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Alphabet soup for the soul vol.2 -“H”

H is for Healing

“As soon as healing takes place, go out and heal somebody else” -Maya Angelou-

Is love the stepping stone to healing? Or, is healing is the stepping stone to love?

When we love, we begin to heal and when we heal we can begin to love, ourselves, and others more fully.

Imagine you were in the depths of despair and you had a chance to speak with God.  What would you say?

Despair and depression are the best friends of pain and for those who suffer chronically life can seem to be hopeless at times.

Every day waking up knowing exactly how the day will unfold before it even started.

Knowing that all day will be a struggle. A struggle that no one can understand and because of that, the person in pain isolates themselves from the world. Not because they don’t want to be around others but because they can not concentrate on anything other than the pain.

Feeling as if you are just waiting around to die. This belief is reinforced by shoving handfuls of pills into your mouth like Halloween candy. Doing this 3 or 4 times throughout the day, just to remind your brain of your staus ( in case you forget).

That was the life I lived during a dark night of the soul that lasted for a decade until I did have a conversation with God.

I pleaded with her saying ‘if you will heal me, I will spend the rest of my life helping to heal others. Now, I can still feel the pain but I am no longer suffering.

I stopped taking pills (33 a day) and started to love myself and others. It is when we choose to love and serve others that genuine healing takes place.

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Alphabet soup for the soul vol.2 -“G”

G is for God

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” Genesis 1:1

The birds and bees, the leaves and trees, the rolling rivers and salty seas.

Antelope through to Zebra, from A-Z , its a self-nod to things that remind me of God.

Embrace the moments so there will be no regrets. Capture the beauty of the stars, sunrises and sunsets.

Not only did God make such sights for us to experience elation and elevation . The visual display is God displaying divine presence through creation.

Is that too far of a reach for you? Is it a concept that is too hard to grasp?

Maybe it is easier to pretend that God is some guy sitting above the clouds like ancient pictures of Zeus?

Its no accident that the first five words of the bible are “In the beginning God created.”

What if everything we see is God? The good and the bad. Something similar is written in revelations 22:13, “The Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. The first and the last (and everything in between).”

Different points of attention combine that to create the quantum field, the universe we live in. The thing we call Source, Chi or Lifeforce. All of these things are God, and God is everywhere.

She is inside every one of us. That means that right now, inside of you is the divine nature of God, and what is God? Creation manifested!

The best way to experience the divine is to create. When we are creating we fully present and the reason is that we are creators made in the image of God. Because of this extraordinary gift, God will manifest through us to create heaven on Earth.

When I write these words or give a powerful speech, it is God coming through me to create. You see, It is not a who but a feeling. A feeling I know to be true, a feeling called God.

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Alphabet soup for the soul vol.2 -“F”

F is for Freedom

“Freedom, in any case, is only possible by struggling for it” – Albert Einstein-

Visualize a horizontal line with zero in the middle and as you move to the left it says -1, -2 and so on. As you move to the right it says +1 and +2 etc.

If we want freedom then we have to make the decisions and choices that move us to the right side of that scale. The formula for freedom is simply to aim for more pluses than minuses.

Every time we make bad choices for our body, mind and spirit, we move to the minus side of neutral.

The thing is that we are constantly making choices each day and we can end up with plus 100 or minus 100 every day.

What we will begin to notice over time is that the more plus’ we have, the more plus’ we will want.

When we start accumulating little wins they stack on top of each other and turn into big gains.

By doing this we also become aware of when the choices we are making are minuses. That awareness leads us to make better choices and add more ‘plus’ to our existence.

There will always be a couple of negatives in your life and that is okay. That will happen naturally but if we notice them, we can correct them in the future.

Eventually, we get to a point where we begin to tip the scales to the plus side. If we can do this 80 % of the time or more then we will have mastered Pareto’s principle and live a happy healthy life.

When we measure and review our progress we begin to notice things that we did not notice before.

We start to see ourselves stepping into the person we want to become and we know a new truth empirically. That success is found in the journey we take, not in the destination we reach.

So, Are you struggling to succeed? Maybe today is the day to start adding some more pluses to your personal success scale.

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Alphabet soup for the soul vol.2 -“E”

E is for Ego

“In the war of Ego, the loser always wins” -Buddha-

Ego is the mind interrupting the present moment with chatter and trickery of thought patterns.

In the western world, Ego is usually viewed as a person who seems vain or braggadocios and always ‘showing off’ as in that guy has a big ego.  This description of Ego is hungry for power, money, fame, and lust to name a few. These are all lower vibrational frequencies.

This is not the full story though. Simply put, Ego arises when we live in fear. The braggadocios person is bragging because they fear that no one will love them unless they have all sorts of accomplishments to show like money, cars or whatever they are bragging about.

Ego can also manifest in the opposite way. When we hear people say “no one loves me” or “poor me” that is also the ego coming out to play.

Anytime the victim mentality is hard at work you can be sure the ego is involved

In truth, often the ego does feel sorry for itself (or it gets you to feel sorry for it). The ego is what remains when we are not living in love and light.

Wayne Dyer uses EGO as an Acronym for Edge God Out

Ego is the voice in your head telling you that you need to do something to feel a certain way. It tells us that we need something outside of ourselves to make us feel good or to achieve happiness or success.

I am here to tell you that simply by waking up today you did enough.

The ego is and always will be fighting our soul for attention. It’s as if the ego is the little devil on your shoulder and the soul is that angel on the opposite shoulder and they are both trying to get you to go with them.

Ego will tell us anything in order to get us to do what it wants.

When we decide to let God in, instead of Edge God Out then we quiet the ego and return to the soul of Love and Light which is our natural state. 

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Alphabet soup for the soul vol.2 -“D”

D is for Design

“Your future hasn’t been written yet. No one’s has! Your future is whatever you make it. So make it a good one!” -Doc Brown-

To live an intentional life, you must first design it. 

We all get to create our future. Whatever has happened in the past, whatever tragedy or despair that has been put in your path is a part of your unique journey.

It is something that you can transmute for the good of yourself and others.

 The secret is to turn your pain into your power. Make it your super-power.

Ask yourself “how can the worst thing that ever happened to me become the best thing that ever happened to me. “

From this moment forth, make a commitment to yourself to start each new day with an intentional effort to grow into the person you want to be.  Write down the things you want from life and go after them. It doesn’t even matter if you get them, what matters is that you try.

Make a plan and decide if the plan is achievable.

If it is, then just follow the plan no matter what. Your mind will try and trick you by talking you out of doing the things you wrote down, the things you know will lead you in the direction of your goals. But you don’t have to listen, you can tell your mind to shut up.

It will say things like “start tomorrow”, “you can do it later” or “just stay under the covers, it’s warm in here.”

This is the minds way of keeping you safe (and small) because it knows the brain wants to conserve energy and do as little as possible.

However, if you have a plan that you stick to than it doesn’t matter what your mind says. You just follow the plan and at the end of the month, quarter, or year you will quickly look back at the progress you made.

Intentional progress acts as evidence of a life designed on purpose.

Check out alphabet soup for the soul vol.1 “D’ is for Dharma

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Alphabet soup for the soul vol.2 -“C”

C is for Challenge

“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” -Joshua J. Marine-

In order to evolve, we have to challenge ourselves. In order to grow, we have to push a little further then last time.

