*Artwork created by a student in Alma Bella Solis’ Autumn 2021 Oil Pastel Art Studio class.
“The blue sky opens out farther and farther,
the daily sense of failure goes away,
the damage I have done to myself fades,
a million suns come forward with light,
when I sit firmly in that world.” – Kabir, version by Robert Bly
There has been so much said about psychological burnout and foggy mindedness lately that it is helpful to see any return of/to clarity…including watching this morning’s mists of autumn burn away to reveal a blue sky and multi-colored world. We have come through a lot, and a lot of what we have come through has been draining. This October, LCE has a number of possible remedies for a misty mind/body/spirit and I hope you will join me in experiencing some of the classes and events that we have starting each week this month.
This week I’m especially looking forward to the in-person talk/demonstration this Saturday evening at the Follen church with Ra Kalam Bob Moses who Pat Metheny (talking about the recording of his legendary first recording Bright Size Like with Ra Kalam Bob Moses and Jaco Pastorius) has recently praised as “probably the most under rated musician I know. I mean, he’s like a hard core New York drummer and he was great for both of us.”
Ra Kalam is a treasure, and the Saturday night event at the Follen church is sure to be enlightening on many levels. Musicianship is not required. The only prerequisite is the possession of only an open mind and beating heart…and a face mask!
It is no secret that sounds can and do often wake us up from sleep, or distraction, or a depressed state of being, and this week LCE is setting the stage for a number of them…from Krishna sounding the Panchajanya conch shell on the battlefield of duty and devotion in the Bhagavad Gita, to the sheets of sound explained by Coltrane expert Lewis Porter, to Ra Kalam Bob Moses explaining and demonstrating Living Music.
We hope to see you in-person or on Zoom (or both) as we find intentional ways out of the state of burnout and into appreciation of things including the blooming colors of October or the crisp crunch of fresh autumn apples.
Thank you for your participation and support!
Craig Hall, Director
Lexington Community Education