We live in awesome but perilous times. As the Greening Spirit, the desire of my heart in life and on this site is to celebrate and inspire hope, creativity, reverence, humor and Beauty. But the times we live in and the bigger stories of global unrest, fighting and war, weapons and destruction can be so disheartening. The thought forms and greed-propelled interests of governments and Men in Power, and of enraged disenfranchised, sectarian or fundamnetalist peoples have created limited responses that bring destruction rather than life as solutions. Weapons, bombs, drones, poisons of fear, psychopathic-driven power plays are destroying all that should be green on the earth and green in our souls.
Last night, I happened to have the nightly news on which is quite unusual for me as I seldom watch t.v. News of all our “Wars” in the world ie the War on Drugs, the War against Cancer and Diabetes, the War on Poverty, The War on Ebola, the War Against Terrorists… it goes on and on. Our language is very limited, creatively. But the use of the word “WAR” shows a mindset that is unquestioned, deeply engrained in our perspectives and very deadly…
Now we have a new common phrase about how we participate in” War” and I mean real war invoving men in uniforms carrying weapons and not physically defending our own coastlines and homeland but in faraway places. Do we send drones? Send bombs? OR do we put “Boots on the Ground”?
“Boots on the Ground“. The Greening Spirit found herself yelling out loud in the living room last night, shouting at the t.v. “NO! NO BOOTS ON THE GROUND! WE’VE HAD ENOUGH!” And then hearing that 3000 “boots on the ground” (Miltary) going into Africa to “fight in the war against Ebola” made me shout louder. I don’t believe that is, if our history proves us right, a humanitarian effort or the way to solve the problem. Government contractors will follow.
The Greening Spirit prays for Veriditas “in the people that were meant to be green” as called by Hildegard of Bingen. For clean air, and flowing clear waters, for forests and plants that are food and medicine, for communities that create beautiful habitats and sanctuaries for people in which to love, and raise families, and sit in circles telling stories and who grow gardens and share food and solace and celebrations.
The Boots on the Ground in this desired world that cherishes life are the boots in the Garden of Life right where we live..the Gardens of Life that nurture, create instead of destroy, that bring merriment instead of fear, that dance in the green rather than struggle through the mud and fields of destruction and death.
Boots on the Ground ………
Veriditas~ Hildegard (1098-1179)
From Christine, The Greening Spirit
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**** As many of my friends and students know, I have been powerfully inspired by the music of composer Jarrod Radnich. I was, with headphones listening to this composition of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” while writing this post. (Not just for Christmas…… for NOW! I t was a prayer for me..and for you too)