exploration

A visit to Sheldon Church Ruins, SC. © 2012

 

Change of scenery offers inspiration to further explore the scenery of Soul within.
Click here for more info on this landmark. 

meal simplicity: presence

 

For a more spiritual meal experience: simplify. This is one small [yet powerful] change I’ve made along the course of simplifying life that lends an opportunity to actually taste gratitude. Try bringing meals into your meditation space and dining quietly, with the focus on gratitude toward nature, nutrients, and nourishment. You’ll find yourself more aware of the body’s “I’M FULL NOW’ radar. This practice also helps you feel more satisfied and can, at times, become an altogether enlightening experience. Developing a structured, healthy routine that incorporates a fair amount of raw, life-giving foods is directly connected to mental and emotional stability/maturity, in addition to physical vitality.

Other dietary changes I’ve made in the past year include:
  • abstinence from alcohol
  • no more daily coffee
  • transitioning to an Ayurvedic routine
  • proper hydration, 60-90oz H20 daily. [24-36oz upon waking, then waiting at least 30 minutes before breakfast]

 

 

Dezy - June 28, 2014 - 9:34 pm

hi : ) So I tried Basil Lemon water yesterday and it is so yummy and good for you. I could practically feel the nutrients coursing through my body. even though I have your personal cell (from facebbok) and wanted to send you a pic I just wasn’t sure if that was okay but anyways it’s really good! Have you tried it ? The only thing I would add is honey. I love how aware you are.

Michelle (Aurora) - June 29, 2014 - 7:56 am

Hey, Dez! I haven’t tried it with basil, but that sounds wonderful! The combination sounds interesting, nature is amazing. I’d love to see a photo! Hope you’re well :)

How to Deal With Negative People Who Sabotage Your Life Passion Pursuit

 

Just thought I’d share this article as I’ve been reading on the subject. Valuable, easy read. Photo above is from a conceptual session back in 2009.

To quote a section from the article:

So how do you stop the negativity and get them on board?

Here are two types of naysayers you may encounter:

The first group is people who are going to be negative and attempt to sabotage your efforts or your self-confidence about your passion, no matter what. These are people who . . .

  • think they know best what is right for you;
  • feel deeply threatened by positive change in other people;
  • simply enjoy making others feel bad or insecure (this, oddly enough, allows them to feel better about themselves).

There is only one thing to do with these people:  Avoid them completely.

If that isn’t possible, limit your exposure to them and try to curtail any conversations around your life passion pursuit. If this person happens to be your spouse, then it’s time to get some professional counseling to help you both navigate through your changes and their reactions. (This is marriage-ruining stuff if not addressed in a healthy, proactive way.)

_____

Healthy relationships demand that you involve the people whose lives are closely intertwined with yours. You need to share your life passion plans with them, particularly your spouse and children, so that they feel safe and included.

Tina - June 27, 2014 - 10:17 pm

“Avoid them completely.” Yeap!

Dino Celestino - June 28, 2014 - 12:16 am

Great post. Good one to share. Hope you’re doing well.

Michelle (Aurora) - June 28, 2014 - 10:05 am

The bottom line is: trust is earned, and friendship is not something that can be demanded. I feel very blessed to have such an intimate bond with a few beautiful souls, and it’s all I need <3

Dino, great to hear from you! I hope you're well, as well :) I'm doing fantastic!

On the Human Being

 

 

We are all valid, beautiful souls. Something that keeps popping up in life is the concept of stigmas. Let’s just take a moment to look at the definition of the word:

 

stig·ma
ˈstigmə
noun
plural noun: stigmas
  1. 1.
    a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person.
    “the stigma of mental disorder”

 

The masses become immersed in false paradigms of “what should be”… and while we have moved through history often forgetting about how magnificent it is to simply exist, I feel the shift happening. It becomes obvious when real transformation is occurring; we observe synchronicity happening around us, people come into our lives (seemingly) out of nowhere that share our worldview, doors start opening and we find ourselves in new situations that challenge our integrity and shift our consciousness. Self-awareness increases, peacefulness is felt. This is what is possible when we let go of the stigmas and open our hearts completely.

It is discouraging to witness some of the same stagnant patterns happening over and over again throughout history — prejudice, greed-based war, social expectation… the list goes on. These things stifle our ability to operate in alignment with a Higher Purpose. We only move away from serving others and move into egoism if we continue to follow these practices that promote separation and unhealthy competition.

There is one thing we are always responsible for, and that is: choice. We transform when we begin to practice separating the Higher Self from thoughts, behaviors, and perceptions that occur in the mind. We can move into the bird’s-eye-view of our Higher Self and transcend our experiences by learning to choose what we want to think, do, and feel.

Until we commit to some level of inner work, to give ourselves permission to shed the tears, to admit to where we’ve fallen short… we can never learn how to properly care for ourselves, and so care for others.  This includes developing deep respect for all people. This requires letting go of assumptions about others regardless of their past or present situations. We can never know what someone is going through, has gone through, or will go through. So, the more we care for ourselves the more we can open ourselves to genuine care and kindness toward all beings. A step forward in seeing the true beauty of others. A step closer to truly serving. Anything or anyone who doesn’t support this… respectfully dismiss and move forward indefinitely. Be the example.

