Sunday, June 26, 2011

I'm sailing right behind...

Yes, like a bridge over troubled water.... What a beautiful song!!
Well this is exactly where I am today, I am behind freedom flotilla II heading to Gaza. The power of imagination, and where it can lead you :). Why am I there? Well, I could try to explain, but I wouldn't do it as well as writer Alice Walker who explains it in her blog. It is as if she is speaking my mind. She will be in one of the 10 boats heading to Gaza trying to break this blockade that makes the life condition of 1.5 millions people (including children) inhuman. You can read the full post here: This year has been a very interesting one for me, in term of learning how one can stay true to himself despite of threats and fear that these threats can bring. Human right activist's lives are threatened everyday, everywhere in the world, and yet they continue their actions. I so much appreciate the action of these men and women, and I want my children, my family, my friends and the world to know it because this is who I am and this is what I want to be reminded as: A HUMAN BEING WHO CARES. And I will finish by this quote from Nelson Mandela: “For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

I am an Echo!

Today, I am an echo.
I am an echo of the cry of the Xinguano people who are paying for their lives to defend the land, their homes, their forest, and their trees.
You can read their story here:

These people are being murdered because they are defending what they  believe in and what they live for. We are in the 21st century, and indigenous environmental activists are being murdered. This happens in Brazil, it is so far away that it would be easier to read, regret, and move on, but I can't, because with each person that disappears, it is like part of me is lost as well. I couldn't really explain, but I do have empathy, and today, I AM AN ECHO. Would you be an echo too so that this cry will become so unbearable that this will stop?

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Anatomy of a myth

An interesting myth I wanted to talk about today is the one of Sirens. Sirens in ancient Greece were Half women half birds. They had enchanting voices and sang to sailors to attract them to rocky coast were they would die.

Later, the representation of the sirens changed to half woman half fish, and they were then called mermaid but still had the same attributes, beautiful voices, singing songs to attracts men into their underwater world, forgetting that these men couldn't breath there. Note that here, the men would die not because of a will to kill them, but because of their ignorance.

Hans Christen Andersen has written the most famous mermaid tale: "The little mermaid", which also gave the little mermaid some human attributes of love and compassion,....but still no soul. To acquire a soul, she must agree to give up an almost immortality.
In African myths, Mami wata ( mother water)  is also often represented as a half woman half fish or snake.

It is in african mythology that she has the most deep and complete representation and attributes.  She is a powerful goddess, she has the spiritual power to heal, make wealthy and so on. When she choose a man to take underwater, if she decides  to release him, the man can return to his life, and will usually grow wealthier, healthier with deepest spiritual understanding of the world.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Sharing the love

The look of love is saying so much more than the words could ever say....
And Nina Simon says it with so much sensuality. I love this song. I can play it again and again for hours :).
Nina simon has such a voice that I just feel it. I know this is the case with music in general, but with her it's just different,...I feel a total empathy, and this with all of her songs. Beautiful Nina, I love you!!!!

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