The aim of our attention. Walking with intention.

 

It is no wonder the shadow gets so big when we aim so much light in one direction.
We each have a responsibility to shift this tide by turning the attention inward and the intention forward.

'be the change you want to see in the world' - Ghandi. 

We must vote in November. But we must remember that we vote every moment of every day. The future is also dependent on how these decisions create the world we live in. We need to use our lights to guide ourselves, to see every one, not every 'other.' 
Government can regulate less when we self-regulate more.
Those with less can have more when we release the myth of scarcity and hoard less.
Bridges are built when we stop seeing each as other.
What if the hero we seek is in us?
What if we are saved every time we accept a part of ourselves we don't want to face?
What if this force in us comes (back) alive when we recognize the force and see someone we don't yet know or understand?
There's no time to push the action of progress out in the future. We cannot afford to relieve our own burdens by putting all of the responsibility and blame on some figure's shoulders.  It is time to march in these shoes, in our stories, toward one another.

What if we aimed our light on our own path? What if we find ourselves converging toward the light? Our shadows disappear.

National Pet Memorial Day 2016

In our human narrative we live a myth of independence, a myth of separate existence.

This myth falls away when we connect with our furry loved ones. 

Through the power of love, they teach us that deep connection transcends the myth of separation of body, words, and beliefs.

We share mindful silence, deep presence, a non-verbal connection that brings us into their world.

Our deep connections are made in slow, mindful presence,
Their love pulls us into relationship
Without judgment
Without comparison
Without competition
With compassion
With forgiveness
With gratitude for routines and expectations
With gratitude for surprises

They bring us deeply into a more loving relationship with them.
They bring us deeply into a more loving understanding of ourselves.

They teach us to love without words.
After they are gone, they teach us to love beyond physical form.

As we grieve, we find in silence both sadness and presence. 
May our silence hold absence and presence.
May our sadness from the physical absence be broken with remembrance of how our sweet friends teach us to find presence in the silence. They teach us to transcend the myth of separation of body, words, and beliefs.

We pause to honor all they teach us without a word.
We honor their return to everything.
Return to the wave. 
Return to the air.
Return to the earth.
Return to the stars.

Silence is not made of absence.
In silence we find the sustaining presence of love.
Not absence, but the presence of everything.

Deep peace of the running wave to you
Deep peace of the flowing air to you
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you
Deep peace of the shining stars to you
Deep peace of sustaining love to you

Let us hold the presence of all of these in a moment of silence.

In their lasting love,

Amen.

*Deep Peace prayer from the Iona Community

Written for the Memorial at Heights Women's Club Last Wishes National Pet Memorial Day 2016, "Because We Always Remember"

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What if.....

The soul doesn’t separate, the ego does.

The soul doesn’t need security, the ego does.

Every form of religion could support the ego and focus on (a false sense) of security, through means of control, separation, and discrimination to the point of violence - which feeds fear and therefore more followers seeking its “comfort.”  I fear many religions do.

Every form of religion could support the soul and focus on understanding our ego’s desires and our soul’s desires.  They can teach us to listen to the soul, to seek the collective soul, to use our ego’s triggers as a way to uncover our longings to understand, love, and connect to the point of unity - which feeds compassion and therefore more followers seeking its “comfort.” I fear many religions don't.  

I'm sad that within

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