eEarth Week Challenge Day 7
April 29, 2010

 

 

 This is a story…

 

 

It’s a short story about a garden, and a Gardner named Sven.

 

 

For over 5 decades he has been a man of the Earth.  First he worked under it, [in the mines of Australia and Canada], and now he works on it [Vancouver and Whistler].

 

 

 For over 30 years, in uncomplicated ways, he has immersed himself with passion and care, love and devotion, tending the gardens of “others”. 

 

 

 

 With his touch, skill and attention the ordinary becomes extraordinary.

 

 

 

Sven, has a genuine, understated, concern for life that mostly goes unspoken. 

 

 

 

 There is great wisdom in his silence; there is joy in his understanding. There is peace in his work.

 

  

In the Earth, he has found awareness, purpose and freedom. 

 

 In the Earth, he has found patience and awe.  

 

 

 

 

 

 With a still, quiet intention, he goes about his business; come rain or shine…

 

 

 

Thank you Sven Hansen, for tending our garden!

 

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There is a rhythm and flow to Nature, and life;

an essential rhythm that for most of us, appears to have been lost.

Our minds, our bodies and the Earth, are calibrated by this rhythm.

Everything, is an experience and expression of this rhythm and flow.

 

There is a time to prepare,

as there is a time to plant.

There is a time to tend,

as there is a time to grow.

There is a time to pause,

as there is a time to harvest,

all guided by this rhythm and flow.

 

Can you find this rhythm?

 Can you feel this rhythm?

 Can you remember this flow?

 

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My life flows with rhythm and ease.

My breath, my life, my rhythm.

 

Every breath,

 Every moment,

 all rhythm.

 

I listen to my rhythm,

I feel my rhythm,

I touch my rhythm,

I AM

the rhythm.

 

Listen to your rhythm.

Celebrate your rhythm.

Trust your rhythm.

Experience the rhythm of mind, of body, of Earth.

 

The rhythm expands,

the rhythm contracts.

 Surrender to the rhythm,

I   A M .

 

 

 

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eEarth Week Challenge: Day 6
April 28, 2010

 

The problem with most human beings on the planet is that we actually believe we exist.

Because we imagine that we are separate, distinct, individuals, we live from a level of survival consciousness that is based on taking.

Only a separate “I” would imagine that it can have, be, think and do.  Only a separate “I” would imagine that there is actually something to take. 

One has only to notice the state of the world and how we treat ourselves and each other, to see the degree to which we have lost ourselves to the sickness of separation.  The Earth is bleeding and we continue to take; because we imagine we are bleeding, we take.  

When will you give back? 

How will you give back?

It is only in the giving that you will realize there ultimately is no taking, the giver, is actually getting.  There is no taker and there is no giver; the giver, the given and the getting; the taker and the taken, are one.  Until we realize this truth there will be a reflection of bleeding; we will bleed, and the Earth will bleed…

 

Please feel free to down load, print and distribute one of my favorite works…

Soulananda eEarth Week

 

MY CHALLENGE TO YOU:

 I’ve forwarded this post and invitation to a few of my blog buddies, “I” invite you to do the same.  For the next seven days, in your own unique, creative ways; whether that be images, words or ideas of your own or another’s; use your venue of choice [it could be your own home and the simplicity of your own awareness] to bring attention to this moment, our Earth, and the awareness that is needed for meaningful, lasting, significant change.

How can you play?

[Facebook, Twitter, Blog or email] Inspire change: Provide a commentary or link; create a question, image or article that stimulates awareness, conversation or understanding of “Earth Week”; and its intention to continue to promote and bring awareness towards creating a just, sustainable and peaceful planet.

Forward this challenge to your own friends or readers.

 

 

 

eEarth Week Challenge Day 5
April 27, 2010

 

Has consumerism become the way to live your life?

 

Has it become your sacred ritual, to pacify a deeper

 hunger or perceived wound?

 

How far are you willing to go, how much are you

 willing to risk before you connect the details,

 before you see a bigger picture?

 

Watch the Story of Stuff…

 

 

 MY CHALLENGE TO YOU:

 I’ve forwarded this post and invitation to a few of my blog buddies, “I” invite you to do the same.  For the next seven days, in your own unique, creative ways; whether that be images, words or ideas of your own or another’s; use your venue of choice [it could be your own home and the simplicity of your own awareness] to bring attention to this moment, our Earth, and the awareness that is needed for meaningful, lasting, significant change.

How can you play?

[Facebook, Twitter, Blog or email] Inspire change: Provide a commentary or link; create a question, image or article that stimulates awareness, conversation or understanding of “Earth Week”; and its intention to continue to promote and bring awareness towards creating a just, sustainable and peaceful planet.

Forward this challenge to your own friends or readers.

 

 

eEarth Week Challenge: Day One…
April 23, 2010

 

Most of us leave very busy lives.  We’re easily and sometimes justifiably distracted by the “this” and the “that” of our daily lives… 

So; how was your Earth Day yesterday?  Did you get a chance to celebrate and reflect, acknowledge and investigate as to your present contributions or lack there of, towards the sustainability of your own life and the life of this planet?

Like most significant holidays or celebrations within cultures and societies, important dates like Lent, Ramadan, Yom Kippur; birthdays, Marten Luther day and Earth Day serve not only as reminders of the importance of specific commitments or ways of Being with which to live our lives, but also, opportunities to place our scattered individual and collective attention on events and areas of our life that often have deep, meaningful significance; that provide function and purpose in improving the quality of our life and others, that also share this Earth, our home.

