I have been spending a lot of time at my spinning wheel recently. It is a perfect way to spend a cold afternoon. And here in Chicago we have been having a string of super cold days. Right now the temperature is 16 degrees F and that is up several degrees from this morning. I have also needed the quiet meditation I get while spinning. As I shared here earlier this week, I usually choose a topic or situation to think about or meditate upon while I am spinning. It is a bit like an extended prayer. As I add the energy into the fibers I add the energy of my blessings out into the world to spin a yarn….
Yesterday the news cycle was filled with the vile hateful words of our current U.S. president. He spoke of the immigrants from “shit-hole countries”. Haiti, Africa and in the past he has referred to Mexico and Puerto Rico among other places and their people in this demeaning and nasty manner. This is our leadership here. This is our “role-model in charge”.
I had stepped away from this blog for a while this past year. Not wanting to add to the noise of the dissent against this administration. Not wanting to add anything to the negative energy around our current situation. Not feeling it was going to make any difference anyway. But, I can be silent no more.
So, as I sat at the spinning wheel yesterday I questioned how will “They” (his supporters) spin his words? Because you know they will. They always do. And it disgusts me. Especially this weekend as we honor Martin Luther King, Jr. who once said, “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”
King also once said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” So, to honor Dr. King on the weekend we remember as a nation to honor his wisdom and work, I will be silent no more.
This is my yarn spun yesterday and titled, “Spinning Out of Control”. I spun a merino single from a roving that I had dyed a long time ago in shades of teal blue with small areas of a deep purplish. I then plied it with a cotton in that same shade of purple as a core-spun. I added coils and “twisted-lashes” with the wool. Our current President is spinning out of control. And those who have the power, access and authority to act sit back and do nothing, while our country suffers. I will PERSIST. I will continue to work to create the change I want to see in the world. I will no longer remain silent….unless silent meditation is the best action I can take in the moment. And sometimes it is the only thing I can do.