"Why should we have to sit in the dark just because someone wants to look in?"
Sandy is a somatic coach, and asked if we should close the windows. There was a chance the neighbors could look in.
It got me thinking about the process of being open, honest, and vulnerable.
How it is in the sharing of ourselves with others that the web of connection is made...even when it's comfortable to say what is real. Especially when it is uncomfortable to share what is real. Otherwise... we we force that part of ourselves to live all alone in the dark.
We kept the window shade open.
Amanda Palmer and her husband Neal Gaiman decided to write notes
to each other while dining at a restaurant. They wanted a break from talking. So they sat in silence. Passing notes back and forth. Daring to be more bold in their inquiry, and more honest and reflective in their responses. Writing can be magic in that way. Silence slips in...provides time for you to listen for the answers before your tongue just starts repeating the same old lines.
LISTEN: The Tower of Song
I wanted to speak when I had something to say.
After 2.5 years in the corporate media pumping out a fire house of information and inspiration and motivation based on stats and facts about what people wanted to see and hear...
I realized that speaking when I actually had something to say, not just because the air needed to be filled...had become a luxury.
Listen: Dance Me to The End of Love
"Any 400 page book will be made better by becoming a 300 pages."
One of the readers of the book I am writing dropped that line.
"Writing...is rewriting." One of the editors of the book I am writing dropped that line.
I think of editing as painting. Each new edit is another layer that brings richness in tone, complexity to the story, and simplicity to the arc. I can't help but think of Matisse's retrospective show at the MOMA. I was living in NYC at the time, my mom was visiting from Virginia, and we got in line early one winter morning when it was still dark outside so we could be at the head of line. It took at least 6 hours to walk our way through a life time of work.
As we neared the end... the work became simpler. More concise. His cutouts spoke to the essence. There is something to be learned in that trend that artists demonstrate in their later years... it can take a life time to learn how to say more with less.
The next online course Myth, Magic, and Medicine: Storytelling For A New Paradigm launches on March 22-April 12th. This is a great place to learn the art of sacred storytelling as you reflect on the stories you have been telling. As a group, we will explore the realms the stories we tell, the myths about our times, and create artistry from the magic and medicine that comes through the stories you choose tell.
If this course is calling: Learn more and sign up for a 1:1 call with me to see if this course is right for you.
She Rises: A New Creation Story For A New Paradigm
Thursday, March 16th, 7pm, Berkeley, CA
Music by composer Laura Inserra & songbird Tamuz Shiran.
Storytelling by yours truly.
Get tickets here.
This is a story that is being created out of the seed of deep listening. It is a living story about the times we are living in, and with each new audience it meets, another line, another chapter is created.
Join us for an evening filled with song and story. We dare to ask: what if we aren't killing mother earth, but rather going through the wildest rites of passage between the masculine and feminine on our girl Earth? Let's look through the mythic lens as we examine and make meaning of the times we are living in.
"No one is satisfied when things come too easily."
Tasha, my sister-in-law was visiting. We were touring around with the littles (aka my two nephews) while my brother was at a conference. Bouncing between topics of relationships, work, and everything else between interruptions from the littles.
And we were on a Leonard Cohen binge.
Tasha really likes The Tower of Song. I once made a mixed CD called Dance Me to The End of Love. And we both agree that Jeff Buckley owns Hallelujah.
The boys were doing what boys do...yelling about. But when Leonard started playing they quieted. We all rested in the resonance of Leonard in his elder years.
"I want more of that." I said.
"What?" Tasha asked.
"The sound of elders...speaking from wisdom. It sounds good to my bones."
May you listen well, and have the luxury of speaking when you have something to say.
PS: Just in case you missed it:
Brene Brown's Ted Talk on the power of vulnerability isn't to be missed.