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Light Of Peace

Published June 29, 2018 by tindertender
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Photo by Mikael Kristenson

Sometimes the obvious is so obvious it cannot be seen. Sometimes things are so horrible the mind cannot comprehend it and there is refusal to acknowledge it.

Every person has their own pathways of living and their own abilities and maximums for being in the world.

I have vowed to be a light today. To the best of my ability I will bring smiles and positivity to this world. It is through contributions like this (and others) that things will change. It is through compassion held for each other that the darkness and sinister actions of some are brought into view.

I am grateful for those who have courage enough to assist in the cleaning up of our reality. Thank you for rousting out those that do harm and bringing an end to their spree of infectious horror.

Spa In A Forest

Published January 20, 2018 by tindertender

Today was a beautiful day. It started with an early morning drive to Washington State, via the pathway of the Columbia River Gorge. I wound up at the hot springs for a nice mineral bath and wrap. I stopped in to the local antique store and picked up a pewter pot and cream container, why, I do not know. I guess I just liked it. I drove a number of miles to the next town and picked up some unique hand cream, a few truffles, a coffee cup and some cocao, said to have more antioxidants than cocoa. Upon arriving home I napped, nearly two hours! What a way to spend a day. Below are a few pictures from my adventure. This world is amazing.

Dawn Rising

Published December 19, 2017 by tindertender

20150607_052347_resizedAn idea is sparked at the break of day in the heart of those awakening. Dew has settled upon the tender grasses under foot, moistening shoes as a morning stroll is taken.

“I think that’s it!” A thought, a sight seen, no meaning in particular is attached to it as shadows swim in and out, created by a rising sun. The earth smells fresh as sparkling light reflects off small droplets.

Lightning is triggered in pathways of the mind, excitement for a new beginning, fresh, clean and untouched.

Back in the moment … little gray lines with white. A pattern emerges, solidifying. Elbows rest on this platform, a chill enters the room. Light here is false. It seems to drain the body of color, sapping the force which keeps it warm.

Barely perceptible, there is movement under flesh, not unusual, only forgotten for a time. There is an invisible river flowing there, often portrayed by blood in veins. Unseen, only felt, sensed by the one who is housed here.

A little piece of wood with a hollow and a blade. It fits in the palm of my hand. Its use is yet to be determined. I put it in my pocket.

A wand, full of small flowers from a lavender bush, wrapped in ribbon, takes me back to the day it was created, in sunshine, bees buzzing … their little bits of happiness filling the air. I do not want to leave.

Grateful for memory I visit the library of my mind. Once again going to the isle where joy is kept, filed very orderly by year. Some day the halls that hold darkness will burn and make room for proliferation of sweet bliss.

Care Of Our Forests

Published September 3, 2017 by tindertender

The Forest Service and Rangers are doing everything they can to maintain the health of our forests. I learned yesterday that although a wildfire in 2015 cause much of the damage I saw in the Mt Hood Forest, there is indeed a new ‘disease’ that is being fought with experimental methods in one section of the forest.

When we visit different forests we see that the overall health of the trees, in all places, is failing. Some people do not see this. There are many factors which no one is willing to admit are occurring (and I will not repeat in this post), however they ARE occurring and the forests are suffering.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/r6/forest-grasslandhealth/insects-diseases
http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/project_list.php?forest=110606&archive=1

 

While on my hike yesterday, I picked up cigarette butts that were thrown to the ground by people. Of the many I plucked from the ground, only one (1) had the filter removed and carried away by the smoker, so I would like to thank that ONE person for caring about the forest. As an ex-smoker, I understand completely both sides of this reality, and my hope is that those who still suffer this addiction will one day see, and be aware, that filters do not decompose and are harmful to the forest which they love and wish to spend time in.

These trees purify our breath so that we may again take in another. This is how important they are … they are our next breath. Let us behave as though we care. Let us be aware.

Cape Horn Trailhead Challenge

Published August 27, 2017 by tindertender

It was a long and beautiful hike. I was pretty tired at the end, and no wonder. The 3 hour, 7.1 mile, moderate difficulty hike I thought I was taking turned out to be an 8.3 mile, strenuous difficuly hike.

https://gorgefriends.org/hike-the-gorge/cape-horn-loop.html

Cape Horn


This was an experience that left me breathless, literally.

 

The sites were amazing! My muscles worked, my lungs added a ton of air to my body. I visualized them burning the toxins from my form and as I replaced the water my body sweat out, I saw my self purified.

 

Only when I reached the top and looked out and down did I realize what a climb I had taken! The views were spectacular!

 

The natural rock steps as I trekked up this trail were incredible! I actually was not quite prepared for this as I wore sandals that were not really snug to the foot and they kept trying to slip off. Next time I hike, I’ll be wearing at least tennis shoes!

 

After walking the decline for a time I met the rocky slope and it started to incline once more. I thought my legs were going to scream, I know I wanted to verbalize my surprise, however there was no one to tell it to.

 

I had stopped several times in the past on the Cape Overlook above. I was curious every time what was down here at the bottom, and now I know. It is a unique perspective seeing from above all these years an finally making it to the bottom.

This journey was a challenging one. By the end of this hike my 51 year old self was asking me why I chose to do this, and the answer is simple … I was unprepared, I accepted a challenge without fully investigating it.

Lesson learned. Full research will be made for future hikes, sturdy footwear and an extra bottle of water will be brought also.

Spontaneity, Life Surprises, And Our Future

Published August 25, 2017 by tindertender

DSCN0502Do I follow my heart and climb to the top of another waterfall? I already know where I would rather be and am certain my body will follow my mind, where to, remains to be seen.

The connection had with the earth assists us in our connection with each other. There is a great healing to be shared, in the silence, when we walk … energies touching, hearts pumping, lungs working as an upward hill is climbed.

Upward hills … these hills may not appear as such, yet they are there … in relationships, in our work life, in our housing, in our ability to feed ourselves in a healthy manner. We work at it, and yes, it can be difficult, we will often go without, yet we persist.

The connections we make along the way, with each other, will help bridge the gaps.

Person Using Magnifying Glass On Cut-out FiguresWe have been taught that we cannot trust each other, we have been taught that to remain separated is best for survival, and most of us have been performing rather well under these circumstances.

Now imagine what could be if we recognize personally, and help each other in learning, the bond that we share goes very deep. Remember the crisis’s that have occurred, remember how people band together to take care of each other, remember the great feats that are accomplished during these times.

Together we are better.
Every day, in every way.

The separation we have been living under will change. There will be those who desperately grasp onto what they believe to be their life line, and there will be those who understand that community, care, and genuine compassionate concern for, and sharing with, each other is the true life line. The latter will be the future, depending on how quickly we embrace it, the timeline will prove itself.

Let life surprise you. Let love embrace you. Learn to trust each other, carefully, participate in the rebuilding of the compassion in this world.

We have seen what governments have done to the people everywhere, how we’ve been exploited, used and murdered in the name of power and money and greed. These elements do not have the best interest of the hearts of humanity in mind, and only the exploited will be able to turn it around … by working together.

Human EnergyTake the energies and efforts which have been bought and sold for scraps, reclaim those same energies and efforts and apply them in fields and ways that you know will encompass good for all … step away from greed and death and being used for the benefit of the few.

This world, and the future of humanity and all life depend on your goodness ad charity. When you give to the whole, the whole gives back to you … imagine the return on your efforts!! The entirety will return to you much more than the greedy few.

Be the change.

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