Awakening a Keen Observer

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Where you Are is where YOU ARE

While waiting to see the football game ... I started watching a National Geographic movie called The story of the weeping camel. It is part real story and part drama but it gives the image of the people who live this nomatic life. Not only are they not rooted in one place, but because of the shifting sands even the place where they are changes with the shifting sands. The central part of the story is about a camel calf that is rejected by it's mother at first and how to save the calf. The little camel and the mother both make a mornful crying sound as if the little one was weeping.
Interwoven with this is a story of the family life. The "gers" (houses) on the outside are plain heavy canvas but inside they are colorful and decorated with the finery of the people. Because the gers are round the wind and sand blows around the tent and it stays steady and level.
Here is how the National Geograpic page describes this area. "Sandwiched between the colossal Russia and China, Mongolia is a high plateau (average elevation: 5,180 feet [1,580 meters]). The country stretches approximately 1,490 miles (2,400 kilometers) from east to west and about 780 miles (1,260 kilometers) from north to south.
At one point they gather as their accumulated trive around a carne they have set up like a place of worship. Here is their prayer:
"We must honor nature and it's spirits mankind plunders the earth more and more this drives the spirits away that should prtect us from bad weather we have to consider we are not the last genration on the earth. We pray for forgiveness that the spirits may return."
They offer tokens their altar is a pole with blue silk flags tied to it stones at the bottom. There are small sand sculptures of people, camels and the animals of the region.
They are beautiful people. Some of the wealthier of the nomads have television and we see in the movie a grop of children watching a cartoon. The boys we follow want to have a Tv but it costs much in sheep, the currency for exchange.
The small boys are sent to the 'city, to see the grandparents, share the news and get some supplies. They are warmly greeted and given new silk jackets to wear.

These people, though they are less grounded we might think, are truly grounded on the earth. They hold their children and sing lulubys to bring them comfort and tuck them in and watch them sleep.
It is the same earth as your feet touch. It is the very same. It is the same sun and moon. It is the same air and rain.
Be at peace where you are and be grounded.
Tell your story. It may seem simple but it is YOUR story. It is beautiful.

God abides
Bobbie Giltz McGarey

The boys said they saw children playing a computer game. The grandfather said how do you play that? The child holds up his hand as if holding a controller and moves his thumbs up and down rapidly. The Grandfather laughs. If you see this movie--stay for the credits. Seriously


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