We Were Made For These Times – Clarissa Pinkola Estes

http://www.grahameb.com/pinkola_estes.htm

Click on the link for this beautiful and inspiring piece from Clarissa. It won’t be new to some of you….and stands repeating.

Thanks to Jewels Wingfield on Facebook for a timely reminder of this passage, in the run up to the general election:-

‘When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for.’

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Ten Meter Tower by Maximilien Van Aertryck & Axel Danielson

http://digg.com/video/ten-meter-tower-psychology-experiment

Click on the above link to visit http://www.digg.com for this mesmerising and beautiful film from the New York Times – a little over 16 minutes – of people approaching the edge of a 10 metre diving board. There is so much here, in expressive, emotional, relational terms. The human spirit in motion, under pressure; our responses to our judgments of ourselves and the perceived judgments of others; what in us wants to expand, and what in us may say ‘not yet’ or ‘not now’ or ‘not this’; how able we are to listen to ourselves and each other; how we make (and live through) our choices; how we find our ‘yes’ and our ‘no’ and our ‘fuck this’; our moments of surrendering to the fall or the stepping away….

Watch. You won’t regret it.

Thank you to Justine Corrie on Facebook for posting this gem.

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Crystal Pite on Flight Pattern

 

This looks heartbreaking and wonderful…. Art as protest and activism. It was on stage in March this year. Choreographer, Crystal Pite, is the first woman to have created a new work for the Royal Ballet in almost two decades. Love what she says about dance being her first language. What she says about inner conflict is interesting, the creativity and emotional presence arising through tensions in art and in being….

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Anthony Lemme on saying ‘yes’ & permission

‘Your place
is not
to tell yourself
no;
your place
is to say
yes
and then
find a way.
Whatever it is,
it doesn’t need
to be perfect,
it doesn’t need
to be fancy,
it doesn’t need
to be big.
It just needs
a beginning
beyond dwelling
as an idea
in that
beautiful,
brilliant,
ridiculous
mind
of yours;
or a desire
in your
equally beautiful,
gigantic,
love-gushing
heart.
And please remember,
once things
start moving,
there is
no failure;
there is
only feedback
and course correction.
If you are
waiting for someone
to give you permission,
or for conditions
to be just right
to do
or create
what you want
in life,
you may
be waiting
a LONG ass time.
YOU
are the one
who must give
YOURSELF
permission
and NOW
is the only
time
that is real.
And if you
REALLY
want or need it,
consider this
your permission.
Just be advised,
that I have
no formal training,
have not attended
any transformational, permission-giving workshops,
nor have I
received transmission from
a permission-giving
shaman
or rinpoche
I’m a
totally unlicensed,
completely uncertified,
entirely self-taught,
100% rogue,
permission-giver
from the streets.
An’ shit.’

Anthony Lemme

Thanks to Jason Hine on Facebook for showing us this poem.

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The thorn in my side – Anne Lamott

http://www.salon.com/2017/04/02/the-thorn-in-my-side-i-tried-to-let-go-of-my-poisonous-grudge-against-another-writer/

Click on the above link to visit http://www.salon.com for this excerpt from April from Anne’s new book ‘Hallelujah Anyway’. Interesting and open piece about resentment, self blame and moving on through….

Here’s the book link:-

 

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Jerron Herman of Heidi Latsky Dance on human possibilities…

 

Click on the link for this beautiful, moving and powerful film, about our soaring potential and how much greater, stranger and less predictable this is, than what others may tell us (or we may tell ourselves) about our limits….

Thank you, Jerron.

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Keeping Quiet – Pablo Neruda

Keeping Quiet

‘Now we will count to twelve
and we will all keep still.

For once on the face of the earth,
let’s not speak in any language;
let’s stop for one second,
and not move our arms so much.

It would be an exotic moment
without rush, without engines;
we would all be together
in a sudden strangeness.

Fisherman in the cold sea
would not harm whales
and the man gathering salt
would not look at his hurt hands.

Those who prepare green wars,
wars with gas, wars with fire,
victories with no survivors,
would put on clean clothes
and walk about with their brothers
in the shade, doing nothing.

What I want should not be confused
with total inactivity.
Life is what it is about;
I want no truck with death.

If we were not so single-minded
about keeping our lives moving,
and for once could do nothing,
perhaps a huge silence
might interrupt this sadness
of never understanding ourselves
and of threatening ourselves with death.
Perhaps the earth can teach us
as when everything seems dead
and later proves to be alive.

Now I’ll count up to twelve
and you keep quiet and I will go.’

Pablo Neruda

Thank you to Emily Pearce on Facebook for this.

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