Full Circle is a super-short video about the elements - earth, air, fire and water - and our relationship with them. It was created by the very cool Global Oneness Project and I got it through KarmaTube, brainchild of the fabulously selfless Niphun Mehta. Niphun is the man who started ServiceSpace, one of those great ideas that makes one proud to be a human being.
Someone sent me this video of Jim Carey introducing Tolle for his Ekhart Tolle TV, and I was intrigued by Jim Carey's ablility to be so funny and at the same time so sincere about the profundity of spiritual experience.
I love the smell of books, and was charmed and educated by this little video I heard about through the BK Communiqué, a wonderfully entertaining and informative monthly newsletter published by Jeevan Sivasubramaniam and his team at Berrett Koehler Publishers (who are celebrating their 20th anniversary this week).
This quote by Neal Stephenson comes to me sometimes when the evening news is too full of murder and greed, or my heart stumbles too close to the edge of despair:
"Nothing is more important than that you see and love the beauty that is right in front of you, or else you will have no defense against the ugliness that will hem you in and come at you in so many ways."
As if in response to the need Stephenson identified, Christóbal Vila's 3.75 minutes of healing beauty balm, reminding us that indeed beauty is all around us if only we have eyes to see it:
If you are not one of the the 63,977 people who've seen it on YouTube, or even if you are - I receommend a daily viewing of this video from Louie Schwartzberg on Nature, Beauty, and Gratitude. You'll be charmed by Schwartzberg's time-lapse photography and and inspired by the articulate, heartful narration of David Steindl-Rast. Steindl-Rast says that cultivating gratitude for each day is like "life-giving water if you will only open your heart and drink". All I can say is drink this kool-aid. It's the best!
This is a delightful video about a magical poet, Silvi Alcivar. Silvi conjures spontaneous poetry from a red Royal typewriter and her immaculate mind, for hire at $15/poem (order online from the poetry store).
You will never find a better deal.
She does events too. I've experienced her work at two of them, and she absolutely transforms the space.
Even though my natural affinity for Winter Solstice is strong and I love lighting the Menorah each night of Hannukah, I am an equally unabashed Christmas lover. You won't be surprised to hear that, given my almost obsessive engagement with online media, this Digital Nativity Story (sent by my friend and colleague Adriano Pianesi) really tickled me. If you haven't seen it I hope you too will find it amusing.
My favorite part is the three Kings "following" the Star of Bethlehem on Twitter...
I've been having so much fun working with my fabulous World Cafe intern, Benjamin Aaron Degenhart. He is so bright and interesting, always thinking of new and innovative ways to present ideas and activities and people in the World Cafe online community we host together.
He's also a great creative lover of beauty, as you can see from this video he recently made and posted on his blog: