SingPeace! Wagon Friday through Monday Folklife Commons
"The SingPeace! Wagon is the realization of a lifelong dream of Pushkara Sally Ashford to have a traveling symbol of communal tranquility and musical harmony. It has traveled to events and gatherings all over the Pacific Northwest and was hand-lovingly constructed by a community of volunteers. Ashford will eventually…Continue
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A very sweet circle of 30+ folks gathered on Sunday for an afternoon of singing and mingling. The ages ranged from 5 months to 80 years. The 80 year old had quite the story to tell... she grew up in Estonia... where she had to flee the Nazis in 1940 at age 10... leaving behind family who mostly lost their lives in the war. The 5 month old didn't have stories but did light up when we were singing our names and we sang his name to him. Another highlight came from a 7 year old who offered up a… Continue
Central to the SingPeace! Earth Pilgrimage are the ElderWild and ElderWise women, the Grandmothers who are finding their voices and singing out on behalf of their children's children and future generations. I will be sharing more of their role in coming posts.
Meanwhile, in the aftermath of the March full moon sweat lodge for women which took place this weekend, I noted a significant change within myself. This experience prompts me to share the following:
Namaste, SingPeace! friends, With the SingPeace! gypsy wagon on the road, we are counting in smiles, not miles. As the journey begins, each of our recent short trips with the wagon has had a celebratory air, full of surprise encounters, challenges and fun.
Steve Habersetzer, the master craftsman who built the wagon, kindly towed the wagon across the water with his '57 Chev pickup.…
From the forthcoming book, Change Your Body, Change the World" by Frank Forencich
Many native traditions held clowns and tricksters as essential to any contact with the sacred. People could not pray until they had laughed, because laughter opens and frees us from rigid preconception. Humans had to have tricksters within the most sacred ceremonies lest they forget the sacred comes through upset, reversal, surprise. The trickster in… Continue
Ten Steps to Peace Consciousness
(taken from Peace is the Way, by Deepak Chopra)
1. Change doesn't start on the surface. It's generated from
consciousness. This has been true throughout history. If both Buddhism and Christianity could begin with one person, let us not think in terms of numbers and odds. It may sound grandiose to compare ourselves to great spiritual guides, but we act collectively, as an alliance. Our strength comes from critical… Continue