Summer Solstice 2013

ImageHappy  Summer  Solstice!

Started out the early morning on the back patio surrounded by beautiful flowers and fruit trees with a nice dose of yogic stretching and chanting. The sprinkles started before the mats went down, nice and gentle and of course kicked in to a steady rain. It was perfect even though eventually we had to throw in the towel (or grab the towel) and move indoors. Aromatic yogi tea and cool summer rain is an enticing combo. The morning now sits quiet under a gray sky, the land wet and watered. Birds are beginning to sing and it is time for breakfast.

I am thankful for the length of days, long light in the sky and the rich sun energy. I am thankful for the sounds of the day, the scents and textures, the human-ness through which I experience their tangible qualities.  I am thankful for chant music and the beauty of sound current which transcends and elevates. I am thankful for yoga and breath, through which the disciplines of my life are engaged over and over and limitations are challenged and overcome. It doesn’t matter whether I am happy in a day, sad or otherwise, I have the day. I have the day, to make of it what I choose. It is a gift of life. Have a day filled with whatever you choose, from the first full breath of morning to last settled breath taking you into sleep. My your day bring life.

Divine Mother ~ A Mothers Blessing

Divine Mother ~ A Mothers Blessing, Part III of the Divine Feminine Sacred Goddess Series.

Creating these videos are a time consuming labor of love, often taking months to gather and sort through images, including only those which truly express the particular energy I want to have resonate from the piece in alignment with the Sacred. The music is Mothers Blessing from Liberation’s Door by Snatam Kaur. It is very beautiful and invokes a heart essence of love and more love.

Mirabai Ceiba – Between the Shores of Our Soul

Mirabai Ceiba creates beautiful music! They have recently released a new cd of poetic songs from the works of Khalil Gibran and Rumi, melodious and pure, titled Between The Shores of Our Soul. Below is one of the tracks from their new cd titled Ocean of My Soul. The video is enchanting. .

 

Mirabai Ceiba Between The Shores of Our Souls

CD REVIEW: BETWEEN THE SHORES OF OUR SOULS
by Alan di Perna

Between the Shores of Our Souls is an album that enfolds you in a beautiful dream. Delicately wrought of shimmering sonic textures and soft, beguiling vocals, it is a dream woven from the eternal heart-play of divine love and romantic love. This intimate musical and lyrical space is a world well known to Mirabai Ceiba’s Markus Sieber and Angelika Baumbach, longtime lovers, partners in music, poetry, life and the shared path of the spirit.

Subtitled Songs of Love and Longing, the album draws from the divine poetry of Rumi and Khalil Gibran, two masters of a long literary tradition that takes the burning desire of earthly love as a metaphor for profound spiritual devotion, and vice versa. To this, Markus and Angelika add their own inspired lyrics in English and Spanish, not to mention their own distinctive musical sensibility.

Mirabai Ceiba brings something unique and entrancing to world devotional music—a sepia-toned European aesthetic. Between the Shores of Our Souls is bathed in a soft-hued aura of cinematic romance, tempered by a kind of Nick Drake/rainy afternoon introspection and the hazy impressionism of the Cocteau Twins, albeit rendered on acoustic instruments. For this is very much an acoustic album. A pristine recording by Chas Eller and Jamshied Sharifi puts you in a realm of the senses where you can palpably feel the gossamer touch of Angelika’s fingers on her harp and piano, the plangent depths of Markus’ guitar, the hushed rustle of the string quartet that embellishes many tracks. Through it all, Markus and Angelika alternate lead vocals like lovers playing a game of hearts. But the game grows most glorious when the duo’s voices twine in sweet octaves and harmonies.

Between the Shores of Our Souls is an album that is universal in its appeal, with enormous potential to transcend the “yoga music” market. For it speaks not of abstract spiritual concepts or exotic deities, but simply of love—something which resonates deeply in all our hearts. This is an album that whispers gently in your ear, a disc to spend some quiet time with either a loved one or alone with your own yearning heart. The dream it weaves will stay with you long after the last languid, hypnotic notes fade into the ether.

