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My Grandfather died sometime around the last New Moon.
He was my surrogate father, and provider of much Sun in my life.

Big Frank carried a strong presence, albeit with a penchant for being stoic,
and was a bit of the strong silent type.

Then again, the brother was a gifted storyteller.

As a first generation Italian-American,
I think about how these qualities helped him successfully assimilate
into mainstream American culture

But he was proud of his roots, and never forgot them.
Later in life, he became more pursuant of exploring their historical depth.

A dear friend expressed to me recently that
he was there when I needed him, and he had me too.

Authentic relationships are based on reciprocity.

Before he left this Earth, he talked about looking forward to
whatever his “new program” would look like.

He wondered what it would be like, in the spirit realm –
what loved ones he might see to greet him there,
and other related inquisitive sentiments about making this transition.

His attitude about viewing every day as a gift was inspirational.

I remember when I was a kid, and I learned that he was
orphaned before he became an adult.

That parallel connection has helped me get through my own troubled times.

As such, he shared with me that he never thought he’d make it past 40 –
on account of the plight of his parents dying young.

I believe that trauma motivated him to play every down like it was his last.
But not without investing in a sound long-term game plan.

My Grandpa was 47 when I was born,
and was given a second chance at fatherhood.

He taught me some of the positive aspects of the old school.

I liked hearing his mantras about not believing that
anybody else is better or worse than you.

He was a good role model about sucking it up, and to keep on trucking,
in spite of whatever obstacles you have to overcome.

I do feel sad about the loss that the void of
a loved one who passes on leaves behind.

But I also look forward to having a deeper and higher spiritual relationship
with him as we make forward progress on the playing field together.

And I wish that way of looking at it for others who survive their
friends and relations who have left them behind.

Yeah, abandonment is traumatic. It is painful to digest,
and often not without suffering.

Yet there is great joy in focusing on the good memories, and
celebrating a soul’s release from its entanglement with form.

Seems pragmatic to relax our entanglements while
we are still breathing, and living in this realm.

When they made this guy, they really broke the mold.

He wasn’t without his faults because he was a human being.
But he was a good role model, especially with his humility, and wisdom.

The dying process, like moving from one residence to another location –
seems like everyone has their own unique way of going about it.

Although we called him Chronos, Grandfather took his time with this change.

But during most of his years, he was the epitome of running the
hurry up offense, to use an American football metaphor.

If you weren’t five minutes early,┬áthen you were five minutes late.
He was notorious for pacing, and jingling his keys when waiting impatiently

I’ve often joked with folks about how he would’ve really struggled with
that reality in the business of Public Education.

His progressive embodiment about how the competitive business world should
embody fairness, honesty and integrity still makes too much sense to me.

In any organization, everybody in it, should be valued and appreciated.
I know that has informed my work as a social worker in Public Schools.

A child might be identified as Special Education, Gifted and Talented,
Vocational, College Bound, privileged, homeless or living in poverty . . .

Their parents could be pillars of the community, mentally ill, incarcerated,
lost a job, divorced, or dealing with addiction . . .

The point is that if we are family, or strangers out in the street,
we all need to look out for each other.

We are the General Welfare that the Preamble to our Constitution speaks of.

Good workers, make a boss look good – Grandpa was outspoken about that.

When questioned about his politics about life,
he emphasized that he felt thankful for having an attitude of feeling satisfied –
regardless of what setbacks or good fortune were in the cards dealt to you.

Ciao Old Buddy – looking forward to hearing stories
about your new program development!

Ari

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Snakes are slithering around in shady areas beneath the sunlight these days . . .

As such, their poisonous venom can strengthen spiritual growth

Like the energy of Snake, bullying is a strong term,
and carries a scorching bite in today’s headlines . . .

But it certainly isn’t a new phenomenon

If you get real about it, most humans have been on both
the giving and receiving end of the bullying coin . . .

As unfair and one-sided as bullying is, bystander power is an opportunity
to become an ally, and make a conscious decision
to take a stance to promote equanimity

In these days of fake news, and con artist running the show,
it can feel overwhelming to stick to the facts,
and be impeccable with your word

To wit: “the corporate media are only as liberal
as the conservative businesses that own it”

So “don’t hate the media, become the media.”

