life has thorns

“Life is painful. It has thorns, like the stem of a rose. Culture and art are the roses that bloom on the stem. The flower is yourself, your humanity. Art is the liberation of the humanity inside yourself.” ~Daisaku Ikeda


Putting the Little Pain to Sleep

The rain is falling softly,

I  listen deeply to the sorrow within myself.

Please go to sleep, my dear little pain.

Let me embrace you tenderly and let my

in-breath and out-breath continue to lull

you to sleep.

Day and night I water the seeds of compassion

and forgiveness, so that tomorrow the

flowers of joy can bloom.

Go to sleep, my little knots; tomorrow there

will be a transformation and we shall be

able to help love to be reborn again.

Thich Nhat Hahn-

“Music is Sunshine”-Michael Franti

Street art – unique crime?

brainstorming….what makes me come alive

my rescue pup Gracie, my parents pup Molly, nature, connecting with friends, family, strangers, creating-photos, words, building…, sharing, helping, music, books, ideas, learning, growing, truth, laughing and more laughing, working for a purpose-rescue animals, stopping violence agains women, children…..equality and respect for all… in life, life in art, compassion, forgiveness, the ocean, the mountains, studying Buddhism, gardens, travel and so much more…..i’m listening more to my heart and to it’s truth….what makes my heart expand, what makes me come alive…saying yes to life, saying yes to love….

Mohawk Indian Prayer

Oh Great Spirit, Creator of all things;
Human Beings, trees, grass, berries.
Help us, be kind to us.
Let us be happy on earth.
Let us lead our children
To a good life and old age.
These our people; give them good minds
To love one another.
Oh Great Spirit,
Be kind to us
Give these people the favor
To see green trees,
Green grass, flowers, and berries
This next spring;
So we all meet again
Oh Great Spirit,
We ask of you.
—Mohawk Indian Prayer

Xavier Rudd- Great song “Spirit Bird” from an awesome album of the same name

Xavier Rudd- My favorite Australian….new album Spirit Bird

Follow The Sun – Xavier Rudd



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Masterfully delicate, Follow The Sun is the essence of Xavier Rudd’s spiritual connection to this world: his humble understanding that everything was here before us and will remain long after we are gone, and that every day is a new gift to cherish and to respect.

As a song-writer, Xavier Rudd has always been able to place complex ideas into heartfelt words with a universal simplicity. Having covered vast musical ground with his previous albums, Follow The Sun is the familiar sound of Rudd’s earlier work as an ambidextrous solo artist. His voice, his guitar and his message; carried along with gentle rhythms and musical textures.

Beautifully organic and understated, Rudd’s delivery of Follow The Sun is a reiteration of the song’s theme that no matter what our religion or our blood lines are in this world, taking a moment or a breath, to respect and acknowledge the flow of energy around us, is vital nourishment for our own souls.

Follow The Sun invites us to leave our own distractions – the congestion of thoughts that keep us locked in our minds every waking minute – and to not let each day pass us by. To take notice and be thankful of the beauty of our great mother and our connection to her. That the most overlooked of things – each day’s sun and moon, the winds and the tides, the creatures that fill our skies and oceans… that these things are the truth. They are conduits of an ever-flowing energy that society teaches us as humans to disconnect from, when in fact they are the things we need to be connected to the most.

To celebrate its release, Rudd will launch Follow The Sun with a tour of Australia and New Zealand; winding his way around the country to catch up with friends, catch a few waves, and reconnect with his fans in person, from the stage, where he belongs.

Michael Franti & Spearhead rocked Portland, Me last nite…and rocked it hard!


Last nite rocked…I’ve been fortunate to see Michael & his band a few times and it is always an amazing, fun, uplifting, inspiring, bootie shakin’ good time. It is fun, fun, fun and a positive message as well. it’s great to hear a male musician singing & dancing about love, equality, gratitude, compassion..I highly recommend seeing him if he is playing anywhere near you. “Every single one of us is significant” he said last nite…I needed to hear those words…lately i have been overwhelmed by the struggles life often brings my way… i am also realizing more and more my struggles are the words I tell myself….not good enough, don’t matter…life is hard enough at times without creating more suffering for myself but I seem to be able to create a lot of it. “Every child needs wings.” he said. Parents, society doesn’t need to tell their children who they are or what they should be…but give them “wings” to find out who they are and take that into the world….whatever unique gifts we each carry within us… bring it to the world..the world needs our care, our compassion, our love… excuses…

Dear Brave Souls: There’s no excuse, you know, right? There’s really no ‘when I get/ have/learn/find/can/know/–then I will create, then I will give the time, then I will start, finish, continue.

It’s all BS (bubble and squeak=cooked cabbage fried with cooked potatoes and many times, meat– it’s the sound of it all cooking, but the sounds are not the substance of what is being cooked…The substance is the meat, the vegetables. Does this sound familiar? The work is the work.)

See here Frida Kahlo, destined in life from a terrible accident to be in a torso cast and great pain for life. Understand my biscochitos/as, that we create out of where we are… nothing ought keep us from it.

Some go chasing puffy rainbows and fluffy words they saw or heard elsewhere. But the most rough and deep of art comes from something no one but you has ever seen/known, walked with.

This above is just an except from my book on what I call Original Voice. It’s a Field Guide, which I’ll be teaching from in October of this year at our Training on Original Voice. If we want Original Voice, there’s no borrowing, no purloining, no ‘stealing’ from others. There is just you. Radiant one of a kind, blessed, scarred up, scared, sacred, funny, fully embodied, fully ensouled… you.

I’ll be teaching you how that sense of selfhood informs us with out of this world inspirations, and ways to listen and see how utterly unique you are, how utterly unique your touch to your creative life and work and your calling.

It is of this world to bring it. But it comes from another world, and you are the sherpa.

With love,