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cowbird mirror

cowbird teacher becky jaine 2014

cowbird mirror

out of the black and brown, cowbird burst into my awareness.
staring at me through my windows,
seeming to follow me
as i walked room to room.
(because this life is all about me, isn’t it?)

a songbird–i was pleased to discover–
his delightful tweetly-tweet-twee
captured my heart daily, for weeks.

at first i thought it was me he was after
me–yes– meetly-meet-mee

slightly embarrassed (to myself), i came to realize
it was not me but it was he
–his own magestic reflection on the windowpane–
he was at the center of his obsession.

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he’d primp, preen and puff
sanguine
tweetly-tweet-twee
unwavering
begging, calling after himself, hour after tireless hour.

i talked to cowbird, i tried to set him straight

i told him if he didn’t get over his gorgeous regal self
he’d never meet his mate.
if he didn’t turn his attention away from his own beauty
he would surely meet ill fate.

cowbird didn’t listen.
spring sprung on.
sun up
sun down
tweetly-tweet-twee
tweetly-tweet-twee
the gay bird became Narcissus.

watching and listening to him,
thinking and feeling for him,
mimi–i named him–sacrificed his spring
all the while teaching me-me how not to fly.

<3 becky jaine <3

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” Ring the bell that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” ~Leonard Cohen

shared especially for those souls who must embrace this way of life–continuing on– this song as personal anthem.
( <3  R A R  <3  J D C <3  )

“Anthem”
by Leonard Cohen

The birds they sang
at the break of day
Start again
I heard them say
Don’t dwell on what
has passed away
or what is yet to be.
Ah the wars they will
be fought again
The holy dove
She will be caught again
bought and sold
and bought again
the dove is never free.
Ring the bell that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
We asked for signs
the signs were sent:
the birth betrayed
the marriage spent
Yeah the widowhood
of every government –
signs for all to see.I can’t run no more
with that lawless crowd
while the killers in high places
say their prayers out loud.
But they’ve summoned, they’ve summoned up
a thundercloud
and they’re going to hear from me.
Ring the bell that still can ring …
You can add up the parts
but you won’t have the sum
You can strike up the march,
there is no drum
Every heart, every heart
to love will come
but like a refugee.Ring the bell that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.

Ring the bell that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
That’s how the light gets in.
That’s how the light gets in.

In 1976, when I was a little English girl, my family came to America. We embarked upon an epic journey through my mother and father’s hard work, and because my Dad was inspired by John Denver. John’s inspiring lyricism and passionate music moved Dad so much, he was compelled to relocate his family to the country where such passion and creativity were possible… the country that was John’s muse and inspiration.

Thank you to my parents for their vision and the dramatic actions they took to relocate my brother and I and to bring us to this beautiful country.

I am deeply grateful for the blessings America affords me– and now my own children. I am thankful to have a marriage founded in love and equality, that together we can raise our children with little fear of violence or persecution. I am grateful for the opportunity to create a sacred business, and to experience the beauty of this sacred and abundant land.

I am so so so blessed. And I am so so so grateful. As I think of our country’s history, I am aware I have incurred debts I shall never be able to repay.

In honor of the New America’s birthday weekend, here is a music video and lyrics to John Denver’s “The Eagle and the Hawk”.

Let’s never forget that we all can fly, and that each of us has the power and the potential to be greater–more loving–more kind–more giving–more healing–than we are.

Aho.
<3 becky

The Eagle and the Hawk by John Denver (lyrics)
“I am the eagle, I live in high country in rocky cathedrals that reach to the sky.
I am the hawk, and there’s blood on my feathers.
But time is still turning, they soon will be dry.
And all those who see me, and all who believe in me
share in the freedom I feel when I fly.

Come dance with the west wind and touch on the mountain tops.
Sail o’er the canyons and up to the stars.
And reach for the heavens and hope for the future
and all that we can be, and not what we are. ” ~John Denver

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a photo gift from Mama Ocean at the Outer Banks, Rodanthe North Carolina
june 2014
becky jaine

The Sea, by Kahlil Gibran

In the still of the night
As man slumbers behind the folds,
the forest proclaims:

    “I am the power
Brought by the sun from
The heart of the earth.”

The sea remains quiet, saying to itself,

    “I am the power.”

The rock says,

    “The ages erected me as a monument
Until the Judgment Day.”

The sea remains silent saying to itself,

    “I am the monument.”

The wind howls

    “I am strong,
I separate the heavens from the earth.”

The sea remains quiet, saying to itself,

    “The wind is mine.”

The river says

    “I am the pure water
That quenches the thirst of the earth.”

The sea remains silent saying to itself,

    “The river is mine.”

The summit says,

    “I stand high like a star
In the center of the sky.”

The sea remains quiet saying to itself,

    “The summit is mine.”

The brain says,

    “I am a ruler;
The world is in those who rule.”‘

The sea remains slumbering saying, in its sleep,

    “All is mine.”

Ubuntu, dear Earthling.

We are all connected … to each other, to the earth, to the universe, in and to this very present moment.

If you can, gift yourself a few minutes to watch this beautiful video from Global Oneness Project and discover the meanings of this powerful African word Ubuntu: compassion brought into colorful practice.

 

ubuntu
becky

 

 

Dear Earth Star,

One of my most favorite JOYs in life is to discover new-to-me-music that takes my breath away, and fills my mind, heart and soul AND TO SHARE IT!!!! Thankfully this happens quite a bit, as I work hard for the road less adventured for inspirational music. Indy labels, local musicians, less known singer/songer … the suggestions of of other musicians I adore…. seeking humans who live and breath their music. (perhaps music is my little addiction, you think?)

