Sunday, August 29, 2010

Divinity The Movie: Meeting Your Soul ~ via Author & Coach Anita Pathik Law

Pause the Music Pod ~ Then Listen to Your Divinity.


It comes in waves of unstoppable inspiration
Rising, rising it lives in unrest
Hear me; hear me it struggles to be seen
Not yet knowing the mystery
that exists inside this adventure.

You are wakened, troubled by divine discontent
It will not sleep, nor wait to be invited
Forging in, it does not ask for your permission.

The agreement was made long before you came
Yet the body forgets, the mind rejects
It cannot be, it cannot be
Who am I you ask,
just small and afraid this cant be mine to own.

Who are you?
The word calls out
To demand proof of a worthy calling.

An agreement previously made
before you understood
How afraid you would be
when you stood at the edges
Of what humans believed was possible.

A wordy argument falls on deaf ears
Unheard and dismissed,
it will not entertain denial

It fights to be released
by the womb of your imagination
The pain becomes unbearable.

So much so,
that you do not have a choice
Then you surrender
You surrender to love
in spite of your fear
You sit unwrapped and vulnerable
It is as it must be.

Stepping out of the illusion
that you are alone
Greeted by open arms
Celebrate this victory,
of revealing the truth of who you are.

Magnificent, magnificent
you hear them exclaim.

Oh the love is overwhelming
as it travels to the core of your being
Everything you think you have known
crumbles away until nothing is left.

Dusty rawness of self deceit,
all designed to protect,
once impermeable
You are now open to truth,

and everything else just falls away.

The awakening sense you enter
a blissful explosion of laughter
You feel and know the truth of your divinity.
Your connection to all that is
and ever was
And you are one with everything

Exposed and naked you realized
the sweetness of surrender.

Expanded into knowledge in one moment
You now know what it feels
to be whole and complete.

You now know my dear how does it feel
The emptiness disappears

Fading into distant memories held
before you discover that you
are in heaven all the while.

Magnificent and brilliant
is who I know you to be.

And even if this moment passes
you will carry it with you forever
You will share it in your smile,
in your touch, your heart,
your burns, your presence.

It will be impossible to forget
this brilliant glimpse of your truth
Meeting your soul for the first time
is not something to be forgotten.

You are magnificent, brilliant
in your divinity.

Be wildered in the miracle you
have no other choice than
to embrace this knowing.

It is you from this glorious imperfect
You are magnificent,
brilliant in your divinity.

You bring hope to a wounded world
You bring love to the broken hearted
After all you are magnificent,
brilliant in your divinity.

Take the step my friend for
you are ready, you are ready
to fully embrace your power
You are magnificent,
brilliant in your divinity.

Oh do you know how deeply

you are loved, how special you are
God smiles at the mere sound
of your voice, the beating of your heart.
You are magnificent, brilliant in your divinity.

The angel sang and danced
belated to bear witness
To the miracle of your birth
For you are the one,

you are the only, you are the one.

Dance my sweet; it is time for you
to play and reclaim you innocence.

Share the joy of who you are
You are magnificent, brilliant in your divinity.

I love you, I love you my sweet, sweet child
You are magnificent, brilliant in your divinity.

It is time for you to play,
laugh my sweet,
dance your dance
You are the only one who can.

You are magnificent,
brilliant in your divinity.

Remember who you are
in times of lightness.

Rejoicing of who you
are in times of darkness.

Reclaim who you are
in times of forgetting.

And share who you are
my dear friend with the world.

Because you are magnificent,

brilliant in your divinity.

words by Anita Pathik Law.
author, lyricist, healer and coach,

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Food As Interpretation ~ NAI Blog ~ Jim Covel ~ August 2010

Food As Interpretation
The National Association for Intepretation ~Blog Post August 10, 2010
Written by President Jim Covel

Photo Credit: Mark M.

There are few things that can blend the unique nature and culture of a region as well as regional cuisine. Food has all the ingredients for good interpretation—it’s multi-sensory, participatory, full of emotional connections as well as intellectual content. If you’re trying to convey a sense of place or heritage in a way that appeals to a diverse audience, try going through their stomachs to reach their hearts and minds.

One of my favorite examples of the food-interpretation connection is the Hawaiian Luau (pictured above) that is often part of the visitor experience in the islands. At an authentic luau, you not only get to eat great food, but you hear the stories behind the food, where it comes from, how it’s prepared, and the cultural context and rituals that accompany serving and consuming certain foods.

For example, I was curious why I often saw small fishes, such as squirrel fish or small mullet, for sale at fish auctions or the supermarket. It turns out that the traditional Hawaiian diet was lacking in calcium. So eating small fishes—including the bones—was a way to provide a source of calcium. That practice also is a more sustainable way to eat—harvesting fishes that are lower on the food chain that reproduce and grow more quickly.

