Monday, December 22, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
I love reading the comments, as they are the most uplifting part of this article. The peeps are cutting through the spin of the media and speaking up. Harper lied when he said he would not run a deficit and now he fully intends too.
And the people see his hypocrisy...let's keep our eyes open, because there is more to come...
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
It's been one week since I last posted....too long.
Admittedly, I've been more in my head than "in the world" because I have been inspired to reassess my life and ponder new directions.
My wonderful sister had been away from home for a year, traveling to exotic places and partaking in amazing activities along the way. I met up with her last week to hear her stories and as a result of our visit, I am now doing research on where I may like to move to next. It's not a case of "not liking" Toronto, but rather a case of desire for adventure and change.
Ideally, I am looking for a culture and community that is less rat-race oriented and more "back to basics". I am also craving natural beauty like it's a vitamin I'm severely lacking. I want to wake up and see mountains or trees or water rather than the blinking sign of my not so pretty but super-convenient neighbour: the Eikona Chinese restaurant. Don't get me wrong- I love my life and am not complaining about what it looks like.
Just simply, I seek to expand....!
So far Australia, Thailand and India are in consideration...I'd also love to do a bike tour of Europe...perhaps get my citizenship and then...?
I'll keep ya posted on any developments regarding this exciting new project.
Blessings to you, and may your life be an adventure!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
"A summit of Central American leaders on Friday agreed to adopt a common regional currency and passport, among other measures to bolster regional integration in the face of global financial uncertainty, they said in a statement."
And it truly is a matter of a small amount of time before we find ourselves in the same situation with Mexico and the US. The foundation for formulating the North American Union has been being laid for a while behind closed doors and we are closer than ever to experiencing it as a reality. We, as citizens of Canada, are being made to fear and panic and ask our great leader for a solution so we can hold onto our jobs and livelihoods. And what solution does our great leader have in mind? I found this great blog today which has a compilation of videos that answers this question with clarity.
I was at dinner party last night where I met a couple of bankers. My first thought was, "Great! Now I can find out more about the Amero and how well known it is in the world of Canadian banking." My second thought was to not say anything for fear that I would be dismissed immediately as a conspiracy nut who not only knows nothing about money, but who probably is wacked and ignorant about everything! I was afraid that my whole character would be questioned and then dismissed. In the past, this insecurity would have been enough for me to keep silent. But I now know that speaking out about what matters to me is not a freedom I am willing to forfeit.
I know I am on a quest that is not only integral to my survival in the world, but ultimately effects the quality of life for everyone.
So I asked the banker beside me, "Is there any conversation about the Amero? Do people know about it, are they talking about it and what are they saying?" The good news is she knew what I was talking about. But in general, there is so much frenzied focus on simply maintaining employment, that not much action is taken to spread information. In fact, most of the conversation these days is about job loss and shrinkage. People are too distracted and zoomed in so far that the big picture is not even being looked at.
So I guess that's my job! Since I don't operate in the 9-5 arena, and have no benefits or retirement savings to worry about, I am freer than most to continue on my quest to shine a light on the closeted inner workings of the systems that govern our lives. Work for me has always been about what supports me in the moment, and my music and art have always been about observing what IS, coupled with an intention to provide people with what will make their lives a bit better.
While I have compassion for those who are truly struggling to hold onto what is important to them, I am simultaneously relieved that I am not as entwined in the capitalist cog & wheel architecture. I FEEL free in this moment to manoeuvre my life as I choose. I feel an excess of empathy and love for my fellow humans and a desire to nurture their own sense of freedom by reminding them of it. It is our inherent birthright. And no amount of globalization can ever change that fact.
Blessings to you all....
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Just got this in my email:
FRIENDS has learned from a reliable confidential source of Conservative plans to slash a devastating $200 million from the CBC's Parliamentary grant, which would cripple the radio and television operations of our national public broadcaster. During the election campaign we noted with great concern Prime Minister Harper's dismissal of culture as "a niche issue for some" while belittling Canadian artists as a "bunch of people at a rich gala... all subsidized by the taxpayers". We intercepted the Conservative Party's anti-CBC fund raising letter during the campaign and made it public. When a reporter asked Mr. Harper during the campaign to answer the question whether he supported CBC's Parliamentary grant, he refused to respond.
