Aug 2017 Newsletter // by Ian MacKenzie
Dear <<First Name>>,
I’ve been thinking about endings of late.
A dear friend and collaborator Michael Stone recently passed away. In 2012, our pilgrimage to Japan was the source for our short film Reactor - exploring how the Japanese were responding to the crisis of story that contributed to the Fukushima disaster.
In one part, Michael compares a pilgrimage to a long exhale.
"When you exhale, at the end of the exhale, the exhale trails off into nothing. It trails into powder and becomes nothing. My teacher used to say to me that the end of the exhale is like a little death.
What would it mean for our society to drop down to the end of the exhale, that place of letting go, that place of death? Not death of this body, but death of this story that we have going, this collective story, this collective narrative that we’re addicted to, that we don’t see?”
Since that time in the ancient streets of Kyoto, I have wondered an additional question: In a time of endings, how do we love the end?
Many of us are told that death is the end of love, “until death do us part”, and yet, the more I remain faithful to life, the more I recognize that love is not banished by endings, in fact, it becomes the cradle for the fullness of love to show up.
May you be courageous enough to love the endings, at least as much as the beginnings.
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