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~ Soulananda ~
December 31, 2010

The Essentials of a Good Life…

 

In the spirit of the holidays and upcoming new year, I’d like to re-post one of [my] favorite pieces of writing.  While all of these ideas can be seen through, I share it with the hope that inspiration may be found, recognizing non is ultimately needed…

 

The One Self

 

The sum total of your life lived will not be what you have done nor gained but in who you have been while journeying on this little blue planet called Earth. The courage and risk needed for meaningful success on this journey and adventure can only be enhanced once you acknowledge and recognize the only change you ever needed was not outside yourself, but within.

In the finding, cultivation and practice of innocence, in the subjective experience of freedom that occurs as a result of finding out Who You Are, you rediscover a divinity and peace that lies within: and the emergence of a new life and humanity dawns. The unfolding experience of awareness and inner wisdom is the only true doorway to the freedom and peace you seek in your own life and the world you live in.

The most important relationship you will have is the relationship you have with the Self. It is through the relationship you have to the Self that will create a relationship with life. The level of intimacy that you achieve with that Self will draw you into an intimate relationship with life, and through the internal growth and cultivation of that inner relationship you will be inspired and strengthened to cultivate and express within all external relationships.

The dialogue of this inner conversation and transformation will be less about doing and more about being. The bond of this relationship and the opportunity within the experience called life, is rare, precious and delicate; its consummation, profound. To know the Self is the greatest gift you could bring to all your relations; your life is the story of this adventure…

 

The Practices:

In the legacy of my life I will have received two gifts:
what I gave to myself and what I brought to this world.
I will remind myself daily how I intend to live my life.
Boredom and fear, struggle and suffering, are prompts from my Soul to move beyond my present life experience and perception to the next step and adventure in my evolution.
I will stop living my life vicariously;
I will abandon who I was and surrender to who I can be.

I will practice taking care of my Self first and in this knowingness find the energy, vitality, inspiration and integrity to be of help to others when needed.
I will take care to not distract or lose my Self in the noise and nonsense of life.
I will not be discouraged.
I will not allow my Self to be overshadowed; to become a slave of circumstance or situations that may be present as part of my daily life experience.

I will be clear.
I will be consistent.
I will be constant in the discovery and expression of my authentic Self.
I will listen to the validity of my own inner voice; to guide and support, to serve my Self and others.
I will live within the guidelines of my own inner integrity; living life with a passionate commitment to what feels important, right and true for me.
I will become what I practice.

While life may sometimes feel like a struggle, I will remind myself of its promise and potential.
In Spirit I believe without a doubt all things are possible.
My current life experience mirrors my present set of beliefs about myself and the world I live in.
I choose to believe in a future unshaped by external circumstance.
I choose to see it shaped instead by the creative capacity of my own inner wisdom and ONE Self.
What I choose to believe I will subjectively become.
Sooner or later, I will learn to question all beliefs I have about myself and the world I live in.
While my thoughts may appear to have the power, and my actions may suggest I have impact, it is the relationship I have to my inner being that will gently foster the greatest potential and possibility.
Fully awakened and in awareness, the Self will effortlessly be.

Self ~ intimacy demands that I live my truth regardless of the consequences.

I was born to cultivate a dream and to share it with humanity.
To know is not enough; I will take mindful action towards my intentions, desires and dreams.
The quality of my journey proceeds from the quality of the choices I make for this adventure and dream.
Every choice I make is an action; every step I take, perfect.
I will pursue choices in life that cultivate my dreams;
I will live those aspirations like no other.
I will elevate the gifts and talents that I have been given to create the dream I envision.

 

Desire:

What dream and vision do I have for my life now?

Desire is the language of my Soul; I will listen.
What I desire I become.
Where I find inspiration I will also find joy.
Where I find joy I will find the life throb of the ages.
When I know where I’m going, I’ll find a way to get there.
I will weave a dream of greatness, by living a life of fulfilled desire.
I will work with vision, I will live with passion.
I will play BIG with all my visions.

Spirit dwells within the innocence of my every desire.

I will surrender myself to the seeds of my most innocent desires.
I will surrender each moment to the past while experiencing something incredibly new in the present.
I will commit my Self to those desires and dreams; they will become my destiny.
When I believe in my Self and the visions I have for my life, I have the power to transform not only my own life but the world I live in; ONE vision, ONE energy, ONE life, ONE dream.

