Marching, Protests and Peace
September 22, 2019

Last week I stood on Plymouth’s Hoe and breathed deeply. Sun glinted off the dark blue sea and with each inhalation my agitation started to settle.

 

Liz and Stu at march

 

We’d just been on a protest. We joined the students as they went through Plymouth. For both myself and my husband this was our first ever march.

After getting off the bus we weren’t sure where we were supposed to go, so we followed youngsters brandishing placards, to find where to gather.

“Save our World”
“The dinosaurs thought they had plenty of time too.”
“The climate is changing” 

After some rallying speeches through a muffled megaphone (which were mainly drowned out by the traffic and chatter of protesters) we walked together, with several hundred other adults, children and students. Some were chanting, some singing. We were a group with a shared purpose, walking together. 

What a mixed bunch. Amongst us were those who were passionate and forceful – others were giggling and bemused – some were seasoned marchers, then there were others like us who were curious and supportive, but mainly quiet. 

What reception did we get as we made our way through Plymouth city centre? It was a real mix of responses, we were ignored, we were cheered, we were filmed and some people watched in bafflement, or annoyance (for some we were interrupting their rush to get somewhere else). 

After the protest Stu and I, along with the crowd, thinned out. For me, more used to Dartmoor’s expanse than the noisy city – I needed to ground myself.

 

 

The sea called – it was time to turn our back on the confusion, smell and noise of the city. We made our way to Plymouth Hoe. it was a beautifully sunny day and Smeaton’s tower stood proudly overlooking the sound. 

A fresh breeze dampened the sun’s warmth, it seemed to call me to reflect on that space within. Nature in all her wisdom, is the catalyst that reminds me of my own inner wisdom. 

I listened to the gentle internal calling. That inner voice had nudged me to join the student march and now it was encouraging me to watch the sea and naturally settle. 

Isn’t it wonderful how nature can call you back inside yourself? 

Isn’t it inspiring to know that from that space within, you can then listen to your Inner Compass and see whatever action you are called to take – whether it’s joining a march or watching a view.

 

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