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DonInLondon - ‘Day In the Life’ Telephone Culture

Why don’t we answer the Phone?

It may be me, I often leave my telephones set to silent. Its always been a trait in me for a long while. I never really understood why until recently. The telephone offers a way to keep in touch, or keep out of touch as we choose.

Anxiety State

About ten years back I was about half way through a prolonged and difficult time. A nervous collapse, a dread of life itself and then an anxious gloom descended with not one coping strategy to pull me out of the mire of despair. Despair and agitation are not good bedfellows for any human, and I was a very disturbed and unhappy person. Nothing, absolutely nothing worked to rest easy or let go the pernicious anxiety which engulfed me for another year. Only then settling into a clinical depression..

Today

Some feedback from my video last night. And I felt it was just so, that some had found their deep of sad tidings and tears for times changing and not with any perceivable benefit. Sometimes when we talk of grief and talk of times past, the connection is and always will be to the last moment when our worlds were turned upside down. Many tears spilled for life changes not wanted I realise.

Its been ok to share, and if I had to do the same again I feel I would. We need acknowledge where we are and what is happening, feelings suppressed do us no good.

Family Matter

This time of year its hard sometimes to keep on an even keel. So easy to be blown off course and then wonder why we feel so miserable. We deny a lot of matters to do with ourselves and the past. Better to dig deep, find where anxiety is and be aware of myself and others near and dear, distant and still dear. We need not stop loving, we may however keep letting go what holds us to old feelings and the past.

Coping Strategies

We need dust off our ways to cope, to be loving and tolerant, to understand what is right for us and then behave in accord with our true needs. It is difficult sometimes to work our needs out.

Knowing Ourselves and what makes us tick helps a lot. And the good ways to deal with as I have heard it called, "the wreckage of the past." I feel some lifetimes may be needed to help me deal with my wreckage and then other days I am able or more able and the past seems to be well and truly dealt with. Not so today.

Dad

Long gone and a complicated man. With a lot of intellect, a lot of fear and unresolved outlooks, even on his death bed almost two decades ago. I was reminded by a friend of one of their parents dying and there was God and there was no miracle to bring them through their ailments.

We tend to focus on all a person has been and work out how best to resolve our outlooks, time is what it takes, slowing down and not covering up those feelings, expression is needed as we learn to live through the hardest moments.

My dad had no way to understand much of life where it might have been different. Time, the wars of the last century and many unhappy times afforded him no easy living ever. I see it in his life, and see how I followed a similar path until I got help and opened myself to a different world, where torments were dealt with and old times revered as learning affords a change and a new start each and every day.

Hope

There is always hope, strength from understanding and mostly from experience.

I am lucky today…




10th December 2006

Way of Life

Do we have a way of life, a pattern for us to follow. Torments from generations past dog us all the way until we break patterns we are taught. We may believe all our patterns of life are to the good. Or just some. Or none. Its our choice these days in the modern world to change ourselves for we cannot change anything else with lasting effect.

The inside job of life

It is an inside job to change our behaviour from what we learn from family and society. We may believe much of the prejudice of time, or we may choose to believe the truth of life, of humanity and our times present.

Times present where our world wars over prejudice of colour religion and anything we don’t understand. The sheer ignorance of humanity is becoming self evident in National prejudice and self interest. This world thrives on the true exchange we are developing, commerce wins the battle, politics loses wars. The real sense of peace in our time is lost as the leader of the free world continues to make prejudice and our world suffers loss of faith in humanity and turns to God and belief, and everything which has destroyed civilisation.

The cult of economy will break our humanity always as greed, want and need are mixed up, and we never truly understand the value of life as it is.

Values present, community, society are all challenged by old thinking, supremacy over the many by the few. Power rests not in the common man, it rests in decaying institutions, it rests in prejudice and old life.

The Brave New World

Our brave new world of scarcity, exchange, poverty, disease and spreading concerns over our climate and our consumption of base resources and no replenishment. We are sowing discontent with every breath as humanity like the lemming finds its own metaphoric cliff to leap into extinction and endings of life as we might have known it.

