Apart from our British Summer doing it’s obvious British Summer thing - ( I may refer to it as BS from now, because it is indeed bullshit) a terrific time was had by all. Sure it was raining - turning what is meant to be a hot, dry event into a sloshy mud bath, but we’re in Britain, it’s part of the bargain. Mud and festival go together like salt and pepper - you can have them separate - but to enjoy the true experience they’re better paired up.
What a wonderful festival we’ve had. We’ve come back so relaxed, almost to the extent of feeling transformed. It could have been the amazing people we met. People always say that about other people they meet on vacation - but it’s the TRUTH. The people of this little blue globe are so goddamn beautiful and honest and touching and inspirational…every time, it’s such a pleasure to experience that connection anew. It’s great to find a good crew where everyone follows their inner virtues of kindness, patience, acceptance and appreciation of our diversities. Coming together with an open heart and and open mind. And prayer. There was a lot of prayer and gratitude being offered up. Openly and privately. You could feel it.
Why isn’t everyone feeling this way? Why doesn’t everyone want to feel good, connected to something bigger, united ? - Tweet
At our staff briefing, (we were working a few hours a day at the Womad Spa) we closed what was a busy with excitement and activity filled morning with a five minute group meditation. Simple breaths, simple words, simple practice. Simply. We were asked to look at what we wanted to create in the time we were there and what we wanted for ourselves, why had we come to this festival and what was it we wanted to be a part of? My first prayer was to angel Uriel - for excellent weather - of which we did have one rather gloriously hot, dry day. And to serve in God’s light. Those were my two intentions.
What I’ve come away with is a deeper knowing. A knowing that by being myself, I am being my best self.. And by being my best self I am doing my best. I am so happy to be ‘received’ as me, for me. Not necessarily acceptance, more of a liking. People like me. And that’s great, because I really like people. It always surprises me when people like us. Why? Because I always get the feeling that we are assholes. Because we speak our mind. We say ‘no’ if it doesn’t feel right. We don’t fake it. We don’t get involved in other people’s stories. It is important to us to allow for personal space. And we most certainly do not like to waste other people’s time.
What is it we do do? We work at it, that is for sure. We put the work in, on ourselves and it looks like it is showing. We hold space. We listen. We love. We give of ourselves. …I guess, we are nice people after all.
It’s this: in the sphere where people are working on their spiritual evolution, we are welcome. In arenas where perhaps the spiritual focus is to a lesser extent, well, lesser, these attributes don’t go down very well. I guess we just really hit the nail on the head with this one. The crew, the atmosphere, the culture, the diversity, it suited perfectly. WOMAD is, after all, ‘The World’s Festival’ and blessed we all are as eternal Children of the World.