Thursday, September 13, 2007
dung not wasted
so i'm watching Jeff Corwin who rocks. he's on Animal Planet. he knows EVERYTHING about animals, plus he's hilarious and very cool. and there's a dung beetle on a beach in spain. and jeff observes how this dung beetle uses the scat from a horse or some other animal, and rolls it, and puts it in a tunnel in the sand, and then lays its eggs in the dung. the larvae feed on the nutrients in the dungball. and meanwhile little tiny bugs are riding on the belly of the beetle.
jeff says, "in nature, nothing is wasted."
so what is it about us human beings that we want to get rid of things within us? and i'm not even talking about the obscenely irresponsible tonnage of waste and trash that human beings in developed (...) countries generate and then just dump.
i mean, our experiences. our feelings. our fears. our regrets. our shadows. we call them sin, or mistakes, or crap, or whatever. dung. something to ignore or deny or run from.
what i'm learning is that everything belongs, as richard rohr says. god is in everything. everything is sacred. everything is a gift.
when i open myself to god being present in what i'm afraid of, or what i've got a lot of energy around, or what i don't want to look at in myself and the world around me, i realize that i can always be learning, always be choosing, always be finding. that god is infinite and yet present, and that my soul is not just about choosing good or bad. it's about learning and growing. and that is freedom and power.
and besides, the dung beetle is a strong little creature. so are we.