How obvious it seems to me now.
Saving ourselves through right action including diet, exercise, expressing gratitude, and other positive acts, are the very same actions that improve life on our planet.
"A deep awareness of the gifts of the earth and of each other is medicine," writes Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweetgrass, Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants.
During these challenging times of planetary, political, and cultural disruption, I find inspiration in quotes. This one is from Kamala Harris’ autobiography.
“My daily challenge to myself is to be part of the solution, to be a joyful warrior in the battle for the soul of the country. My challenge to you is to join that effort. Let’s not throw up our hands when it’s time to roll up our sleeves.”
As I watched Greta Thunberg in conversation with the Dalai Lama last weekend, I heard him say “Our enemy is our greatest teacher.” Although I’ve heard this before, it struck deeply.
My mind leaped to the news reports of our county’s political convulsions, violent images, bodies clashing.
I feel a visceral reaction – confusion, anxiety, anger. Washington, D.C. is my home town.
My hand slipped off the wet edge of the hot tub this morning. I tumbled to the ground.
My ribs weren’t happy with me. “Why didn’t you look where you were going?” they admonished me. “It’s important to pay attention, especially in transitions.“
We are invited in many ways to be the change we want to see in the world.
Wear a mask. Drive courteously. Wait your turn. Don’t interrupt. Pick up litter. Leave only footprints. Plant trees. Do unto others.
Life is a Creative Act
Daily we make and remake our world, our relationships, our bodies, ourselves. Each moment is an invitation to choice. To yes or no. To empowerment.