The July moon is considered to be the fullest moon of the year. This one will be a Blue Moon– the last one until January 2018. I feel its pull and willingly ride upon its energy.
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
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
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.