Friday, 26 August 2011

Blue Door

Blue Door in Stratford-upon-Avon ~ This is from a group of photographs taken by me while listening to Shakespeare whisper in my ear on the streets of Stratford (June 2011)

In order to arrive at what you do not know
 You must go by a way which is the way of ignorance.

In order to possess what you do not possess
  You must go by the way of dispossession.

In order to arrive at what you are not
   You must go through the way in which you are not.

And what you do not know is the only thing you know
And what you own is what you do not own
And where you are is where you are not.

~ T.S Eliot: Four Quartets

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

I Am An Emotional Creature

by Eve Ensler

I love being a girl.
I can feel what you're feeling
as you're feeling it inside
the feeling
I am an emotional creature.
Things do not come to me
as intellectual theories or hard-shaped ideas.
They pulse through my organs and legs
and burn up my ears.
I know when your girlfriend's really pissed off
even though she appears to give you what
you want.
I know when a storm is coming.
I can feel the invisible stirrings in the air.
I can tell you he won't call back.
It's a vibe I share.

I am an emotional creature.
I love that I do not take things lightly.
Everything is intense to me.
The way I walk in the street.
The way my mother wakes me up.
The way I hear bad news.
The way it's unbearable when I lose.

I am an emotional creature.
I am connected to everything and everyone.
I was born like that.
Don't you dare say all negative that it's a
teenage thing
or it's only only because I'm a girl.
These feelings make me better.
They make me ready.
They make me present.
They make me strong.

I am an emotional creature.
There is a particular way of knowing.
It's like the older women somehow forgot.
I rejoice that it's still in my body.

I know when the coconut's about to fall.
I know that we've pushed the earth too far.
I know my father isn't coming back.
That no one's prepared for the fire.
I know that lipstick means
more than show.
I know that boys feel super-insecure
and so-called terrorists are made, not born.
I know that one kiss can take
away all my decision-making ability
and sometimes, you know, it should.

This is not extreme.
It's a girl thing.
What we would all be
if the big door inside us flew open.
Don't tell me not to cry.
To calm it down
Not to be so extreme
To be reasonable.
I am an emotional creature.
It's how the earth got made.
How the wind continues to pollinate.
You don't tell the Atlantic ocean
to behave.

I am an emotional creature.
Why would you want to shut me down
or turn me off?
I am your remaining memory.
I am connecting you to your source.
Nothing's been diluted.
Nothing's leaked out.
I can take you back.

I love that I can feel the inside
of the feelings in you,
even if it stops my life
even if it hurts too much
or takes me off track
even if it breaks my heart.
It makes me responsible.
I am an emotional
I am an emotional, devotional,
incandotional, creature.
And I love, hear me,
love love love
being a girl.
I decided to take a moment this morning and let Eve Ensler speak for me...
I found this poem on the wall of one of my Facebook Groups. It was posted by Bronte Shakespeare. You may remember her from  This Silent Web. The photograph is from a Tumblr post of a long time ago. I have absolutely no idea who to credit it to... my deepest apologies...

Friday, 19 August 2011

We need not feel ashamed of flirting with the zodiac.  The zodiac is well worth flirting with.  ~D.H. Lawrence

Monday, 15 August 2011

Gandhi: Your Beliefs Lead to Your Destiny

By MindBodyGreen
"Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny."

-- Gandhi

Thursday, 11 August 2011

THE GENUINE HEART OF BODHICHITTA Bodhichitta is a Sanskrit word that means “noble or awakened heart.” Just as butter is inherent in milk and oil is inherent in a sesame seed, the soft spot of bodhichitta is inherent in you and me. It is equated, in part, with our ability to love. No matter how committed we are to unkindness, selfishness, or greed, the genuine heart of bodhichitta cannot be lost. (via Pema Chodron)

Ancestral elders, we ask your guidance for parents, governments, peace-keepers, educators and all who should be guiding and respecting the young, as well as rejoicing in their potential & gift. Without insightful elders with wise voices in our own communities, we can be flagging and rudderless. Help us to step forward into that authentic elderhood and wisdom that draws us back into the circle of life and makes sacred the hearth once more. (via Caitlín Matthews)

We look at a landscape, a tree, a bouquet of flowers and say ' Ah Nature!' But Nature is more than those things. As a matter of fact it is NOT a collection of things, plants , or animals or weather phenomena. We forget that Nature is us in flow. We forget that beyond the symbol we perceive ( for whatever we see is a symbol ) there is a larger, deeper and very magical reality. So begin by embracing Nature in your very presence here... In this Life, In the Heart of Light that beats throughout all that exists, In this awareness that is You. Nature is not over there, or in that landscape or in those clouds. It is here in your sensitivity , joy, awareness, sense of beauty, loving heart that even now resonates to the Mystery that is the presence of this Universe in all that exists. (via Druid's Path /|\)

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

There is nothing more dangerous than to build a society, with a large segment of people in that society, who feel that they have no stake in it; who feel that they have nothing to lose. People who have a stake in their society, protect that society, but when they don’t have it, they unconsciously want to destroy it.” - Martin Luther King Jr. (via Bronte Shakespeare)

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Views of Summer and the Colour Green

Spotted climbing over a wooden fence while walking past... Photography by me, robin

I found this great PAGE on the colour green... and slowly fell in love all over again... with a colour

All About the Color Green

   GREEN: Our reaction to color is almost instantaneous and has a profound impact on the choices we make everyday.

