Think about it…

we
have
to
make
room
in
our
hearts
for
everything
that
lives
on
this
planet

 

humans
do
not
own
the
earth

 

the
species
who
SHARE
this
planet
with
us
do
NOT
belong
to
us
they
are
not
ours
to
do
with
as
we
please

 

is
this
what
we
are
or
simply
what
we
have
become

 

is
this
what
we
were
programmed
to
be

 

the
killers
and
destroyers
of
all
life
and
beauty

 

the
wars
never
end

 

wars
against
each
other
against
nature
against
ourselves

 

why

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Speak to nature…we are part of each other…

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I always talk to birds and trees, any animal I see, really.  I say hello and tell them they are beautiful and that I appreciate them.  With trees, when I hug them, I tell them to take what they need from me and to please pass along their strength and resilience to me.  We exchange energy and blend.  That makes sense to me since we are all made out of the same stuff, just put together differently.

 

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My Peace Heroes

51+ Million Trees Later

Image25treesWangari Maathai is one of my peace heroes. Like most successful peace activist, she started with making change on a small-scale. She planted trees in her rural area so that poor women and starving children could have a healthier more sustainable life. Professor Maathai was founder of the The Green Belt Movement and winner of the Noble Peace Prize.

 

Image4tree0086Quote: “For me, one of the major reasons to move beyond just the planting of trees was that I have a tendency to look at the causes of a problem. We often occupy ourselves with the symptoms, whereas if we went to the root cause of the problems, we would be able to overcome the problems once and for all.”

ME

me at Sterling Nature CenterI would challenge that anyone who is not at peace in their life it is because they are failing to examine and address the root cause of their distress. A new spouse isn’t going to make you happy after you’ve left the old one if you don’t know why the relationship failed. Being thinner, prettier, wealthier isn’t going to make one happy if the inner voice keeps repeating, “You’re never going to be good enough.” Turning up the air conditioning won’t solve the reason your area is on day 20 or 100 of record heat.

tree roots North BayOne of the best descriptions of anger I was ever given for a child was: the branches that we see on a tree represent the anger a child displays — go to the roots of the tree and there you’ll find sadness — find out why the child is sad and the anger will go away. Or to say it another way — as Professor Maathai believes go to the cause or the root of the matter to solve the problem and find peace.

It may seem strange to list myself as one of my own peace heroes and a few years ago I certainly would not have done so. It is not with pride or arrogance that I do so now. It is with the knowledge that we recognize in others what we know to be true about ourselves. For me to be able to see the peace hero in others there must be at least a bit of that in me. If you are able to admire peace in others than it resides in you — you and I don’t need Noble Peace Prizes or international accolades to be a peace hero. Sometimes being a peace hero is as simple as being aware an “attack” from another is fear and a cry for help. This is the moment to be aware that they need love rather than condemnation. Love will bring the peace — even if it must be given from a safe distance. I am most imperfect with my peace actions but I am willing to continue striving every day to seek peace and love.

No Bullets Fired — Four years without war

(former) President Jimmy Carter like all great peace activist has held true to his beliefs throughout his presidency and well beyond. For four short years, we had a president who knew the balance between the yin and yang. He sought peaceful resolutions — moved sustainable energy to the forefront and supported the notion that the poor are not helpless to be given handouts rather than a hand up. Through his work with Habitat for Humanity he has supported people assisting in the building of their own homes and then others as well. He has been awarded the Noble Peace Prize and if you listen to his TED talk you will get an inkling as to why he received this honor.

There is a reason we feel more peaceful in nature

When I’ve seen to too much news about wars and other human atrocities. When I’ve listened to too much gossip and bickering from those around me. When I’ve breathed in too many toxic chemicals that are supposed to improve my life. When my body feels the anger and discord that so often vibrates around me. I go walk among my peace heroes and absorb their peaceful intent.

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Canada Geese Great Blue Heron Glimmerglass Lagoonpeace to each of you — you are all peace heroes or you would not have taken the time to have read this post!

 

Colleen

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Animals: Their Gift of Peace and Harmony

When we feel downtrodden …

turkeyvultureAnimals remind us to soar.

When we become numb to the world around us…

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Animals demonstrate that fun is a moment away.

When the world seems bleak …

Animals reveal the world is a vibrant place.

When people seek to mark their surroundings so that future generations will know they were here and what they accomplished…

Animals remind us that leaving the world as beautiful and pristine as when we arrived is the more noble gift.

When humans focus on differences and getting ahead…

Animals spend most of their days in peace and harmony.

May you be surrounded by the peace and harmony of animals today.

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Colleen

Dreaming With Eyes Wide Open

Dreaming

I am floating on the water, seeing some currents in front of me and I am ready to speed through them, but then I decide to just lift off and fly with the speed of light over this beautiful river. Admiring the different shades of blue, green and sometimes turquoise of it. I fly above the river, following its path until it reaches the ocean.

I keep flying above the water, just high enough to not touch it. Underneath me, the waves form this beautiful white foam; some of them come dangerously close to me! But I manage; I can go higher just in time to not clash with them.

I go up, like a rocket, straight up until I touch the white cloud with my finder tips. The sun is changing its color while I stay up there for a while, watching how the beautiful warm yellow changes in deeper colors, orange, gold, red, and dunks everything around it into a layer of gold and red. What a beautiful and amazing spectacle of nature. How calming, how soothing and so stunning. I watch and enjoy and try to see all the different shades of all those amazing colors. And I think, only nature can be so beautiful!

