“They also serve who only stand and wait.” (John Milton)

Each week that I teach I place on the altar a photo of Shiki, the great Haiku writer, an invalid, who dragged himself to the edge of the tatami mat, overlooking his garden, where he sat all day waiting to receive a haiku. For Shiki the act of creating entailed alert stillness. His awareness gave birth to haiku, to the alive moment when the earth falls into place. Often so subtle you don’t know what hit you.

— Natalie Goldberg, The True Secret of Writing

Unity awareness.

Ben at Irish session, 6.28.15, Anchorage, Ak
Ben at Irish session, 6.28.15, Anchorage, Ak

Through our eyes, the universe is perceiving itself. Through our ears, the universe is listening to its harmonies. We are the witnesses through which the universe becomes conscious of its glory, of its magnificence.

— Alan Watts

True engagement forms the new world.

Session-- 7.2.15, Anchorage, Ak
Session– 7.2.15, Anchorage, Ak

Last evening Ben, Brian and I went to a session in Donna and Brian’s home (Donna is the one in the photo). It was a lively evening, rooted in Irish traditional music. The evening had a pulse, a heartbeat, of its own. It made me grateful to Donna and Brian, and people like them, who plant their feet firmly on living ground and make space for genuine engagement.

In whatever context true engagement occurs– where there is a conscious, collaborative creative intention– it is during these times in these places that the new, harmonious world takes form.