The peace and quiet continue as I am still without a phone and a decent internet connection, but apparently my noise is bigger! My long suffering Beloved has let me know that since I got disconnected from all that technology I am chattering even more than usual. And here I thought I was doing so well coping with not being able to connect at the drop of a hat! Luckily I am in a conscious relationship where we communicate very thoughtfully and my darling was able to let me know what he was experiencing. Even when you are considerate and take responsibility for yourself it can feel dreadful when hearing of how another is experiencing your energy. But without that communication there are just these feelings that no-one is acknowledging and sooner or later there is probably going to be some kind of conflict.
Simply acknowledging and naming your feelings is a big step towards being happier and more resilient and is something that has been understood by mystics for centuries. Test it out for yourself some time when you are having a reaction to something or someone that isn’t immediately identifiable. Notice the level of your distress and give it a number on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being most distressed and 1 not distressed at all. Then as you sit quietly bring your awareness to wherever you are experiencing the feelings or sensations and try to be present to whatever is going on for you. Once you have been able to find a label for what you are feeling sit with that thought for a bit and then check in again on the level of your distress. There’s a pretty good chance you will notice a big difference the second time around.
I’ve posted this link before and here it is again, what neuroscience can tell us about being happy!
This is all very wonderful but I will be really, really HAPPY to have a phone again! There is a lot said about the dangers of technology but it is so easy to stay in touch in our modern world and CONNECTION is a key element in happiness too. If you read the article above you will note that they talk about connection through touch, a basic need that we all share. Well I’m a wealthy woman when it comes to physical touch but this time without all the usual technology is showing me that all the other kinds of connecting are important too. So bring on that new phone, my dearest darling Beloved will be as happy as I am to see me fully connected back in to my wonderful community!
Challenging to get posts out when you don’t have easy access to internet, oh how we can sometimes take these things for granted! I am also enjoying the space that is created when you are not always on the computer so I guess the healthy space as usual is to be in balance. And my posts may not tumble out like clockwork under these circumstances but on a cosmic scale I don’t suppose this issue is really going to be up there with world peace and finding a cure for cancer!
Anyway nothing new to report on ‘The Love Bubble Presents’ except that we continue to be inspired and are getting great feedback with the friends we’ve been sharing our ideas with. Probably the single most important and exciting thing in the lives of my Beloved and I is our wondrous new kitchen! Oh the delight of not having to share space and having everything on one level. The magic of a little porch outside the back door with a lovely little garden and fire pit. When you’ve been house sitting for four years it is very special to have one’s own place with different rooms to keep stuff in. It makes me so grateful for the simplest things, like being able to keep my shampoo and conditioner in the shower recess.
Me in my little kitchen!
It is yet another grand opportunity to be mindful of how beautiful life can be even without many or any of the trappings of wealth and status. I spent last Sunday with open-hearted souls connecting in friendship old and new and sharing my new home space. How wonderful to have the capacity to be hospitable and happy and to enjoy simple things like sharing food and conversation. Be grateful for whatever is good in your life and that energy will help to bring you more of the same. It is always a choice that we have and mindfulness will help you to remember that fact when the busy world has distracted you from the things that matter most.
Lots of pretty colours in our hippy pad!
So be mindful and grateful and love the life that you do have!
‘Did you hear about how Tony Abbott has eliminated the minister for science from his cabinet?’
Me: I’m not sure, but I think it’s because they want to ignore the science on climate change.
Rhia: what?! Climate change isn’t like Tinkerbell, it doesn’t just disappear if you don’t believe in it!
I don’t often discuss politics here, but our lack of proper guardianship of the planet is pretty much beyond the pettiness and maneuvering of our politicians, as they give us a low-class soapie to watch if we want the distraction. That we would destroy our Great Barrier Reef for the sake of coal, when renewable energy sources are actually better all round, not only for the environment but more jobs too.
Science is a bit tricky too, like our brains, it turns out to be much more malleable than we thought and very responsive to powerful intentions, this is shown in experiments where subjects tried to affect the output of a random number generator. It can be done, but the people who are best at it are very good at creating strong intention, meditators, psychics and healers for example. And no I’m not trying to say that climate change isn’t real because it is, and we do have to change our unconscious ways, it’s time to WAKE UP!
But I also believe that we are in a much bigger cycle, around 5,000 years or so, which is coming to an end and the kind of weather we have been having has been reported at these kinds of end times, by those who came before us. What this means is that we need to start using our ‘spiritual technology’, prayer, chanting, walking, meditating, toning, all of these practices bring us into coherence where the brain and the heart are vibrating at the same frequency. This is the feeling of being in love, people in that space are more likely to negotiate rather than go to war.
MAKE LOVE MAKE LOVE MAKE LOVE MAKE LOVE MAKE LOVE MAKE LOVE MAKE LOVE……………………………………..Ohm Shanti, shanti, shanti…
Gregg Braden talks about the Mayan calander and the cycles they describe: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8BBDB17506AA7B13
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In every aspect of human endeavour, there is a pressing need to find new ways of thinking about how we can evolve and grow and flourish. Our civilisation is on the edge of extinction, and if we keep repeating the things that got us here, there is only one logical outcome, our society will collapse and I for one would not want to be around if that were to happen. Luckily I don’t actually believe that we will end up in our own version of “Mad Max”, or any of the countless end of the world movies that have been made over the years.
Mad Max II.
Agriculture is a part of our society that could do with some changing, and Joel Salatin has some inspiring ideas on what the new generation of farmers might look like. Firstly there is the fact that advances in technology have made it possible to create portable systems for growing food and keeping livestock. It means that you no longer need to own the land in order to be a farmer, this in itself is an incredibly radical notion, and makes it a lot easier for young people to get into an industry that requires a lot of capital for land and infrastructure.
Another suggestion that Joel makes is that young entrepreneurs create collaborative relationships with farmers, they can build a business that is complementary to the existing farm. It also means that the farmer has support as they are getting older, so there is a real win win situation going on here. It seems there are many different ways in which different enterprises can be stacked on top of each other, it reminds me of a story I heard Bill Mollison tell many years ago about a Japanese farmer. With ducks swimming in the rice paddies there is no need for weeding or chemicals, and the rice actually grows taller and is more dense than it would otherwise be. http://www.permaculturenews.org/author/Bill%20Mollison
There is no shortage of bright ideas on how to re-design the way that we live on this planet, the real question is will we manage to make the changes in time. As an eternal optimist my vote is definitely a big YES!
Outspoken agriculture revolutionary Joel Salatin has designs to redeem our food system. He is the author of a number of books including “Folks, This Ain’t Normal”.
In this video he passionately explains that this is the best time ever to get into farming and guess what: you do NOT need to buy a big parcel of land to get started.
Hear about his idea for “portable farms” to get young entrepreneurs started right here!