Remember the Moon, Episode 104

The more we try to control, the less we can receive from life. But there is a path by which we might, gradually, remember ourselves more fully and find ourselves reached by life, with all its gifts and all its challenges. At the end of the 2nd year of Turning Towards Life, a conversation about being porous to life, with Lizzie Winn and Justin Wise of Thirdspace.

Here’s Episode 104 of Turning Towards Life, a weekly live 30 minute conversation hosted by Thirdspace in which Justin Wise and Lizzie Winn dive deep into big questions of human living. Find us on FaceBook to watch live and join in the lively conversation on this episode. We’re also on YouTube, and as a podcast on Apple, Google and Spotify.

It’s the end the second year of this project, and in this conversation we consider together what it is to remember – not the kind of remembering we do when we recall ‘what happened’, but the kind of remembering where we ‘put ourselves back together’, gathering up the parts of ourselves we have ignored or left out, so that we can face life with renewed courage, compassion and openness. 

As Lizzie says, “the more we control, the less we receive from life. Our frightened selves keep us separate as a form of protection and yet it is to our detriment, as loneliness and sadness follow.”  And so we wonder together about how we can turn towards a reciprocity and openness to life that’s different from saying ‘I’m beaten’ and equally different from our demands that life goes just the way we demand it.

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Our source this week is from the poet Joy Harjo

Remember the sky that you were born under,
know each of the star’s stories.
Remember the moon, know who she is.
Remember the sun’s birth at dawn, that is the
strongest point of time. Remember sundown
and the giving away to night.
Remember your birth, how your mother struggled
to give you form and breath. You are evidence of
her life, and her mother’s, and hers.
Remember your father. He is your life, also.
Remember the earth whose skin you are:
red earth, black earth, yellow earth, white earth
brown earth, we are earth.
Remember the plants, trees, animal life who all have their
tribes, their families, their histories, too. Talk to them,
listen to them. They are alive poems.
Remember the wind. Remember her voice. She knows the
origin of this universe.
Remember you are all people and all people
are you.
Remember you are this universe and this
universe is you.
Remember all is in motion, is growing, is you.
Remember language comes from this.
Remember the dance language is, that life is.

Joy Harjo

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