To see expansion in our lives we have to do 1 more push-up, 1 more rep, 1 more mile, 1 more minute, 1 more page, 1 more sentence, 1 more brushstroke. Whatever it is, one more will get us where we want to go.

As humans, we are made to adapt. Look no further than nature and the seasons to see how we can adapt from brutally hot temperatures to the frigid cold.

Humans have been optimized to do this since the beginning of time.  Just like a muscle that we rip and tear in order for it to heal and grow bigger, we can do the same to grow in any area of our life.

Sticking with the example of 1 more push-up we can quickly see progress in this challenge.

If we add one more push-up every day (while taking Sundays off) within 1 year we will be doing over three-hundred push-ups a day. 

Now if we tried to go from zero yesterday to three-hundred today we probably wouldn’t do it again tomorrow. If however, we stack one day upon the next the way a bricklayer stacks bricks in order to build a house, we can build muscles and adapt to the challenge.

The human body will only go where we take it and it can go much further than we think.

It can adapt to anything we throw at it. There is more inside all of us than we are putting out. Even when we are at the limits of our physical expansion, we can always push it to one more.

So what is you challenge? Start right now and whatever it is do one everyday!

Check out alphabet soup for the soul vol.1 “C” is for Creation

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Alphabet soup for the soul vol.2 -“B”

B is for Belief

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.”

 –Henry Ford-

It all starts with Belief.  If the Wright brothers did not belief in themselves and had listened to the people who said it was impossible to fly through the air then on Dec 17th, 1903 near Kitty hawk North Carolina, the “Wright Flyer” would not have flown 120 ft over a 12 second period giving birth to air travel and people would not be able to have breakfast in Ny and dinner in L.A.

Edith Edger was in Nazi concentration camps where she was starved and beaten. She witnessed a young boy being used as target pratice and many other horrors in a place where the hope of survival was minimal at best, yet that little girl believed that she would see life into her 90’s and today she is a 94 year old psychologist.

Roger Bannister ran a mile in under 4 minutes. Everyone thought it was impossible, saying that his heart would explode but Roger Bannister believed it could be done and he did. Since that day on May 6th, 1954 at Oxford University there have been over 1,500 people to achieve that ‘impossible’ task. All because they believed they could.

Thomas Edison is said to have failed 10,000 times before perfecting the incandescent light bulb. Most would have stopped after 50 or 100 but Edison had something many don’t, belief.

Henry Ford built the Ford model T, and when he revolutionized the industry by putting 8 cylinders into one engine block, they said it was ‘impossible’. Not to Henry Ford who gave his engineers and architects lots of latitude and time to make the impossible a reality. After 6 months they came back and said it could not be done. Ford said, okay, but do it anyway. He told them to keep working on it until they succeeded and they did.

Everything you see that has been built had to first start as a thought in someone’s mind. That thought attached with belief and combined with desire is the ‘secret’ formula for success.

Elon Musk, Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos all believed that one day they could send a civilian aircraft into space, guess what everyone told them. So, in the summer of 2021 all three men turned the impossible into a tangible reality for the entire world to witness and benefit from.

For all these amazing people who were spread out over the past century or more, the one thing they have in common is that they all started with belief.

Check out alphabet soup for the soul vol.1 “B” is for Benevolence

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Alphabet soup for the soul Vol.2 -“A”

A is for Altruism

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”       – Martin Luther King Jr.-  

Acts of kindness. Helping others without expecting anything in return. I believe this is inside the hearts of all humans and only fear, scarcity or lack can stop this innate desire.

‘Many hands make light work’ and ‘it takes a village’ are sayings that have been passed down since ancient times and still ring true today.

The reason they resonate is because theses maxims are not unique to a moment in history or a certain culture but apply to the entire species of humans. The same holds true for Altruism.

Our desire to help others is ingrained inside of every person on Earth, it is wired into our DNA. There is a reason it feels good to be kind to others.

Holding a door open for someone else or helping an old lady to cross the road. A friendly smile or a warm embrace. All of these actions show love and not fear.

Because all of these things are done from a state of love they also make us feel great inside. By doing kind acts for others, we are showing love to ourselves.

The best part is that doing things to uplift those around us can almost always be done for free. You do not need money to be altruistic.

These thoughtful and caring acts can be done for anyone by anyone, no matter our rank or status in your world.

Altruism is good for all people but especially for anyone suffering from pain. When we take the attention off ourselves and put it onto others then we are not stuck in our own headspace.

Since we know that what we focus on expands, Altruism allows us to expand our focus toward others. In turn, we stop the mental suffering that is taking place insdie of us.

When humans are suffering, it is because the mind has taken over and all attention, thought patterns and focus is narrowed inwards on the self. Altruism is self-less, meaning less about the self and more about others. In helping others we truly do help ourselves.

Today I challenge you to do a random act of kindness for another. What will naturally follow is that you will be more conncected and not seperated. Gratitude will flow and healing will begin take place inside you.

Check out alphabet soup for the soul vol.1 “A” is for Abundance

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Birds from Walden Woodpecker

Woodpeckers , even without being seen they are one of the most identifiable birds from the sounds they make.

The woodpecker loves the forested areas for hollowing out trees.

The Woodpecker is another beautiful, rare and unique bird.

These birds do not get headaches. Nature has designed the biology of a woodpecker so that the back of their tongue wraps around their brain, thus preventing concussions.

Seen throughout the year at Walden pond the woodpecker loves to peck-wood.

This bird comes in many different colors and patterns. Some have red heads and a red stripe that goes down the back of their necks while other just have red on the head.

Some have a cascading black and white wavy pattern while others have black spots over a white coat.

They all have a long hard beak which allows for constant penetration of dead wood.

There are many types that can be seen and heard daily around Walden.

This brings an end to the Birds from Walden series. Next week we will begin a new series. Alphabet soup for the soul vol.2

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Birds From Walden Double-crested Cormorant

The double-crested cormorant is a unique bird. It is so rare that I had never seen one before a couple of days ago.

The bird landed on the pond and although it swam around like a Duck, I knew it wasn’t.

 I saw a long beak that reminded me of a Blue heron, only smaller. The difference is that herons have long legs and tend to walk around the edge of the water in search of food.

This bird however would ‘duck’ under the water and come up with some kind of food to eat. It may have been a frog, fish or plant, I could not tell.

What I did observe was the bird getting tangled in the weeds and almost drowning.

It was sailing around for quite some time very elegantly and in complete control until it got tied up.

Immediately it started squirming and panicking.

It seemed as if it was going to drown and I quickly took off my shoes and socks to go save it.

By the time I was ready to jump in, the bird was gone. With a heavy heart, I thought the bird drown infront of my very eyes.

Seconds later the bird reappeared fifty feet away from where I last spotted it.

The bird kept going under the water and coming back up, swimming back and forth trying to shed itself of the weeds that had wrapped around its wings.

Although the bird stopped squirming and looked as if it regained control, I could see the grassy weed trailing behind it like an untied shoelace foloowing along awkwardly.

I knew the bird could not fly like this and it seemed uninterested in making it to a peice of land to do the edge walk that is characteristic of the heron.

What to do? How to help?

I thought If I got in the kayak and paddled towards it, a couple of things may happen. One, it would panic and I could grab and untangle it, two, it would forget that it was trapped and fly away furiously.

It was the former and not the latter that ended up happening.

As I paddled toward the bird in a game of cat and mouse that last for almost an hour, the bird would duck under the water and reappear somewhere else.

One of the times the bird went under it came up without the weed. 

With my part in the rescue complete, I took the kayak out of the water and retreated to the edge of the woods to watch this beautiful bird wade in the water.

The bird tried to fly away but would only get 20 feet before again landing on the water.

I was unsure if the bird was still impaired or perhaps it was a baby (a huge baby) just learning to fly and did not yet know how to travel at height or distance.

The bird decided to get out of the water and sunbathe on the dock. The way the birds basked in the sun was remarkable and angelic.

In an alluring display of beauty rarely seen it would open its wings to dry off and in doing so puff out its chest suggesting strength and grace simultaneously.

It reminded me of the American eagle on the U.S dollar bill.

Just as quickly as it appeared it was gone. Moving on to the next pond or pasture. It didn’t make a noise like the Canada geese when it flew but like the ones we loved the most that have moved on, its beauty remains long after its departure.

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Birds from Walden Blue jay

Bluejays can be seen in the Northeast of the U.S. and Canada for the duration of winter even though they are also in places like Florida.

They are bright blue beautiful birds and are strikingly different from each other. There are skinny ones, fat ones, tall ones, short ones, young and old ones.

They are a tight-knit group and they often flock together often descending upon birdhouses en-masse.

Although they look pretty and cute these birds squawk loud like crows and they seem to be aggressive towards other bird species.

At times, these birds are even aggressive to other Bluejays. 

Bluejays are too big for most feeders and when they try to sit on the perches of the smaller feeders, their wings start flapping as they try to get the food out. Realising their deilema they will defer to the open concept birdhouse instead.

I have been fortunate enough to see a bluejay pair appear and within a minute of their arrival another dozen swoop in for a snack. Bluejays numbering Fourteen frolick and forage for food.  

 The colours exposed by these birds look extraordinary, especially against the backdrop of a white winter snowy morning.

The brightness of this bird is parralleed around Walden only by the Cardinal, Goldfinch and Oriole.

Photo by Jack Bulmer on Pexels.com
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Birds from Walden American Eagle

Twenty years after the world witnessed the tragic events of Septemebr 11th we honour the lives lost with this article about the American Eagle.

The American Eagle is one of the most amazing and powerful animals on Earth. It’s hunting skills along with ferocity make this predator number one among birds.

Gliding far above any and all food that it wants to catch, It can drop down undetected. In flight entertainment consists of swooping in at thirty to fifty miles and hour (on a side note a peregrine falcon can travel at speeds of 200 mph)

It can spot its prey from over a mile away. With an average wingspan of 5-8 ft, Eagles can sail effortlessly above anything and everything.

The Bald Eagle is a stealthy enough to swoop down undetected to pluck fish directly out of the water.

With talons that cut through and grip it’s prey, this bird represents the true power and yet it is so elegant and smooth in flight.

 A symbol so powerful that it is seen on the American quarter, silver dollar and half dollar.

It is also found on every single bill (except Thomas Jefferson on the $2).

It can be found by looking on the opposite side of George Washington on the one dollar bill and is almost touching the faces of Abraham Lincoln, Alexander Hamilton, Andrew Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant and George Washington, respectivley as we move up to the one-hundred dollar bill.

 Steeped in the history of America, it has been woven into the social fabric and was placed on a copper penny as early as 1776. It is imprinted on the all americans and immigrants alike. seen in every airport and most government seal’s.

It is the main fical point of the Seal for the US president, a most recognizable symbol for that branches out around the entire world to symbolise strength, ferocity and elegance. just a couple of core values delivered to the world by America.

Lest we forget – 9/11 and all its heroes!

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Birds from Walden Ducks

Ducks are another phenomenal species of bird.

They are innately great parents and stay with their young all day and night. They will travel up and down rivers, streams and lakes with their entire ‘school’ of children.

They can often be seen in the early morning hours traveling single file, on land and or water, in lines and rows that stretch longer as the numbers grow.

I have noticed that in the lakes and streams around Walden that it is not one adult duck with a baby or two, but instead there seems to be a large family containing five or six adults and up to 30 chicks at a time.

Projecting caution at all times to protect their young these Male and Female Ducks share the workload.

I have been fortunate enough to witness the chicks following orders to jump in the water one by one while the adult will lead from the front. Another adult will stand at the entrance to the water counting to make sure all the ducks are there.

This reminds me of being a young lad and going for walks with the class at school, where the teacher would be continuously doing a headcount.

There is a saying “like water off a ducks back”. This means that if you stay well oiled with love and light, than anything bad that life throws at you, you can let hit you and then roll right off of you without the impact of crushing you or defining you.

Ducks are known to be great swimmers. When you see Ducks they look serene and appear to be floating calmly on the water. What you can’t see is the Duck’s feet paddling hard under the water.

This is a great metaphor for action. Take action and work hard toward your goals but do not talk about the difficult parts of the journey. Just smile and flow along with the water of life.

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Birds from Walden Grackle

The Grackle has an iridescent blue silk head on a smooth black body. Although this bird is freaky looking it is also very beautiful

Grackles appear to reverse their color schemes from the time babies with the blue on the body and the black (or brown) around the head.

Although they look a mean and scary, they are very considerate to the other birds around the feeder and can often be seen patiently waiting for their turn.

Unlike some species that will scare off the little birds, the grackle has surprising suprise big-brother-like qualities.

Not shy, the grackle will let us know when we have breached its safety and comfort zone. This observation was made apparent when from inside a kayak, I entered his space and got a little to close to the nest.

The bird, protective as any parent would be , tried thwarting my attention as it flew away from the nest in an effort to get me to follow .

Armed with the realisation that this was happening , the next move is to gently paddle away from the nest in question.

Studying the grackle is a good lesson in “dont judge a book by its cover”.

Personally and metaphorically speaking , these birds have transformed from the ugly caterpillar into the beautiful butterfly in the attachment of my mind.

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Birds from Walden blue heron

blue heron

This beautiful bird can be found at the edge of the pond, often sneaking through the long grass in search of frogs. 

The heron stands tall and straight in its posture helped by its long legs. Slow to move unless it has to.

 Colours of a purple-ish grey-blue separate the truly majestic-looking creature from other similar typed birds such as osprey and flamingos. 

This huge bird has a massive wingspan and simultaneously looks elegant and cumbersome at the same time while trying to take off. 

It furiously flaps its wide wings barely clearing the treeline as it flys away in an upwards path that does not allow much leeway for mistakes.

 At times it will fly through the tree branches because it can not clear the treetops, yet it still manages to not crash into the leaves. 

Always making seemingly hard work look easy, the heron eventually reaches full stride at which point it looks effortless. 

Over time one particular Heron has learned to exit the pond on the opposite side, thus giving it more ‘runway’ to chart a better flight pattern similar to the Canada geese.

The heron bird is a rare treat and if left undisturbed can be watched for hours at a time.

In the early morning hours, not far from Walden, the great blue heron can be seen flying just a couple of feet above the water. Sailing across the lake on its way to the next adventure.

