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This is a brilliant short video on changes we can all make to battle the effects of an over-busy and over-stressed world. Not to mention, these benefits will not only help you, but help the world to become a better place.

This will make you laugh so hard! You just get used to certain behaviors from cats, so you never think about them till you see them! My cat is fond of rubbing his face and head on my feet and toes. LOL. Enjoy!

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I was recently out at the “Contact in the Desert 2014″ event in Joshua Tree, Ca. The Joshua Tree Retreat Center is a wonderful place with some hidden treasures. This pool/fountain is one such find.

I love the rough texture of the rock against the soft reflection of the trees and clouds in the water.

Sponsored by Daily Post Photo Challenge. Thanks! :)

 

It’s ok to get messy!

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We can’t find our path without getting messy. Messy comes with the territory. We came in messy. We learn messy. We love messy. We leave messy. I never found my way to clarity without first befriending confusion, in all its chaotic forms. I never found a path that felt like home before falling into quicksand. I never established a new way of being without trying the wrong way of being on for size. I never found the light without stumbling around in the dark. I never tasted God before getting a little dirt in my mouth. In the heart of the chaos is the clay that shapes us home. Chaotic Magnificence!

~Jeff Brown

This is a great read…for any and every man, if you ask me. -A.

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Via Bryan Reeves
on Jul 27, 2014

I used to think women were only afraid of aggression in men, in all its forms: anger, rage, physical violence, verbal abuse, sexual aggression, rape.I grew up with all kinds of conflicting social messages about the wrongs and subtle rights of violence against women. With three sisters and two mothers married to my two fathers, I learned early there was something inherently special about women, that they were different from men not just in body parts, but in essence.

I knew they should be protected and respected.

In addition to the daily masculine aggression towards women I encountered outside my home, I also watched my alcoholic step-father terrorize my mother, me and two sisters with an explosive rage he’s 21 years sober now, and a good man. Seeing these beautiful, brilliant women in my life routinely recoil in the face of a horrifying masculine aggression only reinforced my ideas about a woman’s singular fear.

read more: The One Thing That Women Are Afraid of in Men (It’s Not Aggression). ~ Bryan Reeves | elephant journal.

pain

I do not like to think that people “harm me”. Nobody harms me. I harm myself when I choose to step into the shoes of the victim. “The victim” is everyones favorite character to become when the ego is being challenged. We don’t have to be emotional victims of people or ourselves. Emotional discomfort is a tool for learning, not to discourage you. You may feel sad, you may feel hurt, you may feel down. We all share this suffering together. The key is transcending it because it is not who we really are. We got into the collective habit of marinating and identifying ourselves with our pain. Being a victim of pain is a trend in our society and such trend is deeply affecting our mental health because of the repetition of suffering. Repetition is key because we are beings of habit. So i am not really talking about easy. I am talking about POSSIBLE. The magic that lives within the possibilities we consciously choose to manifest. This means all self-inflicted negativity and positivity.

via Lifted Consciousness

Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2011

Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2011

Carnal apple, Woman filled, burning moon,
dark smell of seaweed, crush of mud and light,
what secret knowledge is clasped between your pillars?
What primal night does Man touch with his senses?
Ay, Love is a journey through waters and stars,
through suffocating air, sharp tempests of grain:
Love is a war of lightning,
and two bodies ruined by a single sweetness.
Kiss by kiss I cover your tiny infinity,
your margins, your rivers, your diminutive villages,
and a genital fire, transformed by delight,
slips through the narrow channels of blood
to precipitate a nocturnal carnation,
to be, and be nothing but light in the dark.

~ Pablo Neruda

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“Everyone whose eyes are open knows the world is in an enormous crisis. As many of us as possible need to undergo a massive transformation of consciousness and to find the sacred passion to act from this consciousness in every arena and on every level of reality. It is my deepest belief that only Sacred Activism – the fusion of the deepest mystical knowledge, peace, strength, and stamina with calm, focused, and radical action – can possibly be of use now.

A mysticism that is only private and self-absorbed leaves the evils of the world in tact and does little to halt the suicidal juggernaut of history. And any Activism that is not purified by a profound spiritual vision and psychological self-awareness and rooted in divine truth, wisdom, and compassion will only perpetuate the problem it is trying to solve, whatever its righteous intentions.

When, however, the deepest and most grounded mystical vision is married to a practical and pragmatic drive to transform all existing political, economic, and social institutions, a holy force and power of wisdom in action is born, a force and power that can re-fashion all things and bring humanity, even at this late hour, into harmony with its self and original nature. This force of Sacred Activism I believe will be the source of the birthing power that humanity will need to create a new world from the smoking ashes of the one that is now passing away.” ~ Andrew Harvey

believe-posterBelow is an excerpt from an article by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger. The article covers other details (link at end), but I liked these suggestions on personal development.