- "Both parties are committed to restoring the integrity, transparency and efficiency of the appointments process in the Public Service and in federal bodies like the Supreme Court, the Senate, and Commissions like the CRTC."
- "Other Priorities to Stimulate the Economy: support for culture, including the cancellation of budget cuts announced by the Conservative government."
Clearly messages sent by hundreds of FRIENDS' supporters have had an impact!
Now that Parliament has been prorogued, FRIENDS is monitoring the crisis and calling on all the parties to invest in culture as a contribution to economic recovery. We invite you to join us by sending a message to your MP with copies to the party leaders. You can do this by clicking the link below:
I just sent my letter to Jack Layton. Feel free to send yours!
I am only 33, and a verified idealist to boot, yet even I have lived enough life to know that asking these questions is not a sign of cynicism. It is self-preservation. And curiosity... I just think it's logical to assume that there is an underlying governing force that has been in power for centuries. Too much has happened here on earth with the crazy humans for a hierarchy to not have formed by now. Many people want power and money and will do anything to keep it and get more of it, while many others are just trying to survive. Let's face it- life on planet Earth is a game of Risk, and whether you asked to join the game or not, you're in it! I don't think it's a bad thing or a good thing; it is what it is. And now that I think of it that way, I have to smile. As an avid game-player, I've never been one who needs to win, and nor do I pout when I lose. I only ever play to have fun....lucky for me!
The Rothchild Family originated in Germany and made their family fortune by lending money to the elite of the world, as well as through war. Since family-owned banks existed internationally, the Rothchild's were the predominant source of funding, typically for both sides of every war. It is a fascinating story, and the ten minute clip below outlines a bit of the history:
"I assembled this team because I'm a strong believer in strong personalities and strong opinions," the President-elect said of his national-security picks.
I have been compiling a list of the new (world order ;) team so I can research who these people are. So far, as many publications are mentioning, a lot Obama's picks are not much different from ones McCain would be making, were he the one doing the choosing. Hmmm....?! Not sure how I feel about this yet, but I will certainly keep you posted on my finds...
Enjoy the beautiful day!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Greg Braden authored a book I have called "Walking Between Worlds: The Science of Compassion". And this is him talking about the ideas found in his book, namely that we live as interconnected beings, evolving together under the influence of one another's own personal evolution, much like the symbiosis of a hologram...
I do my best to not make too much of my blog about animal-related issues. I realize not everyone feels the way I do about animal cruelty and veganism and rightly so. We're all, blessedly, different. But the moment I began to read this article my entire body chemistry shifted and I broke out into tears of surprise, anger and frustration. The need to ACT-no, to SHOUT!!! about this horrible occurence is too strong in me to not post it.
In short, 500 Narwals have been trapped in the ice for days, and now rather than rescuing them with an ice-breaker, our government has decided to execute each and every last one. Pretty F'n sick. Oh, did I mention that the tusks are worth money????
What is happening to Canada? People need to realize that Harper is our version of Bush. I know our opposition coalition is a very tricky sitch, but too many don't know enough about Harper and his agenda to make an educated vote. It is my honest belief that we will lose what makes Canada CANADA if Harper and his neo-con administration is left to make any more devastating decisions.
I again urge you to read The Harper Record, available for FREE DOWNLOAD.
Here's a snippet:
"...even Harper enthusiasts who balk at labeling him an ideologue...will admit that Harper has always wanted to champion stronger conservative ideological commitments in Canadian politics: he 'would never lose sight of the long game, which was to transform Canada, if it would let him, into a profoundly different place'."
Thank you for reading. I'm off to hunt for something more uplifting...mostly to remind myself that there is and always will be darkness AND light...
