Don’t give in to judgment and hate

Let me begin by saying, this is not a political post. Honestly, nothing bores me more than a bunch of pseudo intellectuals discussing politics, anybody discussing politics really…. YAWN! This is a post expressing my disappointment in people, people I know and love, people on both sides of the political chasm that threatens to destroy our great nation. People who have bought in to the media lie that it is okay to judge and speak hatefully towards someone who voted differently than you.

The extreme right wing would have you believe that everyone who voted against President Trump are a bunch of liberal crybabies that just want their abortions paid for, or lazy people who take advantage of the broken welfare system instead of getting a job (add whatever other bullshit generalization you have heard here). I know that this is just not true because I know many, hard working, intelligent, loving, kind, and compassionate people who voted against Trump.

The left wing would have you believe that anyone who voted for President Trump is a gun totin’, bigoted, racist, redneck ignoramus. I also know this to be false. Many of the people I know and love who voted for Trump are highly intelligent, progressive thinking people.They are neither racist, bigoted, homo phobic or any of the other generalizations the media seems to throw out there.

I listen patiently while others express their political opinions and viewpoints. EVERYONE has a right to one as well as a right to express it without fear of being hated for it. But my line of tolerance ends when a person starts throwing out judgments and generalizations about those on the other side of the political fence. When you start using words like “all” Trump or Hillary supporters are… (fill in the blank) I have to stop you. Those are people I love that you are misrepresenting. 

When you make a snap judgment about a person because of a bumper sticker on their work truck, I have to call you out. Because they could be beautiful people just trying to make an honest living who have other reasons for voting for Trump than what main stream media would have you believe. 

And when you say that the woman marching are a bunch of liberal lesbians who want their abortions paid for (yes some dimwit said that) I have to stop you because 1. Do you realize what an idiot you sound like right now? Because I still care for you, I do not want you to continue to be an idiot so, just think for a moment about what just vomited out of your mouth… and 2. Many beautiful woman from many different walks of life were marching, it is their right as citizens of the United States of America to do so and I will defend their right to do so just like I would yours. If You don’t like it organize your own march, I will even knit you a penis hat to wear. ūüėú

I guess my point here is enough with the HATE. If you do not like the way it is let’s work together and find solutions. Preferably one that doesn’t end in war and where nobody ends up fucking DEAD!!! Seriously! You can’t preach love and tolerance and then say someone needs to die because they voted differently than you. You can’t preach equality and justice for all and then look down on people of other ethnicities, sexual preferences, or class status. 

JUST STOP WITH ALL THE FUCKING HATING!!!! PLEASE.  Pretty please? 

Here is a little Dr. Suess wisdom for you.

Let Love Rule

Gratitude Art Journal

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Just sharing a messy page from my gratitude art journal. Reminding everyone to be mindful of the things in your life that you are grateful for. Focus on them instead of all the negative stuff and focus on solutions to the negative stuff instead of the problems. Let’s keep moving forward and not get stuck!

They’re Alive!

It may come as a surprise

But the forests are alive

The trees have legs and faces

though often in disguise

The mountains talk

and sometime smile

The waters dance and sing

We must listen very carefully

to the wisdom that they bring

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I swear this tree was following me.

sleeping tree

Ssssshhhhh it is napping…

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This big guy protects a waterfall in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

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Water is life. Without clean water we die. Listen to its cry.

 

 

 

 

 

The Road to Salers

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The road we took to Salers was a little intimidating, one lane, cliff wall on one side and drop offs ranging from rolling hills to deep ravines on the other. If you meet a car coming the other way there is not much wiggle room to pass and in some places it would have been impossible, someone would have to back up. My companions were very nervous and suggested finding another way but thankfully my bro-in-love is an adventurous soul, and an excellent driver I might add. The drive was so beautiful I cant even begin to do it justice with words. The wild, lush volcanic mountain forests of the Auvergne region stole my heart.

 

Salers is a beautifully preserved 16C village sitting at an¬† altitude of 950 m in the “Parc Naturel R√©gional des Volcans d’Auvergne” Nature Park. It is filled with many artisans and artists. There was even a local blacksmith though, much to my disappointment, the shop was not open that day.

It was a sweltering hot day and my companions were getting grumpy but as we made our way back to the car we saw this little park like place with a low wall and an inviting path. It took a little encouragement to get them to keep walking but just look at the view we would have missed if ¬†we had not taken the time to do so…

 

Amazing, awesome, beautiful, yeah…¬†words just do not seem to do it justice.

My lesson from Salers? BE BRAVE! Take that intimidating and scary road! Follow it through until you reach your destination. You will never know the treasures that lie at the end if you give in to your fears and turn back. Also, I learned a lesson about asserting myself, not being so compliant to the fears and weaknesses of others that I am held back from my dreams and visions.

Decay

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I find the process of death and decay in nature very beautiful and soothing to my soul. Nature, given time, reclaims a land once littered by men, slowly eating away at the garbage. A fallen tree returns to the Earth enriching the soil that once gave it life. I am reminded to respect her and honor her power. Nature never needed the help of man to be better. It is us that need her, I think we tend to forget that.

Mankind seems to take and take as if it is their right to use whatever Mother Earth provides to gain riches and power. It was never meant to be this way. We need to remember that a mother’s milk will run dry if she is not properly nourished and taken care of…

Love is my religion

While contemplating “Just what are my fundamental spiritual beliefs?”, after going through all the things I DO NOT believe, I came back to this core belief. The ONE thing I am certain of, but this ONE thing encompasses all that I hold to be sacred and true.

LOVE

Not Love as defined by our English Websters dictionary “an intense feeling of deep affection” “to feel a deep romantic or sexual attachment to”, no, that love is fleeting and does not last. I am talking LOVE the Greeks describe as “agape”. An all encompassing love that does not fade or wither when another no longer pleases or has anything to offer you. Agape loves all equally with a deep understanding that we are all connected.

My definition of¬†Love, as a discipline, is described well in the Bible 1 Corinthians13: 4-8 is a great list of characteristics to keep your actions and thoughts in check. Am I being patient, am I being kind. Are these feelings coming from envy and jealousy, are they coming from pride and ego. Am I expecting something in return…

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and in the teachings of Buddha,explained briefly in this article, The Buddha’s Teachings on Love.

I believe in the sacredness of Mother Earth and all of nature. That we, as humans, are not separate from nature but a part of it and should strive to live in harmony with all of creation. Nature has been my greatest spiritual teacher. If you want to know the Creator, study the Creator’s creation. If we truly love (agape) the Creator then we would never want to cause harm to what the Creator created, be that a river, the land, an animal, another human or our selves.

All of my other spiritual beliefs and practices come back to this fundamental belief.

LOVE, is my religion, my discipline, and my most fundamental spiritual belief.

Transformation

 

she struggles against

the cocoon of obligation

of expectations

of lies told since childhood

of her smallness and unworthiness

all these lies wrap around

and keep her bound in

a beautiful chrysalis

gilded in gold

inside the dark she transforms

her inner light finds its way

lies and masks crumble

and she finds her truth

she is worthy

she is powerful

she is beautiful

slowly she begins to transform

and gain strength

the stronger she becomes

the weaker her prison walls

soon just a pale shell easily escaped

she stretches her new found wings

and breaks free

emerging triumphant

ready to dance among the wildflowers

and feast on the nectar of life