The BP Oil spill has been at the forefront of every major American newscast for sixty days. There’s a hole in our planet that needs to be patched up, and no one knows quite how to go about doing that. That’s not to mention the loss of wild life, beachfront, and the overall health of the Gulf itself.
“Crisis” and “disaster” seem like understatements. “Heartbreaking” is a word that seems to have lost all meaning.
Chief Arvol Looking Horse of the Lakota has taken a stand against this disaster through spirituality and prayer.
“A man or a woman without spirit is very dangerous,” Looking Horse explained in a recent phone interview. According to this Sioux chief, the absence of spirit is causing suffering everywhere. “We are in a time of survival,” he said. “But we don’t want to believe it because we have forgotten our spirits. We have forgotten that Grandmother Earth has a spirit.”
So, he proposes:
“It’s everyday life for us that we hold Grandmother Earth sacred, we hold the trees and the plants, everything has a spirit. We need people to be really respectful for each other. The Great Spirit put us here all together. If we’re going to survive, we need to have spirit and compassion. On June 21 we’re asking people to go to their sacred places or sacred spaces to pray.”
There is so little we can do from a physical standpoint, it seems only right that we take things to a spiritual level. I know, I know “Kit’s getting all preachy again. Let’s go read something else.” But hear me out. You don’t have to be religious to keep the Gulf in your thoughts. You’d be surprised to find what a few little words of hope in your heart can do.