Tonight I’m so so very thankful to my new friend and choirista/singer/songwriter Kathleen Hannan for her sharing MaMuse with me. (Kathleen is another amazing and inspiring lyricist and musician who’s music cracks me open. I promise I’ll be sharing more about her with you soon.) For this moment, I HAD to stay up to share a few of the videos and songs I discovered from dynamic duo called MaMuse (Ma meaning “mama”, Muse as in “the one who inspires”–from their web site.). These two radiant beings literally appear to complete each others sentences, breathing and singing and harmoninzing different parts, but like one being–together. And I haven’t even commented on their lyricism … they are so profound. Get ready for BLISS.

wishing you, your ears and every cell of your awareness the JOY of music….
♫♪  becky jaine ♫♪

Hallelujah, written by Sarah Nutting & Karisha Longaker
Every time I feel this way
This, old familiar sinking
I will lay my troubles
Down by the water
Where the river
Will never run dry

Hallelujah Hallelujah (I’m gonna let myself be lifted, I’m gonna let myself be lifted)
Hallelujah (I’m gonna let myself be lifted)
Bye and bye
I will lay my troubles down by the water
Where the river will never run dry

It’s been said and I do believe
As you ask so shall you receive
So take from me these troubles
Bring me sweet release
Where the river will never run dry

Hallelujah Hallelujah (I’m gonna let myself be lifted, I’m gonna let myself be lifted)
Hallelujah (I’m gonna let myself be lifted)
Bye and bye
I will lay my troubles down by the water
Where the river will never run dry

There is a river
In this heart of hearts
With a knowingness
Of my highest good
I am willing
I will do my part
Where the river
Will never run dry

Hallelujah Hallelujah (I’m gonna let myself be lifted, I’m gonna let myself be lifted)
Hallelujah (I’m gonna let myself be lifted)
Bye and bye
I will lay my troubles down by the water
Where the river will never run dry

Where the river
Will never run dry
This river
Will never run dry

Natural Order of Things, lyrics written by: Karisha Longaker sung by MaMuse
All the little birdies in the trees
They wake up singin’ happy songs
The squirrels go up and down
They’re so busy runnin’ ’round
They seem to know that they belong
All the veggies in the garden
And the trees in the yard
They all grow in the same direction
And I never met a flower
Who’d deny the higher power
That was born to shine on everyone

Me, I ain’t been no mornin’ glory
I have lived another story
I’ve been afraid to get out of my bed
When the daylight rolled around
You’d find me hiding underground
Paralyzed by fear and dread

Why would I wake up
Try to resist the morning
That can only totally
Inevitably be
I want to open my eyes
And give thanks to the dawning
Singing bring it on
I believe I am home
I’m givin’ over
To my place
In the natural order of things

I was talking to my brother
About the things that give us trouble
You know we both get awful blue
The thing I saw we had in common
Was this kind of faithless belonging
Had us wanderin’ ’round
Wonderin’ what we’re here to do
Oh, tryin’ to go this thing alone
Is like tryin’ to eat a mountain
It’s like tryin’ to swallow the sea
It’s like wakin’ in the morning
Not believin’ you belong here
Then you got nothing to give or receive

Hey bring back my faith
It is the root and the structure
To this tree of life
Upon which we all thrive
I see spirit as to the land
As is the left to the right hand
Of the same body, different sides

Why would we make it up
That we don’t belong here
When we can only totally
Inseparably be
I want to open my eyes
And give thanks to the dawning
Singing bring it on
I believe I am home
I’m givin’ over
To my place
In the natural order of things
I’m givin’ over
To my place
In the natural order of things

Your Not Crazy lyrics by Karisha Longaker of MaMuse
There was a fire in your home
The story that has left its wound
Of the lovers who fell down
And broke your heart
Now the crows cackle from above
And all the swords direct their points
And the walls on every side
Surround you
You’re not crazy

Oh, your dreaming mind
Is your alchemist
Equal parts fire and mist
Listen.
There is a message
In your hands
And the only one that can know
Your yes is the one that lives
Inside your chest
All those others are just
Chasing sand

You were born of a wild wind
Here to tear all the burdens down
Start anew with your own hands
Build it up from the very ground
You were born with a strong will
Equally matched by a warm heart,
Creative vision and a clear sight
You knew your work
From the very start
Oh, You’re not crazy
You’re not crazy
You’re not crazy
You’re just sad
You’re not crazy
Oh, I understand

Hey, remember we knew
It was gonna be this way
When we came

We are your family
We are alive and well
Go on
Let us cast our circle around you
We’re here to help you
We’ll pull you through
And the path you choose
Is bound to show you
All you ever need to know
You have the tools
You will be shown it’s true

You were born of a wild wind
Here to tear all the burdens down
Start anew with your own hands
Build it up from the very ground
You were born with a strong will
Equally matched by a warm heart,
Creative vision and a clear sight
You knew your work
From the very start
Oh, You’re not crazy
You’re not crazy
You’re not crazy
You’re just mad
You’re not crazy
Oh, I understand
Hey, remember we knew
It was gonna be
Hey, remember we knew
It was gonna be this way
When we came

I found this is so hilarious I had to share with you. Indulge 90 seconds and enjoy a giggle and contemplate “What YOU should be doing for MORE joy in your daily days????” :) And if the moment inspires you, do share your joy in comments below. JOY is contagious.


(If you can’t see video above visit <a href="http://beckyjaine.com/2014/05/28/when-you-think-no-ones-looking )

♥ committed to finding and sharing more JOY ♥
becky

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