mother Earth.


Only a self-destructive species would do to our planet, what we have done.

Only a self-destructive species would do to our planet, what we have done.

Eve of Destruction





I look around the world and what do I see? I see unrest and I see intolerance. I see people who want to kill other human beings for looking different or believing in a different God. I see people praying and they are being killed. I see our children living in terror because there is no where safe here on Mother Earth. I hear lots of yelling and screaming and I don’t see much peacemaking. I believe we are on the Eve of Destruction again. While we have managed to sneak out of the reality of destruction so far, that was dumb luck. We may not be so lucky the next time. Walk away.  Save this world for our children and grandchildren.


There is much we have to lose. Think about it. We may lose the beauty of the world. We are in control here. We can change all of this and keep this beautiful world without war. It will just take our belief in and actions for promoting peace everywhere in the world. Let’s talk about it. Write me and tell me what you think. Namaste.


The simplicity of a sunrise.



   The sunrise this morning from my front porch. Photographed and copyrighted by

                                                                                   Barbara Mattio 2014





Magnolia tree in bloom Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2010

Magnolia tree in bloom Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2010


The Blue Ridge Mountains. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2010

The Blue Ridge Mountains. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2010




Holden Beach at twilight Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2010

Holden Beach at twilight Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2010

We are Human Angels

Angelic Woman for Peace

Angelic Woman for Peace

We Are Human Angels

We Are Human Angels the book, a reader review on Amazon

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)°( Are you a Human Angel?

From “We are Human Angels”, the book

If since childhood you have wanted to change the world and have not stopped believing… If you have always dreamed of relieving the sorrows of all living beings… If you feel that you have a special talent to help others… If you have an out of the ordinary sensitivity… If you have overcome difficult trials in your life… If you think that despite everything, life should be lived with joy… If, while always trying to give meaning to your suffering, you believe that there must be a way to stop yours and others suffering… If in your heart there is no room for hatred and resentment… If you always try to change evil into good and darkness into light… If you always follow your heart even when it seems to be the hardest thing to do… If you have always had a vision of heaven on earth and would like to spread it throughout the world… If you have the ability to read people and know what is hidden within their hearts… If you silently bless everyone you encounter in your life… If you, from the very beginning, have always felt a sense of not belonging to this world… If you have never been able to relate yourself with any group of people, but you have always had a deep desire to connect yourself with your Souls’ family here on earth… If the search for truth is your greatest passion… If you live with honesty even when it hurts… If you believe in the healing power of Love… If you still have the same dreams you had when you were a pure-hearted child… If you feel you were born for a greater purpose and would like to express it…

you are a Human Angel and you are just trying to remember.


Human angels

Human angels


Some one sent me information about this book. I thought that it was interesting. I don’t know whether it is real, or possible or not. The profile of a human angel did strike me because it has many of my characteristics.  We will never be sure and I realize some will scoff. That’s ok. My shoulders are wide. I did have a spiritual teacher thirty years ago that told me the sixties happened because angels wanted to come to earth. God values humans over even the angels. When they got here, it was much harder to walk this journey that they had expected. He felt that the drug use back then and the number of OD’s / suicides were angels who couldn’t handle the life on this plane of existence. Again I don’t know what is true but my gut tells me that it is possible.  At the time, I was shocked because I didn’t think any sentient being would opt for this life over being in the presence of Divinity and singing praises, if that is what happens. The Bible and the Tanach teach that angels walk among us. So this is for each of us to decide on our own. I did find the book on Kindle for $4.99 if you are interested. I figured five dollars was worth the read. I am sure libraries carry or can get you the book.

The Pledge of Allegiance is a treasure I found to remind us that while we owe our allegiance to our countries, the real allegiance goes to Mother Earth. One Earth, one world, one people and we will carry the consequences of what we do to heal or to destroy Mother Earth in our souls for eternity. So whether or not there are human angels, there is one planet, with one people and one love. We can destroy ourselves or we can heal our home and ensure life for many generations to come.

Are we human angels?

Are we human angels?




Prayers For Healing Mother Earth

The Atlantic Ocean at twilight. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2009

The Atlantic Ocean at twilight. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2009

This is a compilation of prayers about healing Mother Earth.

They are from many different spiritual paths. All prayers rise to

heaven and all prayers are known to God. There is not just a certain religion

whose members pray and receive answers or attention.

In this world, every prayer counts, and we are One Family living

on One Mother Earth. Let us, all pray, whatever words come from

your heart and soul. I hope you will see that the meaning of the

different prayers is all the same.


“Let us be united,

Let us speak in harmony,

Let our minds apprehend alike.

Common be our prayer,

Common be the end of our assembly,

Common be our deliberations.

Alike be our feelings,

Unified be our hearts;

Common be our intentions,

Perfect be our unity.”

— From the Rig Veda

“It is up to us to receive and transmit our Torah.

It is up to us to see that the world still stands.

May the time be not distant

when nation will not lift up sword against nations,

neither shall they learn war any more.

They shall beat their swords into ploughshares,

for the earth will be filled with the wonder of life

Then shall we sit under our vine and our fig tree

and none shall be afraid.

—Rabbi Rami M. Shapiro

“Cattle browse peacefully

Trees and plants are verdant,

Birds fly from their nests

And lift up their wings in your praise.

All animals frisk upon their feet

All winged things fly and alight once more—

They come to life with your rising.

