Earth Park

“It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimension opens up.” – Eckhart Tolle

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What if I said, heaven and hell had no place in the afterlife? What if I said, that we all just become formless–– wandering about the world? What if I said, that the house we grew up in or the home we lived in right up until the day we died ––the one that we paid the mortgage on for 30 years didn’t count on the other-side?

What if I said, that there isn’t a hierarchy in this sacred space?  What if I said, the people we hate live in our house, invisibly watching our every move? Do you think we all just float up or down depending on how much good or bad we contribute to the world? Don’t we have enough to worry about let alone trying to figure out what will happen on some random day in the future, near or far?

Will we ask ourselves, what really matters when our body melts away? How will we go; without realizing it, will we make a sudden move to notice that we’re a little lighter than before? In that moment will we see ourselves slumped over like an ill-fitting coat that we just tossed away?  Will we panic and rush back to our side, like the hermit crab too scared to strike out to find a more fitting shell, so we hide behind our lifeless body like a naked soul until we’re found out?

There we’ll be without any second chance, without anyone to tell, shifting invisibly from one place to another living among the physical realm. Our own mother afraid to admit that she feels us next to her. We will be too new to know how to express ourselves without our body. We will be too new to send warnings about impeding danger. We will be too new to know how to clear the house of strangers and enemies living invisibly among our loved ones. We will be too new, so we still view them as people with high and low status.

We will still function as if we still had limbs, it’s easier that way. Even a newly severed hand feels functional. Even the amputated leg still kicks at the air. Even the dead dress themselves and mock a routine that no longer serves them––visiting old friends and love ones.

What would it all be for in the end, a pastime? An amusement park we call Earth. Some rides lasting long enough to pull us through the birth canal. Some rides taking forever, round and round like a merry-go-round. Then there are some rides that take us straight ways lasting well into retirement, but of course the lines are longer and some figure too long of a ride to wait. Plus, they heard that it’s not worth it in the end; you get off with a headache and the re-entry takes too long. Why make a fuss if we all just end up at the same end? Some don’t ride at all, they’d rather hear about it and that’s a ride in itself without the pain of dizzy spells or abandonment issues.

Who is the mastermind behind this Earth Park? Every engineer that stands in line, of course. Everyone fooling themselves that they know how to make the park more interesting. Everyone believing in teamwork until they’re next in line switching amniotic fluid for air and what was before fades away with our purpose dissipating in the air. A purpose where all for one, one for all is lost on forgetfulness, but those invisible spirits keep rooting for us, their fantasy-like football team MVP of a lifetime. Will we remember to get the golden ticket and turn on the light of this world and tear the curtain that separates the blind from the seers?

Patterns in Life

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change we seek.” – Barack Obama

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When we are mad, we’re mad!!! Has it become normal to get mad and say, “I quit?” Let think about the times in a moment of discomfort that we made snap decisions to: look for a new opportunity, to consider relocating, to work on rediscovering our abs, to get healthy, to read more, to pay down debt, to study harder, to make wiser choices, to meditate, to get serious about life, to leave our no good boyfriend/girlfriend, to quit smoking, to switch banks, and on and on.

Although, it’s great that we get pissed off and decide right then that we need to make it happen, it usually doesn’t carry enough steam to carry us very far. As stated before it’s natural to have all these great ideas about how to effectuate change, but it’s also wiser to be proactive. Why wait until the bill collector threatens us or decide to look for a new opportunity when a colleague upsets us?

Temporarily discomfort doesn’t tend to move people to action that will garner real change. When the event that triggered our want for change has subsided we tend to revert back, don’t we? We forget until we are in a similar situated place and we fall back into panic mode, could’ve, should’ve, would’ve, right?

The next time that happens let’s try to…

(1) Journal/audio record the list of things you desire to change.
(2) Compare your previous entries and make note of patterns.

