This week Awesome Stories brings you eco-communities, life as poetry, consciousness of trees, creativity and age defying friendship.
This one captured my attention just for the name. Tinkers Bubble is a wonderful low impact community in rural Somerset, England. They have mostly woodlands, with some orchards, gardens, PV solar, cottage businesses and a strong desire to live simply and gently with the land. Years ago, I was part of a group that tried to create a co-housing community in Fayetteville. Unfortunately, we never raised enough capital to go from planning to building. But the dream of living with like minded people in conscious community living gently on the land has never gone away for me. This is a great example of what we wanted to do!
Lessons from Mark Nepo
Mark Nepo is an author, poet and teacher. Having survived cancer seems to have woken him up to what’s most important and how to live as authentically as possible, what he calls being the poem. He offers many helpful lessons in this interview with Tami Simon of Sounds True. I appreciate his reminder that we need to embrace our faults and humanness as honestly as possible. Recently, I’ve been embracing my imperfections, painful emotions and other aspects that I previously labeled as bad and tried to push away. I also appreciate his perspective that a good teacher creates space for others to share their truth and wisdom. Too often, we fall into guru worship as if only they have truth and wisdom. Have you read any of his books or programs? What do you think of his perspective?
Watch this touching video about a friendship that transcends time and age.
The Benefits of Creativity
This post from DailyGood reminds me of an artist named Dvora who helped me realize that creativity is much more than being able to make art. We can be creative when we make plans, cook, garden, do business and craft our lives. This article reminds us that exposing children to the arts helps unlock creativity and empowers them. In turn, creativity brings many other benefits to our lives. Sadly, many schools have cut the arts from their budget. Let’s keep creativity alive in our hearts, children and communities!
The Consciousness of Trees
Yet another amazing example of how connected everything really is. Scientists have found that trees have an underground network of fungi that connect them other tress and plants around them. They operate as a system. Hopefully, we are learning this lesson of connection and living as part of a whole system.
Green School Bali
This school claims to be the greenest school in the world based on their 2012 USGBC Award for the Greenest School. Regardless, Green School Bali sure has created a beautiful community for teaching, with bamboo as their primary building material. I appreciate how they used local materials, teach sustainability and empower students. Their vision is to be a natural, holistic, student-centered learning environment that empowers and inspires our students to be creative and innovative green leaders. Go Green School Bali!
What’s in your consciousness? Create a great weekend! 🙂