Let Your Light Shine ~ Video Creativity

First new post in awhile, with summer arriving and spring waning, time has been been spent gardening, reveling in the sun and outdoor goodness, makes for less time indoors which results in the neglected blog.

So to remedy the dry spell and to celebrate the sacred and delightful, two videos for your viewing. The first video is Part 2 of the Divine Feminine Sacred Goddess Series I am slowly putting together ~ Lakshmi, a meditative video with music by Deva Premal. The second is a delightful video a friend ~ Bachan kaur created which is fun and has a great groove. An artist expressing her abundant creativity. Check them out and enjoy.

Divine Feminine Sacred Goddess Series: To view Part 1 ~ White Tara

 

Check out more of Bachan’s creative endeavors

The Power of Music ~ Can I Get A Witness!!

Take a little time out today to sing, dance, turn up the volume; make a happy noise, put a little tap in your step, feel the love, share the love and wing-up your soul! That’s right, don’t delay, put a smile in your heart and Go…

 

Smiles on the Metro

 

Music is The Sound of My soul

 

One World ~ Let’s Give Some Love Away

 

~Also a shout out to wimp.com another great source for innovative and delightful videos.

Happy Easter ~ Happy Spring ~ Happy Rebirth and Renewal

Here is a slideshow of delightful vintage Easter postcards and vintage spring art (Molly Brett) hearkening do days gone by of simple ways and the joys of children, spring, egg hunts, Easter parade, Easter bonnets; bunnies, decorated eggs, daffodils, new born life and celebration…

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…and a little Mendelssohn Spring Song …

The Girl & Her Music ~ Once Upon A Time In The Land of Sunshine.

When I was a young girl I spent endless hours listening to music. My transistor radio rarely left my hand and I feel asleep every night to the songs coming from the radio on my nightstand. I was once grounded off my bike for doing the “jerk” while pedaling. Apparently it was not good bicycle safety, never mind there was no such things as bike helmets back then. My bike and my radio, it just didn’t get any better than that… and myself and my peeps, we sang all the time. We sang in the car, on the bus, in church, at 4-H camps; we sang on the beach, around campfires, on walks and swinging on swings. We sang Top 40, campfire songs, childhood ditties, traveling songs, church songs; songs we learned from parents and grandparents, songs from movies and occasionally naughty nonsense one couldn’t get out of one’s head, no matter how hard ya tried, the tune was just too catchy.

Dancing and singing, singing and dancing, it was a child’s life and what child does not love music.My Uncle had an endless stack of 45’s and we would listen for hours, queuing them into oblivion. It was truly boss, groovy and cool, just like it ought to be; I was in heaven.There was such a blend of music from rock and roll, to R & B, folk, soul; songs of liberation and revolution, anthems for peace and love, old standards and the new sound. The old and the new overlapped each other and brought a merge of music I didn’t see again until the internet made accessible sounds from across the globe, a music conversion to bring joy to my ears.

For a beach girl raised under the California sun, with a bike and a radio, who dreamed of dancing in her own go-go boots  while singing “…Hey There Georgie Girl”, music stole the show… and the show must go on…

So here are a few from way back in the day which I still sing about the house or in the car, to my grandchildren and for the sheer love of the song.

For my cousin Debbie ~ my singin’ dancin’ partner in crime. The Yellow Rose of Texas was never the same again.

*Note: I could post music for days. There are so many songs which framed my childhood and it was tough choosing such a small few. Sadly I have to limit myself or I would need to retitle my blog Sadh Bakshish ~ The Gifts & Bounty Music Blog. 🙂

 

 

Amrit Sadhana Khalsa Boyd ~ Die Fledermaus

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My youngest daughter Amrit Sadhana, graduated from U of O with a degree in Vocal Performance several years back. She was recently cast as Adele in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Operas production of Die Fledermaus. What a delight to watch her perform with such passion and joy in her craft. May she continue to find her way upon the stage be it grand or modest and may she continue to sing to her hearts content and ours.

Here are two of Amrit Sadhana’s video clips, arias from Act I and Act III.

