Wednesday, September 22, 2021

In each of us there is a spark that can reverse the trends of violence and depression...

 

In each of us there is a spark that can reverse the trends of violence and depression spiraling within us and in the world around us. By setting in motion the spiral of gratefulness we begin the journey toward peace and joy.

BR. DAVID STEINDL-RAST

May I be loving, open, and aware in this moment...

 

May I be loving, open, and aware in this moment; If I cannot be loving, open, and aware in this moment, may I be kind; If I cannot be kind, may I be nonjudgmental; If I cannot be nonjudgmental, may I not cause harm; If I cannot not cause harm, may I cause the least harm.

LARRY YANG

Friday, September 17, 2021

Breathtakingly beautiful more and more....

 The older I get the more beautiful life becomes, however there are those ugly moments, now though, I can let them go quicker and come back to beauty and peace.



One of life’s most fulfilling moments occurs...

 

One of life’s most fulfilling moments occurs in the split-second when the familiar is suddenly transformed into the dazzling aura of the profoundly new.

EDWARD B. LINDAMAN









Thursday, September 16, 2021

The desire for light produces...

 

The desire for light produces light.

SIMONE WEIL

Light is a key element in our daily lives. It is the main source of energy for all living organisms. Without it, we simply would have nothing. The plants synthesize nutrients from light using chlorophyll and filter the air we breathe. Animals and humans depend on plants for survival.







Wednesday, September 15, 2021

From Wilderness Comes Wisdom

 

Hola Relatives,

I depart this coming Monday for my 48th year of vision questing with a good group of fellow questers. We are out for a week with two day solo time fasting in solitude seeking the deeper connection and the wisdom it brings. Below is an article I wrote twenty four years ago which appeared as a guest editorial in the International Journal of Wilderness. What I had to say those many years ago are even more true today so I share it with you. Check it out and see what it brings up for you.

Wilderness Wisdom to Save Our Souls--And the Planet
Dr. Tom Pinkson

A friend of mine, a philosopher of sorts, remarks occasionally on the absurdity of NASA's attempts through sophisticated monitoring equipment to pick up signs of transmissions from intelligent beings from other galaxies. Isn't it ironic, he states, that we spend all these millions of dollars trying to find these weak transmissions from somewhere far off in space, when there is a field of intelligence that we are actually embedded within and which surrounds us at all times. A "seamless web" as social scientist, Gregory Bateson, author of "Steps to an Ecology of Mind", (1972) calls it, an interactive wave system of multi-leveled, multi-dimensional connectedness that constitutes a field of consciousness that is to be found in the water, vegetation, earth, mountains, and the very air that we breath for our lives. Indigenous peoples worldwide have believed in it for 40,000 years, for understanding it guided their lives--and such beliefs evolved and survived based on their success. This is the living world of Gaian Mind that regulates and sustains our planet in a homeostatic balance through the billions of years of its existence.

It is precisely this Gaian wisdom-nature that we are so alienated from which results in our looking out into space for signs of intelligent life when it abounds within and around in all directions in profundity and magnificence. We fail to see how we are imprisoned in linguistically-based boundaries of yours and mine, inside and out, predicated on identification of ego self as differentiated from environment and field-- the sea in which we live. These boundaries are socialized into us by conditioning so successfully, that we are unaware of the distortions through which we perceive so-called reality. These distortions lead to the values of western civilization which are polluting the world--white male Christian dominance, private property, corporate capitalism emphasizing profits and economic efficiency over people and life on this planet, violence and arrogance towards indigenous peoples and peoples of color, valuing the material world over the inner world, and the rational, versus the intuitive way of knowing via dreams, vision and receptive, resonant attunement with the living mind, soul and spirit of nature. These beliefs and their attendant behavior patterns have all arisen as a result of establishing and maintaining our identification of self as separate from this field of non-human intelligence in which we are embedded. As a result we have lost our soul and don't even know it. The boat is sinking and, like Nero fiddling as Rome burned, we are caught up in the show.

