A great big crew of us got together at Janet & Matt’s house for breakfast this morning. It was a deadly feed, and Matt’s chocolate chip nanner bread is the best. Starting from the left is Jeff, Deanne, Evan, Steph, Melissa, Mark & Simon, Matt, Janet, Matthew, Laura, Heather, Kieran, Melissa, and yours truly behind the camera.
Spirituality is a weird week. It is such a broad thing, and so personal to every individual. Automatically people think of religion and stuff like that, or meditation or anything within that spectrum. When looking up a definition it can be defined as “a process of personal transformation in accordance with religious ideals. It may refer to almost any kind of meaningful activity or blissful experience, but without a single, widely-agreed definition”.
Enough with the ramble. I went to an indoor firing range today and it was absolute bliss. I’ve always wanted to fire a pistol, as I watch a lot of movies and play a lot of video games. When I found out this was in town I knew it was something I wanted to try. Overall the experience was great, very humbling in a sense that I had an enormous amount of power and responsibility at my fingertips. I will go back again.
We attended a march tonight in support of peace in Gaza. Easily 300 people were in attendance, the crowd stretched back out of frame quite a ways. People were very passionately pleading for peace and for the occupation by Israel to end. And, with over 300 people marching down Water then up Duckworth, there were no traditional media outlets present, which is ridiculous and unacceptable.
So what does a towel bar (is that what it’s called?) have to do with spirituality? I took a religious studies course once called Psychology and Zen Buddhism. Throughout the course we examined various forms of traditional and non-traditional meditation. For example, that winter I used snowboarding as my meditation, shutting everything out and just focusing on the moment. It was great.
But what about this pic? I screwed this into the wall tonight and had to focus on the moment and channel my inner happiness not to rip the fucking thing out of the wall, haha.
So this is The Star of David. When I was a teenager I used to make hemp necklaces, and once made one using this symbol (not knowing its significance at the time) and it was my favourite necklace for years. Later in life I listened to the band Disturbed and noticed this symbol in their band logo. I thought it was cool once again, but still not knowing its significance. Later in life I realized this was a symbol for modern Judaism. I took this picture at the Beth El Synagogue, which is the only synagogue in the province and the most easterly synagogue in North America.
Also, there is a new local business in town which is a popup Jewish Deli, which serves delicious food (or at least it looks delicious) at the Farmers Market sometimes. I think next time I see it I will have to try it.
It turned into a bigger post than expected, and when reading it over it doesn’t really seem to make much of a point, but that is okay. I wish I still had that necklace.
Months ago Matt mentioned that he was going to go to Flatrock during “Spirituality Week” of the blog. I jumped in the car with him today and we made our way to “Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto.” It’s quite the scene, and the Pope knelt and prayed at this place 30 years ago (pretty cool if that’s your thing). I appreciate the intricate marble work, and the view from the top is pretty great, too.
In Level I physics we were learning about light. The teacher had taught in a Pentecostal School before the province moved away from the denominational system. She taught us that light behaved as both a wave and a particle and science identified this as photons. She then went on to tell us that light was actually God, and that is why science could not properly identify why it behaved as both a particle and a wave at the same time. We were actually taught this. I was shocked, but looking back it’s probably the only individual lesson I learned from high school, haha. Anyways, I created the lens flare in the photo above to capture God at this holy place…
Went out to Flatrock to take pictures of some religious monuments. Neat thing about this place is the Pope visited in 1984. I tried to hide the sun behind the cross on the right, it didn’t really work. Going to try my best to not shoot any more Christian stuff and focus on other religions and other spiritual things around the city.
The theme this week is spirituality and Matt and I plan on showcasing the diversity of beliefs in the city. The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is an amazing building downtown. A huge neo-Gothic structure, it was rebuilt to the original design after the fire of 1892. I don’t know anything about the faith itself, just that this is a cool building where they serve tea in the crypt.
New theme is Spirituality this week. I decided to seek out this masterpiece today. It is called “The Veiled Virgin”. It is a very rare work of art, and only a handful exist in the world. It is carved out of marble in the 1800’s by a sculptor Giovanni Strazza, it is a statue depicted the Virgin Mary. The marble is carved so thin it looks like a veil over the face. It is a truly remarkable piece of art and it was amazing to be able to go see it in person.
Pictured here is the student contingent that marched in the St. John’s Pride Parade today. It was a scorcher of a day, but Melissa and I stayed hydrated and gave Bigg-E some water along the route.
The parade was huge this year, very impressive turnout. Melissa and I were towards the back of our pack, it’s a good place to get chants going. But Bigg-E wanted to be up front, to lead the team. He pulled most of the way from City Hall to Quidi Vidi. He jumped in the water at the lake to cool down.
Happy Pride, here’s to another great week of events next year!