Back To School: An Intersection Of Old And New

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As I sit here writing this post, this writer took a moment to hit the pause button to reflect on a meaningful, mundane transaction on today’s to do list. Specifically, I shuttled our teenager off to their final early morning summer cross training workout.

It’s not cool to call things like that day camp or playdates anymore (all too tempting). And you don’t call it practice, it’s now called training.

To wit: it’s hard not to hear George Carlin’s spirited questionable assertion, was it ever cool to call getting together with peers or friends playdates?

A vocational internship, community service hours, college tours, soccer season and the beginning of a new school year are all happening and on our household’s horizon. With a kid in school and dad who works in them, that’s what’s up. It’s a process many parents and caregivers have experienced before.

As parents, we’re trying to be mindful of our approach, because like any responsibility, it’s easy to fall prey to the doing, become robotic, and lose sight of the sacred moments along the way. That can happen in all aspects of life, if you’re not careful.

Speaking of transitions, the one constant is change along the trails of life. Are you noticing the subtle hints of Autumn are in the early August air?

These sense experiences mix alchemically with the microscopic, minority radiance of vibrant hues of leaves turning, whilst offering an early prequel to a backdrop to Nature’s theater. May we bear witness to everything old beginning anew again.

It won’t be long till the Equinoxes are here in later September, where light and dark are equal again, and peak foliage colors the tree lines again, if only for a brief moment in time. Ah, the yin and the yang at play!

Looking ahead, our days will get shorter until the darkest day of the year on the Winter Solstice in December. However, if you live in the Southern Hemisphere, Spring is springing, and it will be the Vernal Equinox at that time. Those days will get longer until sunlight peaks on their Summer Solstice.

For the rest of us in the living moment, a Full Moon is waxing and will fully reveal itself in the second week of August. Historically, Full Moons go by different names. One of the traditional names, as indicated by many of our ancestors, is the Full Sturgeon Moon.

These mighty freshwater fish still thrive in the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain regions in the Middle of the Americas. Like turtles, sturgeons have been around at least as long as when dinosaurs roamed Mother Earth.

In much the same way as everyone else, these fish are at risk in today’s changing tides. And yet, these living fossils are still around. Moreover, sturgeons reflect the power of survivors, and as such, are symbolic of resiliency. Like the murky waters these fish stir up, we need to swim through them with resiliency in our tackle box, if you’ll pardon the pun.

But what is this resiliency we speak of? After nearly two decades of social work practice in Public Schools, it is a dream come true to see that we are paying more attention to building resiliency in school community settings.

It’s no secret that we humans come into this Earthbound experience with our own unique, prewired blueprints. While our core temperaments don’t change, our personalities are an evolving process over our life cycle.

Resiliency is something that we are equipped with, and have an aptitude for- some more than others. But we can all build resiliency, which has a positive ripple effect on each other.

Systemically, one way we can all develop our capacity for resiliency is to create and follow a self care routine. I’m a big fan of the Keep It Simple Sweetheart (KISS) model.

Like any healthy self-care routine, building resiliency starts with yourself and invites an intention and commitment to a daily routine of mindful attention.

For example, teaching more meditation, mindfulness and social emotional learning (SEL) as part of the school curriculum supports resiliency and facilitates the challenging process of learning how to be human.

Strategies like focusing on peaceful, calming thoughts, positive self talk, mindful belly breathing, relaxing our judgments and learning to be gentle on ourselves are healthy ways to build an internal state of resiliency and harmonize with our environment. Of course drinking mostly water, emphasizing consumption of plants and being more meat minimalist doesn’t hurt.

Remember that saying yes to self care means that you are saying yes to your own mental health and well being. The rising tide of Inner Peace awakening increases as the more of us become living role models of these behavioral changes. Further, the more we make waves in this dimensional shift, we will collectively see ourselves becoming the change we want to see in the world.

Here is a practical self care/SEL demonstration below in the form of the The Mirror of the Mind meditation. Regular practice of this powerful strategy will support sound mental health and well being in your daily life:

Take care of yourselves everyone,

Ari

Autumn Equinox Yields A Full Harvest Of Falling Leaves Under The Moon & Dreaming Lucid Lunar Dreams

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May the light of this moon shine on your soul

and leave you feeling an inner energetic balance in your walking meditation.

May the changing colors of Autumn’s leaves brighten your spirits

and soften your field of vision.

Notice how the squirrels reveal the balance between work and play.

Do you see how they learn through imitating each other?

Witness Social Learning Theory at play!

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Squirreling Away Our Acorns for Leaner Times Ahead

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A Full Corn Moon reveals its harvest in the skies on September 2nd, 2020, followed by a New Moon in its wake on Thursday, September 17th, and the Autumn Equinox on Tuesday, September 22nd.