Pockets of Indigenous Wisdom: The broader view of Nature is still alive in a few remnant indigenous cultures and the knowledge of surviving elders among tribal people such as Native American Huichol elders, a shamanic people of north-central Mexico with whom I have worked since 1981 who still follow their traditional ways dating back to the paleolithic past. They say we are perdido, lost, that we have forgotten that the earth is alive, that all life is sacred, and that it consists of an extended kinship involving mutual, reciprocal responsibility to care for one another and maintain balance and harmony of the whole. They believe in the broader fields of consciousness of Nature and communicate with it through belief, ritual, ceremony and other cultural practices.

"Life in good part, represents an effort to put the tribal existence in rapport with nature's rhythms and cycles," says anthropologist Alfonso Ortiz. We in modern, "developed" cultures have forgotten our oneness with nature and so treat it, and ourselves, as separate and removed from one another. Our very designation of undeveloped land, of nature "out there", as "wild", as "wilderness", is indicative of the depth of our alienation from that which we are.

Yet it is "out there" that we find our best teacher for reconciling our relationship with nature because it is there that we most easily discover that we are not separate from it, that we are part and parcel of its'--our, very existence. It is in the undeveloped, "wild", natural world where the only input is what nature creates, that we can experience on all levels of our being the encompassing dance of inter-relatedness. On the summits, in the desert, the forest, the ocean, we most easily can see we are but a small part of the whole compared to the vast cyclic rhythms of creation. Ego is humbled, boundaries begin to break down, and we begin to get that we are nature, united with all of existence and no more important in the great scheme of things than a tree, a cloud, a rock, an animal, or a plant.

Each has its portion, which is its' essence or soul, of the larger presence, Gaian mind, or spirit, if you will. For the Lakotah People it is "Wakan Tanka", Great Mystery. The soul is the part of the whole present in the specific: the specific person, flower, tree, rock, animal, valley, mountain range, ecosystem, etc. People throughout history have gone into the wilds of the natural world, the wilderness as we call it, to attune, commune, discover, reconnect with and cultivate the relationship of their deeper being, i.e. soul, with the greater entity of numinous mystery. It is present, always, everywhere, yet usually blocked from our awareness due to our alienation and atrophied senses with which to know it. But many who enter the sanctuary of wilderness have sensed the broader connections which were reality to most humans for forty thousand years or more.

From Wilderness Comes Wisdom
Wilderness is the ultimate setting for experiential learning to rekindle our alienated awareness. For the laws of nature reveal themselves to anyone who takes the time to open to their teachings. Reflective inquiry, receptivity, patience, respect and attentive mindfulness serve as a key to open the door to "wilderness wisdom" and its compelling lessons for strategic stewardship and sustaining healthy biodiversity on our planet. The historical prevalence of transcultural vision questing and emergence of wilderness experience programs worldwide, are evidence of the pragmatic effectiveness of humanity's R & D to discover the deeper truths of who we are, where we came from, why we are here, and what are the wisest choices on how to live a good life. Paying attention to nature and living in accordance with its dictates pays off. It provides a win-win outcome. The spirit of nature speaks to us, not in human language of course, but it does nevertheless communicate.

I see this every time I take a group of people out into a wilderness setting for a period of time. Over the days and nights of living in accordance with natural rhythms, people gradually become entrained to them and get more relaxed, more peaceful, slower, more sane, more open, see more, enjoy just being, become kinder, the list goes on. It is so interesting to notice that as it comes time to hike back out and we get closer and closer to the signs of civilization, they start to get tighter again, complain about noise, too many people, the obtrusiveness of so much technology. I think they are starting to go through withdrawal symptoms from the natural state of biological entrainment they experienced in the wilderness environment. In the wilderness the truths of birth and death, balance and harmony, the interconnectedness of all beings and the sheer miracle of ongoing creation, speak out their messages to all our senses, our deeper psyche and to our very soul. The dialogue takes place and sometimes we are not conscious of its impact until it is disturbed, i.e., on the hike back out, and the anticipation of re-entering western Euro-centric culture.

