Tuesday August 18, 2015

Wherever You Go, There You Are(n't)

photo credit: <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/digiart2001/2326795765/'>Digiart2001 jason.kuffer</a>

photo credit: Digiart2001 jason.kuffer

This week, we rewrite an old piece of spiritual wisdom: wherever you go, there you are. Eric Weiner suggests that when you change your locale, you sometimes change yourself. Can a new postal code really bring about your transformation?

Eric is a writer and former radio foreign correspondent. He's roamed the world and stumbled upon more than a few 'thin places.' The Celtic expression refers to a spot where the distance between heaven and earth is practically non-existent, or as Eric interprets it, a place where you feel like your essential self. Eric takes us through the thin places he's found around the globe. His latest book is called Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine.

First on the programme, it wasn't so long ago that Willow Wilson would have described herself as an atheist and someone who had no idea that Islam was the world's second largest religion.

But all that seems a life-time ago. Willow converted to Islam, but initially felt so much shame over the idea, she thought she might keep it a secret. Now, the woman who tried to keep her faith under wraps is bringing Islam to pop culture. Willow Wilson is the author of the comic book series Ms. Marvel. The series is a best-seller for Marvel Comics and the first-ever Muslim-Girl-Superhero.

Also on the show, the renowned nature photographer Freeman Patterson's work has taken him to the most exotic locales in the world. But he shares advice on how to conjure just as much magic from taking photos in your own backyard.

When Tapestry contributor Rebecca Hass took a course on contemplative photography, she didn't learn about apertures or which f-stop to use. She did discover that Henri Cartier Bresson was right: taking a photograph is a chance to align the eye, the mind and the heart. Rebecca is an opera singer and freelance broadcaster in Victoria, British Columbia. Here's the photograph Rebecca refers to in her documentary: 


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