NaPoWriMo A Pray for All of Us

STREETS ARE MADE FOR DANCING!

We Watch On a Loop

The runner keeps falling and falling

even before the smoke appears.

We all are in free-fall

Earth please catch us

Air become clear

Water wash away our tears

Fire we must learn

to respect your power.

Ancestors may we keep listening:

Today the planet is the only proper “in group.”
Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world.
We cannot cure the world of sorrows,
but we can choose to live in joy.
Joseph Campbell
I pray we always remember Streets are made for dancing!
Carol Carlisle

Sunday Post: Fun Facts About New Years

"The wearing masks [for New Year] was to chase away evil spirits or for hiding them." Donald Dossey

“The wearing od masks [for New Year] was to chase away evil spirits or for hiding them.” Donald Dossey

Are we hiding from  or hiding our evil spirits?

Are we chasing away or hiding our evil spirits?

Donald Dossey’s book of Folk Lore has 12 pages of fun facts about New Years. Wearing mask is just one. Another, that most of us in the US know, is to eat black eyed peas on New years day to have good luck. My mom, no matter what else we had, would always server black eyed peas even if they were from a can. I have tried sometimes I just put the can out 😉  Did you grow up with any interesting new years traditions? That you keep?

Jakesprinters suggested this topic Tomorrow I will continue with Suggestions for how to make and keep New Years Resolutions.  If I post tomorrow I will have kept one from last Jan. 1st !!!!

Sunday Post: People With Stylish Hats

Who among you has a Stylish Hat or 2?

Jake’s theme for the Sunday Post was People, and I couldn’t resit sharing this candid from the Solono Stroll. The Lady getting dog kisses is a well known, sprightly octogenarian, who is much photographed. Yes I know it’s Monday, but hey, I’m from laid-back and stylish California. 😉

In other news note my Post A Day Badge.  Isn’t it Stylish?.  If you haven’t noticed I have been doing a post a day since Jan. 1 but it was only yesterday that I finally figured out how to “grab” the badge with a lot of help of my friend.  It’s about time with less then 100 day left in the year. Thank you Lonnie. As always thanks Jakesprinters.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Everyday Life with Rainbow Man and Bodhisattva

Photo taken at our locals street fair. I tried to snap a candid when these two strangers posed for me  in the late afternoon sun.

One of these two people is the Rainbow Man both are Bodhisattvas.  I love this word even the way it sounds, In Buddhism a Bodhisattva is one who has achieved enlightenment  or nirvana and chosen to stay in the world to help guide and protect their fellow human beings . You can think of many founders of world religions, saints and perhaps angels who were Bodhisattva. I believe we they exist among us all the time. And from time to time we can be that ourselves, even if it’s just for a moment, like the time we hold the door open for a stranger then give them a big smile. Who knows how that act simple act may affect the rest of the day.

The Story of the Rainbow Man.  Is he was once, in his own words, addicted to travel.  If you look closely the medallion he is wearing, it is a Tibetan Wheel. Nothing you could buy at your local gift shop. He went for many years never staying in one place for more than 5 months. He has now settled down in a space in Berkeley where he has a dance and art studio and makes his own costumes. He makes a living as a street performer.  As many of you guessed he really does want to make people smile. At the end of a very long day he got the lovely police woman laughing and smiling and giving him advise on the best spot for his next performance. I suspect she is quite the Bodhisattva herself.

FYI The Rainbow man mentioned that he also has 6 foot wings he often adds to his already astounding costume. He does it just for the AWE factor! To see the peoples faces light up. How many of us could pull that off.

Below is yesterday’s post from Carolisle blog but I think the Celestial news and the TV news need to be woven together as we step through the door way of change.

The  external revelation is being televised as I write.

But that internal change, letting go, expansion or up-against-the-wall personal revolution will not be televised.  What was once dependable patterns will no longer hold. This week and next look for shifts that are far beyond anything you ever expected.

Time Line

Virgo New Moon September 15.  Plant seeds of kindness in thought word and deed. Set intention to become the Bodhisattva, Angel, or Girl Scout you have always known you were called to be. As always being good to yourself comes first. Please, I beg you ,don’t believe the mindset that says: you are a failure or not enough. Jettison those thoughts completely off this planet. Every cruel thought arrow you turn on yourself or others hurts. Brain sciences has proven that your mind can’t tell the difference between “just” thoughts and actions.

Sept. 18-19 Pluto Ruler of the Dramatic obsessive depths turns around comes out of hiding and slams into Uranus God of revolutionary change. We are already feeling the rumblings of this interaction. Pluto squaring Uranus  not a sudden out of the blue moment it has been in the works since March 2011 and will Become exact for the second time on these days.

“Many of us are already suffering with soul fatigue, especially those of us trying to make ends meet or working overtime to help others to make it through to safer ground. But because this square is a symbol for cultural and collective revolution, and because it always signifies social unrest, many of us are also suffering from the despair that our global situation may not change as quickly as it needs to for future generations to flourish. This would not be the moment to give up hope. Revolution happens one heart at a time, and yours could be the heart that makes the difference.” Ralfi Finn The Aquarium Age

Come Dance in the Street With Me

Sunday was the 36th Annual Solono Stroll

I’m glad the geese woke me up yesterday for the 26 block long party with a parade,

food, games, a ferries wheel, and every kind of booths from political to ones selling home made do-hickeys .

But most of all  there was dancing in the street. Every one joined in young and old; sneaker wearing and a few brave enough to sport high heals and little more.

What shoes would you be wearing? I’m the one with the pink IPhone taking your picture  🙂