BB Webb as BB Webb!

Exploring the Possibilities

That Start of Something New….Italia and beyond! May 8, 2011

Where have I been??? Not just Italy…but new places in my mind, my heart….a switch has flipped….oh grateful me. Grateful me!

I wrote last week:

Dinner at Susan's Villa...with Lulu...creating opportunities!

I find myself, thankfully, in the heart of the Umbria region of Italy, in the small town of Sismano…..overlooking a hillside of green cypress trees dotting the countryside and fields of winter wheat waving like baseball fans cheering their favorite player in the World Series. Birds tweet and cackle, a owl hoots in the distance and a dominating rooster can be heard off in the distance. Not being the least ungrateful for my 7 days away (2 of travel), I know already that a week is not nearly the time needed to unwind from the rapt intensity of my Atlanta business world or to develop my new work as fully as I might prefer. This trip I know is but a harbinger for things to come, and which I welcome and will celebrate over tasty wine this evening by a fire. The nights are cool here and my conversations with locals fun and funny as I work my limited Italian, described better as ‘Spanglish’!

In Todi with the Caribinieri! Men with guns!

Lovely how a brief sojourn can open the floodgates of creativity and opportunity.

We create our own luck. It’s there if we choose to embrace it.

The most gorgeous town of Todi!

I’m planning world adventures, next far away stop, Shanghai this fall and in the meantime, the wheels of creativity are turning…

and the people who I’m meant to meet, lining up like ready angels. I need only pay attention!

Duomo in Orvietto

I’m eager to receive them all.

12 year old Sean VanMeter, (musical partner in upcoming creative traveling endeavors), making his Italian debut!

Seeds planted, lots of fertilizer, ample sun and a smile of grand appreciation for having weathered my long, very long winter.

Ohhh, stay tuned, the fun is only beginning. And how perfect somehow, today being ‘Mother’s Day’….the grand creator she….I send love and blessings to my mother, creative, fun, funny, loving Kitty and to all with hearts full of creativity.

Nurture your passion and bear fruit with wild abandon….it’s the very thing which keeps us energized and alive.

Joi de vivre!

BB Webb

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How might WE rise….on this Easter Day April 24, 2011

Rise from the very beliefs, habits, associations, which hold us back from our true desires and potential.

Might nature guide us back to the places where we feel most alive?

Might sitting with our breath awhile remind us of other places we might arrive within ourselves?

I have felt over the last weeks the pull toward my own freedom as well as the anchor of my own habits, ‘stories’ from my past and inability at times to MOVE from where I feel momentarily stuck. And yesterday it was like thick glue arresting my heart and my soul.

And then the wakeup reminders we experience, (through people is how I seem mostly to receive them, they like actors clad in their own stories, their mannerisms a products of the many years which shaped them, their talk, their nuances)….all serving to take me more deeply into myself if I’m open to going there.

And I watch at how people pace themselves noticing their same mixtures of desire for ‘more’, (as in purpose in their lives), and too how they are drawn to desires I share, or where they also hold back with trepidation, hints of some unconscious fear.

Yet, at mid century point, many of us seem a bit protective of the lives we have created, branching out too much either in new terrain, physically or emotionally, is not always so welcome, certainly not if we’ve found a ‘groove’ which suits us in many ways.

Though I consider too how perhaps at times we ‘protest too much’ and a wandering outside our ‘safe’ zone might be a VERY good thing.

I feel the need, desire to ‘cloister in’ often, in myself….selfish or fearful at times, perhaps, but honest. And if honestly is selfishness, or rather, claiming who I am and what I desire for myself considered selfish, so be it.

Even so, I’ll encourage myself to wander more from time to time….and this week…..off to Italy I go.

Maybe I’ll run into the Pope…and he’ll offer some clues??

Perhaps we might all rise from the dead of our own limitations, our own lethargy which keeps us mired in energies of the past.

‘Rise up’ I say….’Rise up!’

Why not?

BB Webb

 

Sometimes a new hat… April 19, 2011

My Jeannette Rankin 'High Hat' Fly baby fly....it's time!

And sometimes a new hairdo will do it too.

sometimes that's all it takes...

And a trip to Italy to just shake things up a bit.

Stay Tuned....

 

So evolved life fulfilled. January 13, 2010

I was chatting with my pal 2Lu this evening. We were sorting through all manner of events and feelings and goals pronounced from the last few weeks….a time for rich growth for sure.

And, on January 15th, Mercury resumes its forward movement, we will experience a solar eclipse, and there will be a new moon….all on the same day! Our movements forward apparently have all manner of support….skipping lightly if we choose into our new realities. And why not!….research it all if you have the desire.