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
A basic fact of nature is that what one focuses on is what grows. Another common way of saying this is "energy flows where attention goes". Using this rule as a guide for our behaviour, we can see that our focus on the panic and scarcity conversation going on around us is what causes us to vibrate along with it. And it is from this state of fear that we inevitably perpetuate the "crisis" through our energetic alignment with it. However, if we return our focus back to what makes us tingle, back to our vision of prosperity and abundance for all, then we strengthen our ability to manifest our vision and attract it into being. Here, I'll just let you watch. She says it much better than I do!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
I just wanted to add some more...I had a conversation with my neighbour last night, a very provocative one regarding Judaism. And it inspired me to add this note. I recognize that the one site I link to here in my blog is only one of many sources from which to read about Zionism. The internet is full of opinions that are both false and true, and so naturally I do not stop my research here. Like I mentioned before, I consider the quest for information to be similar to piecing together a puzzle...each piece I put into place allows the overall image to emerge and become clearer.... Soon it is possible to see that there are connections between people and events that you never knew were there.
I find this game of playing detective so fascinating! Enjoy your sleuthing!
Monday, November 24, 2008
This sets off my inner alarm like a noisy thief in the daylight. Essentially this tells us that America has a one party system and we know what that means. Does the "f" word come to mind? People will no doubt try to justify this "secret" as a great thing in that Republicans and Democrats are getting along so wonderfully after years of divisiveness. Well, what this says to me is that the people were voting for an illusion. When told they were voting for change they were lied to. And you can throw Clinton into the mix too. I'm sure that there is a huge number of Obama supporters who would balk at the idea of voting for someone who has been collaborating with John McCain for months on an incredibly important issue. It's very strange, indeed.
But I'm not completely surprised. I recommend watching Naomi Wolf talk about her newest book, "The End of America". She has done her research and discovered that there is a basic blueprint for transitioning a democracy into a fascist state. Close looks at Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini and yes, Bush, reveal that there are particular steps taken, or contrived changes imposed on the free society by it's governing force, which gradually strip away freedoms and enslave the nation. She ensures us that the process is well underway south of the border. This is scary stuff, but less so with education. Please watch:
Sunday, November 23, 2008
One more thought. When John describes the time he realized he had imprisoned himself by refusing to travel by car, it reminded me of an epiphany I had a number of years ago regarding my choice to be vegan. When I first embarked on this new kind of diet and lifestyle, I was 19 and righteous. I was militant about being 100% vegan and wouldn't allow for the smallest exception. After about 6 years or so of labeling myself "VEGAN" I began to realize that I had put myself into a box, and not a human-sized one at that. I noticed that a choice I had made in the past, a choice that had inspired me to learn more about food and our farming and manufacturing processes, a choice that had elevated my consciousness about everything, was no longer helping me to grow. I realized that my strong identification with veganism had become a self-imposed prison rather than a source of empowerment. And what's more, I realized that ANY label we use to describe ourselves (besides "human") can only leave us feeling guilty or hypocritical, since words are black and white, and we're all living in the grey...
Now I am free to navigate my journey while trusting myself to make enlightened choices. Though 99.9% of the time I still opt for vegan, the difference lies in the fact that I love myself enough to enjoy my life and this world of abundant and diverse offerings. I encourage you to reflect on the possibility that a good decision you made in your past may have outgrown its purpose and is now stunting your development. Rather than refining, it may be confining. I can tell you with confidence that as uncomfortable as shedding your familiar identity may be, there is nothing more enlivening than creating yourself anew.
Here's to the unfolding!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
I just found this great article discussing meditation and the idea that it preserves your brain! I love when science backs up beliefs I happen to hold whether or not I have seen any hard evidence...
Monday, November 17, 2008
I truly felt like I had stepped back in time: the interior is wooden, uneven and worn, and glass jars containing mysterious medicines, too numerous to count, line the walls from top to bottom.
I began to tell her of my symptoms and how I had been treating them with my natural home-made remedy. As she listened to me, her wise eyes peering into mine, it felt as though she was looking beneath the surface in an effort to understand my particular ailment. Without hesitation, she began selecting various jars and carried them over to her gorgeous antique scale. As she proceeded to weigh out an ounce of each herb, lovely aromas wafted to my nose while I answered the many questions she asked me about myself. This woman had no need to refer to any one of her many herbal texts for direction. She simply knew what I needed and I simply trusted her. Completely.
