Shaking the Tree Vine and branch we’re connected in this world of sound and echo, figure and shadow, the leaves contingent, roots pushing against earth. An apple belongs to itself, to stem and tree, to air that claims it, then ground. Connections balance, each motion changes another. Precarious, hanging together, we don’t know what our lives support, and we touch in the least shift of breathing. Each holy thing is borrowed. Everything depends.
John & Molly on the shores of our family beach on Orchard Lake, Michigan
I love and miss my brother. I always will. In a few hours it will be 63 years since we were born. I came first, five minutes before John. Just short of 27 years later, on January 30th, 1978, my brother ended his life and I became a twinless twin. At least in the physical world. Yet, in my heart, John will live on forever.
In this lifetime, now and for the past many years, I live for both of us. And today I am mindful of how I continue to grow and expand in awareness and appreciation for all that has come through the enormity of this loss. Not that this means the grief is gone or that I would wish great suffering on anyone. Yet, life brings to each of us those experiences that break our hearts open... or shut them down. For me, the sorrow in my heart remains and is today also intertwined with joy, love, tenderness, and a deep gratitude, an inner honoring bow for this awakening that came through - among others - the gateway of my twin's death.
My experience continues to teach me again and again that embracing - rather than running from - life's gateways offers blessings and gifts beyond our wildest imagining.
With love and deep compassion and blessings for us all ~
THROUGH THE GATEWAY
Through the gateway of feeling your weakness
lies your strength. Through the gateway of feeling your pain
lies your pleasure and joy. Through the gateway of feeling your fear
lies your security and safety. Through the gateway of feeling your loneliness
lies your capacity to have fulfillment, love and companionship. Through the gateway of feeling your hopelessness
lies true and justified hope. Through the gateway of accepting the lacks in your childhood
We stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the roads inRobert Frost's familiar poem, they are not equally fair. The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster. The other fork of the road — the one less traveled by — offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of the earth.
NASA says we should expect the planet to become even warmer than researchers thought in the past.
According tonew research, Drew Shindell, a climatologist at NASA’s Goddard Institute forSpace Studies in New York, says the planet could become 20 percent warmer than previousestimates.The image included in a briefing on the study shows temperature-increase estimatesfor 2099.
A new NASA study suggests that the Earth will warm by about 20 percent. Graphic credit: NASA Scientific Visualization Studio/NASA Center for Climate Stimulation According toa statementon the study from NASA, researchers developing warming estimates by calculating the Earth’s “transientclimateresponse.” This measure determines how much global temperatures will change as carbon dioxide’s atmospheric presence grows at about 1 percent per year until the total amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide has doubled. Transient climate responses have range from near 2.52 degrees in recent research, to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) estimate of 1.8 degrees. Shindell’s study estimates a transient climate response of 3.06 degrees. He says it is unlikely values would cool below 2.34 degrees.
His study also considers how aerosols, or airborne particles contribute to climate change in the Northern Hemisphere. Aerosols are produced by both natural sources like volcanoes andwildfires, as well as by manufacturing, driving automobiles, producing energy and more. Someaerosols cause warming, depending on their components, while some create a cooling effect.According to NASA, it is necessary to account for atmospheric aerosols in order to understandthe rolecarbon dioxide emissionshave on global warming.
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To Bring About a World of Nonviolence, Responsibility,
Caring, and Compassion
I look forward to a day when children, as a result of integrating the principles of nonviolence and peaceful conflict resolution at school, will be more aware of their feelings and emotions and feel a greater sense of responsibility both toward themselves and toward the wider world. Wouldn't that be wonderful? To bring about this better world, therefore, let us all, old and young - not as members of this nation or that nation, not as members of this faith or that faith, but simply as individual members of this great human family of seven billion - strive together with vision, with courage, and with optimism. This is my humble plea. Within the scale of the life of the cosmos, a human life is no more than a tiny blip. Each one of us is a visitor to this planet, a guest, who has only a finite time to stay. What greater folly could there be than to spend this short time lonely, unhappy, and in conflict with our fellow visitors? Far better, surely, to use our short time in pursuing a meaningful life, enriched by a sense of connection with and service toward others. So far, of the twenty-first century, just over a decade has gone; the major part of it is yet to come. It is my hope that this will be a century of peace, a century of dialogue - a century when a more caring, responsible, and compassionate humanity will emerge. This is my prayer as well.
- The Dalai Lama, excerpted from Beyond Religion:
Ethics for a Whole World
Photo taken in our garden of Kuan Yin, Bodhisattva/Goddess of Compassion
This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they are a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice. meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes. because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.