everywhere are way stressed out about all the madness in the
open talking circles in your gardens. Everyone gets a few minutes to speak of
the fears in their hearts and minds, no interruptions and no feed back. Just
pure open hearted listening for everyone, one person at a
go back around the circle and in the same format everyone shares what beauty is
in their lives or that they see in the world, that which they are grateful
this singing, or a pot luck, praying for peace with all your hands on the soil
to send the prayer through the whole planet... CELEBRATE.
systems of madness want us afraid, angry, feeling helpless. The more we
celebrate together what it good, the more good manifests. It's really that
simple to change the world. With unwavering focus keep your mind on the beauty,
with ceaseless determination that the world of peace and joy that you want is,
right now, in the process of coming to be. Not later, now.
change you wish to see in the world, said Gandhi. So that means, be peaceful,
now! Be grateful, now! Be unconditionally loving, now! Be free of violence,
now, when? If not you, whom?
CELEBRATE EVERYTHING ALL THE TIME!
humble, joyful solidarity,
Citywide Project Coordinator - Philadelphia Green
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
100 N. 20th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
I appreciate the very thoughtful comments made by
Paco connecting gardening and politics.
The other night I lay awake and tried to sleep
but found myself disturbed by the massive tragedy that seems about to be
unleashed upon the already suffering people of Iraq. I found myself
searching for a way to respond, personally to Violence in the world, not only
in Iraq, but also in so many other places (as Melanie pointed out). I
have decided that I will create (or rather be a catalyst in the creation of) a
"Peace Garden" - not the fancy work of a landscaper, but a subversive,
organic, communal effort, an attempt to create a space teeming with life and
beauty in the face of the death and violence that is happening in Iraq and
around the world.
If this vision inspires you, I'd invite you to
garden for peace wherever you are! If you have suggestion for me, I'd
love to hear them. I'll send out an update and let you know how this
early morning mad-cap idea progresses.