My personal update is that I had to take a huge rest :) I have been so full and bursting of creative ideas that I just went with it! I was a creation explosion! It's been a significant burst; the last one was in the height of my burlesque sewing mania so I just enjoyed this burst and went with it. Alas, creative explosions are not sustainable, especially when one neglects key elements of self-care as I did. I started dropping my morning stretches and slowed down on the prep of yummy healthy food. Boo! Not surprisingly my body went into protest mode and climaxed with a brutal lower back pain this past weekend.
Good learning! :)
That said I was still able to get out to a couple of amazing events this past weekend in honour of Earth Day. One of these was a summit and gala dinner graciously hosted by the Tsleil Waututh Nation. It brought together an amazing convergence of intellectual, activist and spiritual elders to dialogue. They shared wisdom, information and inspiration in the form of real-world stories. Highlights included:
- Paul Clements-Hunt reminding us that we have a duty to "Free up our imaginations to explore what is possible to shift and grow" in terms of creating alternatives, particularly with respect to alternatives to oil. He pointed to the example of the T'Sou-ke First Nation on Vancouver Island for their solar energy innovation.
- Elizabeth May for general bad-assery and reminding me that was barely a couple hundred years ago that people thought slavery could not be abolished because the economy would collapse. #perspective
My highlights in doodle form capture the fierce warrior spirit in Tsleil Waututh elder Amy George's call for all people to #WarriorUp in our work to restore Mother Earth for future generations. Miles Richardson of the Haida Nation also had amazing wisdom that touched my heart deeply about the need to go back to our cultural roots and listen to our elders. I adore our elders.
as the Book of Genesis tells us and as St. Francis of Assisi showed us.
It means respecting each of God’s creatures and respecting the environment in which we live.
It means protecting people, showing loving concern for each & every person, especially children, the elderly, those in need, who are often the last we think about.”
- Pope Francis