Monday moments of zen: episode 3

I’ve started making little music videos using clips I’ve gathered out in the world and setting them to music that my husband, Matthew, makes. (His practice time at home usually consists of long and lovely loops in hypnotic/meditative rhythms). I’ve posted them on IG/FB the last 3 weeks now, so I thought I’d put them here as well for folks not on those platforms. (Original post below…) P.s. episode 1 & 2 will show up here soon as well. 🙏☮️🍁🥰

We went to @radnorlake two days in a row on our short trip to Nashville last week. The colors and the crisp air are exactly the kind of #forestbathingtherapy we were looking for.
It’s a must-see place in my book.
Here, I’ve captured several moments from our hike and have set them to the soothing sounds of @eldeorazio . I had a 2min video of him that I captured back in Sept, and loved it, so I made the video longer (vs the 1min sessions I’ve shared so far.)
I’m really enjoying making these little instrumental videos for y’all. Enjoy!
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Lake Radnor, Nashville, with El DeOrazio

Through the Storm

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.

The ties that bind. Jasmine and vine spirals

Reflections in Stillness; City Park NOLA 2020

Sunday driving to Santa Fe

6/26/16

Sunday morning, headed west
The last five days put us to the test
New Mexico bound, it’s time to rest

A little rain on the rural highway
A little music that we like to play
and very few words to say

Dirt roads and desert flowers
And mountain air we devour
Where we can lose track of the hours

After four weddings and a funeral
Over the last five weeks
We arrive in New Mexico
A well deserved retreat

A few gigs and a festival, and some musical revival
Some time in the mountains to refill our fountain

Watching the hawks floating on the wind
Watching the freeway disappear around the bend

Creative pauses and surges

The holding on
The letting go
The keeping up amidst the flow
Try as we might
To do something good, something right
Staying up til the middle of night
Then fighting fatigue in the daylight
The creative urge surges
Until we link and merge with what nurtures

I realize some epic moons have come and gone since my last post.
Phases and stages.
A variety of factors have had me procrastinating this particular outlet…time/technology/over-thinking…I’m sure you understand.
But my favorite reason for not posting recent poems & pics is:
Sweet Jones has a new album we’ve been recording and a summer tour I’ve been building/booking!
This has taken all spare time the last few months. EXCITED!!
The album is titles Home: Vol. 1 and will be released June 23rd, 2015. The southwest tour through TX/NM and surrounding regions goes 6/25-7/19.
I’ve set us up with Instagram (finally joining another branch of social media!)
And will be posting pics from the road.
Follow/join email list if it interests you 🙂

In the meantime, a few recent pics…
And by the way, first time posting from iPhone WordPress app. Forgive me if it looks strange. 😉

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Springtime flowers

 

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night shadows, uptown New Orleans

 

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the soft light of morning

 

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Sunday chillin’

 

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tiny delicacy

 

2015 dream a new dream

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
2015, dream a new dream.  Move deliberately and with care.
Find what it means to claim new beliefs and sew new seams
Into a tapestry that gleams with the hope of sun beams.

12/30/14

Is it all just talk, or will you walk the walk?
Will these ideas have a follow through?
Will they make a difference if made true?

Or is it just a fleeting thought
A thing that can’t be taught
A light that can’t be caught
A fight that can’t be bought

But who’s keeping score?
It’s not a competition or a war

One day at a time, follow the vine
Detours and distractions sometimes just fine
Take your time because there is no time
But don’t let it tangle up your mind

Hold steady that sunshine
The hope of the innocent
Remember what it meant
The first time you dreamt

Doesn’t matter how it went
For 1000 others in the end
Your story has weight
Don’t let the words wait

It’s never too late
To rewrite your fate
In a state to create
And let that fill your plate

11/23/14 –

I am the graceful and grateful companion of God
Sat Nam, Wahe Guru
Each day I wake is a blessing
I walk in love and gratitude

With each step is forgiveness
With each breath is kindness
With each heartbeat is love

There is no hurry, there is no worry
Living in the now, I can say wow
Nowhere to be, nothing to achieve
Stillness is key and the faith to believe

Let fellow earth walkers do what they must
They follow their own rhythm to trust
Let go without reaction
Let God be in action
Call what you have now satisfaction

02/27/06

Think before you speak
Drink your truth and link
The worlds that always shrink
Swim before you sink

Time is on the brink
Life happens when you blink
Don’t let it go to waste
Savor the taste of grace

Remember the love you face
Expand your positive place
Let go, let go of the race
Don’t lose yourself in the maze

Remember to be amazed
By the caring and the crazed

Capturing Moments

I’ve been looking up at the sky my whole life, day or night, always fascinated.    This gallery is me finding the magnificent in the ordinary moments of the day.  Lots to be grateful for as we settle into the last couple months of 2014, reviewing and renewing, and setting new goals for a new year coming.

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It’s the little bits you do for people
That let your spirit shine through
It’s the little bits of truth you seek
That carry you along your route
(that carry you back to your roots)

Bathe my spirit in light
Let my fields be a golden sight

Let us love before we fight
Let us live through this night
Let us listen to what is right
And be uplifted out of plight

Let us be gifted with second sight
From our sixth-centered eye
Let us be a spirit spy
Ever watchful of the sky

Ready to learn to fly
And hear the reasons in the why.

Springs Bounty

Flowers after rain are just too good to pass up for photographing.  Of course, those epic, blue-sky days are a good fit for flowers too.  Lots and lots blooming in New Orleans right now, and I’m savoring this time before the big heat sets in.  Although, I’m hoping that little dashes of this spring air continue to make appearances throughout the summer.  The red, starry-eyed flower, I’m not sure of the name, but I just couldn’t decide on one to share, so I shared multiples, and with various a few photo-toaster edits for fun.  Enjoy!

 

THE ROSE
We’ve chosen the rose
Because the rose called us

To rise from the shell and stand tall amongst the rust
We’ve listened to the message and living in full trust
To do what most may fear
Living from the heart, we must

We followed a path unpaved
With no flashlight, into the cave
We followed how the heart craved
And received what she gave

Leave behind your name
Truth is all you need for this game
Leave behind your pain
For it was never yours to claim

There are no mistakes
Don’t take it for granted
Each day you wake
With a seed you’ve planted

Living this life of love, enchanted
Trusting there will be a safe landing
Water often with your laughter
And breathe deep forever after.