Tuesday, April 28, 2009
And here is the video (showing some amazingly young Beatles) for my personal favorite Beatles song, In My Life. I dedicate this to my husband Tim and also to my closest friends -- you probably know who you are: To those with whom I've shared especially heartful connections....
"In music, in a flower, in a leaf, in an act of kindness ... I see what people call God in all these things." ~Pablo Casals
Most of them can't be copied, but there is one section of free downloads of pictures for your computer's wallpaper, available in several choices of resolution. Here is one of them (size greatly reduced for this blog format). Magnificent photos!
"Perception of beauty through the senses is the trigger on your plane for subsequent inner perceptions." ~Seth
Thursday, April 9, 2009
"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself." ~Josh Billings
"Angels work for God and watch over kids when God has to go do something else." ~Mitchell, 7
"Some of the angels are in charge of helping heal sick animals and pets. And if they don't make the animals get better, they help the child get over it." ~Vicki, 8
Monday, April 6, 2009
It was really a LOT of fun – although I found out I was really bad at it~! I just don’t have the manual dexterity to play most musical instruments – but I do love the music, and have a great deal of respect for those who can play well. I really enjoy the sound of the marimba.
Bart did a great job of turning a bunch of novices into a group capable of making recognizable (if not stellar) music in a short, two hour event.
Thank you, Bart, for a very fun and interesting class. Well done!
Perhaps 1/3 of the group were musicians used to playing other instruments. And one of the men who participated, Bradley Blalock, is actually an accomplished marimba musician and piano player. When he called to register, he told me to search his name on YouTube to see his marimba videos. I did – and would like to share what I found with you! BRAVO!
Have a look and listen:
Two Mexican Dances by Gordon Stout, performed by Bradley Blalock
I really had a difficult time choosing which video to feature. There are three, and I enjoyed all of them. Here are two more you may choose to check out:
"My First Dance with Zimbabwe" composed and performed by Bradley Blalock
Asturias (Leyenda) by Albeniz, Performed Live By Bradley Blalock
And if you do a search on Bradley Blalock within YouTube, you will find his piano videos as well.
"Music is the unified language of the universe. Everything is melody, harmony, strings, and the universe is a symphony. The mind of God is music resonating through 10-dimensional hyperspace." ~Michio Kaku, physicist, author, teacher, advisor for NASA and Star Trek (www.mkaku.org)
Saturday, April 4, 2009
There is an awesome dance, called the Thousand-Hand Guan-Yin, which is making the rounds across the net. Considering the tight coordination required, their accomplishment is nothing short of amazing, even if they were not all deaf. Yes, you read correctly. All 21 of the dancers are complete deaf-mutes. Relying only on signals from trainers at the four corners of the stage, these extraordinary dancers deliver a visual spectacle that is at once intricate and stirring.
Its first major international debut was in Athens at the closing ceremonies for the 2004 Paralympics. But it had long been in the repertoire of the Chinese Disabled People's Performing Art Troupe and had traveled to more than 40 countries.
Its lead dancer is 29 year old Tai Lihua, who has a BA from the Hubei Fine Arts Institute. The video was recorded in Beijing during the Spring Festival this year.
As long as you are kind and there is love in your heart
A thousand hands will naturally come to your aid
As long as you are kind and there is love in your heart
You will reach out with a thousand hands to help others
Guan Yin is the bodhisattva of compassion, revered by Buddhists as the Goddess of Mercy. Her name is short for Guan Shi Yin. Guan means to observe, watch, or monitor; Shi means the world; Yin means sounds, specifically sounds of those who suffer. Thus, Guan Yin is a compassionate being who watches for, and responds to, the people in the world who cry out for help.
"See how, shaped by the excellence of the path,
I walk now without effort toward the Buddha state.
I dance, I sing, I play!"
~Shabkar Tsogdruk Rangdrol
Thursday, April 2, 2009
~Ivan M. Granger
Gotta Love this Dancing Bird!
Every person: God.
Every animal, every plant: God.
Everything: God, God!
The slightest contact is worship.
~Ivan M. Granger
Warm Greetings to you all!
She will offer a public program and, new this year, a One-Day Silent Meditation Retreat! Both events will be held nestled amongst the beautiful Red Rocks at the Creative Life Center 333 Schnebly Hill Road Sedona, AZ 86336. Please join us in hosting Amma's visit! A donation in any amount is welcome and appreciated. All donations are tax-deductible.
Schedule for Amma Sri Karunamayi, Sedona 2009:
Tuesday April 7 - Spiritual Discourse, Individual Blessings and Saraswati Diksha Beginning 10 am
Wednesday April 8 - One Day Meditation Retreat 8 am - 6pm (Registration & fee required) $85 through Mar 18, $95 after.
Registration form available for download:
(Information about the programs for both days)
(Meditation Retreat info and registration)
Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to seeing you and sharing this Blessed time in Mother's Divine presence. Jai Karunamayi!
Lise Shattuck 928.451.0935
Sri Karunamayi Sedona Tour
During this program, Sri Karunamayi will be offering Sri Saraswati Mantra Diksha to students aged 4 to 24.
"There is a place within you which is the real heaven. Who is sitting there? That swan is sitting in there. That which is sitting within you, can fulfill you with joy." ~Prem Rawat
The G-20 Summit Initiative
On Thursday, April 2, world leaders representing 85% of the world's economic output will gather in London, Englane for the G-20 Summit. Faced with one of the worst international banking crises in generations, world leaders, including U.S. President Barack Obama, convene in an attempt to stabilize the global economy, strengthen international financial systems, and put the world economy on track for sustainable growth that would reduce poverty and increase employment for people around the globe.
We can help.
We now have substantial scientific evidence to support the idea that group intention can drive real, tangible changes in our modern world. To date, most of these studies have demonstrated the power of focused intention, meditation and prayer as a means to reduce violence and create an environment of peace.
What if we used the same principle to come together on April 2, united in the consciousness of abundance? What if, through our collective intention, we could support our global leaders and contribute to the healing of the world economy?
What to do...
Each hour on April 2, at the top of the hour, pause to reflect on our intention statement (below). If you are able, allow yourself ten minutes to pray or meditate on thoughts of abundance for all people.
Print out the intention statement and carry it with you today.
Watch the video to be guided through the ten-minute process, or just reflect on the affirmation statement as you are able.
Set a reminder for the top of each hour. As we join together in the same intention at the same time, we magnify the power of our collective consciousness.
Invite others of like-mind to join us.
If you'd like to share your experiences or thoughts about this vigil, please visit our online community at http://www.thewhatifupclub.com/.
Together we will transcend the economic climate of fear, and deliver a faith-filled blessing of prosperity to all nations. Thank you for bringing a blessing of hope and faith to our world.
Learn more about the G-20 Summit in London, England: http://www.londonsummit.gov.uk/en/
"If you are concerned about money, read the motto on it: IN GOD WE TRUST" ~Angels, channeled by Ann Albers