Recent Gatherings

RELINQUISHMENT: WHAT ARE WE PREPARED TO GIVE UP NOW?

A Commitment To Give Up:

Apathy.

Greed.

Not Speaking Out

Self Interest, Putting Me and Mine First.

Blame.

Labeling and Not Listening Enough to Others and to Within.

Judging Self and Others.

Distractions and Overcomittment to the Ten Thousand Things

In the End Want to Give Up Attachment to Everything and to be Happy with What Is There.

Give Up Ingnorance About the Near Future and the Long Term Future. So I will Inform Myself,

Listen to Podcasts , Read Relevant Books and Papers and Connect with Kindred Spirits.

Give up my Fear of Loss – of Identy, My Creature Comforts ( Well I’ll May Need  a 12 Step Detox Program for This)

Give up My Fear of the Future, for My Family and Loved Ones, to Spend More Time with Them.

Wasting Water

Wasting One Scrap Of Food

Stop Buying Imported Food, Including Chocolate.

Give Up Milk

Buying Bottled Water

Buying Cheap, Unsustainable clothing, Produced Unethically.

Not to Buy Anything New Unless Absolutely No Other Choice.

(To Upcycle, Mend and Repair, Beg or Borrow and Lend.)

Buying Household Cleaning Products ( to Make them Instead)

Stop Flying.

Stop Shopping in Supermarkets.

Stop Heating the Whole House.

Stop Using Diesel

Reduce  Car Use, (Walk More and Cycle)

Refuse Single Use Plastics/ all Plastic.

Stop Automatically Putting On the Radio.

Commitment To Set Aside a Good Sum of Money to Help the Enviroment.

 

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RESTORATION: WHAT WE HAVE LOST THAT COULD BRING BACK TO HELP?

Truth.

Simplicity.

Respect for the Earth and for All People.

Care for and Protecting Local Springs, Wells and Rivers, Forest, Wetlands, Hedgerows.

Knowing Our Neighbours- Our Streets – Who Is Vulnerable- Who Has Skills – Mapping Our Community.

Celebrating Local Growers. Strenghthening Our Local Food System. Shopping at the Market and

Supporting Local Producers. Not letting Any Food Go To Waste.

More Street Parties! Storytelling and Singing.

Taking the Children to the Woods to Play.

Making Sure Children Get Time Away From Screens.

Fairness and More Financial Equality. Accepting Lower Profits.

More Allotments and Veg/Hemp Growing. More People Growing Their Own Food, Keeping Chickens and the Like.

Planting Flowers For All Insects. Feeding Birds In Winter.

Healthier Lifestyles and Enviroments.

A Sence of Community. Creating Resilient Community. Support of Others Day-to- Day and Longterm.

Embodied Connection. Non- Judgemental Communication.

Public Transport Infrastructure. Traffic Free Zones. Safer Roads For Cyclists and Walkers.

My Childhood Way Of Seeing. A Sense Of Wonder.

Play and Joy In Nature. Letting Our Hearts Soar With Buzzards and Sing With Blackbirds.

Meeting the Gaze Of Others. Taking the Risk Of Speaking to Someone Who Looks Sad.

Taking  Time to Say Hello and Being Willing to Engage and to Welcome a Stranger.

Courtesy, Generocity, Curiosity, Hospitality.

Not To Be Afraid Of Looking Foolish.

Taking Time to Care, to Listen, to Share a Cup of Tea With a Neighbour, To Be Spontaneous,

To Speak Our Truth To Those In Power.

To Observe Changes In The World Around Us.

Time To Listen and Play: Scavenger Hunt, For Myths and Legends and Poems .To Go Looking For

Mushrooms. To Play Chinese Whispers.  Time For Shared Suppers, Talking Over the Garden Fence,

Playing Board Games, Going on Bug/Butterfly Hunts.

Time to Impart Much Needed Skills: Handcrafts, Making Own Clothes, Repair, Maintenance, Upcycling,

Gardening etc.

To Be Able To Name All the Animals, Birds, Trees, Wildflowers  and  Insects That Live Locally.

A Quieter More Gentle Pace of Life.

Bring Back the Lunch Hour, With Time to Eat, to Muse, to Dream.

Re- enstate One Day a Week When Everthing Is Closed and No One Works So That You Will Need To Go

Borrow Tea From Your Neighbour.

Listening To Live Music,

Reading Aloud To One Another,

Talking and Listening To Children. Pushchairs where the Child Is Facing the One Pushing.

Listening – Conversations. Writing and Sharing Poetry.

