Teen Rap UK 2010 retreat

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This rap came from some “deep looking” from our teen group:
“OK, today we are going to save the world – yes we can! What are the problems, what are the reasons, what are the solutions?” This was followed by a brainstorming session that later transformed into a rap song performed at our be-in on the last day of the retreat…

What’s happening!
The war in Iraq, Israel and Palestine, famine, identity crisis – needing to fit in –
Depression, frustration, dissatisfaction and discrimination –
Where’s the solution?
We develop communication and cultivate compassion,
But we’ve borrowed too much from the Earth,
We’re facing global warming and resources out-running because of short term thinking and all the money making.
Now is our new beginning –
Let’s learn about recycling, let’s share a building, or a forest –
Remember, use less, don’t waste.
Don’t eat with such haste, don’t ruin the taste.
Relieve your anger, join the Sangha.
There’s too much deception, lying and desire for power.
We’ve got to STOP (bell) – so we can see ourselves…

(To music)
Mother Earth is great big ship that we are sailing on, sailing on.

Sailing on through space and time, space and time…

Listen, listen…
Stereotyping, preconceived ideas about people and culture,
Racism, poverty, unhappiness, peer pressure – deforestation –
What we need is meditation…
We need patience to see each other.
We need a new way of consuming.
Gotta learn to live simply.
Let’s make a beat, some simple food to eat, let’s give up meat,
Let’s eat beet root and get to the root of the cause.
Give up your wealth for someone else’s health…

Mother Earth is a great big ship that we are sailing on, sailing on.
Sailing on through space and time, space and time.
Touch the Earth, feel your worth, awaken to this new rebirth …

More than just petitions we want mindful education – dissolve misperception.
Stop the bullying.
We’re sad and upset about suicide and eating disorders.
Someone you know needs your help.
Breathe in.
Awareness. Renew.
Live in the present, plant trees, express your feelings –
Empathy!

Mother Earth is a great big ship that we are sailing on, sailing on.
Sailing on through space and time, space and time.
Touch the Earth, feel your worth, awaken to this new rebirth.
Show your heart and open up the divine, open up the divine, open up the divine…
open up the divine!

Build a Sangha and love it like your mama!

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