We often think that we are aiming to be remembered favorably for what we have done. What we achieve personally is here to remind and provoke the shift of humanity to wake into the state of collective concern. Navigating through confused passages, we cry out for maps but we have an internal navigation system. Taking time for ourselves to quiet the thrumming of diversion rejuvenates our connection.
Julia and I are down in Miami to celebrate my folk’s 80th birthdays.
I am happy to say their party was quite lively and there was more laughter than food, which is a lot of laughing.
On the plane ride coming down here, there was a grandmother with a baby sitting diagnolly behind us. At one point the grandmother cried out and lifted the baby up like she was flying. What we couldn’t see was that the baby was not responding. The grandmother tried to get the baby to come to and even shook her in an effort to wake her up. The woman didn’t speak English but the urgency of the situation immediately drew a crowd around her. One woman was practically yelling that the woman had shaken her baby. Fortunately, in moments there was an overhead voice asking for a doctor. Several people came to the back of the plane. Most of them were not doctors. Then the voice asked if anyone spoke Hindustani. A young woman came running back. One of the doctors or nurses said the baby might have had a seizure. All around the baby the crowd was tense and bordering on becoming a mob.
I shut my eyes, began to pray and visualized the baby being healthy, with calm around her.
The doctor or nurse told the grandmother to take the baby in when they arrived and the baby cried a little and was awake. The crowd slowly went back to their seats.
What occurred to me was that in dramatic situations from emergencies to social injustice, if we are in a position to help and can bring peace, healing or a positive outcome through our direct action, including crying out for help, then being courageous enough to act may be exactly what is needed.
If we are not in a position to help directly, then actively being there praying or projecting healing or good will instead of gathering around and giving voice to anxiety, fear, criticism, or mute curiosity, can shift the situation in a favorable way without us feeling powerless.
The parents met the grandmother at the airport and everyone seemed fine. I don’t know what happened of course but we can send that family love and see that baby healthy and happy in our heart’s eye.
May your love give you strength and joy.