December 2016 | STANDING ROCK AND OUR POWER

The Lakota Nation and others gathered at Standing Rock offer us so many great examples: prayerfulness that includes the “other”; peaceful actions; courage coupled with complete determination to stay true to our greater being. Naturally, our hearts go out to support them in multiple ways.

Yet this Great Being, our Mother, needs our love on a daily basis wherever we live and work. Our small acts of loving awareness nourish her and make us Earth Protectors, too.

Responding to November’s Newsletter, Bonny Brooks from Northern California, wrote:

“I loved reading Mary’s sweet story (see below.) Since I am so fortunate to live in a place surrounded by beautiful plants and animals (especially birds), I often find myself unexpectedly spotting a hawk perched on the limb of a tree and usually can’t take my gaze away until he/she jumps off into flight. That is just one example of nature’s stories that I happen upon and always feel the moment take me, which I am so grateful for.
I love the recurring theme in Mary’s story of vulnerability and how she ends with the statement that we are all tiny creatures. Right now with energy swirling around us like a tornado, it helps to connect with our vulnerability and “smallness,” both of which help to keep us humble, open, and loving.”

Lynda Morrissey, in the UK, FaceBooked:

“I am so glad and grateful to be alive on the Earth at this time! In addition to continue to allow space to attend to the feelings of sadness, grief and concern, that the American election result invokes in me, this morning it has also instilled a fire in my belly! A conviction to continue to deepen my spiritual practice, to practice more loving kindness, to work to integrate my own shadows, to increase the compassion and forgiveness in my own heart. And really, to make a stand for what is beautiful, sacred and true. I have never felt so needed to be here, for Love, as I do this morning, we are all so needed. Let us use our energy to be here for Love, to take compassionate action in our daily lives to protect, support and care for the Earth, each other and future generations.”