Meditation allows us to relax inside. It puts us into a state of calmness where we acknowledge the appearing thoughts but do not dwell on them. Once we are in a suggestible state, we can use our visualization skills to create images of what it would feel like to have vibrant health, better finances, more loving relationships, and so on.
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 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?
Zoe Duff of Feilidh Publishing invited me as her guest on the podcast because she had read my book and had been touched by it. She felt its message needed to reach other people so they could learn from it and feel inspired by my dealing with adversity. At present, many folks find themselves in frustrating or discouraging situations and have no life skills to cope with them. I believe that’s one of the reasons why there has been such a rise in mental health issues.
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.
For over twenty years a small group of people in the Comox Valley managed a list serve (A Sustainable Comox Valley—ascv)that promoted respectful conversations about all aspects of sustaining healthy people on a healthy planet. Unfortunately that listserve came to an end when Yahoo Groups decided that list serves are simply not profitable and dropped the service.
This poem by Claire King so beautifully reminds me of the two important aspects of our precious BC forests – the economic and the aesthetic.
It’s been a while since I had time to contribute to Tidechange. So many amazing people and events have shown up in my life allowing me to use my skills and talents to make a difference. As I’m contemplating taking a break to catch my breath, I know that in the background Life is creating new scenarios to keep me engaged.
As the title implies we are facing quite a challenge. This chronicle begins by describing three worlds we are now living in. It then moves on to suggest how we might begin to create a new world. We must redefine our relationship with Earth, develop a new vision for the future, and create new systems. My focus here is on the first two parts: the relationship and the vision.
Lies so sweet settle like snowflakes,
covering passion with a blanket of white,
and the cold season begins again,
without warmth, without vitality.