Touching the Earth Boulder

 

Touching the Earth Boulder is the local chapter of Shambhala International’s Touching the Earth Collective.

 

Being Brave in the Iron Ox Year 

by Emily Takahashi and Irene Woodard

A few weeks ago, a new president was inaugurated, and we witnessed a ceremony, ritual, and some longed for peace and calm.

The ceremony offered a spot to the youngest poet laureate in history, 22-year-old Amanda Gorman.  The last lines of her poem, The Hill We Climb, are,

“For there is always light
if only we are brave enough to see it.
If only we are brave enough to be it.”

These lines bring to mind Ghandi’s memorable words, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”  Gorman’s instructions include what it will take. It takes bravery. In our tradition this person is pawo, warrior, one who is brave.

Our practices provoke bravery.  Bravery forces us to change habits. Not just to see what is wrong, but to change the recipe midway, if necessary.  This bravery embodied will help us establish the society we long for.  With the world on a trajectory of unrestrained carbon use, we as earth dwellers realize our own participation, and respond by being part of the light that Gorman points to.

This upcoming March 11th has been designated as a global day of climate action.

On this day in places of prayer and in households around the globe, grassroots people of diverse religious and spiritual backgrounds are joining together to call for climate leadership in compassion, love and justice.  Sacred People, Sacred Earth

The Boulder Shambhala Center is an active member of  GreenFaith International, the  interfaith organization that is sponsoring this event.   Here is an opportunity for each of us to engage safely from our homes, or wherever we are.  On March 11, you can find local events, including the 11th Hour Calling,  and/or tune into events elsewhere around the globe.  Sacred People, Sacred Earth

Throughout history, peoples of faith have helped break down the social norms and barriers to effect the change that was needed for humankind to evolve into a species that not only hunts but helps. By participating in global events we share in the collective, and are inspired by the wisdom and actions of others.

As we enter into the Iron Ox year, we can commit to being brave.  The Jan. 20 inauguration offered a fresh start, in the middle of absolute chaos.  A bright sunny day in the middle of a cold winter day.  A stunning young poet in a bright yellow coat, saying words that would, if followed, bring a storm of sanity to a planet in peril.  It is time for bravery.  Ki Ki So So!


 

The Boulder Shambhala Center is an active member of GreenFaith International, the interfaith organization that is sponsoring this event.   Here is an opportunity for each of us to engage safely from our homes, or wherever we are.  On March 11, you can find local events, including the 11th Hour Calling and/or tune into events elsewhere around the globe.

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