Sustainability

What does that word mean to us?

“Sustainability is the potential for long-term maintenance of well being” Wikipedia

How do we measure our well being?

Is it having more of everything? Is that sustainable for the planet, let alone us?

Can our health be improved by wanting & having less?

The result of the forgoing is less stress.

Less stress results in better health.

Does better health result in improved well being?

Meaningful activity is not the race around box stores to complete a shopping list.

Well being involves the maturity of ones soul.

Soulful activity is on a different plane. It involves lifestyle centeredness.

Balancing spirit, health, & economics is the path to sustainability on an individual basis.

Happy Holidays & may the above ideas bring you many more.

David

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December 29, 2013Permalink Leave a comment

Gratefulness

One of the roads to happiness.

Gratefulness, starting with being alive, is a sure way to have a good day.

Is it possible to be grateful for everything that we have?

If we start with the idea that we have enough, it makes it easier to be thankful for where we are & what we do have.

Not being happy is a state of mind, a condition that we accept. When we view things from a different perspective, we can lessen our suffering.

It is often a case of priorities, recognizing that life itself is far more valuable than the things that we wish we had.

Living in a healthy natural world is far more valuable than a smog bound setting.

Having good health is the under-pinning to a happier life.

These are basic human conditions but ones we often take for granted, while mourning the less valuable.

David

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December 22, 2013Permalink Leave a comment

Isn’t it a Pity – George Harrison

I was listening to George Harrison’s CD yesterday & the following two songs:

Isn’t It A Pity

Isn’t it a pity

Now, isn’t it a shame

How we break each other’s hearts

And cause each other pain

How we take each other’s love

Without thinking anymore

Forgetting to give back

Isn’t it a pity

 

Art of Dying

There’ll come a time when all of us must leave here

Then nothing sister Mary can do

Will keep me here with you

As nothing in this life that I’ve been trying

Could equal or surpass the art of dying

Do you believe me?

As most of you know, George went through a period of dying & his words do apply to us all.

We walk through life in a ‘me’ society where the underlying philosophy is ‘self interest’. Does emptiness follow that path?

What nourishes the Spirit & the Soul?

Might the answer be the opposite of self interest?

If so, isn’t it a pity that our society is focused on the other side of the mirror.

Can we walk a smooth path when the footing is rocky?

That is up to us!

David

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December 8, 2013Permalink Leave a comment

Remembrance Day

“How many times must the cannon balls fly

Before they’re forever banned?

 

How many times can a man turn his head

And pretend that he just doesn’t see?

 

How many deaths will it take till he knows

That too many people have died?

 

Where have all the soldiers gone?

Gone to graveyards, everyone.

 

Oh, when will they ever learn?

Oh, when will they ever learn?

Peter, Paul, & Mary”

I took the above lines from four different Peter, Paul, & Mary songs from the ’60’s & are we still asking the question “when will we ever learn?”

“The answer is blowin in the wind”, is that a spiritual metaphor?

What will get us beyond weapons & war?

‘Peace’ of mind, love?

David

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November 18, 2013Permalink Leave a comment

Mammon

Piers Morgan was interviewing Warren Buffett, his son, & grandson recently. A quote from that interview re Warren’s $33bil of Berkshire Hathaway stock: “it doesn’t do me any good so I might as well give it away. I have everything I need.”

The family members referred to the only interview that Warren’s wife, Susan, had ever done:

Susan: “I fell for him despite his money.”

Susan said she was looking for everything but money. She was after a values alignment.

Susan got money, plenty of it, & Warren has decided after working his whole life accumulating it, that it really isn’t of much ‘real’ value.

His son has just written a book, ’40 Chances’, which is all about how to feed a world full of poverty.

These folks seem very down to earth, compassionate, & loving.

‘Ye cannot serve God & Mammon’: This famous verse continues the discussion of wealth, and makes explicit what was implied in Matthew 6:21: a person cannot pursue both material goods and spiritual well being. The two goals are mutually exclusive. Wikipedia

Is God ‘Love’?

Wikipedia again: “God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.” – 1 John, Chapter 4:13

Do the Buffett’s exemplify this love, this spirit?

I didn’t hear them say anything about religion. I didn’t hear any spiritual discourse but it strikes me that they have a serenity about their purpose that would indicate a spirit of giving throughout their family.

Do we need billions to follow suit? Do we need millions?

Is it possible that whatever we have is more than enough to share, if we have the spirit to do so?

What spiritual approach is required? One of compassion, love.

That’s it?

David

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November 11, 2013Permalink Leave a comment

Doors

Doors open when our minds open.

If we are open to listening to anyone, anywhere, anytime, a path unfolds that shows the interconnectedness of all that is.

Opportunities lie behind closed minds. Those opportunities are never seen as long as the mind fears openness.

The ‘I can’t’ negative view of the surrounding environment defeats the creative nature we all inherited at birth.

Allowing ourselves to listen without judgement exposes ideas, people, & places that we might never otherwise experience.

