Joyful Journey

Field Guide for a Joyful Journey, be it in life, on tour, or through the cosmos… (or, a recap of our spring tour through Colorado and the Mid-West)
 
1. Surround yourself with positive and like-mided souls

Rocky Mountain rest stop

 
2. If you’re doing what you love then it isn’t work

Live at Meadowgrass Festval, featuring Maya de Vitry of the Stray Birds. Photos courtesy of Christian Murdock / The Gazette
 
3. Pay homage to your heroes.

Andrew wearing John Hartford’s bowler hat, on site at the John Hartford Memorial Fest at Bill Monroe’s Music Park and Campground in Bean Blossom, Indiana
 
4. Embrace your inner fool

Leapfrogging at Red Rocks
 
5. Achieve a vista and observe the world below

Riding the gondola up to the Mountain Village in Telluride. Good company and photo courtesy of Vanessa Baez.
 
6. Seek beauty at unexpected times in unexpected places
Watch the Youtube here…
 
7. Visit Joyful Journey

The incredible hot springs in the San Luis Valley, Colorado where they pipe in 145 degree water from nearby lithium springs and double rainbows appear after dusk hail showers. While there, we met many great people, including one man who recited some verses from the 14th century Sufi Master poet Hafiz. including…
 
Dancing White Birds
 
The Earth has disappeared beneath my feet
It fled from all my ecstasy
Now like a singing air creature I feel the rose keep opening
 
My heart turned to effulgent wings.
When has love not given freedom?
When has love not made one free?
 
A woman broken in tears and sweat
watches the sun and me trade jokes
But never would Hafiz laugh at your blessed labor of finding peace
 
What do the dancing white birds say
looking down upon burnt meadows?
All that you think is rain is not
 
Behind the veil Hafiz and Angels sometimes weep
For most eyes are rarely glad
and your divine beauty is still too frightened to unfurl its thousand swaying arms
 
The Earth has disappeared beneath my feet
Illusion fled from all my ecstasy
Now like a radiant sky creature
 
I feel God keep opening
I feel God keep opening inside of me
 
[From The Gift – poems from Hafiz the great Sufi Master renditions by Daniel Ladinsky]


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