Pre-modern thinkers and mystics, including Hildegard of Bingen, Thomas Aquinas and of course Francis of Assisi, often had a deep appreciation of the sacredness of the Earth. But in many ways Meister Eckhart (c.1260 – c.1327) stands out as a warrior among eco-warriors.

What is a warrior? What distinguishes a warrior from a soldier is love and inner work. Soldiers are given a gun and told to kill or be killed. A warrior, on the other hand, learns to let go and let be, to live in the now, and to resist both the destructive “hooves of the past” and the “ghosts of the future” that fear brings (in ...


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