Our Sacred Interconnection

“I respect the secrets and magic of nature. That’s why it makes me so angry when I see these things happening…every second I hear the size of a football field is torn down in the Amazon. That kind of stuff really bothers me. That’s why I write these kind of songs. To give some sense of awareness and awakening and hope to people. I love the planet. I love the trees…I love it.” ~Michael Jackson

As the thunders return to Ann Arbor today, I pause to breathe and listen deeply to the comforting rhythm of raindrops falling. I am grateful to be safe and dry and pray for the sacred interconnection of nature to which we are all belong.

In many ways our current American culture mirrors this mysterious and sometimes painful truth of inter-relationship. The current health care debate, the tragic murder of Trayvon Martin and the inspiring community response, the early spring that felt more like summer, the changing climate. These ripples in time all remind us of our deep interconnection as humans, and as living beings, to one another and to nature.

We are in this together, we need each other, and we have tremendous collective powers. We can use our powers for creativity or for destruction. The choice is ours.

I am doing my best, although imperfectly, to choose creativity, to choose life-giving thoughts, words, and actions. To choose music. To choose community. To choose love.

I know that I need support in doing this, and I call on my communities to help sustain and guide me through the storms that arise along the way.

In this spirit, I am organizing a fundraiser concert in Ann Arbor on April 28th to raise money for a return trip to Plum Village in June, where I will participate in a 3-week retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh and his community of mindfulness. I will then return to Michigan to continue to share the energies of joy, love, and peace through music in my Beloved Communities.

I need your help to get there, and there are many ways you could choose to contribute. You can make donations directly online via my website, even if you are unable to attend the concert. You could also volunteer to help with the concert on April 28th. Please email me if you are interested.

And, of course, you can continue to choose creativity, to choose life, and to choose love in all that you do. Together, we create a beautiful world that holds dear this sacred interconnection.

Love,

Joe

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