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Order in Disorder

Order in Disorder

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Chaos is the score upon which reality is written.

HENRY MILLER

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“Peace and the survival of life on earth as we know it are threatened by human activities which lack a commitment to humanitarian values.

Destruction of nature and nature resources results from ignorance, greed and lack of respect for the earth’s living things. This lack of respect extends even to earth’s human descendants, the future generations who will inherit a vastly degraded planet if world peace does not become a reality, and destruction of the natural environment continues at the present rate.

Our ancestors viewed the’ earth as rich and bountiful, which it is. Many people in the past also saw nature as inexhaustibly sustainable, which we now know is the case only if we care for it.

It is not difficult to forgive destruction in the past, which resulted from ignorance. Today, however, we have access to more information, and it is essential that we re-examine ethically what we have inherited, what we are responsible for, and what we will pass on to coming generations.

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Clearly this is a pivotal generation. Global communication is possible.”

 ~Dalai Lama, An Ethical Approach to Environmental Protection

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Happiness via discarding of negative energy

Happiness via discarding of negative energy

 

01-A Beach Promenade - 1896- Michael Peter Ancher-Danish, 1849-1927

 

The whole concept of negative energy may be an alien thought to the steadfast realist.  Nevertheless, it does exist and it manifests in various forms that sometimes foster unhappy, unfulfilled or unsettled lives. 

This is not to say that one can shirk off all responsibility concerning one’s state of affairs.  One still needs to be held accountable for their actions, relationships, beliefs, thoughts and overall well being.

Meanwhile, through applications of the suggestions listed below, you can discard any unpleasantness and, ultimately improve your life’s sparkle:

 

Visual Stimulation:

 

An inspirational movie with a great narrative, paintings, photographs are one way to, through visual and vicarious experience, eliminate that pesky negativity.  And the common joy that is shared by many is the experience of a seaside excursion and summertime fun activities. To get you started on this, here’s a gallery of artworks set in a slideshow.

 

 

Click here to see: Summer Breeze and Puffed up Sleeves Slideshow

 

Music:

Who would dispute that Music is a required food for the soul. Depending on the melody, the mood is transformed into joy, excitement, somber reflections, peace or despair. As one has the choice however, chose carefully to attain happiness and to re-align good energies in yourself and your space.

Furthermore, if you can, play an instrument, sing a song or simply listen to an upbeat melody, you’ll be well on your way to fostering that upbeat energy. It’s a well documented fact that singing or listening to buoyant music promotes good health. It certainly can improve cognition, strengthen your lungs, lower blood pressure and improve posture. And the best part is, you can take it along with you wherever you go and whatever you do.

Foliage and Flora:

A leisurely walk in a forested region does wonders to ease those weighty concerns. The cacophony of Nature’s concert soothes all ears while bountiful oxygen fills the lungs and you are energized. 

Regarding indoor space plants are an essential garnish for establishing a positive space.  The soul is lightened by the confirmatory accoutrement of green hues of leaves and stems sometimes supporting colorful flowers. And that’s not all; plants also act as energy filters by cleaning and improving air quality. Moreover, it propels us to open curtains or blinds to invite the sunshine, the bright beneficial light, to energize and filter the room of unwanted negative energy.

 

Fragrance to delight the senses:

 

Here, a caution is warranted as we live in an age where some people have serious sensitivity to certain artificially made scents, sprays, mists, colognes or perfumes. One thing is for certain, bad odors and smells do beget negative moods; whereas memorable ones (like mom’s cooking or clean laundry) and pleasant, heavenly scents, uplift the spirits and make one function more effectively.

Bear in mind however, depending on the individual’s preference and life experience, certain aromas and ointments can either be pleasant or repulsive and detestable. Use common sense before striving to conceal those pesky, persistent odors while concurrently clearing away negative energies through the use of readily available store bought oils, sprays or catchy gismos. 

For the superstitious, there are also these options available:

Smudging:

 

Regardless of race and creed, a typical process for cleansing space of negative energy uses:  incense sticks, containers with lit incense within, lit candles, or bundled up dry herb leaves that are smoldering and releasing smoke.   The smoke is the key factor here, believed to be responsible for cleansing the adverse negative energies.  Carry the smoldering smoke throughout a home, business, special abode, holy building or sacred grounds. In cleansing your home, once you’ve reached the stopping point, then you can open a window to allow all the negativity to flow out.  

Use of Crystals:

 

Obsidian and black tourmaline are two of many crystals that are used in absorbing negativity. Place these in spaces requiring cleansing; in particular, around electronics that are known to foster disruptive, chaotic energy.

 

Below are some of my favorite paintings, enjoy! :

 

1-Alexander Gunin

Alexander Gunin

2-Boys Playing at the Beach - circa 1885 - Albert Edelfelt -Finnish, 1854-1905

Boys Playing at the Beach – circa 1885 – Albert Edelfelt -Finnish, 1854-1905

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-brown beach

4-Caillebotte, Gustave - French, 1848-1894 - The Diver - 1877

Caillebotte, Gustave – French, 1848-1894 – The Diver – 1877

5-Michael & Inessa Garmash2

Michael & Inessa Garmash

6-Duffy Sheridan

Duffy Sheridan

7-Evening at Padstow, Cornwall - 1890-Sir William Llewellyn -English, 1858-1941

Evening at Padstow, Cornwall – 1890-Sir William Llewellyn -English, 1858-1941

8-Fernando Saenz Pedrosa

Fernando Saenz Pedrosa

9-Summertime-garden

Summer-garden

10-Francesca Strino

Francesca Strino

11-Path to beach

Path to beach

12-Gleb Goloubetski

Gleb Goloubetski

13- bThe Cliff

The Cliff

14-Irving Willes

-Irving Willes

15-Jim Daly

-Jim Daly

16-Joaquin Sorolla (1863-1923) Sotto il baldacchino (1910). La pennellata come un soffio di vento.

