A SUSTAINABLE OFFERING
Updated: Aug 9, 2019
I first read about LOVE as being the solution for a sustainable future from a book called Grow Small. Think Beautiful by Schumacher College. For those who are unfamiliar, Schumacher dedicated themselves with leading thinkers, nobel prize winners, practitioners, activists of our time to work on shaping out a sustainable future. I’m currently here finishing up my 3 weeks ‘Indigeny course’. Last Friday, we had a group discussion on Indigenous principles and the application to real world. For me, it is interesting and important to generate ideas spontaneously. Just before we got dismissed and gathered into small groups, I noticed our conversations were often in the direction of a singular interest. It was rational and epic, led predominantly by males and focused primarily on seeing problems from a bigger picture with very well articulated language. As for female students (educators, brand strategist, biologists, MA students,etc), I was surprised that most of them added relatively less to the conversations. Yet, this has always been how many women were raised within the educational system: we were unconscious of this singularity of interest that governs structure and speech throughout decades of training.
In Indigenous culture, women’s menstruation is seen as time for collecting intuition and insights from Mother Earth. By the time they become grandmothers, women are destined to share this accumulated wisdom and hold the final say of a tribe behind the chief. Women were seen as an access to the mystery of the universe and have the ability to collect information behind the finite minds. Emotions, intuitions, and a deep connection to Mother Earth come into play which contribute to the reality as a whole. This had been a sustainable practice for thousands of years compared to our current social structure. The emergence of femininity and masculinity lay the ground of harmony and love that serve a single human being’s design and collectively as a whole.
So next time when we hear something big & epic in group discussion, women, lets try a different offering?
(herbs used for above painting/ madder & turmeric)