Monday, July 16, 2018

nary a but


I've been thinking about how a lot of Christians act and think about immigrants and these passages keep coming to my mind.

Matthew 25:35-40 
35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Daniel Suelo talked about this in a blog post he wrote back in 2012 not even talking about immigration. Just the way people of faith seem to have mostly made up their religion out of any belief that takes attention off of their own failures. 

This is what Suelo said:

Ironically I find that non-religious people, including self-proclaimed atheists, are more accepting and comfortable with Jesus' teachings than self-proclaimed followers of Jesus. I guess it's always been that way, the religious persecute their own prophets and then worship them when they're good and comfortably gone. And Jesus himself states more than once he finds more faith outside his religion-nation than inside it, which is why he hung out with non-religious people. That got him crucified.

Lately I've had several conversations with Evangelicals about Jesus' teachings. Every single one of them has an explanation why Jesus' teachings are not for us, or Jesus didn't really mean what he said, or else they find clever "salvation-by-grace" loopholes, or "dispensationalist" loopholes, to cancel out Jesus' teachings. I've personally witnessed many even call me evil and going to hell if I even suggest keeping his teachings! They put incredible amounts of energy into diverting attention away from Jesus' teachings with distracting doctrines and scripture-quoting rather than simply admit they don't believe in their own Jesus! I was impressed by some sincere Evangelicals a few months ago. They simply admitted they didn't believe, but they wanted to. The first step to believing in Jesus is to admit that you don't. The first step into being able to practice Jesus' teachings is to admit that you can't. Religious AA! This is the paradox of all spirituality.

There is nothing I can say that explains better so I'll stand by what Suelo says.  I want to live in a world where everyone is treated equal and loved for their individuality. It seems so magical in my mind. You can be accepting of people who are not like you and who do not live like you live. The bible says you can. Jesus did it. If you can read that passage at the top of this post and show me where an exception was made that would allow you to leave anyone out, please show it to me. You think you can because the people who teach you in church tell you that you can but they are obviously not following the bible. Just like Suelo said, I can live with accepting others not like me but can you? I'm not a Christian and it is easy for me but given that this comes from teachings you pretend to follow why is it you can make exceptions to fit your own needs? What harm would come to you if you allowed others to be who they authentically are even if it is not what you consider biblical? Would the world be a better place?
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I saw this posted on Instagram today by a Travis Albanza who is transgender:
Please watch this also:  
What are you afraid of? If the world turned inside out and you became the very thing you are afraid of how would it feel? What would you hope of the people around you? 

Matthew 25:35-40 
35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Nary a "but" was uttered in those passages. Don't say "but you have to follow the law and the Bible also says that." You might want to find out what the laws are around seeking asylum in this country because the current administration is not following them. Police do not follow the law when they murder unarmed people of color in the street in front of witnesses. When a transgender person is murdered in the street and it's not called a hate crime that is a stretch of how we apply laws. We tend to only call something a hate crime if the perpetrator is not from this country. Plenty of hate crimes go unlabeled as such. There are all forms of not following the law and I'm pretty sure a lot of people are fine with that. Just like your belief in the bible, you seem to pick and choose what you will follow/allow. 

It may seem like I lost track of my point here but my point has always been equality for all. I will never stop writing these posts. I won't if one person reads them or zero people read them. You cannot treat people unequal and no matter what way you want to fool yourself that it is okay, you will always be wrong. 

Galatians 3:28 

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 

Mark 12:31

The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

James 2:8-9 

If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 

John 13:34 

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

Leviticus 19:33-34

“When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.

Acts 10:34 

So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, 

Colossians 3:9-11 

Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all. 

Philippians 2:1-30 

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, ... 

Romans 2:11 

For God shows no partiality.  

James 2:1-4 

My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?

See you made me, a person who claims to be Buddhist (simply because it is the closest thing to what I believe), have to throw down scripture that you already profess to believe in order to show you that there are no "buts."

Is what Suelo said true about you?