Most times the list will repeat. This is a great way to discover  patterns.
If every time it is written that…
“I’m over this job.” Start looking for another job and/or start increasing your skills.
“I’m tired of this belly fat.” Start exercising and/or eating healthier.
“I’m tired of these bill collectors.” Start with one bill and pay it down or consolidate your bills.
“I hate speaking in front of people.” Practice talking in front of the mirror, or your family.

Recognizing patterns is just one element but a very important one. It gives us a great starting point. It’s not enough to blow-up month after month at the moment of inconvenience and then let it go. Our life is telling us something and we need to pay attention to it. Patterns are potential paths to creating a new reality.

As we began to see how acts repeat in our lives we can begin to benefit from our observations. We can train ourselves to be proactive by knowing our patterns. If we know our pattern of negative repetition, we can begin to overcome it. The in the moment reaction in a blow-up gives us the insight to change – repetition reinforces the urgency for our need to act. Let’s vow to be more conscious of our patterns; if we are not, let’s be bold enough to admit our part in it.

We Never Really Think About It

“As long as a habit or routine dictate the pattern of living, new dimensions of the souls will not emerge.” – Henry Van Dyke

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We wake-up from a good night’s rest. We stare at the ceiling. We close our eyes and press snooze. We wake-up again. We shift the covers and look at the time. We stare back at the ceiling. We rub our faces and close our eyes. We let our minds drift over task minor and major. We stare at ceiling. We try to recall a dream. We close our eyes attempting to squeeze it back into view. We snap out of it when we feel ourselves falling back asleep. We sit up in the bed. We rub our faces. We look at the floor to make sure there are no sharp objects. We stretch. We yarn. We rub our faces. We rub our hair. We rotate our head round and round. We rub our faces. We contemplate laying back down. We look at the clock or our phone. We place the phone on the charger. We stand.

All of this happens and we are not even conscious of it. The routine set in place over the years that start the course for our day. We don’t need a list. We don’t need to be reminded to do this. We don’t need help. We don’t forget. We just do it.
When you think about it, we are all born successful. We all have what it takes to accomplish whatever aspiration we chose. We have the ability to lay a solid foundation and once laid we can chose at any time to change the elements of that foundation, one small minute step at a time.
Imagine for a second researchers looking into our homes through a two-sided glass.
The researcher will come to the glass of your neighbor’s home and say, “The subject will complain every day about lack of finances but chose to do nothing about it.”
“I have concluded that the subject will continue this pattern for 10 more years.”
The researchers all go silent and document this behavior and move on.

Next researcher, new neighbor, “This subject will wake-up and say to themselves how much they hate their job.”
“I have concluded based off of the subjects’ history that they will continue this pattern for 3 more years before changing.”
The researchers all go silent and document this behavior and move on… to your house. What will the researcher say about you?

If we cannot put our minds around the little goals then the bigger goals will seem to always elude us. If we want to start a venture and have decided before anything is executed to go from 0 to a 100 then chances are we may not be as successful. We need to take a serious look at ourselves because burying ourselves with tasks before laying the foundation equates to: FEAR.

Make it small and succeed. The more we execute those smaller goals, we become immune to fear!

Judging is so easy to do, says the perfect person.

“Love is the absence of judgment.” – Dalai Lama

I understand why we are so quick to judge others but are not so readily able to look at ourselves and see those same fault/flaws in ourselves. We all want to appear perfect and far removed from what we believe are dumb choices.

When will we grow to understand and draw upon our own past for guidance? We are often so quick to put a magnifying glass on others mistakes while passing judgment. In those moments, we need to practice empathy and do some self-talk that dares us to put our own faults ahead of our words and say, I was there once and made those same choices, now how and what can I use from this lesson to share a teachable moment in an effort to offer them tools that worked for us?

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Seasons Change: Thank God for that!

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” – Francis Assisi

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There are times in life when the old passes away and new beginnings take form. It’s sometimes subtle and sometimes abrupt. There are times when others see it in you and it’s time when you see it in yourself. Just as seasons change, so do we. Just as abrupt as it may seem and before the calendar date the seasons’ change.

