Just days after we returned home to Lake County, we were evacuated for 12 days due to the Ranch fire. We worried about the loss of our place and struggled with the nearly unbreathable air.
I was reminded of the greatest gift of all from the jungle--the gift of LIFE.... of breath, remembering how easy it was to breathe there. The comparison will inform my work for years to come.
Which future world do we want to create?
Charles Eisenstein (author of The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible) says this:
“Is it too much to ask, to live in a world where our human gifts go toward the benefit of all? Where our daily activities contribute to the healing of the biosphere and the well-being of other people?”
The lessons from Pachamama suggest that it is possible to live meaningful life and create a just and sustainable planet. To create "the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible," we must commit to it and embrace the adventure.
How would we do this? …
As compassionate, sensitive, open people, we can all be overcome by the magnitude of the losses we
see every day. Even the most optimistic among us will be affected by the staggering losses and the daily affronts to our values, sensibilities, and even our sanity.
It is painful. So painful that sometimes we are tempted to close up rather than live from the heart.
Joanna Macy and her "work that Reconnects" asserts that we ought not be afraid of the pain of the world.
If you are not afraid of it, then NOTHING can stop you.