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As a spiritual teacher, I meet a lot of people on the path. And one of the most common refrains I hear from spiritual seekers these days goes something like this:

“I’ve been on the spiritual path for years. I’ve meditated, done therapy, and attended dozens of workshops, seminars, and retreats. But I’m still not fundamentally different from when I started on the path. Sure, I’m more centered, present and calm, but I’m still challenged by many of the same emotional patterns. I still don’t feel like I’m living fully aligned with my true purpose. I’m still not free.”

How is it that after decades of earnest spiritual seeking, many of us ultimately settle for a transformation far less profound or complete than the one we were aiming for when we started?

Is it that—as some ancient eastern traditions tell us—enlightenment is such a lofty goal that we should not expect to experience any radical transformation in one lifetime? Should we instead see our current incarnation as but one of millions of baby steps toward that supreme goal?

Or is it, as many contemporary teachers are fond of saying, that any attempt to change ourselves is in fact misguided—that we should simply “accept what is,” “call off the search,” and realize that ordinary life in all of its neurotic frailty is enough? (meer…)

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Ons het toe Vrydag na die opvoering by Montecasino gaan kyk, in die Pierneef teater. Wat `n pragtige opvoering met pragtige stemme en spontane kinders wat ongelooflike toneelspel en sang lewer.

As jy kan, gaan kyk gerus, dit is die moeite werd. Die teater is lieflik, die décor op die verhoog foutloos en mooi.

Ons verwag toe hoofsaaklik oumense by die opvoering (ek sê vooraf vir my vrou ons volg net die oumense met kieries dan sal ons wel by die teater uitkom!). Verras is ons toe oor die baie jongmense en kinders in die stampvol saal.

This is a show worth going to.

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Waiting for the Thaw

by Virginia May-Schiros, Mar 26, 2018

It’s about this time in the long stretch of winter that I begin to ache for spring. By March, I tend to become a bit dulled to the beauty of winter. Though my prayer and meditation keep my heart open to seeing the passage of time and seasons with appreciative eyes, mostly I just want the cold days to be over. As the earth begins to thaw, we often want the process to hurry up.  I long for bright flowers blowing in a spring breeze and warm summer evenings on the porch.

Dit is ook op hierdie bloedige en woedende stadium van ons geskiedenis (en veral hier te lande) dat ons begin wens die winter van haat en vergelding moet verby gaan, dat die lente se blomme van vrede, vriendskap en liefde sal oopgaan, en dat ons weer in die warm somer aande op die stoep sal kan sit, vreedsaam en rustig soos dit beskaafde mense betaam.

While impatience with winter is only human, I pause and remember the need to move slowly through this time of year.  If we rush through the change in seasons in nature and in our lives, we will find ourselves missing that edge between winter and spring with its important lessons to teach.

Ongeduld met “agtergeblewenis” is menslik, maar groei tot wasdom neem tyd, geen stappe kan oorgeslaan word nie, en elke stap het noodsaaklike, soms pynlike lesse wat geleer moet word (vir die sogenaamde “ontwikkeldes” sowel as die wat laer af in die hiërargie vasgevang is).

What is the natural purpose and symbolism in this time of thawing?  It is in that place between despair and hope that we find the beauty of the thaw. It is where Creative Life, or God if you will, is especially potent in us.

Dit is inderdaad hier in die ontvriesing, in die woedende oorgang, tussen wanhoop en hoop, waar ons die wonder van vriendskap oor grense heen kan ontdek, waar ons ons ware self kan ontdek, `n meelewende, deernisvolle self as klein deeltjie in die totale opset van wat die lewe is. (meer…)

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Dit klink of ons baie lank in Mosselbaai vakansie gehou het, maar in werklikheid was dit sowat 10 dae se uitspan en rondkuier. Soos ek reeds genoem het, dit het meeste van die tyd gereën of was bewolk met min son in sig. Tog was dit heerlik om op die strand te loop, of koffie te drink terwyl ons vir die onstuimige see kyk, of om rond te ry en klein strand dorpies te verken.