I can't help but compare this experience with the few rare times I have visited with a doctor at a walk-in clinic. The last time I went to one was when I had been horribly sick for 3 days with what I presumed to be food poisoning. But I needed some reassurance from someone in the know and for someone to tell me I was going to be fine.
I waited for the doctor in the impersonally too bright-white room for 15 minutes and once he came in, he never looked up from his prescription pad. He didn't look at me once. Not once. I swear- it was the weirdest thing. Like a robot, he listened to me describe my symptoms and then, right on cue, offered me some kind of drug that would do something or other to me while it kept him in line with his pharmaceutical paypals. I left feeling better in the knowledge that I would be fine, but feeling worse that this poor man was so deadened. Here was an opportunity to help another human by just being humane and he missed it.
Anyway, back to the positive! It took her about 10 minutes to concoct an herbal tea for me that would rid me of my cold. I paid $14.45 for a big bag of medicine. I felt like giving her more for such a priceless gift of an experience. I had one cup of tea at about 5 pm and slept through the night, without coughing. WOW. Here is the magical recipe:
Throat and Cough Tea
* marshmallow root
* lemon peel
Besides tasting like earthy goodness and creating no side effects whatsoever, I now have a big jar of medicine to keep in my apothecary for the future. Unlike with prescription drugs, there is no expiration date and my money has supported this important establishment. I cannot recommend a visit to Thuna highly enough.
Enjoy your day! I am enjoying mine, cough-free...:)
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
It's an old game of love,
when you can't have me you want me
because you know that you're not risking anything
Intimacy is when we're in the same place at the same time
dealing honestly with how we feel and who we really are
That's what grown-ups do
That is mature thinking
I just have to know how to be in the process of
creating things in a better way
And it hurts but it's a lie that I can't handle it
I still have a world of me-ness to fulfill
I still have a life, and it's a rich one even with mourning
Even with grief and sadness
I still care about this planet
I am still connected to nature and my dreams for myself
I still have my friends, my family.
I have myself
I still have me
I still have me
Wow....it's like a page right out of a break-up journal entry. Intimacy, indeed.
If I didn't have to go work, today would be the perfect day to stay in my pajamas and slippers and do everything from my bed...e-mailing, eating, reading, playing guitar, afternoon tea.
I am reminded of how difficult the winter season was for me last year. I'm not one to be overtly affected by weather. In fact, I'm one of those kooky people who welcomes dark days because I find them to be cozy and condusive to craftiness and creativity. So it surprised me when one day last February I was literally not able to get out of bed. I was too depressed. I finally understood what people had been talking about, when describing such a depth of despair that they were rendered incapable of functioning. Even doing the basic human stuff, like brushing teeth, can seem like an accomplishment.
This year I am practicing prevention. We all know about taking Vitamin D and other supplements, as well as getting 20 min of full-spectrum light each day. I have some suggestions as to how to supplement your supplements:
1. Acceptance: This one is huge. Bitchin' about the damned weather ain't gonna do nothin' for your blues. Complaining about what IS will only deepen them and disconnect you more from the thoughts that can actually lift you up. It is what it ALREADY is, people, so don't waste your precious time or energy bemoaning reality. Instead invest your energy into shaping how you perceive that reality by practicing....
2. Appreciation: Unless you're 6 feet under, I'm sure you can find at least 5 things to be grateful for. There are a lot of people way worse off than you. So apply your will to focus on these good things rather than what you think sucks. Since what you focus on grows and what you focus on is only ever up to you, then...it's basic logic to look for what makes you feel good, because...well it makes you feel good! It can be as simple as being grateful for shelter on a snowy day, or the beauty in the eye of a stranger on an overly crowded streetcar. Beauty and blessings are everywhere if you simply wish to see them.
3. Company: I spend a LOT of time alone...I mean A LOT a lot. So I know very well how easy it is for one negative thought to spiral me down into a vortex of despair. And with no one around to interrupt my train ride to hell, I am more likely to arrive at my destination: the Bottom. So this year I intend to surround myself with friends...have potluck dinners, game nights, wine and movie nights, spin the freaking bottle nights! It doesn't matter. I just know I am not the only one who will benefit from the lively company of others. And who knows? Maybe some beautiful music or interesting art will be born...
