I was blessed to be invited to share my thoughts at a recent TEDx event in Holyhead, North Wales. Today Anglesey still bears traces of that ancient past, so where better to present some insights about the value that indigenous wisdom holds for us at this moment in history.
To survive in the jungle requires a tremendous amount of knowledge, built up over centuries and passed mother to daughter, father to son. You need to know which plants are edible, or can be used as dyes or poisons, where particular birds gather and at what time of day, which parts of the river are safe. The more you know the easier it is to survive and even thrive in this place.
So many people got in touch, on this site, on Facebook, in phone calls and emails. We have been inundated with offers of help and support, from as far afield as New Zealand, South Africa and Japan. We'd be deafened if we could hear all of the prayers that have been said, if love were liquid we'd be drowning.
My guess is that you and I have been gripped by this question for many years, revolving it through our lives as our circumstances change, as our proioritires change, as we evaluate who we are and what we do.
Its easy to cope with life when everything is going right. When the bills are paid, our health is good, relationships are nourishing and the sun is shining, its easy to call that “good,” even “magic,” and celebrate that we are on the right track. But how do we cope when circumstances aren’t so rosy and life looks “bad?” How do we deal with challenging times? And for us, Sand and Jon, those times came recently.