A fairly common idea that I often run into is that because most kids love music, they are always happy when they’re working with me. Or that my job is to make them happy. However, as Gershwin would say, “it ain’t necessarily so”.
Kids, of all ages and needs, have a lot going on in their lives and likewise, a lot to process...
by David G. Arenson, ND ATH Co-Editor of Sacred Living
“You only lose what you cling to.” ~ Gautama Buddha
Stop clinging and there, you'll have your solution. Simple.
In relationships, not so simple...
Editor's Note from David Arenson: We love outrageously. We'll do anything to keep a connection - we're so afraid of losing love. Relationships always hold up a mirror to what is real and waiting to be addressed, felt, acknowledged. As needy and complex beings, relationships are the field in which we express our neuroses. The Buddha didn't reach enlightenment within a relationship, so perfection does not exist in relationships. To develop better relationships, we can find solutions in Tibetan Buddhism and the practice of Bodhisattva.
Most family members caring for a loved one with a serious injury, illness, or condition are extremely stressed; many times they fall prey to illness and some even die while their care recipient is still alive. I understand.
When my husband suffered a serious brain injury in 2003, caring for him led me to be diagnosed with secondary traumatic stress. Fortunately, he was able to recover and become independent over time, which meant I could recover, too...
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
by David G. Arenson, ND
ATH Co-Editor of Sacred Living
You have accepted your Life Assignment. Now it’s up to you how to fill in the blank canvas…
Whatever your personal journey, you are guaranteed an epic adventure, and remember the oft-quoted words of Joseph Campbell to guide you, “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure that you seek...
Editor's Note from David Arenson:Life is one of the greatest journeys imaginable. These important 10 spiritual reminders - lessons in transformation - remind us that you don’t pass or fail - you may as well enjoy the journey. In the final analysis, there is no failure. Your choice is to choose love over fear every time. On this journey, that’s the most important thing you need to know.
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