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Reflections: Honoring Earth Day 2013

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” John Muir

Modern Earth Day Flag

Reflections: Honoring Earth Day 2013. A modern Earth Day flag

Earth Day 2013 – The Face of Climate Change

Meditate it Forward – Free Meditation – Pass it On

Happy Earth Day, today and every day! One thing that becomes apparent in the spring is how the landscape changes from barren to fecund. It seems magical but, in truth, our love for Mother Earth is reflected in the fullness of spring that surrounds us. If we live in areas that have decimated the natural landscape, then the full expression of spring and her glorious, vibrant beauty is diminished; muted by the abuse… We experience the results of how the earth is treated in our part of the planet. Even if we didn’t contribute directly, we see the outcome in nature. Such is life and the impact positive/negative actions have on us all.

“Mother Earth is speaking to us. We all have the same message: create an energy shift upon Mother Earth.” Chief Arvol Looking Horse

NASA Explore: Earth Day April 22nd 2013

Can we mitigate it? Yes. Every bit we do from recycling plastics, to planting trees, to conserving energy will make a difference. Meditation, prayer, music and a spirit of gratitude can make a difference too. Last year, I suggested five things we could do to make earth day a daily occurrence. In 2011, I offered 10 practical things to do This year, given the horrific acts of violence that continue to rip our world and relationships apart, I believe we must go within and look at our hearts and find healing, compassion, peace, forgiveness, hope, gratitude and love there. Where there is love and gratitude, violence will not thrive. More below!

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Weekly Writing Challenge: Mapping A Journey Of Love…

“The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.” Don Williams, Jr.

Weekly Writing Challenge: Mapping A Journey Of Love... Big Sur

Weekly Writing Challenge: Mapping A Journey Of Love… Big Sur

A little over a year ago, I had shared a post ( Reflections: Memories Of Big Sur…) on a memorable road trip I took to Big Sur, California with my then husband to be. What made that a particularly poignant memory was the fact that it was part of a surprise marriage proposal, and my first time in California. We flew in from New York, spent time with old friends in San Francisco and Oakland, and then headed out for our destination points.  Aside from our long and languid drive up the Big Sur coastline, we stopped and spent time by the ocean, at a wonderful restaurant – Nepenthe, and a few nights at The Esalen Institute. For this challenge, I mapped out the area we covered specific to our Big Sur trip, and excluded the fact that our journey, our road-trip, began in San Francisco… But I suspect you might have imagined that; we all must begin somewhere.

“The map is not the territory.” Alfred Korzybski

Weekly Writing Challenge: Mapping A Journey Of Love... Esalen

Weekly Writing Challenge: Mapping A Journey Of Love… Esalen

Weekly Writing Challenge: Mapping A Journey Of Love... Nepenthe

Weekly Writing Challenge: Mapping A Journey Of Love… Nepenthe

As we prepared for our trip, we asked friends for ideas and they suggested a meal at the famous Nepenthe Restaurant; a former cabin lodge set high on a hill overlooking the Big Sur coastline and the Pacific ocean. The beauty of the ocean from our high point was quite striking and it made it difficult to focus on the meal we had. I know we had seafood, salad, and probably dessert, but my heart was drawn to the ocean and that mesmerizing slice of the coastline.  We spent a few nights at the Esalen Institute which was known as the Big Sur Hot Springs for several months before it became the Esalen Institute. Our quarters were elegant yet simple. The food was bountiful; an organic, vegetarian feast. What I loved about our stay at Esalen was the chance to enjoy the hot spring tubs perched on the side of the mountain, overlooking the ocean below. It was a fantastic experience…  The ocean views were amazing from our outdoor dip in the hot tub. I could feel the breeze from the ocean and the occasional spray of cool ocean water; quite surreal.   More below. ;-)

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Haiku: The Power of Silence…

“Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.” Francis Bacon

Haiku: The Power of Silence...

Haiku: The Power of Silence…

Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence,
and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content. Helen Keller

A meditation…
There will be no open doors
‘Til man loves peace more…

“Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.” Leonardo da Vinci

Haiku: The Power of Silence...

Haiku: The Power of Silence…

From silence you come, to silence you go.
Enter your inner space and know where you come from. The eternal silence awaits you with endless patience. Unknown

In the silence, Truth
We stand naked with our thoughts
Wisely fed soul food…

Take some time to observe silence this year… to sit and meditate. We constantly rush around meeting deadlines, doing chores, completing tasks… Stop. Turn down the noise and speedometer… Silence. More below!

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