Drug Overdose, Victoria, British Columbia

Just a cursorily look into the drug problem in our city will say it is going downhill since 2010.

What have you seen in the last ten years.

Don’t you ever wonder about that siren you hear everyday.

How long has it been since you connected the dots and realized we have a fentanyl problem, a world drug problem, and much more pain and suffering than the public can even stand to hear about anymore?

Becoming aware of the problem is the first step.

That means stop numbing out about it.

Find ways to do no harm to yourself and others.

Then maybe people will begin to help people again.

International Overdose Awareness day is a global event that happens every year on 31st of August.

Their presence was made at the Ministry of Health on Friday, downtown.

Where were you and what are you doing about it?

The answer is non-violent and helping yourself first.

The problem is here to stay and that will be what is commonly called an ongoing problem that will have systemic effects upon society as a whole.

Chances are that you probably can’t even talk about it.

You probably don’t think it is your problem.

And if you do, you probably don’t know what to do next.

Don’t walk away, this is not going to either.

Awareness is key.

Please support the effort.

“Monkey Mind”

Here is a great reference to start your search for a cure (lol).

10 Ways to Tame Your Monkey Mind and Stop Mental Chatter

The ‘hurry and worry’ we all feel can be quieted down a lot by spending some time in silence and being more 2) mindful and perhaps 3) meditating more each day.

  1. The first approach is to spend 10 minutes a day being silent.

To become aware is the goal in using any of the mental tools mentioned above.

At some point, the question will be, ‘am I aware of the mess my mind is from moment to moment?’ And, is there anyway to treat myself better?

It would be fair to say my mind is out of control when I ‘hurry and worry’ too much.

In western culture we have religion and mental attitudes that help us, “Keep calm and carry on.”

Consider starting with silence, becoming aware of your “monkey mind” and learning to do a combination of the three suggestions above.

The proper way to deal with harmful stress is to learn to be with yourself. The best way to do this is to become aware of the need for a little silence each day. This will lead to making a decision to stop doing harm to yourself and mind by practicing being more mindful and learning to meditate.

Good luck.

Dialogue: Diogenes Vs. Alexander

In this dialogue, two outspoken men philosophy about life, death and agency.

Diogenes: cynical times, nothing is certain, living through vice and corruption.

Alexander: I’d like to meet this famous cynic.

D: I love sunning myself outside this local gymnasium.

A: I am Alexander the Great.

D: I am Diogenes the Cynic

A: Your wish is my command.

D: then, get out of my light.

A: If Freedom had smiled on me, I would endure your failure to be homeless.

D: no one chooses to be without.

A: You did.

D: Or so it seems. What comes from your great sucesss?

A: Very small failures. But we are both pretending to be more than meets the eye.

D: I mock the gods or agency that forced my hand.

A: Hmm, I will meet my death like a dream.

D: then we are both imposters.

A: so it seems.

Read

www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-there-is-a-reading-crisis-in-canada-the-pandemic-will-make-it-worse/

I was held back a year to overcome my learning disability.

It was called a hormone imbalance at the time or a growing problem that some kids face.

My reading class required me to learn by taking the phonics programme.

I also enrolled in a summer reading program.

As an adult I read more than most, but I tend to spend too much time on devices and with distractions like TV or other time wasters.

Please, read this article and support the effort to help kids learn to read.

I now realize the help and support I received was uncommon.

Let’s help every kid learn to read.

I❤️Vancouver Island

Perhaps, I am a little hesitant to recommend a place that is already popular and flies in the face of my self interest.

I went to Alberta for 25 years. It is worth the trip (that is another blog), but I planned my return to the island 25 years ago.

We had a struggle,50 some years ago, moving across this big beautiful country. I was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

We stopped in Thompson Manitoba.

And there are no shortages of places to live on Vancouver Island. I have lived in Duncan and Qualicum to name a couple.

Recently I have been working in Langford.

Islands have a unique psychological aspect to them. On the one hand it is isolating but on the other it invites solitude.

I am not patriotic but I am influenced by my past experiences.

Just let me say, I consider the Island a well kept secret that some need to experience for themselves.

I am happy to be living on Vancouver Island and think those interested in having the experience better get at it.

Living, Dying and Consciousness

Do no harm, let go of the desire to communicate, teach, learn and share.

Why, perhaps more description will illustrate the point.

The Romans were considered great doers.

The stoic became the doer in terms of their philosophy.

This art was based on other philosophical ideas, such as ‘do unto others as you would have done unto you’.

Epictetus seemed to teach himself through a practice which he passed onto others orally and by examples practiced by himself and others.

Today we have schools that create environments for creative learning and teaching in much the same way.

Many good ways to live and die are expressed in books rather than word of mouth.

But who is willing to practice these ways to improve living, dying and consciousness?

Look at the great ideas found in philosophy, religion and older civilizations.

There are so many devices that distract people from learning good ways to be.

The message is clear to anyone willing to learn the idea.

Being Grateful | Charis Howell | TEDxYouth@Harlow – Bing video

Being Grateful | Charis Howell | TEDxYouth@Harlow – Bing video
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Getting positive for adults is a choice, gratitude will bring you there.

Open this portal to a more positive life during a less than positive time in life.