when we speak our truth - we create
a ripple and a path for others to walk
on - honoring the sanctity of life must
rest with the living - our mothers,
fathers, daughters, sons, sisters and
~ om shanti ~
the veil is being lifted - this time it is not going away - let us all find a way to muster the courage to speak our truth
Non nobis solum (English: Not for ourselves alone) is a Latin motto. A common variation is non nobis, sed omnibus ("not for us, but for everyone") and non nobis solum, sed omnibus. It means that people should contribute to the general greater good of humanity, apart from their own interests.
I was taught - when we are invited to speak or to do, it is our responsibility to accept the invitation to be, putting aside our personal interest and rising to meet the greeter needs or our community -
I offer this for your consideration as we continue to grow together~
Whenever we are moved to make changes in our schedule of gatherings I receive different messages from people, messages of disappointment others will step forward offering possible solutions.
When I posted today on our meet-up site that the drum and labyrinth walk for tonight will be cancelled due to the rain (the rain has an interesting affect on our drums) one kind individual offered their home to 20 drummers! I wrote and thanked him for the invitation.
I believe in the power of natures energy - I believe this is a good day for reflection - consideration - a small window for private time of peace and consideration.
Over the years, I have learned a great deal when my schedule was unexpectedly changed, when my expectations of what I was going to be doing, had planned to do, changed. I was provided with an opportunity to say - okay - so what is - in front of me? What do I have appreciation for, who do I have appreciation for? What am I grateful for?
Who are you?
What is in front of you?
What are you grateful for.
This full moon culminates the January moon of Talks with Relations The Clan Mother of the First Moon Cycle - Her color is orange and she is the Mother of Nature, Keeper of rhythm, weather ,and the season, guardian of the languages of the trees, stones and creatures. She is the maker of relatives, keeper of Earth's needs, mother of the planetary family.
Talks with Relations - January Moon teaches us how to understand the unspoken languages of nature, Kinship with all life forms and how to enter the sacred spaces of others with respect, How to hombre cycles, rhythms, and changes of the seasons and weather. How to meld with the life force and rhythms in all dimensions, learning the truths of each.*
Learning the truths!
om shanti ~ dear friends - and peace walkers
~circles around like an eagle
Across little planet earth people journey to a multitude of external sites seeking to answer an immensely overwhelming or underlying urge for a pilgrimage to the birthplace of their roots - their genealogical, cultural and spiritual roots. This search for knowledge seems to have two distinct routes: the external journey and the internal journey.
When I was young, I recall having deep yearnings, an emptiness within for which I had no name, no words to explain, no conscious comprehension for which I was searching. This deep desire for discovery, I came to know as "a burning desire." As the years progressed, and I began to awaken more fully to these desires and as I gained bits of understanding, I came to call them "spiritual awakenings" or "moments of clarity." This feeling of a burning desire remains a vibrant flame glowing within me today and it is a force of nature that continues to propel me forward.
No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path. — Buddha
Recently, I stumbled upon a term I highly resonate with: "Yatra," which is a Sanskrit term that connotes "journey," "procession" or "pilgrimage." And Pad Yatra generally refers to a walking pilgrimage to sacred sites. One who goes on a yatra is known as a yatri.
To traditional Hindus, the journey, the yatra, itself is as important as the destination, and the hardships of travel serve as an act of devotion in themselves. Visiting a sacred place is believed by the pilgrim to purify the self and bring one closer to the divine.
My "pilgrimage" or my trudge on the "road of happy destiny" or journey on "the red road" has been a
Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.
From "The Medicine Wheel: Earth Astrology" by Sun Bear & Wabun Wind
Posted by: DailyOM
The foundation of the religion and the life of the Native people in the United States, as well as in most countries if you follow history back far enough, is personal vision, personal communication between the individual and the Creator Spirit, by whatever name this force was called.
Vision can come to individuals in a number of ways. They can go out upon the mountains or into the valleys and cry for their vision. Sometimes it will take many such quests before vision comes, if it ever does. Some visions are whole and complete and give the person receiving it total understanding of the universe and his or her place in it. Other visions come in parts, none of which is complete in itself. Eventually, with patience, enough parts come to make the vision complete.
peace is a path and a process - it is for us to develop through a process of discovery our strengths, our gifts that are essential at this time for the devleopment of peace rihgt here at this time on this planet - earth honoring the return to the sacred hoop and gathering of the sacred circle - for we are all related. ~ annie
In the last 24 hours you have been bathed in the light of the Harvest moon~
Many now sense the power of peace deep within - drawing us to search and seek for complementary resolution, tired of the "fight" resolved to work for peace - clear the path for peace.
