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Friday, May 31, 2013

Make yourself a sheep, and the wolf is ready....

There are a lot of bad guys out there and they, as I have said before, are predators. 

They look for the easy target. 

Wolves like to attack sheep, not grizzly bears. There is a reason for this; sheep are weak and can’t defend themselves, grizzly bears are strong and not only can, but will defend themselves. 

Sheep are also not the smartest animals on the planet; they tend to wander around aimlessly, making themselves an easy target.

People who have sheep-like characteristics are exactly what the human wolves are looking for in their prey. 
They wander around aimlessly, oblivious of their surroundings. 
They tend to not use their brains when they are out and about, either because they are distracted or just too busy. 
They appear weak and unable or unwilling to defend themselves from any possible attack. 

When these people leave home, the wolves smell dinner.

I think that it is our duty to protect the sheep and confront the wolves.  

In general, the sheep do not like the sheepdog, because they looks much like the wolf in that they have “fangs and the capacity for violence.” 

The difference is that the sheepdog would never harm the sheep, but is there for the sheep’s protection.

ps/smoh



 I was amazed at how many people were oblivious to their surroundings. 


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Prepared mind...

If you really believe that it is important to be prepared to handle whatever challenges may come your way, then you should believe that you must train to be prepared. 

There is no way that you will be prepared if you don’t take action to make yourself prepared.

The state of full readiness does not just automatically happen. 


You have to train to develop this attitude of mind and spirit, and the preparation of physical skills. Just like all of the other traits of the warrior lifestyle, you have to work to attain the state of preparedness.

The truth is, attaining the state of total preparedness takes more work than most of the other traits of the true warrior. 

In fact, it would be impossible to be prepared for every single thing that could ever happen, unless maybe your name is MacGyver. 
What preparedness means is being as prepared as possible to successfully encounter whatever difficulties may come our way.

It does not mean he is totally prepared for every single possible problem. It would be impractical to walk around daily with a backpack full of supplies ranging from a snakebite kit to climbing gear.

Although it is impractical to think that anyone can be completely prepared for anything at any time, and will always have all the tools he needs at his disposal, you can be mentally and physically prepared for a multitude of problems. 


You may not walk around daily carrying a snakebite kit, but you can walk around with the knowledge of how to treat a snake bite, should this unfortunate incident take place. 

Part of being prepared is obtaining knowledge about many different things, and being able to recall and use that knowledge when needed. 

And fortune favours the prepared....WHO DARES WINS!




Don't put the cart before the horse
Prepare yourself before you jump into the bullring. 
Preparation is the key to victory, no matter what the arena may be.

Many times, when you neglected to prepare yourself in the basics, it comes back to haunt you down the road.

ps/smoh

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A mystic through and through.....

There is one God, known by many names.

God speaks personally and directly to all human beings via their conscience.

Those who live with integrity, following their conscience with mindfulness and meditation/prayer are in a relationship with God.

Humanity is neither good nor bad, rather both, and God has given us a choice in life, to choose goodness which leads to progression, or to choose wrong-doing.

The most fundamental guidelines in life, should we chose the path of goodness are ‘Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds.’

We have the community of those who chose the good path, and our own conscience (the voice of God) for interpretation of Good Thoughts, Good Words, and Good Deeds.

Scripture is that which leads us into goodness and away from evil and which guides us into a prayerful or meditative state.

God leads all into truth and goodness, teaching us how to progress and saving us from our wrong-doings.

God is the light which illuminates all darkness, 
God is all clarity, 
God is all progressivity. 
God is the source of all which progresses life and dispels darkness and evil.

Humanity is in charge of creation, we are the workers of God, and as such we have all the necessary tools to progress the Earth and to make life a paradise. 
We can destroy it or transform it.

Rituals perform a socially cohesive function, they are for humanity not for God, and God does not need worship, sacrifice or praise.