It will play in one pond and then another as it travels around the neighbourhood, always coming back for a swim at Walden pond.

Recently I spotted a heron at the edge of a pond and right besdie it was a deer. They were not in competition or hunting each other, instead they looked like a pair of little boys fishing as the sun started to rise behind them in the early hours of another humid summer morning!

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Birds from Walden Cardinal

Cardinal

Like the Robin, The Cardinal is another bird that is a power symbol.

 This radiant red bird portrays perfect symmetry. Most commonly seen with a stylish spikey haircut on the top of its head, a head that is a brighter red than the rest of the body.

Sporting an orange beak, the rest of its face is covered by a black mask to protect it from the sun, identical to most Goldfinches.

 The Cardinal’s head is a more solid red than the rest of the body which has a touch of grey, looking like a painter’s purposeful brushstroke blended it deep into the red. 

Somehow through the striking redness ,  these birds seem to disappear in the green canopy of the bushes.

I often spot a pair in the forest frolicking for fun. The pair are similar and different at the same time. One is the normal red Cardinal that was described already. The other is grey or the Northern Cardinal with a tinge of red, identifiable as a Cardinal because of the signature black mask and orange beak and the spikey hair-do.

There is also an indiviudal short stout red Cardinal around Walden pond and this particular bird does not have spikey hair. The day I spotted this one there was a significant rainfall so it is possible that it was wet.

The Cardinal makes a very unique noise consisting of four fast sharp tweets followed by three longer slower ones.

The full red Cardinal like the Oriole and the Blue jay bring a colour that is not native to the green tree lines and bushes and provides a rush of colour to Walden’s wildlife.

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Birds from Walden Goldfinch

Goldfinch

The goldfinch is one of the brightest most colourful birds that frequent the gardens and bird feeders around Walden. ‘Finch’s’ are seen throughout the summer in the northeast. 

These miniature birds are yellow with black markings (almost like a miniature yellow oriole). Sometimes they are green and look as if they are wet even though they are not. 

They travel in packs and will most often be seen flocking a feeder together in numbers of four or five at a time. 

If there is safety in numbers there is also beauty in numbers as a group of goldfinch’s together will radiate remarkable sharpness and vivid deep detail. These little birds tend to stick together because in their world there truly is safety in numbers.

If you are really fortunate you may witness blue finch’s. The same small bird but blue. the blue finch is another wonderous sight to behold.

As far as flying they are not the best. They go forth in 10-20 foot spurts and then drop a bit before pushing on again in what looks like an elevated struggle to travel further. The distance is covered in sections instead of a smooth sail like the red-winged blackbird or the soft glide of a grackle.

Personally and selfishly these are one of the most delightful birds to watch.  Their bright yellow colour is only made sharper by the black cardinal-like mask over their face which aides in protecting their eyes from the sun that shines as bright as the Goldfinch itself. 

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Birds from Walden Canada Geese

Canada geese

As I sat staring at the water in deep thought I heard a noise from far away getting closer. It was the unmistakable honking of a pair of Canada geese flying directly towards the pond in anticipation of a late afternoon swim.

Canada Geese are graceful for their size and when they arrive, they come in like flying ninjas. Originally appearing as if they will land on the ground feet first, but alas they opt for the water.

They immediately look like they were swimming in the pond for hours already.

They can be seen careening their necks back and forth in order to move in the water. After some time the geese eventually step out of the water to dry off in the sun as they walk over to the lily pads searching for frogs.

Awestruck by this treasure provided by nature, I noticed the bird staring back at me and not moving for 30 minutes and then it went in the water again.

After the staring contest the geese swam around for a bit longer and then it was time.

More squawking meant they were calling radio control in the form of the red-winged blackbird to announce take off. 

After being cleared by the control tower to the west , the 2 geese squawked louder and faster. They positioned themselves at the far eastern edge of the pond.

They started flapping their wings faster and got even louder before eventually becoming airborne and barely clearing the tree line as they flew towards the setting sun. And like that they were gone until the next time.

Geese are the closest thing to a jet plane that we find in the Animal kingdom. The 747 jumbo jet was most surely modelled after someone watched in amazement, this marvel of engineering.

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Birds from Walden – Oriole –

Oriole’s are a type of blackbird. Waiting until spring is in full bloom to make their entrance they are exquisite in their sharp orange color which similarly to the red cardinal, stands out beautifully, highlighting any green backdrop of trees, bushes and shrubs.

The Oriole is a unique bird with beautiful popping colors so bright that there is a radiant glow in the landscape when they inject their presence.

Found nesting in the canopy of a tree, these birds prefer the higher elevation for protecting their young.   Sometimes they build their nest low, only a couple of feet off the ground in shrubs, long grass or bulrushes.

Orioles are a beautiful mix of orange and black. The most common in the northeast is the Baltimore oriole, however, there are other types including –the orchard oriole and the spot breasted oriole.

Oriole’s can bend their tale inward and hang of the side of the feeder. This is a brilliant display of the way birds can manipulate their bodies to experience dimensions that humans could only dream of .

An interesting observation made after spending significant time watching the hummingbird feeder is that Oriole’s seem to be the only other bird around Walden pond that fly in for the sweet nectary taste of sugar water.

Sitting above the plastic flower pedals of the red feeder, Oriole’s can be seen careening their neck down and around into the fake yellow pollen pedals to take a good long drink.

Where one is found there are usually more around. In the early morning they can be heard with one of their signature song patterns; a high,low,high, whistle that is unmistakable.

Some birds run into glass windows or doors thinking that it is an opening, the oriole seems to do this more than most birds except for the red-winged black bird.

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Birds from Walden HummingBird

Hummin bird

 The hummingbird is a special sight to behold. This miniature, magical, majestic bird comes in many colours and sizes. It can be seen flapping its wings so fast that it appears to be floating on the spot.

This little creature is a marvel of physics and biology.

It is the only bird in the garden that can fly backwards which only add’s in making it a true joy and delight to watch. A pretty remarkable trait and in a sense, an animal super power

There is a tiny green hummingbird that frequents the feeder around Walden pond. It is so small that it can sit on the edge of the feeder and drink the sugary “nectar” without the humming sound of energy buzzing in the background.

Most of the hummingbirds around Walden have beaks the same length as their body,

 Attracted by a simple mix of 1 part sugar and 4 parts water, ‘real’ plants or flowers are not actually needed to attract this beautiful bird.

Although this type of bird comes in many sizes and colors it is always unmistakable with its long beak used for getting right inside the feeder to inhale a long drink. Even with eyes closed they make an unmistakable noise.

The hummingbird feeder is pleasant to watch in the late spring and early summer. It offers a superb spectacle for children and adults alike, bridging biology and nature in lessons that simply can not be taught in a school setting.

The design of such feeders, along with the hummingbirds beak, make it so that other birds can not get the nectar because their mouths are not long enough to take a drink of the sugar water. 

There is however one other bird that fondly frequents the feeder, The Outstanding Orange Oriole.

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Birds From Walden – Robin

The red-breasted American Robin represents the official start of spring and of new beginnings.

 The Robin is a powerful symbol of parenting and hard work in the bird kingdom. Its values are as firm as its boundaries. Visibly willing to sacrifice itself for its young by distracting anything bigger that comes near its babies, it shares this innate, altruistic trait with humans.

