Inspired by current events; by AOC’s riveting speech; by Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette program; by Paul Joseph’s (@thepauljoseph) educational course on 5 million years of Black History; by R.R. Shakti’s course and talks on mythology/Herstory/history. And by life itself.
7/24/20 There’s a lot that we’re just told
That we’re forced to uphold
While the truth gets buried in the fold
Ancient bones left in the cold
Constructs that we’re told to live within
And subconscious things we believe in
Not essential truths
No elemental proof
In fact, there’s loads of evidence
That show a different existence
Yet we trudge along in acceptance
To flagrant injustices that are constantly thrust upon us
And it all comes back around to something simple and profound
That we all deserve to be happy and free
To live life with love, without suffering
But the power and greed
Of a small percentage who agree
That more is what they need
While others starve and bleed
This sad faction so diseased
With empty hearts and karmic deeds
They control everything
Or so it seems
Well are the tides turning?
Are we fruitless in our burning?
Are we condemned to ever-yearning for an existential unlearning?
Will their karmic debts finally come to a head?
Will the collective soul be fed before we leave this planet dead?
I have to believe in the hope of the heart
That there is good left, enough to build an ark
To acknowledge the pieces we’ve torn apart
To make peace with ourselves would be a good start
I think one thing we can all agree on, is that a social media break now and then is essential to maintaining some sense of equilibrium. Whether one actually takes the break, to put on the brakes…easier said than done. When you’re an artist/creative/business person, it’s hard to make that leap and commit to a break. When there’s so much happening in the world, it can seem like ‘hiding’ from what’s happening. But for self-care, we have to set aside what popular belief says, and rest the eyes.
Well, the time has come for me to commit. I’ve just made 40, politics and news keep intensifying and the divides seem to keep widening. And while I’ll do my best to maintain aware and connected to ‘what’s happening’, a solid break from FB/IG are necessary for me to prevent burnout. This will give my husband and I time to focus on our recording, writing and learning processes.
I’m looking forward to 4-6 weeks with a little less distraction. Here’s a poem about it.
7/30/20 Get thee to the trees
In the forest or to the sea
Or to a lake, take a break
Before you break or fail to make
The most of life, drop the dull knife
Cut through the strife before it siphons
Off every joy and smile
Go at least 100 miles
In the direction of peace, find a release
Find a place to heal
Where the truth can be revealed
There’s a lot I’ve left undone
I’ve been distracted and on the run
It’s not the setting of my sun
But the need to have some fun
The need to create
To leave behind the hate
And find love is our natural state
I’m tired of waiting and hesitating
Censoring myself in the interest of placating
I have no interest in debating
Whether my truth meets your rating
Whether my words are satiating
Whether the light is simply fading
Or if it’s life that we’re all evading
Words I wrote 6 years ago, are coming back around to me now, at a perfect moment. The upheaval for soul retrieval, to uproot what is medieval; Muster the courage to abolish the scourge and make peace with a curse too long endured. Find a reason to Love through Everything, always learning and listening.
I word-searched my main journal document with the keyword, Grace; looking for grace. It turns out, I write that word quite a lot, and am often in search of it. It is one of those words with various meanings depending on context, but I found this definition most applicable: “the influence or spirit of the God operating in humans to regenerate or strengthen them”. Whether or not you “believe in God”, we’re all searching for the higher good; searching for a way to connect with ‘source’.
We’re in the midst of an incredible growth period as a humanity, which is rife with ‘growing pains’. We must stay open and willing to do the work necessary to evolve. Most importantly, we must Love through Everything, for Love is at our very essence.
3/7/14 I’ll try to remember your face Before you leave this place And pray that you can trace Your path back to grace
Nothing about the past Can ever be changed back But the present is vast And there is nothing you lack
A simple choice to forgive A sacred chance to live
There is a quickening The veil is thinning So much beginning At the same time ending
Pray hard Breathe deep Dream wide awake Against the sleep
The road gets weary It can seem so scary But love is always near Love will always carry us
Through the storm Threads are torn But we are then reborn Safe and warm.