Lawrence JW Cooper

Residential Schools

Residential Schools

I am grateful and honoured to live, work, and play in the water, on the land, and through the forests that are the unceded traditional territory of the K’omks, Eiksan, and Pentlatch people.

Poetry with Purpose – Indifference

I have a dream where my fellow human beings
nurtured by the sweet scents of the forest
finally learn to share the treasures of the land
and recognize the oneness of our bodies,
the wisdom of our collective minds,
and the compassion of our wounded hearts.

Poetry with Purpose – Back to Sanity

In his book, Back to Sanity, Steve Taylor focuses on cognitive discord that he refers to as mind chatter. According to Taylor, human minds have two focuses – the inside and the outside. When our mind is focused on an outside task or activity we have what he calls positive mind flow. Our energy is focused and we experience a feeling of mental well-being. When our minds are disengaged, mind chatter begins. For the most part it involves absorption in negative thoughts and negative energy patterns that drain our mental energy and cause anxiety and frustration.

Poetry with Purpose – A dialogue Between Two People

When I cannot love myself,
I will remember how to love you.
When there is no one else to love,
I will always be able to love you.
When there is nothing left to say,
I will still be able to listen to you,
knowing you will remind me
that I have the power
to stop all the madness

Poetry with Purpose – A dialogue Between Two People

Poetry with Purpose – A dialogue Between Two People

When I cannot love myself,
I will remember how to love you.
When there is no one else to love,
I will always be able to love you.
When there is nothing left to say,
I will still be able to listen to you,
knowing you will remind me
that I have the power
to stop all the madness

Poetry with Purpose – Human Infrastructure

Poetry with Purpose – Human Infrastructure

It seems like a lot, but we could do more. We are doing an excellent joy in improving the traditional infrastructure but more needs to be done in human infrastructure. The main asset we have is our workforce, especially our youth, who will have the job of cleaning up the mess our generation has left behind. If we concentrate our efforts on this valuable human resource, we can reduce poverty, the damage caused by substance abuse, and the personal and monetary costs of our overworked police, justice systems, and incarceration facilities. We can eventually reduce the demand on social services. In the process we can create and improve well-paying jobs that can ultimately benefit the economy as a whole and in the process increase our GDP

Poetry with Purpose – Fact or Fiction

Poetry with Purpose – Fact or Fiction

Before we can enter into a knowledgeable balanced discussion on how to improve our world, we have to take a step back and acknowledge and limit the effects of our biases. The key is to know ourselves and develop our intrapersonal intelligence.

Poetry with Purpose – Intelligence and Wisdom

Poetry with Purpose – Intelligence and Wisdom

In order for mankind to survive these trying years ahead, we need to first have intrapersonal skills which basically means we have to understand ourselves and why we think the way we think and do the things we do

Poetry with Purpose – Why We Need Poets

Poetry with Purpose – Why We Need Poets

Poetry is not about form; it is about the message. For the poet it is sitting still with our eyes closed and waiting for our soul to activate our mind with words, thoughts, and images and working them until they express those feelings in such a way that they can be shared with another human being.

Systemic Racism

Systemic Racism

Systemic is defined as relating to a system, especially as opposed to a particular part. That means we (the dominant culture) have adapted policies and practices opposed to another culture (Native Canadians). Racism shows up in our personal lives, across our institutions, and throughout our multiracial society. When we look at our native peoples, we see wealth gaps, massive unemployment, substandard housing, inequitable incarceration, and an imbalance in health standards including higher rates of infant mortality. Yes, we do have a problem with racism in Canada, but is it systemic?

The Heart Brain

The Heart Brain

In a neurological research article in 1991 , Dr. Andrew Armour recorded his discovery that the heart has an intrinsic cardiac nervous system that he referred to as a mini-brain or heart brain. According to Armour, it is composed of approximately 40,000 neurons with an intricate network of complex ganglia, neurotransmitters, proteins, and support cells similar to the neuron system of the brain. He suggested that the heart may be able to initiate a connection with the brain and the rest of the body. Traditional neurology studies for decades have assumed that the brain is the organ that controls all our other body organs and functions, but before we had the advantage of brain scans and the EEG, there was a belief going way back to the days of the Greeks that it was the heart that was at the core of our being.

Poetry with Purpose – BC Forests

Poetry with Purpose – BC Forests

This poem by Claire King so beautifully reminds me of the two important aspects of our precious BC forests – the economic and the aesthetic.

Mental Disorder Labels

Mental Disorder Labels

Lies so sweet settle like snowflakes,
covering passion with a blanket of white,
and the cold season begins again,
without warmth, without vitality.

Dialogue on CoVid

Dialogue on CoVid

We Canadians for the most part have been responsible citizens not only protecting ourselves but also being aware of our responsibility to others. Even with all the precautions the problem still continues to grow.

Seeking the Truth

Seeking the Truth

The belief-bias effect occurs when we accept only the evidence that conforms to our beliefs and reject or ignore any evidence that does not. Our beliefs are the mind states we create to deal with threats and fears.

The Big Lie

The Big Lie

Like most of you who watch the day to day horrors of what is happening in our poor suffering world, I was shocked but not surprised by what happened in Washington on January 6th. Why this paradox? I knew it was definitely a situation created and ready to happen, so I was not surprised when it did. I guess I was shocked that the forces of truth and decency allowed it to happen. It should have been just a big show of cursing angry obscenities, waving confederate flags, followed by a peaceful dispersion, and people going home feeling they had fulfilled their patriotic duty to protest. Instead it turned out to be a big victory for the big lie.