How many of the self-discipline challenges (listed in the 2nd section) would you be willing to take up? I’ve attempted some of these…been successful with some, not so much with others.

Do you have any ideas about how to simultaneously work in body, mind and spirit? Consistency seems to be the key with any type of improvement, but it takes constant focus and commitment, at least for me. Is there an easier way that you’ve found? If so, please share.

May we all find what we need to accomplish that which we most desire. Good luck on your endeavors! :) -A.

 

To survive this historical awakening and transition, you will need to invoke an internal toughness that encompasses your mental, physical and spiritual bodies. -Mike Adams

How to prepare yourself starting today

So how do you prepare yourself and increase your physical, mental and spiritual strength? You practice them.

Starting today, make it a point to exercise your body, mind and spirit on a daily basis. It’s simpler than you think. You might do a daily practice that’s as simple as:

PHYSICAL: Lift weights, shovel dirt, do pilates or go swimming for 15 minutes a day.

MENTAL: Learn a language or study a difficult subject for 15 minutes a day.

SPIRITUAL: Meditate or pray for 15 minutes a day.

Where many people fall short is in focusing too much time on just one area — such as physical fitness — while forgetting to enhance their mental toughness or spiritual expansion.

Incredible exercises for personal development

Here are some tremendously beneficial activities to consider that will help you strengthen one or more of these areas:

* Challenge yourself with self-discipline tests. Can you endure a 4-hour hike? A 60-minute meditation? A 48-hour fast? Do you have the self discipline to turn off the television for 30 days straight? Can you stop eating cheese, or bread, or sugar for 30 days? Most people are so mentally weak that they cannot do any of these things. Find out what YOU can do by setting challenges for yourself and then achieving them through mental and physical discipline.

* Become a volunteer firefighter or EMT. The training and volunteer experience will significantly increase your toughness at many levels.

* Volunteer at a church or local non-profit. Expend your time and effort in connecting with others. Build your practical skills. Commit your time and focus to something larger than yourself.

* Go back to school and learn a new subject or earn a new degree. For example, last year I went back to school to learn how to run an atomic spectroscopy laboratory, and it was an extremely rewarding (and challenging) experience.

* Seek to master a new subject requiring technical expertise. You could seek to become a Master Gardener, for example, or a yoga instructor. Perhaps you wish to master the art of long-range target shooting or the beauty of painting on canvas. Pick an area that speaks to you and dedicate yourself to mastering it.

* Expand your time in nature and time alone with your own thoughts. Practice meditation, spiritual exploration or prayer. Open your mind and spiritual to the realm beyond this physical world, and ask for guidance to gain a greater understanding of all that is.

* Do something you’ve been afraid to do for your entire life. If you’ve been afraid of public speaking, seek to gain competence and experience in public speaking. If you’ve been afraid of socializing with others, seek opportunities to be more social. Work to conquer your fears by facing them with preparedness and training. This will greatly enhance your mental toughness and build confidence in yourself.

* Express your true thoughts. Those who are mentally weak tend to go with the flow and self-censor what they’re really thinking. Mentally strong people find ways to express what they truly believe through words, voice, movement, the arts, etc.

* Practice self control of your own mental state. Be conscious of when others are attempting to invoke emotions from you, and make a focused effort to keep your emotions and moods under your own control rather than theirs.

Original post here.

A fun little story for the mathematically-inclined metaphysical types. -A. :)

Imagine a race of talking ants. The ants can compress the infinite digits of pi in an interesting way. For example, let us imagine that the ants can speak by manipulating their crude jaws. The first ant in the long parade of ants screams out the first digit, “3”. The next yells the number on its back, a “1”. The next yells a “4”, and so on.

Further imagine that each ant speaks its digit in only half the time of the preceding ant. Each ant has a turn to speak. Only the most recent digit is spoken at any instant. If the first digit of pi requires 30 seconds to speak (due to the ant’s cumbersome jaws and little brain), might the entire ant colony speak all the digits of pi in a minute? (Again, this is because the infinite sum 1/2 minute + 1/4 minute + 1/8 minute + … is equal to 1 minute.)

Astoundingly, at the end of the minute, there will be a quick-talking ant that will actually say the “last” digit of pi! The geometer God, upon hearing this last digit, may cry, “That’s impossible, because pi has no last digit!”

via The 15 Most Famous Transcendental Numbers – Cliff Pickover.

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