Thoughts on Burning Man 2003

I met you at this year's Burning Man event, or you're a friend or relative and I just wanted to share. Please enjoy this and send me your comments and questions.

Burning Man is a bit hard to describe, If I only had a few words to use I'd call it a "Happy Mad Max". It's kind of an art festival wrapped up in Mardi Gras wrapped up in a thousand free concerts wrapped up in a dust storm. This may help, if you're interested.

For me, it was beautiful, happy, sad, inspiring, scary, and ecstatic. I was reminded of lessons taught to me by my father (and the rest of my family and friends) from birth. Among those:

That, and someone there built the REAL Thunderdome from Max Max!!!

If you have links to pictures of the 2003 event, please send 'em my way! Here is some media I enjoyed:

Here are a couple of poems that friends sent me:

Tell it to the man,
He stands tall against the sky.
Oh wait! We burned him.

-Dave Eggers, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. (Thank you Lindsey Anne!)

Symptoms of Inner Peace from Burning Man

A tendency to think and act spontaneously
rather than on fears based on past experience.

An unmistakable ability to enjoy each
and every moment
to its fullest expression
regardless of whatever others may think of it.

A loss of interest in judging other people.

A loss of interest in interpreting
the actions of others.

A loss of interest in conflict,
sarcasm, or any kind of abuse.

A loss of the need for worry and fear

Frequent outbursts and episodes of
overwhelming ecstasy and appreciation
for people and life.

Feelings of contentment and connection
with others and nature.

Frequent attacks of smiling
just for the fun of it.

An increasing tendency to surrender
to the way things are
rather than forcing them to happen
out of their due time.

An increasing susceptibility to the love
extended by others
as well as an uncontrollable urge to share it.

A sincere desire to make this world
a better place to live
because of your hope for peace,
love and prosperity for all.

(Thank you NaYoung!)

One last thought: Namasté.

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