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The wise man does not lay up his own treasures. The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own. Lao Tzu

It might be worth 4 minutes to watch Paul Keating:

http://www.antar.org.au/issues_and_campaigns/self-determination/paul_keating_redfern_speech

After listening to that video, we might be thinking, well that was Australia, it wouldn’t happen in North America.

“In the 20th century, the Canadian Indian residential school system was intended to assimilate the children of the Aboriginal peoples in Canada into European-Canadian society.[1] The purpose of the schools, which separated children from their families, has also been described as cultural genocide or “killing the Indian in the child.” Wikipedia

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDshQTBh5d4&feature=related

What makes many of us think we are superior?

Is it possible to get along with each other, to give as much as we get, to look out for those in greater need?

You might have seen this video before but if you have another 3 minutes, enjoy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRhq-yO1KN8

David

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Greetings from Guinea, Conkrey

Greetings from Guinea, Conkrey

We arrived at 9:00 am this morning after a 5 day sail from Tenerife through mostly smooth waters.
We were met by a brass band, the President and his entourage.
The ship has only ½ of one berth space. The bow of the ship sticks way out into the water past the dock.
I am not sure how the patients will fit on the dock, let alone anything else!
We have arrived in rainy season in the midst of a cholera outbreak….got to watch out for those puddles!
We have not been allowed off ship past the dock area, so my impressions of Guinea are few at this point.

Leaving Tenerife

There is however, an amazing view from the starboard side of a breakwater and islands in the distance.
With no imagination at all, they could be the Gulf Islands! Tried to take a picture, but it is too misty. Will have to wait for brighter weather.
Sending you a few pictures contrasting our port in Tenerife, to that in Guinea.

Love to all,

Jane
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“To See Things in the Seed, That is Genius” Lao Tzu

I recently ran across some very wise thoughts from Lao Tzu & thought I might provide some personal interpretation.

It has become very apparent to me that this world is made up from the way we perceive it.

Whatever we listen to & believe is often made up of that which we want to substantiate as our view of life.

When we plant the garden of our life, the path which will unfold, it grows from the seeds we have embedded in our hearts & minds.

The thoughts we have & the words we use therefrom, paint the canvas which we then live.

How is it possible to live one’s life amongst the billions of conflicting views that are spoken & communicated hourly into our central nervous system?

We must know our place, our self, the hidden part which travels in our physicality.

We must be satisfied, we must know when enough is enough. We must not want.

At the end of this three minute video, with some very wise thoughts, I was surprised to find a non-human voice:

Plant & cultivate with love.

David

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Perception – Who or What do We ‘See’

How can one see both sides of the same coin at once?

“We are bound by our perceptions,” Tanh had said. “It is our faculty of perception which divides reality into birth & death, one & many, permanent & impermanent, past & present.”

Tanh had jokingly told Doan that his world of elementary particles was a world of ghosts. Now Doan understood that it was through this “world of ghosts” that he was able to see through the illusory nature of the ordinary world & grasp that the things we perceive through our senses are themselves illusions. ‘The Moon Bamboo’, Thich Nhat Hanh.

I continued my search for answers to the power of perception & ran across this 20 minute video. Watch with caution, you may lose your self:

So if reality comes from within, what might I want to ‘see’ in a new world?

“A true social compact for our times starts from the principle that each individual should have the basic right to develop and utilize his or her creative talents fully – in ways that generate a livelihood for the individual and foster productivity for society as a whole.” ‘The Great Reset’, Richard Florida

Is Richard’s idea worth considering?

What matters?

David

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Fearful Rigidity

Fearful Rigidity

 

With all this zeal for righteousness,

I find it rather tiring, I confess,

This preference to break rather than bend,

Always and forever trying to defend,

That I am right and others wrong

 I keep singing the same old song,

Listening to my one refrain,

Again and again.

It seems that others know,

The easy joy of flow,

The meeting of their minds,

Delighting in the new ideas they often find,

While listening to the other’s train of thought,

Expanding on their universe and willing to be taught,

The looking in and reaching out,

To gather men about.

They seem so young, so lithe, so free,

Just look at me,

Rigid and straight,

I stand behind my gate,

While in a dance, the world goes by,

In harmony, in tune, they fly,

And I, with book of rules tucked firm beneath my arm,

Stiffly close my door to keep myself from harm.

And what is there to fear?

What dictates all that I hold dear?

Why zealously do I repair the slightest crack,

Stand guard against a possible attack?

Why this reluctance to examine views,

To open to the endless possibilities that life imbues,

Why this neediness of mine,

To be right, all of the time.

Of course, if I should once begin

To open up and let the others in,

It may demand a questioning of all my ways,

Excruciating self examination, day after endless day,

Completely overturning all I’ve known,

And tearing up the roots that I have grown,

Reviving and reliving all that’s past,

A painful exorcism to the last.

And so alone, I stand,

My so called right beliefs the only thing at hand,

Perhaps a wind, a north gale biting cold,

Someday will tear at me and break this mold,

This brittle shell, dissolving in the rain,

From which will pour a lifetime full of pain.

But for the now, I’ll screw the lid on tight,

And keep the contents firmly hidden from the light.

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WAR & THE OLYMPICS

“The Olympics themselves were initially created to bring about a truce and stop fighting between warring city-states. They were relaunched after many centuries in large part to build upon this initial vision, and with the explicit aim and purpose of promoting peace and bringing humanity together. As an interesting note – the etymology of the word ‘competition’ is competere ‘strive in common’, in classical Latin ‘to come together, agree, to be qualified’. May we all strive together with olympic spirit for true peace, celebration of diversity, and togetherness, and to overcome war, violence and all forms of injustice and inequality – in the true Olympic spirit.” Kai Frithjof Brand-Jacobsen

Those last words ‘Olympic Spirit’ led me to finding a definition for Spiritual Wellness on the Internet:

“A person engaged in the process of spiritual wellness is willing and able to transcend oneself in order to question the meaning and purpose in his/her life and the lives of others.  He/she is involved in the process of questioning all that is around him/her and has an appreciation for that which cannot be completely understood.  This person seeks to find harmony between that which lies within and the social and physical forces that come from outside.  Feelings of doubt, despair, fear, disappointment and dislocation as well as feelings of pleasure, joy, eagerness and discovery are part of this search for a universal value system.

The person on a path towards spiritual wellness is learning to be tolerant of the opposites and contradictions that exist within his/her world and beliefs and influences of others.  He/she is able to engage in the formulation of a systematic worldview, and system of values that give unity, purpose and goals to one’s hopes, striving, thoughts and action.”

That last quote starts with ‘the process of spiritual wellness’. How many of us ever think of our spiritual wellness & actually begin & let alone sustain a spiritual wellness process?

“Spiritual Wellness is a personal matter involving values and beliefs that provide a purpose in our lives. While different individuals may have different views of what spiritualism is, it is generally considered to be the search for meaning and purpose in human existence, leading one to strive for a state of harmony with oneself and others while working to balance inner needs with the rest of the world.” http://wellness.ucr.edu

I had coffee with a fellow yesterday, who just arrived on the island for the summer & suggested I look up a gal he just met in the Bay area:

www.appropriateresponse.com

“The radical premise of Buddhist teaching is that resting in the truth—learning to be present, attentive and receptive to our moment-to-moment experience—is the doorway to freedom and joy.”

Then I ran across this video: Wade Davis: The worldwide web of belief and ritual,

Is it worth your next 19 minutes to watch  & is it true that there are Elder Brothers who are currently praying for our spiritual well being & whose spiritual practice holds the world in balance?

You decide,

David

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