Editor's Note from Natalie Jovanic: What is true love? When I was a child, love consisted of pain, suffering and excessive demands. My understanding of love was shaped by this limiting perspective. Was this really all I could expect from love? As Thich Nhat Hanh says in this video: "True love makes you happy and makes the other person happy." I needed many years to find this answer. Watch this video and find out how love is supposed to be so that you can choose a form of love that is beneficial for yourself and others.
I have always loved a beautiful sunrise, the joy of watching the sun come up and the city come to life. I also have a love of running, and one of the best times to run is in the early morning, waking up to an invigorating exercise followed by a relaxing shower. To start a day this way is to take charge of the day. I am reminded of the saying; “the early bird gets the worm...
Performance coaches, therapists, fitness experts and nutritionists are doing it and sharing it with their clients – it’s being taught in hospitals, prisons, businesses and even finding its way into the school timetable...
Editor's Note from J. Stewart Dixon: Love this short article that lovingly points to the limitations of popular mindfulness. When you are ready there is a vast horizon that lies beyond the mindfulness step. Great little gem here.
J. Stewart Dixon's All Things Healing www.BLUECOLLAR-ENLIGHTENMENT.com series: What enlightenment looks like in ordinary folks and what it will probably look like in you. What? How? When? Where? Who? and Why? Blue Collar Enlightenment: YES, you can too.
Editor's Note from J. Stewart Dixon: Vulnerability is one of the great doorways into truth, reality, love. Really like the suggestion to embrace fear and vulnerability and go beyond just talking about this stuff... and experiencing it deep in the heart.
J. Stewart Dixon's All Things Healing www.BLUECOLLAR-ENLIGHTENMENT.com series: What enlightenment looks like in ordinary folks and what it will probably look like in you. What? How? When? Where? Who? and Why? Blue Collar Enlightenment: YES, it's your turn now.
Here’s a great example of one woman’s artistic expression of the new cosmology. I first met Betty-Ann at a retreat about the new cosmology with Dr. Brian Swimme in California in 1999. Her playful wit and intense curiosity about the nature of the universe are beautifully presented in her new book called “Great Ball of Fire! A Poetic Telling of the Universe Story” (Mearth Press, 2010). I was recently able to speak with her about this newly published epic poem, as well as inquire about her inspiration and her thoughts about cosmology...
When I say love, I am not only talking about the biological elements that cause chemical attractions, what has been called the "science of love" such as the study of dopamine and pheromones, the physiological components to mating. But I am also concerned with the metaphysical components of lovemaking, the poetics of the science of love. This poetics not only connects one’s lover in a mind, body and soul with the other, but also to the cosmos, biosphere and noosphere giving us a profound meaning for union.
The universe itself—sun, moon, stars, planets and "all things under heaven"—comes to us with a numinous quality and awakens us in our inmost depths with the tenderness of a lover. We think of it as something infinitely larger than ourselves, whether we receive it as beauty, a dazzling light, Nirvana, or the presence of God.
Drew Dellinger is a spoken word poet, professor, writer, activist and founder of Poets for Global Justice. He has inspired minds and hearts at hundreds of events in many countries, performing poetry and keynoting on justice, ecology, cosmology, activism, democracy and compassion. He has spoken and performed at numerous conferences--including Bioneers, the Green Festival and The Dream Reborn--as well as colleges, poetry venues, protests and places of worship. Dellinger has shared podiums and stages with luminaries such as Alice Walker, Cornel West,& Robert F. Kennedy Jr.,& Danny Glover, Ani Difranco, Billy Bragg, Michael Franti, Eve Ensler, Chuck D, Paul Hawken, Van Jones and many others. http://www.drewdellinger.org
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