Ubuntu is a [beautiful] traditional African concept with a rich history. In “About the Name”, it is described as the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity. Leymah Gbowee describes it as, “I am what I am because of who we all are” and Desmond Tutu expressed it as, “My humanity is inextricably bound up in yours. We belong in a bundle of life.” However beautiful, it's difficult to corral the essence of this worldview into language. Let's give it life through our choices. We are all connected in The Reiki Ripple.
As the calendar page turns, the Reiki Ripple (as I term it) of healing and growth continues to expand within us and outstretch without. Thank you for choosing to be a positive agent of change within your world and beyond.
Yesterday, the day after the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, was the designated Native American Heritage Day (holiday). This got me thinking about the meaning of the word native, with all of its complexity, and for all that it can represent. It got me thinking about how I love to learn from and honor heritages other than my own. Honoring the richness of the fabric of humanity every day, in some way, is important to me. I always find myself within it—always do. It got me reading. Now, it has me sharing today’s musing with you.
As I write this note, I am boundlessly grateful for the seals barking outside, as they relish in the rolling, misty fog that soothingly and refreshingly blankets us this afternoon. I am grateful for these still moments, with my black lab underfoot, where I can listen—truly and actively listen—to living nature, to its whisper, and to be anointed by its delicate magic. I am grateful to share a few words here with you, along with the following beautiful Native American prayer that found me today. I feel so fortunate to be held by these wise words today—precisely what I needed. Thank you to the Puebloans for inspiring me in so many ways today. Indeed, we are all connected, and their courage and wisdom is woven into our present. Thank you for sharing this moment with me.
Love ~ Katherine R.