One More Thing- 7/6/09

How is your “One More Thing” ideas working out? Are you inspired? Guilty? Empowered? Burdened?

I am continuously thinking about this idea, turning into these ideas. And feeling really good about it.

Keeping the theme behind this theme, is Tribal Bellydance. I like to walk my talk, and many of the theories of tribal bellydance turn into a lifestyle, more to be discussed later this week. But the concepts of community building, social networking, commaraderie, and support systems that have fallen into place because of the dance, are what I’m talking about.

The world needs more community. This has been evident to me, personally, since I started teaching tribal bellydance in 1991. After spending this past weekend with many Farmgirls—camping, suppporting local farmers, artists, authors, seamstresses, and being all around fun-loving chicks—we networked and discussed many ideas of organic and sustainable foods and art.

I”m sure many of you have heard about the Slow Food movement,

bringing food to table with family and friends, to share in the bounty and spend quality time together, cooking and eating. It’s a good thing!

“Slow Food is a non-profit, eco-gastronomic member-supported organization that was founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world.
To do that, Slow Food brings together pleasure and responsibility, and makes them inseparable.”

I listened to a woman talk about the movement, among other ideas of food and family. Important stuff, this is…

Something else, I recently spent time with a friend who never makes time to cook for herself, gulping food in between chores. I cooked for her, and we sat around the table eating, talking, and enjoying our bounty together. True delight, yummy sustenance, and friendship building.  Taking the time to create beauty together, surrounding ourselves with many kinds of sustenance, and finding out what truly matters, in the small and the big picture.

Over the weekend, I also met many artisans who make their own goat cheeses, many varieties of tofu, and a couple  who roast their own coffee beans. I sampled, and I bought. First, because they were exquisite and lovingly made products, and second, to support these local producers of good foods. How important is that today, I cannot say enough about.

How about you? Do you know where you food comes from? Do you support your local community of farmers and craftspeople?

Has the dance affected you in these community-inspired ways?

To not only do something for yourself—empowering yourself to be a better and stronger person, to take a stand for what you believe in and be disciplined about it, like taking a weekly dance class or spending time each morning journaling. But how about giving speeches about earth support, getting involved in the local community, joining your CSA (Community Support Agriculture) farm. Being remarkable.

That’s what I’m talking about. Let’s hear it!

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