Twenty four years of diverse wilderness experience has imbued me with an open ear and I want to close by offering a voice, one that comes out of listening in wild places ranging from cold, star-filled nights on high peaks, to steaming hot jungles of the Amazon, to voices that cannot speak directly through the cultural artifact of human language. The voice says simply, "Hear me Two Leggeds, I speak the truth. You are my children, but so too is all the lived. You must relearn to live in respectful harmony with all your relations or by your own hand, not mine, you will destroy your only home and take many others with you. Hear me Two Leggeds, come out here to what you call the wild places and sit with me awhile. I have much to share with you. I can fill your soul with the nourishment it needs for health, healing, wholeness. I can enrich understanding of your true identity and purpose in being here. But I need your help, I need your cooperation, I need your protection. I need, dear ones, your love. Please, for your own sake, hear my call. Save me, and I will help save you."

I will be praying for each of you from Quest...for growing your ability - all of our ability - to Live Love Now right into the face of the many challenges we all face.

All Blessings.

love,


tomás

You can never run away. Not ever. The only way out is...

 

You can never run away. Not ever. The only way out is in.

JUNOT DÍAZ

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Wonderful affirmation from Teacher/Therapist Ester Nicholson

 

 
 
Ester Nicholson
Soul Recovery
 
Hi Ron,

This is Recovery Month and I want to congratulate you for consciously working on yourself and doing the very best you can - wherever you are on the path.

You are unfolding into your highest self in the perfect way, and that's a big deal!

Your recovery may look very different from the recovery of others.  We are all recovering from something, and we are all seeking to recover and rediscover who we really are and who on a core level,  we know ourselves to be.

No matter how many times you've emotionally relapsed on feelings of unworthiness or feelings of not being good enough, you are incrementally and assuredly "getting it".  Something within you is shifting - even when it doesn't feel like it.

There have been times on my 36 years of recovery journey, when I felt like giving up. Where I couldn't believe that I was still struggling with my self-value and worthiness, but I always found that when I came back from those dark moments,  I felt stronger and lighter.  Something had shifted in my brain, in my consciousness and in my determination to fight for the "real me" - even in those moments of darkness.

On top of recovering from your own emotional trauma, you are now dealing with the world crisis of Covid and environmental devastation. That's a lot to deal with. But it's not impossible for you to recover and rediscover your self-value and self-love right in the midst of all the challenges that you and the entire world are facing right now. A seed actually grows and thrives in the dirt of the earth.

There is value in your valley.  The REAL YOU is in the valley preparing to explode into your life as the highest version of yourself.  Don't give up and stay the course. Even when it seems like you're off, you're really on.

Thank you for standing up for your self-value,

I love you,

Ester

There is a time to act, and a time to wait...

 

There is a time to act, and a time to wait, to listen, to observe. Then understanding and clarity can grow. From understanding, action arises that is purposeful, firm, and powerful.

CHARLES EISENSTEIN

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Equanimity

 

A harmonized mind produces harmony in this world of seeming discord.

PARAMAHANSA YOGANANDA

e·qua·nim·i·ty
/ˌekwəˈnimədē/
noun
  1. mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation.
    "she accepted both the good and the bad with equanimity"




Thursday, September 9, 2021

Life is not about “or” — it is about “and.” It is magical and messy. It is heartwarming and heartbreaking....

 

Life is not about “or” — it is about “and.” It is magical and messy. It is heartwarming and heartbreaking. It is delight and disappointment. Grace and grief. Exquisite and excruciating, often at the exact same time.

KRISTI NELSON

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

The Universe Within is Bright and Beautiful




 

The Universe has your back:

 

The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.

