Politics has me rethinking ‘Integrity’

gabrielleWeaving Creation… a still evolving triptych…

 My recent trip to the East Coast of the US was mentally exhausting due in part to the media constantly nattering about what seems utterly un-newsworthy. The worst of it was the presidential election over a year away. Weary of the overexposure to this unreal realm, I bought a new book and turned off the television for the duration.

Upon reflection, what I found stunning was how the ‘players’, a few gargantuan egos — Continue reading Politics has me rethinking ‘Integrity’

Self-talk and Compassion

talk to the handAuto-posting this DiaBLOGue to other social media sites has led to many connections, some are amazing while others fall into the category of ‘interesting’. While each one offers possible connection, every day brings an opportunity to make a conscious choice where I must decide whether or not to participate in the conversations that are found there. Those that are most worthwhile are true dialogues, those where others take time to read and offer meaningful feedback. These groups are those that I’ve decided to remain in, and continue to participate.

Such groups are incredible opportunities for good, however too many are playgrounds for bullies, where chaos rules and shaming others behaviours and blaming others is normal. Reading such posts quickly make me aware of what’s going on for me at that moment. If it bothers me the only reason is that it amplifies or magnifies the seed of that quality in my life. So it is that I’m presented with an opportunity to heal my heart and change my mind! Turning on the news it is clear that we are capable of amazing good and acts of unmitigated horror both to ourselves and one another. What if it is true that we are the product of true Love? What if it’s true that we are the Universe creating herself and co-creating the ‘realities’ that we share? What happens when our words and actions are incoherent, out of harmony, with the Love Knot that makes us all we are capable of being?

One of the terms that being thrown around these days is ‘fascism’, and yet few seem to know what it really is. From my perspective it’s the unwholly union of politics, religion and big business. Frankly, if we don’t like what’s going on in the world, laws and actions put into play by those that ‘We the people’ have the right and responsibility to elect, we have only to look at our actions or inaction. Living in a country that where there is freedom, democracy, is a gift that cannot be taken for granted or assumed as a given. Making our voices heard, in a blog as well as in a vote, is a privilege. Abdicating erases the right to complain, and may well eradicate human rights as a consequence.

Our responsibility is to respond to the best of our ability. How often do we react after abdicating our rights? For me it’s important to look inside every day to reconsider how I use tools such as this DiaBLOGue or Facebook. Are we simply promoting our own agendas? Is it an attempt to assert our will and get our way? Or is it an opportunity to get away with inexcusable behaviour?

Every post I make is an effort to express compassion and extend understanding, helping to bring about a resolution between loving and fear through one of many intentional experiences. The ‘How’ is through the realization that having the courage to love brings with it the existential fear of losing that which we love. For me living is about discovering that loving is all about openness, most especially holding those we love on an open palm, for this is what lets them move when they must and return when they choose and we agree. Mutually beneficial relationships are only possible as long as we are able to love.

Today, rather than attacking, shaming, blaming or pointing a finger, I consciously choose to accept that what I see in another is my lesson, and that person is my teacher.

I’m away for a long weekend and hope you enjoy yours as much as I am going to appreciate celebrating mine in the cool mountain air in the north!

What are your best recipes for living?

SPOILED-FOODA Very Personal Perspective

Even though thousands of miles of ocean air separate my nose and the land of my birth, my sniffer detects a foul stench in the air. It’s not just me; everyone around me is aware of it and more than a few of you have shared that your world reeks as well. Frankly, if your BS detector isn’t going off…

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