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same same different

i am hearing a lot of the

samesame

right now.

some call this two steps forward, three steps back. others might call it a spiral – each curve leads us a little deeper in. or maybe it’s another loop in the labyrinth – the rocks change shape, the path a little different with each step but it is…

oh so goddamn familiar.

i am calling out

to be broken open again. again. again.

moving through. staying  committed. seeing clearly.

failing. falling.

seeking.

sitting.

“Sitting till the things to be done dry up, till the voices urging they be done melt like ice in our minds, till the old hurts throb out of our bones, made harmless by the air, till all the we want has nothing left to shout at, till there is nothing left to reach for or with, and nothing left to let go of, till even our fear of death loses its tongue, and, with nothing in the way, the light of the world kisses the light of the heart and each breath shines”
Mark Nepo

(send out the interpretive dancers!  you know who you are.)

ebb and flow.

this repost seems relevant now.  and i need it. so i share it.

take good care,

jessica

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ebb and flow

in this ebb and flow of moments… i am grounding in motion. i am finding a stillness that is not motionless. this stillness, this grounding, is made up of small movements that hold me in balance and topple me over at the same time. into cold water. rocky shores. sunlit skies.

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not grasping to stay upright. planting down. being aware. noticing it is the shifting under my feet, the shifting in my body, the shifting of air that supports my ability to hold my balance. and then noticing these are the same things that shake me to the ground.

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ah. sweet ground. wave and shore. sun and sky. stillness and motion. a gentle heart recognition. this is all there is.

xo
j


afternoon delight

happy saturday!  today i just want to share a few photos that delight and nourish my soul … what delights and nourishes you?  

PiE!  Is there anything better?  Well, yes. But pie is pretty damn good.  This is a rhubarb-strawberry pie I made .. delish! 


Scrabble! Or .. any kind of word game that you can get crazy with! I’m not the best player but it can be super fun when you relax and just spell how things sound or feel .. or bring in your own words and make up superawesome definitions that no one can deny! 

Twink! From Rainbow Brite … needle-felted wonder by my dear friend Bethany B!  Arts and crafts: fun to make, amazing to receive as gifts, and really .. just make the world a better place.  Bees, honey, flowers, linden trees, farming, growing food, making mead … yes bees are an absolute delight! a big thank you to our little friends who work so hard and bring us oh-so-much!  I spent about 6 weeks on a farm in Sooke (Tugwell Creek Farm) where they were dedicated to the bee – such an amazing experience.  That is where I first felt the shock of an electric fence! But also got to walk along the ocean every day.  Lovely. 

Costumes!  Need I say more?  
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raffiti almost always makes me happy … I love to see art in public, unexpected places …I took this picture in a pathway between two old buildings on the University of Toronto campus … thanks to whoever created this and made my day!                  
peace out
jkl
P.S. Most photos taken by me .. not the one of  my though (lionesscowgirl) .. i think my friend bob took that  


grow garden grow

Everything is green and everywhere is green!  Things are growing and changing  … the trees are wide with love, the birds are finding worms all over the place, and the air is warm.  And the gardens are exploding!

For the first time in three years, I have not started a garden – and I miss it!  My first garden was with my dear friend in a yard where we battled with deer and grew kale, carrots, lettuce and tried to grow corn – with not much success. Growing in community can be a really exciting, challenging, and expanding type of experience.

Community gardens are all over the place – there was one in my old Victoria neighbourhood and although I wasn’t really part of it, I really appreciated the people who made it happen!

Growing things is very creative!  How will you arrange your growing space?  What types of plants will you grow? Why? What does it feel like to grow things?  I have always found weeding a very rewarding experience and oh-so-tangible!

And how are people connecting gardens, art, and social justice?  Here are just two projects to check out:

Name: EcoArtLab – Ella Cooper
Location: Vancouver, BC
What’s happening:Multidisciplinary artist and educator, Ella Cooper has recently gained four of the City of Vancouver’s Green Street plots and would like to turn them into a veritable eco-arts gallery and space for community engagement. Collaborating with the Community Arts Council’s Eco Arts Salon, gardeners, guerilla knitters, creative minds, poets and interested members of the community we will be working to create a happy blend of community gardening and eco arts projects that creates an interactive green space that will evolve as the plants grow.”  EcoArtsLab

Name: LoveArtLab –  Annie Sprinkles and Elizabeth Stephens
Location: California
What’s happening: A manifesto, an EcoSex symposium this very weekend, the chakras, love art lab and ecosexuals!  Who knew?  I want to go to California right now! Here is the first point from the manifesto: “(i) WE ARE THE ECOSEXUALS. The Earth is our lover. We are madly, passionately, and fiercely in love, and we are grateful for this relationship each and every day. In order to create a more mutual and sustainable relationship with the Earth, we collaborate with nature. We treat the Earth with kindness, respect and affection.” Sexecology.org

There are many other projects, activities, websites, and neat ideas floating around … but I think that is it for me for now!

Peace out,
jkl



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