Well it's been a busy week my friends! The highlight certainly for me was attending the Bernie Sanders rally in Atlanta this Monday! Seeing a diverse crowd of people coming together for justice is always a thrill! In the system we are currently entrenched in and have been for way too long we seldom find someone with the people's interests in mind. With the world teetering on the brink of ecological and social disaster like never before we need strong souls who will be able to back up their words with honorable actions. The USA is a nation built on broken promises and many untruths. Sadly as we celebrate a day of feasting we must also remember the history of this day
Here is one account in my words and the source article:
In 1621 a truce between the Wanpanoag people and the Pilgrim Puritan settlers was celebrated with a three day harvest feast. The event was tense as the fugitives from England had come from a place of oppression themselves being not only the victims of religious persecution but themselves fanatics who were seeking to impose their ways on a people who they felt were unclean and unholy. These Pilgrims came to the new world bringing disease and destruction. One of the Wanpanoag, a baptized and Christian educated man named Squanto had a great love for a British explorer; John Weymouth. Their friendship had begun before The Pilgrims arrival in Plymouth and Squanto looked up to Weymouth like a father. Being convinced that these people were his friends by association he welcomed the Pilgrims and brought his tribe to engage in a land treaty with them. The Wananoag brought forth an abundance of food to these new people. They knew the land after all and all it could offer.
As many of you know this peace and sharing would be short lived.
So here in this age we must in all good consciousness ask ourselves "What are we celebrating?" Well to begin harvest festivals were we can be sure held on this land and many others long before any white man set foot on the shores of what was then Turtle Island or many other beautiful names. Thanksgiving should not be a day to be taken lightly. It should be a time of remembrance where we give thanks for those whose kindness extends without borders for without such welcome we would not be here. We must also remember the injustice of this day and pledge to end bigotry and greed. Let us come together as the first people did to share a feast of gratitude to our Mother the Earth and extend this sharing as much as possible with all in need. Let us teach our children that we are many tribes all within one great tribe. Let us remember the sacred hoop of life and our place within it.
Aho Mitakuye Oyasin
story source ~ "http://www.manataka.org/page269.html"
As the world finds itself once again torn by violence we also prepare to address our responsibility as a species.
The impact on our environment has reached devastating degrees!
We can not allow the power elite to destroy our resources and our lives!
The Earth is in pain and that pain is manifested in all that is around us.
We must answer this call to action with fierceness! We must be warriors for the planet in ways that honor all within the circle of life. We are all in this together!
We must relearn our relationships and weave a stronger web of connection so we may catch the lies that bring disease to this time.
I will be meditating on new ways to reach out for change. I suggest this is something we all do and use our minds, our hearts and our hands.
With suffering comes a rebirth
May that come soon!
Here in Athens GA we had been in the midst of an awful run of cloudy, soggy depressing weather for well over three weeks time. Today the sun popped out of grey skies and wow it was a lovely day!
Along with the sun came a nice upsurge of energy! It's amazing what we take for granted!
Still the winter will soon come and when the sun is gone what will we bring to make the days lighter?
Is there something that we have overlooked? Is it writing that novel or song? building that extension in the house? making holiday cards? signing up for that crazy course?
What is lying around. Look at the clutter and in forgotten corners.
Time to see what clues are there and bring the results out
Hello dears! I hope all of you who celebrate had a wonderful Samhain, Hallows Eve, Day Of The Dead call it what we may it is a time that we give our attentions to the ancestors and yet also as the veil thins between the worlds we herald it's opening by dressing up in costumes and enjoying sweets! Yes whether it's candy corn or sugar skulls this special time of reverence is also one of indulgence for us kiddies big and small.
So what's with all the face painting and goody baskets some might ask? Is this a distraction from the underlying more solemn theme of this time? It has indeed been said by some that such celebrations are a mockery of the true tradition. I tend to disagree.
Think about our tribal ancestors, costumed revels and rituals were often a part of their daily life or at least used quite often. Sweets were often offered to whatever deity was being asked to grant favor to the tribe. In some places though this is sadly becoming more and more scarce this still goes on. We as westerners in a work a day, disconnected world tend to forget this.
So here we are a modern culture who for one magic weekend give ourselves over to embodying the fantastic the wild spirits of shared mythologies, the masks and dances of the shaman! It doesn't matter if you're a candy raver, Goth royalty or the guy who works flipping burgers all week and usually wouldn't be caught dead looking anything other than 'normal'. The Pumpkin King sounds his horn and honey you are there wearing horns, wings, elf shoes...even your dog is in a dress! Beautiful isn't it?
Well I think so. I'm always sad to see it end. We need more play time, more fun, more ritual dances!
In life there are many masks. Why stick with the dull ones? Here's to more veils lifting and a more magical world!
Hi folks this is Anni
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