I’ve decided that one day “token post” on my blog is really is not enough for me to fully consider or appreciate the implications of the uncertainty and urgency; the dearth of challenge that face us all, in creating more congruent ways of Being that support the sustainability of this planet. 

To this end I’ve decided this year to celebrate eEARTH Week; to devote seven additional days [and posts] to continue to acknowledge, reflect and investigate uniquely; to draw attention to, and create awareness of basic fundamental ideas that are needed to navigate this critical moment in time…

 MY CHALLENGE TO YOU:

 I’ve forwarded this post and invitation to a few of my blog buddies, “I” invite you to do the same.  For the next seven days, in your own unique, creative ways; whether that be images, words or ideas of your own or another’s; use your venue of choice [it could be your own home and the simplicity of your own awareness] to bring attention to this moment, our Earth, and the awareness that is needed for meaningful, lasting, significant change.

How can you play?

[Facebook, Twitter, Blog or email] Inspire change: Provide a commentary or link; create a question, image or article that stimulates awareness, conversation or understanding of “Earth Week”; and its intention to continue to promote and bring awareness towards creating a just, sustainable and peaceful planet.

Forward this challenge to your own friends or readers:

If you do decide to play, I’ll do my best to add your link to my next 6 posts of “bloggers that want to play”…

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DAY ONE

 

I love words; words that inspire are very important for me.  They help recalibrate my focus; they help to point “me” in the “right” direction, when things seem confusing, when I appear to lose myself in self engendered thoughts that create confusion, conflict and doubt.

 

Around 4 years ago I was exposed to a document that has significantly changed the way I see and perceive my life.  It’s a series of words that have and continue to inspire “me” over and over again; to examine my own life and the way I live that life, and the impact it has with regards to my shared connection with the One humanity.

 “My” contribution to day one of eEarth Week, is to share some more words, but they are not my own.  I want to share the words of many that were created over two decades ago, by many 1000’s of people.  It is my hope that through exposure to their inspired words you might also be inspired. 

Welcome to the Earth Charter…

 Earth Charter Layout

 Please note: the above links to a PDF layout I designed for the Earth Charter document, and an Earth Charter project a few years ago…

Earth Day; 10 Questions for a New Humanity
April 22, 2010

 

Today is a day of celebration and reflection.  Today marks the anniversary of the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970.  Forty years ago, there was a collective breakthrough; the baby steps that began the start of a progressive movement for environmental awareness, which elevated itself to an international level.

In our celebration, we should acknowledge the proliferation to which our individual and collective, day to day habits and attitudes, have changed our world forever.  In our reflection we should recognize the degree of challenge and danger we face as a planet.  We should recognize that our success or failure, individually and collectively, is inherently linked to the level and degree to which we can clean up our own consciousness.  How far we have come on this journey is irrelevant.  The question at hand is how far can we go? 

I’m amazed and often dismayed at how the sustainability conversation dilutes and distracts us from the very perpetrators of the crime; it is our own individual ideas and notions, attitudes and beliefs that strangles our life force, another’s, and the potential demise of the Earth as we know it.

How often and how many of us look to the sustainability of our individual wellbeing and the interconnectedness it has to the wellbeing of the natural world?

How often do we examine the health of our own attitudes and beliefs and the impact it has on our day to day thinking, being, having and doing, that lead to many of our present day challenges?

The concept of sustainability is a valuable idea.  First and foremost we must look with vigilant eyes, to the sustainability of our own life and the way we live those lives at a thinking, being, having and doing level; to recognize and know experientially the interdependence of it all. 

TEN Questions For a New Humanity

1)     What aspirations do “I” have in life that if pursued, could provide the preamble for more peace, passion, inspiration and transformation in “my” life and the world “I” live in?

 

 2)     Do the dreams, desires, gifts and talents “I” pursue in life, enhance, refine and elevate the resilience “I” have to “my” life experience, “my” inner wisdom and the service “I” could provide to the ONE greater Earth community?

 

3)     How can “I” refine, enhance and elevate the visions and aspirations “I” have for “my” life so they are synchronized in solidarity and kinship with all “others” and the extended living world?

 

4)     What changes do “I” need to make in the way “I” live “my” life that if made, could enhance and improve the quality of “my” own well being and the well being of the ONE greater Earth community?

 

5)     How can “I” live “my” life with greater congruence, admiration and reverence towards “my” Self, “others”, and the larger living world?

 

6)     What unspoken questions, words and conversations do “I” need to have, hear, pursue or let go of, in order to foster a culture of peace and affirmation in “my” experience, the surroundings, and with all “others”?

 

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

 

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

 

9)     What can “I” do to elevate the shared responsibility “I” have in the stewardship of this ONE great Earth and humanity; clarifying, enhancing and elevating the intention to realize ONE global, just, sustainable and peaceful society?

 

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

 

THE GAYATRI MANTRA

 OM bhūr bhuvah svah tát savitúr váreṇyam bhárgo devásya dhīmahi dhíyo yó naḥ pracodáyāt…

“Earth Atmospher Heavens.  We meditate on the sacred light of the effulgent source.  Let that inspire our thoughts…”

 

 

 

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