April 16, 2020-
The young girl read her poem She thanked Coronvirusdisease2019, for bringing things to a halt, for making us take notice of one another and for showing us that we need to use our time more wisely.
I joined a Zoom call this morning, with people from Jordan to New Zealand, from Bolivia to Alaska, joining together in prayer, and a short series of Talking Circles, organized by the Four Worlds International Institute, a spiritual connectedness center, run by First Nations people, in Surrey, BC-south of Vancouver.
Most of the time was spent in prayer and thoughtful remarks. The young girl and her father, Bedouins from Jordan, offered very cogent remarks about the state of the planet and fervent prayers for all humanity to recover fully, from the current crisis. They were followed, not long after, by an Israeli Jew, singing a prayer in Hebrew.
This session lasted two hours, and will be followed, on a daily basis, by a Mayan gentleman, offering a prayer at sunrise. It will be followed, on a weekly basis, each Thursday until May 21, by a similar prayers and Talking Circle format.
A Talking Circle, for those not familiar with it, is a small group of people talking from their hearts, one at a time. Customarily, a Talking Stick is held by the person whose turn it is to speak. No one else may speak until that person finishes. A person may not have a second turn holding the stick, until everyone in the circle has had a chance to speak-though one with nothing to share may pass the stick to the next person.
In the current, digital format, the unmute button serves as Talking Stick. Everyone remains muted, except the person whose turn it is to speak. Six of us, three from Arizona and others from as far away as Norway and Fiji, spoke briefly in introduction to one another. I am sure the conversations will become deeper, as the weeks progress.
This sort of discourse will be where the ideas for spiritual regeneration come.