"Ironically I find that non-religious people, including self-proclaimed atheists, are more accepting and comfortable with Jesus' teachings than self-proclaimed followers of Jesus."

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Thoughts


We all have our opinions about what is going on in this country and here are mine.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

lfjlsflalkfjslfjm i just randomly typed letters cause i don't know what else to do


When I look at the things my friends on Facebook say regarding people who are brown or who are not from this country it makes me ashamed. It's why I find it hard to write here anymore. You cannot make an animal become human and you cannot make a human who thinks like a predatory animal give a shit about others. When I write here the only minds I'm communing with are the ones who already think like me. The people who do not believe we are all equal come here and leave still thinking we are not all equal. Writing anything in this current climate is a waste of time. I tell myself that every time I think about coming here and hitting the keys on this keyboard to convey any sort of message to souls who are obviously lost in hate.

It's a total chicken and egg thing. Does the way we see the world we live in create the world we envision or is the world what it is and we are just observers? You ain't gonna believe this but the world is nothing until we see it. I really want to stop right there and never explain this again but I cannot. The reason why we can't all agree on one reality is that reality shifts with the viewer. It shifts because none of us see true reality. We can only see it from the perspective of our own life's lens. You see the world based on your life experience. If you'd been raised one town over, you'd be a different person. If your parents died when you were small and someone else raised you, you'd be a different person. If your soul had ended up in a body with a different exterior skin color, you'd be a different person. Every little experience makes up the lens you use to see the world. That is why we are not all seeing the same world. 

I'll tell ya something else that changes the way we see the world. MEDIA. That is correct. We all grew up watching TV and we learned how to see people not like us on TV. Sometimes that is the only experience we will ever have with other races and cultures. My mom watched Leave It to Beaver and Father Knows Best and she grew up thinking the man was in charge and the woman took care of the family and household. Good Times taught us about a poor Black family, where the man had trouble finding work and how there was always someone coming to collect and no money to pay. Shows like this were the only access a lot of white folks had to Black families. A lot of people started to believe this image and they never stopped. It doesn't matter how many MLK's or how many Barack's and Michelle's there are in the world, this will be the vision some people hold until they die. Imagine if you are Black and it's all you see of people who look like you, you might start to believe that's who you'll be. There are still a lot of times that the only roles someone Black is considered for is a welfare recipient, a drug dealer or a gang member. On TV shows all brown people are terrorists, drug cartel members or gas station attendants. If you look back at old western's you can see how Native American's where shown as savages like they were the invaders and not the white man who stole their land. So, these are the parts we see on TV and movies, what about the news?

Start paying close attention to the news. How do you find out if someone who committed a shooting or act of crime is white? You have to wait to see a photo. They never say white or Caucasian in a verbal or written description. Think about how many times you have heard either white or Caucasian said. They never say it! Like I said, you have to see the photo on the news. You won't hear it on the radio or on the television. You'll have to wait to see the photo every time. How do you know if the shooter or perpetrator is Black or Brown? They will say it every time. You never have to wait for the photo. If they don't say the ethnicity of the person go ahead and assume they are white. There is a reason they leave that detail out. Because rich white men who want to stay in charge own the news outlets. It is no wonder so many white people think only people of color commit crimes. 

Rich white men own the entertainment industry and I think they make their agenda clear. Whether by design or by chance media paints us all separate. Tell me the last time you watched a movie with diverse characters who come together to heal a town by celebrating diversity of person and culture? For some reason that is not the picture they want in our heads or maybe because it is not in their heads so they aren't capable of creating it. Either way it's up to us to paint a new photo where we peaceful coexist.  You won't make the world better by persisting with separation. 


You CAN change the world you live in. All you have to do is stop allowing society to tell you how the world is and start making it what you want. It's one of the great things most religions try to teach us and that is that the way we see the world is what creates it.

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he. “ ― Proverbs 23:7(KJV) 

“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.“ ― Buddha

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”― Mahatma Gandhi 

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy to a friend.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday, June 18, 2018

oh the times they are a changin'

I'm not even gonna pretend I haven't written some form of this post before but let's give it a different perspective today shall we?

