Category Archives: Global Change

Equality

I woke up this morning thinking about equality in all things.  The main thought on my brain was about the fact that I have several friends who are gay and hide that fact from their employers.  It disheartens me to see that my friends whom I love feel the need to hide such a huge part of who they are based on the fear of not having a job, or a good job…

I started work thinking about this idea.  And kind of decided that it wasn’t really something I wanted to talk about on my blog because of the negative content.  As my day progressed, life happened and my thoughts turned to other things.

I was perusing Facebook just now and a gay friend of mine posted the following video:

Girl Gets Attacked At School For Being Straight

Initially I was going to call bullshit because it looked fake to me.  I’m glad I watched the video before opening my mouth.  The video is a spin on what it would be like if a young lady was beat up for being “straight”.  It was done in an effort to show how backward the thinking is to harass and abuse people whose sexual orientation is different from others.  And what an eye opener it was for me.

Our souls – our higher self is not gender specific.  They are pure energy.  If that is true, then who we love doesn’t need to be gender specific either.  The way that my energy feels toward your energy has absolutely nothing to do with our specific plumbing.  It has everything to do with being kindred souls, having a love and compassion for one another, and finding a soul that yours can love openly and equally.

Thank you for letting me share my thoughts on this most touchy subject.

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The Concious Lifestyle: Awarness Skills – By Deepak Chopra

I’m following Deepak Chopra on LinkedIn and saw this article by him today.  I will post the link to the actual article at the end of this blog, but wanted to share the content in full for any of my readers who do not have a linked in account:

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Attention is important, because whatever you pay attention to grows. If you focus on your job, your relationship, or a favorite hobby, your attention nourishes that feedback loop. (The brain strengthens or weakens in specific areas depending on the input it receives, and paying attention provides concentrated input.) Attention can’t be faked or forced. When a schoolteacher scolds an unruly class with, “Pay attention, people!” he may get results for a few minutes, but the demand loses its effect very quickly. Asking a restless mind to settle down and pay attention is even more futile. The secret is to know how attention really works. 

Attention is focused awareness. There are some basic requirements to be met. The first is being centered, the skill we covered to begin this series of posts. Distraction is self-defeating. Second, your awareness focuses naturally when you have a desire. We focus on what we want. Third, attention works best when combined with intention – envisioning a way to fulfill your desire. When the three ingredients come together – you are centered, you have a desire, you intend to fulfill your desire – attention becomes extremely powerful. The tale is told by anyone who has fallen in love at first sight; it’s the definition of laser focus. But for some people the same focused attention applies to ambition, money, and power. 

Attention becomes more elevated when you focus on objects of inner desire. Almost everyone has wondered “Who am I?” but the people who actually find out are driven by a desire to know. This desire is as strong as other people’s desire for more money, status, and power. If you ask spiritual questions casually, they amount to very little. God could send you a telegram with the answers and it wouldn’t change your life. The path must be driven by desire. Let’s say that you experience a moment of inner peace that has arrived without expectation. It’s just there, appearing in the midst of an ordinary day. 

You might casually notice it, or a train of thought could begin, as follows: 

I’m at peace. How unusual. I like this.

I wonder where it came from. 

I want to find out, because it would be good to be at peace more often. 

I’m going to follow this experience up. It’s too valuable to forget. 

This is a natural train of thought, and every self-aware person I know has followed it, not necessarily from a moment of inner peace. Some have experienced sudden joy; others felt protected and looked after; a few sensed a spiritual presence that caught them totally by surprise. What they had in common was that they really paid attention to their experience. The process can be simplified into three steps. The next time you have an inner experience of peace, joy, love, inspiration, or insight, pause for a moment. 

Step 1: Notice what is happening. Sit quietly without distraction. Soak up the experience without commenting or interrupting it. 

Step 2: As the moment fades, don’t rush away from it. Consider how significant it is. Put the significance into context, reflecting on how different you feel from your ordinary self. 

Step 3: Make the experience valuable. Consider how transformed your life would be if you could repeat the experience. Even more, think about a life filled with joy, peace, and love. See it in your mind’s eye; feel how beautiful your life would become.In these three steps you are activating the emotional brain and the cortex, or higher brain, the first by fully feeling your experience, the second by applying thought and reflection. This is how dreams come true. You combine a vision of possibilities with the kind of focused intention that creates new pathways in the brain. The world “in here” is connected always to the world “out there.” You can’t seize an opportunity without being aware of it; you can’t nourish a new possibility without wanting to. When awareness, desire, and intention come together, you are mastering the skill of paying attention. 

Deepak Chopra, MD, Founder of The Chopra Foundation.

The Concious Lifestyle: Awarness Skills – LinkedIn Article

Love Action Love Mindset Boot Camp

A new friend of mine is providing a FREE (with the purchase of her ebook)  Love Action Love Mindset Boot Camp.  She invited me to look over the information to see if I was interested.  What she didn’t know was how timely this invitation was for my daughter and myself.

