Photo: Janice Sandeen, Late December Hoarfrost & Pueblo Peak, 12/29/2018
Quote: Toko-pa Turner, Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home, 2017
Competencies of Belonging
“Most of us think of belonging as a mythical place, that if we keep diligently searching for, we might eventually find. But what if belonging isn’t a place at all, but a skill: a set of competencies that we, in modern life, have lost or forgotten? Like the living bridge, these competencies are the ways in which we can coax, weave, and tend to the roots of our separation—and in so doing, restore our membership in belonging. Like any practice worth undertaking, belonging cannot be mastered overnight. Because it is a disappearing art, we might find ourselves going it alone for a while and the temptation to lose hope will be strong. But we must keep a vision of how we want our lives and the world to look, and work towards weaving those first threads together. Even when the garment of belonging seems flimsy and inadequate, we must keep to the task until it substantiates.”
Belonging is a 2017 Nautilus Gold Award winner.
As part of April as National Poetry Month, here in Taos there have already been many wonderful gatherings, readings, and performances devoted to our love of poetry and local poets here in Taos. There are three more events this week, one workshop and two evenings of poetry readings. I will be presenting something different than I have ever before ~ a cross-pollination between my poetry and my photography, as well as a chance to share a number of my visual poems.
On Saturday evening at 5:30pm at SOMOS (Society of the Muse of the Southwest), I will be joining curator Ariana Kramer and two other poets, Sonja Kravanja and Fiona Sze-Lorrain, to share on a theme of Poetry in Translation. If you are any where in the local area of Taos, New Mexico, please consider joining us! These events are free (a few specific ones are not) and are presented by SOMOS and the Taos Arts Council, along with our amazingly creative curator (and also poet), Ariana Kramer. The latter of the month has another 4 events. See the flyer below for more details.
Concurrent with these events, I am also participating in “Poetry in Public Places”, where local poets have printed a poem of theirs, which was then placed in a frame and now dons the walls of one of numerous local establishments. My poem, “Brightness Spectrum“, is at Coffee Cats in the John Dunn Shops arcade right near the Taos Plaza. If you go for a visit to read the poems, please thank our hosts, Coffee Cats, for participating in this cultural celebration of poetry and local poets. 🙂
And a final note of mention, since my presentation is in the form of a PowerPoint presentation, I will have it documented and hope to share it here on my blog, in future!
Through Communing With Animals, I offer interactive consultations, which naturally neutralize opposites that often bring unnecessary polarization (aka stressors) between you and your companion animals or any other relating or environmental situation you share with animals. Any seemingly minor stressor can be the perfect opportunity to open to a more expanded level of awareness between you and your companion animal. These sessions have been life-changing for my clients, as well as opportunities to bring in new levels of relaxation, thus well-being into body, mind, and one’s life in general!
Although I more commonly offer in-person sessions, my work also extends to interactions via phone, Skype, and even email dialogue. I also have created a new page on Facebook called ‘Communing With Animals’, which I cordially invite you to check out, as it has many great in situ photos with insightful and inspirational shares about each of these photos, among many other communing opportunities to consider:
“The personal life deeply lived
always expands into truths beyond itself.”
~ Anais Nin
YOU ARE/I AM
Expand in a non-directive way,
to the tune of your own Song,
but in step with another,
one who will keep step with you,
not the other way around.
( *on a pay whatever you can during April 2017 )
What Is wanting to happen that is likely already happening, but just needs to emerge more fully all the while being witnessed?
Just such a question that I gladly and joyfully and respectfully ask along with you, as we listen together and also collaborate at whatever levels your being, your innate intelligence is calling for.
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This special offer is a way of INTRODUCING Zero Point Collaborative ~
interactive co-creations with Janice
and “the All” from her magic bag of life experience.
Via phone or other online way to speak with one another
On a “pay whatever you can” for the rest of April 2017…
…as a way of introducing Zero Point Collaborative.
Zero Point Collaborative offers interactive, collaborative, awareness-based insights, consultations, & co-creations of all different natures: relational, creational, sound & movement, trouble-shooting, organizational, developmental, virtual site development, improvisational, and more.
I work with individuals and groups, people and animals, projects and organizations that are newly in inception or currently established. I also work with the Seen and Unseen
as active elements or participants in the evolution of What Is.
Please leave a comment below or go to my CONTACT page to connect with me & ZPC.
Tomorrow here in Taos, New Mexico, we will be having our January edition of The Spoken Word Open Mic Series. If you happen to be close enough to join us in person, please do! 🙂
9 – 25 November 2016 ~ Arroyo Seco, NM