Is much/all of what we believe a product of hand me down ideas? I'm going to use a shallow example to explain why I ask this.

What do you think about dress code at work? Do you believe there should be a dress code? Do you believe it should be followed strictly or have some allowances? Is workplace casual okay for everyday or just Friday? Some of the usual less casual dress code items include: no jeans, no 5 pocket colored pants, no tank tops, no flip flops, no tee shirts, no hooded jackets, skirt lengths have limits and no tattoos or body piercings. Some places also restrict facial hair.

Ask yourself, if you work in an office, if you believe this to be proper office dress code or do you believe it should be the guidelines for proper office dress code? Now I want you to flip over to this blog and scan down a few pages of the posts. This blog, The Sartorialist, is made up of photo after photo of people dressing in very individual ways. A great deal of it is very androgynous. The men at times appear to be wearing items that were probably purchased in the women's department and at times it appears that the women or dressed in attire that was probably purchased from the men's department. As you look at all these photos try to suspend your belief about what is appropriate. Actually look at each person and think about if you think what they are wearing is flattering to them. Don't think about rules or about how you'd do it, just think about if the look is attractive. If you are honest I know you will see people who look amazing wearing things you'd never wear or wearing things you'd like to wear but would be afraid of leaving the house in.

Another question for you. Why do you believe that you have to dress a certain way and why do you believe in appropriate and inappropriate? The answer is that someone taught you that.

I have worked with so many people (most all of them) who believe that there is only one appropriate way to dress despite how much our world has changed over the decades of our lives. When someone taught them what was appropriate years ago they never let go of that even though there is evidence all around us that shows allowing people to both dress casually and show their individuality makes them happier and more productive in the workplace. Also, even though it was years ago and not as relevant now, these people hold to these ideas simply because they believe them and never push themselves to expand to include new ideas. They are stuck in time. They are stuck in belief.

Now let's leave the office and just talk about how you feel about clothes in general. When you looked at those photos of people and the androgyny in some, are you able to allow these looks without judgement or does it make you uncomfortable? 

What I hope to give you with this post is a curiosity. I hope it will make you examine how you approach the world and not just with regard to dress but to life in general. Are you stuck, are you closed off and are you unable to allow others to have an identity that is different from how you have been taught? Let this one example be your wake up to be more accepting, open and more able to embrace the individuality of others. Don't be closed off to time and advancement. Though you may want to stay the same you can allow others that window to move with the times in a meaningful way. If you stay where you are but allow others to move and embrace change, that will be enough to make the world a better place. People are not robots and should not be treated as such.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Steam Powered Aereocast Pop Up II

We did it again. Here's another surprise episode of the podcast. It's a rambling mess of a thing. There was no Truckston, got that wrong but really I'm sure there is one somewhere. B also had the wrong Drew retweet about the baby names. It was a Drew Magary retweet, details here: 

Royals fan from, like, before‏ @kevbo9 May 16 

My 1st grader finished school yesterday. She brought home her year book. Here is a sampling of some names from said year book: Caydince Dokken Blayk (girl) Kollyn (girl) Brayzdn Jaxis Gwenevere Brycon Hawken Leilynd (boy) Zaylyn (boy) https://twitter.com/kevbo9/status/996926369547382784

Monday, May 28, 2018

art?

Olive and Rose
Jason Rydquist
David Salafia
Hannah
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Today I was laying in my loft and I looked over and saw this movie by  staring back at me. That took me back to Olive and Rose and Flickr. I remember them writing about the long period where no one speaks in the movie and I wish I could be as poetic as they were about it but I've lost all they said now except for the feeling they gave me about artistry.

These two used to have a Flickr account together and that was mesmerizing. There was a video of just a phone swinging in a bank of phones on the edge of a fairground and it seemed both mysterious and sexy at the same time. That was their art. You can still find them out there but I won't point you to them because honestly I wouldn't want it to lead them back here where my words would be a failed attempt at telling you how they mastered telling a story, being mysterious and drawing you in. That is what good art does. It makes you feel even if you don't know what that feeling is or why it makes you feel the way you do. Somehow, I kinda think that if you cannot know exactly what it does to you but that it does something, thats some of the best art. 