The Robin shows how to care for its young by regurgitating its food and putting it directly into the throats of the babies in the nest. The babies are too helpless to feed themselves and rely on the adults of the tribe for food and shelter, another shared human trait.

Upon breaking out of the egg, the baby is extremely weak and tired. They can often be heard chirping for food.  Their bodies are so fragile that their eyes are barely open. Even though they are unable to fully open their eyes, they innately know that they need to stick their neck straight up and open their mouths to receive a meal from their parents.

The mommy and daddy birds spend their days hunting for worms and foraging the forest to support their young.

Shelter comes from relentless work and Robins will spend their days finding hay or dead grass to weave and wrap tightly into a perfect nest. The nest is hidden as best as possible. Nests can be found in trees, on top of wood fences, anywhere that they will be semi-protected by the elements.

The Robin will only stay in the nest long enough to lay the eggs and keep them warm for a while. The signature eggs are so unmistakable that Crayola has named a crayon after them, Robin’s egg blue.

Once the babies are hatched the adult bird will stay away from the nest, not too far away, but not so close that predators can easily spot the babies inside.

After a couple of days, the robins are ready to leave the nest. They do not travel far though; they first need to practice flying. In the days following their initial departure from the nest, the babies can be seen flying short distances at heights that are close to the ground.

While the adolescent birds are learning to fly, the parents can be seen close by. Happy with their role in the reproduction process. I have been fortunate enough to witness these beautiful button-eyed birds begin to share the joy of nature with the youngest and newest tribe members. 

These birds can often be seen looking like stealth ninjas fluttering towards each other. As one bird moves in for the attack, the other jumps upwards a couple of feet off the ground maneuvering remarkably before torpedoing downward on 45-degree angles.  From my observation it is unclear whether this is a pattern of mating, playing or fighting. My guess is that it is a game.

The song the Robin sings to the other birds and other robins, in particular, is original in its own right.

This bird signifies renewal and is one of the first of the spring.

By May the Robin can be seen aerating lawns around North America while digging for worms.

If you see a nest, you may get close up and view the beautiful blue eggs but please do not touch them or momma will be mad.

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*New Series* Birds from Walden Red-winged Blackbird

“The birds I heard today, which, fortunately, did not come within the scope of my science, sang as freshly as if it had been the first morning of creation.” -Henry David Thoreau-

When I moved to Walden pond there were many unknown’s to discover, both inside and out.

One of these unknown discoveries is the many different birds that live so intentionally and peaceful in a harmony, rarely seen in man.

I have arranged some of the most intriguing birds into a series of articles that will appear weekly for your enjoyment.

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived” -Henry David Thoreau-

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Red winged blackbird

The red-winged Blackbird represents re-birth and renewal. After a long winter in the Northeast, this beautiful bird is one of the first that we see softly, sweetly, singing songs of spring.

One of the songs is a whistle. A mating call that is accompanied by symmetrical body movement. The dance consists of stretching out large and circular like the sun.

As the deep cooing call comes, the red-winged blackbird spreads his wings in full display, appearing twice as large and more appealing to potential mates.

At first glance, it looks like almost any other blackbird just with a bright red stripe sitting above a yellow stripe, on the shoulder of the wings.

Once the mating song has been sung, the bird opens its feathers to show its prowess, displaying the fullness of its wingspan and deep colours.    

 This beautiful blackbird spends most of his day flying back and forth from tree to tree, opting to sit atop the crowd wherever it lands.

This stunning and graceful creature directs the traffic of all the other birds around Walden pond with his unmistakable whistling voice.

At times acting as a radio control tower, the bird can be heard clearing the runway so that Canada geese can take off like jumbo jets after their swim.

It also acts as a defender of all nests and will help the other birds in the forest by distracting anyone who gets to close to said nests.

This bird is a leader among birds. One who takes pride in the tribe protector role and it shows through the harmony that is seen in abundance around Walden pond.

There is one particular red-winged blackbird that I have come to adore for its whimsy and innovative nature. On the comical side, the bird keeps flying into the window at the front of the house.

It will start on the ledge and try to fly upwards, attacking the two fake bird decals that are affixed to the window.

The fake birds are there to prevent real birds from crashing into the window and this seems to be a counterintuitive approach when it comes to the red-winged blackbird.

This beautiful bird will repeatedly smash into and then fall back down the face of the window in a feeble and funny effort.

The innovation aspect the bird shows is in morse code. How many humans know morse code? Exactly!

The bird can be seen perched on the metal antenna attached to the outside of the home. Intentionally, the bird starts pecking his message into the metal frame and over the ether, communicating with other birds.

At first, it seemed unfathomable but after continued observation it was unmistakable. A message would get sent and from another antenna 500 ft away, a return message would arrive seconds later.

Back and forth these messages would continue. I do not know morse code so it is unclear what the birds were communicating but they were clearly speaking back and forth through the rattling of metal.

The first time I thought it must be an echo however, the pecking patterns perceived were different from each other in both length and speed.

In the early evening with the sun at its back, the bird will sail smoothly towards the feeder and the effect is the colourful yellow and red wings appear as a solid orange.

At other times the bird can be seen exiting a tree and diving down to the cattails at the edge of the pond, bracing onto a long stock as it bends but does not break. The bird will almost touch the water before bending back the opposite way and then it will sit still soaking up the sun.

The red-winged blackbird is the initial start to spring around Walden and next comes the Robin, the official bird of Spring everywhere.

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Alphabet soup for the soul – “Z”

Z is for Zygote

“A zygote is a gamete’s way of producing more gamete’s. This may be the purpose of the universe”

Robert A. Heinlein

The dictionary defines a zygote as “An egg that has been fertilized by sperm”

This is a natural biological process in humans and animals and is the initial stage to reproducing .

It is in essence life itself , the first manifestations of a soul’s entrance into the human experience.

The Dali Lama the explains the intended objective of a zygote beautifully when talking about how suffering can create joy.

After exploding on the scene through the birth canal, we see how suffering can very quickly be turned to joy.

A child is born and another point of attention connects to the rest of the universe. 

Some children will remain lighter and vibrate higher throughout their lives. Unfortunately due to the conditioning received and chemicals, foods, water, and other external forces in the public sphere, the overwhelming majority of the people on our planet have been so conditioned out of their natural state that they are more dense and their waves are vibrating incoherently.

What is needed is a return to Abundance of health , Benevolence of being and a call to Creation. A return to quiet time and time to go within. A return to healthy grown fruits and vegetables and clean and pure drinking water.

All of this will allow the zygotes vibrate higher from the beginning.

There is no irony in the fact that at the end of Alphabet soup for the soul ,we are starting back at the beginning. it is intentional. it shows the cyclical nature of all things.

The Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and, the end!

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I want to thank you for taking this journey with me through Alphabet soup for the soul.

I will be launching a new series for your enjoyment next week called Birds from Walden.

Below is the link for the first series that I posted on Words from Walden.

12 steps to a spiritual awakening

Other articles that may be of interest;

How do I find my purpose?

Becoming Limitless

Cloud Cover

Alphabet soup for the soul (FULL)

Thank you again!

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Alphabet soup for the soul – “Y”

“Believe you can and your halfway there”

-Theodore Roosevelt-

Y is for You

You have everything you need inside you already.