Take a moment and perhaps you can sense the shifts. I am waking up several times in the middle of the night with great energy, visions, creative musings making it difficult to fall back to sleep.

So, my friend and I were considering a life well lived and on whom we might rely.

We came down to the thought that when all is said and done, it is on ourselves we must rely.

…acknowledging perhaps the divine within us as coach and guide.

SO EVOLVED LIFE FULFILLED!

How evolved to actually relish our stay and our connection to God while on the planet.

And then we thought we might assign an acronym to help us remember.

S.E.L.F. So Evolved Life Fulfilled.

We must fulfill our lives by ourSELF as it’s up to NO one but me or you to find satisfaction and fulfillment during our sojourn here. Acknowledging our spiritual selves while living within our human bodies we considered was key. The ‘fulfilled’ part, I feel is the part which resonates, connects with the vibration of God, that unexplainable force we sense and know somehow. What else might we need?

Friends and people we love are a bonus! The ones who stick with us and who come and get you when in need, all adding color to our selves fulfilled.

And with that, we got so giddy with our pronouncement and declaration between the two of us, I convinced my friend to come to Italy with me for a brief sojourn, with a 26 hour layover on our way back in Paris, to celebrate. To celebrate our lives, our growing consciousness and the opportunities we see at every turn in the road. (and how fun as she’s never left the United States)!

Joi de Vivra! Viva la difference! Viva la Italy and France!

And so it is! Life fulfilled at every corner….should we choose. And may the ones we most love come join us! Cause ain’t it all about love. I think! Choose well.

And it just doesn’t get much better than Bonnie Raitt and John Lee Hooker singing, ‘I’m In the Mood.’ Lord yes…yes!!! As well we should be…for all good things!

BB Webb

 

Big-ness, opportunity and our evolving January 10, 2010

I have a lot on my mind and in my heart this Sunday.

I’m receiving over the last several weeks something that I’ll refer to as a lesson in ‘biggness’. I’ll do my best to explain though may be limited just now with the right use of words. I trust that you will quickly tune out should this line of thinking just not be your ‘thing’….I would most surely understand.

Dinner Time in Normandy....a trip that rocked my world.

Let me start first with the following quote from a book I adored and read, ironically just before a transforming trip to France on my own spiritual quest.

“You gotta stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone oughtta be.” – Character in ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ by Elizabeth Gilbert

She just might very well be right!

While in France, I hung out with a most interesting group of 32 Dutch folks, swarthy, bold, smart and courageous in their pursuits of truth and healthy relationships with others and themselves. (and more open in ways than I might EVER be).

A mix of business folks, one architect, healthcare workers, a therapist or two, teachers, writers, seekers, dreamers, folks looking for a path that might suit them. And me, the only American person who my new friends kindly translated to throughout the entire three weeks I was there, living on a 40 acre French horse farm, staying in the front sleeping area, 10’x10′, of a horse trailer.

Me in Italy, I get it!! Yum.


For those who have not read Ms. Gilbert’s book, she is a writer who lived (lives) in New York, experienced a disheartening divorce, fell quickly in love with another man and allowed her heart to be broken, yet found he was a catalyst (of course), to where she needed to go, pursued her dream of learning Italian and tasting all the culinary delights in Italy, (hence the weight gain, referenced below!), [then off to an Ashram in India where she confronted her limited Western thinking and got her butt and all her seven chakras kicked,

Elizabeth Gilbert with her spiritual mentor in Bali.....oh yeah.

and finally she got a celestial message to ‘visit Bali’ as there was a healer man with whom she was to work.

She did work with this quite querulous old, old Balinese spiritual mentor, (Ketut), and in the interim, met a Balinese healer woman, (Wayan), each woman subsequently catapulted changes in one another’s lives and then finally, in the most uncanny and beautiful way, she met a man with whom she fell in love, different from any sort of ‘love bond’ she’d experienced and equally different was how they shared their lives together, each living on different parts of the planet with many other interests and commitments. And ooh the connection and oooooooh, the torrid love scenes. Oh yeah! Bali-high!

A fun read, inspiring in moments, funny as hell and well, it reminded me a little and a lot of my own life and journey.

My Balinese Healer pal, Wayan, after a rousing 2 hour 'healing' session that well, got things 'moving' and soooo much more!!

How ironic, or not, that less than a year after that, a trip to Bali, Indonesia was presented to me, which I took earlier this year, and without trying I ran into and was ‘worked on’ by the very healer woman mentioned in Ms. Gilbert’s book. (Had I not been so terribly constipated I may never have met her…awwww bless your ‘distractors’, every one)!!

