I choose Love

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Who knew losing my keys could create a tangle of self hatred, doubt and irritability? I didn’t until I couldn’t find my keys after a week of searching. Mind you, any garment with pockets is now clean, folded tidily and in it’s right place. Thankfully, this video found me, via http://www.the2012 scenario. I choose to love myself in the midst of my imperfections. I choose to love the world in the midst of uncertainty. I choose love.

Many Flames, One Heart

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One of the highlights of any Olympic Games is the lighting of the cauldron, a flame that stays lit for the duration of the games. Thoughts and opinions about the Olympics aside, the lighting of the flame at the London games was nothing short of magnificent. Visually and viscerally I was hit with “many flames, one heart”. What way to symbolize the evolution of humanity from separation and duality to unity consciousness. I wonder what other symbolic, memorable moments this games will offer.

Many thanks to alamuttara.

We are Star Dust Called by the Universe

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Oh my gosh, my heart and soul danced with delight while I watched this. Just feel into it –

Every atom in your body
Came from a star that exploded
You are all star dust
From a star that exploded (Neil Degrasse Tyson)

Imagine if we all re-membered our beginnings as stardust, if we all could connect with that divine spark from over 14 Billion years ago, if we could  see the magnificance of the universe contained within each of us. Imagine.

Find more: http://symphonyofscience.com/

The Healing Sounds of The Bell Chant

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I’ve been feeling waves of sadness lately, along with the grittiness of irritability. I also seem to have misplaced what little patience I had been nurturing over the past few years.

I wonder my experience is part of it is the collective sadness that comes with living in a world that doesn’t value the uniqueness of each being, that doesn’t value and honour the beautiful blue-green planet we call home, Pacha Mama.

The inner tension between hope and despair is increasing. At times I look out at our world and see all the wonderful acts of kindness, the indications of economic change, the growth in the local food economy and my heart delights. Other days I hear the rhetoric of our politicians saying how we need to fast track approval processes for resource extraction and I burst into tears, recognizing the model that sees the earth as a commodity to be sold, regardless of the larger impacts on communities, the ecosystem and our souls.

Perhaps it is simply part of the process of evolution – we need to experience the polarization of human consciousness between those who would imprison and those who would free the human spirit.

I’ve been using this beautiful Bell Chant from Buddhist teacher Thich Naht Hahn and Brother  Phap Niem to soothe my soul and heart. To help me water the seeds of compassion, within and without.

I’m curious, are you feeling this tension? If so, how are you meeting it?

http://vimeo.com/6518109

 

The Gift of Acceptance

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My friend, Ellen Besso, sent me this video of India.Arie and Idan Raichel sharing their experience in the creation of “Gift of Acceptance” which is apart of her  album “Open Door”. Acceptance and it’s cousin appreciation are truly skills I need right now, in this time of transition. The music and the words are gentle and beautiful. A lovely gift at the end of a sunny, spring day.

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.