Thursday, September 17, 2020

"We Can See The Truth in Your Own Eyes" Rumi

"We Can See The Truth in Your Own Eyes" Rumi

“For ages you have come and gone
courting this delusion.
For ages you have run from the pain
and forfeited the ecstasy.
So come, return to the root of the root
of your own soul.

Although you appear in earthly form
Your essence is pure Consciousness.
You are the fearless guardian
of Divine Light.
So come, return to the root of the root
of your own soul.

When you lose all sense of self
the bonds of a thousand chains will vanish.
Lose yourself completely,
Return to the root of the root
of your own soul.

You descended from Adam, by the pure Word of God,
but you turned your sight
to the empty show of this world.
Alas, how can you be satisfied with so little?
So come, return to the root of the root
of your own soul.

Why are you so enchanted by this world
when a mine of gold lies within you?
Open your eyes and come ---
Return to the root of the root
of your own soul.

You were born from the rays of God's Majesty
when the stars were in their perfect place.
How long will you suffer from the blows
of a nonexistent hand?
So come, return to the root of the root
of your own soul.

You are a ruby encased in granite.
How long will you decieve Us with this outer show?
O friend, We can see the truth in your eyes!
So come, return to the root of the root
of your own soul.

After one moment with that glorious Friend
you became loving, radiant, and ecstatic.
Your eyes were sweet and full of fire.
Come, return to the root of the root
of your own soul.

Shams-e Tabriz, the King of the Tavern
has handed you an eternal cup,
And God in all His glory is pouring the wine.
So come! Drink!
Return to the root of the root
of your own soul.

Soul of all souls, life of all life - you are That.
Seen and unseen, moving and unmoving - you are That.
The road that leads to the City is endless;
Go without head and feet
and you'll already be there.
What else could you be? - you are That.”


― Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi




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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Ecotherapy for Everyone: Healing with Nature for Peace and Justice: 21 September 2020-5 October 2020

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Friday, September 11, 2020

All This is for Consciousness to Know Itself, to Grow Itself.

 All This is for Formless Pure Consciousness to Know Itself, to Grow Itself. 


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"To See Wrong in Another is One's Own Sin." Sri Ramani Maharshi, Hindu Sage

 "To See Wrong in Another is One's Own Sin." 

Sri Ramani Maharshi, Hindu Sage

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"Sri Bagavan then pointed out that  to see wrong in another is one's own wrong. (p. 106) The discrimination between right and wrong is the origin of sin. One's own sin is refelected outside, and the individual in ignorance, superimposes it on another. The next course for one is to reach the state in which such discrimnation does not arise. 

Do you see wrong or right in your sleep? Do you exist in sleep? Be asleep in the wakeful state. Abide as the Self and remain uncontaminated by what goes on around. 

"Moreover, how much you advise them, your hearer may not rectify themselves. Be in the right yourself and remain silent.

Your silence will have far m ore effect than your words or deeds. That is the development of will power. Then the world becomes the Kingdom of Heaven whcih is with you."

(p. 106) Arunachala Ramana


Arunachala Ramana is a book which contains collected quotes and writings of Sri Ramana Maharshi Ramana, A Hindu Sage born in India in the late 19th century and who died in the early part of the 20th century. If you would like to buy this book you can purchase it here in the USA for an exorbitant price. https://www.amazon.com/Arunachala-Ramana-Love-Surrender-Maharshi/dp/4864511527

I myself purchased this book at Hridaya YogaFrance, an amazing spiritual yoga school and practice center in the heart of France, for a very reasonable price. https://hridaya-yoga.fr/  I highly recommend this yoga school. They teach the profound truth, and their Yoga and meditation practice is profound. Their spiritual teacher, Sahajananda is the most transformed, healed, wise  and loving person I have ever met. The school is very affordable and also offers "Kharma Yogi" posistions where one can work to pay for one's retreat in a variety of positions. Kharma Yogi positions include a permaculture garden and landscaping crew. Most of the people who practice here are profoundly sincere young people from Western Europe. But others, like myself,  attend as well. I felt very welcome and happy here and the practice is truly powerful. 

