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Transformation –

As an artist I really believe in expression, self-expression, and how it affects our lives, in what we do and say. This clip from youtube.com arrived in my mail this morning, and I really thought …. wow… I’d like to share this.  The artist Glen Keane explains how his Christian beliefs influenced his animation of the Beast’s transformation in the movie, Beauty and the Beast.

There isn’t a day that goes by where we don’t evolve and change. Sometimes the changes are subtle, and other times they are over powering and we feel the experience down to the tips of our toes. For me I long for quiet, caring love that is beautiful and serene. Gentle expressions to and from friends and actually anyone that I meet or come across in my day.  Honesty,and purity of heart.

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Sometimes, I feel like I’m on the inside looking out… and other times, I’m walking in the rain, or through the sunshine, with the love of God all around me, rushing through my blood stream, I’m alive with the wonder of it all. Powerful.

Then there are the days when I can barely motivate myself to get washed up and changed into -hello world- clothes.  The sun can be shining, and God with me still, but, I know I have to chill… I personally have to take a day off.. to do whatever comes my way, but not having to decide one way or another.

This is all part and parcel of everyday living, moving from one day to another. We all every single one of us, has these moments.

The journey of spiritual transformation is man-made, yup.. choices we make, chart our journey, step by step, minute by minute.

The creativity of man with Nature

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I don’t think I’ll ever tire of sharing with you the ingenuity of the people in India  who worked with nature to solve a problem they were having.  Transformation ..  following text was taken from Pinterest by techeblog.com

In the wettest place on Earth, the village of Mawsynram in Meghalaya, India are some of the most fascinating bridges you’ll ever see. These “living bridges” are formed by locals who have trained the roots of rubber trees to grow into natural bridges. They are sturdy enough to far outlast man-made wooden structure bridges. Because of the relentless rain in Meghalaya’s jungles, wooden structures would rot away. These root bridges are self-strengthening, becoming more sturdy

Namaste     –     Oyashikiri

bridges

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sometimes I find myself standing by a bridge

not sure whether or not to cross to the other side

I wonder, should I stand and  enjoy the view from where I am

even while I hesitate, I know I want to see the other side

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others are seen crossing bridges every day

why do I hesitate

why is it that I seem to be cast in stone

my feet not moving, my arms by my side

I appear to be still, but I’m all a muddle inside

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by day it does seem so inviting

and really, we can walk back if the other side is not to our liking

or can we…

having crossed over, we are looking ahead

coming back, we would once more  be starting from the other side

and the way forward, would be a totally different path

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why, because, day is day and night is night

and try as you might

we can never go back to where we started

nothing would be the same

yes it is a shame, but such is life

if you fail to live the moment, when it happens

tomorrow it will be gone

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is it wrong to want to cross every bridge we see

when your heart is strong, and your head is clear

you will know what to do

your feet will fly like the wind

and you will meet your destiny

happily and cheerfully

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bridges were built to be crossed

and we were born to live our lives

crossing bridges, learning and growing

each step of the way

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Namaste     –     Oyashikiri

Rakotzbrucke,Germany

The Moses Bridge,Nederlands

ancient bridge,Southern France

moon bridge,Taipei,Taiwan

tree root bridge,India

bridge into the clouds,mt.Rainier,USA

Inspiration…

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Inspiration comes to us in many guises … this picture from a clip on “things one sees only in India” had me reaching for pad and pencil.  That donkey looks pretty relaxed… considering… my dogs trust me, but if I tried to get one to ride on a motorbike with me in such fashion, I don’t know how laid back they would be. In fact I doubt that anywhere here in Canada could someone get away with riding such a small bike with two adults and a good size animal.  The gentleman is happy, seems like an everyday occurrence to the onlooker.

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This was a story on a rescue of a miniature donkey (Herald Sun, Jan. 18.2010 – Kelly Ryan)  the picture of contentment.  born the size of a small beagle, a miniature donkey will not grow as big as a great dane, and will weigh in at 130kg.  Animals inspire me, they are guileless. Life is!

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Some of their expressions are priceless.  When I am inspired, I feel it, there is an excitement within, a connection to a power that transcends words/logic, it simply is.  Other writers, artists, creators, tell me the same, we don’t sit down and say this is what we are going to do, we may have an idea, but when it gels, or takes “definition” we are often just as surprised as everyone else at what we have accomplished.

When listening to a good musician do a set, something he has done over and over for months on end, its good. but when he looses himself in what he is playing and simply “let’s go” there is a difference to the song/melody the music takes on a life of its own, it happens when man, the instrument and the music come together as one.  It is amazing.  When we try to force a thought or idea, we might communicate a message, but when it is allowed to flow and happen with sincerity and love, the message will be totally different.  Received a  lot differently too.

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Affection is a very important part of life. A warm hug from a loving friend, a smile of recognition across a crowded room,  saying hello to a stranger who looks tired and alone… often we are polite, but are we caring, do we care?  Do we have or need affection in our lives?  Now is the perfect time to show those we care about, that we do really and truly care…. I close my eyes and hug each and every one of you.. Know you are loved.

Namaste   – Oyashikiri

India’s living bridge

The living bridge by http://www.amoschapple.com  The description given was by Jessica Peavy   

Deep in the rainforests of the Indian state of Meghalaya, bridges are not built, they’re grown. For more than 500 years locals have guided roots and vines from the native Ficus Elastica (rubber tree) across rivers, using hollowed out trees to create root guidance systems.

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How ingenious the idea boggles my mind.  Who was the first to begin this chain of action that created this marvel. There is not only this bridge, there are others, you will find them if you do  a search on Google or…… In life we grow by overcoming obstacles and challenges that land in our everyday lives.  They can appear like weeds in the cracks of sidewalks, or a stubborn stain on a favourite shirt. LOL we know what to do with these, and if we don’t, usually there is someone we can ask or a place to go to find a solution. What about the problems that come along that aren’t so easily solved.  Do you view your problems as opportunities for growth?  do you make the best of the situation you find yourself in, or dealing with?   I wonder how long it takes for the roots of the rubber tree to grow, does anyone know?

I am reminded how everlasting Nature is, and how even with the slings and arrows we (humans) bombard her with, the sun comes up each morning, and the moon comes out at  night.  Soon I will be able to look out my back door and see the new growth in the trees and shrubs.  When the sun is higher in the sky, I’ll feel the warmth on my skin, and smell the earth soaking in the energy of life, to feed the winter weary roots that are waking after a long cold winter.  The sun and moon bridge our days and nights.

Italy, Pompei, oriignal road, by p'titesmith 12 on flickr

History captured by ptitesmith 12 and posted on Flickr.   Here is a road that most have been build rock by rock (Pompei, Italy)  See how smooth the years have made them.  Each one of us, like these rocks, or the roots above, are being guided, we are only a piece/particle in a very large cosmos.  Will there be a reminder  of our  having been here, when we are gone, returned to dust/ashes.  I would be like a gentle autumn breeze rustling the multi coloured leaves till they fall, creating a patchwork of different shapes and shades against fields of yellow, gold and green.  Sometimes felt, remembered but not seen.

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Today,tomorrow & always  …Oyashikiri

Portugal,forest path,Madeira >Pinterest

 

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