For me, peace comes from the endless journey into the depth of life through my feeling consciousness–my physical senses–which helps me to be more sensitive to the fragility and wonders of life. Creativity and joy come from deeply feeling what is. In contrast, no lesser or greater, thinking consciousness is good for things like operating a computer, riding a bike or knowing how to get to the beach.
Among other things, I love the smell of almond butter, cinnamon, vanilla extract, strawberries and peaches.
Fundamentalism, aggression toward self or others in wanting to change something to the point that it harms self or others or putting someone down or my self down, comes from a pressure to be someone other than my true self.
The ego imprisons our self by thinking we have to prove ourself in order to belong. Belonging is a thought away from ego-based emotions such as fear, anger and jealousy. Our true self is always connected to the nurturing Cosmos which is neither below or above but in the center, in our heart. In other words, the construct of competition and policies like the anti-civil rights, racist military policy of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” will not help the practice of loving interconnectedness (vibrant ever-changing communities celebrating life).
Self-doubt is present when someone or something is raised higher, which is different from naturally arising wonder or awe, and arrogance or pity is elicited when something is perceived as below a self-image. Do we lose self-doubt, arrogance and pity once we lose all self-images?
Joy comes softly. See possibilities. – Carol Anthony and Hanna Moog
1) Love is here.
2) I unexpectedly reciprocated my neighbor’s smile by giving them garlic I recently harvested.
3) I ate some delicious hazelnut gelato tonight that brought me back to beautiful Sicily.
The Cosmos is nurturing.