This Passover week brings thoughts of the meaning of this holiday, inclusive of all people, the universal story of oppressed people yearning for freedom...the current struggles in the middle East, China, Darfor, the Ivory Coast.
I bought a copy of Our Haggadah and enjoy the connections within to all people and all traditions.
Happy Passover, Easter or whatever rites of Spring you celebrate...
Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent.
Christina of Soul Aperture ,a women with a huge heart...always...and today in particular, is offering to donate $1, up to $250, to Doctors without borders for the ongoing support in Haiti for those that join her in sharing their simple pleasures. I have so many to be grateful for, here is a sample...
Sharing time with Tess, enjoying life with Mr R, the tilted head looks from the pugs....what? what?
a hot cup of chai with extra ginger, sitting in the glow of the Mango Studio, a glass of red wine, dark chocolate
laughing with friends, reading, the last book I read is usually my favorite...the latest book I just finished, Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson
my blog friends...the inspiration they provide continues to astound me, newly...daily
eating out, cooking in
riding my bike
walking by the ocean, big blue Colorado skies, new green of spring....sunflowers, zinnias
Another January journal page, Tess's hands...these are photographs that I sand, scrape, paint and draw on.
I have also been exploring the concept of baraka. I cannot find much written about this practice but have found this one book that talks of it. Baraka is the act of writing and this act in itself produces the energy and essence of God's blessings (Goddess, the higher power) which can be directed to particular needs.
The more I dig into these concepts the more I see how very interconnected our world is, even apparently disparate beliefs all share so many similar base symbols, icons, ideas and mystical knowledge.
Peace on Earth Shrine from my series of Little Works of Peace
I offer Peace on Earth....in joining Roo and the many others that are making a concerted effort on this day, International Day of Peace, to take a moment to sit in a peaceful state, speak, write, make art of Peace.
'Peacebuilding isn't "peacemaking" or "peacekeeping". Peace Day marks personal and planetary
progress toward peace.'
Here's one idea from Global Mala;
'The purpose of the Global Mala Yoga for Peace Project is to unite the
global yoga community from every continent, school or approach to form
a "mala around the earth" through collective practices, based upon the
sacred cycle of 108, on Sept. 21st, as the yoga world's offering
to further the UN International Peace Day.'
I will ask if my yoga class if they are interested in participating in this...108 sun salutations...hmmmm, maybe we can split it up, about 15 each for the 7 class members.