The old Lakota was wise. He knew that Man's heart away from Nature becomes hard. (Standing Bear)
This Heat wave is intense, I hope you all are taking care of yourselves. I never experienced such heat before. I got heat stroke last week, it was mild but a first for me. It made me more aware of how our bodies have to deal with the changes in weather, and as we get older, the body doesn't adapt as easily as it used to do.
I heard on the news that this extreme weather is going to continue and may even get worse. There is no rain in sight. When it does rain, it will be brief and intense. This is just the beginning of the effects of climate change. It is not going to be fun. We are fortunate to have fans, air conditioning and modern technology to keep us cool. Ironically it is technology that helped contribute to this situation in the first place, although it is also part of a natural cycle.
Change is the only constant, and we must adapt. I often wonder what it would be like if the first Europeans came to Turtle Island to learn and integrate into the culture instead of conquering. I am reminded of the Star Trek series in which "the Prime Directive is a guiding principle of the United Federation of Planets prohibiting the protagonists from interfering with the internal development of alien civilizations."
If the White man had come to this continent to adapt, not to interfere, we would not be hurting Mother Earth, we would have found earth friendly ways to live by following the Indigenous Peoples of this land. Every time I do something that goes against nature or hurts Mother, I say a prayer, "Please help us find a better way to live in harmony with all life everywhere". I also try to offer tobacco to the earth when in gratitude for something I lived or received. By giving back, I am connecting with her and making a Circle.
Circular thinking is all about connecting to all life around us, seeing the bigger picture, accepting other perspectives, being aware of how we affect others and looking at the long term consequences.
We need the Indigenous wisdom to help us survive, whether it is about how to live in sacredness and balance with all creation, or maybe in the future we might need to know how to live off the land again, but this time it won't be so abundant, it will and is depleted, barren, abused and used up. No wonder all the movies about the future look so grim. I would love to see a futuristic movie that presents a positive, healthy world. I find it discouraging and wonder how much these images that create the worst case scenario are a self-fulfilling prophecy. And what are the psychological effects on us all?
If we would all visualize a good outcome and take realistic steps towards it, we could avoid the worst. Unfortunately, it is the ones in power that need to take the big steps. But we can make a difference as individuals. Signing petitions for protecting the environment and animals is a good way to go. Find small ways for your soul to express its concern and love for Mother Earth. In the end, its you that will benefit, no matter how things go.
I love connecting with nature, feeling the spirit in the wind, the songs of the birds, the swaying of the trees.... We are so blessed here in Ottawas to have so much nature around us.
I hope you all get out and connect with the Spirits of the land and enjoy the summer. Be safe and protect yourself from the extreme heat.
Things could be worse, we could be trapped in a cave in Thailand with the monsoon rains coming in, like those young soccer boys and their teacher. I lit a candle, am praying for a good outcome. It puts my life in perspective and reminds me how blessed I am in so many ways.