You have energy and light and electricity coursing through your veins so you have access to higher dimensions and realms that can not be measured by science.

You are electric, your thoughts are liquid.

You are a wave of light and energy.

You are a radio and every single moment, you are transmitting your vibration across the universe. A big part of the vibration signal you send out is based on what you feel as a body and what you think as a mind. And, therein lies the problem.

As the French philosopher , Pierre Teilhard de Chardin said;

“We are not Human beings having a spiritual experience;

We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”

Those who are spiritual will understand this while

Those who are not, suffer under an affliction of their own mind and also their bodies.

You have all the tools and if there is any doubt about that, just read through the Alphabet soup for the soul starting at A is for abundance . You will quickly remember that everything you need is inside of you already.

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Alphabet soup for the soul – “X”

X is for -” X marks the spot

“If ‘X’ marks the spot of the destination of our life journey, then ‘Y’ should be the reason we’re choosing to go”

– Cedric Crawford-

The phrase ‘X marks the spot’ has a couple of different attributions. One version is that old pirates would bury their treasure and the way they would remember where it was, was by placing an X on a map close to a landmark that they sought out as the burial site.

Another version is that it was used by the British army. When performing executions, A soldier would mark a piece of paper with an x and positioning it on the heart of someone sentenced to death.

Somewhere along the line we became less barbaric in the approach to this phrase.

For the purposes of this article you are X and X marks the spot where you are standing at any time or point in the world. You are at the centre of your own world at all times.

This means that you are the center point of your own reality. Everything you come in contact with on a daily basis is a message for you and you alone.

The guy you pass on the street at a certain time everyday, he has a message for you.

The lyrics to a song that stir up feelings inside you, pay attention to that message.

The bird that lands beside you in the park or the cat that crosses your path. The email you get or the book you read. All of these are messages for you in your world.

Other people are receiving their own different messages. There is magic in song, scenery and surroundings.

Sometimes we don’t even know what the message is until a future time and date. Have you ever experienced this? Something happens and you instantly recall a song or a book you read in the past. The reason you realise right away is that it was meant for you.

This happens sometimes without our knowing. Maybe you wanted to run first thing in the morning but when you woke up your foot was sore. instead you decide to run later in the day and on that run you happen across something that you would not have otherwise seen. that is also a part of the magic.

Do you believe in something you cant see but you know is there? Just like a WIFI signal that we know is there because our phone is working yet we cant see it, God is the magic and is there at all times. Unlike the WIFI signal she doesn’t ever cut out on us.

You are the X and the map is your imagination. So, start with right now, , where you are and with whatever you have.

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Alphabet soup for the soul – “W”

W is for Work

“I learned the value of hard work by working hard”  

Margret Mead

If you do the work , you will reap the rewards. And, if you do what you love it will not feel like work (most of the time).

 Working hard is not about money or fame but rather about being the best version of you that you can be for your level of consciousness at any given time.

The goal is to evolve, but personal evolution does not simply happen by creating your future from a closed trans-like state of becoming nobody and no-thing, in no time, from no place and nowhere. There is another step that is essential.

After you create your future from that meditative state , that spiritual dimension , you must re-enter the physical body and play in the 3D world of physical form.

The trick is trying to stay conscious without repeating the negative thought loops, patterns and unconscious behaviours, that are hardwired inside each of us. Neural networks that have been laid down over a lifetime.

We must ask the question, What can I do so that i don’t fall from grace today?  And, If I do fall from grace , How can I shorten the refractory period ?

 Have you ever been upset about something you have said or done and then hours, even, days later you are still upset about the same thing? 

This is where you must forgive yourself and move forward in an effort to become lighter and vibrate higher. This is where we realise we are human. We get up and dust ourselves off and return to doing the work.

As long as we just keep working and taking action in the direction of our goals and dreams then the prize is inevitable.

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Alphabet soup for the soul – “V”

V is for Vision

If you are not being defined by a vision of the future, then your left with the old memories of the past

-Dr. Joe Dispenza-

Do you have a vision for your future? 

If not, now might be the time to start thinking about it.  Where do you see yourself in 1, 5 or 10 years?  How about 20 or 30 years?

The important thing to note is that those milestones will happen no matter what. It is up to you whether or not you have a say in how they happen.

Since you have the power to choose and create your future, you might as well make a conscious choice of what you wish to become before it’s too late (if your reading this than its not too late).

One of the smartest people I ever knew said make a list of what you wish to have twenty-five years from now and spend the next twenty-five years getting it.  To some that may sound a little too difficult but that is because you have a mental block that has allowed you to ‘accept your lot in life’.

Somewhere inside you is a limiting belief that says ‘life is just the way it is and I have no control over my future’. Some will be happy enough repeating the same day over and over.

I am here to tell you that you are in possession of the golden lamp and the universe is the genie here to grant you as many wishes as you can muster.

A new car, what colour? a new house, where? a new job, in what industry?

Your wish is my command says the Universe to the person holding the lamp.

Please don’t just take my word for it. Practice this for the next 60 days;

TRY THIS: Sit with your eyes closed for 5-10 minutes a day and dream about all the desires you wish to manifest in this life. At first, you may not believe the things you are putting forth, in fact, you probably won’t believe it but do it anyway. Do not let this stop you from dreaming daily.

Continue to repeat the same dreams, wishes and ideas for the full 60-day period and not only will you start to believe it but your brain will also start to seek out the answers on how to do it. The key is to not waver.

Stick to the same dream and do it every day from that closed eyes state. You will find out that the universe will provide you with opportunities that you previously could not see. That is when the magic begins. Do you believe in yourself? Do you believe in magic?

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Alphabet soup for the soul – “U”

U is for Universe

” Ordinary men hate solitude. But the master makes use of it, embracing his aloneness, realizing he is one with the whole universe”

Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

 Universe, God, Source, The Tao. These are all different names for the same thing.

 These are all ways of saying creator or creation.

The Tao describes the Universe as;

everything and nothing

good and bad

up and down

right and wrong

light and dark.

If this is so then although, God has given us all the gifts of creation, the truth is that She is not pre occupied with what any one of us do. The whole thing is one big connected cosmic joke and each part (good and bad) is necessary for God to experience God.

In this context God (or the universe) is everything.   As that old Santa looking guy who had conversations with God has told us, there is nothing that is not God. No -thing.

The creator made it this way intentionally so that the universe can experience itself as one combined conscious entity.

The most beautiful part is that the Universe has started a massive shift to awaken the masses since the turn of the century. It started in earnest in the 1970’s, however, it sped up at an exponential rate once the internet was widely used.

Before that the knowledge was kept to churches, universities, politicians and the ultrawealthy. The internet has changed that. We can find out anything we want and find out what’s going on any where in the world that is connected via internet.

Now we are all connected and I can talk to people from every country in the world simultaneously . We are all connected as part of one universal consciousness. Brothers and Sisters made by God for God

When God made Humans the apex of creativity, we became his perfect creation. That holds with it the meaning that you are a perfect creation exactly the way you are at this moment.

  

  

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Alphabet soup for the soul – “T”

T is for Transformation

Self-transformation is not just about changing yourself. It means shifting yourself to a completely new dimension of experience and perception.

