Have you heard about Given the movie? Last night we watched this beautiful film about personal legacies, tradition and the power of ancestral wisdom set against the landscape of this ethereal world we live in. Given, the son of Aamion and Daize, narrates the film as his family travels the globe retracing the steps taken by Aaimon and his father decades earlier.
The film is powerful love story to this planet and the work each of our souls will do while here. The visuals are intoxicating as our gentle narrator, the young Given, walks us through his experiences as a son, a brother and an explorer of life who has taken the first steps on his personal journey.
As someone who has taken deep personal journeys within myself and out into the world, I know the importance of retracing your steps, revisiting points of origin and immersing yourself in the stream of life. A lot has been said about stepping outside of our comfort zones. One of the most important things I have found as I traveled the world is that when you make a home within yourself you can be at peace anywhere.
"My dad says we are like the birds. We make a nest wherever we go." - Given Goodwin
From lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Alchemists have always said, "Only that which has been properly separated can be rightfully joined.” Grief is no different.
"Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water."
Never ask a person for directions if they haven't been to the place where you want to be.
To the daughters of mothers who never had a day off.
Do we only create spaces for women to speak when we like what they have to say?
To the daughters of mothers who lived without a voice.
Who are you without your baggage?
"The definition of an artist is a person who walks through the world saying, 'Don't erase me.'" - Unknown
Does our generosity depend on our abundance?