A woman comes to a clearing in the recently burned forest with a basket of stones, sticks, nuts, and flowers. She begins to sing, laugh, and dance …Nature Mandalas for Inner Work, Rituals, and Blessings — The Druid’s Garden
Years back I was leading a group of non- profit organization in San Diego. We had about 9-11 board members. We had an event that we all were preparing for and towards the end we had a little setback.
We were all discussing how to approach this situation. As one of our board member said let’s cancel the event completely. And he went a little too far enough and took the opportunity to make this event all about him and his ego. Diverting attention from the core situation which in my awareness wasn’t bad at all just needed a tweak but ok, here he goes off bringing fear to the situation, personal threats, making it all about men, women in authority, bringing doubt and question to the leadership and skill, threatening to stop the organization and what it stood for if he did not get his way, feeding information to people in the room and to people in the community that had nothing to do with what we were talking about? Ya talk about evil/ chaos in action. In short once things got quiet in the room. There was only one guy and myself on the same page. Rest were still choosing what to do.
So as a leader I chose to go ahead with the event as planned with some back up and tweaking whatever it took to keep it going. Because my focus and intent about my position and this organization and this event wasn’t about me, wasn’t about fear, wasn’t about the fame or recognition, wasn’t about what will people say, wasn’t about who is in authority, ego, power or to prove to anyone or anything, it wasn’t about me winning or loosing.
My focus was on the bigger picture serving the organization which I was responsible for as a leader. The intent I had created this event in the first place was to serve and raise money for a non profit to help in need.
I wasnt afraid at all. But one bad apple causing chaotic shit in my world of order that I could not fathom with because all his choice did was serve him not the greater good by his thoughts, action and words of intent.
So I made a statement as the leader to chose to continue with the event whether anyone was with me or not. And yes I did have that right to choose according to our organization by- laws. And they say truth, justice always prevails . Regardless of the havoc my DJ showed up, event was a hugeeee success in the history of this organizations chapter and we made enough to give the help we could.
It is our responsibility to choose leaders who are about serving the greater good and not making it all about themselves. To choose who stand for truth and not lie. Who stand for justice and not fraud and manipulation. Who are responsible in there choices, words and action.
We are here to serve. This planet is about serving in our own life and to our planet as ONE.
The energy this week reminds you that you live in an increasingly global community. Your modern technology has made it possible for you to communicate instantly among yourselves, no matter where in the world you are. Whether you like it or not, you are all connected to one another. As Chief Seattle said, “Man did not weave the web of life. He is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.” You are more closely connected in “the web of life” than ever before in human history. And therefore, now – more than ever before – what even a single individual among you does affects every other human on the planet. The good of one is the good of all. The willingness to allow the differences while compassionately working toward the common good is the goal here. Fighting against the differences will only ensure more divisiveness. Accepting the differences while sincerely wanting the highest good for all is the only way you will ever ensure a truly connected world. A world where all are equal, all are accepted. A world where there truly is a sense of community.
Affirmation: I am aware that the good of one is the good of all.
Trees in the New Forest of England that have been etched with sigils and symbols from ancient times are being documented as part of a citizen science…Ancient sigils and symbols etched on to trees in England’s New Forest documented in a new public database
A new anthology, Connectedness – An Incomplete Encyclopedia of the Anthropocene, is offering perspectives on what binds us together and how we can strengthen our connection to nature. The book – which features contributions from young climate activist Greta Thunberg and Icelandic singer Björk – is a frame of reference and an incomplete encyclopedia, which […]Connectedness: New anthology of art, poetry and essays offers perspectives on our connection to nature — Life & Soul Magazine
A 34-year old artist who goes by the name Lito has been living with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) his entire life. Lito had been searching for an outlet where he could channel his above-normal levels of concentration and obsessiveness when he discovered the Japanese art of kirie (切り絵, literally ‘cut picture’). Earlier this year in January he began experimenting, not with paper, but with leaves.
According to a recent interview, leaves turned out to be an ideal medium for Lito as their decomposing nature forced him to work quickly. Over time he got faster and his daily creations, which he began posting to social media, became more intricate.
Following the standard kirie practice, each piece is always cut from a single leaf. But Lito always leaves traces of the leaf’s midrib, perhaps a sign of respect towards the leaf. Lito also always manages to imbue his creations with a playful narrative, one that is either inspired by film or books, or plucked from the artist’s own imagination.
“Even graffiti is a fine art – As drawing time begins, the colorful crayons start to move in unison. What a wonderful world is being created today.”
′′ Grandma, how do you face pain?”
With your hands, baby. If you do it with your mind, instead of relieving pain, it gets even harder.
With the hands grandma?
Yes, our hands are the antennas of our soul.
If you move them by knitting, cooking, painting, playing or sinking them into the earth, you send signs of care to the deepest part of you. And your soul lights up, because you’re paying attention to it.
Then signs of pain will no longer be necessary.
Are hands really that important?
If my daughter, think of babies, they begin to know the world, thanks to the touch of their little hands.
If you look at the hands of old people, they tell you more about their life than any other part of the body.
Everything that is done by hand, is said to be made with the soul. Because it’s really like that, hands and soul are connected.
Think of lovers, when they touch hands, they make love in a sublime way.
My hands grandma… Long time haven’t worn them like this…
Move them my love, start creating with them and everything inside you will move.
The pain won’t pass.
And instead whatever you do with them, it will become the most beautiful masterpiece.
And it won’t hurt anymore.
Because you’ve been able to transform their essence.
of the wall of SanArte
You are your own blessing and misfortune. Your choice.
If you’re ready for the blistering cold to end, you’re not alone. We’ve found the perfect Springtime cakes that incorporate succulents and florals to make a decadent cake you’ll not only want to devour but simply can’t take your eyes off of.
The ultra-realistic floral cakes feature vines, leaves, needles, flowers, cacti, and other blooms that make for some of the most gorgeous cakes we’ve ever seen.
And the funny thing is, Ivenoven got its start with sugar cookies and a family’s passion for baking that was passed down to the next generation: a goddaughter.
“My baking passion and journey started one fine day when I was sneaking around in my godma’s house trying to look for her baking recipes, and maybe, just maybe, bring the recipes back home for my own collection,” write Ivenoven on their blog.
The bakery got its start in 2013 and originally began with cookies. The passion for baking and design grew robust and propelled the bakery into artisan cakes and treats becoming bigger every day.
What’s makes this bakery even better is the fact that all of the premium ingredients are sourced locally and internationally to preserve quality.
Ivenoven has attracted thousands of followers on Instagram from all over the world praising the cakes and begging for a stateside bakery who can replicate the work of this special bakery.
Art is a voyage, a discovery of ones inner muse.To understand and believe in my own art, my own style I had to first understand me, believe in me and to believe and understand me I had to know my muse, the soul that I am.
And through this voyage and discovery of my muse, soul; every painting, design, story becomes a masterpiece of creation, a magickal gift- Walking the labyrinth- Nisha Desai
The Pembrokeshire coastline has become a canvas for land artist Jon Foreman, who creates spectacular large scale sand drawings often covering entire …Land artist Jon Foreman uses Pembrokeshire coastline as his canvas to create spectacular sand drawings featuring labyrinths and mandalas