This morning I’ve pointed to the lives and work of two extraordinary women, Mary Saint Marie and Rebecca Hardcastle Wright. Now here’s a third, Shodo Spring. All of these women, seasoned through many decades of consciously lived experience into compassion and truthtelling, are also walking their walk.
Shodo Spring is a Buddhist monk, environmental activist, permaculturist and blogger who now lives in Minnesota but who graced us here in Bloomington with her presence for a number of years. And Shodo happens to be doing her walk literally, on the ground, with others, this summer.
I root for Shodo, her courage, her tenacity, her utterly uncompromising focus on what we have done and what we must do to redeem ourselves. As he remarked, to me: “The earth has always supported us and we insist on stealing instead of accepting the free gift.”
- Walking, we consciously give energy to the earth, going against the flow of constantly taking as if it were our right.
- Meeting people, we listen to their stories and offer them love and support.
- Entering communities, we offer our hands in service and invite dialogue and shared prayer. Where we are invited, we connect communities with resources, knowledge and skills for restoring the earth and their local economy.
- Sharing our story, we invite everyone to leave the values of consumption and destruction, and return to membership in the community of life.
- Living together as we travel in conscious spiritual community, we allow ourselves to be opened and healed by all these encounters and each other.
“So, if on one hand, you had an unpredictable path, that leads into a new dream, a new way of life for all of mankind, and on the other hand, you had a predictable path that leads to the slow, inevitable decline of a civilization. Which path would you choose?”