There is an interdependence I often lose track of in life when I get busy. It was nice to get away from the reading and writing for a few days. Black Elk, a holy man of the Oglala Lakota, said these words many years ago and they resonate with me today.
I recognize that interconnectedness when I allow myself to find a higher vantage point. My daily life, surrounded with by busyness, focuses me on the particulars. The spiritual vantage point, which elevates me, allows me to see sometimes the fuller circle.
Then I was standing on the highest mountain of them all,
And round beneath me was the whole hoop of the world
And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell
And I understood more than I saw
For I was seeing in the sacred manner the shape of all things of the spirit!
And I saw that the sacred hoop of my people was one of many hoops that make one circle, wide as daylight and starlight,
And in the center grew one mighty flowering tree.