Dear Viriditas Community,
Happy Spring! I was out in my back yard recently looking at the plots of land that make up the vegetable garden and marveled at the two fruit plants that are starting to grow. The snow from the recent storm had melted and there were the beginnings of the raspberry and rhubarb plants pushing through the dirt. I marvel each year when I see these two fruits start to grow again, and I remember how they started as tiny seeds many years ago!
Saint Hildegard of Bingen writes:
“Holy persons draw to themselves all that is earthly. . . .
The Earth is at the same time Mother,
She is Mother of all that is natural,
Mother of all that is human.
She is the Mother of all,
for contained in her
are the seeds of all.”
The more I connect with the concept of the Earth as my Mother, the more I equate my Soul with the Earth. This month I want to tell you about some of the seeds I have found contained in “the Earth of my Soul” and describe how they are now turning into small plants that I sense are going to yield the most nourishing and delicious of fruits.
I have always been fascinated by dreams, knowing them to be a source of creative inspiration and spiritual renewal, emotional and psychological insight and scientific and cultural innovation. Recently I have been waking up every morning with amazing and detailed images from my dreams still very present. And so I turned to the writings of St. Hildegard to see what she says about dreams. Check out my blog to read the six part series Dreams: Messengers Of The Soul to explore the Wisdom of St. Hildegard regarding dreams. I invite you to join me in the month ahead and start paying more attention to your dreams. I know there will be much nourishment and inspiration for all of us as we connect with our dreams. (Click here to read the blog.)
On the tap dance front as many of you know David and I have been paying great attention to seeds given to us by one of the greatest and most inspiring dancers of all time: Michael Jackson. At our March 5th Tap Into Transformation we had 24 people participate and I know most of them were there because they were excited to learn the choreography David and I created to go with the Cirque Du Soleil arrangement of two of Michael Jackson’s songs: Can You Feel It and Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough.
David and I have spent time in the last year watching footage of Michael Jackson singing and dancing and exploring how to put his powerful moves into tap dance choreography. A few years ago the Cirque Du Soleil tribute to Michael Jackson called Immortal came to the Pepsi Center, and David and I, along with two of our children, went to the performance. I was blown away by the arrangements of the Michael Jackson music that Cirque had created, especially this one medley: Immortal Megamix. I remember how when this music started, I bolted out of my seat and blasted into the aisle. I had to dance…I could not sit still any longer! How glorious it felt to let go and FEEL the JOY and POWER that was coursing through my body.
It was this power and joy that David and I invited our participants to experience on March 5th in the Viriditas Studio. Here is a photo of some of us at the end of the evening!
For those of you who were unable to join us on March 5th, I invite you to look at the video of the dance we did that night and try some of the moves yourself!
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After dinner David spoke about POWER and invited everyone to draw the experience of power in their lives. As always when we invite folks to grab a few crayons and draw, I marvel at how quickly everyone settles in and in a matter of a few minutes these little energetic masterpieces are brought forth. Check out some of the drawings folks created that night!
And speaking of seeds, I want to plant a seed in your Earth! Our next Tap Into Transformation will be on April 1st! Our theme is Dancing Through Life. April’s Tap Into Transformation will “take your passion and make it happen”! Our music is the hit song What A Feeling, the inspiring theme song from the movie Flashdance. This upbeat music and the sizzling choreography we have created will move you to dance through your life like never before! Join us!
Finally, the last seed, I want to tell you about is on the marimba front. Little did I dream five years ago when I took my first class at the Kutandara Center that further down the road, Titandare (the group I play with) would be sending in an application to play at Zimfest, the annual Zimbabwean Music Festival which this year is taking place in Oregon, August 11-14. Titandare recorded two of our songs: Kuri Kwedu and Kukaiwa yaRent, took a group photo and sent in our application last week! Here we are in all our glory! I will let you know if we get in!!!
Randy, our teacher, has truly been an inspiration to all of us. He is constantly following his muse. On March 11th, David and I attended the performance of Randy’s composition, Misa Tariro: Mass of Hope which the Kutandara Marimba Ensemble performed together with the Boulder Chorale. Randy composed this piece after visiting orphanages created by the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Zimbabwe. Using five sections of the ordinary mass in Latin along with proverbs and prayers in the Shona language, the piece is a prayer for mercy, peace and hope (Tariro) for those impacted. I invite you to listen to a portion of this performance by clicking this link.
On April 10th, the Kutandara Center will also be hosting a Spring Community Concert benefitting Tariro, a grassroots non-profit working in Zimbabwe to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS by educating young women and girls. I will be attending this event. Please help Kutandara help this organization by enjoying an afternoon of marimba music together. Check out the facebook page for more information click here.
All right dear ones, I hear the birds chirping outside and feel called to go and commune with the garden. May we all continue to connect to the Mother Earth of our Souls and continue to discover and nourish the seeds we find contained in her!