|INTENSITY? What emotion does this photo taken in San Salvador, Bahamas, evoke in you? Do we project our feelings on environments or do they impact us and change our dispositions? I am frightened by water! (photo by Hallelujah Truth)|
#REVERB12 (Day 12) PROMPT: What were your most intense emotions in 2012? What made you dance? What made you weep?
Hallelujah for INTENSITY of EMOTIONS! The whole gamut from celebration to weepiness or whatever that other extreme is!
In 2012, I danced...
When I became a new cat Mama for our two babies, Tao and Sapelo!
|Tao and Sapelo|
When the ESL improv class I created with Lesly Fredman was a success (see this blog)!
When my Chiboogamoo and I travelled to the UK to visit our friends Denise and Ian in London and then took a train through Scotland!
When using newly crafted ESL improv lessons at Emory University's Goizueta Business School to teach the preMBA internationals to compete and volunteer (see this blog)!
|The Misadventures of Maria the Hutia|
by Ron Shaklee, art by Hallelujah Truth
When Chiboogamoo's professional development as an ichnologist took us to Newfoundland to see many amazing geological wonders (see this blog) and we also got to meet a fascinating poet and environmental artist (see this blog)
In 2012, when I wasn't dancing, I was confronting my mental blocks--not exactly weeping--but strong emotions nonetheless! One such intense block can be illustrated by the 2011-2012 trip I took to San Salvador, Bahamas, with my Chiboogamoo and his Emory University class!
|HOME OF GERACE RESEARCH CENTRE. Destination for me along with my husband and his Emory University class (2011-2012). (photo by Chiboogamoo)|
This was the year that I confronted my fear of water head on. Instead of opting out of these field-related activities like I had done on my previous trips to San Salvador, I rented a wet suit and borrowed a snorkel and fins so I could participate in every class activity involving water except going into the bat cave at the Lighthouse--I didn't do that!
HALLELUJAH TRUTH. Confronter of herfear of water! (photo by Chiboogamoo)
I snorkeled offshore and explored a declining coral reef. I snorkeled in a lagoon and looked into the mangroves, and I jumped off a boat and snorkeled in another coral reef. I was afraid--the kind of fear that fills your stomach with butterflies and makes your mind race with galloping horses. INTENSITY! I even walked into a stinky hypersaline lake with its muddy bottom (microbial mats) to experience and learn about stromatolites. That kind of stuff fascinates AND grosses me out!
But I LOVE LEARNING, and in 2012, I broke through a significant barrier, my fear of water, in order to get up close to a coral reef, mangrove roots, and stromatolites. I am not cured of my unnatural fear of swimming in the ocean after this, but I see that I can tolerate my discomfort in order to EXPERIENCE an awesome part of NATURE.
Now I can declare this--I have seen the elkhorn coral that I drew in The Misadventures of Maria the Hutia. I saw both healthy and unhealthy reef systems. I felt sad concern for the decline in these marine environments. The purpose of the book that I was illustrating took on more meaning.
San Salvador's coral beautiful yet dying reefs are just one example of why we must care for our EARTH. I worry that not enough people can get close to NATURE and EXPERIENCE it as I have. Why am I afraid of the ocean? Are other people afraid too? If we don't get to know more about the EARTH and EXPERIENCE its beauty and power, it is doubtful that we will work towards preserving it. This failure to do so does make me weep.
That's Coffee with Hallelujah. SOUL BLOG with me and tell me what were your most intense emotions in 2012? What can we do to preserve the Earth? Are you afraid of swimming in the ocean?
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: As always, thanks to Kat at "I Saw You Dancing," for managing #REVERB12. Thanks to my Chiboogamoo for paying for my wet suit and for being such a fantastic professor! In this video, he explains the course he taught that gave me the opportunity to swim in the ocean and see coral reefs!