We glorify God through the quality of our actions towards each other, through our ability to think rightfully and through our speech. 
We invoke and beseech God to aid us in those things. 
Meditating on God’s qualities vivifies them in our lives.

God rewards us in this life for our goodness, attracting goodness toward us. God does not draw evil toward us nor does God punish us. 

God is infinitely merciful and infinitely compassionate and has given us our conscience as a vehicle for progression. 
We learn from our mistakes with given conscience in us.

We should seek the beautiful, recognising it as being. This means never picking on other's faults and looking for the ugly or wrong in life. 
Rectifying wrong when need be but not looking for it.

We should trust in the path of Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds, and have faith in its efficacy, listening to the voice of God as we go along.

We should seek the company of those who have faith, not judging people by the label of their chosen or inherited response to God's voice.

We should remember God throughout the day and begin and end each day with meditation and or prayer, being grateful for the day's goodness and thankful for the lessons of the day.

We should be ever mindful of our thoughts, words and deeds, always examining ourselves not others and rectifying our wrong doings without dwelling on them and creating false idols out of them.



mh


Monday, May 27, 2013

Resurrect your spirit today and let your beautiful inner light shine for all to celebrate.

What we seek is actually a reflection of what it is we are, but because we already have it inside us as reflection, we continue to seek

Many of us seek that which we will flee if we find it. 

I have seen this time and again, both in myself and in others. 

We seek, we search, and then we find a calling or a relationship that is a perfect reflection of our yearning… we turn away and go back to seeking, 
almost as though the light of our true-path was too bright for us, 
too vulnerable for us, too real for us. 

This is a pattern that we have to recognize and heal or else we will never stop looking for what is already there. 

True-path is not always around the next corner. 

Sometimes it’s right under our feet.

When life gets crazy rather than react, take a breath, be still, and pay attention to your intuition. It may take a moment, but you will feel it if you give it a chance. Then Act!.

ps/smoh

Sunday, May 26, 2013

For when moral value is considered, the concern is not the actions, which are seen, but rather with their inner principles, which are not seen.

Can the right action be wrong? 

At first this may seem like a very simple question with a simple answer, but is it really? 

When you stop to think about this question, it becomes a little more involved. The answer depends on whether you are judging only the action itself or the moral intentions behind the action. 

According to Kant, the true test of whether an action is right or wrong lies not in the action itself, but in the principles behind the action.

This is also what we should be concerned with when it comes to our actions. We can do the right thing, but if we does it for the wrong reason or with evil intentions, are we really following our code of honour? 

I don’t think so. 

The intentions or the “inner principles” behind our actions are very important. This is why many times it is impossible for someone else to truly judge another’s actions as right or wrong.

Only we knows if our intentions are just and honourable, and even if they are, we still has to make sure that our actions are right. 

You can have honourable intentions and still make the wrong choice as far as your actions go.

For example, you could want to help the poor, but robbing a bank would be the wrong way to accomplish this goal. 

On the other hand, you can do what others may perceive as the right thing, but have less than honourable intentions, which can spoil the true integrity of your actions. 

Both your intentions and your actions have to be right. 

Think about this.


ps/smoh

Saturday, May 25, 2013

"Awareness has no preference, no memory and never moves"

Imagine sewing a pillowcase. 
The needle is striking up and down at the speed of blur. 
Each stitch follows the next. 
The pedal is pressed to the floor. 
The engine is whining. 
The cloth is moving under the needle smoothly. 
Everything is running in perfect order. 
Now imagine there is no one sitting in a chair behind the machine, pushing the cloth. 

Now imagine these letters are the stitching and this page is cloth and the needle is awareness.

There is nothing wrong with the games played in the spiritual circus.  
It’s just there is no way to win. 

Like any truly gem, big-top affair, this carnival is rigged. 

Awakening is an event in eventless awareness that has nothing to do with any sense of personal effort.  

It is all happening in spite of anything it looks like anyone ever does.

