Work is Love
Tonight I will write about a concept that is very close to my heart and that personally I have been working on for the last 7 years and which our family is slowly weaving into alignment. It begins with a quote from Kahlil Gibran, “Work is love made visible. And if you can’t work with love and only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of the people who work with joy”.
This weekend was the most tired I have been in a very long time, I am now 35 weeks into my pregnancy and Aitor, Kai and I have had busy days for the past two weeks with a range of commitments. However, I also felt the most connected that I have in a long time because I am beginning to see meaning come from hard work and living out my passions. The first step in those long seven years was finding what it was that I was truly passionate about, the second was asking the universe for help in living out this passion and the third which we are in now is acting out this passion. None of these steps are easy and doubt and fear seem to creep in when it is least needed. However, I have learnt that stepping away from financial security and the safety of what has been done before is the most incredible step I have done to open a new path of joy and unexpected truths.
So what is this passion and how are we the RAMA Project family enacting this in our day to day lives? Our passion lies with humanity and our connection to something greater than ourselves, greater than our material world, that realises the interconnectedness of all living things and processes. This weekend I facilitated a workshop for the Caloundra Steiner School about the Wisdom of Fairytales and the deeper spiritual truths that are hidden within ‘once upon a time…’. On a table bathed in candlelight we discussed the origin and purpose of storytelling. One of the comments from the participants was that they felt ‘transported back to the magic of their childhood’. I felt so grateful to publicly speak with my whole heart unprotected to a group of people, also with their hearts and minds open. On Sunday I also helped facilitate a lantern making workshop at Moffat Beach for families who would like to come to the Caloundra Steiner School Winter Solstice festival on June 22nd at Little Mountain Common, (please see the hyperlink for more information). Kai came down to paint lanterns with the other children, Aitor took some of the beautiful photographs below and my mother came to help look after Kai. It was wonderful to have family and community together. One of the mother’s present commented that she ‘felt like a kid playing with craft’.
To feel like a child is joy, love and presence entering our heart space. Both of these events were opportunities to share this magic in community and I would say that that is our RAMA family passion- to share the magic of being with all that we encounter. Kai shows us this on a daily basis and is our main teacher for finding presence and joy (please see the image below of him running down Pt Cartwright hill and you will see the true meaning of life).
Our commitment to sharing this passion as RAMA Project is through working with community projects such as the Caloundra Steiner School and sustainable and planet-nourishing business such as our natural zinc SOLSTICE and through sharing links to other eco-businesses through this blog. Through this work I have found love for myself, within our family and our community. I encourage that if you love your work, please share this story, encourage others to jump off the track of doing something because it is safe or pays the bills. Find your passion and live with a fire in your belly to do something better for our world and humanity. Place the greatest care in the smallest tasks, no matter how unimportant they seem and the rewards will astound you.
Thank you for following our journey and we look forward to sharing more fruits of this labour of love with you as they grow.