Many times in a yoga class I have either read poetry or quotes or had poetry read to me. I went on Friday to an amazing slam poet Buddy Wakefield whose work really touches my soul.
The past few days, that experience included, has really brought me into a new frame of consciousness. I'm shifting paradigms here don't get crazy about the twenty-cent words, it's just a new shift and the last time I shifted and felt this sense of awe and wonder and excitement the world smashed and it was a little bloody and broken. And I don't think it was that I was in line for the punishment and the karma but the universe had something bigger in mind and I was settling for the great un-great. If you've ever settled for some great un-great, mediocrity doesn't describe it but good enough with bandaids stuck to it and some toothpicks holding it together with the smiles and nods you're getting from someone who you want to love you sounds familiar then you know what I'm talking about in this long sentence. So the rubble which was my house upon the sand became the pathway to the place I stand today. With the universe saying here's some new shoes and a key chain and a light, the rest is golden, enjoy the new ride.
There is a universal song that is being sung in various notes and to various keys. And I think we're listening in. I think we're tuning in because it plays the chords on the strings that are found in the fibers of our very being and so we know the song to be true. Laugh, breathe, believe.....
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Three Suggestions for Peacemaking in Your Own Life
- If you have any internal judgements of anybody, politically or in your life, notice any judgments of “wrong or bad.” Then connect, “what are the deeper needs of mine behind those judgements?”
- When you have disagreement with what others are saying (with politicians and media pundits, for example), see if you can empathize with the needs they are trying to meet, and see if there are ways you can relate to them.
- If you are talking to someone who is expressing judgments -- that you either agree or disagree with -- try to reflect back and empathize with some of their needs.