– Sadhguru-

An tiny egg turns into larva which then turns into a caterpillar, before finally, transforming into a beautiful butterfly, so too a human being can transform from ugly to beautiful.

The butterfly is a perfect metaphor for the ego. We can transform our ego from the ugly caterpillar that is leeching onto its existence, scared by what it see’s and continuously squirming to and fro in an effort to get ahead, yet barley making any progress.

We can transform that slow repetitive, predictable and agonizing route into a multi-dimensional and multi-directional, stunningly majestic butterfly.

Once the metamorphosis is completed in the fourth stage, a butterfly breaks out of the chrysalis and upon its own strength it emerges to explore new opportunities.

Opportunities that were previously unseen to the lowly caterpillar become visible. This beautifully transformed creature not only has a new life but it is also able to explore new dimensions of time and space once thought unfathomable.

From a fresh vantage point the butterfly can travel far across the planet migrating the globe to witness the Universe beyond the scope of a caterpillar whose entire life is bound to a couple of trees in a park. Become beautiful, become a butterfly.

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Alphabet soup for the soul – “S”

S is for Suffering

“Pain is certain, suffering is optional”

-Buddha-

The Buddha famously said ‘life is suffering’ and that is true if you believe it. It does not however, have to be that way. The Buddha also said that suffering is optional. I believe pain is a bodily experience whereas suffering is a condition of the mind. There can be one without the other.

Henry Ford has been attributed with saying “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right”.  It’s a choice and each individual gets to decide how to proceed. I believe the same goes for suffering. You can decide to suffer or not, it is up to you.

Let us use the example of having to receive a dozen stitches in your arm from a wound. The cut is deep and it hurts. There may be lots of blood around the cut and you may not be able to focus on anything except the hurt and the discomfort that has become your entire world a moment. 

That is not suffering however, it is pain. Suffering enters when we start agonizing over the pain and when we attach the human idea of  “woe is me” or start to project the worst-case scenario as our monkey mind will almost certainly always do to try and keep us safe.

If we remove ourselves from ourselves, and just observe the reality of the situation from a detached point of view then we stop it at the level of pain and we do not suffer.

The irony in this scenario is that suffering is ego-driven. By placing the attention on Me, My or I , in the act of Suffering, It is actually the ego taking over.

If that were not the case and you were to accept that, yes, this is unpleasant but the doctor will fix me up and everything will be fine than you will not suffer, you will simply be in pain.

A helpful strategy in this situation would be to feel compassion other people and once that happens you are no longer separated by your own ego. Thus, you become connected again to all that is and you will see an instant transformation from suffering into compassion. Which would you rather feel?

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Alphabet soup for the soul – “R”

R is for Remembering

“Can you remeber who you were, before the world told you who you should be”

-Charles Bukowski-

Babies and toddlers innately know what to do? They do not have to be taught or learn, they just know. It also helps that they believe in themselves, have a faith in themselves and desire that is unwavering. Conversley and most importantly they do not doubt themselves.

Have you ever seen a toddler learning to walk? How many times do they fall down?

Not only do they get back up every single time but they eventually reach their end goal. This single metaphor tackles many areas inherent to success, such as;

  1. Always get back up

2. Do not ever stop trying to reach your goal

3. Do not entertain “no” or “impossible as an option

A toddler will learn how to walk because they never entertain the idea that they can’t walk. It simply is not an option not to do so.

A wise guru said that if a child is alone and hungry , and see’s berries on a bush, the child does not try to put the berries in their ears or their eyes. The child understands intellectually that the berries go in the mouth and no one needs to tell the child this.

As children we knew what to do, how we felt and who we were. Somehow it is conditioned out of us overtime by well meaning people who want to fill our heads with their dogmas and ideology, based on what they experienced in their lives and what they think they know. Sometimes the advice is helpful, like not putting your hand on a hot stove or learning not to walk in front of a moving car. More often than not however the “lessons” are nonsensical and better be left unsaid.

Young kids are in the present moment the majority of the time and are almost always in a state of bliss , even when upset they are fully present with those feelings. They will sit with the feeling for a minute or two and once felt, they are done with that emotion. This is because they allow emotions to move through them and out of them.

Young kids are naturally in a waking meditation, enamoured with the world around them and not worried about the mistakes of the past or what will happen in the future.

Adults do the opposite and try to not feel the emotion by either burying it quickly or distracting ourselves with something else so we do not have to feel the unwanted feelings.

Which sceanrio is more helpful? As such we must remeber what we have forgotten and be more like the curious children of the world. We must allow all emotions, good and bad, to play their part and feel them before ultimatley releasing them back to whence they came.

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Alphabet soup for the soul – “Q”

Q is for Question

“Question everything. Learn something. Answer nothing.”

-Euripides

Question everything. Question your thoughts. Question your beliefs. Question the Universe and then do it again. This is how you will find out who you truly are.

Question your values, your purpose and your reason for doing the things you do. Ask other people questions and then question the feedback you receive from them.

Question why you notice the same person on your way to work every day and not the other 10,000 people you pass on the street or on the train or in your car. Question why certain types of information cross your path and the timing of their arrival. Question everything relentlessly until you find the answers that are true to you and then keep on questioning.

The results of your life are a direct response to the questions you have asked. If you are unhappy with your current life situation it is because you are not asking the right questions or maybe you are not asking any questions .

Take all the information, the constructs,  the beliefs,  the values and the experiences which you have accumulated up to this exact moment in your life and question if they serve you or not.  If they do not serve you then softly say goodbye and let them go.

Inspiration and creativity is deep inside you already and so are the answers you seek. It is no accident that you arrived on the planet at this precise moment in time.  Start asking Why? Who? What? Where? When? How? Once you start asking those simple questions the answers have no choice but to emerge.

As this blog has noted in the past when we begin to ask open-ended questions our brain has no choice but to bring forth the answer through the nouns you experience in our life. 

If you are not participating in the creation process of the story that is your life then you will end up with a life lived unintentional and not by design. By default you may miss out on the future you want because you will simply walk right past it without ever even noticing.

You will miss the opportunities that are presenting themselves daily and you will have to settle for the leftovers that remain after all the creators have plated their desires from the buffet of life.

Once we ask the questions the Universe will align to answer those questions. However, if you are not looking for the answers then you will not see them.

TRY THIS: Ask a question for which you’ve been longing for guidance. Now over the next few days pay attention and you will see some answers. Keep asking the same question until you receive answers. It doesnt take long.

If your unsure where to start here are some questions to ask ourselves;

  Why are we here? What would it feel like to …? How can I…? What would it look like five years from now if …? What will allow me to …? When will I…? 

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Alphabet soup for the soul – “P”

P is for Physiology

Lets play a game.

Imagine if you will in your mind’s eye that you are holding a bright shiny lemon.

First, feel the softness of the lemon that gives a little when you squeeze it tight (not too tight).

Next, notice the waxy skin on the outer layer and the unmistakable scent of the uncut lemon.

Now place it down on a cutting board and grab a big sharp knife.

Cut the lemon in half and then into smaller wedges like you would when adding it to a glass of water.

Finally, pick up one of the wedges and bite into it.

What does it taste like? Did your mouth water or maybe your eyes squinted at the taste?

You just changed the physiology of your body by thought. What you think literally affects your body.

