do it, be it, live it with love

Our culture is in a sad state. A boy died at the university where I work yesterday. He was shot and killed by another boy. I wrote this to a friend: At first when I heard the news I went into a spin about how kids are being turned into numbers/consumers who are taught how to be automatons trained to produce and consume in a disconnected world rather than human beings who are [loving] creative critical thinkers – and how maybe that is why there is so much more violence on campuses (and in general in this country).

I needed to see this today, and I can bet I am not alone.

Excerpt from the film, Angel-A, written and directed by Luc Besson.

My friend Bradley Olsen shared the video. He is a beautiful writer as well as a psychotherapist with a “particular interest in Jungian Analytical Psychology and Mythological Studies“. He wrote: This is what’s missing in our culture right now; genuine, deep, frightening, painful, vulnerable love. Love of others and of self. I’m afraid we’ve mistaken narcissism and inflated egos for genuine love. What a lovely film clip.

Our culture is in a sad state. A boy died at the university where I work yesterday. He was shot and killed by another boy. I wrote this to a friend: At first when I heard the news I went into a spin about how kids are being turned into numbers/consumers who are taught how to be automatons trained to produce and consume in a disconnected world rather than human beings who are [loving] creative critical thinkers – and how maybe that is why there is so much more violence on campuses (and in general in this country).

This disconnect really comes down to love. It is this simple beautiful thing that is taught out of us, starved, beaten, bankrupted, neglected, withheld, smothered, abused, sexualized, homogenized, marginalized, advertised, commercialized, trivialized, sterilized, dehumanized out of us.

We have to stop hiding it. We have to let love out so we can let love back in.

Giving and receiving love is our birthright.

Thanks so much for reading and viewing.

Have a beautiful, peaceful, love-filled day (and life)!

Holly

I took this photo a few weeks ago while visiting the spot where I spread my sister's ashes. I'd been feeling so much grief, so much weariness, so much loss over the last few months. Finally, I let the space embrace me. The trees, the grasses, the earth, the stones - and my sister's spirit, too - all there offering support. If you have no one to hug, hug a tree. Hug the earth.I took this photo a few weeks ago while visiting the spot where I spread my sister’s ashes. I’d been feeling so much grief, so much weariness, so much loss over the last few months. A lot of crying, a lot of cleansing tears.

Finally, I let the space embrace me. The trees, the grasses, the earth, the stones – and my sister’s spirit, too – all there offering support.

If you’ve got no one to hug, hug a tree. Hug the earth. A little love goes a long way.

  1. thanks for your lovely thoughts and words, and the beautiful film clip. thanks for being such a lovely person and lovely friend.
    “…with our love, we could save the world…” George Harrison in conversation with his sitar teacher & friend, Ravi Shankar, later recorded in his Beatles song “Within You Without You”.

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    1. Thank you – I am very happy we are connected.

      I love George Harrison so much! And John’s birthday was just yesterday. They were tapped into something big. So much love, and it still touches so many of us, even though they are both physically gone.

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  2. Angel-A is one of my all time favorite films. I’m so glad to hear that you’re slowly healing from your loss. I lost a sibling many years ago… it takes a great deal of time to heal. Wishing much peace.
    James.

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    1. Hi James, Thanks so much – it has been slow but deep. It is good. I didn’t know about Angel-A, I might watch the whole movie tonight. Take care~ Holly

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  3. so sorry to hear about the loss of your sister Holly (I did not know..),. & also of the boy who died at the university…(i felt that horror up in the Oregon university recently)… Its such an upside down word many times, so thank u for gentle healing contributions towards righting it back up w/ your healing words & energies which I hope u reflect back upon yourself as well, & as exhibited in this wonderful film-clip- love goes a long way in healing.. healing vibes sent your way.. Om mani padme hum, much peace,.. jonno

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  4. Thnx Holly! So true. And having grown up in peace and love generation I always knew this, but we must keep saying it, living it, singing, dancing and playing it……and just giving it forever. In my support group meeting the other night. My friend was so upset about her aunt who is dying of cancer. She loves her so much because she said “she knows that the secret of happiness is to give love” ❤

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    1. It’s more important than ever! Love you, G!!!!

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  5. be love. be peace. that’s the answer.
    thanks Holly

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