The Dharma of Patti Smith

“We give up aggression, both toward ourselves, that we have to make a special effort to impress people, and toward others, that we can put something over on them.” -Chogyam Trungpa "Why do we perform? It is above all for the entertainment and transformation of the people. It is all for them." -Patti Smith

Madame De Stael vs Napoleon

  Germaine de Stael - French salon, 1790s to 1817   from Beth Lorio for A Teaspoon of Water: Contemplative Arts Salon Germaine De Staël had already seen the promise of the Revolution twist into The Terror before Napoleon came marching into Paris. She was prepared to admire him, and eager to include him in the circle of thinkers, writers, politicians, clergy, aristocracy and beauties of her Salon. She was eager to advise him on how best to help France become in truth the land of Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité. But it soon became clear to her that Napoleon’s interests really rested on one thing: Napoleon’s interests. He wanted nothing to do with her or the Brotherhood of Man. When he named himself Emperor, he decreed that she be banished from within 40 leagues of Paris lest her influence interfere with his own plans for Empire. For over ten years Germaine pleaded and schemed to be allowed to return to her beloved city, all the while gathering a like minded circle from all over Europe who honed their wits and talents on the wheel of her inexhaustibly

The Saloniere’s Manifesto

The first of a series from A Teaspoon of Water collaborator Beth Lorio about the tradition of Salon. "Of the purpose of Poetry, Horace says: to inform or to entertain. I can do him one better."

A Teaspoon of Water and the Third Mind

The basic problem in artistic endeavor is the tendency to split the artist from the audience and then try to send a message from one to the other.  -- from the Dharma Art Letter, by Chogyam Trungpa If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water. -Loren Eiseley 

It’s official, Be Space is moving!

We've shared over four years in our beautiful studio home, and now it’s time to take the next step together. Within these walls, we’ve grown a community with a range of needs and inspirations that all link back to the deeper purpose of Be Space - to cultivate presence and expressive freedom. Thank you for being a part of this ongoing vision!

Using Everything

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Extending the Truth Mandala

We are all looking for ways that we can change the spell and mend our world. For me, for now, my way is to be humble and honest about my blind spots around race, and to practice the creative means that I believe will help us turn the corner toward a culture of wholeness.

About that long silence…

Be Space is getting its director back, full time and full heart. Together, we are stepping onto the path of tending Be Space with all of the care and creative juice it deserves. Into the bold and uncertain future