EDEN PHILLPOTTS

#1 New York Times Bestseller! In her latest book, The Universe Has Your Back, New York Times best-selling author Gabrielle Bernstein teaches readers how to transform their fear into faith in order to live a divinely guided life. Each story and lesson in the book guides readers to release the blocks to what they most long for: happiness, security, and clear direction. The lessons help readers relinquish the need to control so they can relax into a sense of certainty and freedom. Readers will learn to stop chasing life and truly live. Making the shift from fear to faith will give readers a sense of power in a world that all too often makes them feel utterly powerless. When the tragedies of the world seem overwhelming, this book will help guide them back to their true power. Gabrielle says, "My commitment with this book is to wake up as many people as possible to their connection to faith and joy. In that connection, we can be guided to our true purpose: to be love and spread love. These words can no longer be cute buzz phrases that we merely post on social media. Rather, these words must be our mission. The happiness, safety, and security we long for lies in our commitment to love." When readers follow this path, they’ll begin to feel a swell of energy move through them. They will find strength when they are down, synchronicity and support when they’re lost, safety in the face of uncertainty, and joy when they are otherwise in pain. Follow the secrets revealed in this book to unleash the presence of your power and know always that The Universe Has Your Back.





Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Watching for the sun to rise and set helps me to stay in the moment...

Only sunset (above) from the Bahamas, rest for Folly River Inlet, 

 

Above is just before Sunset at Folly Beach, S.C.
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LIVE in the present moment AND ALLOW LIFE....

 

We live on the brink of disaster because we do not know how to let life alone. We do not respect the living and fruitful contradictions and paradoxes of which true life is full.

THOMAS MERTON





Monday, September 6, 2021

Deep listening is healing...

 

I’m glad I understand that while language is a gift, listening is a responsibility.

NIKKI GIOVANNI

Friday, September 3, 2021

I do not know about you, however I needed a lot of good strong bridges to carry me over?

 

Never to forget where we came from and always praise the bridges that carried us over.

FANNIE LOU HAMER








Thursday, September 2, 2021

Our shared vulnerability and imperfection nurtures and sustains our capacity for compassion.

 

Our brokenness is also the source of our common humanity, the basis for our shared search for comfort, meaning, and healing. Our shared vulnerability and imperfection nurtures and sustains our capacity for compassion.

BRYAN STEVENSON

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

WAR IS OVER, ENOUGH ALREADY! AS A VETERAN FOR PEACE, I AGREE WHOLEHEARTEDLY!

 


ATTENTION!

 

Attention is the doorway to gratitude, the doorway to wonder, the doorway to reciprocity.

ROBIN WALL KIMMERER

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

We are all alchemists...(or we CAN be)

 

We are all alchemists transmuting pain into aliveness, unwanted experiences into awakening.

RASHANI RÉA

Monday, August 30, 2021

People will never forget how you made them feel

 "I've learned that people will forget what you said, 

people will forget what you did. 

but people will never forget how you made them feel."

                                                            
                                                      Maya Angelou

It is powerful to be generous when feeling needy!

 

It is a powerful practice to be generous when you are the one feeling in need.

ALLAN LOKOS











Sunday, August 29, 2021

YOUR HEART KNOWS:

 

We belong together in a deep solidarity which the heart discerns.

BR. DAVID STEINDL-RAST



Saturday, August 28, 2021

Connections that help us transcend our own lives...

 

We need connection and stories and experiences that help us transcend our own lives to connect with others and ideas bigger than ourselves.

JULIA TAYLOR



Friday, August 27, 2021

How to feed every corner of your life...

 

Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life.

RUMI

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Weeds are flowers too

 

Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.

A.A. MILNE (VIA EEYORE)



Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Oil pulling for oral hygiene:

 Oil pulling is an ancient practice that involves swishing oil in your mouth to remove bacteria and promote oral hygiene. It is often associated with Auyrveda, the traditional medicine system from India. Studies suggest that oil pulling can kill bacteria in the mouth and improve dental health.

I have been using a vit.3 oil for years, and a periodontist admired the healthy tissue in my gums the other day. I credit the Oil pulliing

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

I don’t know about you but I have to dig deeper and deeper inside to find the place of inner peace beneath the storms that wail on the surface with such force and destruction.

