Ar Scáth a Chéile translates from Irish into something like 'We stand in each others shade, or shelter'. Nothing and no-one can exist independently. In this week of Extinction Rebellion actions around the world it seems a good time to be reminded of this obvious truth. No bees? No food. No insects? No pollinators. No trees? No protection from desertification, erosion, global warming...the list goes on and on.
My favourite poster from the Dublin students strike
I was walking in Clashganny Woods feeling the life beneath, around and above me. Everything connecting - the upper canopy giving shade for younger trees and smaller plants, creating habitats for myriad beings, wind and rain and sun and seasons in endless cycles. Here was a deeper time, a holy place. In these days when so much life is threatened, I breathe in the joy and beauty of the natural world.
Connecting the activist and the spiritual, here's a link to a conversation between an London XR activist and two monastics from Plum Village Zen Monastic Community.
In a few days I'll be heading into HellFire Studios with my good friends Cormac O'Brien and Dominic Mullan to record our next trio album. I'm excited to see how the tunes I've been writing these last few months will develop. I know we will bring our most open and receptive selves to creating something new.