The title of my blog "Changes and Colours" mirrors the constant motives of my life: changes - small every day ones, and big - like moving to another country, and colours (or appreciatio of beauty) - in which I find my grounding. As soon as I find myself reveling in the beauty of my surroundings, noticing small delights here and there - I know that everything will work out.
Welcome to Bahamas!
Grounding in Vrksasana (Tree Pose)
Finding Grace in Natarajasana (Lord of the Dance Pose)
is our friend precisely because it brings us into absolute and
passionate presence with all that is here, that is natural, that is
love,” - this
quote by Rilke starts yet another beautifully written and illustrated
post of Maria Popova at her blog brainpickings.
This time she looks at the subject of our mortality through the prism
of the children book “Duck, Death and the Tulip.” If you are
interested in literature, history, philosophy, or art and haven't
discovered her blog, you certainly should take a look.
Back in January I mentioned my love for Robert Plant's "Lullaby and.. The Ceaseless Roar". Apparently, my infatuation with post Led Zeppelin works of the band's members still continues. This time it was triggered by watching Led Zeppelin 2007 concert on DVD that followed discussion on various bass guitar players and their roles in the bands. That led me to sifting through John Paul Jones' various concert clips, listening to tracks of his "Zooma" and "The Thunderthief" albums and reading Led Zeppelin issue of The Ultimate Music Guide. Aside of discovering his absolute brilliance, it led to his appearance as a school principal in my dream along with young version of Jimmy Page as my son's classmate. Robert Plant and John Bonham were conspicuously absent...
Walking along the shore on a bright and moderately sunny day I was startled by the feeling of utter happiness and content. Walking does it to me but this realization also got me thinking. I used to long for a company - to share a walk, to share a talk, to share a visit to a theater, a meal, a dance. As if simply being there wasn't enough, my soul yearned to share a an experience with someone. And now, now I am just enjoying the experience. If someone happen to be along, that is great, if not, it is fine too. When did this happen?
I bet, the fact that I have been a world traveler for 19 straight years has something to do with it. Moving from country to country ( the longest stay in one place - four years) builds up certain qualities: I, for example, became exceptionally good in adapting to different cultures, learning as much as possible in the shortest possible time, practicing detachment and, yes, being alone.
Time changed the dynamic of exploring the new places - instead of jumping in the thickness of things, collecting new acquaintances, actively building connections as was my pattern - I just let everything to unfold on its one. Is it a sign of wisdom, is it a sign of emotional laziness, is it something to embrace, is it something to fight, who knows? And,who cares? What is a moral of this little observation, you may ask. To paraphrase the Beatles, "Do what you want to do, and go where you're going to..." and if our paths will cross, we can discuss it further..
What is on my mind? Robert Plant and his “Lullaby and ...the Ceaseless Roar”. I cannot stop listening to this album – I listen to it while walking, I listen to this while cooking, I listen to it while centering myself before yoga lessons, I listen to it in the evening, I listen to it in the morning. The damn thing is absolutely flawless – it steadily gathers momentum from Little Maggie to hauntingly beautiful Embrace Another Fall, reaches the crescendo in Turn it Up and then drops into slowness of A Stolen Kiss, and keeps me captivated until the very last Abraden. The irony is that it isn't even a new addition to our music collection, it was last year Christmas gift for my older son, but here I am a full year later - still completely entranced.
No, it isn't this rose, though it is gorgeous for sure, it is the spatula. It isn't just a spatula, but the best spatula ever - it is sturdier than most, it is good for mixing and scrapping the dough from the side of the bowls, it is great for flipping pancakes, or stirring scrambled eggs.
It is perfection!
It was recommended in a fabulous cook book "The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook" by America's Test Kitchen and it is - Rubbermaid Professional 13 and1/2 inch High Heat Scraper. Absolutely great, both, the book and its recommendations.