Here we are opening the door to December. One of the things I’m planning is playing daily in Kat McNally’s Reverb – a reflective writing challenge “that celebrates and honours the challenges of the year that’s passing, then sows the seeds for a rich and rewarding new year.” Sounds right up my alley – I love reflecting as the year closes and making room to open for the new. And I particularly enjoy playing in the container of group energy – it’s always fun to see what others are thinking. And so I invite you to play along as well if you’re so inspired.
Today’s prompt: I invite you to take a quiet moment to consider: what can you say right now with certainty?
We live in an oracular world – there are signs and messages and clues all around us reminding us of the beauty and the grace and the magic that accompany us always. I love leaning in and listening; I love keeping my eyes open and watching; I love gathering evidence of how connected and supported we are.
I love strange obscure fabulous words like kinkle, nitency, dustyfats, and Kintsugi. I’m certain the world is a better place because of these treasure words – they make us look deeper and make space for new understanding.
I know with certainty that I’m a grace artist, a seeker of beauty and a finder of treasures; I know I am a messenger and an illuminary; that I have strong connections to spirit, and that I want to live with an open heart and with my feet are on the joy trail.
I’m also certain there are people doing crazy good things in this world and I want to celebrate them. Whenever December 1st rolls around I think about Day With(out) Art, the observation that began in 1989 as a national day of action and mourning in response to the HIV/AIDS crisis. While significant progress has been made in the 25 years since that first Day With(out) Art, the truth is there is still much to be done. Despite advances in therapies, HIV/AIDS is still incurable. Some 7,000 people worldwide contract HIV every day, and in the U.S. about 66,000 new cases are reported every year. UNICEF reports that the disease continues to prey upon millions of children around the world, and that more than 260,000 children became newly infected in 2012.
Today I’m celebrating composer Alexandra Pajak who has created an album Sounds of HIV that is based on genome research of the nucleotides and amino acids manufactured in an infected human cell. She assigned specific pitches to the amino acids and then composed a work of 17 tracks. You can read a bit more about it and listen to a clip here, and proceeds from the album are directed towards HIV vaccine research.
I’m certain we’re all powerful creator beings; and I’m certain we can all add to the goodness quotient in our world in a myriad of ways that delight us.
Now what about you? What are you certain about? Do tell – you know I love to hear.