Years ago my yoga teacher and friend once said that she was watching a big group of salmon struggling to get upstream past a large bank of mud. It seemed that many would die. She asked them in that moment why they were struggling so when they would inevitably meet death. Why not give up? She said the answer came back that their will to live was strong. That they could not give up.
Tripura has passed now. Not so long ago of pancreatic cancer. May she fill the universe with light.
We homo sapiens sapiens seem to have a greatness that can breach the chasm of the cosmos. Indeed, often, our brightness gulfs the shoal of time.
Not so much. Or, can we go back to our hippy roots and be here now? The choice is getting harder. I am seeing way too many people melting down.
A few days ago a friend was helping me screw my car carrier back on. The screw fell out and he could not get it back in. I silently said to myself, oh, universe just let that screw find its hole. A few seconds later he shouted, “I’ve got it.”
Is the universe tapping me on the shoulder? Me, who sees things through science-based eyes?
Maybe yes. I have taken it as a sign. I am embracing my hippy roots and I will visualize the future I want, in spite of the endless unraveling of everything I love, and I do mean everything (women’s rights, the right to choose, equity for all, the entire ecosystem of the planet). Everything I have worked for over the last fifty some-odd years. Gone in a flash. (Yes, there’s a lot to melt down about.)
Do I think we can meditate away the orange
green meanies? No. Uh-uh. No way. On the other hand, remember the 60s, the 70s. Like far out, man. So, where is our cosmic collective consciousness now?
All I know is that we ain’t gonna get anywhere by freaking out. So why not, (not just stay positive and love the one you’re with - yes to that), affirm that we will win, that the planet can survive, that people can endure and thrive. Affirm that we will find a way out. Yes, I know that it’s one party, the oligarchy über alles, and maybe the
DemsDumbshits don’t care any more than the Repugs if women fall back into the dark ages with one chain to the kitchen and one chain to the bed. And yes, I know the ice is melting and catapulting into the sea. And yes, the web of life that makes this Earth what it is, is being raped, pillaged and plundered.
Affirm we must, because why not. It can’t hurt and it might help.
I affirm that this world will not be driven into oblivion by climate chaos, that the poor will not be forgotten, be pushed to the brink, that Blacks and Browns will find real equality. Just for starters.
And I will continue to work for the causes I believe in because I am just pissed off enough to not give up.
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