 

Authenticity:

There is no escape from my small self except through practice.
I will practice being my Self all the time.
I will accept who I am at every moment and practice compassion if I fail.
I will be a witness to not only my own thoughts but also my actions.
When I practice an attitude of acceptance, thought and action become sacred.
With practice comes mastery.
I will define my Self by Who I am being, not by what I am doing.
I will spend time with my Self and in silence, remember.
In silence I will remember the Universe dwells within me, as me.
I will come to know this ONE Self through the wisdom of experience and the ever-present silence behind the mind.
I will realize this single, ONE Self and its existence in the present moment, now.

Where will I place my attention?

My authentic ONE Self is intuitive, creative, nourishing and wise.
I will meditate on this Self.
I will center myself.
I will quiet myself.
I will become that ONE Self.
I will practice connecting with my own inner energy and wisdom.
Daily, I will rediscover the life expression of this ONE Spirit.
I will find solace in the silence of my mind; while listening to the wind in the trees or the sound of innocent children playing.
I will see my Self reflected in the branches of a majestic cedar tree;
on the top of one hundred glacial mountain peaks;
and on the shores of a thousand ocean beaches.
I will rejoice in the blessings of my senses.
I will see, hear, touch, feel, and smell this great Earth and experience it as an extension of my own body.
I will honor my body as I also honor this Earth.
I will protect this body, as I also protect this Earth.
I will remember this Earth and all Universes are the playground of ONE primordial being.

 

Realization:

The path to this realization is through stillness.
The purpose of my meditation is not to acquire, gain, or attain, but to reveal.
My mind is still, my breath is deep, my body is quiet.
In silence my mind remembers; my body knows.
Self knowledge produces the wisdom of wholeness and the experience of perfection.
When my mind is quiet and still, there can only be joy.
In silence I find bliss; in solitude, my Soul awakens.
A single moment of pure, Self awareness is worth a lifetime of good deeds.
I will be a silent witness to all that happens.

Mastery of the mind awakens the magic of the ONE great Soul.

I express gratitude and reverence for my Self!
Innocence, joy and freedom dwell within that Self.
I was never what I took myself to be.
What I seek lies within me, waiting.
I will find out Who I AM.
In solitude I belong to the Self.
At the “Source” there is absolute perfection, and a simplicity and contentment in Being.

What brings meaning and purpose also brings joy.
In awareness I find infinite, unbounded freedom.
All life flows from me, not to me.
I Am the source of all subjective joy and pain in my life.
As I cultivate an inner awareness of Spirit as joy, I will need no outside stimulus.
Awareness within becomes the source and substance of all my good.

Life becomes effortless when I am aware of my own inner perfection.

My Inner peace exists in this present moment: now.
I surrender to the nobility that I AM, and abandon all that I’m not.
I will awaken to the now, to my own inner divinity and holiness.
I will change the world ONE perception at a time;
I will begin with my own.
I will be the change I want to see in this world.

The power of my inner divinity has the power to transform.
It is inner relationship that opens the door to fulfillment of all my dreams
where all thoughts and actions become sacred.
The gift of my life is a bridge between Spirit and form.

More is always built on the foundation of less.

I embrace the perception of creation.
I will receive in life what I believe myself to be worthy of.
I am worthy.
I receive now.

 

Questions:

During the course of my life I will ask myself many questions. To know where I am heading I just need to listen to the questions I ask myself at every moment. Sometimes when I ask those questions I will receive a response to every situation as it occurs and at other times I might need to sit with those questions, to accept those unresolved questions unconditionally as part of the mystery of my life experience.

Most will search outside themselves for answers; they will seek a personal happiness and will never really be satisfied. Many will ask questions that dwell only on the practical necessities of life and as a result, live lives of mediocrity. As I practice asking myself my most meaningful questions, I will learn to navigate not only the journey of my life but also, the mystery of my Soul. Some of the most important questions I can ask are:

Who Am I?

What do I want?

Why am I here?

And,

What will I build?

Where will I go?

Who will I be?

These questions will eventually merge to become one:

What am I doing for others and how can I contribute more to the planet I live on?

