Once upon a time in America



Before we built walls, before we were so afraid, when we took in the World's oppressed.... from once upon a time when "America was Great".

Our thoughts form our beliefs, form our speech and actions which shape our lives and our world.  Ultimately we are all responsible.  Never let fear rule your mind.

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Does the Sky Exist?

Most of us have a fixed image of what the sky is.  We see a blue sky, a cloudy sky or whatever.  We know that it changes, but still think of it all as the sky.  In reality, is there such a thing as "the" sky, other than in our minds?  Clouds form and evaporate, winds blow the air stirring up dust which falls back to the ground.  Storms or tornadoes come and go.  If one looked closely they would see that there is no "sky" that exists as a thing.  There are random elements and particles contained in an area that is moving through space and those elements are in constant flux.

If you think about it the same is true for our bodies, our thoughts, our personalities, and our "selves."

What is this that we call self, I, me?

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Until it's Empty - Turtles All The Way Down

One summer day, two boys were throwing a ball back and forth. One asked, “Here we are playing, and the earth holds us up. But what holds the earth up?”

“I asked my dad about that a few days ago,” said the other, “and he said that the earth is held up by four elephants, one in each of the four directions.” They returned to their play.

A few minutes later, the first boy asked, “What holds the elephants up?”

“I asked my dad that, too, and he said that they stand on the shell of a giant turtle.” 

They threw the ball back and forth again. Then the first boy asked, “What holds the turtle up?”

The second boy stopped playing. He thought for a while and finally said, “I think it’s turtles all the way down.”

When we begin to examine our minds, eventually we come to pure awareness - emptiness.

Do not mistake emptiness as nothingness, it is everything - pure potential.

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Clarity ( For Annie )



Never as alive, as awake
as when sleeping under stars
on the side of a mountain,
under pines
and she by my side.

Clear the air, clear the mind,
purge the dark and doubt
on the side of a mountain,
under pines,
and she by my side.

Starry night, silent night,
holy night
on the side of a mountain,
under pines,
and she by my side.

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The Result



Our thoughts sometimes lead us down a bumpy road.  When someone does or says something we disagree with, "justice" demands that we say or do something about the situation.  We can't just sit here and not speak our mind, BUT what are the consequences?

Will speaking our opinion help the situation?

Will the other person learn from what we say or will they feel hurt and further isolated?

Will you win the battle and loose the war?

Is your pride more important than the end result?

Sometimes a few moments of looking deeply are in order before we speak, before we act.

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A World of Fear?

Fear gets our attention.

Seth Godin has an interesting article today on how the media not only reports bad news, but actually perpetuates it.

"What if the fear and malaise and anger isn't merely being reported by cable news... What if it's being caused by cable news?

The world is safer (per capita) than ever before in recorded history. And people are more frightened. The rise of the media matches the rise of our fear."


We have evolved  to notice and focus upon "danger".  In the days of lions, tigers, and bears it served us well to heed signals of fear.  The problem is that we see what we expect to see.  We find what we seek.  We create our reality through our expectations.

We think approximately 60,000 thoughts a day.  Most are unconscious and most are probably negative or fear based thoughts.  Using mindfulness and focused awareness we can create a world of our choosing.  I use Metta or Loving Kindness Meditation almost daily to combat destructive emotions and expectations.

Not watching Cable News probably helps as well.



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