Editor’s note: If you’ve been following Jordan Hamilton‘s positive psychology endeavors, then you know his surveying and interviewing requires a rather scientific language. As a refreshing and redirected approach to the same project, Jordan shares with us the following free form poem inspiring a return to collective consciousness.
“Ancient Way” by Jordan Hamilton
Ancient ancestors would gather in circles.
Sitting and listening to one another speak.
Sharing stories, passing an emblem of respect to the speaker.
Chanting and signing.
Animating the spirit within them and all.
Some say we no longer need this.
That may be true.
But to me it is liking saying our bodies no longer crave real vegetables.
Or eggs from a healthy chicken.
Water from a live stream.
We may not need them.
There are replacements.
But I believe we will find
Just as we are finding with food.
That the replacements of social interacting we have chosen
Is not as fulfilling as we once thought,
We may find ourselves once again.
Seated around a fire.
Sharing tobacco and stories.
Laughing and howling with spirit and soul.