The Power of Creating New Stories

The universe is made of stories not atoms.
– Muriel Rukeyser

Ireland holds a deep tradition of storytelling that goes back thousands of years, even beyond the arrival of the Celts, to the Megalithic people who built the astronomically aligned burial tombs that are a thousand years older than Stonehenge in England and the pyramids in Egypt.

These people had oral traditions that valued the ability to listen and remember a story; where information, ideas and awarenesses were woven into myths that captured the imagination, songs that engaged the spirit and poetry that touched the soul. These traditions live on in Ireland today and in the Celtic spirit that calls to many of us across the distances and holds something important for the 21st century.

In the United States we just celebrated Thanksgiving. It’s my favorite holiday as it involves getting together with the people you care about, feasting on good food and sharing our stories.

The human psyche is wired for stories that feed a hunger for a depth of connection. In this time of chaos and challenge in our world I’ve been thinking about what new stories want to be born around how we love and nurture each other. Stories about kindness and gratefulness and wholeness.

What new stories can we create around family members or other people we find challenging during the holidays. What new stories do we want to create and tell about ourselves and our relationship with the world. Can new stories help us see our world in a new light.

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