The Planets

On the 2nd, I had the lovely pleasure of seeing a wonderful performance of Gustav Holst’s The Planets by The Toledo Symphony Orchestra. My favorites are still Mercury and Neptune. The atmosphere of the Peristyle is both elegant and gives you a great view of the stage and fellow art lovers alike. It was wonderful to run into so many good friends during intermission!

It’s easy to forget how inspiring and enriching it is to see and hear other artists, and of course be in the company of those who love and support the arts. Below is a great recording of Mercury by Holst, my favorite by far. It is complex, layered, rich in texture.

If you find it interesting, you can also listen to the presentation below that explains more about this piece and can enhance one’s musicality. I have no musical background, so I find such things very informing.

Well, as I am striving to retain and reinforce my focail Gaeilge, Irish words, I decided to review them too. It’s not the easiest language to learn by any means, but I it is deeply meaningful to me.

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A Brighid’s Day Poem

Snowdrop

Outside the earth is coated in ice and snow. Inside my orchids are blooming and it bides me through till the snowdrops and grape hyacinths will begin to stretch out of their winter slumber. I planted the snowdrops just this fall, and now that it is Imbolc I am very very anxious to see them, but winter lingers a bit longer here than in the isles.

Yet, despite the wait to come, I feel very blessed by the waves of inspiration that have come to me through the week. I am reorganizing a lot of space to fine tune it to my tastes. Some artists are not so sensitive to the environment, but I am not one of those. I forgot how much fun this kind of work can be. I have to make my standby studio more workable while my main studio is being completed.

MAY ALL BE THRICE BLESSED

Brighid ,
Lady of the Flame,
Stoke our internal fires:
may will be the fire of the heart,
may vision be the fire of the mind,
may passion be the fire of the flesh,
may all be thrice blessed.

Brighid,
Lady of the Forge,
Shape our internal form:
may strength be the form of the heart,
may wisdom be the form of the mind,
may vigor be the form of the flesh,
May all be thrice blessed.

Brighid,
Lady of the healing waters,
Renew our internal well,
may love be the well of the heart,
may peace be the well of the mind,
may health be the well of the flesh,
May all be thrice blessed.

 

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Inspiration and Coming Home to the Self

The cliffs of Moher which ever evoke and call my spirit.

Monday’s are begun, for me, in an empty stillness where the wind, however soft or fierce, is allowed the full breadth of the soul’s landscape. Today that lead me to reflect on the nature of resilience, and how exactly do I come by it. I listened to a Buddhist podcast on the subject, wherein at the last possible moment a poem by David Whyte was read.

The poem was splendid, and I searched out for the work to read again and found it was recited in an episode of another podcast OnBeing. So I listened to the podcast, having recognized it as one in my queue I had not listened to. Both are inserted below.

All of what I listened to this morning was like taking in a fresh breath of air, like coming back around to the beginning of a circle. It seems so often that the deep soulful writers whose voices resonate so deeply with my own, are often from Ireland. Sometimes our personalities both inherited and innate,  from the circumstance of our life experiences and intent filled individuation, just know what home is.

It is not simply the place where you find the clod and clover of the land, but the deep resonance you feel as the wind spreads out over the landscape and sings of the soul of a place. The Genius Loci, prescient and beyond space and time. It is in that way the spirit of Ireland, the dwelling of my ancestors will always be a home to my spirit.

Inspiration always starts like this for me. Inspiration does not call me to work, but rather presses me forward on the path. It is the gentle push at my back, the breath that fills me, and song that pulls me forward with the longing of home. Sometimes, it seems my feet no longer know the feel of these deeply trodden pathways; but every once in a while something unexpected passes by and helps you remember.

Of course, that home is not and could never be a brick and mortar dwelling, for we are talking about the dwelling of spirit. This home is elusive and we are ever wandering away from and into the heart of this sacred space and we move through the day. A life lived in spirit brings us home to ourselves. Thus, I have spent the morning breathing deeply the sweet comfort of that space. May all know this sacred space within their sacred self.

“Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet confinement of your aloneness to learn anything or anyone that does not bring you alive is too small for you.”- David Whyte

EVERYTHING IS WAITING FOR YOU:

Your great mistake is to act the drama
as if you were alone. Your great mistake is to act the drama
as if you were alone. As if life
were a progressive and cunning crime
with no witness to the tiny hidden
transgressions. To feel abandoned is to deny
the intimacy of your surroundings. Surely,
even you, at times, have felt the grand array;
the swelling presence, and the chorus, crowding
out your solo voice
You must note
the way the soap dish enables you,
or the window latch grants you courage.
Alertness is the hidden discipline of familiarity. Alertness is the hidden discipline of familiarity.
The stairs are your mentor of things
to come, the doors have always been there
to frighten you and invite you,
and the tiny speaker in the phone
is your dream-ladder to divinity.
The tiny speaker in the phone
is your dream-ladder to divinity.
Put down the weight of your aloneness and ease into
the conversation. The kettle is singing
even as it pours you a drink, the cooking pots
have left their arrogant aloofness and
seen the good in you at last. All the birds
and creatures of the world are unutterably
themselves. Everything, everything, everything is waiting for you.
– David Whyte
from Everything is Waiting for You
©2003 Many Rivers Press

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