Adrift Among Others

ARE YOU STILL CONNECTED?

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CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGEOn one of my trips to Hawaiʻi I had to de-plane at LAX for a 2-hour layover and I observed a youngish businesswoman with her child coloring in a book on the floor next to her.  The woman was yelling on her phone at god-only-knows-who, enraged and no holds barred!  Her daughter held up a page from her coloring book saying “Mommy, I made it for you.”  The businesswoman grabbed the paper, balled it up and threw it, continuing her venting.  I’ll never forget the look on that little girl’s face!  Have you ever had done something for someone thinking it was good, only to have the other person let you know that your gift was neither needed nor wanted?  Aside from the hurt there is also the sudden stabbing realization that not only your offering but also you are not needed… a terrible feeling of…

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Understanding Our Emptiness

TIME TO BE MINDFUL…

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CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGEAgain and again I am struck by the Hawaiian sense that one must live in harmony with nature, with others and with the Divine.  When such a value is inculcated in an entire culture it is taken in with mother’s milk and individuals become rooted in that value without even trying.  However I’ve found that non-Hawaiians have a harder time of it!  Living in a non-Hawaiian culture I am struck by how so many try to impose themselves upon life, and by the profound unhappiness and aloneness that such an approach brings!

The desire, the need to understand our emptiness, our aloneness, is the pilgrimage that all human beings are called to regardless of religious tradition or lack thereof.  We are made to understand.  To pursue understanding and prayer (being present to the One Who Transcends that loneliness) is the way in which we engage in that growth. 

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Being Left Behind

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CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGESpring here on the Mainland is afoot!  Buds are popping out… where yesterday there was just a twig today there is a bloom.  The grass here on the property is waking up from its winter dormancy and Tom will soon have to start his bi-weekly cutting of our two acres.  The early morning birds are aggressively singing their “come hither” songs to one another.  Life is clearly on the move again!  Life and living is about change! Are we willing to embrace change?

CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGECurrent social conformity encourages ending conversations with “Love you”.  But do we really?  We say that we love someone but our behavior and the things that we do gives them another message and even drives them away.  There is often quite a discrepancy between how we think we are and how we are in fact!  Are we willing to do something about that discrepancy and change?

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Dreams, Goals and Being

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We’ve all seen them among us: the driver who screams and yells at other drivers!  CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE
The partner who aggressively slams doors in anger.  The person in the checkout line who berates and belittles the cashier.  Such examples are not just anger, they are Rage!   Rage is an indulgence that can actually cause physical alterations to the brain structure itself!  In that sense, the person who characteristically gives vent to rage re-wires their brain and emotions to facilitate more rage!  Finally, when the heart attack comes, it is the body’s way of saying, “Enough, you fool!”

There are all sorts of ways in which we can be foolish!  We spend money we don’t have, ensuring that we will have even less money in the next month!  We say words in anger that we are then too proud to apologize for.  We say “yes” when we mean “no”

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The Fruit That Was Meant To Be

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From early in the Christian Church’s history there have been individuals ill-at ease in their human reality and who have assumed that the Divine is pleased by our abuse of the reality given to us!  It’s almost as if we accidentally got off the Cosmic Bus in the wrong town and need to not enjoy where we find ourselves!  One can read hagiographies which extol this approach of little sleep, little food and no enjoyment in any form!  The first monastery that I entered in 1971 belonged to a Roman Catholic Trappist order in which its members did not eat meat, used a sign-language instead of speaking and enforced a strict separation of its members from contact with the world outside of the monastery.  After living that way for 2 years I came to the conclusion that I wanted to live my monastic life…

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Knowledge

JUST WHAT I NEEDED TO HEAR AFTER A FULL MOON !!

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In the movie “Snowpiercer” the remnants of humanity are confined within an endlessly traveling train composed of many cars. At the front of the train the occupants enjoy the best of everything; at the rear of the train the occupants barely subsist. For the first month on the train no food made its way to the back of the train and eventually cannibalism ensued. One of the occupants of the rear car eventually says in the course of the film: “I hate that I know what people taste like. I hate that I know that babies taste the best.” Life is filled with disconcerting revelations, like coming to know that someone was not as I thought, coming to know that I have been lied to, coming to know that I didn’t know enough when I made that decision, coming to know that my very best was not…

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Sins Forgiven. How Will You Behave Now?

CONSIDERING SOCIETY TODAY, I CHOOSE…

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CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGEOne of my most memorable visits in Hawaiʻi was to Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau, the City of Refuge on the Big Island.  The online site says the following: “In old Hawaiʻi, if you had broken a law, the penalty was death… Your only option for survival was to elude your pursuers and reach the nearest pu`uhonua, or place of refuge.  As you enter, the great wall rises up before you marking the boundaries between the royal grounds and the sanctuary. Many ki’i (carved wooden images) surround the Hale o Keawe, housing the bones of the chiefs that infuse the area with their power or mana. If you reached this sacred place, you would be saved”.  (click photos for larger)

CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGEOne can’t visit without reflecting on the issues of goodness and badness.  If bad things happen to good people, and bad people get away with murder… what’s the point in…

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