We don’t need the aid of mind expanding drugs. We just need a change of viewpoint or intention.

There is a life beyond the one we are living. There is a silver lining when dark clouds appear.

Open the door, welcome others in. Don’t fear failure or getting hurt. Those things will happen, they are a way of growing.

Explore what you love, love others as you do yourself.

David

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October 27, 2013Permalink Leave a comment

Speak Your Truth

I spotted the above title on Oprah.com while thinking about the word ‘truth’.

What is our own truth?

What is truth?

If you ask 3 people to explain the way they ‘see’ things, there will probably be three different answers. None of these will necessarily conform to the way we ‘see’ the world.

How then do we speak our own truth?

Do we stubbornly hold to our position when a friend or loved one ‘sees’ things differently?

Do we blurt out our version of events even though it may hurt those around us?

Should we bottle up our feelings when hurt?

Would it be best to tell the ‘truth’ at all costs?

Science proves many ‘truths’ inaccurate.

Cultures evolve & strongly held ‘truths’ become outdated & replaced.

Even the Pope does not seem to be as infallible as once perceived.

How do we ordinary folk operate in a world that is proven to be built on false premises?

When trust is shaken does that mean truth is shattered?

If truth can be splintered, where does our truth reside?

Our soul is our connection with the Divine.

Dig deep within, let your truth unfold.

David

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October 20, 2013Permalink Leave a comment

Women and the World’s Oldest Prejudice

“God creates this earth and its heaven and all forms of life in six days—The creative acts of each day are described—God creates man, both male and female, in His own image—Man is given dominion over all things and is commanded to multiply and fill the earth.”

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

I have often wondered whether women could run this planet on a more sustainable basis than us fellows.

We men have predicted a holocaust from biblical times & then been driven to prove out our prophecy, it seems.

The good book is definitely a male dominated document & why not, God gave us dominion.

In those first two quotes it seems that man is either given dominion over all animals or over everything else, including women.

Apparently, a snake wasn’t going to take dominion lying down & conspired with a woman to fool us.

That is probably where misogyny got rolling. The world’s oldest prejudice.

Women provide one of the most sacred services to mankind by giving birth & nurturing us through those formative years. Yes, us men!

Where & when do we decide, that she that gave us birth, is now inferior in some way?

Maybe God was & is a woman & maybe God didn’t say what we say she said.

What if?

Would our planet look a lot healthier today?

Would there be a more loving, caring, sacred approach to economics?

David

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October 13, 2013Permalink Leave a comment

Native Woman

Joe Jack Salish Moon

We watched a film the other night, here on Pender Island, called ‘Muffins for Granny’. The newly formed Pender First Nation Reconciliation Initiative, featured it at our community hall.

Thank you for opening my eyes.

If you get a chance to see it, do so. It inspired this poem.

 

They tried, but couldn’t pierce my soul, she cried, tears streaming down her face,

They took my body, took my mind, and tore me from my rightful place,

They burned my clothes and cut my hair,

They ordered silence, not to dare

To say a word in native tongue,

They concentrated on the young.

 

They tried, but couldn’t pierce my soul, she said,

The anger and the pain still causing angst inside her head,

I’ve kept this little piece of me, I’ve held it tight, no one can see,

I’ve fought my whole life long and learned to hate,

And now I can’t let go, it seems too late.

 

They tried, and nearly pierced my soul, she sighed,

They wrenched me from my family and left a gap so wide

That everything I was and all that I was meant to be

Was lost. A sad and frightened girl was me.

 

They tried, and in so many ways they won,

My life tumbled around me and for years I was undone.

I clutched my soul with all my might, I drank and swore and learned to fight

But lost my grip, then lost myself for years,

Could barely keep from drowning in a watershed of tears.

 

They tried, and nearly pierced my soul, she said,

But here it is, still hanging by a worn and thinning thread.

This tiny flame, this speck of me is all that’s left of history,

Is it too late to give my soul a chance,

Oh healing wind, caress this flame, allow my soul to dance.

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October 12, 2013Permalink Leave a comment

Spiritual Economics

“Material economics promotes a consciousness of lack and the need to “get”.

Spiritual economics promotes a consciousness of completeness and the joy of giving.”

The above quote comes from a recent book that I read. What possibly could ‘spiritual’ have to do with ‘economics’?

Nothing, if we don’t ‘see’ any connection.

If enlightenment is some form of conversion, as in ‘the spirit in which we approach life’, then maybe converting from a competitive to a collaborative economy has possibilities. Converting from self interest to sharing might offer similar opportunities.

When our economy & educational systems are based on the former, competition & self interest, how would it be possible to convert to the latter?

We must be open to seeing the results of our actions. In a finite world the implications are potentially catastrophic.

The impact for the next generations might leave little room for error.

Our own physical & psychological health is & will pay a price.

In the spirit of cooperation let’s open up to the idea of a new economic paradigm.

It’s the vision that comes first!

David

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