They’re All Dead

Close your eyes, take a couple of deep breaths.

Breath in slowly – hold, – – – then breath out – – – slowly.

Do that again.

Relax into yourself.

Quiet your being.

Now,  let your mind wander back years, – – maybe many years

                                                                                    to your childhood.

Go back to your home, your street, your neighborhood.

Look at all those people you have known over the years.

Look at them.

See their faces.

See them standing there, or sitting over there.

See them going about their day.

Look at them.

Look closer.

Their lives have come and gone.

Their time has passed.

Many have been dead for years.

It’s over.

They are long gone.

Think of all those people.

People you have known, people you remember.

It is all over.

They’re dead.

They’re all dead.

And, – – –  you will be too!

Be Still – – – and Know

 

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Life – Mystery

Life

     is not

               a problem to be solved

     but

               a mystery to be lived.

 

 

 

 

REFLECTION:

It is often said:   “a picture is worth a thousand words.

That being the case;  what words do these photos say to you?

About you?    About how you live?

About how you spend your time?    About your past hopes & dreams?

About your plans for the future?

About the beauty you have experienced,

and the beauty you want to experience – in your life?

About the mystery of this moment and all your moments?

About how you approach living?

Is it a problem,

Or

Is it the wonder and awe of mystery?

What are you doing to make all of that happen?

Be Still – – – and Know

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Enjoy the views.  Celebrate the mystery of beauty.  Sense the mystery of Self.

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Life is Measured – – – by

Sunrise - - Lake Michigan, Wisconsin USA

Life is not measured

               By the number of breaths we take,

               But

               By the moments

                         That take our breaths away.

George Carlin

Reflect:   What does this photo say to you here today?  What question, questions does it evoke, stir up within?  What does it tell you about YOU;  about YOUR relationship to the universe;  about time and the quality of how you are using it;  about this very moment – only here once, never to return;  about ultimate meaning;  about why are YOU here  now, this moment?

Be Still – – – and Know

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A New Day Has Just Begun

Each Sunrise,

Each New Day,

               Offers hope, opportunity, possibility,

               For you

               For Earth.

The Questions are:

               What will this day bring to your life?

               What will this day bring to the life of the Earth?

A New Day.

How will you make use of the moments of Today

for Self

&

for Others?

You are most welcome to leave a comment.

We can all grow form the good words and thoughts of others.


Crazy animals that we are!!! – – Poem by OTL #3

I love to smile at myself,

And have a laugh

At

Some of the thoughts I keep,

Or

Reactions I’ve expressed.

Life is funny.

Not a joke as such,

But funny indeed, funny.

It really is to be enjoyed.

Not taken too seriously.

All the other creatures know this truth,

We don’t.

They must wonder when they watch us,

Crazy animals that we are.


Thoughts on Birth & Death

When you were born,

          You were crying

               and everyone else around you

               was smiling.

Live your life so that:

When you die,

          You’re the one smiling

               and everyone around you

               is crying.

Is it the Beginning or the End of another day?

Reflect:   What is this photo saying?  What question, questions does it evoke, stir up within?  What does it tell you about YOU;  about YOUR relationship to the universe;  about time and the quality of how you are using it;  about this very moment – only here once, never to return;  about ultimate meaning;  about why are YOU here  now, this moment?

Be Still – – – and Know

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Mystery of the Present

The Mystery of the Present

The moment past

                        A memory.

The moment to come

                        Anticipation.

Both are distractions to the “now of life”

                        The only reality. 

Reflect:   What is the following photo saying?  What question, questions does it evoke, stir up within?  What does it tell you about YOU;  about YOUR relationship to the universe;  about time and the quality of how you are using it; about this very moment – only here once, never to return;  about ultimate meaning;  about why are YOU here  now, this moment?

Be Still – – – and Know

Mystery

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Poem – by OTL #2

If I had my life to live over,

 I’d skip down city sidewalks singing,

          Smiling at those who stare but can’t understand.

I’d eat more cotton candy and taffy apples

          And forget about the extra pound.

I’d pattern myself less on what others think I am to be,

          And run around more reckless and free

          Daring to be myself

          All of me.

If I had my life to live over,

I’d be less antiseptic and clean

          Getting into the dirt and the mud,

          Being touched by the Earth.

I’d worry less about what classmates think

          And raise my hand more just to give my opinion,

          Right or wrong,

          Do I care?

I’d work less for grades

          But more,

          Just to know.

If I had my life to live over,

I’d let the snow and the rain

          Slap my face and hands

          And not bundle up to avoid being “touched”.

