Inspiration for Reinvention

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Sometimes a simple quote can nourish and inspire us.  Tell me what you think of these three:

 

 “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”

  -George Bernard Shaw 

“This is how you survive the unsurvivable, this is how you lose that which you cannot bear to lose, this is how you reinvent yourself, overcome your abusers, fulfill your ambitions and meet the love of your life: by following what is true, no matter where it leads you.”

 

“People who cannot invent and reinvent themselves must be content with borrowed postures, secondhand ideas, fitting in instead of standing out.”
-Warren Bennis

Savor Your Paradise

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Beauty stops the mind. When we savor that beauty around us and within us, we are nurtured and healed.  Having just returned from an incredible adventure in Desolation Sound, British Columbia, I feel filled up.  Savoring that wild paradise for over a week, I now return to my own personal paradise in Solana Beach, California yearning to share something with you.

Can you relate to that feeling of aching to share a paradise you’ve experience with another?  (Leave a comment, I would love to hear from you)

IMG_7346In Desolation Sound, our 40-foot  floating home took us to remote islands gushing with waterfalls.

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The glacier filled waters had a glorious light green tinge to them.

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INSPIRATION: 3 Simple Ideas for Savoring Your Paradise:

  1. Take time to stop and drink the beauty around you.  Let beauty stop your mind.
  2. When drinking in the beauty around you and within you-savor Your Paradise!
  3. Savor by enjoying, enjoying, enjoying and then in your happiness, enjoying more.
  • : a very beautiful, pleasant, or peaceful place that seems to be perfect

  • : a place that is perfect for a particular activity or for a person who enjoys that activity

  • : a state of complete happiness

Please Leave a Comment, I promise to SAVOR every word of it in my personal paradise.

Thank you!

Flame of Love-a Kabir poem for You

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My body is flooded
With the flame of Love.
My soul lives in
A furnace of bliss.
Love’s fragrance
Fills my mouth,
And fans through all things
With each outbreath.
Kabir

This morning in mediation, Kabir’s poetic legacy floods into my heart.  As my mind flashes with things to do today, his words bring me home to the truth of my life.

I am surrendered to “Love”.   Whatever needs to be done, will be done.  Thy will be done.

I travel in this “River of Love”, aware Earth is Heaven Now.   You are there with me in this freedom.

The flame of Love burns everything-my to do list, my thoughts and feelings.  They are fuel for this Creative Fire.

There is only this Flame of Love. We are it-burn baby burn!

Kabir

Thank you  for the gift of your words, Kabir. I love you!

 

TED talk Secrets Revealed ~ Visualize IDEAS!

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META awareness sees through the lens of a higher order of ideas.  These ideas manifest themselves in stories, symbols and metaphors-rather than words.  This is why I LOVE this TED talk from Chris Anderson.

Check out the simple visual structures used in this video to symbolize ideas.  Tell me what you think of this powerful TED talk.

A Million Zeros: What Movements Can Learn From Jung

META Living is “self-knowledge” perceiving from a larger perspective than the individual. Natasha’s meaty post inspires us to do so, sharing Jung’s book The Undiscovered Self. Bravo!

” If our “self-knowledge” is too heavily reliant upon the opinions, judgments, assessments, and philosophies of others, how do we know who we are under all of these projections? This question is crucial, according to Jung and one that determines whether we live as liberated human beings or as manipulated pawns; vulnerable to the machinations of dictators and corrupt leaders.”

Natasha Thomas-Jackson


“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” – Carl Jung

“To know yourself, think for yourself.” – Socrates

My last post on Beyonce and feminism created quite a buzz. The beautiful outcome of it all was that I had the opportunity to engage in some nourishing conversations with people who supported, challenged, loved, hated, and questioned my stance. Readers shared brilliant analysis, personal narratives, and suggestions for how we engage one another in this movement.

On the surface, much of the conversation seemed focused on feminism, gender expression, capitalism, and celebrity, but a persistent (and less detectable) undertone also permeated the dialogue – one that suggested that some of this debate was less about Beyonce and her feminism and more about how we navigate that very precarious and constantly shifting line between the individual and the collective.

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What does it mean to be a Citizen of the World?

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I cried as I watched this video (TED talk, Feb 2016, 17 mins):

It spoke deeply to me about my META experience, after life-threatening brain surgery in December of 1979, when I SAW myself as both a citizen of the world and the world itself.

(This video is 2.5 minutes long.)

You may understand my tears, then…

I would love to know your sense of being a Citizen of the World.

Be a Star of Courage!

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Courage is about showing up with fire in your heart, instead of fear.  Stars are luminous points in the sky.  Bringing the two together, “Stars of Courage” would be luminous people with their hearts on fire.

Today, being a star of courage for me,  means letting go of all the work I put into an event, that  just got canceled.  The great news is, even through it got cancelled, I am still shining as bright as ever.  We do our best, and then let go.

Keep shining bright, your glorious light!

 

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Secrets to Butterfly Migration Discovered

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In META messages from Nature, could the recent scientific breakthrough about how butterflies navigate the earth hold clues for advanced human navigation?  The ancient Vedic saying, “Nature thinks everywhere alike”, comes to mind.  I jumped for joy reading the following article from the April 14, 2016 BBC News, by Victoria Gill, a science reporter.

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Great monarch butterfly migration mystery solved

  • 14 April 2016

Scientists have built a model circuit that solves the mystery of one of nature’s most famous journeys – the great migration of monarch butterflies from Canada to Mexico.

Monarchs are the only insects to migrate such a vast distance.

So, by teaming up with biologists, mathematicians set out to recreate the internal compass they use to navigate on that journey.

The findings are published in the journal Cell Reports.

Lead researcher Prof Eli Shlizerman, from the University of Washington, explained that, as a mathematician, he wants to know how neurobiological systems are wired and what rules we can learn from them.

“Monarch butterflies [complete their journey] in such an optimal, predetermined way,” he told BBC News.

“They end up in a particular location in Central Mexico after two months of flight, saving energy and only using a few cues.”

Prof Shlizerman worked with biologist colleagues, including Steven Reppert at the University of Massachusetts, to record directly from neurons in the butterflies’ antennae and eyes.

“We identified that the input cues depend entirely on the Sun,” explained Prof Shlizerman.

“One is the horizontal position of the Sun and the other is keeping the time of day.

“This gives [the insects] an internal Sun compass for travelling southerly throughout the day.”

Having worked out the inputs for this internal compass, Prof Shlizerman then created a model system to simulate it.

This consisted of two control mechanisms – one based on the timekeeping “clock” neurons in the butterflies’ antennae and the other from what are called azimuth neurons in their eyes. These monitor the position of the Sun.

“The circuit gets those two signals then matches them, according to how it’s wired, to control signals that tell the system if a correction is needed to stay on the correct course,” explained Prof Shlizerman.

“For me this is very exciting – it shows how a behaviour is produced by the integration of signals,” he added.

“We can take these concepts to produce robotic versions of these systems – something [that is] powered by and that navigates by the Sun.”

Prof Shlizerman said that one of his team’s goals was to build a robotic monarch butterfly that could follow the insects and track their entire migration.

“It’s a very interesting application that could follow the butterflies and even help maintain them.

“Their numbers are decreasing, so we want to keep this insect – the only one that migrates these huge distances – with us for many years.”

Prof Matthew Cobb from the University of Manchester told BBC News that the study showed that “something as astounding as the monarch migration can be understood in terms of cellular circuitry”.

“Our current robots are far cruder than even the simplest nervous system,” he added.

BBC Article