Me and my shadow go walking through the woods. Following the rivers edge, breathing is so good.
The trees and the churning waters take anything that is negatively churning in me and tumbles it back to life, back to goodness, continuing toward wholeness.
Trees live in the dirt, and while they live rooted in the earth they cleanse the air. Someday they will fall over for whatever reason, ‘becoming’ the earth, and it’s young ones born of its shedded seed will thrive in it, the earth, which is them.
Smelling the soil and listening to life as it flows by. There really is a lot to be said about a good pair of hiking shoes.
Deer clover, tangy, sweet, green as can be – Rain coated, damp and free … for my tongue and tummy that is.
“If you get troubled, go and sit by the river. The flowing water will take your troubles away.”
— Joe Coyhis, STOCKBRIDGE-MUNSEE
Sometimes we get mixed up and we don’t know what to do. Go to the river or creek. Take your sage and tobacco; sit and be still. Talk to the water, offer tobacco and the healing water will take your problems downstream. Give thanks.
Great Spirit, heal my mind today, let me see love.
I was pondering life and how negative situations can become habitual, the psyche normalizing it. This is the thought I had and also the article I read after. I joined the two here as reminder to self of present mind circumstance, and how it all correlates and connects.
“When a person has been exposed to a steady stream of “wrongs”, eventually their mind will normalize it. It is a survival skill that functions like the heart, or the lungs … it just happens without really even thinking.”
One of the biggest secrets there is, the closest-guarded key to happiness, is the fact that the muscles in the human face are connected to your endorphin glands.
All you need to do is push down the corners of your mouth to trick your brain into thinking you’re sad to release what’s known as adrenocorticotropic hormones (ACTH) that actually makes you sad.
By pushing up the corners of your mouth, this also fools the brain into releasing beta endorphins which creates endogenous morphine. Morphine is also known as opium. Opium is also called cocaine.
This means that in order to be sad, all you have to do is frown and to be happy all you have to do is smile. Your face does that. Which means you can choose either one at will.
Try it. Next time you’re sad, look in the mirror. What is your face doing? Frowning because you’re on ACTH. Now smile and stand there for a few seconds and try to prove me wrong.
You can’t because you’re now on cocaine and the smile doesn’t want to go back down again because it likes how it feels.
We choose whether we are going to have a good day. We program it into our forecast by the words that come out of our mouth that sets in motion an anion ion (E-lectric, E-motion) toroidal flow in our brains that physically moves in the direction of positive bioelectric energy.
This the clockwise energy flow. We also choose if we are going to have a bad day, counterclockwise energy flow.
Because secretly while our consciousness isn’t looking, our subconscious is scheming ways to get ourselves into hot water so we’ll be able to manufacture a brand new drama dragon that will slap us around for a while so we can feel alive.
And just like getting paddled during a naughty interlude, that sting on our bottom releases the same beta endorphins as smiling, and so through the pain opium is physically released which turns that frown pointing the other way.
Either way, both sorrow and joy engage our opioid receptors. One stings and the other one doesn’t to get to the same place. Sadness is opium but laughter is also opium, so laugh. See how that works?
I bought my books and had them printed. Going to pick them up tonight. Pretty exciting stuff here!
I include a music video here as well. This is what I imagine Angels might sound like … especially about half-way in. Harmony at its finest.
Such a beautiful lady sending a powerful message in the song above.
When people release the need to hoard that which they have, when we choose instead to gift of ourselves and our possessions to others, the world heals ~ a little bit at a time.
It is not always monetary gifts that make the biggest changes. It is the smile, the time we take to just sit with someone, acknowledging them as a vital part of the world.
Let us not forget to do the same for ourselves, we must find value in the beingness that we are. We are a portion of something so very fantastic! LIFE!!
We breathe this life in, every day, every moment … ALL of us. No one person is more deserving of this than any other. This same principle applies to shelter, to food, to loving kindness and compassion, and to recognition for the specialness that each individual holds within their hearts.
Let us practice seeing the good in each other. If we are not paying attention we may miss something so amazing! Look for it, see that wonderful spark that comes out of everyone you meet … even if you only watch from a distance, watch for it. It is beautiful to see!
Hanging out in candle and fire light while my elderberry syrup simmers. The soft glow of this type of light soothes my senses. The crackle of the fire 🔥 is like music to my ears. One of my candles has that wooden wick which makes noise.
Fresh brewed elderberry syrup with reishi mushroom, chaga mushroom, ginger, cayenne (hot!) organic cane sugar (ran out of honey), cloves, and a couple other things. It’s tasty! I’m glad for the healing properties of the cayenne, also because it makes it a little less tempting to chug it … haha.
As this evening winds down, I consider the blessings this day has offered. I am old enough, and experienced enough, to know that no-thing remains the same, ever. All circumstances shift and evolve, morphing into the next experience. I’ve also learned that whatever the down swing, will also be the equal up swing … all circumstances have equalizing poles, just as the South Pole has the North Pole.
As a younger person I noted that things could get real crappy, real fast. It could break a person if they weren’t able to weather the storm, but should they be able to withstand whatever it is … or was … they’ll eventually experience the up swing of that circumstance. I imagine that if not in this life, then in the after life, or the next physical incarnation … but perhaps life in general, this, the next, and so on are all full of this pendulum swing. Perhaps it is our sacred work to reach balance in this experience, and in all experiences.
Do you suppose the pendulum will someday cease to swing? If it does … what then? Will we finally have peace on earth?