COP26, day 4 reflection

photo of Richard Wagamese

This morning I was listening to an interview with a U of T student on CBC Metro morning. She was getting ready to spend Reading Week in Glasgow with other young activists. At one point the interviewer asked: ‘What can the rest of us who are here in Toronto do to support you?’ She replied: “Get in touch with your inner change maker.”

GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR INNER CHANGE MAKER…

I’ve been ruminating about this wonderful phrase all morning. I was struck that she attached the word ‘inner’ to the change maker. It makes so much sense to me as a grandmother who has often forgotten to pay attention to the inner resilience that’s cultivated by a growing awareness of the creative energy of the Holy One deep within, however one names that.

 Thanks largely to posts from Dianne and others on the HT list, I’ve recently discovered the writings of Richard Wagamese. Here’s a paragraph from Embers: One Ojibway’s Meditations that speaks to me today:

There are motions of the heart that occur only in quiet rooms, in the splendour of solitude where nothing and everything exists at the same time. Then you feel yourself part of the great wheel of creative, nurturing, loving, benevolent energy that is spinning around us all the time.That is what it means to be spiritual – to feel your spirit moving…In this stillness, I am the trees alive with singing. I am the sky everywhere at once. I am the light everywhere descending…I am my spirit rising. I am my prayers and my meditation, and I am fully captured in this now, travelling on a sacred journey through this one, shining day. 

May we all discover and nurture the energy of our own inner change makers, and join ours to the energy of all the change makers, young and old, who are on the streets and in the meeting rooms of Glasgow. May our hearts and souls join together in hope.