It’s just that time now… to move away from idolizing people for their ability to express talents, for their looks/bodies, or for their social/social media status ["popularity, career, etc"].

Further, there is no mental or physical condition that invalidates one’s existential Universal significance.

 

 

Dezy - June 27, 2014 - 7:57 am

<3

Protected: Private: Thomas | Client Gallery

This post is password protected. To view it please enter your password below:

Climate Change: Volunteer to Help

 

 

“Thank you for volunteering.

There’s going to be plenty to do to make this day of action the biggest that world leaders have ever seen! Avaaz will be in touch soon with ways to help out more, in the meantime the most important thing is to invite your friends and family to take part with you!

Send the email below to friends and family, and post this link on Facebook.

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/join_to_change_everything/?ttapledge

Thanks again for your help,

The Avaaz team

—————————-

Dear friends,

The last ice age happened in 6 months. 6 months for the planet to unleash an army of apartment-building-size ice blocks across Europe and the United States. It was a climate tipping point where the balance is knocked completely out of control and threatens the survival of everything — and three more tipping points exactly like it are on the verge of happening.

It’s our “holy shit” climate moment according to a leading NASA scientist, and only a holy shit massive coordinated day of action response, right now, can change the future we’re facing.

One agreement with common sense steps to end dirty energy can save us. That’s why the UN has called an urgent climate meeting in just over 100 days with all major world leaders — if we greet them on September 21st with the largest ever global climate mobilisation in history we can break through the walls of mega coal, oil, and business that prevent even the best politicians from doing what is right.

There’s no way to get around how big a task this is. But together, each small action will add up into a millions-strong movement that literally drowns out the opposition and gives our leaders the best reason to break free and build a hopeful, clean and green future. Click below to join in:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/join_to_change_everything/?ttapledge

“Tipping points” are feedback loops, where climate change feeds back on itself and causes rapidly accelerating, catastrophic consequences. Right now, methane gas that is 25 times worse for global warming than CO2 is frozen in our ice. But as the ice melts, the gas leaks, causing more melting and each melt loses us another layer of reflective ice shield that we rely on to keep the planet cool, more methane and less ice means more warming still, and everything starts to spin out of control. And that’s just one example… it’s why scientists are yelling from the rooftops that we have to act now.

We actually have the tools and the plan we need to make sure we don’t cross into a world where tipping points destroy us. And while it will take global cooperation on a bigger scale than ever before, our 36 million-strong movement already has the people power necessary to move leaders from every country to take the first steps. Just days ago, the United States and China announced serious new plans to curb their pollution — momentum is building ahead of next year’s critical Paris climate summit where a deal could be inked, and in just over 100 days we can take it up a notch further.

Taking to the streets in a record setting show of power and coordination is one of the most effective ways to create change — from the anti-Apartheid movement in South Africa to civil rights in the US, it’s sometimes been the only way. This is our chance to bring that power to the most important issue of our time: survival and a thriving future for our families, and their families and the generations of people to come. Click below to be a part of it all:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/join_to_change_everything/?ttapledge

We know we can do this… and do it big. When our community was just 3 million people we held 3,000 actions on the same day to protect our planet. We’re now 36 million strong, ten times the size! Imagine what we can achieve together now…

With so much hope for our future,

Emma, Iain, Lisa, Ricken, Alice, Emily, Sayeeda, Uilleam and the rest of the Avaaz team

MORE INFORMATION

Global warming: it’s a point of no return in West Antarctica. What happens next? (The Guardian)
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/may/17/climate-change-antarctica-glaciers-melting-global-warming-nasa

A Call to Arms: An Invitation to Demand Action on Climate Change (Rolling Stone)
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/a-call-to-arms-an-invitation-to-demand-action-on-climate-change-20140521

Mini ice age took hold of Europe in months (New Scientist)
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20427344.800-mini-ice-age-took-hold-of-europe-in-months.html

Report: Prepare for climate tipping points (Politico)
http://www.politico.com/story/2013/12/national-research-council-report-climate-change-could-hit-tipping-points-environment-100615.html

6 Simple Ways to Manifest Virtue

 

Maybe you’ve been in search of a way to change your current environment? You’ve felt something shifting inside, and it has become increasingly important to create harmony in your environment or current relationships. Your contribution to the Greater Good is important to you. Is this you?

Intentionally manifesting virtue is one way to improve your experiences and perspectives (isn’t that refreshing to ponder?!). Focusing more on a virtuous way of life aids you in making better decisions.  Here are 6 simple ways you can manifest virtue in your daily life.

1. Practice unconditional love. The art of offering others genuine care and kindness is one way to cultivate patience, understanding, and good listening skills.

