Monday, June 3, 2024

Happy Pride Month!

Hey all! Here's wishing all of you a very happy Pride month!

Whether you throw a party, attend a Pride parade or simply hang out with you friends, here's a cool tshirt you can add to your Pride gathering repertoire.  Cheers to authenticity!! We are all human.

Just click here or on the image to grab yours today.



Onward and Upward!

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Rachel Dickson reciting "The Beauty of a Tree."

Throughout history, trees have filled us with wonder and sparked our imaginations.
And it's little wonder. Trees are good for the soul. They’re essential to the air we breathe. And they provide a majestic example of strength and perseverance in the face of adversity.

It's shear joy for me to recite this poem by Gabby Mac 60 titled, "The beauty of a tree." 
 
I found this poem online and I couldn't find any information on who exactly Gabby Mac 60 really is...but if you find this post Gabby or anyone who may know her does...please reach out. I'd love to talk with you about this incredible verse about all things trees!

Click on the image below to play this video and hear this beautiful poem.



OR click on the link below to play this video.

https://www.instagram.com/reel/C6g1pY3BVcO/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link&igsh=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==

This is quickly becoming my new passion...reciting inspirational poetry and excerpts from some of my favorite writings. And yes, I do have a goal in mind here...and that is to enhance my skills to narrate books for audio.

Onward and Upward!

 

 

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Rachel Dickson reciting the poem "The Guest House" by Rumi.

The poem "The Guest House" by Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi explores the concept of embracing life's ups and downs as valuable experiences. It teaches to welcome all emotions, even the negative ones, as opportunities for growth.

I've been exploring what it means to be human, specifically when it comes to the parts of us that have experienced hurt and harm and how to forgive ourselves and others. How to discover again what our whole selves feels like ...what being home in ourselves feels like.
 
I chose to read this poem by Rumi to allow to sink in the concept of embracing ALL of the parts of ourselves as the being human experience.
 
Click on the image below to play this video.

 OR click on the link below to play this video.

https://www.instagram.com/reel/C5gMcLshDSo/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link&igsh=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==

This is quickly becoming my new passion...reciting inspirational poetry and excerpts from some of my favorite writings. And yes, I do have a goal in mind here...and that is to enhance my skills to narrate books for audio.

Onward and Upward!

 

Thursday, May 9, 2024

2024 TedxBrevard Speaker Team Announced!


Very excited to officially announce that my application was accepted to be one of the speakers at the
September 28, 2024 Tedx event being held at the Porter Center on the campus of Brevard College in Brevard, NC.

Early Bird tickets are now available for purchase at Tedxbrevard.com.
Grab yours early because this event is SURE to sell out!

Mark your calendars for this epic event, September 28, 2024!

If you are interested in becoming a Sponsor or to become a Volunteer you can email tedxbrevard@gmail.com for more information.

Sponsorship information is also available here through the Tedxbrevard website.

 

2024 TedxBrevard Speaker Team includes:

Sae Mickelson
Ischa Vingle
Christy Vidrine Bauman
Rachel Dickson
Cody Hale
Brett Loftis
Samantha Coffin
Michael Collins
Leigh Shultis
Parker Hays
Jennifer Peyton


Here we GO! Onward and Upward!!




Monday, May 6, 2024

RDickson Outdoors Merch NOW available!!

Order your RDickson Outdoors tshirt today from over 10 different styles to choose from!  Each shirt is super-soft and comfortable. Proceeds go to bring more Nature videos to you from Rachel Dickson- Youtube.com/@rdicksonoutdoors channel.  Only $15.98!





.: Made with 100% ring-spun cotton, a lightweight fabric, this unisex t-shirt feels like a bliss to wear all year round.
.: The classic fit with the crew neckline deliver a clean, versatile style that can match any occasion, whether it's formal or semi-formal.
.: All shirts feature a pearlized, tear-away label for total wearing comfort.
.: Made using ethically grown and harvested US cotton

 


 


Rachel Dickson reading an excerpt from "Stillness Speaks" by Eckhart Tolle.

I've been a student of Eckhart Tolle for many years. He has been the cause of some very important shifts in my beliefs around what matters and the value of this moment...the now. He also has some wonderful insights to bestow in his book titled, "Stillness Speaks."

Here I read an excerpt this book...this explains the connections between nature and us and being.

I've been moved by nature in ways words cannot describe. Nature is my greatest teacher in how to BE and how to survive and how to THRIVE.
Eckhart Tolle says this best in "Stillness Speaks."
 
 

 

OR click on the link below to play this video.

https://www.instagram.com/reel/C4yXiUkBQ9M/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link&igsh=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==

This is quickly becoming my new passion...reciting inspirational poetry and excerpts from some of my favorite author's books. And yes, I do have a goal in mind here...and that is to begin enhance my skills to narrate books for audio.

Onward and Upward!

Monday, March 11, 2024

If something ignites you--CHASE it! Rachel Dickson reading from "A Gentle Reminder" by Bianca Sparacino

Too many of us stall and distract ourselves and procrastinate when it comes to following things that inspire us. We find every sort of other thing to do...rather than do the things that make our hearts SING with laughter and JOY.

This excerpt from page 15 of Bianca Sparacino's book titled "A Gentle Reminder" is exactly the awakening we need to follow the things that plead with our hearts.

CLICK on the IMAGE below to PLAY this short video and listen to the words of Bianca Sparacino.

