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Tag: growth

08/16/09 BE WHO YOU WANT TO BE / Santa Cruz, CA

Trailer with lettering: BE WHO YOU WANT TO BE

This mantra starts with FIND YOUR VOICE to TRUST YOURSELF to …

07/03/09 HOT SWEET & STRONG MOVE TOWARDS THE LIGHT / Galesburg, IL

Trailer with lettering: HOT SWEET & STRONG MOVE TOWARDS THE LIGHT

09/13/08 I JUST THANK GOD / Athens, GA

Trailer with lettering: I JUST THANK GOD

explanation, witness, prayer

04/01/08 Entitlement / University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

mantra trailer

After interacting with people all day I noticed that I was nicer and less demanding to the cashiers at Kinko’s, Smoothie King, and the Harris Teeter. Not that I’m rude usually but as a consumer I seem to carry around an inner voice of entitlement. It’s a voice so embedded that I normally don’t notice it. After a day facilitating the Mantra Trailer at the University of Virginia, I lost the embedded feeling of entitlement and noticed it’s absence. Like noticing silence after the repetition of a mantra.

I’m not sure why this happened. Maybe because I spent the day being open to every experience? Maybe from the careful act of listening? Maybe from being in the position of asking for participation? Maybe from relationship exhaustion???

03/29/08 Graciously Accepting Rejection / Davidson College, Davidson, NC

I was at Davidson College the day after their Friday night NCAA win. It was cold and rainy and a large percentage of the student body was in Detroit but I still managed to get 19 people into the trailer. Their mantras were awesome.

I felt a new sense of integration while interacting with people who were less interested in participating. Graciously accepting rejection eased the experience of discomfort for me and the rejecting audience. Letting go of a personal sense of rejection freed me to encounter the next exchange with fewer defenses.

03/07/08 KERTÉSZ LESZEK FÁT NEVELEK / VCCA, Amherst, VA

Trailer with lettering: KERTÉSZ LESZEK FÁT NEVELEK

Kertész leszek, fát nevelek, I’ll be a gardener of trees
kelô nappal én is kelek, with the rising sun I’ll rise

From a poem by the Hungarian poet, Jozsef Attila.

02/21/08 NO MORE SELF CENTERED FEAR! / Roanoke, VA

Trailer with lettering: NO MORE SELF CENTERED FEAR!

Mantra Trailer appearance hosted by the Art Musuem of Western Virginia.

02/15/08 PLAY LAUGH GROW / Roanoke, VA

Trailer with lettering: PLAY LAUGH GROW

Mantra Trailer appearance hosted by the Art Musuem of Western Virginia.

01/08/08 GOD WHAT EVER YOU ARE FILL ME / Athens, GA

01/07/08 The sacred vs the image / San Sebastian State Park, FL

sand sculpture

I took the day off and enjoyed the beach at San Sebastian State Park. When I walked over the crest of the boardwalk I saw salmon blue clouds and the peep of the sun over the horizon. I had decided to get to the beach early enough to watch the sunrise and it was astounding. There were multiple flocks of sea birds worshiping the sun at a single point on the beach. My first impulse was to grab my camera and try to capture the image of natural beauty in front of me, but then I would miss seeing it for myself.

On this journey I decided not to image the “natural” landscape without evidence of human intervention. The experience of witnessing nature is a sacred event when it moves the heart. This is not an experience that I can bring to you through an image. I thought about the way images dilute the sacredness of a place. With better and better imaging technology we are tricked into believing that seeing the image is just as good as experiencing the real thing and more convenient to boot. If people choose not to experience nature first hand there will be no witness, which can lead to inaction, to the deadening of the spirit, and to the diminishing of our sense of and desire for the sacred.

I’ve also decided not to take any images of the interior of the Mantra Trailer for the same reason. It’s a space to be experienced, explored and witnessed from the heart. Like our own interiors, like nature, the interior of the Mantra Trailer is not a curio or spectacle to be merely viewed, or examined.

For those who do not have the opportunity to experience the Mantra Trailer in real life, I invite them to look inward to imagine the interior space. Imagine a comforting oasis, a warm, bright womb.

01/05/08 Long Point Park / Vero Beach, FL

Erika is staying a few extra days with a friend in Vero Beach, FL and will be flying back to Chapel Hill later in the week. I’m taking the two-night stay at Long Point Park in Melbourne Beach, FL to pull away into solitude and enjoy time alone in the trailer.

After our fun evening at The Top the night before, I checked email and found a big fat rejection email waiting for me from the Creative Capital Foundation. The next day we took the Mantra Trailer to Daytona Beach. It was rejection on top of rejection and disappointment. Maybe it was my state of mind, maybe it was the tourist mentality? I couldn’t get a single person to listen to me for 10 seconds let alone enter the trailer. I felt down and out on the project. My mantra for the day was I’M NOT GOOD ENOUGH. I’m taking this time alone at Long Point Park to re-center and find my track.

Thanks Erika for being such a patient, non-judgemental mirror and traveling partner.

12/01/07 LIFE IS ABOUT CHOICE / Roanoke, VA

Appearance hosted by the Art Musuem of Western Virginia.

11/29/07 I THINK OF EACH LIFE AS A FLOWER / Blue Mountain Center, NY

11/28/07 BLOOM WHERE YOU’RE PLANTED / VCCA, Amherst, VA

11/27/07 LOVE-HOPE-ACCEPTANCE-FLOWERS-GRATITUDE-GROWTH / Durham, NC

10/29/07 CHOOSE HAPPINESS / Blue Mountain Center, NY

10/25/07 OM TARA TU TARA TU TARA TURE TURE SVAHA / Blue Mountain Center, NY

10/14/07 I’M CHANGING MY MESSAGE / United Church of Chapel Hill, NC

09/23/07 FOSTER AND SPROUT / Trinity Park, Durham, NC