“A verbal art like poetry is reflective.
It stops to think.”
Back on September 19th
I feel much in agreement with Paula Kuitenbrouwer’s recent observation:
“This collective pull out of the frantic, digital lifestyle is surprising, yet understandable. Many bloggers, artists, and email-friends, resonate with Nature’s inward motion. They plan to spend more time gardening, on handicraft, on reading a book in a lazy armchair near a cosy open fireplace. They want a sabbatical or a permanent break away from the demanding social media lifestyle, where you constantly need to communicate and share. As if ‘To Share or Not To Be’.
Nature’s motion to return to our cosy, warm homes and to enjoy quiet time (in order to save energy for surviving the winter) is a beautiful movement. We need to become Yin after a Yang summer.” Paula Kuitenbrouwer (Mindful Drawing) in her essay Harvest and Nature’s Inward Motion
Note: Paula is a nature artist living and working in The Netherlands. In addition to her own blog, she is a contributor to Into the Bardo*, where her art work and essays are always appreciated for the beauty, inspiration and wisdom she so generously shares. Paula was recently featured HERE in Boeddhistisch Dagbald, a well-regarded Dutch Buddhist digital magazine.
and thus I begin my break
. . . i’ll see you in a week . . .
Details on our Call for Contributors and
Introducing Our Inspired and Inspiring Core Team
Currently we seek a few volunteers to join us as contributors and possibly core team members. We are interested in material that is not necessarily religious but is reflective of diverse spiritual paths and cultures and representative of universal human values, however differently they might be expressed.
You must be able and willing to deliver posts that are inspirational, compassionate, provocative of peace and understanding and which encourage an engagement in the arts – including the arts as spiritual practice – and are fact-checked, content and copy edited. You should be able to function independently.
Please note we are screening for experienced bloggers with well-established blogs who are also accomplished writers/artists/musicians/historians/or philosophers and who can fill in the gaps in our representation with the atheist perspective and nonWestern Islamic, Jewish, Buddhist, and Hindu perspectives. If you are interested and think your work might fit the bill, please explore Into the Bardo first - including the About – and, if you think it might be right for you, then leave us a link to your blog in the comment section below. We will make every effort to respond within six-to-eight weeks. Thank you!
The Core Team:
Naomi Baltuck ~ Photo-essays/Story-telling: a writer’s POV, global perspectives
CloakedMonk, Rev. Terri Stewart ~ Essays, Poetry, Photography, Videos: faith and spiritual practice, interfaith efforts, incarcerated/at-risk youth, peace and justice
Jamie Dedes, ~ Poetry, Fiction/Creative Non-fiction, Essays: book/movie reviews, peace and justice, activism, ethics, disability/aging
Karen Fayeth ~ Fiction/Creative Nonfiction, Photography, Crafts: a writer’s perspective, pop-culture and commentary, mostly wry
Victoria C. Slotto ~ Essays, Poetry and Fiction: death and dying, writing/writing coach/Fourth Wednesday Writing challenge
Michael Watson M.A., Ph.D., LCMHC, ~ Essays: Culture, Indigenous Perspectives, Nature, Disability, Mental Health
PoetJanstie, John Anstie ~ Poetry and Essays: poetry, music, culture, state-of-the world/ human condition
Robert D. Rossel Ph.D. ~ Essays: music, culture, mental health, healing, nature
ScillaGrace, Priscilla Galasso ~ Photography, Creative Nonfiction, Essays: nature, observation/human nature, music
Liliana Negoi ~ Poetry, Essays, Fiction/Creative Nonfiction: music, art/beauty and the human condition
slpmartin ~ Charles W. Martin, Poetry, Photography, Digital Decoupage: current events, politics, peace and justice
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