[Imc-bigmuddy] The Day After Yesterday
treesong at treesong.org
Wed Nov 3 10:32:33 PST 2004
Here's a blog entry [ http://treesong.org/weblog/ ] that I just wrote.
It discusses the election results and the continuing presence of hope
in our lives. These words are as much for me as they are for anyone
else, but I thought I'd share them with you in the hopes that you
might find them inspirational. Feel free to forward to anyone of a
like mind and heart.
Love and Healing,
Wednesday, November 03, 2004
"The Day After Yesterday"
So, it looks like Bush is going to be President for another four
years, eh? This news is enough to dishearten anyone who carries the
dream of a more loving, more free, more ecological future in their
heart. But if you stay disheartened for more than a moment, then maybe
you need to read <a
href="http://treesong.org/revolutionofone/">Revolution of One</a>
again. I know that I plan on doing so, because sometimes I need to
relearn those lessons myself!
The change that you dream of in this life starts and ends with you.
It's not about who wins or doesn't win a national election. It's about
the content of your heart, and the actions that you take to follow
Think of the dandelion, with its bitter roots and leaves that give
rise to such a bright and sunny flower. A dandelion seed may find
itself alone in the center of a Wal-Mart Super Center parking lot.
This little spot of ground is about as devoid of life and love and
hope as the surface of the Earth can get short of a nuclear holocaust.
And yet, does the dandelion even pause to examine its surroundings?
No. It lays down its roots, forming the first crack in that vast
expanse of blacktop and concrete. Before you know it, a tiny community
of "weeds" may be growing in the crack exposed by such pioneer species.
Also, think of the tree. When a newly sprouting sapling lays down its
first roots, would anyone guess what a majestic being is being born?
It looks so small, and it may be surrounded by a barren wasteland. But
trees are among the world's greatest gardeners. Simply by surviving, a
tree transforms its environment. It creates a microclimate around
itself that contributes to the flourishing of its companion species
and the creation of a whole new ecosystem. All of this potential for
revolutionary transformation is contained within a package that you
can hold in the palm of your hand.
So, if you're feeling depressed about the results of this election, I
have two pieces of advice.
First, take the time and effort to acknowledge and honor your feelings
of depression, frustration, rage, despair, and so on. When you choose
to live in your heart, these feelings often come with the territory.
Be gentle with yourself, and whatever you do, don't try to deny or
repress these very real feelings of sorrow in the presence of
Second, remember the lessons of the seeds -- the dandelion seeds, the
tree seeds, and beyond. Whole ecosystems may be destroyed, but as long
as a few good seeds survive, an entire world of potential is preserved
within their flesh.
Each of us who carries a revolutionary love in our heart is one of
those seeds. Nourish yourself -- protect your heart -- let your love
become manifest in your life. Soon enough, like the dandelions
overtaking the parking lot, or the trees clinging to bare rock, we
will create the world of our dreams together.
# posted by Treesong : 11:47 AM
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