I’d roll in the leaves

          Ski through the snow

          Sky-dive or walk a wing (maybe?)

          Sit on a mountain

          All because they are there.

I’d pray less from books

          But raise my prayers from the voice

          In my heart.

I’d see God – not in Church,

          But in you and in me,

          In the water, sky, and tress and all.

If I had my life to live over,

I’d worry less about the mosquitoes

          That bite in the Summer,

          And let the moon light and warm evening breeze

          Caress my skin.

I’d say what I believe

          And less of what others want to hear.

I’d stop seeing my parents as other people,

          And treat them as friends.

If I had my life to live over,

I’d stop spending all day planning for tomorrow,

          And live today as the only one that really matters.

I’d walk barefoot on the beach sooner in Spring,

          Sand between my toes.

I’d pick more daisies

          “listening” to their faces and their smile

          as they whisper love to me.

We all too often

          Exist until death

          But never really live.

We barricade out the elements,

          People,

          And feelings;

          Never experiencing

          The best in joys and sorrows.

We die

          Never being “born”.

We are born dead,

          Too late we find out it is over,

          And never did we live.

Come alive!

Let it in – and out!

Touch and be touched!

Now!

I am “born again”!

Be Still – – – and Know

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TOXIC RELATIONSHIPS

A World, a Life, Without Toxins - is Beautiful & Healthy

Each year it is good to take stock, to make a review, to offer an assessment of all the people in your life.  How do they add “life” to your life, or subtract from your living.  Each moment of life is a precious gift given only once.  There are only so many moments.  Never waste any of them with things or people that make you less than the “life filled” creature you are meant to be.  Life does not go on forever.  Even if it did, every moment wasted with “toxic” material is a moment less for you to live healthy and whole.  All moments are to be used well to help create the fullness and joy you are meant to be.

Are there people in your life;  neighbors, relatives, even immediate family members that pull you down, drain you emotionally or mentally whenever you spend time with them?  People that always see the negative, they criticize  and criticize never having a compliment to give anyone.  They constantly find fault.  They take joy and get satisfaction when others fail or fall from “grace”.  They don’t seem to believe anyone.  Even if shown the facts, they refuse to accept.  They would rather live in the world they self constructed mentally than in a world of truth.  They often come to meetings tearing down this or that idea, but have nothing constructive to offer for solutions. People who are not there to discuss an issue, they want to “convert” you to their way of thinking.  They know they are always right, and you better get on board.

If there are toxic people in your life who really drain energy from you, then you know how exhausting it is being around them.  They suck you dry.

Let them go.  Why put yourself in such a damaging place and position.  Why enable them to get to you time after time.  Life is way too short to waste it, even if some of these toxic people are family.  Would you hang around and become friends with such people if they were not relatives?  If not, why do it just because they are relatives and family.  Give yourself more respect.  Make the most of the moments you have been given.  Find people who contribute to and nurture your overall health.

Remove the toxic people from your social groups, from your address book, your email list, your Christmas card list, any and all of those “obligatory” get-togethers you think you have to have.  Why waste your time.  You are not going to change them.  You fool yourself if you think you can.  If that is the case then you have a problem.  Be  comfortable and confident enough in yourself to let go and not feel the need to keep them – –  and not feel guilty about letting go.

You are a precious gift to the Earth.  Don’t abuse yourself with less than worthy people.  If you do, you will find that you will be less of a gift for others.  The toxic people you keep in your life will rub off on you and in the worst case, you will become toxic to others. You will be complaining and negative to others about all the “downer” people in your life and then,  others will get tired of you.  If that happens to you – you will find yourself being labeled by others as a Toxic Person.  Wouldn’t that be sad?

REFLECTION:

            It is often said:   “a picture is worth a thousand words.

            That being the case;  what words does the photo above say to you?

                    About you?       About how you live?       About how you spend your time?

                    About your past hopes & dreams?    About your plans for the future?

                    About the beauty you have experienced,

                              and the beauty you want to experience – in your life?

What are you doing to make all of that happen?

Be Still – – – and Know

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Words from – – Aldo Leopold

Aldo Leopold   b. Burlington Iowa Jan 1887    d. Baraboo WI. April 1948

 

One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds.  Much of the damage inflicted on land is quite invisible to laymen.  An ecologist must either harden his shell and make believe that the consequences are none of his business, or he must be the doctor who sees the marks of death in a community that believes itself well and does not want to be told otherwise……Aldo Leopold

Be Still and Know

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