Hands Across the Bridge: 200+ extend loving hands to each other and to those still fighting addictions…
Addictions to drugs, alcohol (technically a drug), anger, violence, sex, control, or any other powerful behavior or mind altering substance or behavior, can take over a life without even trying. These addictions can end a life before it even has a chance to bloom.
But for some, through a friend, a teacher, a lover, family member or even a perfect stranger, recovery from addiction can become the path back to the miracle of life that Mother Earth affords us. And in celebration of such a discovery, over 200 people, former addicts and their ever-believing supporters, marched across the Yaquina Bay Bridge Saturday and joined hands in triumph. It was the fourth annual “Hands Across the Bridge” celebration of ‘Wellbriety.’
The bridge symbolized a crossing over from an addiction-dependent life to one that is purposeful, loving, nurturing and caring, filled with love, hope and redemption.
Back at Yaquina Bay State Park, they were serving up hot dogs, potato salad, salsa and chips and abundant sunshine, surrounded by the drumming of Chris Chandler and his ever-evolving group of those who have found emotional solace as well as joy in the rhythmic beating of their drums. These everyday drummers find a common language of love, being connected to each other and to the simple truth that Earth “au natural” is a divine state of mind requiring no enhancements or subtractions from what simply is, in all of its mysterious fulfillment.