The levels of consciousness are infinite. You are "aware" at every moment at "some" level and from your very own unique perspective. If there is a "moment of becoming aware", it feel to me to indicate something "finite", and also something that "everyone" will experience in the same manner.
Ever Arriving, always expanding, and always perfect in each and every moment, according to your very own interpretation 

That can also be flipped around to:
The levels of infinity are conscious. Either way, I just took an awesome poop.


ps/smoh

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Good description of a nano second of what its like to be a human...

Disagreement. 
It is fascinating to look at disagreement.

Something someone says or does, triggers in me certain thoughts and emotions.
I feel a constriction, a narrowing, and yet I don't feel it.
The constriction is hijacked by 'Hey, you're wrong, I'm right'.
Then thought engages in arguing you down and arguing me as correct, because i don't want to feel constricted.

Suddenly, I stop.
What is going on?
I scan the body and discover sensation.
I might even discover that the sensation is overlaid with layers of thought...

'I don't like feeling this way. He did it to me. I thought I was over this stuff. She always does this to me. What's wrong with her? How come he does not get me? etc'

Then, I realize that this entire process has nothing to do with anyone else. It is strictly between me and myself.
I simply don't like this sensation and I am doing my best to block it...
To no avail.

As I get close to the sensation, as I enter into it...I see it is mostly space...
Space, that thought tries to turn into non space.

Simply the space of sensation.
Then I laugh.



Simple and clear

I think we can have conviction not in beliefs, but rather in learning how to live with the moving and dynamic nature of life. 
For instance, rather than closing down around beliefs, we can ask, 
“what is the best way to respond to life?”,
 “What will bring happiness to self and others?”... 

In this way we can have conviction in the dynamics of cause and effect. 
This is not a static process. 
There is no definitive answer… there is only each moment and how we respond.

This only seems like bad news at first. It isn't a bug, it's a feature.


It seems to me that we all take refuge in our attempt to find a resting place…a place of ease…something we can trust. 
In an ordinary way we often take refuge in relationships, in our friendship, in our work, in our beliefs about how we think things are, in material wealth and so on. 

But because the nature of things is that they change, we often experience a lot of heartbreak.

This is why the path begins with an investigation of the unreliability of things. 

When a friend isn't 'there' for me, I'm there for me. 
It's painful to expect people to be what they aren't, and so radix!



ps/smoh

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

On Hope and Hopelessness....



If there were truly no connection between our 'outer circumstances' and our inner relationship to those circumstances, then hope for better circumstances would be perfectly reasonable.

But in reality our inner relationship to circumstances how we meet them, how we touch them, how we think about them cannot be separated from the circumstances themselves. 

Our relationship to circumstances *are* the circumstances themselves or all we know of them, it informs everything we experience of them. This is what 'no separation' means in functional terms.

Therefore, it is our hope for the future that is precisely the same as our resistance of the present. This hope is our relationship rejection to circumstances. 
It is our experience of circumstances. 

Our hope is our suffering. 

Without hope there is no resistance. 
Without resistance there isn't despair as we imagine that is just hope overburdened by fear, but rather without hope everything that we hoped for in a future moment reveals itself as available in the present circumstances.

We imagine that optimal conditions will make us happy and so we hope. 
But it is actually the end of hope that ends the resistance that ends the seeming itself that something is missing.

Hopelessness is not bad news. 
On the contrary it is very good news because in that moment we stop pushing what we're after farther away like chasing a carrot on a stick attached to our head.

I am the only person on earth who can make that effort.

I'm not talking about taking action or not taking action. I'm talking about an inner state of resistance. 
What I've found is that inner state of resistance is so stressful that it inhibits rather than facilitates action. 
What better place from which to effectively act than when you're in a good mood already?

Not hoping doesn't mean not acting, or not changing things, rather acting to undo an injustice, for instance from a place of ease and strength and clear thinking, because you are not all busy and tied up freaking out against how bad things are, way more effective action. 