Ek het nie eers geweet daar bestaan so n plek nie. Dit is n pragtige, baie klein dorpie met `n mooi strand en hierdie mooi huisies tussen die fynbos. Die dorpie, as mens dit so kan noem, is so klein dat selfs Wikipedia niks daarvan weet nie. Dit sê bloot dit is n dorpie aan die Weskus van SA en niks meer as net dit nie!

   

Wolke, sand en n grys see. Beslis nie swem weer nie, maar goed vir rondloop en koek en tee doen al langs die kus af.

Net anderkant Boggomsbaai lê Vleesbaai. Dit is effens grooter as Boggom se plek en Wikipedia weet ook meer van die dorpie. Die eerste wit voete op hierdie strand het ook aan Bartlomias Diaz en sy manskappe behoort. Hulle het in 1488 hier voet aan wal gesit en metaal en ander ware by die Hotentotte geruil vir beeste. Meer as n honderd jaar later is die plek eers gedoop tot Vleys Baeye deur Paulus van Caerden toe hy metaal en ander ware aan die Hottentotte geruil het vir beeste. Dit was op 14 Julie 1601. Vyf honderd jaar na Diaz hier anker gegooi het, in 1986, is die eerste elektrisiteitsligte in die dorp aangeskakel! Die wiele draai maar stadig in Afrika. Dis mos asof die spoed van lig self hier so effens stadiger is as in die res van die wêreld.

Daar was geen teken van Hottentotte nie, en ook nie van beeste nie. Net maar hierdie dapper vissermense wat in die reën kom hoek natmaak het. Daar is nie n restaurant op die dorp nie, net n vriendelike klein negosiewinkel met vriendelike mense agter die kasregister. Min mense woon permanenet hier. n Paar pensioenarisse het dit hulle laaste staning gemaak, vir die res staan die huise leeg tot dit vakansie word, veral Desember woel dit glo hier.

Van Vleesbaai is dit n kort entjie na Gourits Mond toe. Mens rits gou tot daar en vind dat dit n baie klein plekkie is waarvan Wikipedia ook niks weet behalwe die naam nie. Toe ons daar kom het dit so hard gereën dat ons nie eers op die strand kon loop of fotos neem nie.

Dit is hoe dit uit die lug uit lyk. (Internet foto). Die dorpie lê op die linker oewer van die Gourits Rivier en is skaars sigbaar op die foto. Visvang en lê en niks doen is skynbaar die grootste aantrekking van die plekkie. Jy kan ook stap en swem as jy jouself regtig wil moeg maak.

Saam met Cobie en Johan het ons ook Knysna, Grootbrak en Hartenbos verken, maar daarvan volgende keer.

 

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According to Geneen Marie Haugen, the Washington Post recently ran an opinion piece entitled, “We don’t need to save endangered species. Extinction is part of evolution.” The writer earnestly presents the view that life will continue to evolve and maybe even flourish despite human-assisted extinctions of other species.

This is a very interesting view on our current ecological predicament – if it is a predicament at all (according to this line of reasoning).

What will it matter if the elephant, or the rhino, or the polar bear goes extinct? Who will miss them if they disappear from the earth? Only a couple of sentimental lovers of nature, counting for a very small, a tiny fraction of the world population of about 7 billion people, maybe?

There used to be bears in the forests of Europe, and lion, and many, many wolves. There are no lion left in all of Europe, neither are there any bears, and sadly, nobody is bothered by the absence of these magnificent creatures. Will it be different if the same happened in the rest of the world? We do not depend on them as a source of food, thus they are expendable? But it is even worse, the implied message in the statement: “We don’t need to save endangered species” is that we need not sit back passively and watch species go into extinction, we can go ahead and actively hunt them or harvest them into extinction without a worry in the world. Evolution will fix it.
As innocent as this admonition may seem, against the backdrop of  the current postmodern “Zeitgeist” (or “tydsgees”), the undertone is distinctly nihilistic. It does not matter whether it is driven by extreme self sufficient narcissism or what Danie Goosen in his book “Die Nihilisme: notas oor ons tyd” describes as “…die nihilistiese prysgawe van die wêreld as deelnemende gebeure”, the fact is that this attitude decries any moral obligation we have towards the world in general, and the life of all living creatures in particular.