 

 

WAR ~ We Don’t Need No More Trouble…

“What we need is love to guide us and protect us on…”

War on the outside, war on the inside, war on the street, war in the home, war on the playgrounds, war on the continents; war in the heart, war in the spirit, war in the body, war in the mind. War is waring, war is wearying, war is worrying. War is the robber and thief, war is no respecter of anything animal, vegetable or mineral. War is ego unleashed, war is greed, war is taking. One step in greed is one step into war. All genocide is war. All prejudice is war. All hatred is war.

Tend to the war within, in the everyday conflicts which exist within the human condition. All human emotion and desires if left unchecked and mindless contain the seeds of war, for a war within maybe a tide which goes out… and “we don’t need no more trouble”; I don’t need no more trouble.

Take a pledge to be mindful of the war within and tend to the tides which hold potential to breach shores of trouble… duality, greed, ego, comparison, covetousness… Look to oneself, not our governments to stop war by not taking up arms against oneself or another. Practice right speech, right action, right thoughts which serve the fullness of love, forgiveness and kindness. Agree to disagree, allow confusion, distrust and uncertainty without having to take action against it. Do not force resolution. Find your peace within and let its seed take root and foster in the fertile soil of ONE HEART. Look to oneself in Divine connection/correction and send out flowers of great beauty to lay at the feet of one’s enemies, even if they be our own.

“Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Matthew 7:3

Playing For Change

What’s In the New New

I keep an eye and ear toward new. Now I love old, vintage, tried and true and nod respectfully to that which cannot be improved, yet there is a plethora of new to be discovered (possibly on their way to becoming tried and true), just sitting around the corner to bring joyful delights into the everyday. Whether it be a new sound, artistic expression, authored beauty; fresh interpretations of the tried and true or the dawning of a whole new way to relish in the abundance of creativity. It is an adventure for me which brings pure satisfaction.

Here are a few new finds which have made their way to top of my list. Two musicians, two authors and two artists. Enjoy, pass them along and be adventurous.

Musicians ~ Desert Blues: Toumast & Tinariwen

Toumast ~ Musicians from the Niger Republic, of the Tuareg people. I love their sound. Very beautiful and soulful. They have been around for awhile, (Ishumar was recorded in 2007) and recently made their way to my ears and brought a little dance of joy ~

 

Tinariwen ~ is a band of Tuareg musicians from the Sahara Desert of Northern Mali. Around since 1979 they came into a wider following around 2001. This song is from the album Imidiwan.


Authors: Teddy Wayne & Erin Morgenstern

Teddy Wayne is a fresh modern voice in contemporary literature. His excellent first novel, Kapitoil, is sharp and clean, earning Wayne a prestigious fellowship from The National Endowment of The Arts and the 2011 Whitings Writers Award. Accolades for Kapitoil are far and wide. This book was chosen by our local Novel Idea for 2011

Erin Morgenstern recently authored The Night Circus. A beautiful novel set in the arena of a magical circus. The story is intricate and multilayered in design and scope. I found the reading rich and poetic. Morgenstern imparts lyrical descriptions of black and white scenery which is sated with colorful imaginings and details. Treat yourself.

Artist: Hannah Larkin & Michelle Cross

Hannah Larkin (my niece) is a delightful woman with an adventurous spirit. She creates original artwork for note cards, invitations, wedding announcements, stationary, etc. Her designs are beautifully drawn with attention to detail. Elegant to simple her unique eye and skill are a treat to behold. Hannah does custom designs as well and is currently available through Etsy. See more of Hannah and her work at Michelle Cross Photography

Michelle Cross is photographer with an intuitive romantic eye. Michelle’s perspective is youthful, fun and elegant. Whether capturing portraits, weddings, scenery or still life her eye is consistent in creating a contemporary image perfectly in the moment with a timeless quality; lovely.

A Little Here, A Little There, A Little Everywhere

I will be away for the next 10 days to 2 weeks. In the meantime I am posting a few “love” notes. . .

~ Be happy, be well, be mindful, be kind, be the One you have been waiting for ~ “work out your own salvation with awe and trembling”, the journey of life . . . and know that God is GOOD. Share goodness and drop all the other b.s., look to the heart and live the truth of your existence, know who you SERVE, be brave, bold and beautiful, and don’t forget to pray and dance, my favorite Supersize!! life combo.