I will ask questions only my Soul can answer; questions that bring clarity, purpose and meaning to my life.
I will traverse my life experience with questions based on concern, inquiry, need and affirmation.
I will ask my self Ten Questions to provide a foundation for the emerging new me and life.
I will be attentive to the Spirit of the ONE who is asking, the ONE who listens, the ONE who sees, the ONE who smells, the ONE who feels, the ONE who tastes.

I will be attentive to the ONE source of all humanity.

 

The Doctrine of ONE:

 

I AM the world I live in.

There is but ONE creation and Self.
All things appear in me and yet I AM beyond all things.
All existence is my existence.
All happiness is my happiness.
All suffering is my suffering.

I will relinquish my obsession with the past while waiving speculation of an imagined future.
I will be present with what is.

With concern and attention focused on the present, I will find response to every situation as it occurs.
The greatest gift I have is Self and life.
The perfect moment is now.
Now is a good time for joy.
Now is a good time for purpose, meaning and quiet attention.
Now is a moment of opportunity to rediscover my innocence, to express my excellence, and to serve humanity.
Now I become a knower of reality.
I set right all ideas of the ONE Self.
I realize the ONE-ness, timeless, dimensionless perfection of my own inner being where nothing can be gained and nothing can be lost.

Living The Doctrine of ONE, I will be attentive to the present moment now:

* The purpose of life is the expansion of happiness on all levels.

* The wisdom of happiness, while subjective can be enhanced; harmony occurs when my happiness and the happiness of another meet.

By recognizing the essence of all happiness is never found in things; things that are grasped or feared, things that we identify ourselves with.
Genuine happiness is realized by abandoning who we were; to find out Who We Are.

* We find out Who We Are through investigation, enquiry and detachment, by stepping onto the path of unlearning and by cultivating an attentive, quiet mind.

In awareness we find freedom from the known.
By stepping into the unknown we lose ourselves to the potential of Who We Are:
a field of infinite possibilities, unbounded by space and time.

* Finding out Who We Are is not about having more, doing more, or being more.

It’s not finding our success or preventing failure
it’s not about fixing, changing, getting or losing
it’s not about being saved or purifying the ONE self
it has nothing to do with what you eat, what you wear, or what you believe
it depends not on whether you are man or woman, black or white, gay or straight or whether see and think of yourself as a Christian, a Hindu, a Muslim or Jew.

Finding out Who You Are has nothing to do with what you know or don’t know.
It’s not about discovering past lives, the burning of the seeds of Karma or the gaming of reincarnation.
Finding out Who You Are has nothing to do with priests or profits, gurus or God (s), dogmas or traditions.
It’s not about mastering a particular asana or the use of a specific mudra.
It matters not whether you have meditated for one year or twenty.

* First, you imagined this:

I am separate, I am a sinner, I am a Saint. I am blocked, I am gay or straight. I am black or white; I am a Christian, a Muslim, a Hindu or Jew. Once imagined, you entertained and filled your mind with self engendered thoughts and beliefs. You identified with all that you imagined the self to be.

As you endorsed the illusion of an imaginary self, you temporarily distracted yourself from Who You Are. You created a story and then you lost yourself in the nonsense of that story. You imagined a momentary loss of freedom; a connection you always had to your ONE true Self.

First you imagined; then, lost in your story you began to imagine there was a path. You created a path and a process, a story of how you would return to some garden of perfection; a perfection that was in fact, never lost.

* To find out Who You Are you need not go somewhere or do anything; just be.

In the doctrine of ONE you become aware of the fact you are aware.
Be watchful, be attentive, be quiet.
Be.
To know the Self, you need to be the Self.
You cannot become what you already are.

* There is no other:

You are not a person. Reality is impersonal. You are reality. You are a timeless, dimensionless being, a centre of perception that momentarily gets caught up in imagining you are a person, a thing, a body, an emotion, a thought, a memory, an association, a perception, a feared future, or a perturbed past.

You cannot move away from perfection; the real you is perfect, whole and complete now. You are Universal now. There is no up, there is no down; there is no in or out; there is no here, there is no there; there is no above or below; there is no high or low; there is no “other”.

* There is no path:

No doctrine, dogma or law, however holy, ancient, wise or sacred, can ever describe in words the truth of Who You Are, who you were and who you will always be…

I am not here to live an ordinary life.