They also have a school in Mexico which is excellent. I myself prefer the European center because I found it a more quiet and still location. They also provide all meals if you like in France which are all organic. I have practiced and lived at each for 6 weeks. https://hridaya-yoga.com/

Sunday, September 6, 2020

(English/Espanol) 23 September 2020, Virtual CONFERENCE SERIES, Resistance & Resilience ​Responses to the Climate Crisis from Cuba and Puerto Rico/23 DE SEPTIEMBRE 2020, SERIE DE CONFERENCIAS VIRTUALES, RESISTENCIA Y RESILIENCIA A LA CRISIS CLIMÁTICA DE CUBA Y PUERTO RICO

 https://www.caribbeanagroecology.org/

https://www.caribbeanagroecology.org/conference-series.html

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Are All Our Human Crises Human Spiritual Crises?

 Are All Our Human Crises Human Spiritual Crises?

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Are all our crises human spiritual crises?


As much or more about our own human suffering inside of us, the difficult pain within us,  so excruciating, seemingly impossible to face, as they are about something outside of us?


Are our human crises: “the environmental crises”, “the climate crises”, “the food and farm system crises”, ”our health crises ”, “our criminal justice system crises”, “our political crises,”  “our economic crisis,”  “the crisis of racism,”  sexism, homophobia et al., or any other things or “systems” outside of ourselves that are easier to focus on than the pain within us,--are all these crises actually human spiritual crises?


Are we not taking the intense and existential pain and suffering within ourselves, where it is so unbearable, largely from childhood, and projecting  it out of ourselves onto “the other,” “another,” "the world," "the environemnt," "the climate" or something, anything, rather than recognizing it as our own pain and suffering largely from childhood, the lack of love and nurturance during our own childhood?


Are we not creating enemies and “the other” outside of ourselves when in reality, the unbearable suffering we feel is inside of us and the perpetrator is our own mind, thoughts, now projected outward?


Isn't it much easier to talk about "climate" and "environment" and "food" when in truth it is we human beings ourselves who are profoundly suffering inside in a way that we cannot resolve or heal because we cannot stand the pain of being with our own selves?


Are we humanity ourselves not the very ones who are destroying our own beautiful and perfect Mother Earth, our home, our ecological niche, that has provided for all our needs in every way?


In truth, do we have an "environmental problem," or do we have "a human problem?"


What can we say about ourselves, a species who would destroy its very own environment upon which it depends to live? 


Does any other species do that: destroy the very environment, its own ecological niche, upon which it depends to live? 


What human beings can talk about their most profound internal suffering, largely from infancy and childhood, abandonment, abuse, lack of love and understanding in all its forms? 


Much of it at the hands of our very own parents who are supposed to love and take care of us when we are infants and little  children?


Our parents are supposed to love and care for us, but, out of their own suffering, largely passed on to them by their own parents, did they not pass their suffering onto us, their children, as well?


If we are not healed, can we heal our planet? 


If we are not healed can we heal our environment? 


If we are not healed can we heal our climate?


If we are not healed can we heal our food system?


If we are not healed can  we heal our communities?


If we are not healed, can we save our planet, ourselves, or our human communities?


Is it possible that the crises humanity most and foremost needs to address is our own human spiritual crises? Our own human suffering? And our own human healing?


Is it possible that the crises humanity most and foremost needs to address is our own human suffering, largely from childhood, at the hands of our own parents, extended family, neighbors, school and community members and beyond, when we vulnerable infants, toddlers, and children? 


Is it possible that the crises we humanity most and foremost needs to address is our own human spiritual growth? 


Is it possible that the crises humanity most and foremost needs to address is our own need for healing, transformation and for our own human spiritual growth?


Is it possible that  this crisis, the profound spiritual crisis of unhealed human suffering, an unhealed humanity, largely passed down to we human beings by our very own parents, caregivers, community members, teachers and others when we were little, helpless, dependent and vulnerable infants, babies and children, is the root cause of all our human crises?


Racism, sexism, violence and crime, police murders and violence, prison guard violence and abuse, greed, all human delusions and hatred, our environmental crises of climate, pollution, and land degradation, our health crises: is it possible in any way that all these human crises are largely caused by our own profound human suffering which largely originated when we were helpless infants and children? 


Is it possible that our wrong and over consumption, our food and farm crises, our economic crises, our environemental crises, all our human crises at their root, the most profound level, is it possible that they are all at the most profound level human spiritual crises, a refelection of our profound internal suffering, about which we remain largely unaware and unconscious and from which we reaminlargely unhealed?


