I spent some time away this past week. It was a very good to recharge the soul. Often one needs a break to catch their breath. I was in sore need of some fresh air and change of scenery. It did me good.
Judy and I are presently researching how we are going to build our new home. We are looking at a 30" yurt as one possibility. I went this past week to stay in one at the Falling waters Resort on the Nantahala River in North Carolina.
I fell in love with the feeling you have while inside it. I have owned several large Native Lodges (tipis), but a yurt feels more like a home. A 30 footer will give us lots of room to play with it. The model I stayed in was a 16' footer. Lots of space with a fridge, couch, queen size victorian bed, electricity and running water. not really roughing it by regular camping in a tent standards.
Today I found out my friend, Garth Thomson, left this plane of existence far sooner than he should have. I knew his time with us was short, but still I couldn't imagine Garth not beating this illness in some way.
My heart was heavy all day. It was very hard to focus on the work at hand, to even think at times. Knowing this special person loved the art I create, I tried to focus my thoughts and carry on as best I could. It was not an easy thing to do. My mind just kept drifting back to the times we sat around, talked sharing stories of our love for music. I missed him on Jam Cruise this past year. I thought of him many times and often wondered did he know how many people on the boat was thinking of him. I miss him now even more.
My art documented memories for him. It was never about the collecting. It was about the memories. I would like to think that each day he was able to look at those posters they helped him remember the good times. I hope they put a smile on his face and in his heart as he bravely fought his illness.
Brother, I’m so very happy our paths crossed. My life has been richer because of it. I’m glad and honored to call you “friend”. I’m going to miss you.
Why do the good ones leave us so soon?
Namaste’ Garth. You were a very special soul. You will be in my thoughts and meditations.
Sadness, Enlightenment and Questioning One's Beliefs
Today has been especially trying for one who has chosen the path of peace and compassion. He chose a lifestyle and mindset he tries his best to practice each day his spirit resides in this body on this earth.
Tough has been tough. Today his beliefs will tested. Today he will question himself. Today he will struggle with his feelings of rage, anger and vengeance.
Today two people’s spirits and lives to whom he has never met or known have brought him to question and deeply ponder his core beliefs. In one manner, he has known them since he started walking this path. They are extended family. They are one with him, thus the pain he feels is as deep as the loss of any family member.
Today the true test is how the world will walk through the fire. May Naomi’s and Alan’s spirits guide those decisions. May peace and compassion triumph in this world gone mad.
Today has been tough. We lost two of the people that the world needs most at this time.
Naomi and Alan you will be in the thoughts, prayers and meditations of the world. Know that your short time on this Earth made it a better place.