Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Peace, Love & Happiness Day

I’ve been thinking about my 12-12-12 plans and the more I think about it the more I can’t wait. I really want lots of little people there. I think they might aid us adults in seeing the magic of it all.

I have already been doing some outdoor decorating.


Last night I ordered a bunch of noise making devices. I ordered 4 different types of hand drums, rhythm sticks, wood blocks & mallet, maracas, shaker eggs & a guitar. I already have a banjo, tambourine, bones & ukulele. I just thought it might be awesome if we could make some sort of music all together even if it sounds terrible. It’s just a way I thought we could get the group to unite as one. We might also be able to get folks to participate by doing some solo acts if anyone is feeling in to it. I know Kenlee can help on this level. She is always instigating some sort of show everyone has to participate in.

My vision for the night is that a group of folks get together, eat, make music, dance around wildly and act like we might if we were still 5 years old. I’m hoping everyone comes with a sense of adventure and they leave there adulthood at home and just follow along with the children as if we were all one of them.

Everyone is invited. So, come and bring your friends.

Monday, November 26, 2012

The Making of a World


Everything you think is real? Yes, I meant the question mark even though that sounds more like a statement. Why the question mark you ask? Because if everything we think is real then why do so many of us think so many different things about one subject? We think everything into being and we do that based on what we know.

If you were on a deserted island for 10 years and your spouse died sitting in your living room 10 minutes after you got there but you didn’t know it, would they be dead to you? No. You would spend the next ten years waiting to see them again. In that time you might think up a 1000 scenarios about what will happen the next time you see them or what they might do without you. You could even drive yourself crazy with the what ifs. The only what if is that they are dead but you will live out the next 10 years with that person still in your life.

Real life is much like this. You are on a deserted island, it’s called your mind and the only thing that is real is what you think. Until you know different your world remains the same. Your world is completely made up of what you know correctly or incorrectly. So, why would you hold it all so dear even if it causes you pain. If you want out of pain you simply have to make up your mind to leave it behind. Yes, it is that simple. You made this world you are living in, make another one. Make a world where you are open, see others as your equal, where you extend out in all directions and are no longer confined and you know anything is possible.

Meditate, watch your mind. When a thought comes up that makes you feel bad replace it with one that makes you feel good. You can control what goes on up there.

Here is a meditation I’ve done for years when I’m not doing formal sitting meditation:

While you are driving down the road pay attention for a bit to what is going on in your head. Realize during this time how it seems that what is going on in your head is playing out like it is on a movie screen. It’s like you are watching the world through a lens that causes what you see on the outside to go internal, playing out inside your head even when you are looking straight ahead at the world in front of you. Now, if you can, and this is not easy, try to shift out of your head and stop seeing it all inside and only see what is on the other side of the car window. You won’t be able to hold this way of seeing long. If you feel yourself drawing back inside your head, remind yourself to come back out and see only what is in front of you. Try to put your head on lockdown for as long as you can. While you are on lockdown don’t allow yourself back in there and keep trying to reinforce that barrier, extending longer and longer. If you aren’t able to do this for long, don’t worry yourself. It is almost a miracle that you can do it at all.  If you were able to do this, this is probably the only time in your life that you have. Most people don’t even know they are capable of it.

Let’s think on this for a few days and then we’ll come back to it in another post and discuss this more. This is a lot to process. We have been living in our secluded worlds with a lot of thoughts about how it all should be without much to bother our way of seeing for a very long time. Best to just chip away the blinders a little at a time.

I know it’s not easy to share but if you want to I’d love to know if you try the riding meditation,  if you are able to make the shift and what it feels like. Just write about your experience in the comments.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

it’s a big old goofy world


John Prine says it is and I believe him.

When you think about all of our rough edges rubbing up against each other all the time, it’s a thousand wonders we aren’t all laying in the corner bleeding to death. Lucky for us we’ve got a few smooth edges too and maybe they tend to see the light of day more often. I don’t know. I’m just spit balling.

Something I’ve been firsthand witness to lately is dealing with the rest of the world while I’m trying to polish up my rough edges. You can change yourself but you cannot change the rest of the world. Hey but that’s the thing, if we didn’t have those other folks we probably wouldn’t have a lot to work on in our own lives and who wants to be the last man standing? Not me. If there was no one else we probably wouldn’t have all that stuff swishing around in our heads anyway. Stuff like how we will be perceived or why he/she did that and the effects of it. If you think about it, it’s pretty obvious that we are all here to learn from each other. If we are spending our time trying to wish someone to another planet you can count on the fact that this person we are wishing away was placed in our path to hold up a mirror smack dab in our faces. I’ll admit most of the time my first urge is gonna be to wish them to another planet but hey wait, that’s why I have this blog, you know, cause I want to work out stuff and I want to help others do the same by sharing.

