Friday, February 03, 2012
Hello my friends! It's not Springtime yet, but Love is in the air. We just passed Saint Dwynwen's Day on January 25th, the Welsh equivalent to Saint Valentine's Day which will be here on February 14th. So whether you have a love, are looking for love or are content being Single, have a nice Valentine's Day and enjoy this post which talks about Love!
Guest Blogger, Kayleigh Levitt is the author of this excellent blog post and it may be her best one yet! Kayleigh is a creative young lady with a real talent for writing. You can find all her guest blog posts here. We're happy to present the fourth Guest Blog post from this talented young lady who can sometimes be found in a tree singing and playing guitar! This post reviews three videos; a video from the Burning Man festival about choosing to go places, an Ingrid Michaelson music video about Love and a video about a Sufi Love poem! Kayleigh adds so much more to these videos' contents in her insightful reviews and analysis - read on!
But first, The News!
Now, here is Kayleigh's article on Choices and Love.
Oh, the Places You'll Go at Burning Man!
The Burning Man is a festival that takes place every summer in the desert. A city is created for a week, full of people dedicated to self-expression, community, art, and self-reliance. After a week, not a trace is left that an entire city was built there and then taken down, and its citizens usually make everything.
Ted Saunders, Parker Howell, and William Walsh directed this inspirational video. Find out more at tedshots.com.
"You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You're on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go."
Dr. Seuss is not just a children's book author. His words have outlived his body because they are the truth, and that is how the truth works. It sticks.
Our greatest power lies in our choices. Everything is a choice. I am choosing to type. You are choosing to read. In every moment, we are at choice.
Some things feel like they are not choices. I feel like I have no choice whether or not I go to school, but I do. I could wake up one morning, get in my car and drive west until my gas ran out. If I think about that option, even on a Monday morning, I realize the consequences of that choice are not what I want out of my life. I have the inalienable right to choose.
Not only can I choose what I do, but I can choose my perspective. On that same Monday morning that I am not wanting to go to school, I can take that moment, breathe, and choose to look at it from another point of view. I can see education as a gift, think about how it is giving me tools to live a happier, more fulfilling life. I can see how 3rd world countries are suffering because of a lack of education and realize how fortunate I am to have a free one. I can think about how it gives my life direction and a platform to live my dreams. I can see that it opens my eyes to things I would have been ignorant to and brought me to people who have changed my life.
Recognizing all of those things completely changes the way I view waking up and going to school. I have brains in my head, and these brains can alter the way I live and view my life. At any moment, I can shift my thinking to something that will effect how I do even common things. I can choose to be happy. I can choose the way I want my life to look. The world is not a cage if I choose to free myself.
Some people think that they are bound by circumstance, trapped by situations, or waiting for luck. Dr. Seuss talks about how sometimes we end up in the "Waiting Place" where people are just waiting.
"Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a sting of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting."
So often, we put off the things most important. I could wait for "Another Chance" or I can choose to go out and create another chance. I can choose to change what I think I am looking for and look for something else. I can choose to do what it takes to stop waiting and start living.
I can choose the way I want my life to look.
In any given moment, above all else, I have the power of choice.
Ingrid Michaelson is an indie-pop singer and songwriter based in New York. She is the epitome of eccentric and her songs often speak of love.
People toss around the word love like it is a Frisbee. It is either a casual "I love you" or haphazard metaphors like "love is. [insert any noun, adjective, verb here] to describe the indescribable. Sometimes, the only thing we can describe is what love does not feel like. Love cannot be simplified into our language. Some things are just too vast and unlike anything found in the dictionary that it would be a crude summary of what it means to be in love. If one describes love too accurately, it loses something magical about it.
It is a feeling that is beyond body chemistry.
Desire is only .0001 % of the feeling of love, barely a taste.
Love is most often portrayed as a partnership of two. However, we can get flashes of love in any moment. It can happen in the most peculiar of times.
It can happen while driving down the highway with the windows down in a rainstorm.
It can happen when caught surprise by daffodils in January.
It can happen the moment your eyes open in the morning one minute before your alarm is supposed to ring.
Love, as Ernest Holmes put it, is just a spontaneous realization of life.
It is the moment we realize we are alive. It is the moment we see the spark of life in us, is in the daffodils and the rain. It is the moment that catches us off guard, bringing us back into the Here And Now.
Ingrid Michaelson sings in this song, "Everybody, everybody wants to love. Everybody, everybody wants to be loved."
To feel love we do not have to go anywhere, we can just breathe and realize that we are alive. When we see that bright spark of life within ourselves, then we begin to see it in everything. Suddenly, it is a spontaneous realization of life everywhere you go. That is what it means to be love. You can just be it. You can exist as love condensed into a human body. You walk around falling in love with your reality, because you see that you share the same life energy with everything around you.
It is not about loving another person or another person loving you. It is just about being love.
Being love is a ripple effect because the people around you will begin to realize the life within them with you. They will begin to see it everywhere they go. Love does not mean you have to be in a relationship with red rose petals and sugar cookies. It is within us. It is around us. It is the sugar cookies, the people who cooked them, the cane the sugar came from, it is everything.
How can one simplify everything? You can say the word `everything' but the word itself barely says anything at all. Therefore, we do not have to talk about it to define it.
If you want to love, breathe. If you want to be loved, breathe.
Taking a deep breath says all that needs to be said.
The Sun Never Says
"Even after all this time,
The sun never says to the Earth,
You owe me.
Look at what happens with a love like that.
It lights the whole sky."
-The Sufi poet, Hafiz
Sufism, is the spirituality of lovers. The poets that came out of this teaching show what poetry is really about. They show that poetry is the essence of life. The sun shines because that is what it does best, not because the earth validates it every day.
In today's society though, we desire the love we give to be given back. It is not our fault. We are human. At some point along the way, we forget that love is the quintessence of who we are and we do not need to go anywhere to get it. This forgetfulness may cause us to think, `I am not enough. I am not worthy of love.'
That is the farthest thing from the truth possible. Just by being ourselves, we make a huge impact on the world. Just by being alive, we deserve love.
Therefore, we become seekers. We dance as if every moment is a show that needs a standing ovation. We adapt to our surroundings. It is a subconscious process. It is an exhausting and unnecessary process. It is human. We are here to forget the love that we already are, and then get the gift of remembering. Remembering is the most fun we can have on this planet.
We can experience love in every moment whether it is from another person or not.
This is freedom.
Look at a tree. It is breathing. It is growing. It is made of atoms, just as we are. It is living as we are. A tree does not ask us to love it. It expresses itself anyway. A tree grows because that is what it does best. It seeks no validation.
Let us reinvent what love means. Let us love with no attachment to the outcome. That is what lights up the whole sky. That is what we live for. We do not have to go anywhere for love. It is already inside of us. Love is a reflection for the love we have for ourselves. That is the only reason we can experience it through another. The love that shines the brightest is love with no need for validation from the other. It is love for the sake of loving. People have hearts that are meant to beat in rhythm with another.
People love because that is what we are meant to do.
By the time I finished reading that article, all of the diversities of my heart just dissolved into a love. The kind of love that feels natural. The "spontaneous realization of life" that Ernest Holmes and Kayleigh Levitt talk about. It is in this love that I come to realize myself.
Thank you, Kayleigh, for sharing your love. As you express, others see their love reflected, and the spontaneous realization continues. As you continue to be you, and give the gift of who you are, the world is gradually remembering...that perfection...that beauty...that love, out of which we were all born, and in which we shall always live.
You are a healer and a guide. You heal with your love, and you guide with your words. You guide us home.
Hot damn, it's good to be home...
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