Earth Day Dance

(April 22 2007)
Last night’s dancing was in honor of Gaia — I built a centerpiece with Gaia, animals, plants, mosses, rocks, crystals, sea shells, and artificial flowers. People commented on how rich it was. We did “Healing Waters” and there were enough people so when you were backing out, you were solidly caught.  It felt good. We did Gaia and Blessings of the Animals, Earth Love, Breathing, and finished with Standing Stones.  At the break, I read them snippets of Paul Hawken’s article in the new Ode.

As a result of that article I got his book, Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement In the World Came Into Being and Why No One Saw it Coming

Somebody sent a link to a YouTube video of Paul Hawken’s talk at the bioneers conference.  He’s talking about the “biggest movement in the world and how no one saw it coming.” “It is non-violent, grassroots, it has no central ideology, a male vertebrate is not in charge…  No one started it, no one is in charge of it, there is no orthodoxy. It is classless, global, unquenchable, tireless…    Shared understanding arising spontaneously.  There is no center, no one spokesperson.  This is where salvation will be found …  in diversity.”

I’ve watched it at least 10 times, I go there for a hit of hope when I’m feeling really down. Someone asked him if he was an optimist or a pessimist.  He said when he looks at the data, he’s a pessimist, when he looks at the people, he’s an optimist.

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