Photo: Gulf Mourning Action (protesting the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. June, 2010, East River, Brooklyn).

Holding the paradox…

For this Earth Day, I would like to share the ritual I performed for the 2020 equinox, which happened on March 19th… the first day of enforced isolation here in NY.

The transition from Winter to Spring is usually thought of as pleasant and sweet. But renewal is often uncomfortable. Rebirth is painful. Regeneration is terrifying.

What had been hidden (seeds frozen underground) is now being revealed (colorful blossoming). The veil between the unseen and the seen is lifting, and this year, the transition to Spring is a time of systemic upheaval. For humans on the brink of financial and health uncertainty, there is nothing pleasant about it.

The question I’m grappling with is: Can we hold the paradox of our extreme human suffering at the same time as we honor our place on this very volatile planet, that is, as we speak, having a moment of temporary respite from our human presence?

If we can do this, we might just be able to solve climate change simultaneously with saving those among us who are most vulnerable from this pandemic.


Here is a ritual from my place of self isolation to honor the earth on the first day of Spring. (I’m not super savvy, so the audio is out of sync with the video, but I hope the spirit of the ritual comes through for you!)

Published On: April 22nd, 2020 / Categories: Hypnopoeia: somatic practices /

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