2.23.2010

Give Love


Give your love away. Don't be afraid.

Love is life

Love is priceless and it guides us
Lifts us up and ignites us


Love unites us

Open up your heart and let it shine the brightest

Give Love. Give Your Love Away.

MC Yogi - Give Love (Giving4Living Mix) from MC Yogi on Vimeo.

Thank you for this delicious offering.

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2.11.2010

Extraordinary Human Capacities



Stephen Wiltshire: The Human Camera

In this short excerpt from the film Beautiful Minds: A Voyage into the Brain, Wiltshire takes a helicopter journey over Rome and then draws a panoramic view of what he saw, entirely from memory.

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11.22.2009

Woa ~ Pure Excitement



A little boy's pure excitement, a dash of astonishment with a tinge of fear... ahhh, the emotional smorgasbord that accompanies making contact with something new and unknown.

Thanks Thomas for this link and for the contagious awe that it's left me with... and hopefully you too!

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And after posting this I saw that this is my 600th post here at Easily Amazed... and today also happens to be the 6th birthday of Easily Amazed. Woa! Wow!

All I can feel is that little boy saying, "Can I touch it?" with excitement and desire and then feeling his fear of what is it? and answering his own question with "no!"

That's very similar to my journey of writing here. So often I feel the strong impulse to share something deep from my heart or right at the edges of my thinking. I bubble with excitement at the challenge to put words to these sensations and thoughts and at the opportunity to share my experiences or perceptions with others. And then when the publishing time comes I will often feel a hesitation and What am I doing? Can I really share this? Does this make any sense? Unlike the little boy, I do touch it. I press publish and a little part of me grows just a wee bit more as a result of putting myself out there!

Thank you, Easily Amazed, for giving me the opportunity to open into this world of writing. Thank you soooo much to everyone out there who reads this. Your presence has been significant and influential in my development... I sincerely mean that. The comments I've received over the years, the conversations with people who read this webl, the inspiration that provokes many of the postings, and all my curiosity about those that are here reading but have never let me know that you are... it's a fascinating and wonderful experience to feel the life that circulates around this website!!

And special thank you to Thomas who has been an emotional, intellectual and super-special editorial support these last few years. Seriously, I ask him to read over so much of what I write and he's so gracious about giving me helpful feedback. Thank you!

Happy Birthday Easily Amazed... Woa... Wow!!

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5.22.2009

We Are All Truly Miraculous

An Evening of Poetry, Music and The Spoken Word at The White House May 12, 2009.

I'm incredibly moved and inspired. Beautiful opening performance by ELEW and Esperanza Spalding, soulful spoken word by Mayda del Valle and a powerful performance by ELEW.

“We’re here to celebrate the power of words and music to help us appreciate beauty and also to understand pain. To inspire us to action and to spur us on when we start to lose hope." President Obama tells the crowd as he opens the evening.



"It is one thing for people to tell their stories in their own spaces and quite another for those stories to be welcomed in this space. Barack is president today because many people who thought their voices didn't matter or wouldn't be heard decided to show up on election day and vote anyway." Michelle Obama



"Abuela, how did you pray before someone told you who your god should be? How did you hold the earth in your hands and thank her for it's fecundity? Did the sea wash away your sadness? How did you humble yourself before your architect? Did you lower yourself to your knees or rock to the rhythm of ocean waves like I do? "

“To be able to go in the White House and to represent my grandmother and my ancestors, it really means a lot. It’s a generation of women that don’t often get heard, you know, these old Puerto Rican women that no one ever really thinks about. To be able to use my voice to represent them on this kind of platform is really powerful.” Mayda del Valle



ELEW

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5.19.2009

Woven Essence Film

Leadership in a Self-Organizing World from Woven Essence on Vimeo.



A Woven Essence video created by Thomas Arthur and me at the Leadership in a Self Organizing World conference. If you're curious about the content of the conference, take a peek at the session notes.

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11.17.2008

Signs of Change


Please take a moment to watch this video I helped Thomas Arthur make after Saturday's march protesting the passage of Proposition 8 in California.

In cities across America people took to the streets in national demonstrations to promote love and marriage equality rights for every American. Saturday's marches showed the importance of each of us speaking out for change we believe in. There is a strong current of belief in this country right now that if we work together for a shared purpose, we can make a difference, we can have an impact on the policies in our country. Please take a moment to watch the video and feel the positive spirit of change that marched through the streets of Seattle. Stand up for change and equality.

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11.06.2008

What's on the inside? What's in your heart?



Rosa sat, so Martin could walk.
Martin walked, so Obama could run.
Obama ran, so our children can fly.

~ Author Unknown

It's an honor to be alive at this time. . .

Breathing ~ Smiling ~ Inspired ~ Curious ~ Ready

May we continue to truly celebrate and savor the hope and potential that is alive right now for many around the world. And may we move forward together, using this spirit to energize and activate the change we've dreamed of, forming unexpected relationships, continuing to make history and hopefully bringing into reality more than we even knew to dream for.



P.S. If you didn't see the pre-election Ron Clark Academy performance and early interviews. Watch them!

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10.28.2008

Generation WE

From the website:

Millennials are the largest generation in American history. Born between 1978 and 2000, they are 95 million strong, compared to 78 million Baby Boomers. They are independent—politically, socially, and philosophically—and they are spearheading a period of sweeping change in America and around the world. No one knows the Millennials like Eric Greenberg. In Generation We, Greenberg explains the emerging power of the Millennial Generation, shows how they (and their supporters from other generations) are poised to change our nation and our world for the better, and lays out a powerful plan for progressive change that today's youth is ready to implement.

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10.10.2008

Inspiration Rising


Obama '08 - Vote For Hope from MC Yogi on Vimeo.

Inspiration rising
Celebrating potential
Boldly believing

...dancing with a smile


A big thanks to Amy for this video.

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6.01.2008

Breathing to Wake You Up

Do you ever feel tired, anxious or confused and just wish you could make it go away? Below my God-Friend demonstrates the pure joy that can come when you take a moment to take a few deep breaths. It can be that easy! Breathing will wake you right up!




Video thanks to my new Flip Camera

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4.22.2008

Videos: Dialogue and Art

A couple of videos I've enjoyed lately.

The Century of Dialogue by Ben Dridge

Featured in the Seeds of Compassion Youth Voices Blog.

And for a great laugh, Creature Comforts USA - Interviews about Art.

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12.14.2007

What is safety on the soul level?



Finn talking at Rivendell last November. Chris sitting nearby. Two of my mentors.

What is safety on a soul level?

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12.01.2007

Absolutley Amazing - Time to Fly

I just learned about wingsuits... and this new sport of flying. Please enjoy this video,

and don't miss my absolute FAVORITE so far that is here. Allow yourself to be swept away.

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