I am here to discover the ONE Self;
to realize the ONE Spirit that dwells within me.
Then I will live an extraordinary life.
I am here to realize the ONE spirit of human solidarity and interdependence;
to cultivate ONE kinship with all life.
What I’ve read is not as important as what I’ve done.
What I’ve done is not as important as who I’ve been.
The ONE seed of divinity that lies within me contains the whole truth.

Am I ready to remember?

Am I willing to surrender and allow?

Am I willing to unlearn?

Am I willing to be?

 

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Ten Questions for a New Humanity ~ Epilogue…
August 3, 2009

 

At the level of the mind questions can be very valuable; they direct focus, reveal, add and unlearn what has been learned.  The shift in consciousness is not related to the kind of questions we ask ourselves, although those questions may in themselves serve as a vehicle to point the you you imagine yourself to be in a more valuable direction.

What is critical, what is essential, is that your attention eventually be placed on the One who is asking the questions; the One who is seeking change, the One is concerned, the One who appears to be in fear, and the One who is inspired, passionate and already awake.  We are moving our attention from the part of us that seeks to be in the world, distracted in the “having” and the “doing” and instead reverse it to place it instead on the aspect of us that seeks Being in the world.

A teacher once said to me that “your presence alone is enough to heal the world”.

By itself, this is a profound statement; a hint and pradox of simplicity  What is even more profound is that the world does not “need to be saved”. We ask ourselves, who might be responsible for the necessary changes needed in the world?  At the deepest of levels, nobody is responsible and everybody is responsible. 

Your gift to the world is the annihilation of ignorance, facilitated by the discovery of Who You Are.  Once you know Who You Are; in the knowing of THAT real nature, your very Being becomes the light of the world which directs the call of action or non action. Once you know your real nature, your very existence alone becomes a blessing to all.

By putting an end to the denial of Who You Are, by shifting the focus of your attention from the foreground of conventional reality to the background of Being, a space is created for something greater to happen, or not.  A space is created for action or non action that is based out of peace, stillness and detachment.

The desire to help the world; the desire to save the world, however noble and honorable, will never permanently alleviate the cycle of suffering that exists in our world, that is the experience and expression of a coexistence of all opposites.  There may be moments of peace, affirmation, improvement and prosperity facilitated by one or many that may occur, but in the end, nothing or no one in the world, will save the world.

The One who knows the Self, the One who has seen beyond the world, is the One who will improve the world.  To “save” the world requires that you step out of the world, freeing yourself of the judgment, evaluation and significance that exists only in this world.  Then “your” action or non action will be in complete alignment with the impersonal, rather than the personal. 

The personal will never overcome the seductions of the world, for it is both distracted a deluded by its own narrow, attached sense of want, need and desire.  With the impersonal, comes detachment, and “you” know what needs to be done.  In the action or non action of that knowing, you do what needs to be done, leaving success or failure to the unknown, and in that process, in that growth and expansion of awareness, the change sought, spontaneously arises, or not. 

To see things as they are is of the greatest value is where the bound becomes unbound.  In your redefinition of Self ~ a sense of Self based on the value of Being; the “being”, the “doing” and the “having” take care of themselves…

 

If you would like to further support this initiative AND my work, you could also visit the online publisher of Soulananda; The Essentials of a Good Life; and, for a small investment, order the full colored “booklet”…

 

You can take a sneak peek inside the pages itself by visiting this link:

 

Soulananda; The Essentials of a Good Life 

Q #10 ~ Ten Questions for a New Humanity…
August 2, 2009

 

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In January of this year [2009] I completed a small, self published title: Soulananda; The Essentials of a Good Life.  Within this book there is a segment called “Ten Questions for a New Humanity”.  I believe this to be a very important piece that has value, meaning, and relevance for those who are interested in creating a life that is congruent with their highest aspirations; for those who are looking to be the change in their own life and the world they live in.

My intent is simple, to stimulate a ripple effect by encouraging others to engage these ten questions consciously, mindfully, and purposefully, whether that be by journaling, meditative contemplation or direct dialogue with another or even within a group format.

For the next 10 consecutive days I will publish one question a day from Soulananda; The Essentials of a Good Life and Ten Questions for a New Humanity. It is my hope that these words may inspire you to begin or perhaps even deepen your own journey of enquiry into Who You Are.  It is my hope that by engaging these questions you will begin or extend your present conversation and connection you have with Self, “others” and our Earth, that it will spark greater levels of congruence within that One relationship.