 

Hola Relatives -  As the fires rage here in California, as floods inundate other parts of the country and draught and civil unrest along with continuing climate change devastation lead to so much suffering, it is very easy to get overwhelmed by it all and sink into despair, anxiety and depression, leading to what I call “give-up-itis” or “what the fuckitis!”.  I don’t know about you but I have to dig deeper and deeper inside to find the place of inner peace beneath the storms that wail on the surface with such force and destruction.  

 

I have to keep reminding myself that all I have to handle is one breath at a time, that there is more going on than what shows on the surface and what is available to ordinary consciousness.  I have to remember that the Great Spirit is working in its mysterious ways seeking to bring through what truly serves fullest blossoming and greatest good but that this is not assured and that is why I am here, why you are here, why we are all here in these very challenging times -  so that we can show up in the middle of it all and do our part to open the doorway for that greatest good to come through.  

 

It helps me to remember the teachings of the Medicine Wheel  where the North carries  the power of wisdom, which is knowing that Great Spirit is present in all situations, at all times, in all people and  at all places.  This calls me to attune my awareness to  Spirit’s presence  to access resources greater than my own to create skillful  responses to the situations that trigger fear, anxiety and unskillful reactivity.  I  continuously remind myself that no matter what is happening within or around me, I always have everything I need to be able to open my heart to Live Love Now, the only time I can ever do so, sending beams of love energy into my body, into others and into the world. 

 

 It's about setting my sails skillfully enough to catch the breeze and waves of God’s Grace present in all situations  if i surrender enough, if I open with enough humility and  receptivity.  I had a great lesson in this years ago during two white water runs on the Tuolumne River, one of the best white-water runs in California.  At a certain point in the river there is waterfall that creates a hole in the river, where tons of water running at great speed and power go over a rock with such force that not all the water continues downstream but instead is pushed downward and up again in a vertical whirlpool that sucks you into it as if you were in a washing machine thrashing up and down, up and down, up and down.  Very scary to say the least.

 

If you line up with the current just right you can shoot over the water fall with such force that you sail over the hole at its bottom and be ok, but if not lined up just right you get dumped into the hole and that is what happened to me on my first Tuolumne run.  Our rubber raft almost made it over the hold but the back of the boat didn’t clear it and i was in the back so i got sucked into the hole.  

 

Thrashing up and down in white foam I fought to try and get out but there was nothing I could grab onto to pull myself out.  My panicky efforts led to exhaustion as I kept trying to overcome the power that kept sucking me up and down taking on more and more water to where I thought for sure I was going to drown.  Somehow a miracle occurred. Suddenly I was shot out from the hole into the downstream current and made my way to shore totally freaked out but glad to be alive.

 

Several years later I was back on the Tuolumne for another try at it but this time a different captain gave us some valuable information that had not be relayed preciously.  He told us that if any of us got sucked into the hole not to fight it’s downward pull because that would be futile.  Instead he said that if we let ourselves be sucked down to the bottom of the hole there would be some downstream water that would push us out of the hole and into the river released from the washing machine that could drown you.  The key, he said, “is to just let go and surrender into the power and you will be ok. Don't fight it. ”

 

We set off  into the river with high hopes of being able to line up right and make it safely over the falls but some of our crew members lost their paddles  when we hit some rocks and ricocheted  off them spinning madly just before reaching the waterfall.  Once again I was sucked into the hole but this time I had new information about how to skillfully respond.  I let myself surrender into the downward suck thinking, “I hope he was right about what he said”.  I let go of all effort and was immediately pulled down into the depths holding my breath and praying for release.  In an instant that seemed forever I hit the downstream water and was blasted out of the hole into the  current.  Once again I was able to make it  safely to shore grateful for the guidance of how to be in relationship with powers greater than myself.

 

Perhaps this “medicine” from my experience might be helpful to you in your own process of surrendering with faith and trust into powers greater than yourself enabling you to catch the “breeze and waves of God’s Grace" helping you through your tough times.  May it be so!