Below is a look at general responses to the color green based on research, historical significance of color and word association studies. Different cultures react to colors differently.

In addition to what is below on my site Sensational Color I have three sections that expand upon this information:

Meaning, symbolism, and psychology of color or colourColor Meaning, Symbolism & Psychology

Meaning, symbolism, and psychology of color or colourColorful Phrases & Their Meaning

Meaning, symbolism, and psychology of color or colourColor Around the World

Meaning & Symbolism of the Color Green

Green occupies more space in the spectrum visible to the human eye and is second only to blue as a favorite color.

Green is the pervasive color in the natural world that is an ideal backdrop in interior design because we are so used to seeing it everywhere.

The natural greens, from forest to lime, are seen as tranquil and refreshing, with a natural balance of cool and warm (blue and yellow) undertones. Green is considered the color of peace and ecology.

However, there is an "institutional" side to green, associated with illness or Government-issued that conjure up negative emotions as do the "slimy" or bilious greens.

The Effects of the Color Green

How the color green affects us physically and mentally
  • Soothing
  • Relaxing mentally as well as physically
  • Helps alleviate depression, nervousness and anxiety
  • Offers a sense of renewal, self-control and harmony

Green: The Color of the Heart Chakra

The Colors of the ChakrasGreen is the color of the Heart Chakra, also known as Anahata. This chakra is located at the center of the chest area. This chakra is linked to the heart, lungs, circulatory system, cardiac plexus, and the complete chest area.

The Heart Chakra bridges the gap between the physical and spiritual worlds. Opening the Heart Chakra allows a person to love more, empathize, and feel compassion.

Gemstones that will aid the Heart Chakra include jade and malachite.

Meaning, symbolism, and psychology of the Chakra colorsMore About Chakra Colors...

Green Around the World

In several religions, green is the color associated with resurrection and regeneration.

In Ghardaia and other parts of M'zab, houses painted in green indicate that the inhabitants have made a pilgrimage to Mecca.

Green, blue-green, and blue are sacred colors in Iran where they symbolize paradise.

As the emblematic color of Ireland, green represents the vast green hillside as well as Ireland's patron saint, St, Patrick

In China, jade stones represent virtue and beauty.

Colour around the worldMore About Color Around the World...

Fun Facts About the Color Green

In auto racing a green flag signals the start or resumption of a race.

The color green signifies mystical or magical properties in the stories of King Arthur.

The ecological supporters adopted green as the color to represent their movement.

Green is the color used for night vision goggles because the human eye is most sensitive and able to discern the most shades in that color.

Bright Green is the color of the astrological sign Cancer.

Interesting Information and Fun Facts About GreenMore Fun Facts About This Color...

Quotes About the Color Green

"Green how I want you green. Green wind. Green branches." --Federico García Lorca, Spanish Poet and Playwright, 1898-1936, "Romance Sonámbulo"

"Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises." --Pedro Calderon de la Barca, Spanish Poet and Playwright, 1600-1681

"He had that curious love of green, which in individuals is always the sig of a subtle artistic temperament, and in nations is said to denote a laxity, if not a decadence of morals." --Oscar Wilde, Irish Playwright, Novelist, Poet, Short Story Writer and Freemason, 1854-1900, "Pen, Pencil and Poison," Fortnightly Review (London, January 1889)

"Absolute green is the most restful color, lacking any undertone of joy, grief, or passion. On exhausted men this restfulness has a beneficial effect, but after a time it becomes tedious." --Wassily Kandinsky. Russian-born French Expressionist Painter, 1866-1944

"Green represents the dead image of life." --Rudolf Steiner, Austrian Philosopher, Literary Scholar, Architect, Playwright, Educator, Social Thinker and Esotericist, 1861-1925

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Colorful Phrases: Green

Get the green light: get approval to move ahead or proceed with a project or task.

Green corn: the young tender ears of Indian corn

Green thumb (US) or Green fingers (UK): an unusual ability to make plants grow

Green room: a room (as in a theater or studio) where performers can relax before or after appearances

Greenback: a legal-tender note issued by the United States government

Greener pastures: - something newer or better (or perceived to be better), such as a new job

Green with envy: jealous or envious. More on the "green-eyed monster"

Greenhorn: novice, trainee, beginner. See why

Green around the gills: marked by a pale, sickly, or nauseated appearance

Turn green: to look pale and ill as if you are going to vomit

Going green: when someone or something makes changes to help protect the environment, or reduce waste or pollution

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