 I encourage you to send a link from this blog to three of your friends or more who you think might be interested in participating within this conversation.  I want to invite you to post your own responses to each question when you feel guided, so that we all can share in the inspiration and words of wisdom that may unfold out of your own inner dialogue and vision.

 If you would like to further support this initiative AND my work, you could also visit the online publisher of Soulananda; The Essentials of a Good Life; and, for a small investment, order the full colored “booklet”…

 You can take a sneak peek inside the pages itself by visiting this link:

 Soulananda; The Essentials of a Good Life

 

***

 Changing your world, ONE Question at a time…

The sum total of your life lived, will not be what you have done nor gained, but in who you have been while journeying on this little blue planet called Earth.  The courage and risk needed for meaningful success on this journey and adventure can only be enhanced once you acknowledge and recognize the only change you ever needed was not outside yourself, but in fact within. 

  In the finding, cultivation and practice of innocence, in the subjective experience of freedom that occurs as a result of finding out Who You Are, you rediscover a divinity and peace that lies within you, and the emergence of a new life and humanity dawns. The unfolding experience of awareness and inner wisdom is the only true doorway to find the freedom and peace you seek in your own life and the world you live in.

The most important relationship you will have in life is in fact, the relationship you have with the Self.   It is through the relationship you have to your Self that will create a relationship with life.  It is the level of intimacy that you achieve with that Self, that will draw you into an intimate relationship with life and through the internal growth and cultivation of that inner relationship you will be inspired and strengthened to cultivate and express within all external relationships.

 The dialogue of this inner conversation and transformation will be less about doing and more about being. The bond of this relationship and the opportunity within the experience called life, is rare, precious and delicate; its consummation, profound.  To know the Self is the greatest gift you could bring to all your relations; your life is the story of this adventure.

[ In the course of my life I will ask myself many questions. ]  To know where I am heading I just need to listen to the questions I ask myself in every moment.  Sometimes when I ask those questions I will receive a response to every situation as it occurs and other times I might need to sit with those questions, to accept those unresolved questions unconditionally, as part of the mystery of my life experience. 

Most will search outside themselves for answers; they will seek a personal happiness and will never really be satisfied.  Many will ask questions that dwell only on the practical necessities of life and as a result, live lives of mediocrity.  As I practice asking myself my most meaningful questions, I will learn to navigate not only the journey of my life but also, the mystery of my Soul. 

I will ask questions only my Soul can answer; questions that bring clarity, purpose and meaning to my life.

I will traverse my life experience with questions based on concern, inquiry, need and affirmation.

I will ask my Self TEN Questions to provide a foundation for the emerging new “me” and life.

 And,

while I ask myself these questions, I will also become attentive to the Spirit of the ONE who is asking, the ONE who listens, the ONE who see’s, the ONE who smells, the ONE who feels, the ONE who tastes.

I will be attentive to the ONE source of all humanity…

 

Here’s the 10th and final question:

 

Recognizing that my life is both interdependent and interconnected with all people and things, what three principles am I willing to commit to, affirm and cultivate to elevate a sustainable, ethical way of being for my Self and the planet I live on?

 

 

Q #9 ~ Ten Questions for a New Humanity…
August 1, 2009

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In January of this year [2009] I completed a small, self published title: Soulananda; The Essentials of a Good Life.  Within this book there is a segment called “Ten Questions for a New Humanity”.  I believe this to be a very important piece that has value, meaning, and relevance for those who are interested in creating a life that is congruent with their highest aspirations; for those who are looking to be the change in their own life and the world they live in.

My intent is simple, to stimulate a ripple effect by encouraging others to engage these ten questions consciously, mindfully, and purposefully, whether that be by journaling, meditative contemplation or direct dialogue with another or even within a group format.

For the next 10 consecutive days I will publish one question a day from Soulananda; The Essentials of a Good Life and Ten Questions for a New Humanity. It is my hope that these words may inspire you to begin or perhaps even deepen your own journey of enquiry into Who You Are.  It is my hope that by engaging these questions you will begin or extend your present conversation and connection you have with Self, “others” and our Earth, that it will spark greater levels of congruence within that One relationship.

