It is all about connections. An overriding need to connect is the problem, making a connections is the solution. Why is it that we do not come together in agreement easier? It seems to me, that we as a people are so doubtful of our power to communicate, in such a hurry to get to where we think we must be, that we make war with one another to wake them up, "Here I am, why don't you get what matters?"
So I slow down, confront that neediness to connect by being a weird duck and require space, some privacy. I find that connection with myself in the solitude of my studio, my creative space, the vacuum of my mind, and in meditation. What comes up proves fruitful, new inspiration from that black tunnel of the unknown. I throw light on it, attempt to see it real enough to make the effort to bring it into my world of touch. When I'm done I reach out to connect in hopes of acceptance, reaction, some reverberations, for conversation and perhaps communion. That is when I really show up.
I do want to see another, take some time with them, hear what they say is solid, and real. Listening, I find me reflected in their eyes. Together I realize I'm not so hungry after all, not so needy, or so speedy. I open.
What is it that touches you? What inspires you to create, to make a difference in your world, to reach out with your work? What drives your eagerness to communicate, to share your world, your desires with those of another? What is it you want to do with your time, with your energy? Do you require help to question what you can't find on your own? Or is it to simply share in this mystery that surrounds us?
These are my concerns. Are they any different than your own?
- James Maxwell
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What follows here are mutual links to fellow professionals:
Mendocino Stories and Music Series
Online community of artists, writers, musicians, poets, performers that celebrate the Mendocino, CA experience. Local events, concerts - a meeting ground.
Writer, teacher, performer, tales of her time. Published essays, recipes, novels. A bi-coastal sensibility that on the one hand is outrageously funny, and the other so human it makes one take a pause.
Four Sisters Woodworking
The Four Sisters Woodworking is a collective of heirloom quality woodworkers, and a fabric historian/weaver. Students and masters use and teach in a state of the art woodworking shop - no sawdust. Wonderful photographs.
Alena Guest - Hypnotherapist
Alena Guest is a licensed Hypnotherapist. She is also a fine painter. http://www.alenaguest.com.
Holly Tannen - Mistress of Folklore
Holly Tannen is a tantalizing writer of songs, madrigals, tales, and now a blog. She is one of those intelligent creatives that stop me cold.
This is a site to read David's stories about food, money, words, and more. During the 70's and 80's in Mendocino, California, The Sea Gull Restaurant was a place where hippies, rednecks, tourists, and even a few ordinary people hung out with hardly ever a fight.
Fine artist, painter, teacher, printmaker whose sensitivities toward life shows up in the beauty his hands make - a master.
Robin Cannell Baker has an impressive resume and work to back it up. This is a huge site: 165 pages, over 350 images. One can lose track of time for all the beauty in the homes Robin presents.
Kate Wolford, the editor of Diamondsandtoads.com teaches writing at a university in Indiana. Her other publication, EnchantedConversation.org, is an online magazine dedicated to retelling and renewing fairy tales. "I am committed to telling the truth about fairy tales. You know, our great-grandmothers' fairy tales were much cooler than ours!" Kate says.
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