That's it for now, my friends. Be great.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Just recently, The Harper Record was released, being "the most comprehensive analysis of the Conservative minority government’s record to date". Theresa Healey, the editor and Canadian Labour Congress Researcher, has this to say about it:
“Contrary to the general perception that this has been a moderate government, this book reveals that it, in fact, has taken significant steps to transform Canada in a very short time. Harper's very conservative vision has been advanced across a broad range of policies. It is a deeply troubling prelude of things to come."
You can go out and buy the book or download it for free here.
What will be, will be, of course. But when it comes to stuff like this, I'd rather be prepared than caught off guard. And we certainly can't count on the mainstream media to be filling us in, or heaven forbid, the ones we've elected to take care of us. So that's why I am here...to take care of you, and you can take care of me too...hmmm..there's a song in there somewhere...
Go forth and educate thyselves...and remember to have fun doing it. We are, after all, spinning around on this big rock in the middle of nowhere.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Ginger: Similar to garlic, ginger is a great immune booster. Additionally, it can be used for calming upset tummies, aiding digestion, and stimulating blood circulation.
Lemon: We all know lemons are packed with the immune-boosting Vitamin C, but the acidic nature also acts as a powerful body cleanser.
Honey: Aside from being the sweet addition to the brew that makes the medicine go down, the medicine go dooooowwn....it is a great bug-killer, i mean anti-bacterial agent. ;)
Cayenne: One site I visited claims that cayenne, or specifically the herb Capsicum, has the most healing properties of any herb out there. In terms of healing a cold, it is effective due to a)it's vitamin c content, b) it's role as a stimulant that loosens up phlegm or mucous making it easier for the body to expel, as well as c) triggering the release of endorphins into your system, promoting the body's innate healing abilities.
Apple Cider Vinegar: Another powerful source for healing many different ailments, including hangovers! It is best used for detoxifying your liver, and cleansing the body of pollutants, while restoring the bodies minerals and nutrients. (trust me- it's worth looking into and then buying for your kitchen cupboard!).
In a pot with water, I added thinly sliced pieces of ginger (2inch chunk) and the juice of one lemon and let it simmer for about 15 min. After straining the liquid into my mug, i added apple cider vinegar, honey and a dash cayenne. mmmmmyummmmmy....
I strongly urge all of you to opt for natural remedies this season, rather than taking the apparent "easy-out" option of antibiotics (or other prettily packaged and highly marketed pharmaceuticals). Not only do they kill all the good bacteria as well as the bad, they actually educate bacteria on how to evolve and become stronger, thus rendering all of us more susceptible to infections.
Another great natural remedy to add to your arsenal is Oregano Oil. It's a highly concentrated tincture that contains Carvacol, one of the strongest antiseptics known to man. In general, the oil can be used externally and internally as an anti-fungal, anti-bacterial or anti-viral aid, and contrary to with pharmaceuticals, the invading pathogens cannot build-up an immunity to it. These days Oil of Oregano can be found at Shopper's and Loblaw's, as well as your typical alternative medicine depots. Check it!
Saturday, November 8, 2008
And so the plot thickens.
Technically, the plot has always been thick. It's more accurate to say that what is expanding is my discovery of just how thick it is. I ran into a lovely man today who disclosed to me that Barack Obama and Dick Cheney are in fact related. I said, "Well, why was this information not released to the public?" and his response was, "It was!". So as soon as I could get my hands on a keyboard I googled their names and, lo and behold, found this Washington Post article from October 2007.
I kept looking and found this New York Times article that told me Obama is related to Bush too!
I'll leave it at that.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
And instead of starting my day with a nourishing breakfast, I ate up a somewhat harsh letter to Obama from Nadar, questioning his stance on Palestine and Israel, among other things. Let's just say it gave me indigestion. I'm not going to go into details about it because I don't want to spread the bad blues. I'm sure you will find it if you look for it.