I am going to be joining her sessions!  I hope you will be there too!

Love Action Love Mindset YouTube Introduction Video

Love Action Love Mindset Website

More Quotes From Deepak Chopra

So true!

Deepak Chopra

Global Change Begins With Me

There was a time when I used to fear the state of the world.  The violence, greed and oppression I saw everywhere.  I complained about this constantly and wondered how we as a species would ever overcome such hurdles to attain true peace and enlightenment.  I wondered how one person could change the world for the better, and felt sure of our destruction of this planet and each other.

I no longer feel this way.  I know that global change begins right here, in my mind, heart and actions.  As I change myself those changes cause a ripple effect in the lives of those around me.  Today my whole thought process is different than it was 2 years ago.  I do not allow myself to dwell on negative thoughts or emotions.  When I feel those things creeping into my essence, I cancel them out and replace them with positive thoughts and emotions.  As I’ve changed my thinking, my social network has changed.  I’ve become connected with other individuals who are also bringing about global change by starting with themselves.

The author Deepak Chopra said it best:

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Practicing Heart Coherence

“As more of humanity practices heart based living, it will qualify the ‘rite-of-passage’ into the next level of consciousness  Using our hearts intuitive guidance, will become common-sense based on practical intelligence”  Doc Childre

 

The heart’s intuitive intelligence: A path to personal, social and global coherence

My Heavy Conscience

As a property manager for low-income tenants I generally feel very good about the work I do for those less fortunate than myself.  I’m grateful every day that I have a job where I’m in a position to make a real difference in people’s lives.  Most of the time the differences I’m able to make are positive ones.  Every once in a while, not so much.

Recently I was required to evict a tenant due to him not complying with the house rules of our complex.  This former tenant is elderly and borderline Dementia or Alzheimer’s.  His condition is not severe enough at this point for the state to step in and mandate that he be moved to assisted living yet it is severe enough for him to not have a complete understanding of the processes and reasons for his eviction.

This gentleman has now been living in his car which was parked on the street outside the building he was evicted from.  Over the past several weeks he continuously asked other tenants to find out from me when he would be able to move back into his apartment as though he thought he was just being grounded for bad behavior.  Several tenants attempted to get him some help and get him into a shelter or some other type of care facility but he refused the help.

Today one of my tenants came to me and told me that he was going to take the elderly gentleman to a nursing home.  At that time the elderly gentleman went into cardiac arrest and the paramedics were called.  He was suffering from severe dehydration and shock due to the cold weather.  The paramedics were able to revive the gentleman and took him to the hospital.

My conscience tells me that this tenant should never have been evicted.  He should have had some type of supportive services, someone whom he trusted and could confide in to provide him with guidance and assistance.  These services were not provided to him because of  how our government is designed.  I’ve had several people tell me not to let it bother me – that I was only doing what I am required to do by my employers.  That’s not good enough for me.

I believe in basic human rights.  I believe that as a human being we should be afforded basic services and dignities.  I see daily that we “lesser” humans do not receive those basic human rights.  We “lesser” humans are pushed aside, fall through the cracks and are only valued for the workforce that we provide for the powers that be.  I am at the very core of my being appalled that this type of situation was allowed to occur in our great country.

I suppose – on the positive side (because I always try to look at the positive) that now this gentleman will be able to get the assistance he needs.  I hope that he will recover from this incident and be moved to a care facility where he can relax and enjoy the rest of his life on this fucked up planet.

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Recreational Marijuana Use Decriminalized in Washington State

This past Tuesday, November 6th Washington State voters supported Initiative 502 which will “decriminalize” marijuana use.  Under this initiative persons over the age of 21 will be allowed to carry up to one ounce of usable marijuana, provided that it is purchased from a licensed retailer.   This initiative will allow our government to tax marijuana use as steeply as they recently started taxing alcohol sales.  The revenue they expect to earn from the taxation of marijuana sales is slated to go toward Health Care.

As a connoisseur of this lovely and multi-use plant I have a couple of concerns over this initiative.  My initial concern is over the taxation of so-called “allowed” product.  I’ve mentioned several times that I’m an incredibly poor person.  If I’m required to purchase my product from an authorized retailer and pay exorbitantly high taxes, I will not be able to afford my herbs.

My second concern is that they are attempting to legislate this the way they have alcohol in the past.  However last year we passed an initiative to allow alcohol sales in retail stores and have done away with state-run liquor stores.  So does this mean I can go down to Walgreen and purchase and eighth of weed any time I want?  And if so, when will my local Walgreen begin stocking said marijuana?

My final concern is over where the revenue is slated to be used – Healthcare.  Last I checked we citizens of this mighty and wealthy country are not provided basic healthcare coverage by our government.  We are required to go out and purchase our own healthcare or be penalized for not having any coverage.  So too the State of Washington is no different.  They do not provide basic healthcare coverage for their citizens – unless you are homeless.  So WHERE is this supposed healthcare money going to actually be used?

