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Joyful Collaboration in 'Harmony'


Last Sunday, I enjoyed my first opportunity to volunteer with the wonderful group of folks that bring together & create Karma Kitchen each Sunday in Berkley, CA.  Our day together started with a circle that brought us into the present moment, supported us in creating a space where heart, mind & spirit are acknowledged and welcomed us into our greatest potential for sharing gratitude.  The heart-centered teamwork allowed the busy afternoon to flow seamlessly in ways that were remarkable for a group of people that just met one another only hours earlier.  Our theme was Harmony, and we asked diners to add their thoughts from lines of songs, or quotes that resonated for them.  The spontaneous creative expression was a special gift indeed!  Here is a sample of the notes that were collected throughout the day:
Radical of inclusion and transparency of conflict"
"And as I rise above the tree lines and the clouds I turn round to hear the sound of the things you said today"
"In your eyes, I see galaxies and planets that are drifting by"
"I used to visit all the very gay places, those come what may places, where one relaxes on the axis of the wheel of life, to get the feel of life" 
Lush Life ~ Bill Strayhorn
"The intolerant brightness of your charms" ~ e.e. cummings
"Our beliefs shape the way we look upon the world and the world, through our experience, shapes and tests our beliefs."
with a drawn "Infinity  8  Spiral"
"Applause, Applause Life is Our Cause!" ~ Joni Mitchell
"When I step into the water - goes up to my toes to my ankle to my head to my soul -
I'm blown away." 
~ Dave Matthews
"Harmony is the balance where everything fits in together. It's like having a great park in the city where you can hear the birds and nature but then be back in civilization in a jiffy and vice-versa."
"Live and Let Live"
"If you make someone's day, that will make them happy to do the same for someone else."
"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
"We all share the same planet, the only one we have."
"Dance if you want to. Dance like no one's around."
"I surrender to whatever fate has waiting for me. I accept the next page of my life with open hand, open eyes, open ears & an open heart."
"I have both wisdom and love and believe that they both have me.  Anger can grab yet has less hold on me, Peace Love & Understanding is All, All All."
I want to be with you
And make believe with you
And live in harmony
Hold on"
"Can you feel the love tonight?
The peace the evening brings.
The world for once is perfect harmony with all its living things."
"Natural Living with Nature"
"Believe in truth that lives inside you!"
"Thank you for healing me.
Thank you for loving me.
Thank you for staying with me"
"...when I listen to this song, I become happy & smile."
"I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in."
"Harmony is a state of being, a sound, a way forward.  Anyway you look at it, HARMONY feels good! And it brings us closer to ONENESS,
which we already are one."
"H-A-R-M-O-N-Y . . .
 Healing ~ Awareness ~ Release ~ Meditation
~Openness ~ Nurturing ~ Yes"
"It is one of the most beautiful compensation of life that no man sincerely try to help another without helping himself"  ~ Emerson

--Barbara Gerke on Aug 3, 2010

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