Divisions of want and wealth

Always we are lost to time as we pursue all elements of power and control of scarcity when we can make a world of abundance. We let ignorance go unchecked as Global economy is misunderstood and opportunity to harmony and peace is lost in starvation and want. Self interest starves the multitude we are becoming

Destiny and Resentments so Deep

If we as individuals are unable to see destiny as our planet is scavenged and plundered, as we bear ill will and resentment to living at all and prejudices so deep we hinder our own personal progress, what chance has this world of humanity got?

Not that much, and it may take more hell on earth to understand old follies made and maintained to make commerce our false choice and humanity starves with every breath.

Tonight

I do reflect on big world matters and know our personal outlook helps serve our overall attitude to living and behaving every day.

Resentment

It is the backbone of all ill will and self will run riot to its inevitable course in greed and consumption. When we work out all we ever resent is ourselves in our desperate attempt to make life to the good and fail. In some ways resentments to ourselves grow outwards and poison all human doings. We may do well to find life as it is real and let go old notions and petty squabbles. We are bigger when we let go our resentments at ourselves which make us envious, fearful and depressed. But how to break these old ideas and ways of living?

We can if we realise, if we choose and learn our true capacities as humans, and the beings we are in life. It will take another thousand years of uncivilised civilisation before enough will know the difference.

Meanwhile this one human

Yes meanwhile I tread a path which makes me see my destiny merely on a daily basis. To live and work to the good, to let go old ideas and prejudice, and give all I know as much forgiveness I would ask for myself. And in the process asking for others what I would wish for myself, let go old resentments made so deep in me, its taken most my life to know what they are before ever doing a thing to change my own outlook.

We can change nothing but ourselves, and lead by our own example, work as we may to common good and play our part, just merely our human size and let go ego’s drift to hell on earth.

We learn as we go

And as has been said many times all the world’s a stage and we are merely players. This world of equal sized people, with unequal outlooks and ways to live, we cheat nations and their civilisations in honour to past ideologies and notions of right and wrong. Mankind will learn through life, to the good and bitter times in all respects, it is better to tread soft and be human as beings we are, all equal to ourselves. Nature and Providence will level us or let us build a better future through hard centuries and time.

Till then

We play our part, live to the good, make our way and be open and honest. Let ourselves be whatever we can be and let nations emerge as they will, the Brave New World is here right now, and our rewards are made as we live and do. Good conscience is our guide, our humanity at stake and our civilisation and self destruction assured as we squander and live to want and not to need.

This is not disheartening to me for as a species we are still young in this world’s existence. Yet we might anticipate more from ourselves than we do, as we shrug our shoulders and dig in for the long haul of life, actually so short it makes little impact on this world.

We may view the good and bad of life, do what we may to make it to the good, and be assured we live reality as we may. Best to live reality with as clear a conscience we can muster in our human doings, so we become human beings, the best of what we can be, and without prejudice!

December 10th 2005

Harsh

Sometimes our world feels a harsh and difficult place to be. And today feels like this for me. I know for others it may be the most wonderful day ever experienced. Its just the way things are. No rhyme, no reason?

Events in the world can crowd us, we feel everything as if for the first time, some say it’s a 'raw' feeling. Not so today. I feel the weight of painful recollections, about my life and history. And at the same time a whole mind full of recollections, which are fantastic and wonderful. They still hurt today. They are memories of another life, another time, and definitely in my own lifetime. Strange thing to say? Not really, it’s the life we have these days, sometimes our life will change so dramatically, it feels like a complete new and different life. And its not always to the good.