Be true to yourself, and practice speaking your truth from
a place of inner peace when standing in your own personal authority!

Just look at the opportunities for growth
in the new skins of a dimensional paradigm shift

The energy of Snake embodies transformation . . .

What old part of yourself wants to die, shed its old skin,
and awaken a new unmasking of yourself . . .

“Anger is the bodyguard of fear”

Chew on that for a moment . . .

Is your chattering monkey mind,
and subsequent emotional reactions disguised manifestations
of headaches that stem from unexpressed anger?

If you slither down the snake holes, what fears do you unearth?

Here’s to discovering inner peace along the trails of your walking meditation!

Ari

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It can be challenging to speak your own truth and let go of it . . .

Maybe you hold a more politically liberal way of looking at the world,
but someone close to you tends to have a more conservative viewpoint

Some people are concrete thinkers and tend to embody rigidity,
while others tend to have minds more like parachutes

Without one, there’s no anchor
Without the other, there’s no setting sail

How do you make friends with these tension of opposites?

It’s when we get identified with our positions where we get into trouble . . .
Otherwise, we sometimes have to agree to disagree

Besides, if you feel charged to convince someone else to buy into your position,
then it might be a good idea to reflect on what’s behind that impulse

The seductive pacifier of fascist kind of thinking, is that it
promises the illusion that a fixed idea can become a savior

But there’s nothing more devilish than an immoveable mountain of fixed mind

Do we build up walls with regards to personal and geopolitical boundaries?
Or do we relax barriers, and become more open and fluid?

Given the rising intensities of Summer’s astrological eclipse season,
wrestling with these tension of opposites are becoming more intense

But shaking up our comfort zones, and habituated mind
are healthy ingredients for making forward progress in spirit and on ground

Maybe you can appreciate going with the flow –
But do you really want to push the river to unleash the secret of your success?

There is such a proliferation of programmed habituated thought forms making it
damn near impossible to opt out of worshiping the opinions of others!

It is healthy to be mindful of and sensitive to their frequencies . . .

But not at the expense of thwarting you into
relaxing into your own evolving vibration!

Self doubt is powerful bait of a status quo version of yourself –
perhaps you’ve been hooked by the lure of the better the devil you know

Be mindful of those stories that peddle the kind of personal beliefs
that sells you packages of your own fears!

On this time of Summer Solstice . . .

Let the rays of Grandfather Sun shine His divine light
onto your soul, illuminating the silhouette of your higher self!

Imagine yourself in the sunlight of possibilities of yourself
that you might not otherwise have envisioned

Drink in the fruits of the forthcoming Full Strawberry Full Moon to help you
see clearly that you have the fire of the sun in your being . . .

Use this beacon of light to torch your motivation to rise up to the Higher Self
that you are becoming the change you want to see in the world!

Till the next trailhead,

Ari

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Do you hear Cardinal whistling a prequel
to the intensities of Summery breezes blowing in the wind?

When I think about suicide, and reflections of some of Anthony’s Bourdain’s
comments about his own arrested development, tasting desperate, privilege,
and the tension of opposites he felt about his
personal wrestling with the interplay between order and chaos . . .

I can understand how he would have had enough of
the pain and suffering in this world, and felt like it was time to check out

Truth is, it can be hard to suck it up, get up,
and keep moving forward in the natural school of Hard Knox . . .

The trick is to learn how to make friends with your inner angels and demons,
and integrate your past selves with the new beginnings of your rebirth . . .

Can you hear Cardinal’s virtuous voice singing
songs about the winds of change blowing in?

Her chorus echoes a callback about empowering us to transition
into the vibration of an innate feminine power!

Perhaps you see yourself as a generalized, intense masculine charged,
get things done, taskmaster doer!

That’s OK, so long as you don’t get identified with that role
Otherwise, you can bet your bottom dollar on a slippery slope ahead . . .

Connect with your heart, let her light your way with your head held high,
with a wide angled gaze in your field of vision . . .

