I am thinking about the collective, true need for our planet to be a healthier one for our children to inherit, for the Mother Ocean to heal, for the wars of insanity to stop, for the re-balancing of the greater ecology of our earth to become the highest priority of all who have the power and resource to really make a difference.
I am thinking about all the things I have felt myself to be in need of in this privileged, modern Western life; everything from greater financial security to partnership with an amazing man; from a good night’s sleep in my cozy luxurious bed, a hot shower and steaming cup of hot tea in the morning.
All the other seeming personal “needs” too, from the most superficial to the most seemingly profound: the need to look beautiful, to be strong and fit, to have enough space for my own inspiration to unfurl, enough time to exercise; to find a way to publish my books, to allow my heart’s voice and hands to be of continual sacred use in this world.
And how in the primal face of one of my children being very ill, all of those needs get thrown to the wind in an instant. As I face day 3 in the ICU with her, attending to her with full presence and love~ unshowered, unslept, wearing the same clothes I came in here with, having drunk and eaten only what others have graciously brought me, without a single thought about what I need or how I look or what my life is for, this looming clarity settles in:
In this moment ALL I need is for my little one to heal, to be well again. All she needs is for her vital organs to thrive in radiant strength so she can simply keep showing up to this gift of life and all the love and learning she came to experience in this world.
Needs are certainly relative. Think of victims of war and natural disaster~ and how the true needs for so many on our planet in this very moment are literally physical safety, medical attention, shelter, food and clean water.
May we keep “Need” in perspective, as we open to the deepest longings of our hearts.
May we look at what we have, right now, so easy it is to take it for granted and “need” more. May we know true gratitude for what is essential.
May we notice what our precious children have, this that is most valuable, most holy: the very first gift~ of spirit, of life, of breath, of this moment to love. <3