I’ve been thinking today about how everything is connected.
Maybe it’s because I’m doing some hand weaving. Repetitive activities like that are perfect for fostering moving one into a meditative state and then often connections become clearer. Or perhaps it was the actual weaving, seeing how one thread is integrated in connection with another. Or maybe because I’ve been looking at images of spider webs, and thinking about those delicate spirals woven in connection. I’ve been reflecting on Grandmother Spider and how her gifts are showing up for me; and feeling connected as my surname means weaver and smiling at that connection which feels important. Or maybe it was the blog post of a friend talking about chaos and collaboration and what choices we’re called to make now.
But over and over again my mind returns to how I believe we are increasingly called to weave Peace, Love, and Freedom into every aspect of our individual lives so it truly becomes anchored in the weave of the collective. Old ways are crumbling – I don’t think anyone would argue with that. But each one of us is somewhere on the continuum of whether it’s happening quickly enough or entirely too quickly. And each one of us gets to decide how we’re going to show up.
And because I do believe everything IS connected, I don’t think it was random chance that this quote showed up for me today:
The choice we face is broader than politics, deeper than charity. It is whether we see the world chiefly as property to be controlled, defined by walls and fences that must be built ever higher, ever thicker, ever tougher; or made up chiefly of an open weave of compassion and connection.
— Rabbi Arthur Waskow