It can be challenging to tune into Nature’s mixed messages that blow in
different directions around our Planet

On one perch, Cardinal reminds us to nurture our own life force –
But too much fire from the sun’s rays can burn you at the stake

Might as well remember to wax on our creative energies
and wash our feminine selves with the watery tides of our intuitive faculties

Time to come out of hiding behind the shadows,
and let your inner light shine like the sun

Meditation on Cardinal’s energy awakens
exploration of traditional, old school values . . .

These re-discoveries are divergent planetary systems of thought
from unconventional beliefs that are worth remembering

Masculine yang gains ground,
while Summer Solstice reveals peak sunlight later this month,

Follow the moonlight toward the Monty of a Full Strawberry Moon
when it bears its fruit at the tail end of the June . . .

See you next time along the trails,

Ari

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Transitions can be challenging . . .

But in every death by transient transitions,
there is a birth of opportunity . . .

Butterfly floats into our fields of vision . . .

Do you see that a gentle and soft perspective of yourself
can lighten-up to the vibe that the fruits of change is natural?

When we open our eyes to looking through a spectacle of trust,
we are better prepared for new times floating in

Our challenges awaken the opportunity to dissolve old ideas –
simultaneously creating new possibilities

There is nothing to be afraid of during transitions . . .
Even physical death is a transition

We landed into this world to become mortal . . .

Our physical bodies are finite, but our souls
do have a natural impetus to awaken to a mythical quest

Butterflies can remind us to flit about with joy in our hearts . . .

Life can be sweet like honey – if only we allow for it!

Till the next trail head,

Ari

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Bees remind us to bear witness to the
cross-pollination strength of a critical mass . . .

The fruits of our labor set us free when it
comes to spreading Love and Truth

A soul’s individual identity knows its personal authority
without sacrificing the group identity of the hive mentality . . .

Reverse engineering, technological advances, and trickle down communication
still lags behind the powerful humanity of our evolutionary potential . . .

Fixed ideas and burying our heads in the changing sands of time
serve as roadblocks to thinking outside the box thinking . . .

If only we pour our resources into holistic health care, teaching-based
disciplinary approaches and restorative justice,

and then relaxing market driven forces that
proliferate weaponizing technological advances . . .

Do you feel the stinging truth of this kind of stupidity?

In much the same way as the vibrational shift of Golden Age consciousness,
life should be sweet like honey!

May we allow our souls to shift the way we perceive the world,
so that we see the world transforms before our eyes . . .

Yeah, digesting bitter is a growing epidemic that spreads
along the fruited plains of our modern world . . .

Take in the experience of Tuesday’s fragrant Full Flower Moon and see the power
of picturing yourself like water gaining momentum gradually in our collective soulful tides . . .

Remember that people have the sovereign right to be who they are!
Quit taking their actions personally . . .

Building empathy is a clear energetic pathway into inner peace.

See you further along the trails,

Ari

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Meditation with Catbird delivers us into soulful songs of communication

Reclaiming your inner child is a high-minded note in the key of soul power

It can be hard not to develop an attitude in these hard times
and have chip on your shoulder

And it is understandable how an activist would have a problem
with trusting authority figures in an institutionally racist regime

But that is why it’s ever so important to take the higher road
of peaceful and non-violent demonstration

Movements exist because there is a natural impetus for our civil rights
to have equal access to a more free and just society

But you will not relax hate with more hatred
only the power of love will hose down the evils of injustice

Internal martial arts, like water, builds momentum gradually

Perhaps in this lifetime you sit on the throne of white privilege
But maybe in a past life you were on the opposite side of that coin

The reality of your own divinity is that you have enough power
inside of your being to light a city with the clean energy of love and truth

You know the old saying that the truth will set you free

The labor pains of purification come on like a perfect storm
that rattles the shackles of economic strangulation

Visualize the dimension where a vibrational shift happens
in our collective consciousness

A New Earth is being born before our eyes
But you have to find the eyes to see it

Imagine the possibility that you can
become the change you want to see in the world

And the world around you will change before your eyes

See you next time out on the trails,

Ari

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