Pause Place: Final Weekend
It’s difficult to know where to start. I have to tell you first about the warmth that floods the room. I am searching to remember if the feeling was there from the first moment, and yes, it was. I recall it but I wasn’t opening fully to it. Blocking its path were my expectations, my need to take in information and make an energy/threat assessment. There was also my self-consciousness and my lack of courage, or perhaps more accurate would be to say my lack of trust. The warmth comes in part from the cosy setting – the blankets and comfortable multi-position chairs, low lighting, warm temperature, cuddly breakout spaces (a sofa and two sets of chairs), and the large communal table that invites you to gather in group as you walk in. The open plan layout of the room calms your nervous system as you see everything literally ‘out in the open’ and the amount of spaces permits you to spread out and make nest.
The warmth also comes from the sun, and our guiding light is Katie. Her gentleness, her light wit, and her devoted and expansive presence drawing us securely into the moment. We are swept along in grace, to the sound of poetry and through many sweet, curious smells. Her sweeping is thorough and at the end we are empty. There are no dirty corners hiding unseen. We learn to pour out from ourselves all that does not serve us, all that is not universally valid and of our superior nature. In time we become our own suns, the ever-brightening love of our own hearts shining out of each of us. .
After the warmth comes the cold. It is not a disturbing cold but rather the tough love of truth. The cold grounds us in our humanness and calls at us to send roots of compassion and wisdom deep into the foundation of our being. The cold is our uncovering of pain. We go where we daren’t let our mind go before. We remember what was real in our story of life and we share it. We share all of it.
Words by beloved Aisha aishalabombe. She may say they are unfinished, I say they are perfect. Blessed is every breath shared from the heart. Still struggling to comprehend this experience. So much I want to share. So let me begin with the group! ♥️
"All That Glitters" series continued. This weekend, be sure to read the Uluru Statement From The Heart, partially copied below. Link at end to continue reading.
We, gathered at the 2017 National Constitutional Convention, coming from all points of the southern sky, make this statement from the heart:
Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tribes were the first sovereign Nations of the Australian continent and its adjacent islands, and possessed it under our own laws and customs. This our ancestors did, according to the reckoning of our culture, from the Creation, according to the common law from ‘time immemorial’, and according to science more than 60,000 years ago. This sovereignty is a spiritual notion: the ancestral tie between the land, or ‘mother nature’, and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who were born therefrom, remain attached thereto, and must one day return thither to be united with our ancestors. This link is the basis of the ownership of the soil, or better, of sovereignty. It has never been ceded or extinguished, and co-exists with the sovereignty of the Crown. How could it be otherwise? That peoples possessed a land for sixty millennia and this sacred link disappears from world history in merely the last two hundred years? With substantive constitutional change and structural reform, we believe this ancient sovereignty can shine through as a fuller expression of Australia’s nationhood.
Proportionally, we are the most incarcerated people on the planet. We are not an innately criminal people. Our children are aliened from their families at unprecedented rates. This cannot be because we have no love for them. And our youth languish in detention in obscene numbers. They should be our hope for the future.
These dimensions of our crisis tell plainly the structural nature of our problem. This is the torment of our powerlessness.
We seek constitutional reforms to empower our people and take a rightful place in our own country. When we have power over our destiny our children will flourish. They will walk in two worlds and their culture will be a gift to their country...read the entire statement via below link:
Compared to others our relationship may still be beginning, but the last 18 months have been the very best months of my life. I know I melt on you all of the time, but this is really coming from the heart. You brought me out of one of the deepest darkest places in my life and filled me with so much love and kindness. Even the little things that seem like nothing has the biggest impact on me, every time you help me in the smallest way it does me the world of good. I thought I knew what real love was before I met you, but you’ve completely changed my idea of love. I never knew it was possible to be so obsessed and infatuated with someone, but here I am, I can’t get enough of you. Every single day i can’t wait until I can see your face and be in your presence. I cherish every second I get to spend with you, every time I sleep next to you I can feel my heart healing. You have brought out the best side of me and let me blossom into what I am today, I can’t thank you enough for giving me the space that no one has given me before, to let me be me. I’m so lucky to have such a strong man by my side to keep me right. You’re the light of my life, and somehow you’ve turned me into the biggest melt ever. I love you with all of my heart, soul, brain, arms, legs you name it, I love you with everything I’ve got.
You are the one for me❤️
Happy to announce that my band tidesbandsg will be releasing our sophomore EP later this year on 11 OCTOBER 2019. Our first single “Endless” will be out earlier on 13 SEPTEMBER 2019.
It has been a long journey since I joined the band last year but I’m proud to say that these songs were written from the heart and I hope we are able to convey these emotions through the music. Couldn’t be more happy with the work abefihema has done on the EP. You’ll have to hear it to believe it. ⭐️ ; We Are Tides
“So close, no matter how far,
couldn’t be much more, from the heart,
forever trusting who we are.
Never opened myself this way,
life is ours we live it our way,
all these words I don’t just say.
Trust I seek and I find in you,
every day, for us something new,
open mind, for a different view.
Never cared for what he says,
never cared for games he plays,
never cared for what he does,
never cared for what he knows,
cause we know that nothing else matters.” 👯♂️👌