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- Skim the pictures (images by Michelle Fleur) to the bottom for the video of Nina Simone , the SECRET treat, and news of the story tour.
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On Bursting Hearts
I was in a fender bender the other day.
But the whiplash shook me up, took my nervous system offline for a couple of days, and left me feeling vulnerable to the world.
The timing was auspicious...
I was quite literally on my way into services for the Jewish New Year.
Apparently I was in cahoots with the universe for realignment.
I didn't know I was in shock.
Or that my back was injurred.
But during services, the following words popped off the page:
“If you want to heal the world, you must feel the world.”
It made me think of a workshop I taught last year on the creative process and developing a new creation myth about the times we are living in.
One of the women in the class felt the grief of abused animals to such a degree that it seemed to over take her.
I remember being grateful I didn’t have to feel that much.
Fast forward to a few hours after my accident when the adrenalin and shock wore off...when my normal protection to the world was knocked out of my system.
It was in that moment… that I witnessed another accident on the road.
I drove by just a moments after the animal was hit by a car...
I saw the surprise and confusion on its face,
and how it's companion lingered, circling it in the middle of the road,
and before I knew what had happened I was uncontrollably sobbing.
In one breath I was sobbing about this one innocent creature.
In the next breath I was feeling what I have never wanted to feel:
the misery and despair that comes with feeling how much destruction and pain humans have caused to other animals.
Now for those of you who know me, while I have a flair for the dramatic, I also have the trained wilderness first responder in me; when I come across a crisis, I keep me head on, go into the mode problem solving and crisis management—and deal with feelings later.
So this response…was a bit of a shocker.
Afterall, I’ve been working on issues of the 6th mass extinction for the past decade, and look up animals on the endangered species list on a daily basis.
But if I actually felt the depth of what I’ve been working on all of the time,
I wouldn’t get out of bed.
I’m really grateful I usually have access to the dial that controls the volume of how much I feel so that I'm not feeling all of that all of the time. You with me?
Now back to that line in the Rosh Hashanah services book, In order to heal the world you need to feel the world… well lets just say I have a new understanding of what that means now.
Last night I went to the Ceteacan Society’s presentation about the state of sharks in the ocean.
I wanted to walk out, wondering how I could possibly continue to face this information.
And then I realized I can face this…Because I am part of a collective that is doing something with the information.
And that’s what fuels me to get out of bed every morning.
C'mon over and hang out at The Whale Dreamer Society.
No stats, just a mythical story that takes on the state of the world while asking: who owns the dream of our future?
I'll write more about that next time. But if you made it all the way here and just can't wait: I just launched or Ocean Engagement Pathway page where we reveal our plan to interrupt the purchasing patterns of restaurant owners.
Speaking of plastic... Bordalo II has created a series of bisected animals, colorful plastics forming one half of the creature while a combination of wood and metal created a muted mirror on the other side.
All that talk of feeling. You can't go wrong with Nina Simone Feelin' Good.
As my friend Jesse says...Feast on this. (You'll thank me (and Jesse) later.