Honoring land and community.
“Listen” honors death. In the past year, I have personally and closely witnessed the transition of my elder loved ones lives. My heart is tender and broken by the death that followed. An exponentially growing number of lost life on this Earth followed in a dramatically short time. In my lifetime I have seen: drowning, burning, sick, beaten down and killed all around the world in devastating ways. I was inspired to create this piece after connecting with a local Makah tribe member, Sabrina Hill. We shared and pieced together our heart voices around social activist issues. I asked her, “what do we do?” She simply and clearly answered, “Listen.” This wise counsel that she gave me resonated deeply; a sacred truth spoken.
“May we listen to the spirit of life and the lessons that death asks us to give with gratitude in heart. May we listen to the Earth beneath us, all around us, and the place we all call home and belong. May we listen to each other in the beauty of our difference, accepting with compassion the diversity of our existence. May we listen to our hearts and open to the rhythm guiding the way. May we listen and hear the symphony of life in communion, as members of all species on the Earth. May we listen to the struggles and the peace that our heart leads us each to witness.”
– Adrianna Santiago