Mindful☼Mondays: Fire’s Constructive Energy

M I N D F U L ☼ M O N D A Y S

Good morning NEC family. As fires rage across our state we are reminded of how fire works to destroy and consume everything around it. Today we’re asking you to hold space for the constructive energy of fire, as it creates space and fodder for new life to spring from the ashes. Indigenous peoples from around the globe have lived with this instrumental knowledge of fire for thousands of years. Finding the balance of creation and destruction, working with fire for the purposes of sustaining both Land and People. The Yurok Tribe is a great example of how traditional knowledge can be ushered forth into the contemporary world, reigniting right relationship to Land and Fire. We have a lot to learn from this.

We watch our sibling Redwoods suffer in Big Basin State Park, and many of us grieve the losses there. Today, fed by that grief, we’re asking you to meditate on the notion that these trees, these lands, have survived and will continue to survive through the scarring of the Earth by fire. New shoots will spring, new life will surge. When we remove our own minuscule life spans and personal memories from the issue, we can hold deep gratitude that with our love, support, and efforts, generations beyond us will appreciate the same big trees. Let us think ahead with great passion – a burning desire to see ourselves in right relationship with Land and Fire for the benefit of our descendants to come.

Read more about the Yurok Tribe fire work, how historical fire suppression is rooted in the colonial project, and the reconnection to smoldering roots here: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/nov/21/wildfire-prescribed-burns-california-native-americans

Photo by: Brittany Kleinschnitz, Office and Event Support Staff

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