Meagan and I walked up a creek yesterday, and found delicious wine berries. We filled a bag with them, then we found black berries. Yum! As we picked berries, it began to rain, and within moments we were in the middle of a tropical storm. It was so enjoyable standing in flowing water, and having rain drench us completely. We laughed and ran home.
When I first moved to western North Carolina four years ago, I had no idea that I would grow to love the humid summer weather. It fills my pores and my body feels nourished, as though I am eating the sun and moisture. I am thriving and loving every moment of it.
One of my favorite experiences in my day is the love and enthusiasm I receive from my animals. As soon as the door to our bedroom is opened, Meagan and I are greeted by excited faces. It's as though we are seeing each other after a long time apart. Kisses from the dogs, then rolling on the bed, a flurry of white and black hair fills the air. They play and growl at each other, their lips curled into joyous smiles. Seraphina and Merlin, our cats, crawl over us and through the excited dogs meowing and purring. Their love is pure and simple. They love because that is what they do, no thoughts about how it should look like or why they do it. They are good teachers for me. Be in my heart, stay out of my head, let go of who I thought I was and be who I truly am.
I challenge you to think of something you experience daily that you may take for granted, but if it were to disappear you would miss dearly. Feel free to share it here. I look forward to seeing your posts.
Oh and speaking of things that inspire me. A crew from Earthaven is going to the Beats Antique show at Orange Peel in Asheville. They are deliciously flowing, gypsy infused electronica.
So today when I got up from bed, I turned on the kettle, made a cup of mate and grabbed the book Pronoia is the antidote for paranoia by Rob Brezsny. I turned to page 27 and read the titled work Evil is Boring. He writes about the mainstream media and how we deserve to hear the 50% stories of real happenings. Later in the text he invites the reader to share with "us" the interesting good news we come across in our daily travels. So here I am with a website, and now a blog focused on the positive or inspirational events I see through out my day. Some of them may be sad, others funny, and yet others just asking us to think.
"I invite you to share with us the interesting good news you come across in your travels. Not sentimental tales of generic hope; not "Chicken Soup for the Soul;" not life imitating the faux Hollywood art of contrived happy endings; but rather crafty, enigmatic, lyrical eruptions of the subline; unpredictable outbreaks of soul that pass Emily Dickinson's test for poetry: She said she always knew when she was reading the real thing because it made her feel like the top of her head was about to come off.
Feel free, too, to take up the cause of zoom and book as you resist the pracitioners of doom and gloom in your own sphere. Demand equal time for news about integrity and joy and beauty and pleasure and renewal and harmony and love. In your personal life, be alert for stories that tend to provide evidence for the fact that all of creation is conspiring to give us exatly what we need, exactly when we need it. P.S. Part of our task is to hunt down and identify the interesting good news that's going on now. But we've also been charged with the job of creating the good news that's coming."
I encourage all readers to get out there and create the good news that's coming.
Here are a couple of news items I found recently that inspired and empowered me, enjoy.
On NPR today: How Sound Can Can Create Sculpture
Dentu London was commissioned by Canon to create an add that celebrates color for one of their new printers. The article by Claire O'Neill details how they placed a black balloon over a speaker, placed drops of color on it and then used a camera that took 5,000 shots per second to film the results. The add is short but very clever.
British artist Jason deCaires Taylor has sculpted 400 human figures out of cement and is in the process of placing them underwater off the coast of Cancun. They are already creating artificial reefs for the local sea creatures. At first I was unsure what I thought. It is strange and odd to see photos of the underwater people. But then I watched a time lapsed video showing the marine life thriving and taking over.
Over 30,000 people are participating in a fast protesting the budget cuts made in Washington. Moveon.org and musician Moby teamed up to create a powerful video in support of the fast. As I watched I was filled with emotion, and began to cry because I could feel the power that was behind what these people are doing. I am inspired by the people of our country and their self-less acts. May our politicians hear their call.
One last link to a clip from the Colbert Report on Comedy Central. I laughed throughout the video.