Michael Meade–The Need for the Ecstatic

I Dream a World

By Langston Hughes

I dream a world where man No other man will scorn, Where love will bless the earth And peace its paths adorn. I dream a world where all Will know sweet freedom’s way, Where greed no longer saps the soul Nor avarice blights our day. A world I dream where black or […]


As I’m away from home delivering my daughter to college this weekend, I’ve decided to offer an essay I wrote years ago as a letter to both my daughters.


All worthy efforts in life require dedication. Anything that can be considered soul work, or art, or creativity, all require our attention and focus. Yet […]


By Donald Beriev

A thing few people, well actually no people, know about me is my intense love of darkness. Darkness and the night. Black forests and black nights.

Darkness speaks to me. It resonates with my soul. Does this statement scare you? Well, it shouldn’t. Not if you understand the kind of darkness I […]

Self Talk

Last week’s meditation contained the insight I heard from a friend: “To the extent that I choose suffering, I increase the suffering in the world. To the extent that I choose joy, I increase the joy in the world.” Of course, it isn’t always easy to choose joy, when the life sends burdens and challenges […]

Dancing in Dreams

I’ve dreamed I was waltzing with a beloved dance teacher who passed away years ago, that I was setting up speakers to dance with extended family in empty spaces in an airport parking garage, and dreamed of dancing that felt like flying. For me, dancing is associated with times of pure enjoyment, of the youthful […]

Dancing the Jive

Thanks to Kim for finding this gem from Sutdie43! Two-year-old William Stokkebroe shows all the stage presence, moves, and musical sense of a much older dancer.

Lucky Man

By Donald Beriev

I have often wondered how I can be so upbeat; living in the middle of Detroit’s depressing urban decline. Living alone, with no one to talk to. Having very few entertainment choices. Running on concrete.

Driving home one night signing songs loudly to the car radio, laughing out loud as I amused […]

Pink Glove Dance

This video always makes me happy, communicating joy through movement and music, and I need a bit of cheering, so I’m sharing it with you.

The Joy of Dancing

Whenever I need cheering up, this video will shift my mood. What I love is how dance becomes a common language all over the world. The music is wonderful as well.