Yet I work at acceptance and I word at letting go old life experiences. Yes I let go, and sometimes memories flood back. I have had an extraordinary life, as extraordinary as anyone else, as good and bad, as colourful and magical, as unpleasant and daunting till I could not think or feel anything but terror. And its all inside me. I let go most everything and make room for new and different experiences. And thank goodness we have room to make for the new! When we feel, we are indeed fortunate, to build and grow our experience of life. And life is our only deal. When the deal is rough, we learn as much as we learn when life is good. And in a very Zen way, all life, good and bad have their place to stretch our experience.

Today though, as if transported to happiest moments, in the best of company and exquisite pleasure at the time, it brings not just a wistful moment of recollection, it brings a torrent of sadness for today and my life. Time will put me right, and bring back balance. Until then, I feel everything, not raw as if for the first time. More like worn down by the thousandth time, a Universe of pain, of sadness, of happiness and love felt and lost, of every ache, of every jagged tear into memories recollected in quick time and no respite.

This is harsh, and a reminder to keep an eye on every element of me,. There is no real 'let go' in the sense of forgetting, the let go is letting go the moment, and being aware it will pass. All things shall pass… Harsh moments, scrape and rip away forgetful walls. Broken down by tides of dread where dark murk holds fear in our oceans of life. Let go? Soonest one hopes, or drown in depths where senses lie in ruin…

December 10th 2004

Love Works

You always have a choice but you forget that you have it. Do you remember the energy and enthusiasm you had on the first day of your first job? You consciously chose to do the work you had gladly accepted to do. But then you gradually fell asleep to the choice you made, and the day became "I have to" go to work, instead of "I want to" go to work. You forgot to see all the opportunities which come with work - opportunities like learning, nourishing and being nourished by others, developing new relationships, expanding your personal capacity. Instead you decided it was just something that you had to do to 'get the money'. This is why most people are sleep-walking through their lives, and they don't know it. The solution, choose your work every day, put the energy of love into your relationships...every day, even if you don't particularly like your job or the people around you. And you'll be amazed at how your life transforms. When you choose to put love into what you do, the universe will move heaven and hell to let you do what you love.

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There come to us moments in life when about some things we need no proof from without. A little voice within us tells us, 'You are on the right track, move neither to your left nor right, but keep to the straight and narrow way.

A person falsely claiming to act under divine inspiration or the promptings of the inner voice without having any such, will fare worse than the one falsely claiming to act under the authority of an earthly sovereign. Whereas the latter on being exposed will escape with injury to his body, the former may perish body and soul together.

You have to believe no one but yourselves. You must try to listen to the inner voice, but if you will not have the expression"inner voice", you may use the expression "dictates of reason", which you should obey, and if you will not parade God, I have no doubt you will parade something else which in the end will prove to be God, for, fortunately, there is no one and nothing else but God in this universe.

For me truth is the sovereign principle, which includes numerous other principles. This truth is not only truthfulness in word, but truthfulness in thought also, and not only the relative truth of our conception, but the Absolute Truth, the Eternal Principle, that is God. There are innumerable definitions of God, because His manifestations are innumerable. They overwhelm me with wonder and awe and for a moment stun me.




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Ghandi

There come to us moments in life when about some things we need no proof from without. A little voice within us tells us, 'You are on the right track, move neither to your left nor right, but keep to the straight and narrow way.

A person falsely claiming to act under divine inspiration or the promptings of the inner voice without having any such, will fare worse than the one falsely claiming to act under the authority of an earthly sovereign. Whereas the latter on being exposed will escape with injury to his body, the former may perish body and soul together.

You have to believe no one but yourselves. You must try to listen to the inner voice, but if you will not have the expression"inner voice", you may use the expression "dictates of reason", which you should obey, and if you will not parade God, I have no doubt you will parade something else which in the end will prove to be God, for, fortunately, there is no one and nothing else but God in this universe.

For me truth is the sovereign principle, which includes numerous other principles. This truth is not only truthfulness in word, but truthfulness in thought also, and not only the relative truth of our conception, but the Absolute Truth, the Eternal Principle, that is God. There are innumerable definitions of God, because His manifestations are innumerable. They overwhelm me with wonder and awe and for a moment stun me.































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