Today is my last day before i go into Seeds2. I have spent the past few days at the Pachamama Alliance office soaking up the grounded vitality of this place. I have learned so much and feel very primed for spending 30 days with Joanna Macy and 52 other Seeds! I have two posts writen on my dopod that i’ve not been able to post that i hope to sort out before stepping into Deep Time, away from the technical and other distractions of every ay life.
(posted oct 24)
i will not be looking at my email, blog or any other computer screen until i get to the airport to return home. on one hand this excites me greatly and on another, it will take some getting used to! will i go into withdrawl? i doubt it! i have been preparing myself for this lunar cycle for about a year. Bring it on!
This lunar cycle is also quite auspicious, starting with a solar eclipse early this moring, pluto leaving leo and new moon, a great time to start the next leg of my journey.
Reading about the current astrological arrangement sounds like a lot of turbulence and chaos. Will i be insulated from it’s effects in Westwind on retreat? Will it give me an opportunity to find peace among the insanity? I can only hope, actually i can do more than that, i can intend it. An outcome i have created for Seeds is to have a greater sense of personal peace to bring to my work, to bring to my community, my family, my relationships, my world.
I just got something called “the Peace Book” that has 108 practical ways to begin to cultivate a tao of peace on a personal level. Makes me think of all those sayings like ‘the personal is political’ and ‘think global, act local’ etc. I love the idea of committing to a personal peace process!
Julia Butterfly Hill in her segment of the symposium says, “we can not have peace on the earth unless we have peace with the earth.” David Tucker, Executive Director of the Pachamama Alliance adds that if we want to bring forth peace on or with the earth that we must start by creating peace within ourselves. Start by honouring ourselves as sacred, eachother as sacred, earth as sacred and all as one interconnected entity. Doing the personal transformation work will accelerate the process of tranforming our relationship to the planet and eachother, starting with ourselves is the most powerful step we can take.
Looking at our own unsustainable behaviours, our own contribution to injustice, our own anger, frustration and anxiety will move us from acting from fear and into coming from a place of love in our contribution to the world, our expression in the world. This is what i intend to focus on in the next 30 days and beyond.
Watch this space. I’ll be back online around Oct16 to update and post my reflections.
With great love, respect and gratitude, i bid you farewell for a full lunar cycle.