“It’s all about love”
Like so many, I’m increasingly disturbed by the state of politics in the United States in particular, by not just the facts of what is unfolding but also by the tone, by the divisiveness, by the righteousness and judgment, by the disregard for so many of the things that so many of us hold dear. I am terrified of what might happen in our presidential election and beyond. As I scroll through Facebook posts and opinion pieces online, wondering yet again what I can do that will make a difference, I keep thinking of what Sebastian Pole, co-founder of Pukka Herbs, said as we walked through the forests of southern India.
“It’s all about love, really. About what do you love and who do you love and how you want to love them. And if you love nature and you love people, you want to take care of them.”
His words echoed what Randy Buresh, co-founder of Oregon’s Wild Harvest, said as he drove us around their biodynamic farm in western Oregon. “It’s all about love, doing it from the heart, not doing it from the mind.” And then he added, “And that’s a completely different aspect when you think about it.”
It’s one thing to nod in agreement. It’s another to really think about how doing it – by it Randy is talking about the work of creating high quality herbal products, but his words really apply to everything we do – looks differently when done from the heart and not from the mind.
I spent this past weekend dancing in a Dare to Dream workshop with Ya’Acov Darling Khan, co-founder of the School of Movement Medicine. Ya’Acov spoke of dance as a way not to enter trance but to wake from the trance of modern life, the trance of being consumers, to see that we are citizens of the world. And he talked of waking from this trance to the dream we are already dreaming.
My dream in following herbs through the supply chain is to create a pathway where we have the information needed to buy herbs as citizens of the world. To me this is just another form of political action. Our money is simply one expression, a particularly potent one, of our life energy. How we spend it determines the world we are calling into being more powerfully than any petitions we sign or images we post or like online. My dream is that we see our choices about what to buy and how to vote not just as ways to make our opinions known but as ways to express our love for this world. And that in doing so, we come to understand ourselves not as consumers of a world that is already created but as co-participants in building a world where we all share responsibility in taking care of the people and places and things that we love.
It’s a dream. As Ya’Acov also said, it takes effort to make dreams real, dozens of choices daily over what we will care for and how. The stakes feel greater now than ever before. We begin the work by, simply, beginning; by asking, as Sebastian said, “What do I love and who do I love and how do I want to love them?” And then we go from there.