I’ve been thinking about community. What is community? This newsletter is a community, your family is a community, your neighborhood is a community, your town or city is a community, this planet is a community. We all want to live in a positive community. We look and the wars and violence in the world and we feel overwhelmed with the great task of fixing all that is negative on the planet. We want to do something to help Syria, well go hug your neighbor!
We need to think along the lines of “As above, so below.” Have faith that if we do something small in one of our close communities it will expand 10 fold to our larger communities. So if you have a neighbor that has been out of work and you know that $20 would be a great help to him, and you can spare $20, give it to him. Maybe there is someone in your church that you know is recently divorced, lend your ear for a ½ hour. Someone with a 2 year old that needs a break or someone caring for an elderly person babysit or take them dinner, but give them a break. Everyone knows someone that can use some help of some kind. It doesn’t have to be large, it can even be a hug or a smile. The point is just do it, and have the faith that it will be expanded 10 fold. That is what we can do to help in Syria or in any corner of the world. It has to start at home with you, that is the only way it can work.
Did someone make you angry? Don’t get all up in their face, that is just spreading the anger. Talk calmly, AND listen maybe you heard them wrong or maybe they didn’t understand you. The only way to find out is to talk. Find other ways of diffusing your anger. That is the only way to stop wars. War is just anger and greed to the 10th degree. So you learn to deal with it on your smaller easier to handle level and let the “as above, so below” 10 fold rule take care of the bigger picture, have faith in knowing that it will and it will.
I saw the movie “Now you see me” last night and it really showed be about the power of suggestion, and the power of faith. It is a good movie.
Since our storm damage has made use move his equipment into the house, all my fabric stash as got to be moved. Therefore I decided it was time to clean it out because I don’t sew much anymore. I am making bags to go to the thrift store and bags to go to the local quilt club and even a bag with fabric that could be made into dresses and skirts to go to a orphan community in Africa. I have set aside the fabric that I think I will still make something.
Cleaning and purging can be a very emotional time. I feel good about getting rid of these things and being unburdened by them. Yet there is an exhaustion about it. I don’t know if it is going through the emotions that were attached to the items or what, but my husband is going through it big time with his shop being destroyed and his is not by choice. There is a depression attached to the items, that needs to be purged. I didn’t know it would be there, I felt I would get rid of the items and I would be fine about it. Don’t get me wrong, I do feel good about getting rid of them, I just didn’t know how much was attached to them.
I will be doing a lot of meditating along with this purging. I am also thinking about doing something different with my life. Not sure exactly what yet, maybe once the purging is done then I can get clearer head and see what direction I need to go.
I put this event on for Jacob to come to the Retreat at Sky Ridge and preform.
This project is a collection of music and story by Jacob George and Adam Cox composed over the winter to help share stories and shine light on the often dark and misunderstood nature of war. The album focuses on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and how we are all touched by it. The album title is Soldiers Heart, a reference to the American Civil War term for PTSD. There will be a last live performance I do in Fayetteville, Arkansas before rolling out this spring with A Ride Till The End (ARTTE).
Jacob George is a three tour veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) turned peace activist. He served as a paratrooper in the United States Army Special Operation Command (USASOC) between 2001-2004, and was honorably discharged as sergeant. Jacob is a cofounder of A Ride Till The End (ARTTE), which is a veteran lead perpetual bicycle protest of the Afghan War and is based out of Fayetteville, Arkansas. The ride began on May 1, 2010 and has covered over 8,000 miles in the U.S. Jacob returned to Afghanistan in the summer of 2011 with Voices For Creative Nonviolence to work with and hear stories of Afghans struggling for peace and has been sharing those stories with music and poetry while riding his bicycle around the country. The musical platform is folk/bluegrass in combination with storytelling and explores the overall impact of war on Afghans, U.S. soldiers, U.S. citizens and our “enemies”.
I’ve been working on this all weekend updating and getting all the information posted online.
The Eureka Earth Festival will be free to attend! Yea!!! Except for workshops, you will need to pay for any of them you would like to take. There is plan for a ceremony to open the festival on Monday, April 22 at 10 am at the Retreat at Sky Ridge with Peace Mother Geeta Sacred Song who is a Mayan Peace Shaman. Then to end the week on Saturday April 27th with a Potluck and Drumming around the fire.
Just got out this weeks healers newsletter with events and articles for healers. There are a lot events coming up including the event I am putting on called the Eureka Earth Festivaland I will be doing it at the Retreat at Sky Ridge from April 22-27, 2013. As you can see in the newsletter I have many workshops already set up and several speakers and even a movie.