Start with a little POV (point of view via karmatube)

Boonaa Mohammed “Kill Them With Love”

 

A little music for the love of voice.

Edith Piaf ~ C’est Un Monsieur Très Distingu

 

Fear A Bhata ~ Niamh Parsons

 

Wise words from my wise brother Tim . . .”Faith is not built so much on what God has done in the lives of others.  Faith is built on remembering what God has done in each of our lives personally.  Faith is built on remembering…”

Remember creativity is limitless . . .

Beautiful Day

It’s a beautiful day!

It is a beautiful summer day. The sun is shining, birds singing, butterflies flitting, blossoms blooming. There is much happening in our world these days to cast a shadow upon the light; yet again it is a beautiful day. All the tumultuous  and raucous echoes of hardship and grief bounce off the surfaces to rebound rebound rebound; yet it is a beautiful day. The burden of loss sifts into the floorboards and becomes the dust we wash from our feet; yet it is a beautiful day. Things beyond our control burn up the crops, flood the plains and break the shoreline; yet it is a beautiful day. All the rockin’ and rollin’ of the physical planet and Her inhabitants is dizzying; yet it is a beautiful day. In the midst of one thing, there is another. . . and it is a beautiful day.


Beautiful Day ~ original poem by Sadh Bakshish Kaur

Beautiful Day by Aykanna

Original mandala artwork by Paul Heussenstamm

Via ~ Via

I wonder why it is, that young men are always cautioned against bad girls. Anyone can handle a bad girl. It’s the good girls men should be warned against. David Niven

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Two incredibly beautiful songs from the newly released CD I Am Thine by Jai-Jagdeesh

With You

I Am Thine

Leonard & Antony ~ If It Be Your Will

I  originally posted these song lyrics by Leonard Cohen back in 2007. I was thinking of the song this morning and decided to resurrect it with music and video. I love Leonard Cohen and this song is so very beautiful, lyrics from the heart of supplication. Cohen’s way with words is pure poetry – how can one not love this mans voice and art. Antony sang this cover of If It Be Your Will at a Leonard Cohen tribute in the film I Am Your Man. His passion and delivery take my breath away. I remember when I first saw it I rewound, watched and listened over and over. I could not get enough.

If It Be Your Will by Leonard Cohen

If it be your will
That I speak no more
And my voice be still
As it was before
I will speak no more
I shall abide until
I am spoken for
If it be your will

If it be your will
That a voice be true
From this broken hill
I will sing to you
From this broken hill
All your praises they shall ring
If it be your will
To let me sing
From this broken hill
All your praises they shall ring
If it be your will
To let me sing

If it be your will
If there is a choice
Let the rivers fill
Let the hills rejoice
Let your mercy spill
On all these burning hearts in hell
If it be your will
To make us well

And draw us near
And bind us tight
All your children here
In their rags of light
In our rags of light
All dressed to kill
And end this night
If it be your will

If it be your will.

If It Be Your Will sung by Antony Hegarty of Antony and  The Johnsons

~ Earth Song ~

This says it all. Let’s keep waking up, keeping up, loving up, healing up, fixing up. Let’s keep it together and sidestep all the short circuits, limitations, doubts, challenges, defaults and apathy which whispers words of smallness and impossibility. Let’s do it and then do it again until the thing is done. Props to Michael for bringing it so powerfully. Full tilt ~

On A Clear Day You Can See

Yesterday was a day of dismal weather. Lately we have had days filled with gray skies, cloud cover, wind, more wind – and snow. Yes it is almost the first of May, but this is Central Oregon, and she continues to defy seasonal character, choosing to be mercurial and independent.

