Essay #1: Curiosity....

This is going to be the first of hopefully many other small essays about certain subjects, they're all started with a phrase that comes from this EXPLOREevery day journal. So I'm very excited for this.....

May 10th, 2012

"Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures." Lovelle Drachman

These are just two different views of curiosity. Read and let yourself be read.
Ana Rebeca Castillo

*) Curiosity is the source for all that's genius. Also the source of all that's awful. Before we give into the full depth of our curiosity, we must examine our souls. Search for what our motives are. Look for a reason for everything we do: Do we do it only for our own gain, fame , knowledge? Or do it taking in stake that every action, every word, affects the world and the people around us. We can never separate completely from our interests and goals, but we need to burst the bubble where we are the only ones that matter. Let's be people that are curious. Curious for what's best. Curious for the wellbeing of us all.

**) Curiosity is grand, (don't get me wrong, it is amazing) until it becomes unbearable and annoying. It never stops asking. It never turns itself off. Always wondering, always searching for novelty. Curiosity feeds itself on innovation and pries on creativity. It surely rescues our lives from being a living hell of boredom, but at what cost? The cost of out peace of mind, of the ability to leave our minds in blank, so we can rest. The downside of having developed a curious soul is that even when it's time to rest, the muscles of curiosity just keep training and wake you up with new thoughts and ideas. The sad part of it, is that these might be the best ideas in your whole day or week. So what can you do but drown in this ocean of curiosity?

Wild Goose Festival 2012

On June 21-24, I’m headed to North Carolina to volunteer at the Wild Goose Festival, a creative gathering at the intersection of justice, spirituality, music and art.
On a typical day at the festival, an attender might take in a mainstage performance by American musician and record producer T-bone Burnett, a conversation with award winning screenwriter and director, Callie Khouri, a faith dialogue with Tony and Peggy Campolo, Brian McLaren or Lynne Hybels, and dozens of open air conversations under trees, around drinks, and at the campsites.
The atmosphere intentionally lowers class and social barriers, creating free interaction between even the most accomplished speakers and attenders. And attenders have the chance to request and host informal conversations about topics they're interested in during the event, which may be attended by producers, seminary presidents, New York Times best-selling authors and a host of others they wouldn't normally interact with.
I invite you to check out and consider coming along as thousands of people from all walks of life talk, listen, eat and camp together as equals captivated by the story of Jesus.)

Minipost 2: La Falta

Lo que nos hiere

No son las personas,

Son los sentimientos.

La falta de consideracion,

De cariño, de anhelo.

Lo que nos hiere es la falta.