Beautiful B.C.

Victoria is where I am,

Where I desire to be,

Where I know to be.

This is who I am in a local manner.

My inner landscape is another matter.

I desire to be here,

But on the inside, I need to make a difference.

I know who I am and what I want and I think that has made ‘all the difference ‘.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Road_Not_Taken?wprov=sfti1

Yes

www.theglobeandmail.com/life/style/article-as-gender-identity-becomes-more-fluid-do-we-need-mens-wear-and-women/

Do we really need to affirm the male and female gender?

Gender is not the problem, but it is part of the conversation.

We are all learning and experiencing and awakening to who we are, what we do, we constantly make decisions for what works for us.

My motto is ‘do no harm’.

Compassion-that is all!


To be a student of compassion, does not necessarily increase compassionate behaviour.

There is an arc or continuum that starts with empathizing with someone suffering to actually helping them out.

Loving-kindness mindfulness is being mindful of oneself and reaches into the people throughout the world.

There are three forms of compassion which span the intellectual, emotional and our concern for others.

So why help ourselves help others?

The “Altered Traits” by Daniel Goleman & Richard J. Davidson revels why and how in their ground breaking book and research.

It says mindfulness will enhance empathic concern, activate good feelings and love, and activate brain circuitry to register the suffering of others.

It proves that in 16 hours of mindful loving kindness meditation, that we can reduce intractable unconscious bias towards other people.

Who wouldn’t want to be more compassionate?

Imagine what a lifetime commitment can do. 

Love Of Writing, Living and Working

The limits of doing what you love are complex.

Starving is not an option,

Paying the bills takes 8 hours a day out of the equation.

Some might say it kills the whole idea of becoming a writer full time.

But living is more complex,

To live the good life requires a practice,

My primary spiritual job is to practice philosophy for my own sake and others.

So I do all three at once, it takes a lifetime to accomplish and perhaps society will encourage this act through their new measures for a universal basic income.

I believe in finding a balance with all three.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Author?wprov=sfti1

Judgement

Don’t make things into good and bad,

It’s not my job.

Passion gone astray,

Illusion is a mental demonstration of insanity.

Don’t act on reaction,

It’s not a very good job.

Rehearsal may make a good practice,

But bad habits are bad habits.

Don’t avoid decisions,

Some are good and some are bad.

Practice helps sort the good from the bad,

With support from family and friends life’s problems can be overcome.

Learning to live will make the experience a work of art.

The art of living is just another way of expressing the ‘good life’.

The Scent Of Religion

The association is strong with people and culture.

To understand humanity is to understand and accept religion within each of our limitations.

Not all people believe the supernatural aspects of a belief, but many love the ceremony, community and art embodied in all religious ways.

It’s true that there are difficulties in accepting the whole package.

Atheists are borne out of a strong desire to live without supernatural belief.

Many people have a good sense of skepticism in their day to day lives.

There is a lot more we have in common than we are different.

Science and philosophy attempt to fill the gap.

But we all look for answers.

And platitudes are mostly empty answers or partial at best.

So, the struggle to live and thrive is still a good goal.

I hope you continue to discover meaning and purpose for your entire life.

Music

Sometimes the song repeats, over and over, in my head.

The band, Rock and Roll, all that Jazz, it’s the sound, the lyrics…

The first thing I hear is not the band or the type of music, or the sound for that matter, I hear the voice.

Remembering a beautiful, perhaps troubled, singer/songwriter:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cranberries?wprov=sfti1