Category Archives: Challenging times

And the people began to think differently… and the Earth began to heal

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Wow, we have another week under our belt and we’re surviving!

Like all of you, I am working from home and am navigating new ways of connecting that have never played a big part of my teaching practice. I’ve recognised that for me, learning and teaching has always relied on having the opportunity to come together face to face with my students. We would normally be face to face at Monash having clarifying conversations each time we meet. No COVID-19, no social distancing and no technical difficulties! And yet here we ALL are, trying to make sense of new ways of understanding the world from a physical distance. It’s all very disorienting and sometimes anxiety inducing as we find our way through the uncharted waters we are all travelling.

Isn’t it amazing to consider that ALL of us – all 7 billion+ – are navigating these waters together? What an extraordinary connection we have, even while physically distanced.

My hope is that when the mists lift we will continue to hold these connections. In the meantime, consider Kitty O’Meara’s words

And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.

And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.

And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.

Kitty O’Meara 🌻

 

My thoughts go out to all those impacted by the current times – I hold you in my heart 

‘Distress has seized me’

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I stand in solidarity with my Muslim brothers and sisters, and reflect on how I can hold hope and courage to enact these heartfelt words at this time…

‘the best criticism of the bad is the practice of the better’

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My love and blessings to all…

It’s been a while …

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As for everyone I know, 2015 has personally been a period of intense growth and challenge.

The year’s passage has seen me blessed with rich opportunities to develop and extend myself personally and professionally, surrounded by incredible people who have come into my life to facilitate and support this process.

I have had my ‘shoulder to the wheel’ for a great part of the year as I negotiated entry into teaching at Monash University; new projects at my beloved Sandybeach Centre; greater participation in my professional networks across the globe, and attending to my too often ignored PhD research and writing.

I can say with gratitude that I have survived, and am now blessed to be back at Tootgarook on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula for a time of regeneration.

In the company of my precious family and friends I get to breathe again … to inhale the beauty of this time and place, and to reflect on a way forward that honours and builds on all that has come before. I get to imagine and set into place the enactment of each day’s learning that urges me to live more authentically, to connect more deeply with my world … to live each moment in love.

At this sacred time of year across so many cultures, I have this morning became aware of Disturbed’s haunting cover version of Simon and Garfunkle’s ‘Sounds of Silence’. It resonates deeply with the silent space of solitude in which I currently rest, as I await the collaborative, joyful celebration of the love of my family and friends.

I am reminded however, that our family have infinite choices about how and where we spend our time together, how we celebrate our love for and commitment to each other.

This is not the reality for too many of our global family. Too many live in unimaginable deprivation of freedom. Too many struggle to survive emotionally and financially each day. Through no fault of their own, too many are being unlawfully detained and are being denied their basic human rights.

So as I give thanks for the love, joy and abundance of my own life, I reflect on the words of Martin Luther King Jnr as they intersect with this haunting song. As I celebrate the gift of love and life with my family and friends, I consider the gift of people like Martin Luther who had the courage to speak up and speak out in the deafening silence … and consider how I might find that courage in myself.

My love to you and yours as you celebrate.

 

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

Martin Luther King Jnr.