Boats sail upstream and boats sail downstream,

At your coming every highway is opened

Before your face the fish leap up from the river.

Your rays reach the green ocean.

You it is who place the male seed in woman,

Who create the semen in man;

You quicken the sun in his mother’s belly,

Soothing him so that he shall not cry

Even in the womb you are his nurse.

You give breath to all your creation,

Opening the mouth of the newborn

And giving him nourishment.

——-From the Pharaoh Akhenaten’s ” Hymn to the Sun”


“Water flows over these hands.

May I use them skillfully

to preserve our precious planet.”

—Thich Nhat Hanh


“Be praised my lord because our sister

Mother Earth sustains and rules

us and because she raises

food to feed us : colored flowers


Be praised my lord for those who pardon by your love

and suffer illness and grief

Bless those who undergo in silence

the poor for whom you hold a crown

Be praised my lord for Sister Death-of-Body

whom no man living will escape

And pity those who die in mortal sin

and everyone she who minds you

bless: no second death

to bring them hurt.

Oh praise my lord and bless my lord and thank

and serve my lord with humbleness


—Saint Francis of Assisi


“All living beings; all our relations.

We pray for ourselves and all persons;

for the ducks, loons, penguins, eagles and


for dogs, cats, monkeys, elk and earthworms;

fish, mussels, deep-diving whales;

eucalyptus and cactus, fir and roses; all our relations.

Guide us to true peace and security;

grant us protection and freedom from all


help us to be free to be ourselves, with

respect for all.

Enfold us in the clear light of safety and

warmth and wholeness.”

—Hazrat Inayat Khan


Bahama water garden. Photograph taken and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2013

Bahama water garden. Photograph taken and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2013

“The soul of the whole of creation is one,

the life behind all those ever-moving

phantoms is one. Meditation on this truth and the awakening to it will

harmonize the condition of the world.”

—Hazrat Inayat Khan

We are all One Family in the eyes of the Beloved

We are all One Family in the eyes of the Beloved

The World in us, Us in the World

Prayer beads

Prayer beads

The world has fed us,

And now it is our turn to feed,

It’s given us the rich soil, from which our bodies and souls grow deeply.

The Mother Earth’s message is a great thunderous roar to humanity

Saying through the signs of disaster and tragedy,

Wake up loved ones, all our selfishness must die.

All of your eyes must see, from the eyes of your hearts.

We are the home of it all

The Earth’s land is our skin

Its rivers, our blood

Its fire, our love

Its winds, our united breath

How do we awaken to feel each plate of grass fold over as we walk by?

To hear the sound of each crashing wave and remember”HOME!”

We caught ourselves in folly and illusion to our roots, and now we dig to find the

Treasure in the depth

To lead us through the darkness to the light…we become the change in which we wish

To see, the rest is simply contagious!

All we have from our moment of birth and death is the moments of God awareness.

So then, spread the Message!

Each breath we take can be a breath of forgiveness and hope, of intention and ablution

To the powers around.

Our sensitivity must grow to feel the world bleeding from underneath our feet.

When the  world bleeds, our hearts bleed, our harmony with the Earth is our only hope.

We should stop to bow, bow down to the deepest ocean floors.

Giving thanks and respect to what has created us.

The Mother Earth has carried all of us, and now it is time for us to take responsibility.

by Jelaluddin Nick Thompkins

Sketch of Sufi meditating

Sketch of Sufi meditating

heartandwingsCreating community and commitment to daily spiritual practice. Each day that our actions benefit our communities, compassion, love, acceptance, are steps along the path of forgiveness to the establishment of peace in every country around the world. Peace is always our destination. Mother Earth has fed and taken care of us for the Milleniums. She is still trying but it is as if we were at war with her. We need to take care of her and treasure what she has given us to help us on our journey. We can’t ignore her because if we do Mother Earth will die and we will be dying too.

Worth Fighting For

944551_529753340425529_1022251361_nFighting for the world stops a lot of problems that we deal with every day. When we are just looking at our countries or even our communities, the scope to too narrow.  What one country does for its people may be fantastic and yet for their neighbors in a neighboring country, it may cause many trials and tribulations. This is why it is important to think of Mother Earth as what she is; a cohesive planet rotating around the sun like the other planets are doing.

We take that simple knowledge which has worked very well for millions  of years and we have divided Mother Earth. This piece goes to America. This part is Russia, this is Syria. Here is Germany, and Greenland is over here. No not there that is Iceland. Iceland belongs to us…no it is its own country. So as the millenniums and the centuries have passed we have divided and put together parts of Mother Earth over and over. Many great rulers have come and gone. They have done much to destroy Mother Earth with divisions and wars and slavery and jealousy and greed.

There is a flag flying over every inch of our planet and we watch our boundaries closely. Some will never get in and some will never leave. Our planet has a big job. It is what we stand on. It gives us a variety of fuels, and gem stones. Because we aren’t taking care of Mother Earth, there is much harsher weather coming. There are tornadoes, cyclones, hurricanes, blizzards, sandstorms. Is she trying to tell us something? I know we all couldn’t even agree on that. But remember, we human beings are responsible for this planet. She will take care of us if we take care of her. So when you look at a world globe, remember the flags are not the most important part. The most important part is that we have this beautiful planet to use, to enjoy and to love. Don’t forget to do that and Planet Earth will be here rotating on her axis for a very long time.


The peace of mind tree.

The peace of mind tree.