Hope is the mantra of doubt.

I'm saying that the outer mirrors the inner in that what we experience of it must pass through the filter of whether we think it should be different. 
Thinking we want, need or believe it should be different actually changes our experience of it. So hoping for change in the future changes our experience of the present it creates the seeming necessity that peace or happiness be preceded by a change in circumstances.

We experience this is relatively mundane ways all the time. When it is raining we don't usually dwell on hoping the rain will go away. 
We just respond to the situation as it is. 
We might open an umbrella or we might stay indoors or we might get wet.

But without the assumption that the rain must be absent in order to experience peace, we don't see the rain as a problem. In that sense we are having a totally different experience than someone for whom rain ruins their day...

Hope in other contexts has very much the same net effect. It changes how we experience things as they are by solidifying the belief that the way it is a problem than is necessarily making us unhappy. 

And change doesn't come more easily in rejecting things as they are because as our attention and energy gets spent on the tantrum/upset rather than on the action...

Sometimes water opens itself up to accept an object only to push down upon it, 
burying it forever....
Sometimes it lifts the object up, keeping it raised to the heavens forever. 
Sometimes water sits - silent and motionless...
Sometimes it slowly, gently, and steadily drips onto an obstacle drilling a hole in it over time....
Sometimes water crashes down destroying any semblance that there was ever an obstacle in its path to begin with. 
Sometimes water evaporates, disappearing in front of our eyes and floating up to the heavens. 

The path of least resistance has many faces. 
They are not contradictions. 
They are related.

ps/smoh

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Don't look where you fall, but where you slipped...


If we learn why we slipped we simply won't make the same slip again... However, we will embrace the change that comes with it and adapt to our new path.

As long as we can do this...we learn without regret and are thankful for the lesson.

Where you fall or fail at something does not matter as much as how you got there slipped for instance if you do not study for a test and hope to pass then you fail. 

Don't be concerned with failing but what made you fail not studying. If you fall for instance a failed relationship, it is not the separation with the loved one that requires your attention, but the slipping toward separation.

What happened that led to the distance with the loved one?
Do you understand?

However, this proverb suggests we look at the "slip" ... in other words not just that we fell but how it happened.

What happened to us emotionally before we fell ... what caused the "slip".
We need to look at what we did prior to falling.

When we do that we can always see that we could have done something different, made a different choice, and then if it happens again, we will see it sooner and maybe make a different choice.

Life is truly a complex miraculous journey where you have to water yourself with right wisdom, right philosophy and positive mental attitude to live life with true purpose as being.

Life and universe will never provides you highway with smooth tracks as you have to encounter with countless obstacles in the highway of life and success for accomplishment of your huge wildest dreams.

 The philosophy and secret code of success says;
“success is the matter of choice and success warms to the people who are action believer, passionate hard working and who holds persistence and patience attitude”.

There is no level or boundary to be satisfied in the highway of success as success is progressive journey where accomplishment of one dream gives birth to next huge dream naturally.

There is no alternative word for life and hard work so always is eager to light the candle of deep rooted burning desire, passion and winning attitude to maintain the momentum in the highway of success for getting crowned with victor tag.

If you keep your passion alive encountering countless setbacks and unexpected circumstances then you will be the deserving victor in the battle field and you will get noticed in the crowd of trillions without any doubt.

The concrete theme of life scripted by divine kingdom says :-
“You are truly a living magnet who deserves to live life with abundance, prosperity and peace”, believe on this valid truth and get addicted with your huge dreams and dare to pay huge price for its accomplishments. Life may teach you countless lessons but learn one life prospering lesson “Never Give Up and keep moving despite of countless bombardment of setbacks and unexpected circumstances in the highway of life and success”.

