Daily Archives: July 4, 2012

Independence Day

full moon over alsea bay last night

We watched the fireworks last night over Alsea Bay and under a full moon. Here in Waldport, they do their fireworks display on July 3rd. It was cold and the air was thick with the smoke from fireworks and campfires, but I was wrapped in a blanket and with people I love.

I may not always allow myself to feel free, but I know that independence is possible, and that I am lucky to live in a place where it’s even easy. And I am encouraged to know that there are other people who want to do good, want all beings to be free from suffering, want to serve others and change things–there will be 1000 of us at the World Domination Summit this weekend. I am excited and nervous, but am comforted by this wisdom from Jen Vertanen, “The people attending WDS are my people ~ they just haven’t met me yet.”

On this 4th of July, I am contemplating the reality of experience, that even though things come together and fall apart, change is constant and we are mortal, there is basic goodness, compassion and wisdom, and freedom is possible.

image by Bill Longshaw, from FreeDigitalPhotos.net

We already have everything we need. There is no need for self-improvement. All these trips that we lay on ourselves—the heavy-duty fearing that we’re bad and hoping that we’re good, the identities that we so dearly cling to, the rage, the jealousy and the addictions of all kinds—never touch our basic wealth. They are like clouds that temporarily block the sun. But all the time our warmth and brilliance are right here. This is who we really are. We are one blink of an eye away from being fully awake. ~Pema Chödrön

Wishcasting Wednesday

from jamie’s post

What do you wish to become?

A kind and gentle person, with a sane mind and open heart. Wholehearted and of benefit to others.

An example of health. Well-fed, well-rested, well cared for and loved, gentle and kind and wise and strong in all things, balanced.

A certified yoga and meditation instructor. These practices have offered me so much, helped and healed me, made me strong and sane, and I would like to be able to share them.

A published author. I’m finally starting to appreciate the wisdom of this not happening for me sooner. I’m so much clearer about what it would mean now–it’s a way in/out, a window, a door, a vehicle, auspicious and shared moments on the path of embodying and manifesting basic goodness.

A person who makes a living from what I’m loving. With no concern for a work/life balance because it’s all just life, it’s workable and enables me to earn what I need and give what I need.

An inspiration and support to others attempting to embody and manifest their basic goodness, an example of what a fully realized, healthy and sane, fearless life looks like. With a brave and open heart, changing things for the better, easing suffering in the world. Completely aware that I am enough and I have enough, life utterly simplified, distilled down to only that which is essential.

A beacon of ease and joy, radiating sanity and comfort, altering the energy of space, softening the environment, shifting the experience of those I encounter to one of peaceful abiding, calm awareness, no matter what the circumstances.

To at all times be the opposite of a shit storm, and instead be a joy bomb, a three ring happy fest, a gentle frenzy of compassion, a one person flash mob of love.