From the mouths of babes

From my 9 year old grandson Brooke’s: If you win at something in sports or life take time to be grateful and acknowledge it !

From my 8 year old granddaughter Elly: Start by being thankful for the simple things, your family, the air, the water, someone supporting and caring for you.

“Blessings on your journey”

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Enlightenment

Spiritual growth can take place anywhere, if you are open and ready to learn and receive.

Many spiritual seekers feel called to far-flung places across the globe in the interest of pursuing the path of their enlightenment. This may indeed be the right course of action for certain people, but it is by no means necessary to attaining an enlightened consciousness. Enlightenment can take root anywhere on earth, as long as the seeker is an open and ready vessel for higher consciousness. All we need is a powerful intention, and a willingness to do the work necessary to moving forward on our path.

From my friend madisyn

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Honoring ones wishes

In the world of funerals and end of life issues I often hear families saying they want to “honor” the wishes of the deceased.  Often, those wishes are very limited because they just relate to the handling of the body, buried, cremated etc.  They also might be limited because there had been little if any discussion about these end of life plans.

“Honoring” is a very important and significant part of end of life issues, yet can get very consfusing without some understanding of circumstances and reflection on family dynamics. When we are confronted by end of life events in our family we can often feel like our world is out of control. It can present itself in many ways such as medical emergencies (falls, accidents, etc) where in the blink of an eye our world is turned upside down and everything changes.  We can feel out of control by having to rely on others to help us navigate through life experiences we have little if any experience with (nursing homes, hospitals, funeral homes, etc).  And, the number one reason for feeling out of control and the most significant evidence we have is not being able to sustain life indefinitely, dying.

Loss of control can physically shut us down, numb us to a point of malfunction and sometimes is all families are emotionally capable of.  Yet, If one is able to relinquish control and go with the flow of the human experience, it can open a door to the most remarkable and life affirming experience one can imagine.  While honoring ones wishes have value, please remember, it’s really about honoring ones life and how they lived it.  If done well honoring and celebrating life can affirm meaning and purpose that connects us with love, hope and a peace that passeth all understanding.

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Buried seeds

Dedicated to my friend Sacha:

 

All the buried seeds crack open in the dark the instant they surrender to a process they can’t see.– Mark Nepo –

Change is a transformative process that grows out of buried seeds, seeds that surrender to a process they can’t see.  We, contemplate breaking out of the plan we made for ourself and for a better life. We, consider going back to the job we hate, returning to relationships that step on our heart, taking that drink or pill instead of continuing to make amends and deal with our shit.  Change is terrifying by its very nature.

We like to see ourselves as good people, as people who do the right thing, as people who say “please” and “thank you,” as people who care about other people and devote time and energy to others. It takes a tremendous love of truth to allow whatever that picture of ourselves is to fall from its elevated position on the wall, and shatter. It takes faith, trust and a willingness to enter the darkness of failure and the unknown.  The irony, however, is that the wall and the elevated image of ourselves is what imprisons us. The ground that shatters could be viewed as the painful, but freeing, action of Love. Picking up the pieces of that shattered image and continually placing it back in its prison cell on the wall is a safe and familiar solution.   And, transformative change, like love itself, can never be forced upon us.

Transformative change requires our participation to germinate and grow. No matter what our situation, we have a choice. Continue to open to the heart-renching action of love? Or shut down, harden, and quit.  Why do you think so many people walk around virtually dead in this world? Because reaching for life is scary. You have to be out of your mind to do it, and I mean that literally.  I’m scared too.

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Co-creators

To co-create, we must first begin with a foundation of mutual respect.

 Gardens offer us a perfect opportunity to reconnect to our true selves and remember our place in the natural world. Rather than approach our gardens as mere investments of energy, we can look at the entire process of gardening, from planting seeds to harvesting food, as a way of deepening our conscious relationship with the creative force of the universe. If we are willing to shift our intention from dominating, or at least directing nature, to co-creating with nature instead, we may discover a deep peace and renewed sense of wonder.

To co-create we must first begin with a foundation of mutual respect. As you create your garden in partnership with nature, you can respect the earth, water, insects and animals by using organic seeds, soil and fertilizers. You can also communicate with the plants, insects and elements involved in your garden, and create a regular practice of stillness to listen for any messages they may have for you. When it comes time for harvesting fresh vegetables or picking beautiful blooms, you might even ask permission first. If you ask with an open heart, you will always receive an answer.

When we recognize ourselves as allies, co-creators, with the earth and the natural world, our relationship to our environment begins to change. We no longer feel the need to control the circumstances around us and can relish in the perfection of all that is.

From my friend Madisyn

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God loves a parade!

Some days I wake up with a message from a dream, some days a feeling and some days a headline.  Today it was the headline “God goes on parade”.  During my meditation I thought what the heck do I do with this?? What does this mean?  I wrote this post in my head at least five different ways.  One way was just say “God goes on parade” and let you figure out what that means   the other way was to give some explanation or share my view point of what it means to me.  This should be good, as I never really know what I’m going to write until I do.

Many of you have heard, “everybody loves a parade”, or that’s what they say.  I have a hard time with parades because I came hard wired to direct things and keep people safe.  Whenever I see large groups of people gathered together I struggle with the logistics of who goes where, what’s the parade route, where are the escape routes, where’s the best place to park and to sit, what’s the timing of it and how do I get out of here after!!! etc…etc…..etc….. Others just enjoy being there and enjoy the excitement of the participants and the crowd, in fact they could sit anywhere   We all have hard wiring that makes us different.  It has been one of my greatest discoveries about co-creation, to learn we all have a part to play, we’re in it together, and no one is more important than the other.  Without our differences there would be no creation and the parade would be very boring!!  Our differences are our greatest gifts in co-creation.

Who would have thought that a parade would be a great example of co-creation.  A parade can represent hundreds, or thousands, or hundreds of thousands of people coming together experiencing life from different positions, view points and angles.  Like our daily lives, we wake up with a plan for our day, a parade route we will take.  We dress or put on our costume.  We enter the parade route, or the best parade viewing location and begin our day.  During our daily parade many people with different viewing positions and viewpoints will be witnessing our journey along the route and reacting with sincere joy and excitement or struggling with the thought of how do I get the hell out of here, amongst many other experiences.  This is life.

The main story behind “God goes on parade” is, God meant parades to be fun, to bring out the child in each of us, to bring us all together and infuse joy in our lives all while co-creating and celebrating our differences.

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