Speaking of finding what you look for, I went in search of something to lift me up a bit and give me some perspective...a bit o' medicine for my grumpy disposition. Now that the election is over, a lot of "behind the campaign scene" stories are rising to the surface. And it's pretty fascinating reading. One report in particular enlightens us that until recently, Sarah Palin didn't know that Africa was a continent, believing instead that it is a country with lots of little parts. OUCH! I mean, I knew she was ignorant but, there is no word for such a level of cluelessness. Can you say "lobotomy?"
So the good blues is that this juicy tidbit was enough to remind me that even in the slight chance that Obama has some tricks up his sleeve, the Democratic win has saved us all from more potential disaster than we can even imagine.
For me, today is about appreciating the little things that give me pleasure and comfort. I've got some lentil soup brewing in a pot and the sunshine beaming in through the window. In fact, the list of my small blessings is so long that i'm feeling better just thinking about it...
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
After just reading that Prop 8 was voted in, which basically repeals the legality of gay marriage in California :(boo) I found some good news. This article announces the pass of Prop 2, which bans the use of overly confining cages and restrictive pens for animals raised for food.
Though the law only applies to California and is not set to go into effect until 2015, this is a huge step forward. As long as people are aware that animal abuse in any form is an important issue, I have no doubt that we will continue to evolve in our sensitivity and expand in our compassion.
I realize that it's hard for some people to care about a cow. And if you eat them, you have more reason to not want to care about them. But it's a fundamental truth that how we treat one cow says a lot about our level of respect for life and indeed, our state of consciousness.
i mean WOW.
I almost don't know what to say....
I believe we have all witnessed a miracle.
Throughout my life I have been one of those "too happy" or "too positive" or "too idealistic" people, sometimes to the point of annoying those who don't quite see the world the way I do. I don't wear rose-coloured glasses- I have rose-coloured eyeballs! Basically, I just happen to believe that anything is possible...ANYTHING.
People do change, things do get better, and it all does eventually fall into place.
Barack Obama, and all that he represents, points to the truth of these trite phrases.
Why is it that we forget the truth? Why does the phenomenon of Obama resonate so deeply?
Each time we experience a hurt in our lives that leaves us disheartened and wounded, we instinctively cover up with a thin veil of cynicism. It makes sense, for self-preservation's sake to do this. It hurts to hurt. So let me be numb instead.
But desensitization operates like antibiotics in that they are both blanket "cures". Sure the bad things can no longer touch you, but the good things can't either.
Well, today is a day for shedding the shields.
Today people feel safe enough to allow feelings of hopefulness and appreciation, and dare i say it, love, to rise to the surface again.
This new day is an opportunity for restoring our wonder at how amazing life can be. When you truly believe anything IS possible, you realize it feels so damned good to simply feel again that you wonder what you were ever so afraid of. One by one the layers of armor fall away until one day, you become who you are naturally:
A human who was born to dream, to play, to create...to make friends, to make love and be free.
I am so enjoying this awakening and looking forward to living on the next level with you.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
And this is one is one of the most beautifully poetic pieces I have discovered.
This quotation by Eugene Jarecki gives you a taste...
"Though today is yet unknowable, let us for a moment imagine that when we wake tomorrow it will be a new day in America. Let us appreciate the poetry that once upon a time, a one-term congressman from Illinois became President of the United States and freed four million African slaves and, 145 years later, an African American first-term senator from Illinois - borne not of the rapacious legacy of that compulsory migration but rather of a voluntary choice by two adults - should become President of that same land."
Here's the whole dish!
Ode to Tomorrow
I could not agree more!
read the full story here
I feel less like a kid in a candy store and more like Willy Wonka.
I feel less like Santa Claus is droppin' off some goods and more like he's movin' his toy shop to my house.
I feel less like I'm being swept off my feet and more like I'm floating around on an angelic little cloud.
Undeniably, today is a day that ushers in change. And as surreal as it may seem, it is REALLY happening. We're at the part in the book that compelled us to spend our time following the tale in the first place...
Humans have always been fascinated with the theme of good vs evil, of dark vs light. It's really the ONLY premise of any story-telling, because (I think) inherently we want to know whether it's possible to transcend suffering and hardship. Can the underdog we perceive as ourselves, really triumph over the scary "bad guy"? Is the underdog truly a HERO who was born to slay his personal dragon? If "he" can do it, then so can I!
