Wednesday, July 29, 2015

conscience as living awake

It is an extraordinary human ability to be able to shift from being me-focused to other-focused.  This can happen spontaneously like in an emergency when, without thinking, we put ourselves aside for someone else or, on a more regular basis, when we cannot rest knowing another is in pain.  This is compassion or sympathy, the human ability to suffer with another.

As quickly as we may open to others, we can snap shut again in an instant.  We turn away from others’ pain and shut down to feeling.  This is indifference or apathy- a form of ignoring others (literally, “not knowing” them).  As much as this may preserve individual survival at times and perhaps, even,
our bliss, ignorance causes tremendous suffering to others.

The Buddhist god of compassion, Avalokitesvara
is depicted as having one thousand hands and eyes with which to see and respond to suffering.  Central to Avalokitesvara’s name is the word “lok” or “look”.  To see, to know.  This is conscience, the root of which is "science" (knowledge) and literally means to know within oneself or be conscious of.

To respond from a place of compassion we must have access to conscience: to see, to feel, to know. 

That is the heart of living awake.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

owed to sleeping beauty

Try as they might have
To fill the space
They were like the hole in Henry’s bucket
And the water needed
To mend it


Fluid as rivers and rain
A stream of suitors
Fell down got up and tried
And tried again

Fille ou

Rose in briar
Sans merci
Si belle si belle
Mais oubliée

Mais oui

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Truth about PMS and Perimenopause

The truth about PMS

Most days of the month women are on an estrogen-induced high which blinds them to others’ shortcomings and makes them industrious, stoic, compassionate, forgiving and devoted to their loved ones without demanding anything in return. The rest of the days, they are enlightened.

The Truth about Perimenopause

I read an article that listed about 200 symptoms of perimenopause.  Increased libido.  Decreased libido.  Constipation.  Diarrhea.  Dry skin.  Oily skin.  Cold feet.  Hot flashes.  Insomnia.  Lethargy.  It covered every body part and every occasion.  At the bottom of the page, an indebted reader gushed, “Thank you, thank you!  This is exactly what I have!”

During perimenopause a woman’s body is doing everything in its power trying to balance a hormonal deficit.  This is a no-win and will cause many physical problems.  That is all we know.