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Mariposa Reflections is an online post by Gay Bradshaw that explores contemplative perspectives and their relationship to Animal and Earth revitalization.

While recycling, decreasing human population, and plant-based living make dramatic changes, they do not directly disengage the psychological and cultural mechanisms that have generated ecological breakdown. Healing humanity and the Earth requires deep transformation and evolution of human consciousness. Mariposa (Spanish for Butterfly) describes this essential metamorphosis.

Each free e-post discusses how to connect personal spiritual development with Nature’s principles and ethics as a way to begin, as English philosopher John Butler describes, to make the world whole by becoming whole.

Mariposa Reflections is paired with Mariposa Meditations, a biweekly online Nature mindfulness and meditation gathering held on Zoom. Mariposa Meditations provides new and seasoned meditators an opportunity to bring their practice into resonance with Animals, Plants, and other Earth beings.

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Gay Bradshaw, PhD, PhD. Gay has been studying mindfulness and meditation since 2002 after leaving a tenured job as a research mathematician to devote her work to Nature…

Gay Bradshaw, PhD, PhD
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Gay has been studying mindfulness and meditation since 2002 after leaving a tenured job as a research mathematician to devote her work to Nature. Her founding of The Kerulos Center for Nonviolence non-profit was catalyzed by her discovery of Elephant Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Her work and the Center are dedicated to helping humans transform to Nature consciousness and supporting Animal dignity and self-determination. Gay is the author of Pulitzer Prize-nominated Elephants on the Edge: What Animals Teach Us about Humanity, Carnivore Minds: Who These Fearsome Beings Really Are (Yale, 2009; 2017)  and Talking with Bears: Conversations with Charlie Russell (Rocky Mountain Books, 2020). Gay holds doctorates in ecology and psychology and cares for over fifty Faculty Residents at The Tortoise and the Hare Sanctuary and neighboring Wildlife with whom she practices in seshin.



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Nature’s Practice

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Being Nothing

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