Have you ever come across a small, dead bird by the side of the road? And have you ever felt compelled to pick up his tiny, fluffy body and hold him tenderly in the palm of your hand? And have you ever felt compelled to stroke his soft feathers with the gentlest touch of a finger saying, ‘Hello beautiful one. I’m so sorry you had to go.’?
And have you felt the world around you melting away as you look deeply into his little black eye, your heart swelling with a feeling of tremendous love and gratitude and an energy of wanting to protect and care for? And have you then placed him back down somewhere soft and safe so his body can rest peacefully?
This, I think, is the way we must care for ourselves, for one another, and for the Earth. With deep tenderness, the gentlest touch, and a feeling of tremendous love and gratitude. We do this by bringing ourselves close, by bringing others close, by bringing the Earth close and looking deeply. When we bring things close and look deeply, we find the love that is always there.
Love and courage,