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Dick Gregory, from the bottom of my heart — THANK YOU.

Oh, how do I begin?

Few people truly shine bright on many levels, & Dick Gregory is one of those people. He has shone inside & out, as well as across the board since the late 1950’s. And even now in 2012, you can see him at almost every major event that speaks on behalf of people’s rights.

His list of achievements is too long to list here. We are talking about almost 80 years of living fully. And when I say living fully, I don’t mean living a full life — I mean putting your life on the line! Living out loud & speaking your mind; doing all you can to find the truth; standing up for yourself & others; experimenting & testing & investigating; being an artist (first black comedian to break the color barrier); being an author (of 13 books, as either writer or co-writer); being an athlete (ran from California to New York City, averaging 50 miles per day for 71 days); being vegetarian since the 1960’s, and in more recent years raw vegan (he chose to not eat animals or animal products, because of his dedication to non-violence); fasting on water for 70 days straight (Dick Gregory is well known for his hunger strikes); running for president in 1968 (garnered 47,097 votes, including one from Hunter S. Thompson); feeding the hungry (shipped 10,000 pounds of beans to feed people in Marks, Mississippi); cancer survivor (cured himself of lymphoma with natural methods); I can go on & on.

Peter Barry Chowka summed it up perfectly when he said, “Gregory’s name, is synonymous with progressive social and political causes. He is that rare combination (like Gandhi) of activist and healer, one whose own life illustrates how real change first must come from within oneself.”

Thank you, Dick Gregory. Thank you for taking a stand. Thank you for having the courage to think for yourself. Thank you for putting yourself on the line. Thank you for looking deeper. Thank you for leading the way. Thank you for teaching others how beautiful & powerful they are. Thank you for reminding us to love & to be fearless. Thank you for showing us how much can be accomplished in one lifetime. Thank you for being you. Thank you, thank you, thank you…



ADDICTION (View 2) Love Yourself Enough To Let Go

I was reading this interview with Ruth Denison & it reminded me of the blog post(s) I wanted to write on addiction.

Quotes from the article…

– There was always something out of the ordinary in my relationship to plants & nature – I never felt separate.
– In my teens I sensed that there was another atmosphere available to us than the ordinary way of being.
– It was powerful – it shifted my awareness from the ordinary way of life, the ordinary way of seeing things, to the extraordinary that is always just right there, if you allow yourself to stop.
– You have to stop in order to become aware of what you are doing.
– The literal translation of the Pali word sati (mindfulness) is to stop.
– You can know yourself as a moving energy field.
– You realize that the natural law of existence is impermanence, anicca.
– With awareness you shift from this ordinary way of being into the extraordinary.
– You know what you are doing & you know that you know.

This is why fasting (on water) has helped me in my relationship to food. [Beware because fasting can also set you up for a vicious pattern, so be aware of what is really happening. Are you using it as a quick-fix? Or are you using it as a sacred tool? Did the choice to fast stem from self-love or self-hate? Just something to consider before going into something as serious as fasting.] When I completely stop eating, I see the mindlessness in eating habits (& drinking habits). I see the escape, the abuse, the misuse, the bigger picture, the madness. I never saw it in the same way before I stopped it completely in order to examine it.

The same goes for jobs, environments, & relationships. I’ve been in a few that were not suitable for me, but I didn’t see this while I was in them, I had to completely remove myself from them (for a long while, or forever) & spend time reflecting in their absence before I saw how much damage they were doing.

Love yourself enough to let go every now & then. By letting go I mean, remove that which you think you need in order to exist. Invest in your unlimited sense of self & strength. Go beyond that which you think you are to that which you know you are. Know that you are infinite bliss & incomprehensible love. Know that you are whole.

[Ruth Denison article is from the INSIGHT newsletter. Illustration is by Audrey Kawasaki. I’m grateful for the work these women do & the inspirational lives they live.]

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