A meditation on the rot and waste between us, compost to enrich our dark ground. In celebration of Earth Day 2018.
This recording, by David Freeman, includes a reading of Audre Lorde's "Walking Our Boundaries" and a performance of Langston Hughes's "In Time of Silver Rain," set to music by composer George Walker and performed by Erin Galloway.
From the meditation:
"This is why Thich Nhat Hanh calls our work meditation,
so that with mindfulness and care
we can transform our many histories
and inevitable failures,
all the waste that human beings produce,
all our suffering,
into something that gives life,
something we turn together,
a work of renewal and creation,
the beauty of our human ecology.
The ground is dark
with pain & history,
with what we have done and haven’t,
with what has been done to us,
with failure & waste,
with enemies & strained loves,
the refuse of our lives, the waste of us,
of what has been,
turned with mindfulness,
turned with care,
deep in this place,
deep in the earth,
enriching stripped ground,
to make it dark,
to make it fertile,
to make a garden
in this small corner of the world."
Image: Dark ground, from compost at UUCS.
- Religion & Spirituality