What am I doing to save the world?

Last night I went to my first “Wake Up Sydney” event. I have known about these events for years but each time I would deliberate on attending and then tickets would sell out!  THIS time I was prepared and bought a ticket the same day I received notification about the event.

Upon walking into the old Cheuvel building I received a tulip and a friendly smile. There was a small dark chocolate bar on my seat and for the next 2 hours I was swept away by the amazing drumming of Rueben Alexander before being engaged by the compelling words for Andrew Harvey.

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Photo of Andrew Harvey

Many things resonated with me as Andrew spoke. One of the key take-aways/ah-hah moments I had was when Andrew questionend the audience with “What have you loved so much that it matters?” This was in regards to Sacred Activitism – a movement described in Andrew’s latest book, “The Hope”.

I mentally drew a blank. I’ve loved, but have I loved enough that it matters?

Andrew also questioned the crowd about what WE are doing to insure some of the horrific things unfolding around the world would stop and/or never occur again.

This one really hit home. I support a number of charities and felt that this was my contribution to the world however it dawned on me last night that this is a total cop-out. I give the charities money but I personally do not DO anything other then say ‘here, have some cash!’. The only thing I could draw on from my memory banks was recently I swore off red meat in protest to the Australian live-export trade that is currently under scrutiny… but really, that’s all I have done. Oh, and I insure all my pets come from animal shelters (as opposed to breeders) but again, is that enough to save the world? Ah…. in a word… nope!

Andrew is a very compelling speaker and someone I would recommend seeing if you have the chance. He provided lots of little morsels for me to ponder long after the talk was finished.

Below is a poem I found by Rumi (which Andrew refers heavily too) that I feel is a good reflection of his words;

how long
can i lament
with this depressed
heart and soul

how long
can i remain
a sad autumn
ever since my grief
has shed my leaves

the entire space
of my soul
is burning in agony

how long can i
hide the flames
wanting to rise
out of this fire

how long can one suffer
the pain of hatred
of another human
a friend behaving like an enemy

with a broken heart
how much more
can i take the message
from body to soul

i believe in love
i swear by love
believe me my love

how long
like a prisoner of grief
can i beg for mercy

you know i’m not
a piece of rock or steel
but hearing my story
even water will become
as tense as a stone

if i can only recount
the story of my life
right out of my body
flames will grow

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