I just participated in an animated discussion led by Michael Meade, author and mythologist, with drumming and storytelling, silence and audience interaction. He told a Native American Myth about a woman in a cave, weaving with porcupine quills and her black dog who unravels the years and years of work she had done to create the fabric of the world. She had worked her teeth to a nub, chewing the toxic quills and now had to start over again. But she started immediately again, imagining a more beautiful woven world.
The lesson being that there is no beginning and no end, just rebirth, constantly. So there is a real reason to continue to see the world as it is, in all its "chaosmology", and work to better it, because there is no such thing as "the end of the world". We are in difficult period now: our culture is not even kind, much less compassionate. I see this in the way we treat our Mother Earth and our mothers and babies, particularly at the moment of our most powerful act, birthing. It is hard to see and face and name. It is dark and grievous. But, we must start immediately again, imagining a more beautiful world, as the woman did in the cave.
We cannot separate what happens to the earth, from what happens to us and to our children and grandchildren, unending, holding all of us as one and we are it. This is important work, but Michael Meade reminds us to laugh, enjoy, joke. Stories and myths are fun and profound. They can help us to continue to hope for good change, to work for good change. We can live in the chaos, knowing that life will be rewoven, differently from what we have worked on for years, wearing our bodies out, but using our creative imaginations to continue with beauty and love.
I am looking forward to reading Michael Meade's book, Fate and Destiny- The Two Agreements of the Soul. I particularly appreciate his dedication, handwritten to me- much peace and many blessings...And may we all have the same.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Very useful links recommended by EcoBirth
- Breast Cancer Fund
- Center for Environmental Health
- Childbirth Connection
- Children's Environmental Health Network
- Coalition for Improving Maternity Services
- Collaborative on Health and the Environment
- Endocrine Disruption
- Environmental Working Group
- Healthy Child Healthy World
- Pesticide Action Network
- Physicians for Social Responsibility
- Safe Cosmetics Campaign
- Science and Environmental Health Network
- Steingraber website
- Washington Toxics Coalition
- Womens Voices for the Earth
Before Childhood links- for a healthy body, pregnancy and baby
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