We are amidst the “Great Turning” says Joanna Macy, from an industrial growth society, to a life-sustaining society. To get there, we must deeply feel our emotions, and gather in community – for sacred ritual and celebration. This involves both deep gratitude for this magical life, and deep pain for the travesties occurring each moment. From that place of community witnessing of authentic feelings, we can more clearly see our great potential, and thus go forth into our soul’s calling. This is the spiral of The Work That Reconnects – Gratitude, Honoring Our Pain for the World, Seeing with New Eyes, and Going Forth.
After decades of teachings, Joanna Macy will be hosting one of her final 10 day long intensives in mid-June, at a sanctuary and ecovillage deep in the forests of Mendocino County. This gathering will blend small group practices with solo wandering, and is essentially an elongated ritual that offers beauty to the wounded world. And so on June 17th, our group will interweave a collective action in the spirit of Radical Joy for Hard Times, by honoring a wounded place on the land where our workshop will be held. We will share the indigenous ecological and cultural history of that sacred ground, while sitting beneath the shell of an old-growth redwood, mourning the clear-cuts of recent myopia, and thus pledge our collective courage in joyful action for Mother Earth.
Blessed be our Radical Joy, that shall be the Work That Reconnects us all, in these Hard Times. 🙂