So what? Well, since you asked. I’m working hard on my not wishing folks off the planet skills. This change could not have come at a harder time being a Blue state minded gal in a flaming Red state. Now here we are, just after the election, when a good chunk of folks have decided to sign petitions to secede from the US. I’m gonna have to really step up my game but I can feel the stepping up happening more everyday. I’m actually learning that our opinions don’t mean much more than picking out a new winter coat. Is there a wrong coat to pick? Not really. Get me? I’m just knocking it all off my shoulders right and left as I go and moving forward with far less firm foot planting. I’m trying to unlearn what I told myself I was and just be like the wind. If you want to float on the breeze with me, I’ll be happy to have ya.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

the untethered soul


This book, a stroke of brilliance. For years I have queried about what seems to be the default of our brains. It’s been my thought, “why must our brains be hard set to the random flowings of this and that and all over the place, when it would make more sense if the default was peace, calm and awareness?” I wanted to have dialogue along this line but I couldn’t find folks who cared to talk about it or literature that addressed it…until now. I found myself saying an audible yes to almost every line that I read. It is a bit repetitive but I’m sure the repetition was to stretch the simple idea in to a length upon which a book could be based. Please read it. You can find so many things in a day that could change your life but I’m willing to bet this might be the last one you’ll need.

Monday, November 5, 2012

My Struggle

If I said I was extremely liberal that would not even scratch the surface. I live in the beautiful state of Tennessee. On election night you can count on seeing this state turn red on the map. I wish that wasn’t true but I would be completely bewildered should that not turn out to be the fact. I am surrounded by folks that will vote based on a bunch of rhetoric and do not know the first thing about the policies of the candidates. Most of these folks live paycheck to paycheck but they would still vote for a man who will continue the exploitation of people with little money to benefit the wealthiest.
I have been watching the Facebook tally of friends and family go up on giving Romney the thumbs up. I would never delete family members but I would be lying if I said I didn’t use that list to unfriend a few folks. My reasoning on the matter is that if it were the 60’s and we were fighting segregation I wouldn’t want to be friends with folks on the other side. I just couldn’t support that in any way. To think a person should be denied rights based on the color of their skin is the most absurd thing I have ever heard and by that same token I don’t want to vote for a person who is against equal marriage rights or someone who would deny the rights of women.

Here’s the dilemma I face. Is turning my back on these folks who don’t think we are all equal the same as those same people wanting to deny others equal rights? I think it is. I really do. This is not lost on me. I’m not going to pretend that it is different but here is the thing. I’ve spent a few years now operating from that point of view and still trying to include these people and in the process of doing so these folks still don’t know what it feels like to be left out. The one thing I can say I’ve always be in full agreement with from the Bible is, “turn the other cheek.” I’ve always felt like if someone knocks you down and you don’t respond back in the same way you can walk away with your head held high because you have given them no ammunition to say you were just as much to blame. I would love to be like Jesus in this aspect but I’m not fighting this fight just for me. I’m fighting this fight because I think every person living should be treated as equals. Do I realize what a contradiction that is? I certainly do but I’m not going to struggle over this anymore. Until laws/people change and treat everyone as their equal I will be adopting a biblical view I am strongly against, “an eye for an eye.”

Note: I don’t want this type of thing taking up space in a place I want only peace. I really don’t intend to leave folks out. I wrote this piece merely to make a point.

Friday, November 2, 2012

A Blog Post You Must Read


I have been following the blog/life of Suelo for a few years now. There is a book out called The Man Who Quit Money and Suelo is that man. Here is a little nugget to get you up to speed.

In the autumn of 2000, Daniel Suelo deposited his life savings—all thirty dollars of it – in a phone booth. He has lived without money ever since. And he has never felt so free, or so much at peace. “My wealth never leaves me,” he says. “Worrying about what could or should happen is a worse illness than what could or should happen.”

When I first started following his blog I sent him a message to let him know why I wasn’t fully on board with his “madness.” In that message I essentially said that even though he says he doesn’t use money, in a round about way he does because he uses the money of others when he sleeps on their couch or eats their food. He quickly got back to me and explained. I can’t quote what he said but it was something along the lines of, in an ideal world we’d all live without money and we would share (skills, food, etc) to survive but we don’t live that way and because of that his way of life is at the mercy of the money system even though he denounces it. That made sense to me and I’ve read everything he has written since without question.

Now the reason for giving you this info is to encourage you all to go read his latest post titled Why Religion?. It is my favorite of all his writings. He masterfully molded and shaped words into a perfect masterpiece. Please go check it out.