 I encourage you to send a link from this blog to three of your friends or more who you think might be interested in participating within this conversation.  I want to invite you to post your own responses to each question when you feel guided, so that we all can share in the inspiration and words of wisdom that may unfold out of your own inner dialogue and vision.

 If you would like to further support this initiative AND my work, you could also visit the online publisher of Soulananda; The Essentials of a Good Life; and, for a small investment, order the full colored “booklet”…

 You can take a sneak peek inside the pages itself by visiting this link:

Soulananda; The Essentials of a Good Life

 

***

 

Changing your world, ONE Question at a time…

 

We are facing a critical moment in the expression of our humanity and the well being of our Earth where radical transformation is needed in the way we think and live our lives.  We are involved in the midst of a cathartic moment as we stand on the precipice of change that will determine the plot of our storyline for the next one thousand years or more. 

Will we continue to live our lives based on ways of being that focus on “the having” and “the doing” in life at the greater expense of Self and the One Earth community or will we confront and surrender our tribal, survival based thinking to the crucible of consciousness itself; to be cradled by its inherent impulse of evolution? 

Are we willing to compromise and even abandon what we were told about how to live our life, in order to elevate the inherent knowingness we have within, to guide us through this inner and outer transformation?

We all have a shared responsibility for the well being of ourselves, others, and the Earth we live on.  As we discover, cultivate and express our own inner resilience, as nature’s intelligence expresses itself from within us, we have the potential to access and express, the necessary ingredients, inspiration and innovation for a new humanity to emerge. 

First, we need to acknowledge the present moment and its contribution; to be informed by the moment as opposed to being determined by the moment.  We need to witness what clearly and unequivocally does not work, by recognizing our co-dependence and interdependence with all creation, in regards to the “good” and the “bad”. 

Now is a time to recognize that there is no “other”; that there is no “their”, “I” or “mine”.  There can only be “ours”.  Now is the time to realize there is no “out there” or “in here”, that universal, collective “responsibility” can only be achieved by first igniting the fire and passion of “individual” awareness and “responsibility”; for in the light of this awareness, all states eventually merge to become One.

Here are some facts you may not be aware of:

 

On Hunger:

The number of people who are now hungry in the world, has reached an historic high: 1.02billion or a sixth of the 6.7billion people.  June 19th 2009.

UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

On Armed Conflict:

More than 250,000 girls and boys under the age of 18 are fighting in armed conflicts, in over 30 countries around the world. 

cybershoolbus.un.org.

On Hiv/Aids:

In 2007 there was an estimated 33 million people living with Hiv/Aids.  30.8 million were adults, 15.5 million, or 50%, were women, and 2 million were children.  In 2007 Africa had an estimated 11.6 million aids orphans.

 www.avert.org

On Poverty:

Approximately 3 billion people in the world live on less than $2 a day.  Of the 2.2 billion children in the world, 1 billion live in poverty; each day approximately 30,000 children die each day as a result of poverty related issues.

globalissues.org

On Deforestation:

Forests cover approximately 30% of the worlds land area.  Between 2000 ~ 2005 global forested areas shrunk by more than 36 million hectares or 1% of the total forested area.  Swaths the size of Panama (78,200 SQ. KM) are lost each and every year.

nationalgeographic.com 

On Depression:

It has been suggested that at some point in their life everyone will be affected by depression ~ their own or someone else’s.  Depressive disorders affect approximately 18.8 million American adults or 9.5% of the population aged 18 and older.  15% of the population of most developed countries suffers severe depression. 80% of depressed people are not currently having any treatment, 15% will commit suicide…

www.upliftprogram.com

On Literacy:

According to Unesco, there are about 1 billion non literate adults in the world ~ approximately 26% of the worlds population.  Women make up two thirds of all non literates.  98% of non literates live in developing countries.  There is a direct correlation between income and literacy: per capita income in countries with a literacy rate less than 55% average about $600; per capita income in countries with a literacy rate above 96% is 12600

www.sil.org

On Consumption:

 The wealthiest 20% of the world accounted for 76.6% of total private consumption; the poorest fifth just 1.5%.

World Bank development indicators 2005.  

www.globalissues.org

 60,000,000 plastic bottles are thrown into US landfills each day.  It takes 1.5 million barrels of crude oil each to produce these bottles or enough to run 100,000 cars for a year.

