We seem to be getting more leary of quickly forming and moving thunderstorms interrupting our weekly Community Dinners outside on back patio. This time, Annie, Marita, and Adrian, hosts of this week’s dinner, opted to do it inside at 2615 E. DeKist, just in case it rained . . .
But of course, it didn’t.
Oh well. Once again, as with last week’s dinner, the energy was good, solid, the frequency high. A quickly forming and dissolving good time had by all. As usual, about two hours from start to finish, leaving us all energized, ready to face and even embrace, the coming week.
And of course, with both a “circle up” hand holding and offering beforehand, and wonderful food and drink.
We sat in three groups. Here we are, just getting started.
BTW: Community Dinner regular (and former resident) Dan, on his way here, was interrupted by a phone call from a woman telling him that a good friend of his on a motorcycle had collided with someone in a car. No injuries, but he sure needed Dan’s company to help him calm down. However, when Dan arrived, the family of the also uninjured person in the car he had run into was comforting Dan’s friend! People in Bloomington can be like that. Extraordinarily kind.
On the other hand, Marita and I were returning from the First Friday of the month Art Gallery walk, when we stopped at a red light, only to observe two young white men beating up on each other with a young white woman standing by, at first silent, and then starting to plead in a soft, seemingly half-hearted voice, for them to stop. A serious, violent fight; very energetic and aggressive; aimed to kill. One of them was trying to beat the other head on the cement, when young black man rushed up and tried to pull them apart. Don’t know the outcome, because then the light turned green.
Marita told me afterwards that the three white folks were meth heads. “Did you see her arms? Covered with needle marks.” I did not see this. But it makes sense, given the extreme, mutually aggressive energy. Really alarming.
What is this world coming to?
Whatever happens next, let us focus from the heart on love, on community, on connection. Let us each raise our own personal frequency enough to be islands of safety and calm in the increasingly turbulent cultural, political, and economic maelstrom that threatens to blow the entire world to smithereens.