Michael McDermott Sends Greetings from Asia

Michael McDermott Sends Greetings from Asia

Greetings from Yangon, Myanmar! I’ve had an amazing two months in Southeast Asia. In January I was Artist in Residence at ComPeung in northern Thailand where I was making field recordings, sound designing for some upcoming projects and experiencing the beautiful landscapes, people, smells, sights and sounds of the region​.

Here’s a piece I made inspired by the landscapes of Thailand and Myanmar. Traveling in the land that’s home to Theravada Buddhism has been profoundly powerful. There’s so many temples, stuppas, pagodas, monks and lots of psychedelic Buddha shrines! To see all this first hand has changed me and given me perspective on the practice, dhamma and the nature of connection.​ Click below to hear and download this new piece of music “Once You Hear This You Will Always Be a Part of the Song“.

My next stop will be a residency in North India at PECAH in the Uttarakhand region in the foothills of the Himalayas. There I’ll be working on Echozoo, playing and collaborating with North Indian musicians and artists and working on upcoming projects for a very busy April when I return to Philadelphia for a month. If you’re in Philadelphia I’ll be involved in a number of projects including:​
— Sound design for an installation with the SPACES Artist Residency at Village of Arts and Humanities
— A new score for Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet
— Mikronesia Landscapes concert (with visuals by William Fields) at Event Horizon
— Sound design collaboration with Liza Goodell for an animal creature installation at University City Arts League
— Teaching about lucid dreaming, Deep Listening®, and mindfulness of listening at a Dream Yoga retreat with Yoga Nidra teachings by Michelle Stortz including an overnight ambient music concert by myself at St. Raphaela’s Retreat Center in Haverford, PA on April 14-15. (See poster below). Register now if you’re interested. Space is limited! DreamYogaRetreat.eventbrite.com

with Mettā!
Michael

You Were Made for This

You Were Made for This

You Were Made For This
–by Clarissa Pinkola Estes (Jan 28, 2008)

Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good. What is needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts, adding, adding to, adding more, continuing. We know that it does not take everyone on Earth to bring justice and peace, but only a small, determined group who will not give up during the first, second, or hundredth gale.

One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire. To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these — to be fierce and to show mercy toward others; both are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity. Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it. If you would help to calm the tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do.

There will always be times when you feel discouraged. I too have felt despair many times in my life, but I do not keep a chair for it. I will not entertain it. It is not allowed to eat from my plate. […]

In that spirit, I hope you will write this on your wall: When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for.

–Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Food Pantry Drive

Food Pantry Drive

We have placed a basket at the Sangha to collect donations of non-perishable for items for the St.Vincent’s food pantry.
Please donate generously!