2,150,000 barrels of oil would be saved if 100,000 homes installed eco-friendly geo thermal heating systems.

Airzoneblog ~ www.cleanairsys.com

“ The 4.8 pounds of grain fed to cattle to produce one pound of beef for human beings represents a colossal waste of resources in a world still teeming with people who suffer from profound hunger and malnutrition.

According to the British group Vegfam, a 10-acre farm can support 60 people growing soybeans, 24 people growing wheat, 10 people growing corn and only two producing cattle. Britain—with 56 million people—could support a population of 250 million on an all-vegetable diet. Because 90 percent of U.S. and European meat eaters’ grain consumption is indirect (first being fed to animals), westerners each consume 2,000 pounds of grain a year. Most grain in underdeveloped countries is consumed directly.”  

From “The Case Against Meat” by Jim Motavalli

http://www.emagazine.com/view/?142

On Pollution:

It’s estimated that this year 222 million tons of waste will be generated by Americans.

Americans’ total yearly waste would fill a convoy of garbage trucks long enough to wrap around the earth six times and reach halfway to the moon.

Since 1950, people in the United States have used more resources than any generation who ever lived before them.

Each American individual uses up 20 tons of basic raw materials annually.

At the consumption level of the average American, at least four additional planets worth of resources would be needed to support the planet’s six billion inhabitants.

By comparison, the average North American consumes ten times as much as the average person living in China and thirty times as much as the average person living in India.

Why they call it junk mail…the U.S. Postal Service delivers more than 87 billion pieces of direct mail (advertising and promotional mail) every year.

http://www.dumpandrun.org

On extinction:

“Extinction is forever.  Extinction is the disappearance brought about by natural or unnatural means, of an entire species.  It is estimated that about 125 species of birds and mammals have become extinct since 1600.  Currently there are approximately 1000 ~ 1100 species of birds and mammals facing extinction…”

www.uen.org

 

Is it the destiny of humanity as a species, to be next on this list?

 

Here’s the ninth question:

 

What can I do to elevate the shared responsibility I have in the stewardship of this ONE Earth and ONE humanity towards the intention and goal of creating ONE global, just, sustainable and peaceful society?

Q #8 ~ Ten Questions for a New Humanity…
July 31, 2009

 

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In January of this year [2009] I completed a small, self published title: Soulananda; The Essentials of a Good Life.  Within this book there is a segment called “Ten Questions for a New Humanity”.  I believe this to be a very important piece that has value, meaning, and relevance for those who are interested in creating a life that is congruent with their highest aspirations; for those who are looking to be the change in their own life and the world they live in.

My intent is simple, to stimulate a ripple effect by encouraging others to engage these ten questions consciously; mindfully and purposefully; whether that be by journaling, meditative contemplation or direct dialogue with another or even within a group format.

For the next 10 consecutive days I will publish one question a day from Soulananda; The Essentials of a Good Life and Ten Questions for a New Humanity. It is my hope that these words may inspire you to begin or perhaps even deepen your own journey of enquiry into Who You Are.  It is my hope that by engaging these questions you will begin or extend your present conversation and connection you have with Self, “others” and our Earth that it will spark greater levels of congruence with that One relationship.

 I encourage you to send a link from this blog to three of your friends, or more, who you think might be interested in participating within this conversation.  I want to invite you to post your own responses to each question when you feel guided, so that we all can share in the inspiration and words of wisdom that may unfold out of your own inner dialogue.

If you would like to further support this initiative AND my work, you could also visit the online publisher of Soulananda; The Essentials of a Good Life; and, for a small investment, order the full colored “booklet”…

You can take a sneak peek inside the pages itself by visiting this link:

 

Soulananda; The Essentials of a Good Life.

 

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Changing your world, ONE Question at a time…

We all have our home in nature.  Our body’s, our minds and our authentic Selves are the expression of nature’s unbounded intelligence.  For the unknown to become known, for the bound to become unbound, there must be an awakening of THAT intelligence within as our authentic Self.

In the past the old way of Being was based on the biology of survival thinking and awareness; distinction and separation, power and authority, subjugation and degradation of the Earth and its peoples were the modus operandi and way of being, based on “having” and “doing.”

