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Attending to the Whole

May 20, 2018

What a world we live in right now. So much beauty. So much suffering. So much change. Always. But the planet feels like a different place then just one year ago. As a whole, we are being forced to look at a lot of things right now and nowhere is this more apparent than looking at the state of the planet. Business as usual is no longer working, the earth is literally (to put it mildly) screaming, Capitalism is reaching its limits, as systems of oppression are unraveling. Not to mention Scott Pruitt. And the names who will not be named. 

Oh how to BE with it all!

What happens when what used to work no longer does? And the way forward isn’t clear, on a personal, local, political and global level? We are facing some major growing pains in how we relate. How we relate to the earth. How we relate to each other. How we relate to the earth's resources. How we relate to ourselves. No wonder people are running back to what they know, avoiding pain with distraction while business as usual seems to be speeding up, not slowing down. I see it in myself, I see it in others. Leaning into the unknown can be downright scary, especially when SO much is unknown.

I wish I had the answers to solve these complex problems. I want to know exactly what I need to do in order to make a difference but right now, I’m at a bit of a loss. So I’m challenging myself  to apply the work the Lovelies do in the studio to my own life, asking similar questions we ask ourselves when creating a dance: Where is my attention? What am I focusing on? What am I doing to support this piece? What does the piece need?

Each of us has the power to decide what tomorrow will look like. Imagine what would be possible if we clarified our own intentions in working towards a world we want to live in rather than just fight against what is?? We must start somewhere and our daily choices impact the whole. How we live our lives as individuals has a huge impact. Think of the power in that?? We each play a part in deciding what this piece, this future, this planet will look like yet this transition to a more sustainable future will require a collaboration and a coming together like never before. We can’t do it alone. As Margaret Mead said, “ Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” It will require strength, courage, endurance, with a willingness to lean in. What tomorrow will look like is up to us. My question is, what will you take on?

 

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