Tuesday, January 18, 2011

There is no beginning and no end- it is all one- and we are it

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.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Environmental Health Expert Offers Advice on How to Reduce Exposure to Toxins - UCSF Today

Environmental Health Expert Offers Advice on How to Reduce Exposure to Toxins - UCSF Today

UCSF study identifies chemicals in pregnant women - UCSF News Office

Such an important study that shows environmental toxins in our vulnerable babies, while they are forming. This is not right or just. We want to make the lifestyle choices to mitigate these hazards,but we also need to start protecting our ecosystem from the release of the synthetic chemicals we are creating for profit. Global and societal change needs to be supported on a systemic level, so the involuntary affects from just breathing our air or drinking our water or eating our food, can be safe and healthy, not poisonous.
There is a good video and short article on steps you can take to avoid environmental toxins in your everyday life. Thank you Tracey for doing the work and making us more aware of how we can live in our real world with consciousness and diligence.

Declaration of Interdependence for EcoBirth

30 minute full presentation of My Personal Environmental Story

Interview about Women's Congress for Future Generations