I have a very special place on the planet - where I am right mow - where I feel connected. I feel this connection to 'place' in a way that is deeper than I can express. The birds I feed who give me the 'eye'; the animals who depend on me. My loved ones far away who want me near; I'm working on it...meanwhile I AM HERE NOW. The garden is dying but it is going inwards for winter and so must I. It will be here in the spring again. And, by some miracle, so might I...
Mostly that's what it takes to BE HERE NOW
"It's the most precious thing...to know absolutely where you belong. There's a whole emotional wrapping-around-of-you here. You see the same rock, tree, road, clouds, sun -- you develop a nice kind of intimacy with the world around you. To be intimate is to grow, to learn...[it] is absolutely fulfilling. Intimacy, that's my magic word for why I live here."
--Tessie Maranjo, SANTA CLARA PUEBLO
Every human being, to be healthy in mind/body/spirit, needs to have the feeling of belonging. When we have a sense of belonging we can be intimate. We can feel. We can connect. If we cannot develop this feeling of belonging, then we will feel lost or disconnected.
To be disconnected from life is like walking around during the day not knowing the Sun exists. Or the moon at night or the stars.
Howeever, to have a feeling of intimacy with our spce/place on the planet is a warm, glowing, joyful, loving, and connected ind of thing.
The feeling this Elder is talking about is available to us all.
Great Spirit, let me be intimate.
I am grateful, so grateful for my place/space on the planet. I am working towards sharing this space with all whom I love and who love me.