Sunday, November 23, 2014

Our Fragile Connection

"I am as vulnerable and fragile as it is possible to be."
  Rachel Hunter

This morning, my daughter comes down to the main house from the Vortex (it's the smaller house we call the Vortex as straight pictures look crooked and balls roll uphill - well, not really), and asks if we paid our phone bill.  She had called the house and gotten a disconnect message.   A little worried, as we've got a lot going on right now that requires the phone, I start checking everything and surmise that it is not our shoddy inside lines, but indeed a problem with the phone company.  That is a relief. In the 24 years we've lived here, I've strung several phone lines, and now all but one has been eaten by critters.  I'm told they're attracted by the electrical current that runs through them.  Either that, or they're trying to tap into our lines to make free long distance calls.  Damn critters.  But fortunately, it wasn't us this time.

The Stink of Enlightenment or Don't Enjoy Spiritual Rewards

"That's the scent, dude! When you get a good stink on, you are at one with the cosmos!"
   From Animal Crossing: Wild World

One time, my friend DJ, aptly pointed out that we have a tendency to try and enjoy the fruits of our spiritual labors. His analogy was a little weird, but went like this: Imagine that you have something like a trough, and in that trough are accruing, through your spiritual practice, nice shiny dimes.  Our tendency is to enjoy those nice shiny dimes, pulling them out and spending them hither and thither. However, if we let them lie, unattached, a metaphorical truck of spiritual weath will ultimately back right up and dump untold riches.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Facing Facebook

"Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you."
      - Carl Sandburg

So, somehow or other, I got myself on Facebook again.  I left it several years ago, swearing I'd never go back (well maybe not swearing).  But here I am again, and why?  Well, it turns out that there are a number of groups, individuals, help sites and so on, which I really needed to see, and that ONLY have Facebook pages.  I guess I understand.  After all, it is HIGHLY visible, almost everyone is on it, and it's free! 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Metaphysical Implications of the Smart Phone

We live in a very weird world, which is so unimaginably different than at any other time in the history. Of this, I have no doubt.  Our lives, as "humans" went pretty much unchanged for thousands upon thousands of years, maybe millions. Anyway, bunches and bunches!  There we were, just sitting around campfires, or dung fires, or whatever fires, trying to keep warm, and eating whatever fruits, nuts, roots, grubs, or whatever we could find. 

And like most creatures, we had a few basic necessities - we ate, we slept, we mated, and we sought shelter.  I imagine we were not too different than the chickens we have on our farm.  They spend their time clucking and pecking. Constantly on the look out for that perfect bug or seed to eat.  They didn't have "meal times". Every moment is a meal time.  You pick a leaf or fruit and eat it.