Playing an original at an open jam in Totnes – back up singing, super supporter and videographer Juju in the background. This night made me want to be in a band. Back in the UK for a couple weeks, should see if these guys are still around! Enjoy…especially the part where I forgot the words, hahaha.
“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” Antoine de St Expury
How do we teach that longing? How do we open up to that longing within us? Go outside, and pause, and look around and breath in the world around – when I do this I realize how much my lungs have longed for that freshness of the air, and more specifically longed for me to recognize how important (and blessed I am) to live in a place with fresh air – Superior air quality (thanks Lake Superior!).
Working as a Teaching Assistant the past few months on a course called Land Relations and Ecological Literacy, I have reinforced the love I have for exciting people and reminding us all of the immensity of the sea within us; the endless universe that exists as our whole self; the space within that creates the space around.
As I sat by the lake last night watching for shooting stars and noticing O’Ryan walking across the sky, I was thankful to reflect on the snowy winter season that surrounds me – all wrapped up in a headband, toque and parka hood, I found it a bit difficult to listen to the water and move my head around to gaze at all the stars: then I thought, well actually maybe this is the season that reminds me to listen to my heart and the sounds within, which can never be muffled, no matter how many layers I need to wear to keep warm.
And there are moments, like at my friend’s recent birthday party, where you throw your parkas off under the starry sky at minus 20 below and have a dance party in the snow – that too is listening :)
Is there anything sweeter than dancing with the beat of your heart, and hearts of so many beautiful people? I guess I’ll have to keep listening to know :)
I was sent this link by my friend Joe who organized the first music and poetry night for Wake Up London, and has recently put on another evening –
This year I am not in the UK to sing to an incredibly receptive audience, who shows their appreciation with silent hand waving at the end of each song as opposed to thunderous clapping. I hope I never forget the feeling this gave me, like an uncontrollable smile poured over my whole body as silence followed but the energy in the room was so full and moving over everyone as they shook their hands and smiled towards me, in the light of a few candles.
Last night in Edmonton, Alberta, Tanya Davis made my heart swim in a sea of beautiful memories, which I can never repeat because they are mine to keep sweet, mine to tragically love and embrace, erase and retrace, and in the moments where there is no escape, like a poetry festival, openly face :)
Tanya thank you for “Ravish your lover while you still love her”. “How to be alone” is this video – Tanya is the poet laureate for Halifax, NS.
Learned and sung many times at Schumacher College when I was there as an MSc Student, I continued the tradition of sharing this song with the sangha of Lower Hamlet during the Christmas and New Year’s Eve retreat of 2012. Together we shared it with the whole Plum Village community as the ending performance to our New Year’s Eve celebrations, wrapping up the song with a Touching of the Earth, one of Plum Village’s many practices of mindfulness.
I had the pleasure of passing along a song shared by a friend to my new Friends and Sisters of Lower Hamlet in Plum Village. ‘Oh Fill My Heart’ started the New Year’s Eve celebrations off the a bang! Thanks for to everyone for truly making my heart overflow :) Happy Continuation.
Ode to Schumacher College
At Schumacher College, you don’t just go and study life changing sciences and understandings about the world, you learn about yourself and what it means to have a voice.