Beautiful scenes this week of waterfalls running down Uluru after record-breaking rainfall and flooding. This feels like a sign of cleansing and there is certainly plenty of that going on - with more due to come. Everywhere we look right now, we are being reminded: we have to get into our hearts, we have to be led by our hearts, we have to live in alignment with our hearts.
"According to one Aboriginal myth, two tribes of ancestral spirits were invited to a feast in the area, but became distracted by beautiful Sleepy Lizard Women and dallied at a waterhole. Angry at being stood up, the waiting hosts sang evil into a mud sculpture that came to life as the dingo....There was a terrible slaughter followed by a great battle, which ended in the deaths of the leaders of both tribes. The earth itself rose up in grief at the bloodshed—and this is Uluru." From Uluru
Time to Say Goodbye is a pretty apt song to close 2016 with. Hearing of Debbie Reynolds passing today, a day after the loss of her daughter Carrie Fisher, brought to the surface some tears as it made me think of our mum who we lost 14 years ago. Anyone who has lost someone very close can maybe understand why Debbie Reynolds had to go too. We played this album in mum's bedroom from the day her soul flew onward, until the morning we left for the service.
I think lots of tears are being shed this week as we say goodbye to so many great cultural icons all at once. We may not know any of these actors and musicians personally, but their work has touched us, and in their passing they remind us we are all the same and it brings up our own grief and emotions. Debbie and Carrie leave behind someone who has just lost his mother and sister, someone who has lost her mother and grandmother, and no matter the level of your fame or fortune, loss is loss, grief is grief, and love is love. Our hearts feel more connected at times like this not only with our loved ones, but with our human family and in the end that's all that matters.
(c) Dana Mrkich 2016
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