The evolution of consciousness is based on an impulse that impels us to move beyond ways of being that are based on survival; thinking and awareness based on the biology of an old brain.  In this now, we have an opportunity to redefine Who We Are by investigating what we are not.  With attention, we can have a direct experience of immersing ourselves in consciousness itself.  As we abandon who we imagine ourselves to be, discovering and embracing Who We Are; the fullness of natures intelligence will be experienced and expressed spontaneously and naturally for the benefit of Self and all others.

The cradle of a sustainable life is based on a refined sense of Self; a Self that lies beyond having and doing, a sense of Self that is based on an expression of Being.  When we take care of Being, the having and the doing will spontaneously be taken care of.  In our knowingness, in the awareness we have for the present moment, the quality of our attention will reveal what relevant action is needed or not needed for the moment.

As we shift our attention from the foreground of our life experience, to the background of our Being, we will no longer marginalize what was once marginalized. As we derive a new sense of identity that is no longer based on a survival mindset of struggle that leads to internal and external suffering, we will unleash an inner, unbounded; Self that requires no outside stimulus.  We will find the right ingredients from which to build a new life and new humanity. 

The present moment is pregnant with possibility, and when we relinquish the need to live life from the level of the mind and the infinite strategies that are expressed by that mind, we can slip into the knowingness of Soul, where the right response to every situation arises spontaneously out of the stillness and Self that was always there.

 Here’s the eight question:

 

How can I live my life with a greater reverence and humility for the mystery of Being; with enhanced gratitude for the gift of life, and with greater humility regarding my place in nature?

Q #7 ~ Ten Questions for a New Humanity…
July 30, 2009

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In January of this year [2009] I completed a small, self published title: Soulananda; The Essentials of a Good Life.  Within this book there is a segment called “Ten Questions for a New Humanity”.  I believe this to be a very important piece that has value, meaning, and relevance for those who are interested in creating a life that is congruent with their highest aspirations; for those who are looking to be the change in their own life and the world they live in.

My intent is simple, to stimulate a ripple effect by encouraging others to engage these ten questions consciously, mindfully, and purposefully, whether that be by journaling, meditative contemplation or direct dialogue with another or even within a group format.

For the next 10 consecutive days I will publish one question a day from Soulananda; The Essentials of a Good Life and Ten Questions for a New Humanity. It is my hope that these words may inspire you to begin or perhaps even deepen your own journey of enquiry into Who You Are.  It is my hope that by engaging these questions you will begin or extend your present conversation and connection you have with Self, “others” and our Earth, that it will spark greater levels of congruence within that One relationship.

 I encourage you to send a link from this blog to three of your friends or more who you think might be interested in participating within this conversation.  I want to invite you to post your own responses to each question when you feel guided, so that we all can share in the inspiration and words of wisdom that may unfold out of your own inner dialogue and vision.

If you would like to further support this initiative AND my work, you could also visit the online publisher of Soulananda; The Essentials of a Good Life; and, for a small investment, order the full colored “booklet”…

 You can take a sneak peek inside the pages itself by visiting this link:

 Soulananda; The Essentials of a Good Life

 

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Changing your world, ONE Question at a time…

 

What do you value?

 

What absent values need to be cultivated in your life?

 

New beginnings require inspiration, inquiry and innovation.  The promise of a new tomorrow is created in the expression of allegiance we have to the present moment and the expression of the Self within.  As we learn to abandon values that no longer sustain new ways of Being, we must also with imagination, adopt values and principles that reflect the diversity and unity of Who We Are and who we want to Be.

The tension we experience in life is often reflected by the tension of conflicting values within us.  Through inquiry, exploration and inspiration, we can elevate values that support us in the expression of our authentic Self, while also enhancing the relationship we have to those who may not entertain similar commitments but share a common vision of living in harmony with Self, “others” and the planet we live on.

There are no formulas and there are no rules for “inner” or “outer” transformation but along the way we may find inspiration and guidance in words of truth spoken and lived by those who have pursued or are pursuing the journey of discovering who they are.  We may discover new ways of Being, having and doing that lie outside the conventional values that we presently have.

Here’s the seventh question:

 

What values do I need to enhance or adopt to form a solid foundation for a personal, sacred trust towards sustaining a new life and world?

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