We may recognize the different parts of the whole, hear the different views and perspectives and know our view doesn't invalidate anther's.
We have different "points of view" we see things through different lenses and yet we all have an ounce of good and the ability to error and as a dear friend says some will be glad and some will be sad.
Whatever we call ourselves however we identify ourselves - we are people living together on planet earth - in this time here and now it is our responsibility - it is our duty to transform the obstacles of prejudice in all of its expressions - putting aside ideas of separation.
We have a responsibility to cultivate seeds of good relationship, expressing joy for the opportunity of life to see the potential and call it forth - may we bring forth the best in our family, nation and planet!
We all have a part to play in the transformative shift - how will you continue to respond to what you are feeling deep within you?
Be in touch with us as we stay connected to you ~ annie
Developing concern for others, thinking of them as part of us, brings self-confidence, reduces our sense of suspicion and mistrust, and enables us to develop a calm mind. - His Holiness The Dalai Lama
“I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.” ~Oliver Wendell Holmes
“When we want to help the poor, we usually offer them charity. Most often we use charity to avoid recognizing the problem and finding the solution for it. Charity becomes a way to shrug off our responsibility. But charity is no solution to poverty. Charity only perpetuates poverty by taking the initiative away from the poor. Charity allows us to go ahead with our own lives without worrying about the lives of the poor. Charity appeases our consciences.”
“I believe that we can create a poverty-free world because poverty is not created by poor people. It has been created and sustained by the economic and social systems that we have designed for ourselves; the institutions and concepts that make up that system; the policies that we pursue.”
“Decision is a risk rooted in the courage of being free.” ~Paul Tillich
“For yesterday is but a memory
And tomorrow is only a vision.
But today well lived
makes every yesterday a memory
and every tomorrow a vision of hope.”
~ ancient Sanskrit poem ~
"No human relation gives one possession in another...every two souls are absolutely different. In friendship and in love, the two side by side raise hands together to find what one cannot reach alone."
Friendship is the
golden thread that
ties the heart of all
Let us all be willing to sit in a circle and respect our differences.
"There are many things to be shared with the four colors of man in our common destiny as one family upon our Mother the Earth."
-- -- Traditional Circle of Elders, NORTHERN CHEYENNE
In Chinese medicine, autumn is the season of the element Metal (or air). The emotion of the Metal is grief. We all experience loss, separation, and “letting go,” and we appropriately feel grief at those times. Grief is the process of letting go of what isn't needed any more. When our grief is blocked our ability to move energy, to move beyond the experience is blocked.
The journey of releasing the block requires us to ask ourselves the tough questions, What am I feeling? What am I expereincing? This begins the process.
Buffalo are great models for walking through grief - of all the animals in nature Buffalo uniquely stand facing the storm and walk steadily forward. No big drama, just one hoof in front of the other. "Trudging (to walk with purpose) the road." is the task before us as we walk through our journey of releasing our grief.
We can experience our strength when we are willing to begin to put on foot in front of the other remain, focused, sacred in our journey and use the lessons learned to provide us with the energy for completely the necessary walk.
We learn alot about ourselves in Autumn
Nature gives us this grand display of beauty just before all becomes bare, dormant, a time for rest and reconciliation. As all of the leaves in nature return to the ground and become compost feeding the earth. The lessons we can learn from our experiences, our past behavior and encounters become the rich nutrients for growth and empowerment. It becomes our foundation and once that is secure it begins to construct our life.
As always some of our best instruction comes form nature and observation and participation in the cycles nature provides such as the journey of letting go in the fall. Trees are a wonderful model - trees let go of their leaves - you don't see trees hanging on to their leaves because they made need them later! How can we make room for all the abundance that awaits us if we don't clean out the old stories, the old behavior, the old negativity?
Autumn provides the model and motivation to move forward with our letting go process!
Hardship, in forcing us to exercise greater patience and forbearance in daily life, actually makes us stronger and more robust. From the daily experience of hardship comes a greater capacity to accept difficulties without losing our sense of inner calm. Of course, I do not advocate seeking out hardship as a way of life, but merely wish to suggest that, if you relate to it constructively, it can bring greater inner strength and fortitude.~Dalai Lama
The work of a gynaecologist who treats rape victims who have been subjected to sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is the focus of a film which has just been released. "The Man Who Mends Women", tells the story of Dr Denis Mukwege.
Although women are outpacing men in achieving higher levels of education, they are still more likely to pursue the humanities as opposed to science, technology, engineering and mathematics. That's according to the World's Women 2015, a UN report which looks at how women worldwide are faring in eight critical areas such as health, education, work, power and decision-making, and poverty.
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