So the thought of Olive and Rose took me to flickr to find them again and what I found has depths of layers  I have no interest in but could still not look away. But it did get me on Flickr looking at my favs and the way I saved other peoples photos back in the day and that just woke all of humanity in my brain. The photos I saved mostly seem like the world ended, you are the last person alive and you are going from house to house looking at photobooks and taking in how the world was and how people live. If you got a good bit of time, go over and look. It will make you feel connected. Here is the link. Remember you can click the slideshow button on the top right by the arrow so you don't have to scroll if you don't want to.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Scavenger Hunt 2018


10 Things on 1 Day in Kentucky from SoulPony on Vimeo.

I'm very sad that this trip ended with not being able to save the full story from Instagram live. I didn't want to lose the whole day so I recorded it from B's phone to mine. It's terrible quality but I did learn a great lesson here. We also forgot to photograph a few things so we had to take them from a video capture. We'll get 'em next time. So here are the photos in no order at all:












Monday, April 30, 2018

Steam Powered Aereocast Popup Podcast

I'm gonna go ahead and guess that you didn't know that every few years me and mah man decide to do a podcast. We record around ten episodes, decide it's too much of a chore and then abruptly stop and the well dries up for another five or so years. We were just sitting around this weekend and we decided to record something together. We aren't starting anything up again but maybe from time to time we will do a popup podcast like this one. It just feels better if you do it because you want to and not because it’s something you have committed yourself to.

When I looked back the last ones we did were in 2012 while we were wasting time in a camper waiting on our current house to be built. You can find the old blog here but it appears that the links no longer work. That's what happens when you let things go, they get lost in time.

So without further ado I give you the first ever Popup Podcast of Steam Powered Aereocast. May the clicking begin.


Sunday, April 29, 2018

We Are All Awesome


Let's start with the most extreme opposite way people live in your community from you, the person who clicked over to read this post. Imagine telling people who are Amish about Instagram followers. Imagine what they'd think about visiting with people on Facebook instead of in person. Now imagine explaining to someone who has been rich their entire life how hard it is to come up with money for your child's graduation invitations and to pay doctor bills. Imagine explaining to someone poor that you never shop at Walmart & Save-A-Lot, drive a car or see actual poor people because you are so wealthy you have people who shop for you, drive for you and the places you go are exclusive to people who are only wealthy just like you. They do not know you can buy pants for less than $30 because they can pay $1000 for a pair and do. Imagine explaining to someone who has been famous since birth that most people go through their day with no one caring what they wear or where they vacation. Think about how hard it is to explain how important it is to be informed about world events with someone who thinks they should only be concerned with how their life is going in their own little bubble. Imagine how hard it is to explain why you no longer think that the things we all think are the absolute truth to someone who believes that life is an arrangement of decisions, skill and luck. We do not know what we do not know. We can think we do and we can imagine it in our heads but unless you have literally walked a mile in someone else's $1200 shoes you don't reallllly know.

That is where we are in this moment in time. 

There are sooo many people living on this earth and living in so many different ways, with so many different ideas about how the world works based on their own life experience that it is dividing us more than we have ever been. Part of that divide comes from the fact that we have access to these different experiences through electronic media, without the actual firsthand experience to go with it. We can think we know what someone else's life is like but we cannot really know. The thing we will always lack is the experiences that come with living life every day for a lifetime. No one experiences life the same way as someone else. It doesn't even happen in families. There will always be things that happen to you on an individual basis that will impact you and the way you think. Even when someone else experiences something along with you, the way they interpret the experience will be different for the single fact that the lens they view through has been impacted by how previous life experiences have taught them to see how things are. This is why everyone thinks they are right. This is how you learn to make yourself the good guy in your version of the truth. Until we can all (me way included) learn to look at our beliefs and loosen the yoke of who we believe we are, separation will exist like it does now. Intolerance will be a way of life. I don't know about you but I'm sick of things being like that. We have to start being more accepting of others and more willing to think about the reasons we all become the people we are or the people we think we are. No one sees anything in this world without it being shaped by the way our life has unfolded. We only bear part of the responsibility for that. The rest is just circumstance and also as a matter of circumstance, we may not have the knowledge to free ourselves.