See you live next Wednesday September 1 for LiveLove Now.

tove, tomás

 

(this is not the Tuolumne but it gives you an idea of what a hole looks like

 

 

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 No one is born a racist, bigot or misogynist.

What is learned, can be unlearned. Have the courage to replace the fear in your heart with love and compassion. Your world will be so much brighter for it.


The eyes of the future are looking back at us and ...

 

The eyes of the future are looking back at us and they are praying for us to see beyond our own time. They are kneeling with hands clasped that we might act with restraint, that we might leave room for the life that is destined to come.

TERRY TEMPEST WILLIAMS

Monday, August 23, 2021

LIFE IS AN OPPORTUNITY....

 

Life is an opportunity given to satisfy the hunger and thirst of the soul.

PIR-O-MURSHID HAZRAT INAYAT KHAN

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Wisdom indeed! Love absolutely! Between the two, my life flows!

 

Wisdom tells me I am nothing. Love tells me I am everything. Between the two, my life flows.

NISARGADATTA MAHARAJ

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Just what I needed to read today - "...some breathtaking opportunities disguised as insoluble problems."

 

What we have before us are some breathtaking opportunities disguised as insoluble problems.

JOHN W. GARDNER

Friday, August 20, 2021

Peace is too pure to be...

 

Peace is letting go—returning to the silence that cannot enter the realm of words because it is too pure to be contained in words.

MALIDOMA PATRICE SOMÉ





Wednesday, August 18, 2021

In the grateful heart...

 

There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart.

CELIA LAIGHTON THAXTER

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Vipassana Meditation is basically watching the breath and the body (sensory awareness):

 

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Moment by moment remain alert,
guard your sanity.
Strive to avoid and fend off
the reactions of craving and aversion.

-S.N. Goenka

Fox hole or ?

 

If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.

WILL ROGERS

Monday, August 16, 2021

Nature with or without nurture?

 

We are nature and we are it all the time, no matter how far away or how close we perceive it to be at each moment.

FABIANA FONDEVILA

Are humans considered nature?  Nature, in the broadest sense, is the natural, physical, material world or universe. ... Although humans are part of nature, human activity is often understood as a separate category from other natural phenomena.

In the context of the nature vs. nurture debate, “nature” refers to biological/genetic predispositions' impact on human traits, and nurture describes the influence of learning and other influences from one's environment.   Significant evidence shows that nurturing others improves society's well-being. The once ubiquitous debates about nature vs. nurture have become much less common. Instead, it has become apparent that both our genetic nature and our environments affect our behavior. There is no question that humans vary in their genetic capacities to learn, to be pro or antisocial, and to be healthy. But as a practical matter, if you want a society full of productive, caring people, focus on nurturing.

Sunday, August 15, 2021

The Most Basic Kind of Peacework:

 

If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.

THICH NHAT HANH









Saturday, August 14, 2021

"...do that which best stirs you to love."

 

The important thing is not to think much, but to love much; and so do that which best stirs you to love.

ST. TERESA OF ÁVILA



LIFE IS BREATHTAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL


                                             Let the beauty we love come and fill us.

Let the beauty all around get us through.

Let the beauty inside be our compass.

Let beauty now be what we do, what we do. Rumi

 

Active Hope is waking up to the beauty of life on whose behalf we can act. We belong to this world.  Joanna Macy


THE OLDER I GET THE MORE BEAUTIFUL LIFE BECOMES. fRANK LLOYD WRIGHT

THE UNIVERSE IS WITHIN YOU. BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL. YOGI TEA

WALK BEAUTIFULLY, TALK BEAUTIFULLY, LIVE BEAUTIFULLY. YOGI TEA



 

Thursday, August 12, 2021

My love for you will always be...

 forever more throughout eternity.

In Spirit, in Love, we are one, the key is to look in the mirror and repeat: MY LOVE FOR YOU WILL ALWAYS BE FOREVER MORE THROUGHOUT ETERNITY.

                                         Divina the Golden Dolphin

                                                              and 

                                            Honey the Golden Dog