If your body can produce that kind of a change just by thinking about a lemon for less than one minute , then what do you think is possible for our physiology if we sat alone in thought for ten minutes a day, everyday?

After a couple of months our bodies would reflect the change we are attracting in our meditation and we would feel as if the dreams we are going after have already happened, because according to our physiology and just like the lemon, we have changed our thoughts to reflect that the event has actually happened.

Then we begin to step into the things we are meditating about. We start to attract the right people, events and circumstances in our lives and in doing so we have just created our future.

As the saying goes, When life gives you lemons make lemonade.

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Alphabet soup for the soul – “I”

I is for Infinite Intelligence

I know this world is ruled by infinite intelligence. Everything that surrounds us- everything that exists – proves that there are infinite laws behind it. There can be no denying this fact. It is mathematical in its precision.

-Thomas Edison-

There is an infinite intelligence that allows our bodies to breathe while we sleep. It also allows our bodies to repair and regenerate while we sleep.

This same intelligence allows blood to travel through us covering 19,000 km or 12,000 miles a day.

It allows a human heart to beat 100,000 times daily. It allows the lungs to take around 20,000 breaths a day. The most amazing part is that we don’t even notice any of this is happening.

The complexity of the body although empirical is in a realm that is still unfathomable for most people. This is due to infinite intelligence.

Whether you choose to call it God, Universe or Source, they are all the same thing, infinite intelligence.

It defies thought and understanding to grasp the full significance of the intricate nature of the human body. It is also completely perfect and designed to be that way.

This infinite intelligence is not just in our bodies but is everywhere we look as well.

All the drops of water that make up an Ocean and that then force the waves to roll in and out depending on which way the earth is facing and the pull of the moon.

The stars and planets that are suspended in the sky and waiting for us to explore.

The mass migration of birds in the winter, heading south for warmer destinations closer to the equator. How is it that a bird can know how to get from Boston to Boca Raton?

This same intelligence also allows a bear to hibernate for months while losing half its body fat but no muscle. Dropping the Bear’s heart rate from 50 bpm down to 10 bpm, and dropping their body temperature from 38 degrees down to 33 degrees. This same intelligence allows a bear to go months without drinking, urinating or defecating.

A bamboo tree grows underground without sunlight for 4 years and is not visible above ground until the 5th year. At that point, it breaks through and then shoots up 60-80 ft in a couple of months. That could not happen without infinite intelligence.

The rain that turns to snow at a certain temperature and the revelation that every single snowflake is uniquely different than its counterpart.

The beautiful colors of fall foliage or the grass that exactly like fingernails will grow faster the more you cut it.

A field full of dandelions that all look the same until you get a closeup and realize that like a snowflake every single one is different.

All around us are the designs of infinite intelligence at work and most of us don’t even think about it for even a second during our entire lives.

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Alphabet soup for the soul – “F”

F is for Focus

“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it. “

-Greg Anderson-

What we focus on expands. Many people have been attributed with saying “Energy flows where attention goes” and whether the energy is positive or negative this is true of everyone. No one is exempt from this universal law.

If you want to become a musician for example, then you must place your attention on that. In doing so your energy will flow there.

In order to achieve success, you have to practice by visualizing and then becoming the thing it is that you want. If you direct your attention towards this thing then the energy inside you flows directly to it.

This means you have to do the things a musician would do. You must write music, learn instruments, practice singing, learn about the mixing equipment and find places to practice live in front of people. Essentially you must focus the majority of your energy and attention on that thing.

If instead, you say I’ll start tomorrow, I’m too tired right now or I’ll start later, then your energy is now tied up in procrastination and since your attention is not on becoming a musician anymore, then you will not become that thing.

When I first started writing I had no experience. I didn’t even know the difference between a noun and a verb.

I did know, however, that in order to become a writer there is only one way. I had to immerse myself in the craft. I had to focus my energy and attention on writing by sitting down and forcing myself to write. So that’s what I did.

Every day and unsure what to write, I would set a timer and write down whatever came into my head until the timer went off.

 After doing this month after month I slowly found my style and progressively got better. 

The reason is that I focused all my attention on becoming a writer; as such my energy started flowing to where my attention was going. There is no other way to achieve the things you want.

The more you find your passions, purpose and principles the easier it becomes until one day you reflect quickly on your journey and realize that your time and energy has been steadily flowing where you put your attention.

Go into your memory bank right now and recall a time when you were stuck in a state of being mad or upset and couldn’t get unstuck. The reason is that negative energy was flowing to that thought or situation and that energy directed your attention to the loop that got you stuck in the first place.

The flip side of that coin is that we have all had moments when our energy was so bright and radiant that even an energy vampire crossing our path could not disrupt it. That is because our focus was on something greater.

By focusing all your time and energy on your dreams, that reality will expand until you become that thing.

Ask yourself where is your attention flowing? If you don’t like the answer then focus your energy and attention towards your dreams until they become a reality.

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Alphabet soup for the soul – “A”

A is for Abundance

Abundance is not something we acquire, it is something we tune in to.” 

Wayne Dyer

    God, Source, The Universe, The Feild. Whatever you call the higher power that created us and allows blood to travel substantial distances freely through our veins is providing abundance everywhere, all the time. 

This same infinite intelligence keeps us breathing while we are fast asleep, resting and repairing, regenerating and rejuvenating so every day we function at an optimal level.

The same higher intelligence also provides fruits and vegetables to nurture the body. By harnessing the sun’s power plus water as it falls from the sky, all the food needed for survival grows on trees, bushes or directly out of the ground.

The amount of food produced each year is enough to feed the whole world multiple times and it all stems from the tiniest volume of seeds which grow into full abundance right in front of our eyes.

Made purposefully by God and given for us. The amount of abundance is greater than one can attempt to fathom.

One day while making dinner, I cut open a pepper and there were at least one hundred seeds inside one red pepper.

If even half turned into peppers after planting then I would end up with fifty new peppers, each with a hundred more seeds which is the same as five thousand more seeds.

After just a couple of years, you would have half a million followed by a number like 50,000,000 and on and on forever expanding.

All of that abundance comes from one seed planted with love and cared for over a much shorter time frame than one might assume. This idea works in an endless possibility of ways and means. Some are noted in this article. The brain is another great example.

Just look at how many neurons are in the human brain. As of the last count, there were 86 billion neurons inside a human brain. Is that how many drops of water are in all the oceans? How about the number of grains of sand? Is it possible that there are 86 billion stars in the universe?

Finally, abundance can be shown through the neuron example via human evolution in learning. If scientists one hundred years ago claimed there were only 14 billion neurons in the brain and today they are saying 86 billion, then how many neurological circuits will the human brain have 100 years from now.

It matters not that we didn’t have the ‘proper’ tools 100 years ago. What matters is the abundance was already there, we just couldn’t see it. 

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New years eve 2020

New years 2021 and I love you all.

As always thank you for supporting this blog. Its so humbling to have such amazing interactions with people from all over the world.

A new series series will be revealed on this blog tomorrow. To read my first series; 12 steps to spiritual awakening series click here

The newest series for 2021 Is called; Alphabet soup soup for the soul

A is for Abundance, B is for Benevolence, C is for Creation.

“A” will be released on New years day.

Every Saturday there after there will be a new letter of the alphabet.