We have 2 free children’s meditation downloads on the Nandita’s Dream website. They are guided by two lovely girls. Melody leads us through ‘Tess Talks Trees’ and Rose leads ‘Nandita’s Heart Meditation’. Please share them. http://www.nanditasdream.com/ There’s been great feedback such as the boy who was concerned about moving schools and how listening to these helped centre him. However when Rose decided to lead a group of adults and children through the Heart meditation and I witnessed firsthand the effects of a child able to take adults deep into their own hearts, several things occurred to me. One is simply joy in her wisdom and her connection and her ability to share from her inner being. I also like children leading the way. Another is that Nandita’s Dream seems to be important to adults too. I often hear from adults playing the CD too and from work to uplift them. More on this anon.
I wonder how many rainbows are shining across the world at the same time? Today the sun is sparkling rainbows in the leaves and the grass as the wind rustles and a cloud like an angel floats over the house. Dreaming and awake on an autumn day. A tiny wagtail bobbing by the window and a huge brown buzzard lifting up when I open the front door as I go outside to catch this magical play between rain and sun. My friend Melanie took this picture the other day at the top of the track. You can just see the double rainbow. Two rainbows in the same place since then.
Are you inspired by rainbows? They always lift my heart. The colours seem to colour me.
I always feel blessed. When I was little I was given a book called ‘Bill Frog to the Rescue’. As I recall Santa needed special cold medicine to be able deliver presents and Bill Frog took it to him flying on a broom through a magical rainbow curtain. I will never forget the illustration across both pages. Anyone else know the book? (I think it existed…)
Smita Tomalin is a dreamkeeper for ‘Nandita’s Dream’. Wise, wonderful friend that she is she said this to me as we walked by the wild river.
“When you follow your heart you say yes. When you say yes you put yourself in the yes dimension and only yes things happen.“
My heart tumbled with the river, full of recognition for YES. Yes has led me all over the world to meet with wonderful people and their yeses, seeing what we make together. Yes led me to the Achuar tribe in the Amazon and the Pachamama Alliance. Yes to singing. Yes got me out of bed this morning. Yes to the Earth. My biggest yes is to LOVE flowing through everything and everyone. The green is so golden this point in the autumn afternoon just before the sun goes down. Yes to heaven on earth… Love to hear your yeses.
Detail of painting by Dorrie Joy
Memon from Nandita’s Dream has a look of Smita. Some people say she has a look of Whoopi Goldberg? (good film casting) I’m getting a photo of Smita up soon so we can see.
Do you recommend any inspiring children’s films – films that touch the heart, empower and are beautiful? My list has just grown to include ‘Fly Away Home‘. It’s the story of a girl who rescues goose eggs and the hatchlings take her for mother. She has to teach them the migration path South as the mother goose does. Her father devises an ingenious way and she takes to the air in a microlight plane to begin the journey. Wonderful bit where she has to go on alone and her father tells her how strong she is and she’s living her dream. The cry of a lone goose called me straight out of bed this morning! And what about Whalerider? and Akeelah and the Bee? Those are my top 3 for now. Would love to hear about more.
Photo courtesy of Bunny and Mark, travelled 60,000 miles on their 43ft ship Wild Goose, dreaming the dream.
“Make Your Love Visible.”
The beautiful picture of the Earth from space on the oneworldgroup website is actually made up of thousands of pixels each one of which is a message or photo from people in the world.
The message of OneWorld Mosaic is “What inspires you to make a difference? Tell the world.” Susannah Darling Khan, long time dreamer and supporter of Nandita’s Dream worked with the oneworldgroup and this is what they came up with. I have in turn been supporting Susannah’s dream, loving and enjoying the blossoming. Here is the link:
“Nandita was a dreamer,” continued Salassie in his sing-song voice.
“What’s a dreamer?” asked Ayub.
“A dreamer is someone who helps create the world with their dreams. Of course we are all dreamers. But for some of us, this is our path in life.” Nandita’s Dream.
I want to thank everyone for the inspiring feedback about the book and dreaming our lives. And how clear it is that there are those who are consciously dreaming with the world. I’m inspired by what you’re all being in the world. And so of course I’m writing more music, singing with Melody and Salassie, journeying with new stories…
Does this process of creating go on and on? Always. Even if it drops into gentle waters for a while. There’s always more. Is that true for you?
The inspiring Juno parenting magazine has an in-depth article about the Nandita’s Dream project by Sarah Patterson. It’s out now.
Their online competitions section is also offering free Nandita’s Dream CD’s at http://www.junomagazine.com/category/competitions/ Competition ends this month. Also, the Pachamama Alliance is making it’s symposium training available via the web.
Already in over 60 countries this movement to bring about a thriving, just, sustainable world, was begun by the Amazon Achuar tribes in Ecuador with western allies. Generation Waking Up is the fantastic youth movement working with Pachamama. http://generationwakingup.org/
These two dear friends Thomeki Dube (co-founder with Sotcha Moyo of Black Umfolosi) and Sura Susso (kora player extraordinaire) are key to why the “Songs from Nandita’s Dream” CD is such an amazing offering for children. Black Umfolosi are famous for their singing traditions and their own compositions all over the world. Sura Susso comes from a long line of Gambian griots and is composing and performing new and traditional music that heals the spirit and heart.
We all stepped into a new way of working together, a synthesis of who we are and what a project like this required. We are fueled by our love of children, the planet and spirit and it shows. We all feel the blessings of being able to work together. I wish Sura a glorious time visiting his family in the Gambia and Thomeki, Sotcha and all from Black Umfolosi happy landings back in Zimbabwe in this their 30th anniversary celebration year. Much love Sarah
Children Who Love The Planet. In a couple of weeks the Nandita’s Dream uploading pages for children will be up.
It’s a place where children can talk about their love of the planet, share images, share dreams and possibilities. I’m excited to hear about them and learn from your vision and clarity. It will be great to see the pictures. We’re also looking forward to all the responses from children in different countries. I’ve been looking at all the wonderful messages from the Nandita’s Dream launch party. So many fun, heartfelt wishes for the book and CD in the world. Thankyou.
Here are some of the children from Stagecoach Southwest Devon who sang on the CD
and Brian of Black Umfolosi teaching us a Zimbabwean dance.
Jacqueline Lawes, co-author of Nandita’s Dream is director of Live Love Dream retreats: ”We can all live more fully, dream more deeply and dream bigger and brighter dreams.” It’s good to know it’s there for the grownups.
Jacqueline always said Nandita’s Dream is as important to adults as it is to children. The messages and discoveries in the story are for all of us. We’re getting more feedback from adults about what the story means to them which seems to agree with that. Jacqueline feels the same happens with the CD and the inspirational effects of the songs. Her delicious cooking while we were recording at Drum’s studio has now become legendary and probably contributed to our contented creativity. Here are Jacqueline and Sotcha Moyo of Black Umfolosi at our launch party. You can find out more about her retreats at www.livelovedream.co.uk. She’s working with a remarkable team of facilitators.