The calendar may state that spring shall commence on March 20 but here we are experiencing cold winter-like weather in April. Then weeks later spring–like weather appears. No one can truly predict the actually date beforehand of changing seasons.

Centuries ago, we estimated the occurrences by looking at the fruit the earth produces. By looking at the changes of the trees or when animals hibernate. If you’re a gardener you’ll start to see you perennials blooming or you roses budding. If you fish you’ll start to see more bass and crabs in the water.

In life there are changes that you must pay immediate attention to in order to know what season you’re in as well. Unlike the calendar exacting when spring begins and ends, we do not have an external write-up telling us when we will move into different seasons in our lives. One of the reasons we miss the seasons beginning and ending in our lives is mainly due to routine and habit.

For years we do a great deal of things strictly by habit. We sleep walk all the time based off of what works best for our everyday existence. For those of us who work 9 to 5 we are on repeat day in and day out. As the seasons change in our lives we never really notice. We fight and resist change. The routine is ingrained in our being and despite noticing a change in season in our lives we force ourselves to stay in routine.

If you hadn’t already experienced it you will sooner or later find that no matter your routine life has a way of upsetting it. It is in upsets that you are faced with a break in routine and you experience what you’re really made of separate for your routine. You notice in those moments what season you’re really in. Your blinders are off, and your world expands. Initially you will resist as you reach for the familiar. You look around for the familiar as you try to hold onto your routine. Then you began to grieve the way things use to be. In this moment you truly show up. Pay attention to that still small voice in your head and take inventory. Is that small voice…

  • Positive or negative?
  • Patient and understanding?
  • Blaming others for life happenstance?
  • Angry for finally seeing what you’re made of?

I’ll end with this – A good friend asked me at the beginning of our relationship: “Do you love me?” I sat there not long and my reply was, “I can’t honestly say that I do – until we go through something will I really know how deep my love for you really runs.”

It is in those moments for most people when not only do we see people for who they truly are, we see ourselves.

LIKE A RUN IN MY STOCKINGS| MY MIND JOURNEYS AHEAD OF ME

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“We are one at the root – we just part at the branches.” – Rasheed Ogunlaru

As soon as our minds conceive a barrier we subconsciously began a journey to resolve it by paving a path towards a satisfying outcome that will benefit us. In a conscious mind of higher reach we discover an outcome that benefits us all. I write from the perspective of a universal consciousness in which I have journeyed to reach a satisfying outcome that will benefit us all. Why? I believe in the greater good of all humanity even though I tread on a divided line of sub-consciousness and consciousness, I have become more enlightened and choose daily as hard as it maybe and despite some of my choices to fight to stay awake although most of the people I encounter would rather close their eyes and remain undisturbed. I honor the awakened and I respect the choice of the undisturbed.

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Trying to figure it out one thought at a time…

“It is only the impossible that’s possible for God. He has given over the possible to the mechanics of matter and the autonomy of his creatures.” -Simone Well

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A Thought Piece (Written: Friday, May 13, 2016), meant to stir conversation and/or generate thoughts in others. These are my thoughts that have helped me figure out how I best move about in the world. I may not agree with these thoughts tomorrow. I may not choose to even agree with them once someone has given me a different perspective on them. I choose to grow. I choose to expand my mind and share. I hope not to offend neither by ignorance of the subject or by intention. I have a strong desire to grow. This desire for myself is also the desire I have for others. Questions are key and again this is my thought. I am dreamer. In dreams I have the power to change, create, and shape my reality. This power to: Dream, Create, Change, and Shape my reality, has carried over into my waking life and I thank, God/Jesus/Universe, for awakening me to a new reality. This is my hope for others.

Although, my thoughts towards the question below may change in time, my love and hope for others to begin to question the space that they hold in this world, will not.

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