Ruminating On Rumi

As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears.

~ M. Rumi

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Compassion Addendum

Greetings my compassionate friends,

My up island friend Bonnie reminded of the great movement at:

Please do check it out.

Remember, we are all in this together.

In joy.

Sunday, October 28, 2012


Angel Card today, Compassion.

The handy dandy New Oxford American Dictionary on this computer defines it as “sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.” Interesting that sympathetic is coupled with pity. Alone pity, to me, suggests an almost demeaning quality.  It implies those that are pitied are less than. 

However, sympathetic pity conveys a sense of unity. It is an understand of what the other is going through. It is an empathetic sharing of feelings. Compassion is infused with a sense of love and oneness for self and others. It is the notion that we are all in this together. It is not easy to live in a place of compassion. Perhaps, if we could look through the belief of, as Jesus said, “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you,” we come closer to the value of compassion.  Linus Pauling adds a twist that comes even closer to the practice, “Do unto others 20% better than you would expect them to do unto you, to correct for subjective error."

Let us thank Albert Einstein for this take on the universal truth of compassion. 

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” 

Looking at all through the eyes of compassion brings us closer to waking up to who we truly are.  Together.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Befriending The Present Moment

We make an enemy out of the present moment as we gaze longingly to the future and as we cling desperately to the past. Yes, as Eckhart Tolle writes, “The present moment is sometimes unacceptable, unpleasant or awful. However, “It is as it is. Observe how the mind labels it and how this labeling process, this continuous sitting in judgment, creates pain and unhappiness.”  He further explains, “Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it.”

The question is why be present when the present is unpleasant. The answer is simple.  Everything happens and can only happen in the present. When the events we recollect of the past were lived, they were lived in the present moment. Now IS where the action happens. Do we really want to hurtle towards our death by wishing this moment away? Do we want, on our death bed, to regret all the precious moments we missed? 

Byron Katy so succinctly summed it up when she said, “The only time we suffer is when we believe a thought that argues with what is. When the mind is perfectly clear, what is is what we want.” ... “I am a lover of what is, not because I'm a spiritual person, but because it hurts when I argue with reality.”

Put in these terms it just doesn’t make sense to make the present moment an enemy. If choosing to be unhappy makes you happy then choose it. Being here now, with the mind, is a practice. Lucky, we are equipped with a wonderful practice tool, breath. Paying attention to breath brings the attention back to the here now. When we remember. 

Monday, October 22, 2012

Just Say Know!!!

Just Say Know!!

What do I mean by this!  I mean know that you don’t have to be dependent on Big Oil.  Know that you can stand up and say No to Enbridge not just from the N.I.M.B.Y. prospective but say No with your actions. Imagine if we all took our foot off the gas and put on the brake to Big Oil.  Stop single occupant driving! Take a bus! Ride a bike! Carpool! Ride a horse! Walk, run, skip, hop! Seek the cheapest way to transport. Until we stop fueling the need for oil, we will continue to be at the mercy of Big Oil. By all means, get out, stomp your feet, shout your protests, unfurl your signs, wave your fist in the air... but then speak with your actions. 
Go home and do what you can do! 
Stop this insane need to consume! 
It only fuels Big Greed! 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

A Few Thinks and A Couple of Firsts

Here's something. Ive been thinking about and practicing. For years I've worked on becoming more comfortable in my own skin, managing anxiety and mood swings and getting consciously higher with meditation and yoga. Even though I knew this on a gut level and even visited these beliefs in the past. I am now very aware that to make psychological and spiritual growth I need to prune the past of lingering core beliefs. 
This may sound like an endorsement for the work I've being doing with the leftkoe system on and I guess it is. 

In a very logical and systematic way I am not only discovering core beliefs  but actually eliminating them.  How can I say this? My life is experentially different than it was before I started the program. The burdens of not being good enough, no longer resonate to my very core.  They are becoming like ghosts of life past, insubstantial and seen through. 

Those are the thinks. The firsts are:

~ First headstand with wall support
~ First blog post from iPhone which actually didn't work so I guess I would have to say the first try to blog.  Now I will have figure out why it didn't ~ troubleshooting is my middle name.   

in joy


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

And The Word Was...

My daily practice, among others, is to choose an Angel card or two or three.  Some may instantly respond that this is just another wooo wooo new age idea. 

Consider this. 

On each Angel card is one single word. A simple word that offers a universal truth or a personal truth. It is an invitation to experience that word simply as a pointer and turn inward. I cannot tell you the number of times I have chosen an Angel card only to be surprised that it exactly reflected my inner state in that moment.

Today’s first card was light. I don’t see this card that often. Honestly, I can say that in the last while my vision of self, higher purpose and comfort with who I am has been dimmed, if not darkened. Yet in the last week or so, I have felt this darkness lift, ever so subtly day by day. Now a reminder, Light.  

Light that emanates from all beings; just as the morning sunlight streams through the windowed doors, is refracted and reflected through hanging crystals sending beautiful rainbow fairies or angels dancing through the room. This is the dance of consciousness that many are waking up to. We are not beings alone and separate simply bumping up against others. 

Each of us as consciousness or light has the opportunity to refract and reflect on a, here to fore, different kind of living. One that reveres all, all beings, sentient or not, all forms that coexist on this beautiful, blue green planet. 

We are all part of this dance of the experience of consciousness.  Eckart Tolle reminds us that the moment we realize we are not present, we are.  It is in this presence that we wake up to the consciousness that has always been present. There is no where to go, once we wake up to the experience of this moment the great opportunity to participate together in this dance of life becomes apparent and sacred. Dancing together we explore oneness, compassion, love, synchronicity and, yes, light

On this thanksgiving, I am so grateful to all of you for being you. I wish you all light, love and happiness.

In the heart opening book, “Meditation For The Love Of It”, Sally Kempton quotes T.S. Eliot;

The Word without a word, the Word within The world and for the world; And the light show in darkness and Against the Word the unstilled world still whirled About the centre of the silent Word.