Daylight is waning in the Northern hemisphere these days, as is brighter hints of fall in the air, and as seen on the leaves.

Can you hear the acorns dropping from the trees, and popping onto the ground?

Do you appreciate the beautiful rainbow spectrum of foilage on the trees, and the colorful shades of hues that decorate our human family?

Light and dark will be equal again on the Autumn Equinox, and then the dark will rise till its climax on the Winter Solstice, the darkest day of the year after the election and eclipse season are over at the tail end of December.

What new suprises are awaiting us between Tao and Zen?

When I think about squirrels, I am inspired about what they do with their nervous energy. I like the way the channel their chi in ways that find balance between work and play.

Squirrels have an intelligence about them that just knows what to do right now so that they have enough supplies gathered for food security for leaner times ahead.

They seem to know how to have fun in spite of how busy they are right now.

If only we humans can remember that during this season of transition, in our back to school, back to business mentality in schools, and other workplaces.

And even thought they often forget where they bury their acorns, they trust their sense of smell to guide them to dig into the earth to shed light on the mystery of their forgotten fruit.

How they don’t lose their minds, and go nuts in the process is beyond my human comprehension.

Seems to me that our world could stand to learn from our fellow spirited woodland creature friends.

Squirrels show us that they have their own rainbow of diversity. Red squirrels are smaller, but more brazen, vocal, and animated in their approach. Gray squirrles aren’t particularly quiet either, they don’t like strange squirrels, and they aren’t afraid to speak up on that.

But there is an old world respect of the rules that they play by that we humans can stand to adopt, nurture in our own doings, and coregulation with one another.

Black Lives Matter and Me Too are merely accentuating the power of that sentiment, just like a black panther captures the magic and mystery of the primal forces that awaken within the depths of the unknown.

It is a tragic and sad day when another black person dies at the hand of an unfair and unjust playing field that leaves all lives strangulated whether realized or not. It is a suffocating feeling, people are tired, and have had enough. The looting and rioting are chaotic manifestations from that anger.

Preschoolers notice differences but do not judge those differences as better or worse. We are taught to do that, and you begin to see prejudicial thought forms developing by Kindergarten.

Move beyond your judgments and see historical context for what it is. We have all been deceived to buy into a segregated system of us and them.

You may have had the good fortune to have been taught that you can grow up, overcome any obstacle, and be whoever or whatever you want. Perhaps the shade of your skin was not really a factor in that belief because you were raised by well intentioned parents to be colorblind.

But the reality is, that for black people, indiginious people, and people of color, particularly in America, that has not been their experience, from the eyes of the dominant majority or mainstream cultural norms.

Yeah, we’ve made progress, but we are still carrying the luggage passed down to us from our ancestors. The cycle of poverty and mental health issues are also part of that baggage that needs to be released and let go of.

The soul power of these movements represent shifts toward equanimity within our human family, and reflect the universal pillars of Love and Truth.

Especially now at the tailend of one age, while coming out of the birth canal into a new one.

The Virus has been a catalyst to challenge our modern day human paradigm in ways that reveal how isolated and disconnected we can feel from one another, and the world around us.

But then again, that is something we have needed to come to reconcile inside of ourselves.

Because the truth is, led by the power of love in our hearts, is the wisdom to know that we are never really alone.

The feeling of separation is part of our suffering. The way out of this suffering is to find the courage to step into our fears, and trust that we are all connected in unity, regardless of our diversity.

Empathy, sensitivity, and an appreciation for our different ways of seeing the world are good for us to work on, and play with in our consciousnessness.

That doesn’t happen if you aren’t willing to self-reflect about your judgments or take inventory of your thoughts and emotions.

It doesn’t happen if you don’t dig beneath the surface of your anger, or look beyond someone’s behavior to see the whole person that might have been hidden from your initial, cursory glance.

An American election is coming that faces a divided nation.

A radical political action that I take is to see the inner nobility of someone that I am struggling with inside of myself.

And then, I focus on gratitude for the presense of whomever I am targeting as the focus of inner nobility of that person.

President Trump is a good example for many of us on the planet to focus on our suffering that way.

As challenging as it might be for you, see his inner nobility, and focus on gratitude for his presense in your life.

This is easier to do with someone you like, and you know cares about you.

There are a lot of seductive conspiracy theories out there that are part of the fake news that flood the corporate media.

I heard a real humdinger recently, the one about The Donald being a light worker in disguise.

As ridiculous as that sounds, the point of namaste is to see the light in another person that also resides in you.