Thus learning about local diets also means learning about the natural resources of the region, the effects of seasons and weather, and knowing more about the lifestyles of traditional consumers. One soon realizes that the indigenous peoples of each region invented the idea of “eating local” long before it became today’s dining fashion.

I’ve seen a number of interpretive programs that use this approach with great success. In South Africa we feasted on corn meal beer, sadza, mopane worms and dried fish. In the arctic, it was caribou jerky and fried char (I took a pass on the muktuk). In central California the menu includes acorn mush, Manzanita berry ale, perhaps some dried salmon or venison. Now that I think about it—most of my memories of places include the food that is associated with that locale and the indigenous culture.

However I also see that food connection slowly fading in so many places. With a little sleuthing one could usually find a cafĂ© or restaurant that specialized in “local dishes” or traditional foods. That’s changing as larger market chains and franchise restaurants overtake individual proprietorships and the local flavor (literally) is disappearing from our landscape.

Interpretive settings may be one of the last holdouts where traditional foods are available, with a side dish of interpretation to explain the cultural practices associated with harvesting and preparing the food. In fact, interpretive venues—such as historic farms—may be one of the last places where people can see where their food comes from.

Years ago the talented interpreters at East Bay Regional Park District started doing a “super market nature walk” for inner city kids in the San Francisco Bay Area. On these walks the kids were amazed to learn that carrots and potatoes grew in the soil, that milk (and beef) came from cows, or that a huge portion of our diet comes from grass in one form or another (i.e. wheat, corn, rice, etc.). After an hour in the supermarket those kids had a different perspective on the food they ate—and perhaps they made better food choices in the future.

I’m willing to bet that many of us talk about what birds and animals eat, or the foods that pioneers or native tribes lived on, but how often do we connect that to our modern diets? We can help our audiences learn about healthy choices in today’s diet by knowing more about what our ancestors ate in the past—and it can be a tasty lesson in the bargain!

—Jim Covel


The National Association for Interpretation (NAI) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) professional association for those involved in the interpretation of natural and cultural heritage resources in settings such as parks, zoos, museums, nature centers, aquaria, botanical gardens, and historical sites. For more than 50 years. NAI and its parent organizations have encouraged networking, training, and collaboration among members and partners in support of our mission: inspiring leadership and excellence to advance heritage interpretation as a profession.

NAI was founded in 1988 from two existing organizations, the Association of Interpretive Naturalists (founded in 1954) and the Western Interpreters Association (founded in 1965). From 1954 to 1988, AIN and WIA operated as two separate professional organizations with offices in Needwood, Maryland, and Sacramento, California, respectively.

After merging to form NAI, the office was moved to Fort Collins, Colorado, creating a partnership with Colorado State University’s Department of Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism that provided initial office space. A growing staff required a move to a nearby Victorian house of 900 square feet, though CSU students continue to work in the office as interns and work-study employees. By June 2004, NAI employed 10 full-time staff and moved into a new 8400-square-foot office and training facility in the historic Old Town of Fort Collins, Colorado. Although the building is owned by NAI, almost half of that space is leased to Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory and National Parks Conservation Association.

NAI’s growing network of members includes volunteers, docents, interpreters, naturalists, historians, rangers, park guards, guides, tour operators, program directors, consultants, academicians, planners, suppliers, and institutions. By 2008, NAI had 5,000 members in over 30 countries with three international affiliate organizations: NAI-Greece, NAI-Korea, and NAI-China.

NAI continues to add programs, products, and services to meet the needs of a growing profession. Currently, NAI offers an annual national workshop that attracts over 1,000 people, an international conference, regional and special-interest section workshops, two full-color magazines, certification and training, an association store, a publishing imprint (InterpPress), digital newsletters, and web-based services.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Painting the Sky With Crayons ~ August 2010 (Solar Storms)

Photo Copyright by Otto Motzke, Norway.
Painting the Sky With Crayons from the Sun
August 2010 ~ Solar Storms

Usually, the Northern Lights can only be seen by folks who live far to the north. But this week, the Aurora Borealis is making an appearance in lower Canada, some of the United States, Norway and other countries around the globe.

The reason has to do with solar storms. On Sunday, an eruption on the sun's surface blasted plasma toward the Earth. That plasma is helping to give millions of people a peek at something they'd never seen. Fortunately for us, these lucky ducks are taking pictures and posting them on Flickr. You can check out several of our absolute favorites here. Enjoy!

Photo Credit: Robert Snache, copyrights to Robert Snache

Photo Credit: Wiciwato, flickr copyrights.

Photo Credit: Wiciwato, flickr copyrights