NEXT086 Connecting On A Deeper Level

Posted on : 16-10-2011 | By : Lynn | In : Heart Talks

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Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve probably heard or read something about “Occupy Wall Street” or “Occupy–insert-your-home-town-here”.  I just read an interesting blog today about Occupy Los Angeles by Ryan Torok.  I think this might be one of my favorite write ups about Occupy info thus far because it reveals a response to our question “what the hell are all these people talking about” re: Occupy insert-name-here.  I’ll leave it to you to read Ryan’s blog or watch his video interview to get the message.

Out of the five definitions I found for the word “occupy” on Dictionary.com, my favorite was this one:

to engage or employ the mind, energy, or attention of: Occupy the children with a game while I prepare dinner.
For me, the good news about the groups of people who are Occupying various cities in peaceful protest is that we are finally hearing the beginnings of a collective grumbling in response to how our lives, minds, spirits, hearts, etc. have been occupied in ways that we would like to make different.  The aspect of some of the viewpoints of the people occupying now, the one where they want to  blame someone, (i.e. corporations, authority, political parties, “them”) I dont’ agree with because I know that when I am coming from a place of pointing the finger at someone else for my problems, then I am choosing to take on the mantle of v i c t i m.  Somehow or another, you and I have ended up here at this time, in this life, doing what we are doing in our day-to-day living by a series of choices.  The good thing is that a whole lot of us are waking up to what we want in life (connection, love, love, love) it’s just that there are a whole lot of distractions that we’ve built along the way to confuse us from our goal.
I will close this post with a poem by the great Sufi Master, Hafiz in his book “The Gift” (translated by Daniel Ladinsky).  It is called, “She Responded”.
The birds’ favorite song
You do not hear,
For their most flamboyant music takes place
When their wings are stretched
Above the trees.
And they are smoking the opium
of pure freedom.
It is healthy for the prisoner
to have faith.
That one day he will again move about
Wherever he wants,
Feel the wondrous gift of life—
Less structured,
Find all wounds, debts stamped cancelled,
Paid.
I once asked a bird,
” How is it that you fly in this gravity
Of darkness?”
She responded
“Love lifts
Me.”

Comments (2)

The Tea Party movement originally had nearly the same message a OWS, but it was hijacked by, primarily, the Koch brothers who flooded it with money and media attention, and turned it into a tool for wealthy interests. The original founders of the Tea Party movement now call it a joke and openly support OWS. To suggest that OWS should follow their example is absolutely absurd, as is to suggest that OWS is affiliated with the Democratic party. The mostly intelligent and articulate protesters (listen to them, there are plenty of videos of them speaking for themselves available online, not what Fox and CNN say about them) are incredibly wary of the support they have received from labor unions, businesses, and politician because they know people like Obama will try to use their popular message for political gain. This movement is remarkably well organized (the more I learn the more impressed I am, I was pretty skeptical at day 1 even though I support the message) and while the original organizers have shunned central leadership, their basic plan to grow demands organically while growing numbers is moving along at as quick a pace as it needs to be.

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