A beautiful minute and a half…

“There are problems and there is deep suffering in all of our lives, and there is abject suffering for some people in the world, so let’s get busy and work with that, but lets not forget that this is an astonishing gift to be alive on this planet at this time, astonishing, and it is irresponsible not to be grateful.”

~Jeff Salzman

“In these times of devastating ecological and social collapse, there are those of us who feel an urgency to attend to the world ‘before it’s too late.’ But the great paradox is that this very tendency to rush anxiously ahead is what got us into trouble in the first place. In the Aboriginal way of dreaming, the past and future are embedded in the present. One’s embodiment is the ground into which all continuity flows, so the past can be just as influenced as the future by one’s way of going in the here and now. Let the way that you walk be slow. Let us listen to the pleas of our surrounding thirsts. Let us acknowledge the forgetting which drifted us onto this terrifying precipice. Let the grief of it all make its encounter through your remembering. And may beauty come alive then, under your feet.” ~Toko-pa

Art by Victo Ngai

Art by Victo Ngai

Source ~ Dreamwork with Toko-pa

“On this day, the Autumn Equinox, we are in perfect balance between light and dark. As we straddle this threshold time, you may be experiencing both an expanded sense of self alongside some painful contractions into a familiar darkness. It may help to remember that sometimes we are plummeted into our darkest depths precisely because we have elevated our ceilings on Love. Our demons appear most ferociously when they feel threatened by a new attitude. So please consider your contractions are actually validations of where you are bravely digging into your own substrate to unearth those limiting patterns and, in releasing them, revealing a greater capacity for belonging and joy.” Keep going, Toko-pa

Art by Kelly Louise Judd

Art by Kelly Louise Judd

Source of post ~ Dreamwork with Toko-pa

“Immersed in what some call “consensus reality,” one’s very sanity comes into question for believing the principles of interbeing. We are permitted to entertain them as a kind of spiritual philosophy, but when we start making choices from them, when we start living them even ten percent, people begin to question our sanity. We may even question our own. Alongside the self-doubt comes a profound feeling of alienation. Just this morning I heard ten seconds of a news segment on immigration reform. An image sprang to mind of a vast apparatus of fences, checkpoints, ID cards, paperwork, interviews, borders, security zones, and official “status,” and I thought, “Wait a minute – isn’t it obvious that Earth belongs to everyone and to no one, and that there should be no borders? Isn’t it hypocritical to make life unlivable somewhere through economic and political policies, and then to prevent people from leaving that place?” The two sides of the debate don’t even mention that viewpoint, so far outside the bounds of respectable thought it lies. The same is true of practically every issue of public controversy. Isn’t it insane to think that I am right and everyone else is wrong? In a way, it is insane – insofar as sanity is a socially constructed category that serves the maintenance of dominant narratives and power structures. If so, it is time to be insane together! It is time to violate consensus reality.” ~ Charles Eisenstein — The More Beautiful World our Hearts Know is Possible

Let's go crazy

Bob Blackley’s birthday is a good day for his neighbors in Winston-Salem, NC. Every year on his birthday, for the last 3 years, Bob has stood on a street corner handing out money to strangers. The first year, it was $700, then $750, and now $800. That’s a $5 bill for 160 people. Bob doesn’t care who the people are, or what they plan to do with the money. He says, “Anything they want, if it puts a smile on their face, it’s theirs.”

Bob

“There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.”
~ Khalil Gibran