The Law of universe is just neutral to every human being and respond alike to your thought and desire you present through vibes.

ps/smoh

Monday, May 20, 2013

Sometimes saying "no" is the most loving thing we can say; in my experience we all have our moments.


At the core behind every negative thought is the belief what happened shouldn't have, we need what we don't have, or we want to do what we're not doing.

But in each case with a little reflection you can see it isn't so.

What I love about that is that you can see the illogic of suffering.

A logical heart isn't the Spock like stereotype. It's actually an open heart.

What could make more sense than loving?

Not always easy to do, but well worth the effort and when the effort pays off you realize that an open heart can never be trampled on.

When you love what is... you even love the trampling.

Logic is a good start, but only a start. 

Negative emotions arise from deeply ingrained patterns involving sensation, negative imagination, and especially identification. 
There is even a cellular memory, that's why persistent inner work and self-watching is essential. 

By 'not doing' the things we always do and doing things we are disinclined to do, we begin to break the spell, the patterns of me. 
While self-condemnation seems like self-correction, it really reinforces the negative pattern as much as, or even more so, than justification. 

The whole of this must be seen before there can be reconciliation and transformation. Gaining mental clarity is essential, but only the start of the journey to ' inner liberation.'

One would think, but in my experience 'embodiment' is also the result of logical exploration. There are many paths to oneself. 
It isn't about mental clarity in the sense of 'knowing' something. It's mental clarity in the sense of being relieved of the urge or impulse to something else. 

If there is still any sense of bodily resistance or self-referential contraction that's a clue something 'illogical' is being believed.

ps/smoh

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Except when it is pleasure....

Wanting what is is the end of sadness.
Needing what is is the end of fear.
Seeing that what is is what should be is the end of anger.

 If I stand, I want to stand. 
If I sit, I want to sit. 

Sometimes in confusion people sit but meanwhile tell themselves they want to stand and are therefore sad they are sitting instead. A typical example is when people go to work but meanwhile tell themselves they do not want to go to work, and they consequently feel sad at 'having' to go to work. 
But of course people are in reality always doing exactly as they wish given the total circumstances they experience. Knowing this ends the sadness of believing we want to do what we are not doing or have what we are not having. 

Another way to see it is that of course we want what is circumstances as they are since these circumstances are the only ones that exist (in this moment). So among the choices available in reality that actually currently exist, we want what is. 

It seems to me this is what people mean when they refer to the freedom of 'choicelessness'.

Took me a couple of years of relaxing with what is before i could have even understood the statement.

Wanting and needing what is and seeing that is is as it should be never means refraining from taking action meant to cause change nor does it mean resisting change when it comes, quite the opposite in fact.


Saturday, May 18, 2013

The Force is with us Yes we SHALL overcome the Dark Side...

I read this face book post from the comedian, Patton Oswald, about the Boston Marathon bombing. 
I so agree with him....

"I remember, when 9/11 went down, my reaction was, 
'Well, I've had it with humanity.'

But I was wrong. 

I don't know what's going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem. One human insect or a poisonous mass of broken sociopaths. 

But here's what I DO know. 

If it's one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet. 
You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out. 

This is a giant planet and we're lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. 
One of them is, every once in awhile, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they're pointed towards darkness. 

But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. 

This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. 

We'd have eaten ourselves alive long ago. 

So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, 

'the good outnumber you, and we always will.'




ps/smoh

Friday, May 17, 2013

I Am A Dangerous Woman

I am a dangerous woman…
Infinitely compassionate and wildly loving.
Softly strong and strongly soft in my ways.
Don’t get too close, you may see dreams come true and wishes appear from thin air.

I am a dangerous woman…….
Able to give unconditional love from an endless well within.
Blindingly bright ~ I will continue to shine until the stars fade from the heavens.
For God’s sake, don’t give me your heart, I might show you what it’s for and how to use it.

I am a dangerous woman……
Capable and real.
Genuine and wise.
Whatever you do, don’t tell me your secrets, I will keep them.