People whose parents were school teachers have all the skills in the world to become school teachers. People who have artist parents have all the skills to live that life style and to find their own creative outlet. People who have always been poor have all the skills in the world to remain poor. People who grew up in a home where drug deals went down have all the skills to become a drug dealer. Someone who was abused as a child has all the skill they'll ever need to grow up and abuse their own children.  Paris Hilton is skilled at being wealthy and she actually had her own show about trying to live like poorer people that to someone who is poor, made her look ridicules at how little life experience she has. 

Here's where we start. Square one is just giving a beat before we judge the person next to us. In that beat think about the road this person has been down that may have landed them right next to you. Then think about your own road and the direction it will take going forward in the next instant if you make a choice to treat that person like their life matters just as much as your own.

Monday, April 16, 2018

it's not nothing

It's something to show we are alive and well. I'm just not posting much of anywhere but Instagram right now. 

Instagram Stories Clips from SoulPony on Vimeo.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

F*ck This Post



I wrote this post 2 other times and posted both of them long enough to regret it and then I saved them back to draft mode. This is attempt number 3 where I blame everyone else a lot less. 

Don't we secretly want our own little utopia where everyone agrees with us, pats us on the back and praises us for being the most ingenious, beautiful and special being in all the universe that includes earth? There they write musicals about us and hold parades in honor of our brilliance. No, you say. Me either. Whatever. But then aren't we all just full of shit. The problem with utopia is that it never fuckin' works. You wouldn't need a utopia if you didn't need everyone to agree with you. If they all agreed with you then they'd agree that they need everyone to agree with them. Once one person isn't in agreement over one sorry little thing then they will try to gather a team of people who agree that you are wrong about that one sorry little thing and then your utopia is blown to hell and chaos ensues. May as well be back in the real world with everyone else who didn't follow you to utopia.  

We are all different. Some of us want people to be treated equally and celebrated for what makes them different and generally don't care if you like them or not. Some people give all of themselves and are mostly concerned about how you feel about them and need very much to be liked. Some people think the world revolves around them, they ask you to give and give and never give a thing back in return and assume there isn't a chance in hell that you'd dislike them. Some folks live to judge and that is all they do. Some folks have most all their shit together and are earnest in all they do and they value people in the best of ways. Some people only live to hate because they hate themselves and they cannot imagine a world where hate isn't the default. Then there are all those people I cannot even begin to pigeonhole because I have no frame of reference. How the fuck does any of us not stab each other in the eye with a pencil? There is just too much to account for and some people are just too far the other way for us to understand. Let's just throw our hands in the air. 

I can sit here again and tell you why I should be the sole survivor in my own personal wars like I have in two other posts that I wrote because Mercury in Retrograde is fucking me up but luckily it's also making me better. Now I just want to say that if we all feel like shit right now there is still time for a do over. No one is stopping us from saying, "you know what? I'm gonna make up some new rules and I'm gonna shake some shit up in a good way." Then you can take your relationships that feel like crap and polish those turds into diamonds. If they were shit before you probably contributed to that and now you have the chance to make them what you always wished they were. Don't sit back and wish the other person would realize why they were your biggest Festivus recipient for the person who disappointed you the most this year. You disappoint yourself because you are bigger than that. Change your fucking mind. I will if you will.

Sorry for all the bad words but they were used for dramatic effect because we both know we need the shaking up. 

Lurve to ya from this Festivus Queen of Mercury in Retrograde. I'm doing it like an effin' boss. Now break and go kick some ass in the sweetest of ways an ass can be kicked. 

Yep, that already feels better and I think maybe I'll leave this one.

