Rising, Carry, Deep

 

So, it’s Friday night, I’m very tired, so tired in fact that it is easier to sit in front of the computer than it is to get to bed. Sigh.

Yet, I’m having lots of fun playing with Wordle. Wordle is a toy for creating word clouds. Above is the word cloud generated by my blog. Seems I refer to Brene Brown a fair bit. I’m seeing possibilities for poems and collage. And, more than that, I’m curious to sense rhythm in the words. In this moment “Love Spring” jumps out at me, especially as spring is so long in coming. Another look reveals “pain talks, pain knows”. Then I see, “rising, carry, deep”. That’s what I’ll take with me into dreamtime. “Rising, carry, deep” a rhythm for a day, for a night, for a life.

 

A Meditation for Occupy

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This afternoon, anger washed over me, and it has been seeping through my cells as I read about our government’s latest decisions to weaken the Federal Environmental Assessment Act as well as the Fisheries Act. (The Fisheries Act,  states very clearly  that “no person shall carry out any work or undertaking that results in the harmful alteration, disruption or destruction of fish habitat.” But the Conservataive government wants to change the Act to make it legal to destroy waterways provided that it does not “result in an adverse effect on a fish of economic, cultural or ecological value.” Arghhh…..

My heart is breaking.

Thankfully, I came across this video, which aims ” to help its audience relax, engaging the sacred, feel the power of the Occupy Movement, and release that which no longer serves, clearing an inner path to envision and create an inclusive, equitable, and peaceful world.”

Watching and meditating on the video, I am reminded that I can use this pain, this anger, this deep hurt, as an opportunity to dive into love, to dive into the truth. I am called to strengthen my practice, to stand with and for life, to remember that nothing, absolutely nothing is what it seems.

Spring is here, consciousness is rising – I wonder what flowers will blossom.

Moving from Shame to Vulnerability

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One of my hero’s is Brene Brown. She researches, teaches and talks about the unmentionable emotions: shame and it’s companion, vulnerability. Her work has helped me bring awareness and compassion to the shadowy, sticky, uncomfortable experience of shame. Brene Brown is bringing light to the dark corners of our collective psyches. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Brene Brown’s TED talk on shame and Vulnerability

(image is from Brene Brown’s blog.)

 

 

Seeing the Other with Love

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My body is till buzzing from watching this video posted by an Israeli couple. In it Ronny Endry says:

“To the Iranian people, To all the fathers, mothers, children, brothers and sisters, For there to be a war between us, first we must be afraid of each other, we must hate. I’m not afraid of you, I don’t hate you. I don t even know you. No Iranian ever did me no harm.”

This call for peace has initiated conversations between Israelis and Iranians, and sparked support from around the world. It has sparked hope in my heart and fire in my soul.

An image from a poster on the 'Israel Loves Iran' Facebook page.

(An image from a poster on the ‘Israel Loves Iran’ Pushpin Mehina Face book page.)

Mr President: Say No to War with Iran

When I saw this ad, my jaw dropped. I never imagined seeing top former miliary and intelligence officials urging President Obama to resist the pressure for a war of choice with Iran. It makes me think that there must be intense pressure for the US to go to war. To me, my response is clear – send lots of love and light to those involve in the deliberations, that they might step out of fear into love, and that they have the courage to stand with and for life.


Steadfast Care

Steadfast (adjective) –  constant, firm, unwavering

How can I be steadfast in my care for the earth, for life, when I am being tossed in the surf of the everyday?

One of my daily practices that is to send loving kindness out into the world, into the multiverse. Some days I wonder if my effort makes any difference; I may never know. What I do know is that the act of settling into my body, my heart, my breath, the breath that breaths me, and extending appreciation and compassion makes a difference to me. It matters to me, and that is enough. That is when I can touch the place in me that is unwavering in her commitment to stand with and for life.

Also, at each full moon I participate in The Global Coherence Initative’s global care focus. By logging into the Global Care Room  you can participate in a global community of heart-centred care and intention to shift the global energy from discord to coherence. You can access the Global Care Room here. What I find particularly powerful is that when you log in, an image of Earth appears, showing lights indicating who else around the world is logged in. I thought I’d share with you what they wrote for this month’s care focus

“No love is ever wasted. At times it can seem that our outgoing love and care focus to different

areas or issues isn’t making an obvious difference: the civil war in Syria continues to rage,

the standoff with Iran on nuclear development continues, the war in Afghanistan has been inflamed

by cultural insensitivities and burning of the Quran. It’s essential that we stay steadfast in creating

a heart-field environment around these issues. 

These situations may have been worse without the collective love, care and compassion

being sent to them by people all over the planet. The important thing now is to remain

vigilant in our compassionate care. There is progress to appreciate as well.

For example, it appears that the new leadership in Korea is moving toward peace,

stopping nuclear development in exchange for food. It’s important to also send appreciation to all areas of progress.

Let this March Care Focus be one of renewed commitment and steadfast care, regardless of

the ebbs and flows in outcomes – or modulations during the process.”

Maybe I’ll see your light shining on Thursday night.

The Fairytale of Braunschweig: An Anonymous Donor and Envelopes Stuffed with Cash – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News – International

What would you think and feel if you found 10,000 euros ($13,000) in your postbox? Well, a number of nonprofits and charities in Braunschweig, Germany are having that experience.

The Fairytale of Braunschweig: An Anonymous Donor and Envelopes Stuffed with Cash – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News – International.

Wouldn’t it be amazing to see these generous acts spread around the world? Gifting money with no expectation of return – it certainly is mindbending compare to the onslaught of financial advise at this time of year (RRSP season and all, here in Canada)

to maximize your return on your money/investments.

Yet, perhaps anticipating the surprise and joy that the people receiving the envelopes of cash are likely to experience (at least I would) would be the best return on investment there is.