I am a dangerous woman…….
Gently staunch in my defence of family, friends and home.
Crazy in love with my life.
Don’t expose me to your children, I may teach them something of value.

I am a dangerous woman………
Revelling in my sensuality.
Enjoying all the pleasures of being female.
Stay away from me if a lover that is both your equal and your joy is what you seek.

I am all that I am meant to be.
If this means danger then……
I AM a dangerous woman.



Hate maybe a strong word, but love is an even stronger one.

Trust love one more time and always one more time... 

"Let us begin to take the self out of self-help."
- Kumaré

As simple as this...tender and open.

THREE STEP PRACTICE

First, come into the present. Flash on what’s happening with you right now. Be fully aware of your body, its energetic quality. Be aware of your thoughts and emotions. 


Next, feel your heart, literally placing your hand on your chest if you find that helpful. This is a way of accepting yourself just as you are in that moment, a way of saying, “This is my experience right now, and it’s okay.” 

Then go into the next moment without any agenda. 



ps.smoh

Thursday, May 16, 2013

The patterns of the unhealthy ego—patterns that keep us isolated from each other, or in conflict, or unable to be in loving, constructive relationships

Purr the old ego in perspective, the ego must be strong enough to be willing to let it go. It must be nurtured and released.

Where does telling the difficult truth fit into being happy or being right??? 
Would you rather be loved or be right?

As a person who likes to be "right", I'd say it means that being right sometimes interferes with happiness...especially any kind of relationship. 
Most things just aren't important enough to get into a dither about. 
A few things are. 
Those are the ones that deserve my energy.

We always have before us--healthy ego/fat sloppy ignorant ego...that is the question.

Ego is inherently self-serving and our spiritual challenge is to witness the ego's pathetic and desperate need to nurture its own self importance.

Like all human beings, if we are lucky, we spend our formative years building up a healthy ego that can go forth in the world, establish boundaries, and express our soul’s purpose.

And, we spend the rest of our life learning how to tame that ego when it gets all puffed up with being special and being right.

If we want to reach our full potential; if we want to have love in our life; if we want to experience the wonder of being alive, we will come to understand that every human being is no more or less special than we are, and that we can never be right all the time.

This is what spiritual maturity looks like.

ECKHART:
"Every ego wants to be special. If it can't be special by being superior to others, it's also quite happy with being especially miserable. 
Someone will say, 
"I have a headache," and another says, 
"I've had a headache for weeks." 
People actually compete to see who is more miserable! 
The ego doing that is just as big as the one that thinks it's superior to someone else. If you see in yourself that unconscious need to be special, and then you are already free, because when you recognize all the patterns of the ego…
The ego wants to be right all the time. And it loves conflict with others. It needs enemies, because it defines itself through emphasizing others as different. 
Nations do it, religions do it, and people do it."

That was a profound teaching moment.


ps/smoh

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Inhale your gratitude....exhale your love...... and follow that as your centre!!!

One line of advice that I used when I am confused about what to do, who to be, where to live, who to live with, and all those other decisions we humans wrestle with.

“Put your soul in charge of your life,” that’s what I here in my head.

Sometimes that works wonders for me.

“What would my soul say?” I ask myself when I struggle with a difficult choice or challenge.

Just asking the question, just rolling the word soul around in my mouth puts me in a different frame of mind; in fact it takes me out of my mind altogether.

It awakens my spiritual intelligence and reveals a bigger vision, a vaster perspective.

But when I am in a particularly stressful time, when I am in the maze of my mind, the word “soul” can just add to my mental confusion.
What is the soul?
Is it real?
How do I connect with it?
Should I really put something so vague in charge of my life?

Here’s what’s been working for me recently. I’ve been experimenting with putting LOVE in charge of my life.
Now, I may end up discovering that love and soul are the same things, but I’m not that advanced yet!

