Sunday, June 23, 2013

Fasting

Fasting is like hitting the reset button. It can be a purifying process - emotionally, physically, spiritually - if done with care, preparation and intentionality. 

For several years, parts of me have wanted to permit the release and rebuilding that fasting facilitates. But the time had never been quite right. Doing so would have meant that i was ready to let go of things tightly and safely held in by joints, the safe parts of the soul, untouched corners of my mind. But i wasn't ready. And each attempt ended almost as soon as it started. It hasn't always been that way. 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Response to a question

Tile of a spider taken at the
Occidental Arts & Education Center
A couple of months ago i was interviewed for a Berkeley-based radio program. Though it hasn't aired, a question the interviewer asked has remained on my mind. 'You seem to be involved in very different activities and disciplines - environmental justice, natural healing, African history, and more - wherein lay the connections?' There are many. And i hope to weave together certain elements that make the most sense for this public forum. 

Humans are one of many many species that live on this earth. And in comparison with some, are a relatively recent emergence in the vast span of the earth's life. We share space with other beings...flora and fauna, seen and unseen, large and small. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Personal thought on love...


I recently saw written, 
Fall in love again and again and again. Never say no to love. what you focus on you become. Be love. 
A statement that deeply resonates, but gives me pause. Is the love referred to in "fall in love" and "be love" the same? Different? Does it matter? Falling in love with whom? With what? Being love toward what end? 

That i have these questions...that i am intellectualizing the quote (and the sentiments it represents), rather than appreciating it for what it says perhaps speaks to an unwillingness or inability to embrace love fully.

Or maybe i don't understand this love concept in the ways it is used here: as a cycle, as a state of being, as a process of becoming, as a feeling.  Or perhaps my treating it as a concept is problematic. Ought love be something lived and felt, rather than conceptualized and defined? 

And yet at the gross level, how does one embrace love, be love, fall in love and maintain a sense of composure in the world? How does one who lives with the heart open to love deal with cravings that arise? Cravings that, in the Buddhist sense, lead to unhappiness? 

Questions...the answers to these and more lay within our hearts, if we only listen. And though i haven't given myself space to seek all the answers, i know that i'd rather cultivate love, live love, be love, experience and share love over not doing so. This is why i chose my name. It means love.