London 2012 Olympics: a Druid ‘mines the moment’

London 2012 Olympics: former 800 metres world champion Caster Semenya qualifies for the Games – Telegraph.


Mining the moment for something that feels good, something to appreciate, something to savor, something to take in, that’s what your moments are about. They’re not about justifying your existence. It’s justified. You exist. It’s not about proving your worthiness. It’s done. You’re worthy. It’s not about achieving success. You never get it done. It’s about “How much can this moment deliver to me?” And some of you like them fast, some of you like them slow. No one’s taking score. You get to choose. The only measurement is between my desire and my allowing. And your emotions tell you everything about that.

— Abraham

The highlight of my Olympic viewing expectations was to see Caster Semenya carry the South African flag. Caster Semenya is what Caster Semenya chooses– a beautiful and talented human beyond categorizing as beautiful and talented. Born as neither, born as both, Caster was told to be a girl by family and believed that. Belief is strong. Accepted reality will obey belief to a huge extent. Medical tests say different, but they also reveal that Caster Semenya is not a fake or a cheat. Talent is deserving no matter how it is expressed. Caster Semenya remains a human miracle to inspire all the ‘odd ones’ wherever we may be.

The Olympic spirit of acceptance of true beauty and talent makes way for Caster Semenya and the man who runs on two carbon fiber prosthetics. Thank you, South Africa.

And thank you, London. The Olympic ideal of unity created a cauldron of flame from a cluster of more than two hundred individual flames. It was extremely well engineered and beautiful too. Lots of athletic and thespian and musical ‘Sirs’ stepped up to play parts in the ceremonies, as well as thousands of citizen volunteers.

And our fellow Druid, HRH Elizabeth II, displayed the quality of satire to the utmost as she set up the ‘parasail entance’ prank with none other than James Bond. The distinctly Druidical imagery of the tree-crowned ‘Tor’ studded with Olympic flags was simply a perfect fit in every way.

A performer playing the role of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth parachutes from a helicopter during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium (Reuters)

Viewing with loved ones, even on time delay and studded with commercials, I feel blessed by a gold mine of shared experience with the rest of the world. It will take the rest of my life and beyond to ‘mine the moment’.

It matters not to this viewer who wins medals after this. The ceremony was what mattered most about the Olympics, what it says about alternatives to countless examples of our species and its iniquities. Have fun with your collections of discs on a ribbon. Peace, Peace, Peace.

Helgaleena Healingline, AD White Rabbit Grove, RDNA


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