tar sands, pipelines and oil spills

Posted by on November 25, 2011 in alberta tar sands, bears, billy collins, Butoh Blog, dance, eco-activism, keystone XL pipeline, mama earth, momobutoh company, momobutoh dance company, northern gateways, photos, pipelines, salmon | 1 comment

Britannia, B.C.

“…if you’re a poor forlorn oil industry feeling unloved and under assault, what do you do?

There’s really only one answer: Flash your wad…
The other side — that is, scientists, Nobelists, and the kind of average people who went to jail in record numbers this summer to block the plan — doesn’t have that kind of money. We’ve had to figure out other currencies to work in: spirit, passion, creativity… But if money’s the only thing that matters, we’re done for anyway. So we’ll keep using science and art and courage.”    Bill McKibben  
Blog catching up – dance /photos from several weeks ago… I have been so deeply moved by the peaceful protests occurring in both Canada and the United States against the Keystone XL Pipeline, the Northern Gateways Pipelines and also, more importantly, the Alberta Tar Sands themselves. I have been feeling that as much as we seem, as a species, to be evolving in very inspiring ways towards a ‘unity consciousness,’ a sense of being related to not only one-another around the planet, but also to other beings, we are also moving towards a directly opposing, but just as strong trend, towards destroying our mama earth and all that reside upon her, at all costs.

“But it is hard to speak of these things / how the voices of light enter the body / and begin to recite their stories / how the earth holds us painfully against / its breast made of humus and brambles / how we who will soon be gone regard / the entities that continue to return / greener than ever, spring water flowing / through a meadow and the shadows of clouds / passing over the hills and the ground / where we stand in the tremble of thought / taking the vast outside into ourselves.”

Billy Collins

When I feel overwhelmed with despair for the destruction of our world, and the wild beings that reside upon her, I dance…  I wrote the following several weeks ago:

i am dancing because i have to… for the bears, the salmon, the caribou, the wolves, the migrating birds  and all the creatures whose lives are being threatened from the increased pollution and habitat destruction…  because i am canadian and it is unconscionable to me that the current government is supporting an oil extraction method that is the dirtiest energy project in the world, one that is devastating to all beings on our precious mama earth…i am dancing in solidarity with the indigenous peoples whose health and lives are being jeopardized by the alberta tar sands upriver of their communities… because human rights are being violated… i am dancing because i have to… because sometimes it feels my heart will explode with pain and anger at the lack of respect some human beings that run corporations have for all life and for future generations… i dance… i dance…

Thank you for viewing this post. I hope it may inspire you in some way. I am grateful for Momo and Company for being able to share our dance offerings here…
Lee
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
May all beings everywhere be happy and free from suffering, and may our thoughts and actions contribute to that happiness and freedom from suffering for all beings…
Music: Dean Evenson
Photos: Brooke
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1 Comment

  1. Yes Lee…..so much passion and purpose to dance for and of and about. Dance your prayers, dance your pains, dance your love and sadness….this is all an offering of soul, truth and great importance. You have such ability to articulate, find the poems and images that suit perfectly. Gratitude for your contribution & dedication to all beings. Prayers for your pain, for all of our pain & suffering. This is heart wrenching. The Bon body refuge practice says that in order to transform pain we can not meet pain with pain…we must meet it with spaciousness. The images of you in the field and with the great open sky remind me of that…..the spaciousness holds the pain and it is thus able to dissolve into oneness.

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