Underground Secret of the Redwoods

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“Sometime ago I was with a friend, and we were walking through Muir Woods. Which is a redwood forest, close to San Francisco. Actually, every year I go with this friend there. We like to just be alone and walk through the redwood trees and share our thoughts. This one particular year, as we were going through the forest, there was a forest ranger speaking to a group of tourists. He said, “I want to share with you the underground secret of the redwood trees.” Now being from the 60s, something that never leaves my heart is an attraction for underground secrets. So I told my friend, let’s listen. So we stopped, and the ranger explained how in this forest we find some of the oldest, largest trees in the entire planet. He said, “Interestingly, the redwood trees do not have roots that grow very deep, and here it’s hilly ground with loose soil. Over the centuries there have been devastating earthquakes and massive storms. How do these trees keep growing?” He was quiet, to let everyone think. Then he revealed the underground secret, “Just underground, the redwood trees roots grow out, and they reach for the roots of other trees. And when two redwood trees roots meet, they wrap around each other. They embrace and create a permanent bond. In this way the trees support each other. And the little tiny redwood trees, that are just growing, they wrap their little thread-like roots around the giant roots of the ancients. And in this way they are all helping each other.” The ranger said, “Every tree in the entire forest is directly or indirectly supporting each other.” When we actulally care about each other, and share what we have with each other — unity is our strength. And like this story of the redwood forest, despite all the storms and challenges of life, we continue to grow, and grow and grow. And we need each other to do that.”

Quote by Radhanath Swami

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Shawn Stevenson & Tom Bilyeu Transforming Mindsets

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I really enjoyed this interview. It’s Shawn Stevenson (from The Model Health Show) asking Tom Bilyeu all sorts of questions. They cover a very broad range of topics. If a few questions don’t resonate with you, I’m sure some of them will. Also, have some patience in the beginning or start the interview 5 minutes in, because it begins with a few words about sponsors. After you bypass that, it’s great.

Tom Bilyeu

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What Poetry Does

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“Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.” — T. S. Eliot

“Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during the moment.” — Carl Sandburg

“Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.” — Novalis

“The only thing that can save the world is the reclaiming of the awareness of the world. That’s what poetry does.” — Allen Ginsberg

“Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.” — Albert Einstein

“Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it.” — Vincent Van Gogh

“Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.” — Plutarch

“Poetry remembers that it was an oral art before it was a written art.” — Jorge Luis Borges

“Poetry is not a matter of feelings, it is a matter of language. It is language which creates feelings.” — Umberto Eco

“The sources of poetry are in the spirit seeking completeness.” — Muriel Rukeyser

“Poetry is the lifeblood of rebellion, revolution, and the raising of consciousness.” — Alice Walker

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The Power of Dan Harris & Rich Roll

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Rich Roll interviewing Dan Harris on his podcast:

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Dan Harris interviewing Rich Roll on his podcast:

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Having Never Really Lived

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Having Never Really Lived

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This One

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I love good quotes. I love sharing them and stumbling upon them, and finding them buried in text as I read.

This week I shared a Seneca quote with my friend that kept echoing in my mind.

“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.”

I kept wanting to reread it. And sit with it.

Everyone has challenges. Obstacles come and go. There’s always something that needs work.

But for me it’s really mental. Everything is in my head. Life is really perfect as it is, yet I — key word,  I — am making things difficult. Why?

I have to ask myself: Where am I stuck/challenged in my mind? Why am I making things more difficult for myself by holding on to old thought patterns? How can I completely release my outdated and unhelpful paradigms?

After I wrote those questions, I felt like I should be asking better questions. But those are the questions coming out of my current paradigm and mindset. Ha! Do you see the pickle I’m in?

A few minutes after I wrote the above text, I found this video:

And then this one:

I’m sure I’ll find lots more on the topic, but this is a good start.

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Christoph Niemann: Abstract Sunday

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All artwork by @AbstractSunday, Christoph Niemann on Instagram

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