Today I went to meet and greet my ancestors in an adaptation of old traditions:
Cleaning the graves, lighting candle and incense, offering money to the ancestors.
To clean the grave of the ancestors is a real physical effort, feels like making up their bed.
After lighting the candle and incense, having some words to be spoken:
‘I am sorry we do’nt have the opportunity to have a real talk in the physical world, so many things I would have liked to ask, so many things unspoken; I am grateful for your effort to give me a decent upbringing and education, even if it did not go according to plan’
Setting fire to a banknote becomes really charged with strong intention!
“Now I walk in beauty, beauty is before me,
beauty is behind me, above and below me.”
Doing this old ritual in a modern setting, reconnects my current time with the ancient ones.
See also: Tomb Sweeping Day: what is remembered, lives
Paris attacks: Facebook introduces French flag filter to let you show solidarity with victims
Just the day before, Beiroet was bombed by Daesh, where was the international solidarity & outrage?
Where was the facebook safety check for Beirut?
Is there a double standard Beirut-Paris?
Anyway, it did not feel good for me to use the French symbols to show my solidarity with victims of terrorism. instead I chose PAX CULTURA ‘The necessity for protection of the cultural product and activity of the world—both during war and peace—’
This mission statement remembers me of Mencius: If the king loves music, there is little wrong in the land.
Warsan Shire wrote:
later that night
i held an atlas in my lap
ran my fingers across the whole world
where does it hurt?
Politiek was vanouds alles wat de burgermaatschappij in de staat betreft, m.aw.: handelen in sociale context is politiek handelen.
Als ik mijn spiritualiteit, mijn diepste overtuigingen in de praktijk breng in de maatschappij, dan voer ik spirituele handelingen uit in sociale context, dan heeft mijn visie op spiritualiteit ook consequenties voor mijn politieke stellingname.
Mijn moderne inspirator op deze weg is Starhawk
Tevens laat ik me ook inspireren door de klassieker Mencius