Anne Rowthorn

Environmentalist, Writer, Retreat and Workshop Leader


Your Daily Life Is Your Temple

Your Daily Life Is Your Temple

“Rowthorn integrates the wisdom of many faiths and cultures through stories about family, work, friends, children, money, the environment, justice and hospitality. It’s like a walk with a friend in the woods on a sunny day.”
—Sally Simmel, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, consultant and workshop leader

Your Daily Life Is Your Temple will break you out of the spiritual box and challenge your notions of what spirituality is, where you find it, and how you practice it.”
—Gregory F. Augustine Pierce, author of
Finding God @ Work and Spirituality @ Work

“Anne Rowthorn takes us on a journey in which she generously shares stories of her own passionate involvement with everyday wonders and tragedies of life in God’s world.”
—Paul Minus, author of Taking Faith to Work

“A gifted story teller, with a sharp eye for the sacred happenings in everyday life. From remote villages in Uruguay to the diner down the street, Rowthorn has learned to look for traces of the holy in her midst.
—Douglas Wysockey-Johnson, Executive Director, Faith at Work

An excerpt from the book:

Loving the Earth and Keeping the Garden

Helen Caldicott, co-founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility posed the question, “Can we evolve spiritually and emotionally in time to control the overwhelming evil that our advanced and rational intellect has created?”

As lovers of life and all that is good and true and authentic, we will unflinchingly answer, “Yes, we can and we will evolve spiritually and emotionally in order to save our precious creation.” But we will only protect that which is deeply loved and cherished. The question then becomes, how. How do we cherish the earth? In seeking an answer, perhaps it would help to regard the earth as we do our aging, perhaps frail but still beautiful mothers. Just as we will do anything to help, comfort and protect our mothers so we must do the same for our Mother Earth. If we have not done so already, the first thing to do in developing a planetary spiritually is to fall in love, or fall in love again, with God’s beautiful earth. St. Basil the Great said, “I want creation to penetrate you with so much admiration that everywhere you may be, the least plant may bring you the clear remembrance of the Creator.”

There is no recipe for falling in love with the earth and there are a million recipes, depending upon who you are and how you look at the world. I can only suggest how I rekindle my love affair with Mother Earth. Take a moment, any time, any place, even walking down a crowded, city street, and pause. Stand quietly and look up. Notice the sunset lightening up the western sky. Look at the brilliant oranges and reds moving across the sky lightening the heavens, and then as the light recedes, watch darkness begin its descent over the land. Or, at the dawn of the day, sit and watch the rising golden sun dispel the shadows and wake the city for another day. Feel the seasons. In the Northern Hemisphere, feel the first chill of autumn in late August. Listen for the honking of Canada geese flying over your dwelling. Wait for the yellowing and reddening of the maple trees, the first snow, the soil under your feel in mid-winter, hard as iron, the frost-scattered patterns on the window pane, the Christmas blizzard. Feel the power of the roaring wind as it scatters a carpet of snow over the dark city. When the wind subsides, listen to the hush, the gentle quietness of snow lightly falling. Finally when the snow has stopped and the sun has come back into the sky, revel in the beauty of the white world all around you under the cloudless cerulean sky above. Only the Divine Architect of the universe could create such brilliant, sparkling beauty.

Rekindling the love affair with Mother Earth includes our listening to the song of the earth, falling passionately in love with it, defending and protecting our sacred land so that it and our descendents may live and flourish.