I'll admit, if it isn't obvious by now, that today Barack Obama is the hero in my story. And the moment he walks into the Oval Office and sets his desk organizer down, and perhaps a framed photo or two of Michelle and the girls, I know the world will be a better place for all of us. It will be a world in which our chances for transcending challenges and becoming the heros of our own lives are improved greatly.
Onwards and upwards, my friends! (I'm stealing this back from you know who...;)
We're all in this together...
Monday, November 3, 2008
I'd like to suggest that all "devastating" events contain such lessons and blessin's. Unless you meditate on a rock 24/7, you are aware that turbulence is again rocking the boat we all live on. If you can bypass the seasickness, it's easy to see that the tidal waves are serving a purpose for the betterment of all. Usually that purpose is best understood when looking back on it later, once some context has been established. I'm doing my best to not wait until later. I am practicing trust NOW, in believing that whatever occurs, no matter how disruptive, it is essential for the evolution of our species. And I'm doing my best to be a healthy proponent of the unfolding...
And even if you have been meditating on a rock 24/7, I'm willing to bet you've heard about a lil ol' election taking place tomorrow, one some are referring to as the "World's first GLOBAL election". Honestly, I have never been so engrossed in the destiny of 2 people I haven't even met. It feels like the world's entire population is crammed into one winnebago that's sitting at a fork in the road, debating about whether to take the well-travelled path, or to bravely venture down the one that takes us to an unknown destination. Who knows?...it could lead to the paradise we all are seeking. While there is certainly a lot to be said for familiarity and comfort, stagnation is the diet version of death. From what I've observed and sensed, the comfort zone we (North Americans, in general) have created for ourselves, is becoming uncomfortable. And this excites me because I know my greatest transformations ONLY occur when it's too painful for me to stay the same. Birth is painful, people. Metamorphosis requires some shifting around, some vulnerability, some shedding of well-worn skin. I doubt that a butterfly ever looked back at it's empty cocoon with regret at no longer being a caterpillar. And I don't doubt that the current economic, environmental, and every other kind of discomfort is a similar call to action! I sooooo wish I could vote, to have my say, but I can't so I'll just say this: BE the change!
Sunday, November 2, 2008
"The operators were given respirators and potassium iodide tablets and told to continue working."
Here's the link for all the deets if you're interested.
Better yet, i just found this cool doc, The True Battle of Chernobyl Uncensored:
After seeing this i don't feel so guilty about not going to the gym...
I love being humbled. And so I welcome any reminder that mystery still reigns...
Life can be really challenging and complicated when one is seeing through the "zoomed-in" filter and experiencing all that happens on a personal level. This is why I enjoy zooming out occasionally to see the big picture. For me, there is no greater relief in remembering that my individual life is so tiny compared to the great unknown...
This article discusses the discovery of a magnetic portal that opens every 8 minutes connecting the earth to the sun. Pretty cool!
I also love being as much like a cat as possible. I love to sleep and be cozy, curled up into a ball with someone lovely (or my cat Wilhemina:) and to purrrrrr....
This article describes the nature of sleep cycles and the best methods for successful napping. Finally- some scientific evidence that supports my view that it's healthy to be like a cat.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
I was going through my pictures folder and came across one that my friend Cameron had sent me last year. It makes me laugh evey time I look at it. Some people don't laugh when I show it to them. But they're wrong. It's so funny.
(It ALSO happens to be World Vegan Day. Who says they don't believe in evolution???!!! Read more here)
It is a captivating world we live in. And lately i've been feeling the need to talk about all that's transpiring with anyone and everyone willing to listen and to share ideas of their own.
I believe that it is through the act of deliberate reflection and authentic communication that we come to know ourselves, and can create connections with others that are so profound we come to know them as ourselves...
Also, I have felt for a long while that i don't contribute enough to the world around me, or rather, i know i am capable of giving much more. And so I have created this venue for sharing with you all that i deem interesting for the mind, nourishing for the body and enlivening for the soul...
be well and thanks for reading,