ɛïɜ sunshine for your soul ɛïɜ


morning choir
(by becky jaine)

the birds
are singing
creating sounds
of heavenly bliss.

without fail tire or demand
hear
they go again
greeting the sun
before his earth-bound kiss.

for whom do they sing?

if they were to forget
–to oversleep–
or to deny themselves
such beauty release
would the sun go out?

glory escapes into the world
joy unleashed
through each transcendental note.

oh to live life
in bird way:
undemanding
unassuming
giving
being

kind.

lux aeterna

from my joy-filled heart to yours,
becky jaine

 

exactly

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“All of creation is conspiring to shower us with blessings. Life is crazily in love with us — brazenly and innocently in love with us.

The universe always gives us exactly what we need, exactly when we need it.

The winds and the tides are on our side, forever and ever, amen. The fire and the rain are scheming to steal our impossible pain. The sun and the moon and the stars remember our real names, and our ancestors pray for us while we’re dreaming.

We have guardian angels and thousands of teachers . . . provocateurs with designs to unleash us . . . helpers and saviors we can’t even imagine . . . brothers and sisters who want us to blossom.

Thanks to them, from whom the blissful blessings flow, we are waking up.”

excerpted lovingly from Rob Brezsny’s book Pronoia ♥ 

aho!
becky

Turn up your speakers and feast your eyes, ears and soul on this abSOULute musical joy.

My husband and I were blessed in person when we saw Peter Gabriel and Back to Front crew in Virginia in 2012.

Peter Gabriel is my shaman and the spiritual facilitator of my healing journey through music. Peter is the only “famous”  person I would bend over backwards to meet in person, and to sing with, march with. He is an activist for peace and human rights, and inspired Nelson Mandela to form The Elders in 2007, a ngo forum of world activists and leaders who continue to share and learn from each other, and educate other world leaders about peaceful leadership.  Peter also founded Witness  a web-based video advocacy site, sharing injustices in the world to bring awareness and action around human rights violations around the world.

Peter Gabriel is someone I look up to. He uses his imagination and his art to inspire actions to change the world, oh and he is humble.  Peter is my hero.

This music video is part of a world-wide concert that will be shown in cinemas around the world on April 23rd, 2014. Will you join me in this experience from your beautiful corner of the world? (Get in touch with me privately and I’ll share how you can get tickets NOW before they go on sale.)

In the last half of the song  Youssou N’Dour (he is Senegal’s Michael Jackson) joins the stage and sings in a Senegal language called Wolof:
Sa bet chi lamp, chi tangaay, sa bet maangi ci biir

I always wondered what these words meant, as I’ve chanted them thousands of times since the album came out in 1986. A mantra which  feel blessed to finally know and share what we’ve been singing all these years. (Thank you web-based Peter Gabriel fans!)

Your eyes in lamp and heat, your eyes inside.

Now we know. Let’s sing it again!!!

Oh, and another personal note: this song means so much to me for another huge reason, it’s the song that played the first time I kissed my husband, nearly 19 years ago. WEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!  Magical and powerful song indeed. (While I love PG, I love my hubby MORE!!!!)

In Your Eyes lyrics, lyrics and music copyright Peter Gabriel
Youssou N’Dour translation at end

Love I get so lost, sometimes
Days pass and this emptiness fills my heart
When I want to run away
I drive off in my car
But whichever way I go
I come back to the place you are

All my instincts, they return
And the grand facade, so soon will burn
Without a noise, without my pride
I reach out from the inside

In your eyes
The light the heat
In your eyes
I am complete
In your eyes
I see the doorway to a thousand churches
In your eyes
The resolution of all the fruitless searches
In your eyes
I see the light and the heat
In your eyes
Oh, I want to be that complete
I want to touch the light
The heat I see in your eyes

Love,  I don’t like to see so much pain
So much wasted and this moment keeps slipping away
I get so tired of working so hard for our survival
I look to the time with you to keep me awake and alive

And all my instincts, they return
And the grand facade, so soon will burn
Without a noise, without my pride
I reach out from the inside

In your eyes
The light the heat
In your eyes
I am complete
In your eyes
I see the doorway to a thousand churches
In your eyes
The resolution of all the fruitless searches
In your eyes
I see the light and the heat
In your eyes
Oh, I want to be that complete
I want to touch the light,
The heat I see in your eyes
In your eyes, in your eyes
In your eyes, in your eyes
In your eyes, in your eyes

Sa bet chi lamp, chi tangaay, sa bet maangi ci biir
Sa bet chi lamp, chi tangaay, sa bet maangi ci biir
Sa bet chi lamp, chi tangaay, sa bet maangi ci biir
(your eyes in lamp and heat, your eyes inside.)

bracelets iwd 2014 web

A JOYOUS International Women’s Day to all women and girls (and  the men and boys who love them)!

My heart is bursting with joy and gratitude tonight and–on this the eve of International Women’s Day (IWD)–I must share a little story about kindness and how kindness changes the world. Please know that while this story is something I was a small part of, this story is NOT about me: this story is about the power of community responding to suffering.

