Chinese New Year decorated the hearts and minds of hundreds of revelers last evening in Portland at the annual Threshold celebration in honor of China’s lunisolar new year, January 23, 2012. This is considered an auspicious year, that of the water dragon. In the excellent animated film ‘Spirited Away,’ spiritual beings come to an otherworldly spa to cleanse their energy bodies of the gunk of the world. A white dragon spirit soars in loops after his visit, and the main character wades calf-deep out into a silvery lake to watch.
A Buddhist monk once said something like, “There is so much to do and so little time to do it, we must take great care not to move too quickly.” A great dishwasher I used to know once said, “There are so many dishes here before us, and lunchtime is approaching; thus, we must employ great speed.”
Today I received a mailer from Congressional Representative Earl Blumenauer. I heard the contraption sounds of the mail man pushing the delivery through the metal slot in our front door and the clatter of it falling to the hardwood floor. I consider it the best piece of mail I have received all year.
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Ecology’s importance in relation to, well, everything, is obvious, and so what could there be to say? I recall the many discussions I’ve shared with brilliant, creative friends wherein it was agreed that so-and-so prefers tarot cards while another dear soul doesn’t trust them and instead likes to write in a journal as a way of figuring out her life. Multiple perspectives are important in every subject, just as diversity is the key to balance on a farm.
I wondered if writing this article would help anyone get through the holidaze, and I remembered the story about the starfish: A man walking along a beach tosses washed-up starfish that are still alive back into the sea. A stranger passing by asks him why he bothers to do it when there are so many of them. He tells the stranger that his small action meant something to the one he was about to toss back out into the ocean.
The best rendition of the state of the world and its solutions available so far is the brilliant documentary Thrive. At a time when it has become a battle to access pure drinking water, organic food, basic housing, jobs, and energy, this film packages reams of research into a balanced narration that anyone can understand.