Mindful Monday: Earth Thoughts & Kimya Dawson

Each Monday, I would like to share a reminder about the importance of being mindful. These will come from literature, popular culture, music--anywhere one might get this sort of everyday life nudge.

Tomorrow is Earth Day and considering how important Earth is (!) to mindfulness, health, and all of life in general, I thought it would be good to remind myself (and you) of the planet with which we have been blessed.  The earth is complex and grand, but also interconnected and intimate.  This week, if I can suggest we make it "Earth Week," contemplate your role in the world and also in making the world a better place.  You are a citizen of planet Earth and you can make a difference.

Today's Mindful Monday song is somewhat silly, but powerful in that it unexpectedly hits you with a dose of peaceful reality.  We humans are tiny.  We must remember that the earth is vast.  Though we are small, however, we have the power to help create a better world.  This song is one such reminder.

"I Like Giants" by Kimya Dawson

When I go for a drive I like to pull off to the side
Of the road, turn out the lights, get out, and look up at the sky
And I do this to remind me that I'm really really tiny
In the grand scheme of things and sometimes this terrifies me
But it's only really scary 'cause it makes me feel serene
In a way I never thought I'd be because I've never been
So grounded and so humbled and so one with everything
I am grounded, I am humbled, I am one with everything

Rock and roll is fun but if you ever hear someone
Say you are huge look at the moon, look at the stars, look at the sun
Look at the ocean and the desert and the mountains and the sky
Say I am just a speck of dust inside a giant's eye
I am just a speck of dust inside a giant's eye

When I saw Genevieve I really liked it when she said
What she said about the giant and the lemmings on the cliff
She said "I like giants- especially girl giants. 'cause all girls feel
Too big sometimes, regardless of their size"

When I go for a drive I like to pull off to the side
Of the road and run and jump into the ocean in my clothes
And I'm smaller than a poppyseed inside a great big bowl
And the ocean is a giant that can swallow me whole
So I swim for all salvation and I swim to save my soul
But my soul is just a whisper trapped inside a tornado
So I flip to my back and I float and I sing
I am grounded, I am humbled, I am one with everything
I am grounded, I am humbled, I am one with everything
So I talked to Genevieve and almost cried when she said
That the giant on the cliff wished that she was dead
And the lemmings on the cliff wished that they were dead
So the giant told the lemmings why they ought to live instead
And when she thought up all those reasons that they ought to live instead
It made her reconsider all the sad thoughts in her head
So thank you Genevieve, 'cause you take what is in your head
And you make things that are so beautiful and share them with your friends

We all become important when we realize our goal
Should be to figure out our role within the context of the whole
And yeah, rock and roll is fun but if you ever hear someone
Say you are huge look at the moon, look at the stars, look at the sun
Look at the ocean and the desert and the mountains and the sky
And say I am just a speck of dust inside a giant's eye
I am just a speck of dust inside a giant's eye
I am just a speck of dust inside a giant's eye
And I don't wanna make her cry

'cause I like giants.
 
 
 
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