Meditation of Sustainability
Transcript for March 28, 2010 by Bob Kleinheksel
Pausing now, let the vibrations of infinity, harmony and peace settle on us anew. May any exquisite confusion be centered into any new clarity for our time together. And at least let this be clear: You are welcome; you are unique, beautiful, gifted and fallible. In this moment, please remember how important your presence is; how important your bodily warmth is; how important your breath and energy are.
As friends, spouses, lovers, partners, might we be as comfortable as when we were nestled in our mother’s embrace? Or tucked in warm covers after a father softly reads? Would you venture a hand held, an arm around the other, gentle affection upon each’s arms or back? May we be ourselves, affirming what expands us into greater care, compassion, happiness and humanity.
Along with nature which springs into itself, bursting beyond bleakness, we journey with natural humility…or is it humble majesty? The wild duck glides, greens emerge, buds venture – and all of it is a love letter to we who are often ignorant, drifting and consumed with busy-ness. And the clear and soft message is: Be gentle, all is well, pay attention, learn from the infinite cycles of rebirth and being and becoming; be yourself, all is connected, you are not alone. I love you and Mother Nature flourishes with your love and high regard.
As the world moves on, we recognize the disparities, the injustice, the violence perpetrated by criminals and tyrants against countless brothers and sisters. So too with sobering honesty, we recognize our complicity and collusion, our connection in broader systems that tilt the balance and resources toward those who already have. We hold in tension our cynicisms and expectations of convenience and comforts; we navigate through dissonance, apathy and bold action to both enjoy and enhance the world we share.
We enjoy the world with primal prerogative, in selfishness and because it is what should be; we enhance this world with our care, generosity, advocacy and love because it is the right thing to do. Life itself calls us to join in healing rather than hurting, serving rather than sneering, doing rather than despairing. Today and in all our days, we celebrate education in this world; we honor the peoples of the nations, for sovereignty created and preserved. We honor hospitality for the refugee and for efforts to re-member people back into fair and welcoming communities. We honor Earle and June and countless others who tirelessly educate, travel, challenge, inform and encourage others to be the changes needed in the world.
Will we be the ones to pry open closed doors? Will we be the ones to offer hope to the hopeless? To befriend those with no friends? Will we welcome the stranger in, offer an embrace, a cup of water and food for the journey? How beyond ourselves is our reach, our orientation to others? Will we confront abuse of power and use our influence to affect needed change? Will we be globally minded and yet active here locally? May our cynicism remain, and yet it be outdone by love and care to create a gentler, more sustainable global scene for all to thrive. May we lean into the world, even amidst uncertainty and insecurity; may we lean into each other with risk, vulnerability, care and humor – to love and laugh our way toward becoming whole. To live, love, laugh and serve so that this world is fairer and better for all.share this