Enjoying spectacular weather here on our little Scottish peninsula – homebase of our Findhorn New Story Community. Thank you to Andy Innes for the stunning aerial shots.
For the Incredible Beauty of Creation
The incredible beauty of nature defies the wildest imagination. From the perfection of a tiny alpine flower no one will ever even see to the splendor of a star-studded summer’s night, through the intricate beauty of a seashell to the breathtaking harmony of a spider’s web, all this grandiose symphony has been laid out for our pure enjoyment.
Mistress of the universe, we bless You for the incredible perfection and splendor of the spectacle You have created for our constant rejoicing.
For the sheer miracle of a substance as mysterious and omnipresent as water to the rugged beauty of a mountain range, for the amazing functioning of living creatures and systems of all sorts that challenge our deepest knowledge to the constantly renewed abundance of Your goodness expressed in the produce of the earth and seas, including the unbelievable variety and wisdom of the animal kingdom we have barely begun to grasp, we bless You.
In front of the utter perfection and symmetry of every single flower, seashell, plant, crystalline rock, we stand in awe and bless You. For the century-old sequoia or oak trees in their majesty which sprang from a tiny grain or acorn to the rolling of the galaxies, for the magic of microbes and all other microorganisms to the silent communication systems between plants and between animals and plants, we bless the incredible Intelligence that runs this phenomenal show called the universe and fall on our knees in utter awe.
Thank You, thank You, thank You for including us for our sheer enjoyment in this grandiose spectacle, the reason of which is beyond anything we could ever imagine.
And finally, may we be reminded that we are not spectators, but actors in this happening which is simply Your Boundless Love expressing Itself out of sheer joy. Daily we are Your dance of delight, Your pure goodness in ecstatic motion, Your holy choir.
from 365 Blessings to Heal Myself and the World
Thank you to Manuela and our friends at The Gentle Art of Blessing for sharing.
Commemorating the legacy of Albert Einstein on the anniversary of his death.
“The fate of humanity is dependent entirely on its moral development…”
Moral outrage is a very powerful process in the quest for social justice, but it can also be addictive and involve shaming and blaming. Roshi Joan Halifax discusses how we can use this powerful energy to enhance the possibility for resolution not polarisation.
“When the red clad monk speaks, people listen. We smile and instantly understand his simple yet potent message, that kindness is the way. The Dalai Lama, exiled from his much loved Tibetan homeland nearly 60 years ago, never to be allowed to return, is the world’s most beloved sage. With his beaming smile, and wise words, he manages to touch the hearts of all he meets.
“Responding to the challenges of the world today, his latest book: An Appeal to the World: The Way to Peace in a Time of Division gives us a clear pathway to follow if we want to solve global issues today, and is something sorely needed at this time.
“The book is an extended interview with His Holiness, now 82 years old, who was voted in a global survey as being the nicest person on the planet. His Holiness has been working for peace his entire lifetime.”
“Intolerance leads to hatred and division. Even our children should grow up with the idea that dialogue, and not violence, is the best and most practical way to solve conflicts. The young generations have a great responsibility to ensure that the world becomes a more peaceful place for all. But this can only become reality if our educational systems educate not only the brain but also the heart. The educational systems of the future should place greater emphasis on strengthening human abilities, such as warm-heartedness, the sense of oneness of humanity and love.I see with ever greater clarity that our spiritual well-being depends not on religion, but on our innate human nature, our natural affinity for goodness, compassion, and caring for others. Regardless of whether or not we belong to a religion, we all have a fundamental and profoundly human wellspring of ethics within ourselves. We need to nurture that shared ethical basis. Ethics, as opposed to religion, are grounded in human nature. And that is how we can work on preserving creation. That is religion and ethics put into practice. Empathy is the basis of human coexistence. It is my belief that human development relies on cooperation and not competition. That is scientifically proven.” Dalai Lama
Read the full story by Azriel ReSchel….
“…power these days looks like decentralized networks in which everyone is a leader and there’s no dominating idol.
“The last few decades have been a social trust apocalypse. The only remaining bonds of trust are local and particular. But people are ingenious. They are figuring out how to build on those ties to weave and redeem the broader social fabric.
“Power structures are in serious flux. The best window I’ve seen into this new world is a book called “New Power,” by Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms.”
Read the full story by David Brooks….
How can we begin a ceremonial journey that connects us to our ancestors and helps align our work in the world with our highest ideals? Pat McCabe, also known as ‘Woman Stands Shining’ offers a simple morning ritual that has the power to transform our daily lives.
Pat McCabe is a Diné (Navajo) mother, grandmother, activist, artist, writer, ceremonial leader and international speaker. She is a voice for global peace and healing.
Her words are an excerpt from a longer conversation with writer and mythologist Sharon Blackie, in The Hedge School podcast.
“She is the teen fighting to protect Canada’s water — meet 13-year-old Canadian Autumn Peltier. She speaks bravely, confidently and passionately, and as a so-called water walker, Peltier pleaded with Justin Trudeau to protect Canada’s water.”
What I’ve been told through ceremonies is Mother Earth has been surviving for millions of years without us. And it’s taken us less than a century to destroy her — and Mother Earth doesn’t need us, but we need her.
As a Wikwemikong First Nation representative, Autumn also recently addressed the General Assembly on World Water Day at the launch of the UN’s International Decade for Action on Water for Sustainable Development.