 


 

OR click on the link below to play this video.

https://www.instagram.com/reel/C4V9VGkBWqh/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link&igsh=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==

This is quickly becoming my new passion...reciting inspirational poetry and excerpts from some of my favorite author's books. And yes, I do have a goal in mind here...and that is to begin enhance my skills to narrate books for audio.

Onward and Upward!

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

R Dickson reading from Mary Oliver's poem: "Two Kinds of Deliverance"

I only recently discovered the works of Mary Oliver thanks to Instagram. I've watched videos of her reciting her poems and my GOSH the intellectual intensity and introspection found in her writing! I can tell from her topics that she's spent countless hours outdoors like myself.  I only wish I would have learned of Mary Oliver's inspirational writings earlier in my life as I might have begun writing poetry of my own as a way to get the inquisitive thoughts out of my head.

Below is a link to the reels video where you can hear the powerful and thought-provoking words of Mary Oliver in her poem titled: "Two Kinds of Deliverance."

Click on the image below to view the video.


 
 
Click the link below to view this video:

https://www.instagram.com/reel/C3ydM9hh0wp/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link&igsh=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==

This is quickly becoming my new passion...reciting inspirational poetry and excerpts from some of my favorite authors books. And yes, I do have a goal in mind here...and that is to begin to narrate books for audio.

Onward and Upward!



Wednesday, February 14, 2024

R Dickson and the "Recitations on Reels" video project.

The very first audio recording that I ever did...I think I was around 7 years old...I read from a children's book...and then well a fight broke out (all fully captured on the audio recording of course) between my sister and I...but that's another story for another time.

Here it is...some 44 years later and I'm excited to announce a project I've been working on to enhance my auditory, narration and recitation skills.  I'll call this project, "Recitation on Reels."  This is where I read excerpts from some of my favorite books and from some of my favorite authors. I specifically choose to read from passages that have cognitively challenged me or had an impact on calling my "established" world-views into question or have called out to my heart in some way.

I've posted the videos I've created from the audio recording of these recitations as Reels on Instagram and also on Facebook. This one below I'm reading from Pema Chodron's book titled "The Places That Scare You."

Click on the image to view the video.


 

Click the link below to view this video:

https://www.instagram.com/reel/C3TKm38hQFV/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link&igsh=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==

 

This project not only is causing me much auditory practice while reading, but is also causing me to learn video editing tricks and tips among other technical skills. 

My goal here is to eventually becoming a narrator of books on audio. 

This trade of content creation is driving the social platform industry to new heights. The availability of simple to use audio recording and video editing software is astounding compared to the studio limitations of years gone by.

What FUN to create digital content on this level!!

Onward and upward!



Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Combining nature and sound! Crystal singing bowls...for improving mental and emotional clarity.

 

It is believed that the pure sonic vibration from crystal singing bowls can help wake up your ability to hear. Vibration from these quartz crystal bowls moves through your body creating a relaxed meditative feeling. Alternative health practitioners believe that they help to bring health and harmony to your life by balancing your chakras.

Click on the image above or here to view this NEW nature video combined with the sounds of the playing of Crystal Singing Bowls by Elise Fournier of Brevard, NC. 

Everyone can enjoy the benefits of listening to the sounds of singing bowls. Due to the nature of our modern, industrialized lives, many pure, natural healing sounds have disappeared from our daily experience. We no longer commonly hear the beautiful sounds of nature such as singing birds, rustling leaves or running streams. Because of the high pitched noises surrounding us, our mind tries to shut out sounds from reaching us in an effort to protect us from constant distraction. 

It is my intention with the creation of this video to blend the beauty of nature with the healing benefits of sound from the playing of crystal bowls.

The benefits from experiencing these sounds are vast!  A few of these are...

  • Effectively reduces stress and anxiety
  • Relieves physical pain
  • Improves mental and emotional clarity
  • Cleanses and balances chakras
  • Stimulates the immune system

Special thanks to Elise Fournier of Brevard, NC for allowing me to record and introduce this amazing vibrational raising sound for all to hear!

Onward and Upward!

 

 


Monday, January 15, 2024

Adding video content to Youtube weekly. Check it out!

Living in an area of Western North Carolina surrounded by the majestic beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains...there's an abundance of outdoor "on-location" sites that are breathtaking and inspirational. There's a reason so many movies have been filmed near here (such as the Hunger Games, the Last of the Mohicans and many more.)

Check out RDickson Outdoors on Youtube where you can find mountain streams, waterfalls, forest rivers and others to relax, unwind and simply enjoy some nature .

 


More soon!  In the meantime...onward and upward!



Friday, January 5, 2024

Mountain Forest River views from me to you on Youtube!


I've been a fan of nature videos on YouTube for years! For hours and hours I've watched campfire videos and mountain flowing stream videos and forest videos and on and on.

I've often thought...hmmmm, I wonder how one goes about filming and adding one's own nature videos to YouTube?  Well,  I'm pleased to announce...I now have my own outdoor nature channel and what a fun and exciting project!

So far the outdoor forest, mountain, waterfall videos I've uploaded are all 3 hours long so you can just have them playing in the background while you work or sleep or study or meditate.

Click here to view RDickson Outdoors Youtube Channel.

I invite you to comment.

ENJOY!  

More soon.

Gotta run...outdoor exploration galore now that I'm a nature videographer!