I was headed out for an early meeting. As I prepared to leave, I knew I needed to grab a CD and I was specific about my choice, i.e, voice and vibration. I rolled through my list, ” books, bag, tea, sunglasses, extra pen, address for GPS, CD – and I was out the door.  Destination bound I traveled down the road as I sipped my mate` and the CD played.  East by east  the skies deepened into even deeper shades of gray  and there it was- snow. On the trees, settled onto the ground, sprinkled upon the windshield, gray gray skies … and I felt myself begin to slip into an emotional malaise which revealed itself through a definitive

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Oh, I did not expect this, caught by surprise, it crept in soft as a cat, curled up around my feet, my ankles. I could feel the weight and ensuing emotions.  I wanted to turn towards home, grab a blanket, a cup of tea and grumble “call me what this nonsense is done and spring lets her spirit rule”. Oh so pitiful, spring being petulant, moody; it roused my emotions to join. Such a dramatic shift. And it struck me I didn’t want to head into a meeting with grayed emotions and a cloudy countenance fueled by diminished ojas* and auric atrophy.  And I would choose this? I felt stirred to say, “wait a minute, is this what I want  to bring to this day, acquiescing to vacillating emotions. I have places to go and things to tend, nor the time or energy to indulge any said whims my emotional nature is feeling entitled too”. There are days to tuck in, read a book, drink tea and dream spring,  this was not one of them. My attention tuned into the beautiful angelic voice which streamed forth from the speakers; inviting, reminding, whispering in the sound current ~

“Aad Such Jugaad Such Hai Bhee Such Nanak Hosee Bhee Such . . .  Lord make me an instrument of Thy peace, where there is hatred let me sow love . . .”

I sat up straight, took a long deep breath,  “this is not what I choose” and intentionally began to bring my energy up Up UP. Inhale, exhale, I gathered what had settled around my feet and ankles. Inhale, exhale,  expanded and connected with my navel point, vibrating the solar plexus and shifting my energy. Stabilized, energized, elevated – inhale, exhale; Ground, shift. And there I was, smiling and seeing how beautiful the last snows of the season looked upon the land. How clean and crisp the air is as the snow sweeps the sky with the delicate lace of icy fingers. I looked upon the transition of season as tulips, daffodils, hyacinths . . .  and snow settled upon bursts of color. Life travails in birthing and so it seems does spring in the high desert. She  moves slowly yet steadily, releasing winters nature.

Gone were the depleting limiting emotions clamoring for time and attention. Present was choice. Seems a simple thing and in awareness it is, but without it I ran the risk of giving away the beauty, power and intention of the day. And what a loss it would have been. I followed the subtle voice and grabbed a CD, an awareness of choice exercised. In the moment of “drop” I clearly heard a true  and clear note, illuminating a path away from derailing emotions. There is certainly a place for emotion, bringing richness and awareness in it own right, but when unbalancing emotions threaten to get the best of me I am thankful for having powerful tools available to shift and balance myself so I am better served. If I am better served, then I can better serve. And that is the name of  no game, but the powerful choice of mastery ~ and as my friend Tarn Kaur says ~ God is good.

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen.

St. Francis of Assisi – 13th century

Servant of Peace ~ Snatam Kaur

*Ojas – A Sanskrit word meaning “vigor”.  Ojas is both the gateway and the container. It is the gateway between consciousness and physiology, between spiritual and material.

Har Gopal ~ Singhofkings

My oldest son, Har Gopal, recently created this video with a rhyme he wrote. Powerful and well done – he is doin’ his thing. Stir up your creativity, manifest your art. Add your voice to the collective. Add your vision to the collective. Be brave, be bold and invite others along for the journey. Art, Voice, Vision brings change. Be an instrument for change. Be a RAINBOW ~ light in the clouds.

Spirit Voyage

Spirit Voyage is a great website for music, yoga, chant and all things supporting a meditative or scared practice. Offering music from  around the globe and multiple traditions, they provide an opportunity to explore new and familiar sounds. Every Friday is  “Free Music Friday” where an artist generously donates a FREE download of a beautiful song. It is a great way to preview new artists and music as well build a chant library. They also offer Spirit Voyage Radio which streams a different song list daily. Take some time to check it out and … Happy Listening!

Today’s free download is Ocean by Mirabai Ceiba. Very beautiful words of Rumi set to equally beautiful music. Enjoy!