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Brave Little Dog

Brave Little Dog

I want to thank all of you. Thank you for being here and for reading my blog. Your support of last week’s blog post really touched my heart. As many of you know, my dog was very ill this month and I thought she was losing her life. It was a feeling that I had experienced before with her.

I adopted a rescued dog in 2014 that was narrowly saved from being euthanized. I knew when I adopted Pen-Pen (that’s her nickname) that she would need more help than I could probably handle. She had a host of illnesses when I got her, and I wasn’t sure if they were treatable. To my surprise, after only a few months of living with me, Pen-Pen transformed into a new dog! Her health rapidly improved and her personality came alive. But it wasn’t a quick or final fix, a few health issues remained. I continued to work with her and to do the best I could/can. But like the African saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child. I, along with many others have helped my dog, both before her adoption and after. And she continues to need the support of everyone. It’s something I had sincerely forgotten, but seeing her rapidly fall ill this month was a sobering reminder of that truth.

When we are in our most compassionate, most loving state, we look at everyone (including ourselves) as if they are children. At our core, we all are. We are all vulnerable, all needing assistance, all wanting nothing more than to be loved and seen. When we see each other in this way, all boundaries and facades fall away. The connection between each other becomes very real and intimate. We instantly feel connected and bonded. We also feel exposed and alive, like bare ecstatic babies.

Last week’s blog post was very challenging for me to share. I felt exposed and vulnerable in a way I hadn’t previously felt or owned up to. I did a lot of thinking (and debating) before I published that blog post. I kept thinking, “Do I really need help? Do I really need to tell people about this?” I did need help, and I did want to tell people about it — but I didn’t want to be judged or seen as needy. In hindsight, I can tell you that opening up to the world (to you!) is one of the best things I have ever done. I say this because I opened my heart to you and you opened your heart to me (& Pen-Pen.) It was a display of humanity at its finest, in a way that is rarely discussed or acknowledged.

A simple definition of the word Humanity is as follows:
the quality or state of being human
the quality or state of being kind to other people or to animals
all people

This is who we are, and who we were all being last week. We were being human. We were being kind to each other and kind to animals. We saw ourselves as all people — all living beings. The experience of that is the reason why that blog post, and the connection I made with all of you, is one of the best things I have ever experienced. I was able to see/feel compassion and love from all of you, but also a responsibility to that compassion and love.

When we are alive, it makes sense to have an affinity with others that are alive. Are we not in this together? Are we not made to connect with and support one another? Is life not one big interconnected delicate and deliberate web? It definitely felt that way this month.

I found the most endearing video. It’s a story of a small rescued dog. All that I am trying to describe in this blog post can be seen in this video. You see everyone coming together to save a life, and you see that life wanting to give back in return. …I feel very much like this dog (as he was at the end of the video, so happy and pleased to be loved and helped.)

This video was made possible by Hope For Paws Animal Rescue. Please visit their website and Youtube channel. They are doing amazing work that could use our support and encouragement.

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Fear, Authenticity & Big Magic

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Tiny Desk Concerts

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Martha Wainwright

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Adele

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Hozier

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Rufus Wainwright

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Lianne LaHavas

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Slomo Documentary

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Slomo asks the big questions in this New York Times mini-documentary about his life. Everyone has their own answer to these big questions. What’s yours?

Slomo from The New York Times – Video on Vimeo.

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Marianne Williamson & Caroline Myss: Tough Love

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Today I watched a Marianne Williamson Google Talk I had never seen before. There is a confidence and a hardness that I see & feel from her. But the hardness is due to a deep deep bottomless love. An immeasurable ungraspable love. It’s powerful, and you can feel it as she talks. I think that ‘hardness’ I see & feel is mistaken. I think the English vocabulary is short on vocabulary. Sometimes deep love can feel tough or hard, but it’s just certain. It’s without a doubt. And just like a sure ‘yes’ or a sure ‘no’, it’s a done deal. It isn’t debatable, swayable, or open to being pushed around.

Shortly after I watched that Google Talk, I came across a Caroline Myss interview (with Lilou Mace) that I had seen before, but I watched it again. Caroline Myss also comes across confident and ‘hard’. It reminded me of the same energy I felt while watching Marianne Williamson talk. I thought to myself: they must have a similar knowing, it’s as simple as that.

Below are both videos. Both videos are excellent. They dive deep into many timely issues. Marion focuses her talk on creativity and leadership, while Caroline focuses on humility and grace. In the bigger picture, their words are painting the same image. The reason our society is in trouble, is because we haven’t seen the connection between creativity, leadership, humility and grace. I watch these videos because it’s important to make that connection. It’s equally important to share it. But what’s even more important is to live it. Awareness is the first step. Always.

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Follow-Up to Last Week’s Blog Post

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If last week’s blog post was depressing in any way, I have a sweet follow-up! Definitely still see the movie Blackfish, but watch The Whale too! (It’s also on Netflix.)

The Whale is a true story of a young, wild killer whale (an orca, nicknamed Luna), who lost contact with his family on the coast of British Columbia and turned up alone in a narrow stretch of sea between mountains (called Nootka Sound). In most cases, when an orca gets separated from its family it usually fades away and dies. This young orca was different. He was alone, but he didn’t fade away. There weren’t any familiar orcas in Nootka Sound, but there were people, in boats and on the shore. So he made contact, and people welcomed him. Most of them. This contact did not turn out to be simple. It was….. The story goes on, but its a good one. It’s true, and the footage in the film is all of real moments. It’s a great movie!

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Blackfish Documentary

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I highly recommend the documentary Blackfish. Please watch and share this film. Support it in every way you can. It’s available on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.

“One of the most important documentaries in recent memory.”
Philadelphia Inquirer

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Worries, Doubts & Fears….symptoms of a narrow field of vision or the cause?

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Have you ever heard of tunnel vision? (Also known as Kalnienk vision.) A dictionary defines it as following: Vision in which the visual field is severely constricted, as from within a tunnel looking out. An extremely narrow point of view; narrow-mindedness. And Wikipedia states that some of the causes of tunnel vision include alcohol consumption, extreme fears and distress, eye diseases, prolonged exposure to contaminated air, intense anger, etc..

Think about a problem you have. You can pick a petty one or a big one. (Really, pick one. I’ll wait for you… I want you to do this exercise. Pick a problem and take your time.) Hold it in your mind. Feel it stir emotions, blame and excuses. Feel your body become contracted and your breathing restricted. Just sit with the thought of the problem. After you have felt the changes it creates in your body, watch this video. Watch it all the way through — don’t read ahead until you do.

When you have a greater awareness, greater prospective, it can free you of your stuckness, of your nature to fixate on things. In the video it’s apparent that there is a divine order of things, where everything is connected, and nothing is separate. Within that incomprehensible amazingly orchestrated universe… is us. Me & you — worrying, doubting, and fearing something that will inevitably change. Because what does life do? It changes.

I got this idea from Wavy Gravy. But I’m going to put my own twist on it. I decided that when I move to my new home, I’m going to pick a wall and prominently display a pair of funny glasses. And when I get too serious, or when I’m in an argument, or heated discussion, I’m going to put on the funny glasses and continue to process and articulate my serious & important thoughts. And I will have several pairs available! So anyone taking life too seriously can have the opportunity to ‘see better’ and lighten up along with me.

I hate to break the news folks, but we are not in control. No one is. And while we are all together on this very mysterious & magnificent ride, we might as well enjoy it and have a little fun. We might as well love, let go, and lighten up. We might as well see our lives from a greater perspective; one that has room for everyone and everything, including the unknown. When our hearts are big enough to be filled with the universe, our eyes follow suit.

Give up the need to control. Surrender and smile. See all of life as Grace. Find something constructive in your ‘problems.’ See if they have anything to teach you, to offer you. Can they teach you to love bigger? See bigger? Play bigger? Risk bigger? Laugh bigger? Trust bigger? Give them a chance to show you something grand.

…If not, you can always come over and put on funny glasses with me.

[Video credit: Powers of Ten takes us on an adventure in magnitudes. Starting at a picnic by the lakeside in Chicago, this famous film transports us to the outer edges of the universe. Every ten seconds we view the starting point from ten times farther out until our own galaxy is visible only a s a speck of light among many others. Returning to Earth with breathtaking speed, we move inward- into the hand of the sleeping picnicker- with ten times more magnification every ten seconds. Our journey ends inside a proton of a carbon atom within a DNA molecule in a white blood cell. POWERS OF TEN © 1977 EAMES OFFICE LLC Available at www.eamesoffice.com]

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