Solsitce 2016

Winter Solstice

I return each winter when the moon is full
and the stars shine bright in the black sky.

I return to a quiet place that has been
in the heart and soul of humanity – forever
when the heavens stand still for just a moment
in this quiet place I’m sure we all feel.

The ever-present cycle of birth, growth and blossoming,
the wisdom of autumn and death of each heartbeat,
breath filing each cell, organ, limb, body, tree,
mountain, planet and galaxy dancing the dance
of transformation and renewal,
we are reminded of in this quiet place.

Themes: 
happiness

Santa is Real?

...and I can prove it...

We make such a fluff about Santa and his magic reindeer, the cookies and milk by the fireplace, year after year, buzzing with zealot excitement, only to say at age seven, nah – just kidding. Grow up, kid – there’s no Santa. And Mickey and Bugs, they aren’t real either. In doing so we become big fat liars and kids know it. If we lie about Santa, why would they believe anything we say - ever?

Themes: 
wonder

The Mind of J. Krishmnamurti

A new library in the Academy has been added featuring the insights of J. Krishnamurti. Why include insights from Krishnamurti in a resource for child and parent development? The simple answer is: “The better we know ourselves the more appropriate our model will be for children, who are, after all, the future of humanity.” What makes Touch the Future unique is its longstanding position that the entire spectrum of a child’s development is ‘model dependent’ and we are that model. Every act we call parenting is a form of adult development as we nurture and encourage optimum child development. The journey we call parenting is one of becoming a whole, mature wise adult with love, deep empathy and compassion leading the way. But what is the map or compass that leads our way?

Themes: 
parenting

Esteem members of the Electoral College

They could have prevented the holocaust, but did not.

Here is my personal lette to members of the Electorial College.

Send your letter by email: http://asktheelectors.org

Esteem member of the Electoral College,

Themes: 
freedom
democracy

They could have stopped the Holocaust but didn’t…

As with most of the world I have been watching with amazement recent events, unprecedented in our history. We live in perhaps the most critical generation of all time. Our fate and the fate of every living thing rests in our hands. We are responsible, not the corrupt politicians and their corporate cronies who are placing bets using our name and our resources.

Years ago I was walking in front of the Ann Frank House in the Netherlands with a Dutch friend who kept saying ‘before the war,’ or ‘after the war.’ When I asked what that meant he explained that deep inside everyone who lived through the Nazi occupation was ashamed because together they could have prevented the holocaust, but did not. Fascism wrapped in the American flag is still Fascism.

Themes: 
freedom
democracy

Too much happiness?

The everyday miracles happen so fast. It’s hard to catch them. Carly is 2.4 years young and communicating with my wife and with Barbora, our au pair, mostly in Czech, and with dear old ta-ta mostly in English without one second of study or memorization. Astonishing!

Themes: 
attunement
happiness

More On Light As Nutrition and Medicine

How Sunlight Can Influence Your Mood
by Dr. Mercola

According to a paper published in the journal Dermato Endocrinology,6 a large number of molecules (chromophores) found in the different layers of your skin absorb and interact with ultraviolet rays, producing a number of complex and synergistic effects.

Themes: 
light as nutrition and medicine

Light as Nutrition and Medicine

Themes: 
light as nutrition and medicine

A Few Things To Be Thankful For…

Every challenge is an opportunity to dig deep and respond with transforming wisdom, understanding and compassion, today perhaps more than ever.  I am profoundly grateful for the capacity to do just that, over and over again.

I’m grateful for the fifty-six delegates who signed the Declaration of Independence knowing they were placing their lives and fortunes in harms-way.

I’m grateful for the nearly five million signatures on a petition to have the electoral college follow the popular vote.

I’m grateful for a little man named Gandhi for marching and his nonviolent movement that ended British occupation in India and how this legacy has inspired the Water Protectors at Standing Rock.

Themes: 
happiness

Changing The World From The Inside Out

This must be the way European Jews felt as the roots of the Nazi holocaust began cracking through the pavement we call civil society; this emanate premonition of some unknown but certain horror rising. I remember reading the memoirs of one such European describing the slow, steady creep and how most dismissed it or shook their head pretending.

I was thirteen on November 22, 1963, and had no idea what really happened the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Something dark struck the heart of our nation that day and it never recovered. Tuesday, September 11, 2001 marks another moment when the world changed. The same, I’m sure, will be said of November 8th, 2016.

Themes: 
Optimum development

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