I've been thinking of this Fred Neil song as the oil has been gushing into the Gulf of Mexico these last weeks. This crooked little video is charming in that it captures what any of us might have spotted along any shoreline of the Gulf. In this case, the scene is shot from a beach on Dauphin Island. Here is the scene along the same beach last week on May 13th.

There are an estimated 75,000 Dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico. Think about it. I know that it's horribly difficult especially because there is nothing that any of us can do about the unfolding devastation.

Generally, I think that it's a good practice to ignoring the news media to keep in high spirits and free of fear. But this untapped oil is creating a situation out of all imaginable proportion. I started crying as I read some of the reports. Then I remembered a group of Buddhist monks performing a purifying blessing on the Charles River eighteen or so years ago. Then I thought of hospice care — of caring for a dying person with love and attention.

How about spending a minute a day envisioning the Gulf of Mexico in pristine health, with all her creatures — the dolphins, manatees, sea turtles, rays, fish, sea birds, migratory birds (including many song birds), and the marvelous beings down under the water. The humans who interact with the water, too. Thoughts and Love have power.

Spend a minute a day quietly sending thoughts of love to the Gulf of Mexico. It couldn't hurt.

When I lived in Sarasota and St. Petersburg, Florida, I had the daily privilege of enjoying the magnificent life along the coast and was always delighted to spot the dolphins at play or at meal time.

When I found injured or stranded birds, I would scoop them up and drive them to the Seabird Sanctuary in Indian Shores. Zoos and aquariums around the country are standing ready to help including the Newport Aquarium in Kentucky. has made a specific list with links of How you can help coastal animals in danger.

If you pray, send your prayers.
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Anonymous said...

I've seen dolphins once~! There's a few in the Philippines.

RHCarpenter said...

You are right - we sometimes just want to escape reality when it has become so harsh - but our thoughts, prayers, and intentions directed to this area may make a difference. All beings in that area need our help now. Anger won't solve the problem. Compassion is ours to give to the wildlife, to the fishermen, to the families that have lost loved ones and their fishing season...and, yes, to the BP employees who need to have help to figure out what to do next.

Suzanne McDermott said...

Rhonda, Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment. I really appreciate it! So do all the sentient beings who benefit from your love and compassion.