bad days, stormy weather, and beautiful sunsets (not entirely OT)

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Posted by Anne Beltestad on July 19, 2002 at 00:10:34:

Hi everyone,

It seems folks here (or in the world?) are having more than our share of bad luck. I know it's been rough for me, and henna has not felt like the refuge it usually is.
Here's my two cents.
I think the world is going through some very trying times. Certainly here in New York we are not recovered from the events of last fall, and I think much of the world shares the uncertainty, sadness, and fear we feel. Personally I feel immense grief at all the senseless loss of life which is still going on, as well as at the very real fact that our species is causing the destruction of life on earth as we know it. These feelings are real, and yet they have no expression in our society. It's almost as if we live under permanent clouds, yet no one will speak of the weather.
And yet...there is still much beauty and much love. We cannot help but see the sunsets.
Feeling profoundly lonely this week, I popped into an herb store in Manhattan only to be treated to the owner's very warm and caring advice about how I need to take care of myself and nurture myself. He also impressed upon me the need to visualize and do affirmations that I deserve the kind of relationship I so crave, and that that person, whoever they may be, in fact does exist and is out there and it is a matter of drawing them to me, of imagining everything I really want.
I cannot express how much the care of this stranger affected me. He didn't even know me, yet he was loving and kind.
This is what we need to cultivate.
There is a lot of fear, but we can't dwell there.
Those of us who know this are the guiding light, the dogs who push the rest of the herd of sheep to evolve a little faster. We may in fact be the only hope for our species. You know who you are.
We need to get together, to affirm each other as this herbalist did for me, to look into each others' eyes and remember we are all related and we all walk in beauty.
This is what henna is supposed to do.
This is what we need to remember.
It's not about money, it's not about speed or how famous you are.
It's about gentle touch and love.
This is magic.
This is our only hope.
Ok, at the risk of sounding too much like a newagy freak, which I am not in the least (really!) I am off to shower and then try to henna myself, just to see if it's better yet...
Thanks to everyone who emailed me with supportive words and offers of henna samples.
peace to you and all you touch,



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