3/31/2020 24 Comments
A Defining Moment
Friends and relatives,
As I sit here in my quiet Ozark Mountain forest home, looking out the window at the budding trees, fluttering birds, blue sky and sunshine, the harsh reality of the global pandemic we are in the midst of seems far away. From my earliest years I have felt most content in the solitude of the natural world. The pines whisper their secrets as the winds blow softly upon them, and I am grounded and connected to their silent strength. In all my conversations about this pandemic with my Oglala relatives there is a common theme: what feels like a disruptive ‘new normal’ for so many is not disruptive or new for us at all. We don’t need to learn to be still, because we always have been. We don’t need to learn to make do with less, because we always have. And the quiet doesn’t make us stir crazy because we have always welcomed the silence. The slowness of life and absence of possession obsession in Native communities naturally lends itself to a world in which there is time and space for the things that really matter. So much of humanity has lost touch with that, and now it is making us sick.
The relentless pace of the modern world has created a performance driven society that leaves little room if any for quiet self contemplation. People have been moving so fast for so long that they have lost touch with who they are at the center of themselves. And being forced to stop can feel very foreign and uncomfortable. But this is a chance for a shift, a moment in which self reflection is finally given the space it has been denied. The speed at which modern life moves has caused too many to be like a rock skipping across the surface of the sacred waters, never knowing the deep mysteries that exist beneath. But now the skipping has stopped, and the rock can no longer just skim the surface. This is the time to seek the depth of what lies within. To turn our ear to those whispers that are only heard in the silence. And to sink away from the shallow, and into what is real. My friends, this pandemic will have its day, and it will pass. It is not forever. But in this defining moment we have a chance for a great transformative shift. We have a chance to find ourselves again, to reconnect with our Mother Earth, and to finally begin to reestablish our relationship with the natural world we all belong to. Maybe this time can be a reset for human beings. Maybe on the other side of this, we will find we have adjusted our breakneck pace to give ourselves more time to connect, more time to listen, more time to share, and more time to live a life of depth. May we emerge from this global crisis with our eyes wide open, that we may once again see clearly what is truly of value, and what is not. I pray for you all my friends. Be well and safe. And take this time to tune into the small voice that whispers within us all, and draws us back to that sacred place of connection, grounding and peace.
3/31/2020 04:09:04 pm
Beautiful. Love and blessings always.💜
4/1/2020 04:27:47 pm
Beautiful just ppl need to pray for our country's + never forget ones that are on there cancer journey. And yes our Youth + elders. Yes I love praying outside. Blessings to you.
4/1/2020 11:12:14 pm
I fully agree with you ,I too like the silence... I don't much to be happy ,or people...
4/2/2020 08:41:39 am
EMENV. Your words speak the truth with so much Love💓
4/3/2020 03:44:11 pm
3/31/2020 04:10:51 pm
What a beautiful sentiment. Thank you for sharing it with us, John.
3/31/2020 04:20:26 pm
I connect with so much of what you shared ,Blessings.
3/31/2020 04:33:02 pm
Well said, John. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and words.
3/31/2020 04:51:01 pm
John, thank you for your profound thoughts.
3/31/2020 06:18:12 pm
The Harmony of Life has been disrupted and created a rift between tight knit family and friends. Sending prayers for strength and Healing for the World ❣️ ☮️ 💞 Always! Thank you! Protection
3/31/2020 07:16:49 pm
Great words my friend. We all need to step back and realize what is important and give back to Mother Earth
3/31/2020 07:52:39 pm
Thank you..needed words at this time. Blessings
3/31/2020 09:35:31 pm
Love this. There is such wisdom here. I have found much peace in the natural world in recent years and these current times have lead me deeper.
4/1/2020 04:37:04 am
Thank you for the reminder of this truth and the encouragement to Walk in Beauty. Blessings ❤️
kevin c hurley
4/1/2020 08:27:46 am
thanks for your positive gente words on this window of reassessment
4/1/2020 11:02:05 am
Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful words.
4/1/2020 12:06:18 pm
Love ya brother!
4/1/2020 02:51:34 pm
Thank you for this.
4/2/2020 05:03:27 pm
This is so true. Thank you for the reminder that we need to return to the silence to center ourselves again.
4/3/2020 05:00:41 am
Thank you. Beautiful.
4/3/2020 10:49:05 am
John thank you for sharing your kind thoughts and wisdom, I miss the truth and wisdom my grandma and great-grandmother held and being able to find peace of mind through there gentle guidance, I am greatful to see this today
kevin c hurley
4/4/2020 07:42:39 am
Lok at mother nature on the run in the 1970s, Look at mother nature fighting back in two thousand twenty
1/28/2022 02:38:41 pm
Meaning of word CHA NA HA
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