4.12.2008

warmth

When i was a freshman in college, I remember being introduced to this thought of having a sense of place...a "place" where we feel most alive and well. I suppose it wasn't when I was introduced to the thought, but rather to the labeling of that experience because I had certainly understood that there were spaces and places where I felt most free and connected to spirit. There are places that encourage us to strip down to the essence of living, to shining, to sinking down into the comfort of our selves.
This is one of those spaces for me. Inside the blending and joining of voices is where I find warmth. Most specifically, the collaborative vibration of my mom and dad's voices...working together to create euphoric sound. It is inside the memory of my home being filled up with this sound and in knowing that "home" is where I experience that softness.
Last night we had a celebration dinner with my family...in part to acknowledge my birthday together...in part to be with each other while my sister who lives further away than the rest of us is here for a visit....but the wholeness of it came forward in the fulfillment of my birthday wish...that my parents' bring out the guitar that has brought me so much comfort through my growing up and that they fill up this home with their music.
I find sense of place in this. I find myself within the way each of our voices contribute to the wave of the music and how that creates a moment where we are all closely knit into the presence of being home.
Where is your sense of place or places? What makes you rise up into the height of each moment? Where do you feel most alive and free?
I am curious to see where we all come together in our different places of being.

12 comments:

Nonnie said...

i find sense of place in this also, sass.. in harmonizing with your dear daddy......it takes me back to several years before we were ever married....
singing on the steps of his duplex which was just down the street from the university of oregon.....connecting with people passing by.....drinking boones farm apple wine...and enjoying the harmony even then....and it has continued....though not as often these days...
thanks for the request, sass, (for letting us wail a little) :)....it seems to always bring a collective feeling of joy...and love,

Gwyn said...

How wonderful you grew up with music in your home like that! For me it is playing an instrument in an orchestra or bushwalking with my parents - they have always been peak experiences.

Brittni said...

Oh what fun! Yes memories came back in my mind from long ago growing up! I love those memories! Maybe next time we get the guitar out I can join in with a little harmonica! :)

Sara said...

this looks like such a wonderful time, I can hear the music...

Debbie said...

Once again, you have an amazing family. I love the pictures of your parents, so pure...
I have been thinking about my sense of place and I am struggling with it. I think it might be behind my camera. I feel I have the ability to do anything there. Or anytime I am eating apple pie, it reminds me of my grandma and growing up. Thanks for making me think of where I feel home. Hope you enjoyed your family weekend! :)

Vonda said...

It is so wonderful that you grew up in a loving harmonious home and especially that you realize it!

Gillian said...

It is nice that you have that closeness with your mom and dad!
You are very lucky!
I find my sense of place in being there for my kids, putting them first, and helping them grow. I do my best to provide them with a routine...and all the while still try to find a life that is still distinctively my own, away from the role of mommy. It is a tough balance sometimes though! But my sense of place is exactly in my home, nesting for the kids.
xo
:D

Jme said...

This is and has always been one of my most favorite things. It doesn't matter what else is going on...it always brings back so many wonderful memories and thoughts. I love it!! Thanks for the birthday wish. :)

daisies said...

how lovely honey :)

a place that comes to mind is when i am in the rocky mountains, specifically jasper ... i somehow feel strong and powerful and deeply routed with myself and the world when i am surrounded by those massive rocks ... i have felt that way since i was a child, my family and i spent a lot of time there camping and hiking ...

The Kalcichs said...

It made me so happy to see your mom and dad. What special people and special pictures!

PixieDust said...

Music can pull all the heart strings into one incredible melody, yes?

I find my sense of place in my daughter's laughter... that smile... that lights up the world for me.

:-)

(((HUGS))),
love,
Me

cassie said...

ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS....their songs and harmony will be imprinted on my heart.