Friday, March 2, 2018

...health


My head is always "stuck" in an audio book. I can't stop myself. I don't get all the way through one before I start another. Saying that probably gives you a kind of false view of what I mean.What I mean is that I have multiple books going at all times. Some paper and some audible. There is a surprise that you get when you read like that. If you read things that you can actually learn from you will take the ideas of one author and the ideas from another and then another and you will connect dots from all those sources that those authors have not been able to connect without all the cross content that you are immersing yourself in. You should give it a try if you don't read multiple books at the same time. It's just so awesome when you are the link that brings similar points of view into focus. You can figure out a lot of things for yourself that way. So, having said all of that I want to tell you about some conclusions I've been able to come to. I am no expert obviously but I am good at picking up patterns and connecting dots.

I've read about people being treated mind, body and soul in the Amazon rainforest who came home cured of disease. I've read about people healing their bodies by imaging a healed body in their mind. I've read that if we live a stressful lifestyle our bodies will become diseased and can be cured by changing the parts of your life that cause you stress. I've read about people taking herbs and being magically cured. I've read about people so near death that their soul came out of their bodies and had experiences that cured their body when they returned to it. I've read about people being healed by sugar water that they thought was medicine. I've read about people who were healed/disease free that died immediately when they learned that the thing they believed made them well was in fact ineffective at treating their disease. I've read about people who had cancer that got well when they were given a false well diagnosis and sited that they believed they were dying until the MD told them they were well.

Many doctors are even coming around on the bodies ability to be healed by the mind and life circumstance changes. These doctors are starting to move away from traditional healing practices and are embracing treating the whole person as in mind, body and soul. They know something is wrong with the way medicine is practiced traditionally. They are finding success in alternative ways.

When Donna Eden first started to practice Energy Healing. She had to go to court with some who practiced medicine in her community because she was taking people away from the traditional medical practice when her techniques started healing people. She was able to prove what she did worked in the case was decided in her favor.

We should not regularly dismiss alternative ways of healing because it is not the status quo. It is getting more obvious all the time that we have to take these matters into our own hands. We would not have a opioid addiction problem on our hands in this country if not for the toxicity of the current medical model. How can we trust these people who at some point chose to contribute to dependency for profit? I think it is fair to say that they don't have our best interest at heart.

So, read, read a lot and read multiple books at the same time. Take in all sorts of information and don't be afraid to look at ideas that may seem way out there and different from your current beliefs. Learn to trust your instincts when it comes to how you take care of your health. I feel like your instincts are more trustworthy than that of those entangled in the United States pill mill we call the medical industry. Go at it with an open mind and open heart and you will know the truth when you see it. 

Thursday, March 1, 2018

If A Three Year Old Girl Can Understand This So Can We


“This is it. This is life, the one you get. So go and have a ball”
 –theme song to One Day at a Time

This is B talking. Yes, THE B, the one TK rambles on like I’m the greatest thing since sliced bread. While I think she exaggerates my greatness from time to time I’m not going to critique her blog when she is kind enough to give me space to preach to her many followers.

As a household we regularly make lists of things to do in the year as well as the yearly arrow ceremony  where we  pick three things we want to get rid of in our life and three things we want to bring into our life. Recently I’ve started giving a theme to the year to try and kickstart the process. Last year was “balls to the wall”. Yes, I know that’s crude and childish, I told you TK exaggerates my greatness. The thought was we routinely go to work, go home, watch tv for a few hours then go to bed, rinse, wash, repeat. Balls to the Wall 2017 was meant to be a year of burning the candle at both ends, or at least one end. Just endless action and excitement. No surprise, but we didn’t see much of that endless action. By all accounts 2017 was a shit year for all involved. I don’t want to veer into politics but 2017 as a year was garbage. Honestly 2017 for our household was pretty great; we took a trip out of the country for the 1st time, everyone we love stayed fairly healthy, no one lost their jobs or got sick or injured but it still was…just…depressingly sad.