Is it not true that the vast majority of we human beings suffer profoundly from our childhoods, unspeakable wounds about which we cannot talk or acknowledge, much less heal, passed onto us by our very own parents, family, neighbors, teachers and other memebers of our community, who were themselves as well suffering profoundly?  


Is it not true that we human beings are full of delusion, believing in things that are simply not true, like "race" and "male superiority," to name two?


Is it not true that we human beings overconsume and wrongly unconsciously consume to avoid our own internal suffering and that that over and wrong consumption is destroying our beautiful perfect home, ecological niche, planet Earth, upon which we depend to live?


Is it not true that we human beings are full of greed, uncontrollable greed, that is the root cause of our over and wrong consumption which is destroying our climate upon which we depend to live? 


Does any other species do this: destroy the very ecological niche, climate, planet upon which they depend to live?


Have we human beings not also destroyed many other peoples and species on this marvelous blue green planet out of our own enormous uncontrollable consumption born out of our own excruciating suffering which we have not been able to acknowledge much less heal?


Are not the seeds of our own destruction sewn deep within our own selves, our own human psyches, our own human consciousness? 


Are we not our own worst enemies?


Are we not destroying ourselves?


Are we not doing this to our own own selves?


Are we not doing this to ourselves?


Do we have environmental problems, or do we have human problems ?


Are we not the ones who are destroying our very own environment, our very own climate  upon which we depend to live? 


Do we have health problems or do we have human problems, for are we not the ones who are destroying our own human health and well being through wrong and over consumption?


What can one say about a species who would make itself ill and kill itself through wrong and over consumption? 


What can one say about a species who would destroy its own environement, its own climate, upon which it depends to live through over and wrong consumption ? 


Is it not true that it is  we human beings ourselves, our own hearts, minds, consciousness and our own profound suffering that are the very cause of our own destruction, demise?


Is it not true that it is we human beings ourselves, our hearts, minds, consciousness and suffering which are the source of all our over and wrong consumption which is the root cause of our environmental crises: all pollution, land degradation, the climate crises, global warming and all?


Is it not true that it is we human beings ourselves, our hearts and minds, which are the source of all our over and wrong consumption? Which are the root cause of our human health crises? Are we not eating too much and too much of the wrong things in order to feel better and appease our anxieties, fears and all our uncomfortable feelings, suffering  and thoughts? 


Is it not our own suffering, thoughts, and uncomfortable and sometimes unbearable and unspeakable discomfort and feelings that drive our largely unconscious high levels of consumption and wrong consumption?


Are we not simply seeking somehow to just feel good or run away from the pain and suffering that is inside of us with all this consumption?


Are not we doing this all unconsciously, simply unaware, but so extremely that we are destroying our own health and our own ecological niche  upon which we depend to live?


What would cause we human beings to behave so uncontrollably, so unconsciously that we are actually facing the destruction of our own health and lives and the health and lives of our children and communities across our home, our planet Earth?


What would cause we human beings to behave so uncontrollably, so unconsciously that we are actually destroying our own environment, our own ecological niche upon which we depend to live?


Are we not the very source of our own  predicted destruction?


Are we not ourelves the most profound cause of all our crises?


Is it thus not our very own human healing and spiritual growth which is the root cause solution to all our human crises?


Is it not thus our very own human healing and human spiritual growth which is the most important thing any and all of us can do to preserve the environment and ecological niche upon which we depend to live ?


Is is not thus our own human healing and spiritual growth which is the root cause cure and ultimate solution to all our human crises including our food, health, environmental and climate crises?


Is it not thus our own human healing and spiritual growth which is the solution to all our human crises which are all in fact human spiritual crises at the root? 


Is it not our own human healing and spiritual growth which is the solution to all our human crises?


Is it not ourselves we need to heal and grow spiritually in order to save our world?


Is it not ourselves we need to heal and grow spiritually in order save our environement?


Is it not ourselves we need to heal and grow spiritually in order to save our climate?


Is it not ourselves we need to heal and grow spiritually in order to save our health?


Is it not ourselves we need to heal and grow spiritually in order to save our food system?


Is it not ourselves we need to heal and grow spiritually in order to save ourselves?


Is it not ourselves we need to heal and grow spiritually in order to save ourselves, our peoples', our children, our communities, our nations, our very species? 