I move on, chasing the daylight after watching the sun set in one part of the world and its beautiful play with all kind of colors. I move on to another corner of this planet, where I spot a rainbow. I slide down a rainbow, only to fly straight up again and then I let myself drop, fall, and go deeper and deeper until I dive into the ocean.

It’s okay; I can breath under the water. I speed through a swarm of fish, and then I stop at a coral reef and for a short time admire all the colors. I go on and join a pot of dolphins on their journey, join them as the jump out of the water, spin with them, swim with them, have fun with them, hold on to their dorsal fin and let them pull me. I feel like a little child! I am having so much fun! And I cannot concentrate on one thing. There are so many beautiful things going on down here and I want to see it all.

Look, a turtle! She seems so calm! I sit down on her shell and let her carry me along for a little while. I look around and enjoy. Until I see the whale! I have to go over and join this group! There are so many! They are so big, so majestic, so beautiful and so calm. They sing and I sing a long. We all breach and play in the water. And while I breach, I decide to leave the ocean and start flying again. And I think only nature can be so majestic!

I join a seagull for a little while but then leave her and join an eagle and with him, I go back to the land. I decide to go my own way again. I keep flying just above the sand and follow this long stretch of beach until it sort of gets boring. I turn, change direction, head inland, flying over mangroves, then swamps, then what seems like a rainforest, until I reach a desert.

It is hot. Still, I am fast enough so it keeps cooling me down. The desert is so quiet, peaceful unforgiving. I like it but I want something different. So I change direction again. I am flying over a very different landscape now. It is green and fresh, with big boulders everywhere and finally in front of me, there is a huge mountain. On top it is covered in snow. I want to go there! And I think only nature can be so diverse!

Snow… I am above the snowfield now. It sparkles in the sun, like thousands and thousands of diamonds or stars underneath me. I spin and let my fingers glide softly over the fresh layer of snow. It’s cold but so beautiful.

I decide to slow down. I stop. There is a snowflake and I want to look at it in slow motion. It spins slowly and I watch. I admire the beautiful shape of it. How very beautiful.

But I want to go on, there is still so much more to see. So I fly on and spin and fly straight up again, only to let me drop again. Enjoying this feeling of the free fall. Then, right before I hit the ground, I pull up and keep flying just above ground again. I see all sorts of animals on my journey and I admire them. They are beautiful and so strong. And I think only nature can be so pretty!

I want to go back to the dolphins, so I head back to the ocean and a little voice in my mind goes “look”…”look”…”look”… “Mommy!”

What? Mommy? What? Oh!

“Mommy! Look! I found a beautiful shell!”

Which brings me back to the real world. I was dreaming. Sitting in the sand, on the beach while my kids were looking for some shells. Dreaming with my eyes wide open… Oh how very beautiful and refreshing :-)…

This post was inspired by Living The Dream. Thank you for that

Do You Ever Wonder?

Do you ever wonder what is out there? Right now?

I recently walked along the beach and when I stopped to take a breath and enjoy the view, I started wondering.

What is actually out there?

Of course there are plenty of fish in the sea, but what kind of fish? And what else?

While I am here standing and watching and thinking, what is out there? Are there dolphins under the surface? Whales? They are migrating… Are there sharks?

There are sharks in our area. Small ones and Great Whites. Maybe one of them is out there, being the huge majestic and fascinating predator he was shaped to be over millions of years.

How about turtles? A couple of years ago, there was actually a turtle on our beach, washed up and totally exhausted. Too far away from where it was meant to be. They took care of her or him and eventually releases the turtle back up where it belonged.

Who knows what is really out there at the moment. The very moment I stand there and wonder. All I know is that every single one of them is a miracle. They are out there aging their part in the circle of life. For millions of years already.

And here we are… Playing our part in this world. Actually a pretty sad part if you look around.

And I wonder. I wonder what they think when they stop and watch us rush around, cars in the background. Noise all over, towers shooting out of the ground, one after another. Watching, how we take more and more from what we all should share.

And I wonder what they think…

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What Will Be My Legacy?

What will we leave behind? What will people remember? What do you want them to remember? What will I leave behind?

I hope my kids will one day say that I taught them to stop and listen and look around. Look up, look at the stars and appreciate what is around us and who we are. I try to teach them this one little thing.

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Stop and listen. Listen to the wind. Listen to the story it tells.

Stop and watch. Watch the waves as they roll in, watch the sun raise or set. Watch the storm develop, watch the butterfly dance in the air.

Breathe in and smell the air, the different scent it has. Smell the weather, the season, the flowers, there is so much out there.

Let your head fall back and glance up, mouth wide open, tongue out and try to catch those snowflakes or drops of rain and just taste them. Enjoy good food. The sweetness of fruits.

Just feel, hear, taste, smell and experience how beautiful life is.

That is probably the most important thing of what I want my kids to remember. What I hope that they will tell their friends, spouses or kids one day.

But I also want them to remember that I taught them:

To stop and enjoy.

To stand up for themselves.

That it’s okay to say no.

That you got to life your live and not wait for it to happen.

I want them to know what it feels like to be loved.

If they look back one day and say “This is what mom and dad taught us” and “mom and dad loved us”, then I will be one happy girl 🙂

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