Monday, April 27, 2009
I know my blogs are often unrelated to wellness issues in the most literal sense. But because of my belief that we are a body-mind-spirit entity and that all parts affect all others, I firmly believe that my sadness about what I see around me impacts my total state of well-being.
The tie-in between factory farming and the swine flu is sad and scary... and makes sense really. The runaway violence of the planet is no better characterized than in our treatment of animals over which we have the power. It says very little about our development as a species, but the karmic retribution for this treatment is unfortunately just in a cause-effect reality. www.organicconsumers.org/articles/ar
I'm especially aware today of the world's social, economic and environmental plight. Our inhumanity to one another and to the earth is beyond understanding to me...and my own unloving and unconscious behavior is very disturbing to me. I practice daily to become more conscious, and present, and filled with kindness and compassion.
The world is rapidly spiraling downward and not the least of the critical concerns is the manner in which we treat Mother Earth, Gaia. For some reason the devastation of Gaia has been especially on my mind today. One of my teachers, Thich Nhat Hanh, has written an amazing book about the crisis: www.amazon.com/World-We-Have-Buddhis
Here is an excerpt that encapsulates where I'm at today:
"The life of a civilization is like the life of a human being. This is birth and there is death. And this civilization of ours will have to end one day. But we have a huge role to play in determining when it ends and how quickly. If the human race continues on its present course, the end of our civilization is coming sooner than we think. The way we drive our cars, the way we consume, and the way we exploit and destroy the planet's natural resources are swpeeding up the end of our civilization. Global warming may be an early symptom of that death. If we continue consuming in the way we have, the majority of the planet's human beings may die and our ecosystem will be damaged to such an extent that it will be difficult to support human life as we know it. The world has known many other civilizations before ours, and many civilizations have already perished. Everything is impermanent."
I feel like I do so little to aid dear ailing Gaia. Today I promise Her that I will continue my efforts to find new lighter ways to *be* on Her.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
I have wrestled with control of the will for as long as I've begun to lead a more conscious life. It is definitely at the crux of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This "Thought for the Day" by Eknath Easwaran is really juicy in the way it gets at the heart of the matter --
Thy desire is thy prayer; and if thy desire is without ceasing, thy prayer will also be without ceasing. . . . The continuance of your longing is the continuance of your prayer.
-– Saint Augustine
I once had a physicist friend who would gladly discuss electric power; but harnessing the power of a passion or a craving – well, that was not dynamics; that was poetry. “Power,” he told me sternly, “is the capacity to do work. Work is the energy required to move a definite mass a definite distance. No movement, no work. No work, no power.”
Day or night I had never seen my friend far from his desk. Then late one evening I came out of a movie theater and saw him striding along like an athlete, several miles from his office. “What got you up from your desk?” I asked. “You’re breaking the habits of a lifetime.”
“Coffee,” he muttered. “I ran out of coffee.”
“Here,” I said, “a very definite mass has been propelled at least three miles, simply by one little desire for a cup of coffee.” He got my point.
Every deep desire is a prayer. Every desire also contains a certain quantum of energy – energy to grasp the desired goal.
-- Eknath Easwaran
Monday, March 23, 2009
This amazing poem...that's all:
Spring has returned! Everything has returned!
The earth, just like a schoolgirl, memorizes
Poems, so many poems. ... Look, she has learned
So many famous poems, she has earned so many prizes!
Teacher was strict. We delighted in the white
Of the old man's beard, bright like the snow's:
Now we may ask which names are wrong, or right
For "blue," for "apple," for "ripe." She knows, she knows!
Lucky earth, let out of school, now you must play
Hide-and-seek with all the children every day:
You must hide that we may seek you: we will! We will!
The happiest child will hold you. She knows all the things
You taught her: the word for "hope," and for "believe,"
Are still upon her tongue. She sings and sings and sings.
-- Delmore Schwartz
(Last & Lost Poems)
Honoring Mr. Schwartz' gift: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delmore_Schwar
Friday, March 20, 2009
Old? What IS "old?" Is it the aging of the eternal spirit...but how could THAT be? The gradual falling away of this encasement for the spirit is but a shedding to allow new life. Thank you Rainer Mari Rilke for saying it so well....
I WANT A LOT
You see, I want a lot.
Perhaps I want everything:
the darkness that comes with every infinite fall
and the shivering blaze of every step up.
So many live on and want nothing
and are raised to the rank of prince
by the slippery ease of their light judgments.
But what you love to see are faces
that so work and feel thirst....
You have not grown old, and it is not too late
to dive into your increasing depths
where life calmly gives out its own secret.
~ Rainer Maria Rilke ~
(Selected Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke, trans. by Robert Bly)
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