Today is the day I decided to do something,
and I’m inviting you to join me.
This morning I watched yet another video about harm being done to the peaceful protesters at Standing Rock. Everyday we are exposed to the painful things taking place around the world. Videos of blood covered children gassed in Syria asking if they are going to die, dead bodies lying on the earth, protestors shot at with rubber bullets and pepper spray, rivers polluted with toxic waste, polar bears swimming in an iceless sea, on and on it goes.
Sometimes I feel like I can’t bear what is happening on our beautiful planet and I feel utterly helpless to do anything. But I don’t really believe that, I believe there is hope and that together we are strong, together we can face the seemingly impossible task ahead.
As I sat crying listening to this stranger living in the belly of the beast, the USA, my heart went out to him, to all of them. The Industrial Growth model of economics is a monster which has wreaked havoc on our planet. It’s days are numbered.
To me the people protesting at Standing Rock represent this struggle to end the corporate take-over of Mother Nature, the wanton destruction that thinks nothing of the future only of what it can have now. These Indigenous people are still connected to the earth whereas many of us have lost that. We have become so separated from what she gives us that we can partake in the destruction without even realising what we are doing.
Write a letter of support to the people at Standing Rock by sending me an email here.
The Indigenous People of the earth understand something we have lost, they can show us the way, teach us and help us relearn a reverence for this incredible place we all live.
This morning I remembered an exercise I did many years ago at a Work That Reconnects workshop with an amazing woman called Joanna Macy. It was called The Seventh Generation, a profound and moving experience I will never forget. If you wish to experience this for yourself I have recorded a video which you can follow. It’s not the same as doing it in a group but I hope a powerful practice nonetheless.
I clearly remember answering the last question by saying:
“We had to band together to support each other, to encourage and inspire ourselves to continue especially when the going was tough, when it seemed like an impossible task doomed to failure, we helped each other to keep going.”
So I am going to write a letter of support to the people on the ground at Standing Rock, to tell them how much I understand and appreciate what they are doing on my behalf, on behalf of all of life on earth. I am going to let them know that there is someone out there who is rooting for them, believes in what they are doing and supports them.
I invite you to join me in this venture, to please not turn away from the pain again, not to bury your head in the sand or stay in the helpless, hopeless place, but to take action, to take the time to write a letter too.
Out of our day what will it take, 5 or 10 mins, but it might be that small amount of time you donate is enough to encourage someone who is down, who is loosing hope, who feels defeated and like giving up?
Think about how you have felt uplifted in life by someone encouraging you and believing in you, now you can do that for someone else.
So to make it really easy I am willing to collect your letters and then to make sure they reach the people in the camp. All you need to do is email me your letter, using A Letter of Support as the subject and I will do the rest. You can contact me here.
send an email to : firstname.lastname@example.org
You could write in person to:
Standing With Standing Rock
P.O. Box D
#1 N. Standing Rock Avenue
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”