Don’t you just love it when you know you “need” a motivational nudge, don’t know where to find it, and the exactly right signpost comes from an unlikely source? That’s what I call synchronicity.
One of the retired priests preached this morning at Christ Church and he quoted from Alice Walker’s commencement speech at Naropa last month—and it really struck home for me. The speech can be found in its entirety on the Narpoa website: Naropa. I could do two weeks of posts on this speech. She said:
“When it is all too much, when the news is so bad meditation itself feels useless, and a single life feels too small a stone to offer on the altar of peace, find a human sunrise. Find those people who are committed to changing our scary reality. Human sunrises are happening all over the earth, at every moment. People gathering, people working to change the intolerable, people coming in their robes and sandals or in their rags and bare feet, and they are singing, or not, and they are chanting, or not. But they are working to bring peace, light, compassion to the infinitely frightening downhill slide of human life.”
Apparently there is a Human Sunrise Movement, which I ignorantly admit I had not heard of before but will look into tonight when I tend to Google and read blogs.
Alice Walker concluded her speech with these lines:
We are the Human Sunrise, brightest when we shine together, that will make sure morning continues to come, and be a 'grand occasion' on our planet Earth.”
I’m the first to admit I am a sunset person versus a sunrise person, predominately because of my biorythmns, but the Walker speech is just jam-packed with wisdom including many references to approaching death from a spiritual point-of-view. Some people don't like to click the live links in blogs, but if you want to get some motivation, I sure recommend you click the one above. I'll set the alarm and watch some sunrises this summer.
So, I think that those of you who read here are one of my ways to find a human sunrise.