Thursday, February 22, 2018

Humor & Wisdom 10/09

Hi all,

Well, it seems time for some kids to give us a laugh and to share with you a recent realization of mine.

So….First the kids’ humor:

Children writing about the ocean:
1) – This is a picture of an octopus. It has eight testicles.(Kelly, age 6)
2) – Oysters’ balls are called pearls. (Jerry, age 6)
3) – If you are surrounded by ocean you are an island. If you don’t have ocean all round you, you are incontinent. (Wayne, age 7)
4) – Sharks are ugly and mean, and have big teeth, just like Emily Richardson. She’s not my friend any more. (Kylie, age 6)
5) – A dolphin breaths through an asshole on the top of its head. (Billy, age 8)
6) – When ships had sails, they used to use the trade winds to cross the ocean. Sometimes when the wind didn’t blow the sailors would whistle to make the wind come. My brother said they would have been better off eating beans.(William, age 7)
7) – Mermaids live in the ocean. I like mermaids. They are beautiful and I like their shiny tails, but how on earth do mermaids get pregnant? Like, really? (Helen, age 6)
8) – Some fish are dangerous. Jellyfish can sting. Electric eels can give you a shock. They have to live in caves under the sea where I think they have to plug themselves into chargers. (Christopher, age 7)
9) – When you go swimming in the ocean, it is very cold, and it makes my willy small. (Kevin, age 6)
10) – Divers have to be safe when they go under the water. Divers can’t go down alone, so they have to go down on each other. (Becky, age 8)
11) – On vacation my Mom went water skiing. She fell off when she was going very fast. She says she won’t do it again because water shot right up her bum. (Julie, age 7)
12) – The ocean is made up of water and fish. Why the fish don’t drown I don’t know. (Bobby, age 6)

And now for the insight:

For years I have meditated during different periods of my life, sometimes consistently, sometimes not.  Recently, I have been sitting pretty consistently every morning for about 45 minutes.  What I have been realizing is that it takes courage to close my eyes and go inward.  I had never thought of meditation as a courageous act before, but the other day a light bulb went off.
For me, my joy gets born and reborn when I let go of the illusion that I am going to find the love that I am seeking outside of myself and I simply close my eyes and fall back into my inner sanctuary.  No matter what happens with my eyes closed, I end up having a more peaceful and joyful day when I start the morning by vulnerably touching into my heart.  Yet, my negative mind can come up with a million excuses not to do that because if I meditate then it cannot have it’s way with me so easily during the day.
So, for me, I need to keep on re-finding the courage each morning to simply close my eyes and come home to the divine within me so that external events, including my mind’s negative chatter, have less power over my love.
It is my wish for you that you have the courage to take charge of your time in such a way that you fully allow yourself to participate in whatever your form of meditation is that deeply nurtures you, that brings you joy, whether it is actually sitting and meditating, or intimately connecting with your partner, or walking in Nature, or creatively expressing yourself through art, music, or some other experience that lights you up!
With ALL my heart…..

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