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Archive for May 26th, 2012

Remember

REMEMBER
Memorial Day 2012

Remember the men and women who have served our country in the Armed Forces and say, “Thank You.”

Remember those brave men and women who have died fighting a war they wished had never happened.

Remember the men and women who braved the battlefield and returned home wounded in body, mind, and spirit.

Remember the sufferings of families touched by the forever loss of their loved ones in service to their country.

Remember Mother Earth and all her mutilations from all the wars.

Remember the good people who rebuild her and comfort her and bring her back to rest.

Remember the beauty of freedom the next opportunity you get to drop a ballot in a voting box.

Remember that we have a choice.

A choice to choose and not criticize.
A choice to build up and not tear down.
A choice to believe in the good, not the terrifying.
A choice to unify and not divide.
A choice for peace and not disruption.
A choice for joy, not dispair.
A choice for gratitude in place of grumbling.
A choice for community and not dissention.
A choice for understanding our fellow human beings.
A choice to choose honor and human dignity in our own lives.
A choice to place top value on life which nothing can surpass.
A choice to know we are all One, not two.
A choice to shorten the long journey between head and heart.
A choice to listen for the purpose of our life and follow that path.

My friends, I believe that war is obsolete and within that belief I remain patriotic to and loving of my country and grateful for the freedoms we share as Americans.

It is my vision that these freedoms continue in our country through many of my grandchildren’s future generations and that these freedoms spread around the world to the rest of Earth’s citizens. Mother Earth is the only mothership we have….and we need to know how to navigate her seas in a peaceful spirit with compassionate hearts and willing hands to serve the total ascention of humankind.

Remember Peace. Remember Love. Remember Life.

Another year since I posted this in May 2011. May we all have come closer in our lives to living  personal peace on a daily basis and let that peace flow over into our world.

Thanking our veterans for the courage and bravery it takes to serve on the world’s battlefields and thanking each Earth Citizen for their courage and determination to hold the ideal of Peace in their heart and their  will to see Peace come true and take place on Earth.

 

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“True meditation practice becomes how you live your life, not how well you sit on a cushion.” That is the conclusion of author, Barbara Stahura in her article “Changing the World, One Brain at a Time” in the May 2012 edition of Science of Mind magazine.

Asserting that that the practice of Mindfulness has the power to heal us emotionally and physically and thus changing the world individually and collectively, Stahura sites the present scientific and medical research findings that point to empirical proof that contemplative practices actually produce healthy physiological changes in the body —  and specifically in the mind and brain of a person.

The Dalai Lama is one of the world’s best known meditators. He is also a life long student of science. He has explored environmental crisis, human rights and neuroscience with his curious and brilliant mind.

Neuroscience research is in its infancy but the Dalai Lama has been involved in a series of dialogues with leading researchers in neuroscience, medicine and psychology since 1989.

His purpose is to serve humanity through the promotion of awareness.  One of his aims is to try to bring to people’s awareness the correlation that medical science is finding between positive mental states and greater health and well-being.

In the 1950’s, the promotion of exercise was not even in the daily mindset of people, for the greater part like it is today. Maybe the black and white television advent of Jack LaLanne and his message began to change that as we sweated in our living rooms while he performed on the sultry island beach.

It is likely that within fifty years, the same thing will happen with meditation. People will come to see it as mental exercise.

The most recent dialogue occurred in 2005, co-sponsored by The Mind and Life Institute, John Hopkins School of Medicine and Georgetown University Medical School.  One of the researchers present in these dialogues is Jon Kabat-Zinn, a pioneer in neuroscience and the clinical uses of meditation.

A transcript of the entire 2005 conference, with intriguing research findings, is included in his book, “The Mind’s Own Physician.” He believes inquiry into both the mind and meditation will continue to open the door on the real nature of the mind and the ways in which training in mindfulness can change the physical brain and also the ways the roles of the mind affect our overall health.

Kabat-Zinn allows that the word “meditation” can be a loaded word for many, who do not want to bring a spiritual connotation to the practice. He states this is not a barrier.  Meditation, he says, is about the cultivation of attention and awareness with an openhearted and non-judgmental attitude.

This, I note, is the same thing that Barbara Marx Hubbard, is describing in the process of Emergence — which she calls going from (and beyond Ego, where all judgment lies) to Essence, where the True Self in peace and grandeur is — and you do this in regular quiet time in your “inner sanctuary.” There you will learn and be all you need to be — and you can bring this gift of your Essence into your world of experience from your time of communion and union in the quiet.

Now, I can see that as changing the world, one person at a time — starting with myself. That seems to be just the exact way it is happening, not only for me but for many others.

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