I’ve looked everywhere on the internet and like most bills and initiatives which are passed under our noses, it’s next to impossible to find a copy of the bill or initiative in its entirety.  My opinion about this entire initiative is that they are not decriminalizing marijuana.  Rather they are making it easier for corporate and government officials (aka criminals) to make a profit, while exposing retailers and consumers to possible federal prosecution.

I’m interested to see how this plays out.

Here kitty kitty kitty!

I’m a property manager for low-income properties.  The organization I work for prides itself on being eco-friendly whenever possible.  One of the properties I manage has had a rampant mouse infestation for several years which we have not been able to control using conventional eco-friendly methods such as bait traps, sonic shields, etc.  Several months ago I was chatting with a friend of mine about this problem and she suggested that we get a couple of mouser cats for the property.  It sounded like a feasible idea – if I could get permission from the powers that be.  My friend did some research and gave me the name of an organization who she thought could assist.

I contacted The Alley Cat Project and spoke with Deborah.  She was kind and helpful in her information.  She came out to the property to see what type of set up we could arrange and we formulated a plan.  Now I just needed to get my bosses on board.  When working with non-profit organizations one needs to realize that everything moves at a snail’s pace.  There is a lot of red tape and regulations to consider.  Last week I finally got the approval I need to bring a cat onto the property.

Last night I went and bought cat litter and food.  The Alley Cat Project is providing me with a cage, litter box and feeding towers.  I’m meeting our new community kitty today.  Deborah has told me that he’s a big Tomcat who was neutered recently.  He had been living in a colony of cats that they rescued and has been living with a foster family.  This cat recently fathered a litter of kittens and once they are weaned we are going to be bringing mamma kitty to the property as well so that mamma and papa can be friends and keep each other company.  We should be getting her in a couple of weeks.  I’ve already talked with several of my tenants about helping to make the cats feel welcome and they are all on board.  I’m absolutely thrilled about this project and I believe that having a cat on premises will be the most natural way to resolve our mouse problem.

I would like to give a special thanks to my friend who suggested this (you know who you are) and to The Alley Cat Project for all the great work they do in my community!

My weird week

I am against pedophiles or rapists of any type.  Most people are.  Up until recently there was a pedophile living in one of the buildings I manage.  At the time that he committed his crime he was significantly overweight and unhealthy.  Because of this the corrections facilities did not want to take on the expense of his care, so he was allowed to serve out his sentence at his home.

Because he was disabled (due to his weight)  he was allowed to collect social security (in spite of his criminal history) plus he had social security from his dad which he wasn’t even required to report.  So picture this.  An enormously large pedophile gets off scott free and then is allowed to sit in his bed for the next 10 years paying less than $30 a month for rent, getting food stamps and getting dual social security income.  Needless to say I have little empathy for this person.

Over the past two months his health has declined rapidly, with a month-long stay in the hospital then being sent home on hospice care.  Myself and all my coworkers knew he would die soon, but we didn’t know when.  On Saturday afternoon I was enjoying a funny conversation with my son when my work phone rang.  I ignored it at first seeing that it was a tenant, but when another tenant called I felt I needed to find out what was going on.  I asked my son to hold on for a second while I answered my work phone.  My tenant informed me that the pedophile had died late Friday night.  I was shocked, thanked the tenant for the call then got back on the phone with my son.

He asked me what that was about and I think to myself “How do I explain my mixed feelings about this situation to a 10-year-old?”  I simply told him that a tenant had died.  When my son said that was sad, I told him I wasn’t really sad about the man dying because he had done a lot of bad things in his life.  I tried to remain cheery and happy while chatting with my son but my mind was wandering. 

Later after I’d finished talking to my son I contacted my co-workers who would need to be informed of the death and then went on with my day, trying to not think about it.  The problem is, my mind never stops thinking.  And if I’m honest with myself I’m so glad that this tenant died.  He was a waste of human life, and resources, he committed a heinous crime and then lived off my (and YOUR) tax dollars until the day he died.  When I sit and look at my own financial situation – at the fact that I’m not able to get any assistance even though I’m a good person and work hard I get even more angry at the deceased and at the way our government is run.

So now it’s my great pleasure (can you hear the sarcasm?) to speak kindly to the deceased’s mother, to coordinate all the medical equipment being picked up by the hospitals, to offer condolences to tenants who were close to the deceased, and to coordinate a “celebration of life” for the tenants and friends to attend – all for someone whom I have nothing but loathing for.

This is a grand exercise in patience and people skills…and now I feel the need to turn to my serenity prayer:

God – grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change (I can’t change how the government is run and the fact that a pedophile lived off my earnings).

The courage to change the things I can (I can certainly hold my head high in the knowledge that I do everything in my power to be a good person – and I CAN continue to work my ass off so that I can improve my social/financial standing)

And the wisdom to know the difference (oh hai!!! I already have that!  See above!)

Be well my friends.

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