So for 2018 we need to kick out the jams. Blow out the cobwebs and get to living. I came up with a great theme for 2018 that resonated with the year and had all kinds of double and triple meanings and then I immediately forgot it. I was sharing this with TK and we got to reminiscing about a story when Kenlee was around 3 years old. As you may know I’m a sucker for my niece. At the time we were traveling to Louisiana to visit Lance on his graduation from basic training. Kenlee and her mom, along with Lance’s then wife was along for the journey. We had stopped at a Sonic along the way to get some grub. I was placing the order for the group when Lance’s wife made a change to her order and said “Sorry, I meant to order (whatever)”. It was then that 3-year-old Kenlee piped up and shouted “That’s okay girl”. Meaning, firstly, I don’t know your name, but secondly, chill out, life goes on, people make mistakes, it’s just a Sonic order. So 2018 is now “That’s okay girl” themed. Yes, we elected a childish egomaniac as president, yes we could all die at any moment, but it’s okay girl. We’ll get through this.

Ya’ll have a great 2018. It’s okay girl. 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

bloggin' ain't easy


I am so inspired to write and make video's right now but most of of the things I want to say are so divisive. Instead of placing it here I've been going to facebook with it. I do not agree with 90% of the people I follow and they really do not like it if you disagree. That is why I rarely ever comment on someone's post. I certainly do not tag people in post unless it is something I think they are looking for or something I think they might want like if I see something that might help Trista's foot (I did that). 

I commented on a post someone wrote about Facebook only being for cupcake photos and children's accomplishments, I should not have. I don't eat or make cupcakes and my children are adults and their accomplishments are much like all other adults. Just like my blog, I post about politics and equality but this gun thing has really be testing my patients lately. So, I've blown up my feed with that. One of those times I reposted something and my insides were trembling when I wrote the words I added to the post. I am just that passionate about it. It's just hard to see people say they are "pro guns" (this did happen in one post) when all you want to say back is "I'm pro not murdering children at school." To say that you are pro guns sounds like that is where your loyalty lies in this debate. I know they don't mean that but just think about how that sounds when you take that stance in these conversations about mass murder.

My aim has always been to change the minds of those who think we are not all equal and those who put politics and religion in the way of the safety of our citizens. I tried to go back into time to see how long I've been writing about these things and the best I could tell it was 2005. I believe what Mother Teresa said, “I was once asked why I don't participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I'll be there.” Only by gathering to celebrate the outcomes you want can you draw these things to you. If you gather to protest you only draw the thing you do not want. That is why so many protest do nothing and why speaking to congress often fails. I know my posts go over that line too. I tried for a long time to keep it positive on this blog but I also know that if you do not speak your truth surrounded by 90% of the people who believe the same way, they may never hear another perspective. So, I believe more like Maya Angelou in that regard. I know all the arguments on the other side. Believe me when I say that. I hear them everyday. 

Here is my final thought on this subject. There is no way in this world a gun is on the side of love. If it's not love then it's fear and hate. Fear and hate are not love. Jesus would not have carried a gun. I believe he would have hung with the other folks not carrying. And I believe he would have stood in front of the gun no matter who it was aimed at. 

Oh, and also I know it's time for me to get back off facebook. Seeing the ugly side of people does not bring out the best in me. It's hard to keep quiet after seeing so many posts of thinly veiled racism by people who don't exactly understand that is what it is. You start seeing people you thought you liked in a whole other way. It's really hard to hold back when these same people don't like how you use facebook and all you have to do is scroll back in their feed and see they did the same thing they accuse others of. Well, actually if I'm truthful they did it in the same paragraph they they made the accusation in. Goodbye again facebook, you've always been a struggle for me and like always I won't miss you but I will miss all the views this blog gets from the traffic source and being able to see who watches my stories. That was always fun and sometimes a big old surprise. I think I'll be a better person without it. Now if I could just stop reading the news and twitter I could shield myself from reality just like those who watch Fox News. 