2. Watch the sunrise. Getting up early, or setting aside time in your morning to watch the sunrise is a simple way to connect with nature and to be reminded of the simple things in life that you are grateful for.

3. Gratitude, above all. What things do you have to be thankful for in this moment? Practicing gratitude throughout each day is humbling and diminishes feelings of lack.

4. Meditation or Self-Hypnosis. Whether you’re emptying out your mind completely, or devoting a portion of time to intentionally direct a specific energy (for example, as with Metta Meditaion which extends intentional loving kindness to all beings in the world) — committing to the daily practice of focused awareness has a profound effect on self-concept, empathy, worldview, universal connectedness (oneness), mindfulness, and sense of wellbeing. Daily meditation practice is also directly linked to decreased stress, better sleeping habits, and increased self-confidence.

5. Write about it. Writing about experience, growth, and understanding can help you improve your communication skills and help you acknowledge your values and emotional cues.

6. Connect with your values, and surround yourself with others who share them. What are your deepest ethical values? Putting our values into words is typically not something we walk around doing from day to day, so making it a priority to actualize those values is extremely important. Realizing your values is only the first step; actions must follow suit. Volunteer work, spiritual discussions with others who share your worldview, book groups, attending public lectures and events that are extensions of your deepest ethical values — these are some basic ways you can put your values into practice and begin to manifest a more virtuous life.

Have a great week!

Fleeting Observations

Honey Moon, June 14, 2014

 Under the Honey Moon of June 2014 with Amy  – I have yet to see any of the photographs she created, from this ethereal experience we shared. This image is a digital rendering of two separate photographs. The halos around the moon were visible to the naked eye and looked almost like a rainbow stretching for miles across the night sky. 

 

All that we see… how does it compare to everything unseen — those things that can only be felt?
Those things that can only be believed in…
Are dreams any less significant than our daily waking lives? (no.)
Dreams,  projections of the immeasurable continuum called “infinity”.
Waking perceptions, fleeting observations.

[...] Click here to check out the beautiful words and stunning image that Michelle created. [...]

Face to Face

Self Portrait, June 2014.

 

“Never allow your knowledge to stand in the way of Truth.” — Ajahn Brahm

 

 

One humbling experience after another. At times, we stumble over ourselves. Our language is not enough. We are guided to silence, into situations which require the mind to switch off.  When we allow the heart to listen, we find our center. We are shown our truest fears, and among them, our greatest strengths.

There isn’t a single living soul who exists in permanent absence of fear, yet there is a secret to managing one’s fear that can be found through the mere acceptance of it. Coming face to face with it. Where fear has been denied, one must turn back and acknowledge it in order to subtly dismiss it.

 

Strength and Progress

We cannot grow as long as we exist in denial of what we’re afraid of.  From a very young age, I was exposed to terrifying, painful situations that led me to believe if I pretended to be strong, I would eventually become strong… which only skewed my understanding of strength over time.

To anyone going through something that seems to be impossible to escape —- this is only temporary. There is beauty to behold, and truth to be held where the light intersects with darkness; when you choose to do so, you can and will ascend to a higher vantage point from which a deeper understanding can be embraced, humbling you in the magnificence of its Greater Purpose.

 

John - June 16, 2014 - 9:21 pm

I feel drugged… your breakthrough binds us. Has this happened before? I don’t think it has for me… You lyricize your insight, which I happened to need but had yet to find. Two vines using each other to grow up into the light…

Hey, I wrote you a poem! Thank you and you’re welcome.

Social Media is not a Prerequisite

I’ll refrain from a lengthy explanation, but I would like to make a statement. Despite the advice of media experts, and even having learned how to successfully market a thriving business online — I no longer hold fast to the notion that social media status is required — for any reason. There are conveniences and inconveniences alike. But reliance on social media is not in harmony with the natural progression of things; a more organic, direct route proves through and through to be more meaningful, and more reliable. No matter who you are or where you’re from, important connections happen as a result of the vibrations [sent out from and received] by the natural forces, energies, and efforts resulting from intention.

This article from the perspective of a 45 year old male is worth taking the time to read.

 

 

John - June 17, 2014 - 5:30 pm

I stopped reading my facebook newsfeed weeks ago, so I don’t get the chatbacks anymore. Why did I stop, I wonder… Just fell out of the habit, I guess. I used to jump in and voice my most profound perspectives, but it’s all gone to the past so quickly, and nothing really went anywhere. It was all just ephemeral. How could I turn any of it into anything more than a flash in the pan? I’d post the occasional link to my Facebook group, but now the only one who ever let her voice be known in that group has deleted her account. Michelle, I’m glad to have made the transition to email with you. Maybe we can make the transition to phone?

Michelle (Aurora) - June 17, 2014 - 7:24 pm

John, I really appreciated the dynamic of that group and enjoyed the conversations that were happening before account deletion. I think the world needs more of that type of effort, not just on the internet alone. Your writing and your perspectives on overcoming seemingly impossible situations has made such a huge impact on me. You’re a shining example of what it means to have hope, and create change.