Joan Larsen Presents Eileen Rockefeller: The Rewards of Labor in Beauty

Posted on September 14, 2016


Eileen-Rockefeller-smIn this week following Labor Day, we are delighted to welcome writer-author Eileen Rockefeller to join us.  Her words are always deep – and deeply felt… and this week is no exception.  We too believe that spending time in the natural world tends to help wash away our worries and concerns.  It can wipe clean our bad moments, allowing us to move on.

We are so blessed to have love in our lives.  And when we see that we have that love that so many long for and never receive, we have been given the greatest gift of all.  We have been blessed.

 – Joan Larsen




By Eileen Rockefeller


Have you ever been so moved by beauty that you cried?


That’s what happened to me on Labor Day, (a day celebrated in the U.S.) when Paul and I took a bike ride around Schoodic Point in Acadia National Park. Perhaps I was more sensitized after our spat a few days before when his motorboat billowed black fumes and came to a halt. Our abandoned trip to visit friends brought out the worst in both of us.


Long talks and inner reflection resulted in renewed commitments and respect.


When we reached the flat rocks of Schoodic Point, the waves and spray reminded us
that open hearts can change old habits and patterns of being together.



When I saw this view I felt my whole chest expand.


At the end of our ride, fog lifted, spilling light over lobster boats in Prospect Harbor like the French Impressionist paintings of Signac or Seurat. It would have been a great ending to Labor Day. But there was more…


On our way home rain fell from one part of the sky, while sun gleamed in another.
We looked for a rainbow. Within moments we saw this:



Glory be to God 
for wild places, 
for the breath of tides
and weather’s graces,
for the evening sky
with red in places.
Glory be to God
for beauty’s sweet embraces.

Meaning making is a form of primordial self-care.

              May your willingness to labor through conflict and pain be rewarded with connection to beauty and meaning.



RockefellersEileen Rockefeller is the youngest daughter of David and Peggy Rockefeller, and a great-granddaughter of John D. Rockefeller.  A pioneer in catalyzing broad acceptance of mind/body interactions and the importance of social and emotional skills for success in life, Eileen was a co-founder of CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning) along with Daniel Goleman and 6 others in 1994. She is also the co-chair of her family’s generational association, and founding chair of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and the Growald Family Fund. She has two grown sons and lives on an organic farm in Vermont with her husband. Her book, Being a Rockefeller, Becoming Myself, was published in 2014.