Friday, January 12, 2018

here's a little story for ya


This old world we live in has taught us a lot of untruth about our health. I know when you have really bad health that you can get really scared and when you are trying to get better it's really easy to believe what you are told and follow blindly. I believe that most doctors do not mean to mislead you. They are taught to take care of your health the way they do. The thing is that there are a lot of alternatives to take care of your health that no one ever teaches them. In fact, I'd wager that they even teach them to warn you against actively seeking to get better through other means than surgery and chemical medicine and treatments. I know they did my grandfather whose cancer markers where normal a few months before he finally died from health complications due to cancer.

My Granddaddy got a diagnosis that his cancer count was back in normal range after taking herbs from John Warner. He went to his doctor, got the news about his cancer count and when he told the doctor why he believed he was better the MD told him that if he didn't get off the natural stuff and back on the drugs he prescribed he would die and that it is common for the cancer count to be within normal range at times but it did not mean he was well. The herbs were costly and his children were paying for the monthly supply and that really bothered him and contributed to his decision to follow the MD's advice to stop the herbs and get back on the medication that his insurance would pay for. He died about 2 months later.

Here's a little more backstory on this. Granddaddy was so sick that he could not walk through the house without standby assistance in early Spring of his last year. If he fell he could not get back up. He was also starting to lose control of his bowels. The Worley's loaned him a book from the drugstore about natural healing and he read it cover to cover. Then a friend told me about John Warner and he went to him and started taking the treatment he suggested. That Summer he came out of his recliner that before the herbs, he needed help rising from, stopped needing someone to walk beside him and with the help of family, he made the last garden he would ever make in his life. I have to tell ya folks, I have never and will never get over losing him at the hands of a "professional's" advice. There is no part of me that believes that what his doctor told him was correct and it ultimately caused him to die sooner than was necessary. I've blamed that doctor since but maybe the real thing I didn't allow into the equation is the fact that this doctor believed he was doing something that would prolong Granddaddy's life. I'm starting to come around on that.

I just want to put this out into the world but believe me it is not my last word on this. This post is just setting the stage for what's to come. Better strap down cause the storm is a comin'. Stay tuned.

Friday, January 5, 2018

So I'm Back Over Here Now


I so hope you followed along with Waking Your Sleeping Soul. It is a bank of important knowledge that can make you well, sane and young, yes young. If you did follow along you might have noticed that some of the lessons are already things you inherently know deep inside but really have never brought up to consciousness before. That is what makes this so amazing. You are really just waking up your soul like the title of the course says.

When I decided to write this or to just take some things I had already written and mix it with new things, my thought was to make a tool box full of tools to help you quickly make some self realizations. We spend so much time in the reality of day to day life in the headspace of just trying to get through the day, that we never realize that we have hardwired a way of life into our brains. We forget that everyday we have options we never explore and that if the way we think isn't working for us we can just choose to think another way. If the way we live isn't working for us we can also just choose to live another way. I've feel like I have a real grasp on this in many parts of my life but not socially and in work. Those are my areas to work on. If I could get friendship, networking and finding a way to connect better with whatever job I hold, I will  feel like I've won life. I'm good on love, family, parenting, providing, creativity, hobbies, play, home, money, health, aging well, mind body connection, meditation, stillness of the mind (sometimes) and general peace and calm. That's not too shabby but I for sure have areas I could greatly improve on.

There will always be a part of me that questions and wants to advance and learn no matter how long my heart beats and my lungs fill with air. For me it's a matter of a life well lived. I feel like if I am just born to this earth and I follow along blindly, just hoping everyone in the world likes me, that I will have wasted my time here. Everyday I will continue to learn, move forward and find a way to be exactly what I was born to be without allowing myself to be a product of all the misinformation and opinions that dominate the perceived order of this planet. If it is all correct and I am wasting my time then I want to come to that conclusion on my own and not by just accepting the ideas of the world I was born into. I want to know positively the things I know. That is what Waking Your Sleeping Soul is.  

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

shoulder, neck and back pain relief


Here are a few things you can do if you suffer from shoulder, neck and back pain as well as a little good news about how your mind creates your health.
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