Breathe, then PUSH

4 02 2017

Valarie Kaur, On the labour of love:  

 





here’s to my old friends – i miss you everyday

18 11 2016

“You cannot isolate yourself from the crowd – even if you want to.”

– Ivor Novello





EARTH, our HOME

13 11 2016

“There are some four million different kinds of animals and plants in the world. Four million different solutions to the problems of staying alive.” – Sir David Attenborough

 

 

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For The Fallen

11 11 2016

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England’s foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

Robert Laurence Binyon, published in The Times newspaper on 21st September 1914.





anthropocene enlightenment

2 11 2016

we live in an anxious time.

by some accounts, we have less than 3 years to figure out how we will save our precious home, our earth, life as we know it.

our demise will begin in the sea just as our birth began in the sea.

we made our mistakes, created institutions and systems to support frameworks of living that we now know are completely out of sync with the natural world.

we built damns that stopped the flows of rivers, punctured the earth and extracted wealth from the depth of the Pachamama’s soul.

we took what was not ours to take.

but we are survivors.

we are survivors because we are blessed with ingenuity. we are survivors because we are creative beings. we are survivors because we have the capacity for love.

we are anti-fragile. we have the ability to see in part, but also in whole.

like the earth that sustains us, we are in a constant state of flow. sometimes churning with more turbulence than we would like, but it is only through that turbulence, through that shifting of fixed ideals and practices, that we may grow.

we expand and contract but we then expand again. a beautiful expanding universe, woven with a fabric of collective consciousness.

i close my eyes and breathe in the earth. i swallow the sea.

the scent of change penetrates my body and i am filled with longing.

i waver throughout the day between hope to despair and back to hope again.

for we have no alternative but to hope.

it is time, this is our time.

the age of man. anthropocene enlightenment.

for the love of God

our earth, ourselves.

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FOSTERing LOVE in LONDON

26 10 2016

dear friends,

what a beautiful morning it was to walk across the Millenium Bridge alongside such a warm and welcoming group of people, hearts held high and arms open wide to the children of the Calais Jungle. there is quite a lot of love in london indeed.

some have criticised the support being shown towards refugee children given the fact that there are currently 10s of thousands of British children in need of foster care too. but if we open our hearts to some, it means we are quite capable of opening our hearts to others.

who knows, maybe this is just the beginning of a new wave of foster caring across the UK.

over the last 13 months more than 10,000 members of the UK public expressed an interest in being foster carers for unaccompanied asylum seeking children. HOME for GOOD is a charity working in partnership with 12 local authorities around the country assessing and training foster carers to meet this need.

but the first step is to become a registered foster carer through your local council. here you can read about the variety of foster care schemes:

https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/sharedservices/fostering/aboutfostering/fosteringschemes.aspx  or call: 0208-753-1057

thank you love-makers Remi Olajoyegbe & Jimena Paratcha for your inspiration. we feel blessed to have been a part of Love in Action’s first campaign Have a Heart ❤️ #HaveaHeartLondon 

BIG LOVE from Philomena, Luna & Niki

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people in play; a sense of HOME

19 08 2016

– “How come we play war and not peace?”
– “Too few role models.”

Bill Watterson