NYC

Tribe of Dreams Dispatch

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Auburn, MA

natavi GRK

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Got back to Auburn around 3:30am this morning

Gathered with some tribe in NYC last night

at the Alphabet City Sanctuary

abcsanctuary.com

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it is such a special place

once a synagogue

now a community center with an organic restaurant on the first floor and a small yoga studio/event space on the top floor

such a strong energy there

and has become our tribe outpost whenever we gather again

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the following painting welcomed us into the space

a delighted “why-am-i-not-surprised-to-see-you” type of jubilation in my heart upon seeing her

this is Yemoja

or Yemanja

the orisha (divinity in African Yoruba tradition) of the oceans

the mother of us all

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to see old dear friends is one joy

to sing with them again after a long time apart is a joy on a whole other level

to go into the intimate space of singing together

listening

opening

sharing

trusting

this enlivens the heart

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a new friend

Craig

brought his spinning device

yup

spinning device

a handcrafted portable human turntable

on which he stands

and spins

.
this sounds intriguing to  hear about

and to see it far exceeds intrigue and invites captivation

whirling dervishes whirl

Craig spins

and spin he did

as we played music in a circle around him

.
when i got on to try

i was very quickly humbled

this is no easy feat

it required such an honest and immediate engagement with/reflection upon

BALANCE

in all of my bodies

physical

emotional

mental

sexual

spiritual

energetic

i didn’t realize i was signing up for all that 🙂

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another new friend

Kevin

declared after a few songs  “damn! this is really the Night of People Who Can SING! And it will forever forth be referred to as such!”

i like that

Tribe of Dreams presents “The Night of People Who Can Sing”

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In addition to the lush voices of Michelle and Katy

friends I have been having the privilege to sing with for many years now

Michelle brought her friend Jess

and she too

rocked our socks off

or would have if i had been wearing any

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the acoustics in the room are really spectacular

and ideas for future vocal resonance gatherings sprung forth

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We sat on blankets on the roof in the warm spring air

under the stars

(those that have not been completely covered up by the city’s light-blanket)

and talked

and laughed

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Brett, Ms Katy Potter, Greg, Michelle Adams

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it was really a lovely time together

Craig expressing

in our closing

“This was so lovely.  Just people being human beings together in such a nice way.  Nobody does this anymore.”

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We do.

We must!

.

it does not take much

music helps

a little food helps

candles seem to help

a nice space helps

but really

it only NEEDS a gathering of two or more hearts

to practice community

a most sacred practice

of how to be with one another

and how to be with ourselves

in a good way

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each human being is here with a few gifts to offer in our relatively extremely quick lives

these gifts being why we came here in the first place

to offer them into the collective of Life here to the best of our ability

and then die

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these gifts are the medicine

for all of the suffering and sickness in our selves and our people and all beings

and when we gather in this way

and create an environment in which we can all feel safe and free and appreciated

it allows each of us to offer that medicine more freely

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i am grateful for the medicine our small group cooked up together last night

it has been doing me good

and i know it will continue to sustain me

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time to rest up for me

a lot of movement

now needs to be BALANCED

with some time in the woods

bare feet on the earth

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can each step be a step of peace?

can we kiss the earth each time we press our foot to her?

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