Not only do we live in a living universe, but the living universe lives within us.
— Duane Elgin
What motivation will sustain you?
Awakened activism is not about right or wrong, should or should not. Life is much too Mysterious for such absolutes, and rules much too unreliable. Besides, self-righteousness can be so exhausting, no? Perhaps we can look to love...
What does my love of my brown-skinned friend, or an aging or mentally-ill relative, or a struggling single mother call me to do?
What actions do my love of the patient heron, the restless river, the ancient cedars, the regal elk, and the golden dragonfly dare me to take?
Without the connective threads of love I have no compass, and life cannot penetrate me and grow me up. Love gives my actions meaning, direction. In the long run, we may find that only love offers a sustainable motivation.
What if I slipped off the heavy cloak of separation and bathed in the wondrous and wild ocean of my embeddedness in Life?
What if I let myself be consumed by love and awe?
If the world is to be healed through human efforts, I am convinced it will be by ordinary people, people whose love for this life is even greater than their fear. People who can open to the web of life that called us into being."
Margit Bantowksy, MA, is an artist, coach, teacher and facilitator.