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VOF Week 2 (The Dust Settles Slowly)

I have always believed the world was a beautiful place and saw the beauty in it. I know it sounds a little strange but as a child I could feel Nature and it was my friend. It was the sun on my face, the ground beneath my feet, the trees and animals, they all had a voice that spoke to me. We often played together and sometimes they gave me a gift. I could feel it and hear it in my thoughts and sometimes it would say something like close my eyes and take a step this way, 4 that way, 2 this way and now look down. Sometimes it was a flower like a Bluebell beside a tree or a wild strawberry growing in our backyard or sometimes just a rock that had shiny bits in it that sparkled.

Once when I was going to the little creek in the woods behind our house that I talked with a bear somehow. It said something like ’look up but don’t be scared since I just wanted to say hi’ and I saw it sitting there on the other side of the small creek and told my 2 sisters to look at the bear and they ran away screaming. I think this connection to Nature was part of my Aleut heritage and why I take pride in being a Native. I think I lost a lot of this when entering school and facing prejudice every day and think this is why it happens to us, so we lose this connection to Nature.

It is this connection with Nature that I think a lot of indigenous people feel and why I feel a fellowship with them. I loved looking at the atlas maps and imaging visiting all these places. I always believed that people were not bad and the trouble must arise from a bad translation. I wanted to be an interpreter once I read about them. They took what one person said and translated it so the other person could understand it too.

It was this idea that all I needed to do was help people understand each other to make the world better that eventually led me to this site. I loved the idea of it and how it seemed made just for me since it was exactly the sort of thing I was looking for! While I feel like I have just climbed out of a gorge to where everyone else is and am lying there all dusty and ragged, it is a much better place then where I had been before.

I honestly believe that showing other woman how just by changing the way you feel inside yourself it will help change the world around you. Becoming a citizen journalist is one way of spreading my faith that we can do it together. Even as I type this the dust settles slowly and people can see me as I am.

Comments

Tina's picture

Wow!

Maria, wow! you have truly moved me with this piece. Your ability to view the world and its connections to nature is inspiring, powerful and beautiful. I too feel a very strong connection to nature that I have tied to my celtic heritage. It is sad that so many of us lose this connection as our cultures move further and further away from their roots and their land.
I think its essential actually for people to reconnect with that lineage, with our histories, our countries, our native languages and land. This sense of belonging to some place grounds everyone and enables them to live a little more peacefully with themselves I think, and then perhaps its easier to live at peace with each other. I don't know a lot about this subject but I feel that its a very important part of the puzzle, as you do.
I am very honored and excited to be growing a friendship with you,
Tina

Maria de Chirikof's picture

smiles

Thanks! My daughters really wanted me to write about getting back to Nature and it is something each culture has or used to feel a lot. I agree with them that it will help bring about real peace so tried to think of a way to write it that others could feel. I am glad you liked it! I also feel honored with the friends I meet on here, such beautiful and inspiring people!

Maria

Dando's picture

The dust settles slowly

Maria! your article is so amazing, it is only a person who has experiance something in life who can really make a vital change in some one's life. I believe that you are in a better position of changing and uniting people around you.

Regards,

dando

Maria de Chirikof's picture

thanks

I think it all of us together who will accomplish this. It is something we all want and that is why we come here. I am very glad not all of us have experienced things like emotional abuse or a bad marriage and those who have not will find others like them here too and I can hopefully make the ones like me feel they belong too.

Thanks for your kind words! I think it took me about 10 minutes and much encouragement from my daughters before I posted this! I previewed it and read it a few times hoping I did not sound like a fool and thought it sounded ok so showed my daughters. I am glad that they do not feel this depth of low self-esteem that I have. They say it is because they always had me encouraging and loving them.

I think it helps others who feel this way to just browse the other stories to see what other woman are like and what they think so I always hit the submit button. It is a friendly place and one where we actively seek to encourage others and that is a nice feeling.

Maria

katea's picture

connection

Maria, connecting to you through reading your posts is like connecting to a mysterious world inside of us; and this, this is also natural, this is nature. Sometimes it feels scary to go to the wilderness because you never know what will happen, what will show up; and it's the same feeling when we go deep into ourselves, it's quite scary too cos we also don't know what will happen or if we will ever go back.

Poverty is man-made that we can undo.

Maria de Chirikof's picture

interesting thought

I agree it is a bit scary since there are so many negative images about it. I think it is because those like me who believe this sort of thing don't speak about it a lot except to those we already know feel this same way. But my knowledge of it is new and more like the blurb on the back cover of a book then any real deep understanding that you can find between the pages of the book.

You last line reminds me a bit of a line I heard in a movie (I only saw the previews but it looked good) called Driving Miss Daisy about a white woman with a black chauffeur who he tells how seeing the truth you can not turn your back on the light. I think a lot of people are worried of what it means to get closer to nature. Like 'will I have to give up my computer?!" kinds of thoughts. I think it is all about finding a balance in your life and nothing more scary then that.

I really enjoy reading your posts!

Maria

sunita.basnet's picture

The Dust Settles Slowly

dear Maria,

I like the way you present your journal. You will be a translator where everyone will understand your words and you will help to change the world. In your every step we will be there to help you as a global community. I have just send you friend request please add me. Keep it up.
Thanks
Sunita Basnet

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

Maria de Chirikof's picture

friends!

Thank you for your kind words! I like that it is as a community that we will do this. It is so nice seeing woman from all over the world coming together like this. I know it may seem like not much but in changing and embracing each other in friendship we are changing the world for the better. It is small but it is real and true and something we can all bring into our daily lives and others can begin to feel it too.

Maria

sunita.basnet's picture

Right Place

Dear Maria,
You welcome. To change the world we need to start from small so now we are in the right place. It is actually what we wanted to do in the future. Hope one day we will succeed to achieve our vision.
Cheer up.
Thanks
Sunita

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

misscarly's picture

VOF Week Two Assignment

Dear Maria,

I had the opportunity to read your second essay for Voices of the Future. Thank you for sharing your experience from 'there' to 'here', with beautiful words and prose.

I also had the opportunity to grow up outside and feel the connection to Nature. Bare feet on the ground and a quiet spirit that learns how to listen to Nature is something very familiar to me. Something that is carried inside you even as you grow and change. I wonder how this can be translated and shared with others.

Thank you for sharing this, I look forward to reading more.

with kindness,
carly diaz

Maria de Chirikof's picture

Hi

I look forward to reading your journals and seeing it from differing perspectives! Thank you for your kind words! I do hope other woman share their stories since I think we all can remember things like a perfect Summer day or a beautiful Fall morning and it is that feeling we mean.

Maria

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