We are all alchemists transmuting pain into aliveness, unwanted experiences into awakening.
We need connection and stories and experiences that help us transcend our own lives to connect with others and ideas bigger than ourselves.
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
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.
(this is not the Tuolumne but it gives you an idea of what a hole looks like
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
Wisdom tells me I am nothing. Love tells me I am everything. Between the two, my life flows.
What we have before us are some breathtaking opportunities disguised as insoluble problems.
JOHN W. GARDNER
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.
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.
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
What will carry us into living freedom is not the holding of attention so much as the holding of appreciation. We need to not waiver, to never waiver, with our appreciation.
1.. Fitting In Is Not Belonging
The truth is: Belonging starts with self-acceptance. Your level of belonging, in fact, can never be greater than your level of self-acceptance, because believing that you're enough is what gives you the courage to be authentic, vulnerable and imperfect. When we don't have that, we shape-shift and turn into chameleons; we hustle for the worthiness we already possess.
The headlines and working for a living and navigating the realities of adult life, can feel a little lighter, a little less soul-crushing, when we make space for quiet and beauty and tender attention.
HOLLY WREN SPAULDING
No matter how dark the cloud, there is always a thin, silver lining, and that is what we must look for.
Reverence for life is based on compassion and caring for the other, recognition of the autonomy and subjecthood of the other, and the awareness that we are mutually dependent on each other for sustenance, peace and joy.
You have to remember one life, one death–this one! To enter fully the day, the hour, the moment whether it appears as life or death…requires only a moment, this moment.
hola relatives - given the "mushroom musings" I will be talking about in this evening's LLN gathering i thought you might find some of the research referred to below of interest.
A Reflection Statement to take into your ponderings is something that Danish physicist Niels Bohr, who made foundational contributions to understanding atomic structure and quantum theory, for which he received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1922, made to Albert Einstein -
"Your idea of reality is too limited."
my add-on - We are linked with and embedded in something we do not see in ordinary consciousness but which psychedelic mushrooms, taken skillfully and respectfully, can open the doors of perception.
Mushroom Research -
Psilocybin is in the psychedelic headlines, and rightly so: the psychoactive compound in magic mushrooms is being shown in study after study to assist in relieving PTSD and trauma, to grow new brain cells, lift depression, and perhaps induce a mystical experience that may transform the way you see the world and your relationship with it.