“Do you say that tree isn't pretty cause it doesn't look like that tree? We're all trees. You're a tree. I'm a tree. You've got to love your body Eve. You've got to love your tree. Love your tree. (Leah)” ― Eve Ensler, The Good Body
A Hippy at Heart.
I love trees. I was reminded of this the other day when I took a micro-adventure on my way to work, stopping for a while in a park to feel the grass under my feet, and smell the fresh air.
I love trees.
I love the way bark crumbles off, and creates beautiful patterns, I love the way leaves feel like soft hair, and I love strong beautiful trunks. Ever since I've felt like this, I just had an urge to wrap my arms around the trunks, and sink my face into the cool wood. I guess this is where the term tree-hugger really originated from.
I guess I am a hippy at heart.
I'm into free love and starting revolutions, but not because I want to burn my bras and smoke weird herbs - but because I feel like the majority of society have moved away from our late 60's ideals of Peace, Love, and Rock n' Roll, and now we focus on mass-social-movements of Botox, Bieber, and being funky hipsters.
When I am taking a moment to remove myself from the hustle of my normal daily life, surrounded by nature, I can get in touch with my authentically natural self and actually connect with that part of me that is a child of the earth.
Where did our parent's free love revolution go?
Where's the Free-Love?
As we have become more connected online, our revolutions have all gone a similar way, and although lives are changed within the social community of cyberspace, the changes that actually connect us to our local community and have an outward global impact, are harder to see.
Big revolutions in the last century will always be remembered as beginning as mass gatherings of people - the Civil Rights movement & the iconic 'I have a dream' speech, Woodstock & the Free Love movement which rallied against the Vietnam war, the fall of the Berlin Wall & the unification of Germany, all sparked by people talking in the streets, and communicating the message of the movement together.
There are revolutions occurring all around us, as actions are taken to build online community, and these communities have insane conferences to celebrate their cause. But still the political movements are lessened, and we think liking something on Facebook, or writing a blog post is a way of protesting against the madness of some political or societal issues.
Bombarded by constant messages online about endless global causes and what is most important to support, its easy to become overwhelmed by feelings of hopelessness.
However, sharing a post in Facebook does not get the message through where it is needed most, even though it is the most easily accessible way to try to do things.
Sparking action for change.
When I consider my own insular life of online discussion about my passion, I realise that I'm not doing enough to really change people's lives. I can do more to have an impact if I focus less online. The internet communities we have built are absolutely important - but they are important in their role as the means to communicate, rally support for, meet like-minded people, and discuss the things we are doing off-line.
They are important as the channel of communication for provoking change.
So this absolutely brings me to the next chapter of M.A.B.Y. It motivates me to look outward into the community for what I can do to instigate change. It acts as a trigger for action with impact. It is time to go hug more trees in public.
A revolution begins with just one idea for a better world, and whether it has a personal, local, or wider global affect - it is still fundamental to creating movements in society.
'TAKE ACTION' POINT: What do you feel passionate about that you could take greater action on changing? What things fire you up in your life, or in society that you want to change? Do something now toward this change - write an email to your local council, call up the school principal, speak with your boss about improvements you want to make, make a formal complaint to the TV station, attend a local meetup to get involved.
Stand up, speak out, spark action.
The most important part of the free love movement in the 60's, was the connection each person felt to their peers and to the cause. It created a culture change that spanned across music, fashion, movie, art and politics. There are other people out there who have the same passions and problems you do - connect with them and become active in a group working toward creating positive change in the world.
Okay, so you wanna know more about our revolution... Stay tuned for next week's post, and re-read the quote above for clues - we're working toward something big!
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