Hi everyone! I got in touch with some really cool truths while I was hooping this morning.
Lately, I've been hooping along with the first six or seven songs from the following YouTube mix: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frbb46OP1zo&list=RD02GtPK0gRdFgI
And today, as I was hooping and meditating along with "Magic Arrow" by Timber Timbre (a song about the European invasion of the American continent -- that individual song can be found here --
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icJOkfS7ImA), I was struck by the realization that the natural flow of life, during any time of ill-health and ill-balance, is to keep turning and cycling back into a time of healing and renewed health and balance. Healing is natural -- not something requiring a strong effort on our part, while blockage of the healing flow is unnatural and can only be sustained by an intense clamping down on the life force.
I found myself wondering what forces in my own life might be clamping down and hindering the healing flow, and two are standing out at the moment.
One is a desire to compare myself to others and feel superior. On an individual and societal level, this tendency is rooted in concern that there's not enough life and joy to go around, and a desire to be part of the "deserving" group. I believe, for example, that this tendency is being played out right now whenever any group of immigrants (such as my own European ancestors) act as if they have more right to be where they are living than any other group.
The other is lack of faith in my, and humanity's, ability to cycle back into a sustainable way of life. And here, it's important to remind myself that moving toward sustainability is part of the natural flow of the life force back toward a healing dynamic, while hanging onto unsustainable practices is part of a rigid clamping down on the life force and a numbing of the mind in order to keep myself/ourselves locked into mindless, deadly habits.
On a personal level, I'm learning that it really is natural to be mindful about, and very interested in, what I eat -- and to stop eating once I've taken in what I need for health and energy for that particular portion of the day. It's unnatural to stuff my face like a zombie just because I like the taste of something. The hard part about rigidity and clamping down on the flow is that if you've done it long enough in a certain area, it feels more natural that just letting go, listening to your body, and letting it heal itself.
And what's true about the individual is true about the culture. Honestly, humanity has a much longer history of living sustainably than it has of living suicidally. And I believe our current crisis may very well be the catalyst that helps us to shut off the voices that keeping blaring in our (collective) head and that helps us (collectively) to let go of all the noise and fear that is keeping us rigid, so that we can relax and begin moving, swaying, and swirling with the healing dance.
May each of us find a way to get swept into that dance -- in any way that works for us!