For is not we ourselves who are destroying we our very selves, our communites, our society, our own  species, out of our very own profound, poorly and misundertood  internal suffering about which we remain largely unaware, much less able to face and heal? 


Is it not we ourselves who are doing it to ourselves, destroying ourselves? 


Is it not we ourselves who are the profound root cause of our own destruction? 


And yet, once we are truly able to acknowledge that we are doing this to ourselves, will we not be free, healed and whole forever and truly finally able to save ourselves and  our world from destruction  by our own hearts, minds. hands and human consciousness?


When we and I are truly aware that is we human beings ourselves, and me, myself and I who are destroying ourselves, then will not we be truly on the path to experiencing our own wholeness, complete healing and the salvation of ourselves, our children and our world?


Is it not our own human spiritual healing, transformation and growth that is the root cause solution to all our human crises? 

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

"Farming Like We Are Here to Stay" The Challenges for Organic Agriculture in Cuba, Dr. Fernando Funes Monzote, 2017 35th Anuual NOFA Vermont Winter Conference, Burlington, Vermont

Farming Like We're Here to Stay (Fernando Funes-Monzote, PhD)

A beautiful, comprehensive,  and informative talk (in English) on Cuba's beautiful and critical food sovereignty/agroecology movement as well as the building and mesage of  "Finca Marta," "Cuba's Agroecological Dream Farm," given by Dr. Fernando Funes Monzote  in 2017  in Vermont, USA. "Finca Marta" was named for Dr. Fune Monzote's mother, Marta Monzote Fernández (1947-2007).  Both his mother and father, Fernando Funes Aguilar, were leaders in Cuba's food sovereignty movement. Dr. Fernando Funes Monzote designed and led the building of Finca Marta.  https://www.facebook.com/fincamartam

Dr. Fernando Funes Monzote gave this keynote address at the 2017 35th annual NOFA Vermont winter conference in Burlington, VT. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ne5HNYGIt40  This talk was sponsored by the amazing Vermont Carribean Insititute,  www.vtcaribbean.org, the leader in Cuba-USA agroecology relations, under  the equally  amazing leadership of thier ED, Dr. Margarita Fernandez,  https://www.uvm.edu/gund/profiles/margarita-fernandez. The Vermont Carribean Insititute is the founder of the exciting and groundbreaking work in Cuba-USA relations around agroecology, food sovereignty,  and sustainable agriculture, the Cuba-USA Agroecology Network. 

http://www.agroecologynetwork.org/ Please contact the Vermont Carribean Insititute for more information about thier revolutionary network. 

The super amazing Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont is a nonprofit association of farmers, gardeners, and consumers working to promote an economically viable and ecologically sound Vermont food system for the benefit of current and future generations. https://nofavt.org/


Videos and Photos of Agroecological Dream Farm Built by Dr. Fernando Funes Monzote, family and farm crew!

https://www.facebook.com/fincamartam/videos/683069105421835

https://www.facebook.com/fincamartam/videos/362192207324296

for more visit: https://www.facebook.com/fincamartam

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Saturday, August 29, 2020

Are Our African American Urban Gardens and Farms A Spiritual Practice?

 

Are our African American Urban Gardens and Farms a Spiritual Practice?



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"Kala has caught a passion for these farm flowers! She creates beautiful bouquets for the farm stand in between welcoming and situating our wonderful volunteers on saturdays. Farm stand open Saturdays between 11-3pm!" Erika Allen@urbangrowerscollective


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Are our African American urban gardens amd farms a spiritual practice?


As much about growing, healing and transforming we peoples ourselves spiritually, emotionally, and psychologically, as they are about we peoples growing and cultivating healthy, nutritious, fresh, human food, in harmony with nature?


Are our African American urban gardens and farms a spiritual practice? 


As much about cultivating our own human consciousness and weeding out our own human unconsciousness, delusion and greed, as about we human beings cultivating healthy, nutritious, sustainably grown vegetables, fruits, whole grains and other  plant foods? 


Are our African American urban gardens and farms a spiritual practice? 


As much about taking us to the eternal, formless, “God within," the peace, stillness, transcendence, knowing and wisdom itself, within us,  as about us growing healthy, nourishing vegetables, fruits and whole grains in harmony with nature for the sustenance of our physical bodies? 


Are we not ourselves nature?


Do not our urban gardens and farms bring this awareness of ourselves as nature to our own awareness? 


