In this session I talk about the way different groups of people around the world are making a noise to express difficult feelings, and support health-care workers. In the UK everyone goes out and claps and bangs pans at 8pm every Thursday to support the NHS. In Belper in Derbyshire residents moo every evening at 6.30pm. Let me know if you have any more stories of howling, mooing or clapping.
But when we’re not making a noise, we are collectively making less noise: “researchers have noticed a significant decrease in the amount of vibration on Earth’s surface. This “seismic noise” is created by human movements such as driving, construction work, and anything else that might make the ground shake.” See this National Geographic article on this.
We’ve entered the Silence – and it’s very peaceful, even though it is, of course, an anxious and difficult time for us all.
We then look at Dr Peter Cawston’s second two suggestions for how we can respond to this crisis:
“Be a midwife of the new as well as a hospice worker to the old: while much suffering arises from loss, give your love and energy also to activities that point to what is to come.”
Peter, as a doctor, links a medical role to something deeper – by being non-specific: “give your love and energy also to activities that point to what is to come”. In medical terms that could be a baby or for a hospice worker this points to the life of the soul beyond death. Both roles can also be seen as those of doulas.
“Give your love and energy also to activities that point to what is to come,” also leads us to the next suggestion:
“Choose to make sense of this apparent catastrophe as humanity’s last chance to avert a much greater disaster. From the collapse of the old economic order commit to building the earth-wise, conscious, connected and enduring society that will follow.”
In this current situation, it’s hard to see how we can return to life as it was before. What will it be like?
Here are three thought-provoking views worth knowing about: (and these are just three I’ve come across in the last week – there must be many more):
1. The Doughnut Plan.
2. The French Government ask their citizens what they want for the future and solicit ideas: The Day After survey.
3. Dr Andy Stirling challenges the way we are thinking about all this: Modernity without its Clothes.
I finish with mentioning the weekly meditation sessions available here: in The Garden of Flowing in Perpetual Happiness.