Thursday, November 16, 2006
Climb the mountain and hear its wisdom upon the wind.
Spirits peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
The winds will blow their own freshness into you
Storms will give their energy, Moon her light, Wolf his wisdom.
Your cares and worries will drop off like autumn leaves.
Strive to make yourself like water, both gentle and strong. Make yourself gentle enough to follow the natural paths of the world And yet strong enough to rise up and reshape the world around you.
In your journey you search for answers and wisdom
Yet the best things in life are already nearest to you.
Spirits breath in your nostrils, sunlight in your eyes, flowers at your feet,
The duties at your hand, and the path of rightness laying just before you.
Do not grasp at the stars; take life's plain, common work as it comes,
Bid your children to accept and walk with Nature.
Let them see the beautiful blending and communions of death and life
Teach them of the joyous inseparable unity.
To learn in woods and meadows, plains, mountains, and streams
Discovering the blessed path we walk.
And help them to learn that death is not the end perceived,
But as beautiful as life and as unending as creation.
Spirit provides the three things we crave most:
Happiness, freedom, and peace of mind,
Easily attained by simply giving them to someone else.
The Old Buzzard offers his thanks to author
Steve ‘Easy' Whitacre who posted this on
A Single Standing Teepee
Nov. 16th, 2006
Monday, November 13, 2006
We all desire a better tomorrow. A World made better, more peaceful and tranquil, with which to raise our children and live our lives. If you want to make a real difference in this world we all share, there are steps to learn to take. First, learn to be optimistic. Don’t allow yourself to be depressed, frustrated and disillusioned, all the time. Know that you are doing what you can and that it counts. Every single solitary thing that we each do and say and, most especially think, really does count. More than you can ever believe. Some might argue that we don't have any choice in this upside down dangerous world and that we can't effect what will happen. But even if we can't immediately alter the course of human events on the world level, we can certainly create change in our own lives and in all of the lives that we touch, (and this is really where it all starts, yourself), and our thoughts are the seeds of that change.
Use your thoughts wisely. Understand their power. Thoughts have a tendency to become their physical equivalent. This is one of the fundamental laws of the universe. Another one is the Law of Attraction, which states that 'like attracts like,' positive to positive, negative to negative. Because it is consciousness that creates reality, the kind of consciousness you hold, your vibration if you will, actually creates the kind of life you're living. So our first order of business must be to stay positive. Hold and entertain only positive possibilities. Teach yourself to imagine only affirmative alternatives. Surround yourself with wholly uplifting, life-affirming people and influences. Align yourself solely with the greater good so that your actions will be born of only the finest of your best intentions.
Remind yourself that far away, there in the sunshine, are your highest aspirations. You may not reach them, but you can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead. I have been haunted recently by the words written by a Protestant minister after the downfall of the Nazi regime. "First they came for the gays. I am not gay, so I didn’t say anything. Then they came for the Gypsies. I am not a Gypsy, so I didn’t say anything. Then they came for the Jews. I am not a Jew, so I didn’t say anything. Then they came for the Catholics. I am not a Catholic, so I didn’t say anything. When they finally came for me, there was no one left to say anything."
Be bold. Make a statement. Make a stand. Make a difference.
In light of the widespread oppression, manipulation, intimidation that surrounds us today, you most certainly need to say something. You need, in fact, to talk to everyone who you meet, actually engage on a human level with those who you encounter as you make it through our day. Not just your families, friends and colleagues or those of presumed like-minds, but the shoe repair guy, the waitress at the coffee shop, the post office clerk, the bag boy at the super market.
If you ignore, exploit or patronize those people whose lives intersect with yours, how can you expect international relations to be more civilized? You need to "Walk your talk" wherever you go, whatever you do, remembering always, that by doing so you do make a difference. Let yourself be a sun, sending your caring energy out into the world, shedding light wherever you go. You never know who you might touch, or what a difference you may make with the radiance of your smile and warmth of your friendship.
Walk in peace and beauty,
Steve (Easy) Whitacre, Copyright 2006