Through blog awards – each with its own flavour – we in the blogging community express our mutual appreciation, AND open fresh doors for visitors, through those we nominate.
The hallmark of a healthy society and economy is reciprocal: the sharing of human Currency or gift so that it increases. In the future, Solar Fusion (which creates more energy than it uses, and leaves no toxic waste) may alter our entire relationship with energy. At present our society is fed on fuel fission (which subtracts the energy it extracts) – generating a divisive and competitive world view.
This is a preamble to the point! All change begins somewhere, and as Schumacher used to say – Small is Beautiful – and in the more places, the better …
Steven Wells of Gardening in Greenwood nominated me for these two Awards, more than a month ago. I’m afraid it took me all this time to clear the slate, and thank him properly, here. The intention counts!
I have been appreciating Steve’s garden in Seattle for some months now, and more recently, his other blog, Naked Nerves. The garden in Seattle is a small Arboretum of rare shrubs and dwarf trees. Each has its thriving personality and its own story, and Steve takes us to visit them as they change colour and season. They are nurtured with care, tenderness, and respect for their native roots in the wild. They complement the humanity in Steve’s other blog, Naked Nerves, in which he writes with honesty – and the same dedication – of raw bipolar stresses in the soul. The naked nerves are a ferment which the garden hears and heals; and life and love just about keep going.
Certain conditions can make us very isolated – until we have the courage as Steven has, to put his fingers to the keys, touching others, who write back. There is a poetic juxtaposition of wild interior weathers with the careful garden: the buds come through the spring and Nature is invincible. She changes colour around every corner. Steve, you are a soul gardener.
I treasure in the blogging community, my FRIENDSHIP with Steven and other like minds, and the way we share our filaments criss crossing ocean and continent, rotating day and night, sleep and rise. Hitting the “Publish” key after a long day … then a small Star or Comma appears from a kindred spirit across the pond, who just got up – oh, the uplift, warmth and synchrony. The soul contact is real. As Debra in The Ptero Card said in one of her posts – facebook is a market place, each face falls quickly out of sight, but the blogosphere is our room of the soul, where we meet our friends.
So that is how we are: the reciprocity. Thank you, Steven. And thank us all!
There are rules for the formal acceptance and posting of Awards. I cannot follow them to the letter, because not all bloggers wish to accept them; so I shall post here again my links to those I nominate – plus some new ones – so you might visit them on a trail of your own: the connectivity.
The rules are: Thank the person who nominated you, and introduce their blog. Upload the award to your post and in your sidebar – you can drag it to your desktop. List 10-15 bloggers whose work you enjoy or find inspiring. (You can contact them individually.) List 7 things about yourself today. I think that’s it! There is no obligation to receive the Award unless you want to – only my appreciation of what you create and share.
Here below, are two links – where the award process is explained in more detail. By the way , I changed the colour a bit, in my awards; I wanted my dragon to look more silvery. You might want to take yours from the following two sites where they are brighter.
The Dragon’s Loyalty Award is a broad thank-you to followers and friends. What makes dragons loyal? Are we friendly to our dragons? It is a hot, prickly, lonely business being a dragon, guarding pearls and maidens from galloping gung-ho heroes, and pondering our blogs.
Dragons are necessary when we are young. Somebody said to me, a long time ago: “So you must do the obvious: help the child to grow. Nurture her. Let the child grow into woman, then she will step over the dragon.”
“Here be dragons” – the unknown regions in a map. For me the dragon is – in the elder wisdom – the Ourobouros serpent: telluric pulse, or current of secret fire. Where Leylines through earth, and Meridians through our body, flow together, the dragon erupts; the dragon emerges. On places where the pulse was strong, holyTowers were built, to channel and contain it. On the Somerset Levels, there are several … Glastonbury Tor, Burrowbridge …
The Shauny Award is a new one, created at the end of last year. What a fine picture of Edinburgh Castle on its Rock.
Here is Shaun’s blog.
The Shauny “rules” are pared-down simple:
“Show humanity, show love,
be yourself, don’t be others,
and then share with 10 others.”
Doesn’t it make us pause to think? At any time of the day?
For the Dragon’s Loyalty Award, seven things about myself today are:
1) It is cold and sunny out, and my kitchen where I work is awash with food not put away, my bike, some art materials, the washing up and a comb-binder for making books.
2) I feel depressed because at the weekend I couldn’t find the right thing to say, to two persons whom I love, and I may have annoyed them. Yet I know that is my invention.
3) My eyes are tired with screen work, and I should take a bike ride into the countryside.
4) I am sleeping better at nights just now. Great.
5) I keep forgetting – and re-membering again – to breathe deep, quiet, slow and be affectionate with life just as it comes into the room. (Smile.)
6) Small trains rattle past the window, with their passengers, rise and fall. I’m enjoying my award today.
7) Who am I ?
Here are bloggers I nominate for their loyalty and for their inspiration and integrity: Enjoy.
Making this list – and it is difficult to keep up with the reading – I love you all, and what we tell each other.
My adventure invites fellow travellers. I am a poet, an artist and a seer. I welcome conversation among the PHILO SOFIA, the lovers of wisdom.
This blog is a vehicle to promote also my published work – The Sacred India Tarot (with Rohit Arya, Yogi Impressions Books) and The Dreamer in the Dream – a collection of short stories (0 Books). Watch this space.
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