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We Are Stardust

We are stardust http://www.bethsawickie.com

I was listening to Pandora Radio while getting some work done and “Woodstock” by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young came on 🙂  LOVE this song!

I find the lyrics to be inspiring which lead me to writing this blog post about them 🙂 The song was actually written by Joni Mitchell who was dating Graham Nash at the time.  She wrote it based on his experience at Woodstock while she was stuck in NY watching TV coverage of the event (according to Wikipedia).

Why not give a listen to it as you read this blog post?

Here is “Woodstock” performed by Crosby, Stills, Nash (and sometimes) Young 😉

Streaming the .mp3 of “Woodstock” is free on Amazon Prime 🙂

And here is Joni Mitchell’s original version – also free on Amazon Prime!

“We are stardust, we are golden, we are billion year old carbon, And we got to get ourselves back to the garden.”

We are stardust & billion year old carbon – isn’t that just amazing to think about?  It speaks to the belief that we are all eternal and all made of the same stuff.  And when I say “all” I don’t mean just us humans… I mean everything – the plants, trees, guinea pigs, rocks…etc.

I know I may sound all “hippie dippie”…and ya know what?  I AM!

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“…I feel myself a cog in something turning…And I don’t know who I am, but life is for learning.”

Do you ever feel like you are a “cog in something turning”? Ever feel like you are a cog with no machine? A lone cog?

Have you ever crossed paths with people who have similar views – or people who express views that you long held latent?  And then there’s a “you mean – you too !?!” moment.  Then an “ah-ha… if the two of us think this then there must be others 🙂 “. More cogs! yippee! 🙂

I find one of the great things about life is that there is SO MUCH to learn, see and do.  And one of the most interesting things to learn, I am finding, is about oneself.

Eventually, you can look back on everything – especially all the awful crap that has happened and truly learn something from it.  It is amazing when you are able to connect the dots and see the lessons.  The challenging part is applying what you have learned.

For me, applying lessons involves taking a step back, slowing down and being more conscious in daily life.

More specifically – one of my lessons is how important self-care is. Being someone who has had bad bouts of depression before, it is imperative that I take care of myself BEFORE I slide down that slippery slope into the black hole of depression.

Something I’ve realized is that we are NEVER done learning.  There are always new lessons coming our way.

“And I dreamed I saw the bomber death planes riding shotgun in the sky, Turning into butterflies, above our nation.”

I just love the visual of this.  What if “death planes” morphed into beautiful butterflies? Oh if I could paint, that’s a picture I’d put on canvas 😉 If you see a picture depicting this…send it to me 🙂

 

Here is the mandala that I used in the image for this post:

Looking Up Mandala 1 by Beth Sawickie http://www.BethSawickie.com/looking-up-mandala-1

Prints and cards of this mandala are available HERE.

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