When I get overwhelmed by trying to figure something out; when go-to spiritual teachings sound like lame advice; when I panic because I don’t know which way to go, 
I put my hand on my chest, close my eyes, and softly pat that spot in the centre of my ribcage, what some call the heart centre. 
I breathe into that vulnerable, open place. I sit still, and I do what the poet Rumi counsels us to do: 
“Let yourself be silently drawn,” he writes, “by the stronger pull of what you really love.”

 What do you really love?

The answer to it is not in your head. 
It’s very real. 

One of my favourite authors, Annais Nin, wrote: 
“Where the myth fails, human love begins. Then we love a human being, not our dream. A human being with flaws.” 

That bit of wisdom can be applied to whatever you love, a flawed person, a flawed job, a flawed town, a flawed talent, a flawed self. 

You cannot answer the question, “What do you really love?” until you drop the myth of perfection. 
The object of your love will never be perfect. 
Only love itself, the embracing spirit that pierces through fear and lights up the truth is perfect. 



My answer to the question, “What do you really love?” turns out to be oneself. 

“I love my flawed self. I am responsible to my flawed self. I will do what serves my good and worthy self, so that I can really love and serve others.” 

Once you get that startling yet predictable bit of truth out of the way, then you can get on with shining the light of love on the other people and places and jobs and things in your life. 

It’s not that the heavens will part and you suddenly will know exactly what to do sorry! It doesn’t work that way. 
But you will have a lot more space in which to really size up the situation, to see and accept things clearly, and to make your decision from a clean and loving place.

So it is

And so, this week, when I am struggling with a decision, or slapped around by shame, or brought low by worry, or whipped up by anger, I vow - before I act - to sit still with whatever situation has got me in its grip, and to ask love to take charge of my life.

ps/smoh


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

A wonderful world in progress......

I love that it's a time in history where we all can claim to be mothers--mothers, fathers, those with children, those who are mothering their friend's kids, and those who are mothering the people in their world.

I like to call this broad form of mothering the rise of Mamisma.

Mamisma is a new word coined by the social scientist Harriet Rubin--it's the energy of love and care. It's what the world needs now. 
We're done with machismo myth of the warrior. We need to replace it with a new human story.

Imagine way back when, if the myth-makers in early cultures had included the wise women of the tribe.

What if the storyline had led the people to believe that it was a sign of strength and nobility to be vulnerable and to feel and empathize and take care of the young and the old, instead of competing with each other, standing one’s ground, fighting instead of communicating?

What if the urge to care for children had been chosen as THE most important task of any society?
I can tell you that one of the outcomes would be a Homeland Security System devised for reasons other than war:

The ticker tape under the TV news might read: Orange Alert! Danger! Our schools are failing our children! Red Alert! The ice caps are melting!

What if caring for these kinds of issues was seen as a sign of virility?

And that resources and respect were granted to the people with the highest levels of emotional and spiritual intelligence?

THAT’S MAMISMA.

And that's the spirit I celebrated on the 12 of May the so called Mother’s Day.

ps/smoh


Monday, May 13, 2013

All we're ever doing is quoting ourselves....

Putting an end to anything we don't like in our lives is a paradoxical affair because the only reliable way to do it is to end trying to end it. 

Being moved to stop comes from seeing how we're doing it to ourselves; yes it's been my own direct experience in that context. 

Although, it's also very much at the heart, I am a big fan of comprehending something through one's own experience and then articulating it through one's own language.

But this is actually my experience every time I really question my stressful thoughts rather than blindly set about seeking their fulfilment or resolution. 


Any time we experience 'not liking' something, what we're actually experiencing is the effect of our own internal tightening that we do as a part of thinking that resists circumstances.


So discovering that the source of the discomfort is in what we are adding to the situation makes no longer doing that possible. 


And the pretty cool but not necessary thing is that the circumstances themselves often wind up changing as well when it stops mattering if they do or don't.