Years ago a friend introduced me to the work of Theodore Roszak, and a newer, more beautiful world.
Ecopsychology promotes, quite simply, the connection to wider systems that make up life on this planet and beyond. Ancient cultures practiced this as a way of life. As we come to grips with the devastation caused by disconnection and dislocation, it is vital to understand this. Underpinning this, is the yearning for connection.
I set about to find my way through the maze of work-life balance and as I did, my ‘connectedness’ to the world became stronger. I started to understand the meaning of ‘country’ and, with each step, I returned to mine.
Astronomy left me wondrous with the galaxies, planets and comets, but unattainable. So I looked elsewhere and found stars within reach.
I found them in my garden.
Viola! in the strawberry, waiting to fruit.
Among bush tracks.
Against a fence.
In the neighbour’s garden.
In the eyes of the magpie lark, as it picked through the remnants of my breakfast.
In the eyes of a sick dog, who knows she is loved.
In my eyes, when I found the heart I left behind.
And, when I walked among the ‘sea clouds’.
I found my very own Milky Way.
So I took it home, and like a child at Halloween, emptied my pockets of loot.
My astral experiences may be different but if they help you seek yours, our lives have been enriched by sharing this space. Stay starry eyed!
Until next time
a dawn bird