Thursday, 23 February 2017

Robin Harford

Hello Lisa 

Reverence exists all around.  

The smile of a child, the kiss of the rain after a long dry spell.  

The smell of the Land as she sighs in delight for simply existing.  

Reverence for self, soil, plants and place. 

The first meeting point starts with breath. 

Sitting with plants, means sitting with self.  

Breathing with plants, means breathing with self.  

Not running away, not trying to change anything.  

Just clear honest acceptance of who we are as humans. 

Without that, we will continue to pollute the earth with more of the same darkness that we have been doing for millennia.  

Ever since we became a static species instead of wanderers, when we used to gently follow the flow of life, as simple as a child walking hand in hand with a loving parent. 

We are so young as a species, so full of ourselves and our puffery, and our intellectual achievements, that we oftentimes forget the simple, that makes life exquisite. 

Stop, Breathe, Look, Observe, Touch, Smell and Taste… 

… the very nectar that exists in each perfect moment. 

With so much darkness spouted over the digital airwaves, so much anger at what is being done to the Earth and to each other… 

… it is time to notice that when a finger points, three point back to ourselves. 

Anger serves no purpose. 

As the Buddha says…. it simply burns the hand of the one holding the hot coal of anger. 

To see the trauma of the Earth is to see the trauma deep in ourselves.  

To heal what we have done to the world, we need to start healing self.  

Forgiving self for all the harshness we may have spoken, or thought or acted out. 

The un-civilised feel, the civilised do not.  

To feel deeply, intimately we must first listen deeply, intimately. 

Listening deeply is the start of creating…  

… compassionate relationship.  

Its how we learn to heal ourselves and our communities.  

Its how we empower ourselves and each other. 

Deep listening is not about fixing others… 

… it’s about allowing the listening space to be filled with presence and reverence.  

Its about this moment right here right now.  

However we find ourselves, whatever we feel. 

Can you be with another’s pain and joy?  

Can you be with yourself? 

We cannot start this journey without first cultivating… 

… honest reflection.  

Not fantasy created by the crazy head. Not fanciful theories and explanations. Just sitting still, observing and feeling the currents that flow through our bones, our being. 

Not running from that which is within, however hard  it is to face.  

But face it we must.  

Face it with kindness.  

To not face it, to not come to a loving acceptance of our flaws as well as our gifts, means we walk this earth lopsided, pointing fingers at others, while running from the shadows of our soul. 

Sitting with plants, means sitting with self.  

Breathing with plants, means breathing with self. 

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Until next time… 


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