within the circle

“What if the whole point is that growth comes when we least expect it and we return to the same sacredness we are born from? The point is that while we are here, mystery asks us to set aside what disrupts our humanity and belonging for the chance to see what is good and to fix the things that have been broken by hate. As we go, let’s pray into the world we believe is possible.” —Kaitlin B. Curtice, Native – Identity, Belonging, and Rediscovering God

A friend left a beautiful comment on the Facebook post with these images. She said, “Interesting that you chose a moss….an ancient plant…for this quote. You’ve pictured a sporophyte or fruiting body of the moss which are plentiful at certain times of the year. You picked the reproductive body of something so small and seemingly insignificant that most never see them though they are everywhere. Your ever-widening concentric circles speak to how little actions, little changes make big impacts….even more so when many act and change when we reproduce them.”

I replied:

“Thank you so much, Susan. I love and appreciate your wise interpretation, a gift of the morning for me. If you haven’t read or listened to this essay by Robin Wall Kimmerer, you’re in for a treat. Here’s a snippet – ‘Mosses, I think, are like time made visible. They create a kind of botanical forgetting. Shoot by tiny shoot, the past is obscured in green. That’s why we have stories, so we can remember.

The mosses remember that this is not the first time the glaciers have melted. If time is a line, as western thinking presumes, we might think this is a unique moment for which we have to devise a solution that enables that line to continue. If time is a circle, as the Indigenous worldview presumes, the knowledge we need is already within the circle; we just have to remember it to find it again and let it teach us. That’s where the storytellers come in.'”

3 thoughts on “within the circle

  1. Jim Abbott says:

    I am still trying to figure out what I am supposed to do. The quote from the book points toward action to correct evils. Yet, the contemplative side calls for us to stop labeling things as evil, and see them from a perspective that allows them a role in God’s unfolding kin-dom.

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      1. James Abbott says:

        Vonda, I’ve been following the posts from the Center for Action and Contemplation for several years. I got a few days behind this last week, but it was those posts that got me confused. There is too much going on with my search for a spiritual center to deal with by email. Let’s just say that my spiritual director will get a real workout in September. Thanks for your posts and, of course, the art. Shalom Jim Abbott Pastorabbott@earthlink.net cell (979) 251-4992

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