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Under the light of the full moon, a chapter of my life silently closed as Kahlua slipped away in my arms. She graced me with almost 15 years of loyalty, companionship and being ever so present, like no other has ever offered me.
The dog sled is up for sale, the last of the team (my family since 1999) has passed on, and I realize this will be my first time living alone. Yet another challenge for my initiation into this new phase of my life.
I truly believe in what lies ahead (see previous blog) and the community and belonging I am already finding there.
Thank you, my dear Kahlua girl and to all of the team, for making my life so rich.
A note about the Inuit Sled Dog (aka Canadian Eskimo Dog): They are one of Canada’s native breeds of dogs, and one of the rarest in the world. It was estimated that there were over 20 000 dogs in the 1950s, but with the introduction of snowmobiles and mass slaughtering by the RCMP and the Sûreté du Québec, numbers dropped to near extinction. Today, only a few hundred exist. I may not live with another of these dogs, but some things won’t change! Like dog – like owner🙂
“hardy, staunch, hard-working, at times playful, at times brutal, always appealing, though sometimes aggravatingly moody, their stamina and pluck is something to marvel at.” ~Walter Bingham
“He is not to be viewed as a domestic pet but… Compared to modern domestic breeds, the Canadian Eskimo Dog has an almost over response to any stimulus whether it be food, work, fighting or play.”
This is the image that sums up summer the best! It has been an enriching season for learning, venturing down brand new pathways that opened up from discussions with the core group of the Farming For A Future Network (FFFN). We backed off the organization of the FFFN, allowing for what needed to emerge. A whole new realm revealed itself to be explored or perhaps we gained access to a morphic field of human consciousness ( :) ) – the meaning of Mary Magdalene, not only in our own lives but also in what has happened in agriculture – how we produce unhealthy food (misogyny and agriculture) while destroying our home (Earth).
I think that we need to bring back awareness of the sacredness of growing of food (farming is a sacred act working with the soil, the ecosystem, all life) through renewal of sacred relationship, which will extend to re-establishing a healthy relationship with Earth. (Sacred relationship can be defined as a balanced and harmonious partnership; the union, fusion, merging of the masculine and the feminine.) To transform agriculture – to facilitate the emergence of a new narrative for farming, we must first experience regeneration ourselves.
regenerate (verb): to undergo or cause to undergo moral, spiritual, or physical renewal (www.collinsdictionary.com). It is to this that I return to school today, to continue the work that started with a Nuffield Agricultural Scholarship in 2013.
And what does transformation really mean? I was given this beautiful pendant which is so symbolic of what transformation can mean – “a symbol of peace, fashioned from a legacy of war” (from Ten Thousand Villages).
“This elegant tree of life necklace, hand-cut from the shell casings of bombs that litter the Cambodian countryside, is a testament to the transformation that is shaping the Khmer people. From hardship emerges hope – Rajana is an artisan group proudly transforming a legacy of conflict into a brighter future.”
It is time we all did our own regenerative work; of “spiritual transformation” and “aesthetic renewal” (Anthony Parel in Satish Kumar’s Soil-Soul-Society: A New Trinity for our Times, Leaping Hare Press, UK, p.76), so that we may ‘be the change‘ and help bring about a healthier world.
Brother David Steindl-Rast offers great guidance in his book ‘Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer: An Approach to Life in Fullness.‘ We are headed for a world that will look very different, if we succeed as societies to become more resilient, with “well-trodden paths from house to house, that is the image that holds hope for our future.” Interwoven relationships seen visually as well trodden ‘desire’ paths – can you imagine how it might look from above?
(Wikipedia – A desire path (the beaten path, also known as a game trail, social trail, herd path, cow path, goat track, pig trail or bootleg trail) can be a path created as a consequence of erosion caused by human or animal foot-fall or traffic.)
As posted on Voices of the Sacred and suggested here on this blog many times with respect to the Farming for the Future Network:
We want to heal our communities….lets start by healing ourselves! We want to take care of our families and relatives…lets start by taking care of ourselves. We want our communities healthy…lets start by getting ourselves healthy.
“I represent clean air. I realize we’ll probably never have clean air anymore. But we still have to do what we can for our children. It makes you cry, when you think about our kids.”
(Elouise Brown, Navajo, Chaco Rio, New Mexico)
“I stand here for the Earth, for our people, for my family back home…. It’s really heavy stuff that we’re working on. But it’s also empowering.” (Krystal Two Bulls, Voices of the Sacred, Albuquerque, New Mexico)
“There’s a war against humanity going on. And if it wasn’t for resistance, we wouldn’t be here. These corporations are raping the land, they’re raping our Mother. To come together like this, to stand together, means a lot.
We come together for our Mother, for our life, in solidarity. And we will never be silenced. We will be heard.” (Sheldon Tenorio, Voices of the Sacred, Albuquerque, New Mexico)
“Now is the time. This is the place. No more deferrals, no more silence. Let’s wake up. And listen.” (These are the powerful words of John Foran, in his blog The Power of Indigenous Activists at the Summit of the Climate Justice Movement, originally published here by Resilience.org).