This week Awesome Stories brings you SkyGlow, writing tips, circles, and inner greenspace.
Timelapse filmmakers Harun Mehmedinovic and Gavin Heffernan have created beautiful videos and a book called SKYGLOW to capture the magnificence of the night skies and the threat of artificial light pollution. Very few places are left where we can still see the stars and night skies without the “skyglow” effect of manmade lights. There are some amazing images from their journeys like the video below of the Grand Canyon. The mesmerizing dance of the inversion clouds in the canyons makes me want to dive in and swim or fly. Beware!
Parker Palmer, who is a teacher, speaker, and author, reluctantly offers some tips for better writing. At the core of his approach is to be baffled, or open to explore the deep mysteries of life. Rather than the typical advice to write about what you know, Parker believes the best inspiration and writing come from exploring what we don’t know. His other tips are to value the process over the results, give your work away generously, and keep exploring the mysteries in life that baffle you. Happy exploring!
You become your own heart-centered biosphere, naturally generating feelings of contentment, interconnectedness and general well-being. ~ Doc Childre
I love this idea of becoming our own “greenspace“. In this article, Doc Childre of HeartMath explores the ways nature can heal us. Most of us have experienced the benefits of spending time in nature which helps us shift from head to heart and thinking to being. Doc suggests that we don’t need to go into nature, we are nature. Through a mindful practice like meditation and learning to center in our hearts, we can become our own natural oasis, bringing peace, love, and nourishment wherever we go. He suggests a 4 step process of bringing your attention to your heart, letting your heart become your resting place by allowing your heart’s natural field to draw you in. I’m going to go visit my greenspace right now! 🙂
Kay Pranis has spent much of her career working for restorative justice using the circle as a core tool. Her work is based on the idea of holding circle as a sacred container to do inner work, and based on core beliefs like interconnection, inherent goodness and the need to practice the integration of our inner and outer lives. I’ve had the pleasure of participating in various groups, where we gathered to hold sacred space and help bring out the best in each other. Kay talks about groups holding the space for wonder, deep listening, sharing, and curiosity as mysterious tools to find our own answers. Circles can magnify our connection, purpose, and power. And once we have practiced and integrated our beliefs, the ultimate goal is to bring our gifts out into the world.
May we learn to create sacred space big enough to include all people and places.