An interesting Blog note talking about another woman’s visit to Wayan here.

I resonated so with Elizabeth Gilbert’s journey, her humanness, her search for something more, the opportunities which met her on her path, the heartache, challenges, (weight gain….LOVED that chapter)!! I hope as well for similar, enlightened, fulfilling ‘endings’, though frankly don’t see life as really having ‘endings’, so allow me to rephrase, ‘peaceful, fun, fulfilling moments’. This thinking leads me to the idea of ‘bigness’ and how ANY moment can be just that!

I wonder then, is it a coincidence that another pal just invited me to visit her at her villa in Italy in February? Oooh, I’m probably just making stuff up here. But, I’m BB Webb, I can! Though I will see if there is anyway I can go….it’ll all be in the timing as I have some key initiatives currently filling my plate, yet I appreciate the opportunities presented to me at every turn. Perhaps they mean nothing, perhaps they mean everything….I don’t know, yet I relish each one.

Sri-Chinmoy, leader and visionary, memorialized in this statue, his mission, to spread love and peace throughout the planet. A 'loving kindness' sort of mission. This taken at one of many, many glorious Balinese sanctuaries throughout the island.


World Peace Dreamer

Back to bigness. True ‘bigness’ is entirely humble. It doesn’t blame, it doesn’t hide. It is self actualized in a way I don’t think I’ve experienced very much in anyone I’ve met….as yes, we’re human….many of us working to achieve this presence of being. I’m not talking ‘big’ as in rich, famous, popular, certainly not muscles or butt, or anything to do with ego here, at all, big in a more spiritual context maybe, expanded. (Oh, I’m in deep now).

Bigness I feel has something to do with allowing. Allowing the world to shift and move about you while you stay centered within yourself, truly centered, not affected by what swirls about around you. Something also about not having an attachment to an outcome or a ‘way’, your success or your failure, who likes you, who doesn’t, who ‘gets what you’re after’ or who doesn’t. It has something to do with surrender, surrender not in giving up, (certainly), but in allowing life to be as it is, not fighting against it, for to me, that is a misplaced ego.

I feel most of the time miles away from this, in my estimation, more enlightened state of being. And lately, gallaxies’ from it, though am aware. And that is key! That state of being, I feel, can move mountains, blaze unimagined trails….and I’m ALL for that!

Bigness I feel also has something to do with compassion, something I’d like to develop more of within myself, and it’s clearly the work I am wanting to uncover, embrace and share with the world. It has something to do with playing in the middle of our fears, hurt and disappointment on one hand, AND our hopes, desires and the things we strive for, on another.

Biggness does not say ‘no’, it does not make one thing right and another thing wrong. It somehow accepts what is and moves to an awareness that transcends all the feelings associated with whatever happens in our lives and watches, watches and stays neutral in terms of right or wrong, yet merely chooses a personal right action. Everyone’s right action being perfect for where THEY are.

I’ve travelled a lot and I watch people, take workshops, read all manner of books and engage in this or that, working really to sort through what ‘truth’ feels right to me. I’m learning as I watch so many different people and cultures, explore their own styles and beliefs and work toward really what I feel is rightful action and a connection to something bigger than me, the small me, but connected perhaps to the bigger ‘ME’, to ‘all that is’, a God mind of sorts; I watch and I don’t jump in as ‘follower’ but sift through the parts that resonate with what feels right to me.

So, bigness, bigness to me is moving away from an attachment to one way or another, but rather learning to feel ‘a’ way that fits who we are, where we happen to be in our development and in concert with our internal vision and soul mission.

I want to play ‘big’, in this arena, and not rule much of anything out….I am not a ‘no’ person. I am aware of when I judge and love something or dislike something else. I’m working to stay in the middle. I may have my preferences, but they are just me and feel right for who I am at this point in time, my soul, in this existence, wearing these shoes, living in this part of the world, right now. Tomorrow I will no doubt be somewhere else, at least slightly, (maybe a brief sojourn in Umbria)???…or not? It doesn’t matter. Every thing is always coming or going, coming or going.

I’m considering the greatest gift from my last few weeks is knowing better the truth for which I stand, today, open to change with each new person I meet and adventure I live. And, I’m working to to allow others to just be who THEY are. But it’s still a real effort to be in this place…my heart is not trained well, yet, in this way of being.

Ultimately who we need is OURSELVES. Peace within ourselves, knowing we have a connection to the divine, I know this, though when shoved up against my weak spots, my humanity, when I’m scared or terrifically sad, I momentarily forget.

‘Assume a virtue if you have it not.’ William Shakespeare

Here’s to all good things.

BB Webb