Learning To Play a Musical Instrument.

Cooking, Eating Together, Sitting Down Together As a Family or Household.

Hanging the Washing Out to Dry.

The Luxury of Doing Nothing- Just Being- Present With What Is.

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DEEPEST FEARS: IN THE FACE OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND SOCIAL COLLAPSE

Loss Of The Earth

Fear the End of Sustainable Life. Worsening Pollution, Destruction of All of this Natural and Human World,

Desecration of Nature. Loss and Extinction of Species, Loss of Birdsong and Insect Hum.

Fear Collapse and Savagery, Brutality, Violence, Violent Dislocation and Rampant Fear Based Selfishness.

Fear Starvation. Chaos, Panic Breaking Out, Incapacitation, Death.

Fear the Strongest, Overlooking or Destroying the Weakest. Polarization and Violent Divisiveness.

Fear Aloneness. Exclusion, the Cries of the Excluded,

Fear Humanities Worst Values Ruling. For Inequality, Hate and Greed to Take Over. Harshness.

Violence of the Mob, Criminality Gone Mad.

Fear That I Too Will Behave Badly.

Fear for the Suffering of My Family, My Children, and Grandchildren and Yours.

Fear for the Pain and Suffering of Future Generations.

Fear that Family, Friends, Everyone Looses all Hope

Fear Being too Old to be of any Real Help and of Falling into Despair.

Fear Spiralling Downwards into all Pervasive Pain.

Fear Loosing the Will to Live.

Regret and Anger for All that we have Lost and Being Blamed

Loss of Compassion,

Loss of Kindness and Respect for One Another.

Loss of Forgiveness

Loss of Awareness

Loss and Extinction of Species..

Loss of Connection, Loss Of Connection with Like Minds and Souls and Hearts

Loss of Love

Loss of Faith

Fear Machines, Technolgy taking over.

 

 

 

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RESILIENCE: WHAT IS IT THAT WE MOST VALUE AND WANT TO KEEP?

Do Not Want To Lose:

The Earth.

The love in Our  Hearts, The Divine in Us, Our Souls, Our Children, Our Grandchildren.

Our Connection with each Other, the Natural World, All Nature, the Oceans, the Trees, the Animals,

Birdsong, Sunsets and Sunrise.

Civilisation,  a Deep Sense of Community, Connection & Support, Cohesion, Peace and Trust between People,

Generosity Of Spirit, Humanity.

Connection to Love, to People Through the Hearts and the Human Qualities of Compassion, Sharing and Caring for Each Other, Kindness, Appreciaton, Empathy, Gratitude, Joy, Laughter.

Inspiration, Creativity, Inventiveness, Curiosity,

We Need:

To Love

To Love and Protect the Enviroment, Mature Trees, Animals, Birds, the Oceans

The Restoration of Nature and the More Than Human World

To Encourage the Next Generation to Trust Their Heart-Song

A Sense of Service, of Creative Partnership.

To Risk Dangerous Conversations.

To Offer Our Wisdom, Experience, Love and Support and To Care for Each Other.

Practice Reciprocity, Appreciation and Gratitude.

Prayer and Silent Witness to the Changing World.

A Capacity for Contentedness in the Midst of Change.

Honouring and Respect for Our Ancestors and Wider Family.

To Care about Celebration, Ritual, Singing, Sharing and a Sense of Belonging.

Connection with the Sacred and with the Wheel of the Year.

To Know that we Each have Gifts and Rescources,

To be Good Companions, Who Inspire and Challenge Each Other towards Creative Ideas

To Believe that We Can Make a difference.

To be Practical and Deside what is Feasible

True Resilience,  a Dynamic Response from a Place of Deep Listening

To Care for the Soul

 

 

 

 

 

 

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100 UK Women Of Spirit To Celebrate

After attending a day held to celebrate these 100 women a friend wrote:

I think you may find this link very inspiring .
I was delighted to be there on the day due to one of the ladies I’d nominated actually
being one of the 100 women awarded, although Tensin Palmo herself was not able to be present on the day.
It truly was an inspirational day and raises the heart for our futures.

All 100 women, have worked in their own unique ways to touch life and lives with their souls’ hearts.
Their spiritual connection with themselves and others has gifted the world in so many different ways:

From a young 28 year old, second generation Indian girl, who joined the police force and refused
to attack  protestors and opened up dialogue on the front line and now the Met police are
helping her to extend this work. To a really sassy media lady who doesn’t tell the same old stuff,
a female judge who listens with her heart and chooses forgiveness, an MP , a poet  …….
so so many .
And they all keep on doing what they do and it really permeates out.
Just being given the opportunity to see and feel this was/is a wonderful reminder
of how each and everyone of us at each and every moment can make a difference ……
Our ‘gift’and the feminine ‘gift’ is this gentle yet constant out-flowing that eventually forms…..

