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Masanobu Fukuoka – The One-Straw Revolution

“When it is understood that one loses joy and happiness in the attempt to possess them, the essence of natural farming will be realized. The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

“I do not particularly like the word ‘work.’ Human beings are the only animals who have to work, and I think that is the most ridiculous thing in the world. Other animals make their livings by living, but people work like crazy, thinking that they have to in order to stay alive. The bigger the job, the greater the challenge, the more wonderful they think it is. It would be good to give up that way of thinking and live an easy, comfortable life with plenty of free time. I think that the way animals live in the tropics, stepping outside in the morning and evening to see if there is something to eat, and taking a long nap in the afternoon, must be a wonderful life. For human beings, a life of such simplicity would be possible if one worked to produce directly his daily necessities. In such a life, work is not work as people generally think of it, but simply doing what needs to be done.”

“People think they understand things because they become familiar with them. This is only superficial knowledge. It is the knowledge of the astronomer who knows the names of the stars, the botanist who knows the classification of the leaves and flowers, the artist who knows the aesthetics of green and red. This is not to know nature itself- the earth and sky, green and red. Astronomer, botanist, and artist have done no more than grasp impressions and interpret them, each within the vault of his own mind. The more involved they become with the activity of the intellect, the more they set themselves apart and the more difficult it becomes to live naturally.”

“Until there is a reversal of the sense of values which cares more for size and appearance than for quality, there will be no solving the problem of food pollution.”

“We can never know the answers to great spiritual questions, but it’s all right not to understand. We have been born and are living on the earth to face directly the reality of living.”

“When a decision is made to cope with the symptoms of a problem, it is generally assumed that the corrective measures will solve the problem itself. They seldom do.”

“Fast rather than slow, more rather than less–this flashy “development” is linked directly to society’s impending collapse. It has only served to separate man from nature. Humanity must stop indulging the desire for material possessions and personal gain and move instead toward spiritual awareness.
Agriculture must change from large mechanical operations to small farms attached only to life itself. Material life and diet should be given a simple place. If this is done, work becomes pleasant, and spiritual breathing space becomes plentiful.”

“Food and medicine are not two different things: they are the front and back of one body. Chemically grown vegetables may be eaten for food, but they cannot be used as medicine.”

“I wonder how it is that people’s philosophies have come to spin faster than the changing seasons.”

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Reflecting by the lake

Winter has come for many of us. A time for endurance, truth, creativity and most of all, reflection. Have we lived well in 2016? No doubt we have been doing our best in difficult circumstances. Being here is tough!

I love to watch the seasons pass, each has its own characteristics and gifts. Nature offers a beautiful reminder of my own lifes journey, from spring to winter, and guidance in how best to live well in the seasons of this life. In winter I appreciate stillness, learning to forgive and heal, myself and others.

The world is a rocky place, filled with distractions and conflict, but a healthy connection with nature and the earth is central part of contentment, happiness and fulfilment. I have a great relationship and responsibility when I realise that I am an essential part of nature and life cannot be sustained without the vitality of the earth. My life, in so many ways, is a fragile harmony.

I was reading this this morning and found it focused my mind on a simpler path of appreciation (many traditions refer to the earth as ‘her’ or ‘Mother’ and I like it):

‘Every particle of us comes from her
Through the food we take from her daily.

We all start out as tiny seeds.
We have grown to our present state and status
Through what she provides.

She is truly our Mother
And must be acknowledged and respected.’

– Ogala Peace Pipe Ceremony

We once, as a human family on each continent of the earth, lived in balance with nature. With this approach and sentiment maybe our collective love of money and power will be transformed and we can reclaim our own balance with love and respect for ourselves and each other; Mother Earth, wise nature and every living thing.

We are all highly sensitive beings, it is no wonder there is so much fear, anxiety and feelings of isolation and resentment. The way that our societies approach life and treat nature is rotten at the roots. We are treated like cold machines, when in reality, we are warm breezes.

Each morning brings fresh opportunities. So many chances to change, build deeper and more sustaining relationships, making ourselves stronger with unity and love, giving ourselves the strength to ride out even the roughest of times with dignity and respect. An example to follow. Each one of us a great leader contributing to a brighter future.

A crisis sometimes just needs a shift in perspective and appreciation of what we are and have.
This is my wish this mornning reflecting by the lake.

Peace and Happiness from Pokhara, NepalX

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“The more knowledge we acquire, the more mystery we find…”

“The more knowledge we acquire, the more mystery we find…A human being is part of the whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest – a kind of optical illusion o his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace alll living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.”
Albert Einstein

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Find beauty and magic in all things….

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“Life is what you make it,” this is very true.
Find beauty and magic in all things,
and the Love that sees you through.
When you look at the world where you live,
seek not your gain, but what you can give.
When a man is poor, and hungers, and thirsts,
serve not yourself til you serve this man first.
When a man is down and seeks shelter from cold, give him shelter.
You’ll receive blessings untold.
Live by the Golden Rule:
Do unto others as you’d have done unto you.
And always remember:
When you destroy, you destroy a part of you, too.
Life is what you make of it!”

~ Unknown

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Love Never Fails – Corinthians

Irish Sea from Mount Snowdon

Irish Sea from Mount Snowdon

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.

If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.

If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.