Are our African American urban gardens and farms food and nourishment  for our spirit, our soul, our “true selves,” the most profound parts of ourselves, as well as for our bodies?


Are our African American urban gardens and farms a spiritual practice?


Do our urban gardens and farms calm and still our minds, our thoughts,  our feelings and emotions, as well as cultivate happiness,  transcendence, awareness and consciousness in us, in  even the most difficult circumstances?


Are our African American urban gardens and farms a spiritual practice?


Do our urban gardens and farms take us to the present,  the eternal energy of being within us, to experience our true nature, spirit itself and in so doing, heal and grow us, we oursleves? 


Are our African American urban gardens and farms a spiritual practice?


Are our African American urban gardens and farms “a meditation,” taking us deeper and deeper into our true selves to the knowledge of ourselves as spirit or pure awareness itself, transcending the suffering of  this material world and these physical bodies, if only briefly, allowing  us to refresh and gladden ourselves in the here and  now, the present moment, continue on with life, and face and overcome its difficulties? 


Are our African American urban gardens and farms a spiritual practice? 


As much about growing ourselves, we human beings spiritually as about us growing healthy, nourishing human food in harmony with nature for ourselves, our family and community?


Are our African American urban gardens and farms a spiritual practice? 


As much about growing and cultivating human awareness, pure consciousness itself as about we human beings cultivating human food for our physical bodies? 


Are our African American urban gardens and farms a spiritual practice, as much about growing us as about us growing healthy food, sustainably grown? 


Who are we? 


Are we not more than these bodies? 


Have not we, African descendants in the Americas and beyond, always had a strong spiritual practice, wisdom and transcendence that enabled us to thrive in even  the most difficult circumstances in Africa and  in the Americas, including the transatlantic slave trade, racism, and all forms of delusion, greed and hatred this humanity has to offer? 


Have not our people overcome everything? 


Did not our Mamas and Papas, Aunties and Uncles, Grandmas and Grandpas, Greats and cousins, and all extended family have a powerful spirituality, practices, and presence, including gardening and farming in traditional ways, that enabled them to not only survive but to thrive and transcend? 


Is it possible that  our African American urban and rural family vegetable and fruit gardens and farms in the past in the Southern part of these United States and beyond, enabled  us not only to survive and thrive economically and to nourish and care for our own physical health, but  to cultivate and grow our own human consciousness, wisdom, spirituality, our own selves  in order  to  transcend the enormous difficulties we faced as a people and as individuals emerging from enslavement as well as  all the ills and difficulties all humanity face? 


Are our African American urban gardens and farms a spiritual practice?


That have enabled us to transcend life's most difficult challenges with the knowledge and experience of our own divinity, infinity, the God within, our true nature as spirit, awareness or pure consciousness itself? 


Are we not God itself, spirit, infinite, pure consciousness, awareness, the creator, without beginning and end, and do not our urban gardens take us to this God within, our true selves, infinity, pure consciousness and awareness itself? 


Who or what is growing whom? 


Are we growing food or is growing food growing us?


Or both?


Are our African American urban gardens and farms a spiritual practice? 


Is it possible that our people’s first urban gardens like My Aunt Bell and Uncle Lonnie Hawes' garden in Cleveland, and those in New York City, Chicago, Detroit,  Los Angeles, Lincoln, Boston, Oklahoma CIty, Tallahassee and beyond, were not only  about we newly freed people's nourishing our physical health and guarding our incomes by  providing our families affordable fresh and healthy fruits and vegetables, but that they were also about nourishing our connection to our own souls, the God within, in order to thrive and overcome, not just  survive? That part of “weeselves” that allowed us to continue on livin’ an’ growin’ an’ evolvin’ as a people materially and spiritually in the face of some of the worst human delusion, greed,  and hatred known to humanity? 


Are our African American urban gardens and farms as much about we people of direct African descent to these Americas nourishing, cultivating and growing our own spirituality, wisdom, connecting with the God within, knowledge, and transcendence itself, our own divinity and holiness itself, the key, foremost and critical  ingredients in our thriving and success as a people as they are about us nurturing and caring for own physical health?


Are our African American urban gardens and farms a spiritual practice to grow our souls just as much as they are about us growing healthy food for our bodies in ways that will preserve our Mother Earth upon which we depend to live?

Are our African American urban gardens and farms a spiritual practice?