There will be a list of all those 100 women –
currently it’s been worked on so that each and everyone’s ‘work’ can be accessed via links etc……

How We Found 100 Women Of Spirit:  link

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The New Is Already Being Born

In the midst of resignation and despair
The new is already being born
But if you look for it, you will not see it
It is invisible, hidden
Yet there none the less
The new already in formation
Inevitably so.This is the way it is
The promise of renewal already given
Given
Done
The blood on our hands washed away.

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Three Species Lost Every Hour!


Everything has death in it.
So many deaths in one lifetime
Death of cells, death of notions , of past loves , of youthful fancies and delusions
Out of all this death something grows.. eternal
A seeded moment
Inspiration ignites
A chance
A happenstance
A catalyst.

One drop of moisture  and the apparently inert, dormant dry desiccated life bursts open!

Hard and fast
Hard and true
A hard nut to crack
But crack it does
Yielding to the inevitable
Destiny we say
DNA
Dazzling New Arrival

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Slip

I seek the door of enchantment
To slip through the slit in a daisy stem
And come out into sunlight,
To pass through the green door
And be lit up again
By the enchanting breath of ferns
The neat-toed leap of a deer
And to know again that this light –
The light that makes the moss
on the beech roots ignite
Into soft-shaped emeralds – is reality
Not the scorned territory of childhood
And that I am right to seek it
Though I never know where or how the transparency
Between the two worlds opens.
I can only search the waysides
Until one foot slides into a rabbit hole
And I find myself face to face
with the coral eye  of the pimpernel.
Such meetings are small epiphanies that pop up
And open as flowers do each day,
Million upon million breaking
Their sealed lips for the first time
To let us in.

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The Unlived Unregarded Life

Consider the doors that remain unopend……

Silting though all the impressions of your life,
What about all those moments that mind and memory filters out?
Something notices, something chooses.
What now lies hiden?  sent to live the shadows, in the liminal,
Along with all that’s lost:
Like the creative idea never realised, an impulse to action never followed through,
Or the dream that isn’t remembered on waking,  opportunities are missed.
There have been choices made, that changed the course of the whole river
But what about the other streams we rowed right on past headless?

Will you look at me, take a good look at me and tell me what it is,
That you think that I am?

The words unsaid, the spaces between words, the difference between the word
That lies trapped between pages to those given voice.
The pregnant silences that remain undigested.
All the eggs that are reabsorbed back to into the womb of our comfortable notions.
The road less travelled, but this is the road not travelled at all!
No animal walks here, even the wind’s deflected past, the new season fails and
The soil lies bitter.
Like an archway standing in a field that cries out ‘ enter’,
But what happens now the arch has crumbled leaving only a bleak vista without
Any imaginings?
A doorway into this walled garden used to stand open,
Now even the wall is gone and the garden too.
Can you even hear the suffing as this tide turns?
Listen even the sea is holding its breath!
And who notices as night and day hang suspended?
And who watches for the boats return, the trail of salmon,
The flight of birds returning?
As we walk tracks of loneliness,
Sheep wandering in the hills.

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Wind Searches The Mountain

The soul searches the skin
Water searches the rocks
For the places worn thin
Where one gives and lets
The one into the other.
Under the great Twmpa the mountain God
Hunched, Atlas upholding rock on that muscled back
But one day he will break through – his hair
Will blow with autumn bracken
He’ll know the piercing hymn of kites
And how the sun warms
And then covers her face with darkness and starts.
When under the great mountain
The great mountain God stirs –
The flood of light concealed in matter released –
His back will turn to rippling gold
And each dark mountain thing – stone, earth –
Will surprises us with light
Where we saw only blackness.
Above the Twmpa the sun
Spawns tiny dragons, thousands of ragged mouths
Quivering as they rush and rattle
Through the universe flashing
Red-yellow tongues, eyes bugled to bursting
In the heat of release
Burning on the path to extinction
Feathering the trees, the mountain
Our upturned faces with warmth
Melting our masks, our pasts
Until no lines remain
No wall no skin
Until all lets go of all
And we are free
To run and lie in the shallow scrapes
In the fields with the hares
And are gathered up again
In her white arms, our pelts and hearts
Throbbing under her hand.

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