Basic Profile

Name:

Laura Hawkins

City:

Princeton

State/Province:

NJ

Zip/Postal Code:

08540

Country:

United States

Extended Profile

What do you (or organization) hope for in connection with a deep time perspective?

In 2010 I became a facilitator for Pachamama’s symposium “Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream”. The spirit and work of Thomas Berry is interwoven into the symposium and was my introduction to a deep time perspective. Personally, I’ve been very moved by embodied experiences of the interconnectedness of life in various other contexts such as within Indigenous Nations and Buddhist teachings. I also hear it in the ethical and moral values of environmental/social justice movements. Although I have not focused more specifically on the writings of Thomas Berry or deep time perspective, I have a sense of kindred spirit and hope to learn more from all of you and to share my own love for our beautiful earth.

Short description of your (or organization's) current interest/work in an deep time perspective:

My present interest is from Jennifer Morgan’s work and the few times our paths have crossed.

It is also from being a long time follower of the environmental movement beginning as far back as Rachel Carson. At age 12, I read, and loved, “The Sea Around Us”, and soon after, “Silent Spring”. Also, around that time, I took out a book from my local library called “Reverence for Life” by Albert Schweitzer – on simply liking the title of the book. The common core within these early interests seem to be the same as current interests.

Background: Your bio if an individual, or description if an organization (Let us know who you are!):

My life passions have been in music and in the natural world. My spiritual inclinations seem to always be best understood through them. I played the French horn professionally for about 10 years and taught music literacy and sight singing for the American Boychoir School where they still use the Kodaly Method that I introduced to their program. I discovered Quakers because the porch of their meeting house provided a fairly isolated and woodland space where I could practice French horn AND be outside at the same time. As time went on I also became a master gardener and a certified landscape designer with a focus on plantings helpful to birds/butterflies, and least likely to develop disease or insect infestations (which might lead to chemical use). Because I had a cousin who was very interested in our Native American heritage (1/16) I learned more than I can possibly express here. I’ve also sat with Zen Buddhists and appreciated their fostering clarity and simplicity. As a Quaker (which goes back to the porch), I’ve been a member for the past five years of Earth Quaker Action Team. That’s the short bio.

What are you (or organization) looking for from the Network?

Honesly, I don’t know the network well enough to answer beyond a sense of what inspires caring for the future well being of our earth and each other in both very simple daily lifestyle/practices to local and global concerns.

What do you (or organization) bring to the Network?

I hope to bring much appreciation, at the very least, for the contributions you bring to this work. I would hope to offer support and possibly creative action as I better learn more about “this work”.

Year became interested in a deep time evolutionary perspective:

2010 and again in 2015

Originally inspired to do this work by:

Initial connection with Pachamama Alliance.

Also inspired to do this work by:

Jennifer Morgan, trees, and my latest chat with the ocean.

If you call it something else, what do you call it?

Soft Vision (for now)

Organizations involved with that have a Deep Time evolutionary perspective:

Pachamama Alliance – Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream.

Applying a Deep Time evolutionary perspective to what fields/issues:

Art, Agriculture, Education, Government/Law, Religion/Spirituality, Ecology, Social Justice

Favorite Quote Having to do With a Deep Time Evolutionary Perspective:

“What do you see? What do you see when you look up at the sky at night, at the blazing stars against the midnight heavens? What do you see when the dawn breaks over the eastern horizon? What are your thoughts in the fading days of summer as the birds depart on their southward journey, or in the autumn when the leaves turn brown and are blown away? What are your thoughts as you look out over the ocean in the evening? What do you see?” Thomas Berry

Are you a teacher/professor?

Yes

If yes, what institution?

past – American Boychoir School and present – programs for children at Princeton Friends Meeting and Beach Haven Elementary School

Other kinds of programs:

Several years ago I developed a program called “Meet the Trees” which was offered on the campus of Princeton University. I may consider doing this again. This may have had elements of deep time work.

(Optional) Endorsements from people who have participated in your programs:

Will look for these.

Educational Products/Services:

No