The Great Awakening

The seed of the song was first watered by my Dharma brother Jon Hart, an ICU nurse in Tulsa who shared honestly about the immense suffering he and his colleagues were facing as the pandemic took hold in the US. I asked Jon what I could do to help support. He suggested a song. It seemed small and inadequate, but also something within my power to help create. I continued to listen to the elders and...

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May We Grow With the Trees

“May we grow with the trees May our hearts be at ease May our education be a lifelong ceremony” ~from The Rainbow Room Song, written with students at the Boggs School, April 2020 Hearing the gentle evening serenade of the cicadas. Noticing the vibrant orange blooms of the butterfly milkweed. Seeing the sun reflecting on the waves of Lake Michigan as it drifts towards the western horizon....

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Be Still and Know

Waiting in the Detroit Metro Airport for our flight to Seattle on February 28th, I told Allison “Something feels different.” I have made that trip each year for more than a decade as part of my annual West Coast Tour but I could tell that this would be like no tour prior. Without knowing it we were standing on the precipice of the corona virus outbreak in the United States. The day...

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Our Human Family

“We are the tribe of human beings. We are family. We are related. As self-evident as that may seem to some of us, it is an historic recognition that has yet to be achieved…Humanity still suffers daily and deeply from religious intolerance, racial violence, and endemic warfare. The most fundamental lessons of kinship seem to elude us.” ~Steven Charleston, The Four Vision Quests of Jesus I am...

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Songs Without Borders

“Las mariposas no tienen fronteras, ambos lugares son sus casas The butterflies have no borders, both places are their homes”   Music helps us experience our common humanity. Singing together invites us to connect on a heart level beyond space and time, encouraging us to break down barriers that prevent us from loving and living fearlessly. In this time when it is so easy to...

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Only Love

“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction.”   “Time is cluttered with the wreckage of...

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