This wonderful and wise pendant arrived last week, a gift from my dear friend, Kenna, in celebration of Meadowlark. I cradled it in my palm, felt the intricate ridges of its braided back against my skin, and was again amazed at the unimagined life of its own that unfolds around Meadowlark.
Beauty has surrounded me these past few weeks, in my students as the semester begins and in our Raven’s Time: Wildness and Beauty class through Story Circle, in seeing Wyatt, Luke, and Wynn launched into a new school year (grades 12, 10, and 9), and Meadowlark’s continued expanding path in the world. The blessed busy continues, as Wyatt starts the process of college applications and preparing for his karate Black Belt test in November, Luke starts setting things in place to be an exchange student next year, and Wynn’s days involve dance before school, school, then volleyball practice until the evening. We watched Luke’s soccer match in the rain last week and Wynn finished the game of her volleyball tournament with a spike yesterday.
Book Launch for Meadowlark is almost here—Saturday, September 14th at Collected Works, 4:00 pm.
I thought of all of this as I gazed at the pendant.
Beauty and love of what you do fills our Raven’s Time class. Last week we explored the ideas of “Skulls as Culture.” Raven’s Time is its own journey in following beauty. I was deep into working on another book, a memoir about the ranch where I grew up in Cascabel, a few years ago and a series of what can only be described as synchronistic events happened surrounded these ideas of Raven’s Time, until these became so numerous and strong that I finally set aside the other manuscript and literally “followed” the path Raven’s Time created in my life. As I ran through the trails of the desert, again and again the phrase, “Choose beauty,” came into my mind. And, so I did and the ideas within Raven’s Time filled my life. The past year has been filled with Meadowlark, and to immerse myself again in the ideas of Raven’s Time is an experience of deep beauty.
Here is a video I made to begin our week of “Skulls as Culture:”
“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.”—Rumi
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