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robert wolff: Original Wisdom

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robert wolff: Original Wisdom

My reality is made in my head; I create roles for myself, I create a structure that requires certain activities and prohibits others. I live in time; I have an agenda. Their [The Sng’oi’s] existence had no reality until they lived it.

– robert wolff –

robert wolff: Original Wisdom

“I have known truly free humans… As all First People they lived far away from roads, it required walking through jungle to reach them. I did not know a word of their language, but there was usually at least one person in the small groups of nomads who understood some words of the language of the country. But our communication was as much through touch, smiles, laughter, and something inside that I have no word for. They were the most joyful people I have known. They sang little songs all day long, smiled easily — not by showing teeth (a sign of aggression) but with their eyes, eyebrows, faces. They were generous. I suspect they could not lie.” Psychologist Robert Wolff, author of ‘Original Wisdom: Stories of an Ancient Way of Knowing,” spent time living with the Sng’oi, and aboriginal tribe in the mountains of Malaysia. He shares more in this beautiful essay. { read more }

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Living/Dying Man

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August 16, 2022

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Living/Dying Man

Reality is clarifying,
Death becomes less terrifying,
When you look it straight in the eye.

– Barbara McAfee –

Living/Dying Man

“After he was diagnosed, we had a lot of conversation about how we were going to face the harsh reality that ALS is always fatal. We didn’t want to waste our precious time trying to chase down miracle cures or doing things that might extend his life for a few days or weeks. What was the point of a few more days if he was suffering? We decided to live ‘hope-free,’ which isn’t the same thing as hopeless. It’s about embracing the reality of what is. Jamie was very clear that he didn’t want to focus on the fact that he was dying. He was alive, and he intended to keep living fully, every single moment, until death took him. For both of us, that meant that we couldn’t squander time. It also felt essential not to squander the lessons that living/dying had to teach us. Jamie was all about learning, right up until the end.” In this moving conversation, Jamie’s wife Maren Showkeir, and singer/songwriter Barbara McAfee, discuss the profound lessons gleaned from Jamie’s way. A dear friend of the Showkeirs, Barbara was inspired to write and share “Living/Dying Man,” a stunning musical tribute to Jamie. Listen to the song, and read the conversation here. { read more }

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Today marks the seventh anniversary of Jamie’s passing, and the 70th anniversary of his birth. If inspired to, you can send a note of appreciation to Maren here. { more }

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Fishing Before You Know How To Fish

Weekly excerpt to help us remember the sacred.

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Fishing Before You Know How To Fish

–Courtney Martin

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2574.jpgThrough the pines and the one maple I hear her.

I shouldn’t have gone fishing if I didn’t know how to fish.

I shouldn’t have gone fishing if I didn’t know how to fish.

There she stands

legs impossibly long

pink and black polka dot swimsuit baggy

pole in her hands

and a little oval sunfish impossibly on her hook.

I don’t tell her, but I do think

Oh, sweet girl, life is always like that.

Fishing before you know how to fish.

Leaving before you know how to leave.

Speaking before you know how to speak.

Fighting before you know how to fight.

Loving before you know how to love.

Dying before you know how to die.

We are all the child with the pole

worrying about who we’ve hurt.

And we are all the fish on the hook,

hoping for mercy.

Her aunt hears her muttering prayer

and though she hasn’t unhooked a fish in 30 years

grabs the wriggling innocent in her hands

and dislodges metal from cheek.

And this, too, is all of us.

Saved again and again by prayer we didn’t know we were saying

and a witness we forgot was listening.

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Antidotes to Fear of Death

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Antidotes to Fear of Death

The body aches
To come too,
To the light,
Transmit the grace of gravity

– Rebecca Elson –

Antidotes to Fear of Death

Rebecca Elson was a Canadian-American poet and astronomer. In the 1990s she was among the first researchers to study images. She passed away at age 39. “A Responsibility to Awe,” was published posthumously. It is a volume of Elson’s poetry and essays, ranging from her teenage years until shortly before her passing. What follows is, “Antidotes to Fear of Death,” a poem from this collection, in which Elson reckons with mortality, and lyrically explores our place in this vast cosmos. { read more }

Submitted by: Arathi Ravier

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Take a moment to consider what your own antidote to fear of death is. Share it with a friend or family member, and invite them to share theirs.