International Women’s Day is March 8th every year — a day to celebrate and honor the gifts and talents of every girl and woman around the world. I was blessed to be part of a local gathering organized by the Place for Women to Gather (where I sometimes offer some special playshops for girls and women), in Raleigh.

Last year the Sisters at The Place invited me to come up with a creativity project that we could breathe collective creative love and kindness to during the IWD occasion. I had a few ideas but nothing that had especially called me. One night I was watching NOVA’s documentary A Walk to Beautiful. It was a very emotional program describing the shunning of women in Ethiopia; women who suffered a traumatic injury during childbirth, called a fistula.

The program described  a life-changing organization called Abraham’s Oasis and Grace Village, where women are taken, given a corrective operation, and then taken on a spiritual journey of healing.

My breathe was stolen. I couldn’t sleep that night. I kept thinking about the women enduring unfathomable loss and ostracism.  I didn’t know how or what could be possibly done to support them, and I didn’t have any money to contribute to their healing.

A few days passed and I remembered the Sisters’ request for a proposal of a creativity project, and remarkably a lightbulb went off. I thought about different simple things we could do and make that could honor the women, and how we could send our love over the ocean through a small, inexpensive–but thoughtful love-infused–gift to lift and raise them in their power.

I visited NOVA’s web site and researched the healers in the film. I was able to locate Ruth Kennedy and get in touch with her to investigate if a kindness creativity project would have any value to the women. This delightful woman guided me to determine our gift and Blessing Bead Bracelets were to be made.

Blessing Beads are what we call paper beads that we’ve made with our hands and with an intention in our heart. Last month the Sacred Kindness Circle made beads that contributed to a growing bead pool.

I got in touch with many friends, put out a notice to my neighbors (some I know and some are new friends) about our intentions and needs for bead donations.

We collected THOUSANDS of beads.

Today, during the IWD event, we strung the beads on stretchy thread, making a simple yet powerful bracelet. Each bracelet was garnished with a personal message from the maker, saying “Gobez” meaning strong and brave one on one side, and makers wrote personal messages in English on the back side.

We made 90 bracelets, meaning that the 65 women who are about to graduate from Grace Village support program will receive a beautiful blessing bracelet on her graduation day. (We also have a few bracelets to gift to a local organization InterACT of Wake County–caring for women recovering from domestic violence).

These bracelets were completely co-created by women and girls across my community who saw an opportunity to reduce another woman’s suffering. This experience has completely flooded my heart, and blown my mind.

When my daughters and I returned from the event today and we gathered all the bracelets made by IWD women and girls: I was overcome with emotion–especially as I thought of all the women and girls who contributed so many different things to the pile of kindness. I’ve been touched by kindness before, but something about this experience literally flooded my being–like a love tsunami, washing over me. I was moved to tears for quite some time, as I allowed the love and collective kindness to permeate my being.

We don’t need money to make a difference. We don’t need anything except to feel compassion and be led to action–from our self and then to expect the same from others.

Through television, I experienced a disturbing situation. I reacted. I googled. I expressed my concern to friends and neighbors …. collected all the supplies and created a sacred space for creating, and LOOK WHAT LOVE and CREATIVE KINDNESS has done!!!!

blessing bracelets iwd 2014 web

Now to pack these beautiful blessings up and to get them to the post office destined to celebrate and honor some courageous women in Ethiopia!

Never ever forget the power you (yes YOU) have to make a difference in the world. You can and DO make a difference. Feel, investigate and respond. That’s it! The secret to deep joy in life is reducing someone’s suffering.

in profound gratitude
♥ becky jaine ♥

play with mother

forgetnot_beckyjaine_2014

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.

from the treasure trove of wisdom, The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

(forget-me-nots, photo 2013, stonybrook park, new york)
becky jaine

beckyjaine_ilovemyface

enough already
everything everything
vying
encompassing captivating consuming
pulling/pushing
our attention
our vulnerabilities
our money
our response
our beliefs
our time
our approval
our very sacred am.

countless forceful bursts
jeering us
–rarely cheering us–
attempting to remind us of
(would-be) inadequacies
our failings, imperfections,
our suffering,
our very humanity.

demanding that i
reduce my harmful signs of aging
(umm, no thank you. where’s the button “i love the way my face records my very existence”?)

click
laughter completely felt
pain deeply owned
life truly lived.

dearest, remember
i can choose where i give my attention.
i can choose what i believe about this spectacular world.
i will choose how to live me.

i am enough to simply
laugh
cry
think
breathe
be.

we are already enough.

ɛïɜ becky ɛïɜ
(with a tinge of regret i click “publish” to love you where–and as–you are)

song lyrics from Sirgun Kaur and Sat Darshan Singh

i am the light of my soul

i am beautiful

i am bountiful

i am bliss

i am i am i am

i am i am i am

i am

(i am … you are … we are)
ɛïɜ so much love ~ becky ɛïɜ

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