I was reading a bit about the process of creating a canoe from a tree in the Samoan culture...
"...they cut the tree down; scrape the branches from the trunk take off the bark; hollow the inside out, carve the outside shape of the hull; form the prow and the stern; carve decorations on the prow... Each canoe by this process is different... There is no time lost wondering what kind of canoe ought we to build, what shape to make the hull... it is visible only as the end product of a process... The maker lets go of his will, and lets the process take over..." Read More
It’s interesting, how the meanings of words shift over time… What once was, no longer is, simply because of usage.
As I prepare (again but newly) for another workshop on Authentic Voice, I wander deep into the etymology of the word… Authentic… There is more action implied in the etymology of the word, than in our modern understanding... Read More
"Turn away from half measures and be resolute in living, wholly, fully ,beautifully..."
"Become who you are!"
Words of a man, inspired by a woman. The man was Nietzsche. The woman was Lou von Salomé.
Her words about choosing a creative life over a creative career reframed my understanding of the arts and humanities... finding new ways to partner the arts with every day living... So we're going to begin something here at A Hundred Ways North, a weekly practice that you can integrate into your day. You could see it as just one more thing to add to the to-do list, or you could see it as an investment towards a creative life... Look for the postings on Sunday evenings... Read More
Habits. What are they? Why do we care?
Sometimes they are useful and we lovingly refer to them as rituals. And sometimes they are not useful and we still lovingly or not so lovingly carry them along with us in a little red wagon we trail behind us everywhere we go… (they have a designated place alongside our issues…).
So. What's to be done about this? Read More
What is it to be led by bone knowledge... allowing the whispers of something wild, deep within, to be heard... to breathe from this infinite space...
A body moving and the voice speaking from that deeper place of knowing… Read More
What is presence? Is it charisma? Is it chemistry? Is it alchemical? Is it beauty or intelligence or exceptional talent? Can money buy it? Are religion and spirituality pathways to obtaining it? Are you born with it or can it be practiced? Read More
What if every gesture we make... each silence... every word we speak... and thought we feed... creates culture.
And collectively, alongside one another, these gestures & silences, words & thoughts create the culture of our relationships, our towns & cities, our country, as it sits in relation to the world… Read More
I was re-reading one of my favorite books, The Natural Navigator by Tristan Gooley. Something that stuck out to me, was a concept having to do with how conventions in a culture get set.
Curious? It’s simple science… When a number of people find them useful. That’s it. Read More
With all the alternate facts floating around, it seemed like a good time to talk about Things-We-Believe-That-Aren't-True. Read More
We're going to start with your beliefs about creativity...
At random moments, I am hyper-aware of gratitudes for modern day conveniences. Creations that affect daily patterns & relationships, machinations from the human mind which ultimately create culture... These inventions alter the hours we are awake in a day, how we work, travel, communicate over a variety of distances... We endlessly partner our bodies with external means that affect decisions which eventually will make up an entire life. Read More