Joaquin Sorolla (1863-1923) Sotto il baldacchino (1910)

17-Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida (February 27, 1863 - August 10, 1923

Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida (February 27, 1863 – August 10, 1923

18-Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida, (Spagna, 1863-1923) Dopo il bagno - After the Bath (1902)

Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida, (Spagna, 1863-1923) Dopo il bagno – After the Bath (1902)

19-John Lavery 1856-1941)

John Lavery 1856-1941)

20-Lady by a Window 1918- Louis Ritman -American (1889–1963)

Lady by a Window 1918- Louis Ritman -American (1889–1963)

21-Little Boat - 1884-Albert Edelfelt -Finnish, 1854-1905

-Little Boat – 1884-Albert Edelfelt -Finnish, 1854-1905

22-milk-lake2

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23-My garden in summertime

-My garden in summertime

24-Paul Hedley

-Paul Hedley

25-quaiside-cafe-3DC-web-1

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26-Time with Dad by Steve Hanks

Time with Dad by Steve Hanks

27-Vladimir Volegov - lovely morning

Vladimir Volegov – lovely morning

28-Vladimir Volegov cooling her feet

-Vladimir Volegov cooling her feet

29-Vladimir Volegov

Vladimir Volegov

30-Monika Luniak

Monika Luniak

 

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Part of the Whole

Part of the Whole

 

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“A human being is a part of the whole called by us “the universe,” a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest – a kind of optical illusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and affection for a few persons nearest to us.

“Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening the circle of understanding and compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

– Albert Einstein

 

 

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Song of the Flower

  Song of the Flower

(Poem by XXIII by Khalil Gibran)

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I am a kind word uttered and repeated

By the voice of Nature;

I am a star fallen from the

Blue tent upon the green carpet.

I am the daughter of the elements

With whom Winter conceived;

To whom Spring gave birth; I was

Reared in the lap of Summer and I

Slept in the bed of Autumn.

                              

At dawn I unite with the breeze

To announce the coming of light;

At eventide I join the birds

In bidding the light farewell.

                              

The plains are decorated with

My beautiful colors, and the air

Is scented with my fragrance.

As I embrace Slumber the eyes of

Night watch over me, and as I

Awaken I stare at the sun, which is

The only eye of the day.

I drink dew for wine, and hearken to

The voices of the birds, and dance

To the rhythmic swaying of the grass.

I am the lover’s gift; I am the wedding wreath;

I am the memory of a moment of happiness;

I am the last gift of the living to the dead;

I am a part of joy and a part of sorrow.

But I look up high to see only the light,

And never look down to see my shadow.

This is wisdom which man must learn.

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Wired Up

Wired Up

 

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Whether one lives in the city, suburbs, rural setting or way out in the wilderness, humans are willing supplicants to the new master of modern age.  We are all wired up; all wishing to connect to our fellow man or to the world via vi-fi, from sunrise to sundown, even when we are dining or asleep, we respond immediately to that urgent ringtone.

 This collective connection drives the engines of our modern economy and unites all in society. Solitude, personal space and privacy, whether good or bad, are a necessary sacrifice.  Some may argue that this is another form of addiction (addiction to information, work and trendiness), that society fosters rather than curbing its overuse. After all lot is riding on this socially and economically, to say nothing of its political efficacy and personal advantages in capturing and sharing experience, facts and more importantly, the unremitting truth.

And so, we would be hard pressed to find those few that have actually opted out from this modern day advantage. Whether this allows us a false sense of importance and creates new levels of stress in our down time its benefits far outweigh the harm.  For this reason mankind will stay wired up until the next invention.

 

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Peek at Spring Chaos

Peek at Spring Chaos

 

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Now that spring is here, as one strolls along the muddy paths, one may  cast their eyes on the newly awakened buds, catch a glimpse of a robin or two with their orange breasts perched on  a branch of a tree ( when they are not foraging for food on the ground that is,) singing the welcome songs of spring. 

 At this period the ground is usually littered with debris, an exposed leftover of a long winter’s tempestuous snowy episodes. But there is also beauty in this disorder that is oftentimes overlooked and rarely appreciated.  Soon this shambolic beauty will all too quickly be disguised however, with overzealous Mother Nature doing her spring-cleaning.  Incessant showers will foster growth that will carpet this disarray beneath various shades of green. For now, let us delight in this precursor of spring and the new shoots that peak their heads up amidst all this chaotic disarray.

 

 

 Each moment is a place you’ve never been.

(MARK STRAND)

 

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Spring Thaw 2016

Spring Thaw 2016

 

 

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This year the everlasting winter bid its farewells, so we thought, on the Spring Equinox.  After the Easter celebrations many hastily rushed to put away the dreary, dark coloured, cumbersome and hefty winter coats along with the snow shovels and the winter tires. But the spring season has been anything but consistent.  Blame it on global warming if you please, for this year we are intermittently beset with snow and rainstorms with the polar vortex bringing on the arctic cold air as icing on the cake. Like a yo-yo, we are forced one day to dig out our heavy winter attire and don boots only the next day to search for waterproof footwear when heavy rains turn all paths into muddy sloshes or pools of water. Even the trees are confused; I fear for the buds that are faced with these inconsistent temperatures. Hopefully the volatility of the spring will soon settle in to more consistent temperatures so that we can fully enjoy this delightful season.

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