As you wander through this world, you might become aware of the most alive sadness filling your heart. This is not the sadness of the mind, where something is felt to be missing, but is a reflection of how precious it is to have a human body, senses to make love with everything around you, arms to touch and hold another, and words to speak kindness. Just this is none other than a wild miracle. … [click on title to read and view more]
Our planet is dying. It’s dangerous to be in any sort of denial about this.
The most important question we can ask ourselves is “what am I doing to serve the planet, humanity and all of life?”
I’ll repeat what the person who passed this onto me said, “PLEASE take time to watch this and turn up your speakers. Allow it to soak into your soul.” … [click on title to read and view more]
I like to say that if we are not suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, we are suffering from pre-traumatic stress disorder. There is no way to be alive without being conscious of the potential for disaster. One way or another, death (and its cousins: old age, illness, accidents, separation and loss) hangs over all of us. Nobody is immune. Our world is unstable and unpredictable, and operates, to a great degree and despite incredible scientific advancement, outside our ability to control it. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Bits and pieces from Joanna Macy’s work:
To be alive in this beautiful, self-organizing universe – to participate in the dance of life with senses to perceive it, lungs that breathe it, organs that draw nourishment from it – is a wonder beyond words. Gratitude for the gift of life is the primary wellspring of all religions, the hallmark of the mystic, the source of all true art. Furthermore, it is a privilege to be alive in this time when we can choose to take part in the self-healing of our world … [click on title to read the rest]
Saturday (not so) mellow. This is very beautiful and also heart-wrenching if you watch it to the end. – hat tip to Talesfromthelou’s blog
I made a phone call to a trauma therapist who is an MD as well (but not a psychiatrist). This is the email I sent him after he abruptly ended our phone call and told me to send him an email if I wanted to talk to him more. I think I could hear his […]
Whatever it offers, the reality of your day-to-day life has to be better than the self-inflicted misery you are creating through the stories you are telling yourself.
Let’s not demonize the skeptic! While anything can be taken too far, skepticism is a must for healthy individuals in our dog-eat-dog world. I made this rather sarcastic observation recently: ” I don’t know what to do with myself. I guess I’ll be a life coach.” Nothing like somebody who couldn’t figure out what to […]
Things are always changing when we’re healing…
December 25th was the anniversary of the day I was in ICU almost dead last year. I was fearing winter most of the year but it’s turned out far better than I expected. I am alive today…following the love of life-force within me that continues to heal this body which remains challenged (but only in the eyes of those who do not understand sacred illness) … I AM. And I am continuing to heal and celebrate life in ways I didn’t know were possible. …