For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

1 Corinthians 13 New International Version (NIV) 13

Mount Snowdon from Nantlle Valley

Mount Snowdon from Nantlle Valley

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Believe in your own heart – Gautama Buddha

Do not believe anything
because it is said by an authority,
or if it is said to come from angels,
or from gods,
or from an inspired source.

Believe it only if you have explored it
in your own heart
and mind and body
and found it to be true.

Work out your own path,
through diligence.

~ Gautama Buddha

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An Almost Infinite Library of Inspiring Words and Images via friends at Spirit Science and Metaphysics

Today, I sit here, my head immersed in cyber space via this wonderful little plastic portal of mine (which I bought in Manila for peanuts) just beside the midday kitchen window, festooned in colourful flowers, a rampant aloe plant, its tentacles reaching for the sky, and perfect spirals drawn in wet crayon by the ever lovely Jane.  Above are amulets collected from climes further East of here (or its that the far West?), a mobile made up of coloured welsh glass, fairy lights and the silver/ slate grey light that brings life to these verdant green hills.

So, I sit here, legally high on coffee (some stimulation for the biological mass that has long been part of mystical reflection or just plain old pondering), listening to Touareg’s chant and clap under deep Saharan skies, near a watermelon and the patterns of wax in last nights candle, whole almonds and a small wooden Buddha (from a market in Thailand).  A photography of a wise (is there any other) Bull Elephant stares back at me from the wall, a carved white dove and an ancient looking painting of Shiva and Parvati, nursing an orange Ganesha as a tiger sleeps by their fire, a human skull balances on a copper urn, they drink milk from a clay bowl, deep in a cave.

……this is ground control, this is a not too distant cymbal chiming, this is fresh air passing through, this is woolly slippers on cork floor, this is the prism, the wonder and the joy of being, in a cottage…………..AH!  The crunch of an apple (sometime)…..

I sit here in a form of cosmic union, effortlessly unspeakable and rapt in fascination, viewing the below images and quotes from friends over on a Facebook page named ‘Spirit Science and Metaphysics’ and feeling grateful for the bounty of this vision and the immutable beauty to be found there within.

I step outside to breath in a deeper nature, smelling damp earth and the musk of heather, our hawthorn tree is flowering and in it my sight diffuses to witness gods dancing and laughing in the patterns of its weathered bark, and at sunset, the way the potato plants sway in no breeze draws me deeper into a crystallised state of a rapt twilight wonder, fixed on the fluidity of natural perfection, all moves in unison and the universal dance goes on and on.  On eternal bliss, I teeter, that which incarnates wherever the whistle may blow and that tickles me pink.

I see our cat lying below a wooden bench, stretched out like superman, seemingly oblivious to the busy bees that flit about the courgette flowers.  I feel these thick rock walls and know that they are breathing too.

So here we have it, the modestly epic consequence of caffeine and keyboards….

The internet is so many things, a channel to titilate the mind, a window to more enlightened states of being, a web of connectivity that transcends all boundaries, the saviour of the human race from destructive tenedencies?  How we wield this tool is all important, it has awesome powers.  With the right application/ intention it could create a profound sense of oneness which will spread as we discern our own truth, that which abounds and unifies within all the passwords and profusion of information.  All these tangible ‘access codes’ to the ‘mysterious’ doorway of self discovery.  So real, so immediate, so simple yet ever evolving and illusive.

I now immerse myself in these digital streams, this river of driftwood seeking, like a rock, my mind falls into a pool of almost infinite knowledge (PLOP!), my intuition whisks me where I must be going.  Quite a trip through the wormholes of cyber space, deeper and beyond!  Its all richness layered with greater richness, dissolving as a sugar cube in a cup of freshly brewed chai.

The secrets have been laid bare, the instruction manuals are all there to be used and abused; in black and white, green and red, image and word, all old and all new, westernised and easternised, they just need translating into our living, breathing, thinking form.  The mind, ours free to re-wire and tamper with, wipe clean and leave it that way.  How wonderful!  What a gift!  What a glorious conundrum.

I ask myself, “am I being mindful when operating this little plastic gadget?”  The internet can draw me into a space which is the polar opposite of a meditative state, if I can in some way align the two, I have a fruitful internet session and incredible things begin to mingle and meld on the screen.  This is exactly what is happening now.

Gloriously conscious in this state, vibrant for a time in the richness of being, free to contemplate an end to knowing as a white butterfly passes.

I have surely expressed enough.  From my window to yours, I wish all things love, peace, happiness and a deeper sense of something else stirring their soup.

A humble wish, that you enjoy (in-joy!) the below as much as I did when reading through them.

Namaste fellow turtles and wanderersX

“A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open.” – Frank Zappa

Trying to be happy by accumulating possessions is like trying to satisfy hunger by taping sandwiches all over your body – George Carlin

Imagination is more important than knowledge – Albert Einstein

“Matter is energy (light), whose vibration has been so lowered as to be perceptible to the senses. There is no matter.” – Albert Einstein

“Many people, especially ignorant people, want to punish you for speaking the truth, for being correct, for being you. Never apologize for being correct, or for being years ahead of your time. If you’re right and you know it, speak your mind. Speak your mind. Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is still the truth.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

The man who has no imagination has no wings. – Muhammad Ali

Gandhi was once asked: “What do you think of Western civilization?” “I think it would be a good idea,” he replied.

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Live Love Meditate Realise

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