What is Evolution?

“We began as a mineral.
We emerged into plant life, and into the animal state, and then into being human, and always we have forgotten our former states, except in early spring when we slightly recall being green again.
That’s how a young person turns towards a teacher.
That’s how a baby leans toward the breast, without knowing the secret of its desire, yet turning instinctively.
Humankind is being led along an evolving course, through the migration of intelligences, and though we seem to be sleeping, there is an inner wakefulness that directs the dream, and that will eventually startle us back to the truth of who we are.”
— The Story of Evolution
Rumi, 13th Century


Zen 08 - The First Concert

Aaaaah! It's come and gone. The display of months of hard work and persistent back/hand/arm pain. The final product. Apart from the expected minor errors I think it went smoothly...enough. I didn't cry from starvation nor did I suffer cardiac arrest so yes I think it was a good experience. Next month is Higashi-Ichiki... I can't wait... :-/

The performances could have been better but what else can one expect work under such conditions. Atleast I didn't drop my bachi this time, actually I haven't dropped my bachi for a while, I think i've finally gotten this grip thing under control. I did forget the words to the song though, so my years of lip-syncing in the choir finally paid off.

OH yeh!

NaRoChaJin (our solo piece) got fucked up by the Guitarist a.k.a. Mr. Chaplin. [you'd have to see him to get it] It probably would have been better if we were humming it to raas....hey there's an idea!

What else? Let's see, my hands, back, arms, feet, entire body aches despite them releasing us from going back to Fukiage to unload the truck. Trust me ppl this body was no made for heavy lifting...no siree bob.

All in all, i'm glad I found taiko or rather taiko found me and subsequently imprisoned my soul. =S

As I type this my arms ache So i'm out.

Mata Ne!

Nadya Dee-San [Taiko Queen!]


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Our Deepest Fear by Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."