Geneen Marie Haugen: “Sometimes the nearly unbearable beauty of the world overwhelms me. I tremble with a felt-sense that the magnificence that saturates the cosmos surely reflects the possibility, even now, of human magnificence. And then, as if I’ve crossed an invisible bridge to a waypoint of despair, I wonder how the mysterious, self-organizing wild Earth can peacefully co-exist with the absurdities and catastrophes of human invention.”

We are as part of the world around us as the world is part of us. What we do to our world, we do to ourselves. Maybe evolution will fix all the damage we do, and there is the possibility that evolution will see us as part of the problem to be fixed, and then fix us right off the face of the earth like the Dino’s of not so long ago.

But there is hope. Despite the world going through a tumultuous time of unravelling, of societies splintering into ethnic divides and identity politics ravishing peaceful co-existence, there is a glimmer of hope that a paradigm shift is slowly taking place. Egocentrism and egocentric leaders can and will not solve our problems, an inclusive world centric approach is desperately needed and hopefully in a process of gaining acceptance.

Geneen Marie Haugen: “In our time of disturbance and radical change, we are crossing a threshold, a portal, or an unseen bridge from one world to another. It could be said that the bridge is either collapsing beneath us, or being made as we walk together, in the long twilight hours when one civilization gives way to another.”

If we have enough people with the guts to walk that bridge together, we can make it, despite the Trumps and the Putins and the Brexitters of the world.

 

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As jy nie dink hierdie Plaag is n bedreiging vir ons planeet se gesondheid nie, dan lewe jy in n ander wêreld.

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George Monbiot on Jeremy Lent’s ‘The Patterning Instinct’, published on his website http://www.monbiot.com, 31st January 2018

George: “We know where we’re going. For many years, scientists have warned that we are crashing through the Earth’s ecological limits. We know we are in the midst of climate breakdown and ecological collapse. Yet we seem constitutionally incapable of acting on this knowledge.”

LvS: To my mind, the keyword here is “constitutionally” incapable of acting on this knowledge. In other words, governments all over the world are incapable of acting on this knowledge. And there are a variety of reasons why that is so. Most of them has to do with money, big money. Oil is money, coal is money, cutting down trees in the Amazon is money, and no government can, or because of complicity, will stand up against big corporations to stop them from plundering the earth to the point of disaster. (To this, Donald Trump is a prime example.)

Individually and collectively we are capable of and have effected dramatic changes in perceptions and actions regarding our disastrous ecological predicament.

George: “Jeremy Lent’s ‘The Patterning Instinct’ was published a few months ago, but it has taken me this long to process, as almost every page caused me to rethink what I held to be true. Bringing together cultural history with neuroscience, Lent develops a new discipline he calls cognitive history.

“From infancy, our minds are shaped by the culture we grow into, which lays trails we learn to follow, like paths through a field of tall grass. Helping us to construct these patterns of meaning are powerful root metaphors embedded in our language. Without our conscious knowledge, they guide the choices we make.

“Lent argues that the peculiar character of Western religious and scientific thought, that has come to dominate the rest of the world, has pushed both human civilisation and the rest of the living world to the brink of collapse. But he also shows how, through comprehending its metaphors and patterns, we can step off our path and develop new trails through the field of grass, leading us away from the precipice at its edge.

“There are many points at which we could begin, but perhaps a crucial one is to understand the influence of Plato’s thought on early Christian theology. He proposed an ideal world perceived by the soul, existing in a separate sphere from the material world experienced by the body. To arrive at pure knowledge, which exists above the material world, the soul must be detached from the body’s senses and desires. (This is the quest of most true spiritual traditions like Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Taoism, and not only Christianity, and is deemed a prerequisite for spiritual development?) He helped to establish a deep frame in Western cognition, associating the capacity for abstract thought with the soul, the soul with truth, and truth with immortality.”

LvS: Plato lived in pre-modern times when world-centric thought has not entered the stage of human cognitive development yet, but even so, his “forms” were for him, like all “forms” universally valid concepts, and thus his idea of morality was also a universal morality, applicable to everyone everywhere. As can be seen below, Plato saw the Universe (and the world) as orderly and beautiful. The world is not to be exploited or subjected, but worthy to emulate and so to restore human excellence, as can be seen from the quotation below: (meer…)

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