We have come through a most devastating time for our town and local area, first the fires and then the heartbreaking tragedies surrounding the mudslides. We find ourselves at the mercy of the power of the elements and forces of nature - fire and air, water and earth. Some of us have experienced acute trauma and unbearable loss and others have experienced secondary trauma and grief. We have all been affected. Grief is a given, and many of us have been stricken.
These are troubling times for many around the world, and recently for Southern California folks affected by the fires. Although many communities have been facing challenges for some time now - floods, drought, racism, violence, injustices, you name it - this fire is particularly close to home. It is at this time of crisis, and the darkest time of the year in this hemisphere - winter solstice - that I write this newsletter. As we know, times of crisis are also often times of opportunity, and we are certainly being called to wake up to the effects of a world view and way of life which is out of balance with our original instructions and the natural living world.