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Thousand-Mile Walk Home

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August 14, 2022

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Thousand-Mile Walk Home

Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.

– Steven Wright –

Thousand-Mile Walk Home

“Eight years ago this spring, I blew out a lumbar disc while running a jackhammer in the desert near my housean accident that was the result of simple bad luck, with the odds skewed by the fact that a jackhammer was the wrong tool for the job and that alcohol may have been involved. After a long, miserable recovery period during which I was as ornery as a walleyed mule, I finally mended enough that my wife, Eryn, could get me out of the house, which was a great relief to her. As I began to get back on my feet, Eryn asked what turned out to be one of the best questions I’ve ever received: ‘Bubba, now that youre finally healing, how do you want your life to be different from before the injury?'”My reply was immediate and spontaneous. I just want to walk and walk and walk.” { read more }

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This Rising Up

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This Rising Up

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.

– Nelson Mandela –

This Rising Up

This Climbing PoeTree music video highlights modern day freedom fighters and champions of justice by celebrating the beauty, power, talent, brilliance and humanity of Black people. Through powerful lyrics, music and dance, it is a triumphant acknowledgement that dignity, safety and self determination are all necessary to overcome dehumanizing terror and to ensure that justice prevails. { read more }

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Recognize your own unconscious biases and identify where you can make small changes to better support justice and equality.

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Gold is the Deepest Love

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Gold is the Deepest Love

You are a mountain full of gold.
Open the mine. Let the mountain speak.
Hear what happens.

– Rumi (translation by Haleh Liza Gafori) –

Gold is the Deepest Love

“‘Gold,’ the title of my book, is a word that recurs throughout Rumi’s poetry. Rumi’s gold is not the precious metal but a feeling-state arrived at through the alchemical process of altering consciousness, of burning through ego, greed, pettiness, and calculation, to arrive at a more relaxed and compassionate state of being. In sum, the prayer of Sufism is ‘teach me to love more deeply.’ Gold is the deepest love.” In the introduction to her dazzling book, Haleh Liza Gafori opens a window on Rumi’s life, the forcefield that is his poetry, and her gorgeous aspiration– as a poet of Persian descent– to bring the original verses alive in the medium of contemporary American poetry, while preserving their irrepressible musicality, conceptual agility and enigmas. { read more }

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Cooking in the Ainu Way

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Cooking in the Ainu Way

The Earth is alive and contains the knowledge you seek. It is your consciousness that determines what it reveals.

– Barbara Marciniak –

Cooking in the Ainu Way

“Eiko Soga is a Japanese-born artist and teacher who has had a long-term interest in exploring new forms of relationship with the natural world.She has just completed a PhD research project at the University of Oxford which involved living with a community of Ainu people in Northern Japan. In this interview she speaks about what her experience with the Ainu taught her about ecologically-aware ways of living, and in particular, her experience of learning traditional cooking from an Ainu elder.” { read more }

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Peter Singer: The Life You Can Save

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Peter Singer: The Life You Can Save

What greater motivation can there be than doing whatever one possibly can to reduce pain and suffering?

– Peter Singer –

Peter Singer: The Life You Can Save

“Say you’re walking past a shallow pond and see a child drowning. Would you try to rescue the child?
That’s the famous “drowning child” scenario that Peter Singer, the Australian philosopher, presented in his 1972 article “Famine, Affluence, and Morality.” He points out there could be some minor inconveniences — you’d get wet and muddy and would probably have to change your clothes. But, of course, you’d go for it.” In this NPR piece the philosopher and bioethicist Peter Singer shares more about his views on altruism.

This seemingly uncontroversial scenario has profound moral implications.” { read more }

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