You don’t just do that with people you like or agree with politically.

The real challenge is to love everybody.

Like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

We should heed his wisdom, and bring back the spirit of his teachings in our everyday affairs.

Till we tweet again peeps,

Ari

A Waxing Full Moon, Awakens The Thrill Of The Hunt

The Autumn Equinox has eclipsed us, and our days are getting darker.

From a spiritual perspective, the veils between the material and
spirit realms are thinning, and intersecting in more obvious ways.

Energetically, it’s a good time to turn yinward, and
be more mindful of darker, less welcome emotions.

And it isn’t getting any easier to live on the planet today,
with the intensifying labor pains.

But there is so much help from the spirit realm, if
only we remember to ask.

Now more than ever, it is the perfect time to ask,
so that you can receive the spiritual guidance you need.

Have you noticed your perceptual experiences heightened in this way?

Our ancestors are speaking to us more loudly and clearly
at this time of year, often through Nature.

Picture a Spider to step into Infinity,
and connect with your Higher Self to script
your New Story in this New Age and Paradigm.

Otherwise, you will just be eating Crow
if you let your ego take over, and miss out
on the magic and mystery of the unfolding “yellow brick road.”

Be like a Cat, and know that you can see in the dark,
and hear the sounds of Spirit guiding your Soul
through Its transformational energy of Bat.

The Samhain is on its way, the approximate mid-point between
the Fall Equinox and Winter Solstice.

Today, we have Halloween, and other cultural celebrations like
All Saints Day, All Souls Day, and the Day of the Dead.

Interestingly, Mercury goes in Retrograde then, which will
magnify Twilight Zone perceptions, and disrupt left brain
systems of thought.

But if you align with Bear, then you will access the dreamtime,
and make the shift into your intuitive faculties¬†–
so long as you allow for faith and trust to become your waking reality.

Not coincidentally, daylight savings time ends on the Sunday after
all those dates.

In the Southern Hemisphere, movement through the
Imbolc/Spring Equinox/Summer Solstice are happening,
and their days are getting longer.

A Full Hunter Moon is on its way gracing us with
Her presence on Sunday, October 13th.

Meditate on the thrill of the hunt, or how we move through this
Full Moon cycle, rather than what we gain or lose from the hunt itself.

Like Lao Tzu would say, “nature is the best physician.”

But it’s always good to get outside, and unplug.

It will be more important to do that with the arrival of the
Astrological Winter Eclipse Season coming in December.

Perhaps if you have been sleepwalking through life in a hypnotic trance,
your eyes will open up to 20/20 vision in the New Chinese Year of the Rat.

Till we tweet again,

Ari

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A Full Harvest Moon Rises, And Light and Dark Become Equal Again on Autumn Equinox

Greetings Peeps,

The tides of change are not slowing down on the planet today.

Like riding a rollercoaster, you can raise your hand to the heavens,
twist and shout out to your god, let go, and enjoy the thrill of the ride.

Or you can resist every moment, and be seduced by your fears.

The dance between these realms of experience are akin to
how we weather the nature of the climate.

If you really lean into narcissism, and think you can control everything,
you’re likely to take everything personally, and probably slip
back into the old world of a savior complex.

In that sphere, it’s easy to feel either an inflated sense of self,
or completely deflated.

Sometimes, this shift happens on a dime.

I’ve traveled down that lonely road inside myself, and I know I’m not
the only one.

It’s hard not to let the barriers in place knock the
wind out of you.

Before you get back up, stay on the ground for a moment, feel the Earth
beneath you, merge with Her, and gaze at the clouds.

Maybe even climb a tree,
or sit beneath one for awhile.

What does that do for you?

But if you lean into your feelings of vulnerability, you can open up
to receiving the pillars of Love and Truth by way of the Universe.

It is the Nature of the Universe to provide us with signs and synchronicities.

The choice is ours to tread lightly on the surface, or scuba dive
into the shark infested waters of oceanic depth.

If you awaken to the reality that you are a soul that chose to become
mortal, then you know that everything during your time here is
transient and ephermal.

When you see from this vision, it is easier to go out on a limb,
and discover the gift of life, and how precious our time is here.

And it’s easier not to become this lifetimecentric in your viewpoints,
as in what’s in it for me, I’m gonna get mine kind of thinking.

The only thing about greed being good is that it shows us the
carnage of our fear of loss.

But then again, it is natural for expanding souls to welcome abundance,
so long as we cultivate an attitude of gratitude in our everyday footsteps.

Human beings are complex creatures.

But it is in our DNA to wake up
to becoming spiritual watchers while having human experiences.

It is important to learn how to play situational football in life.

Sometimes it’s go time, and you gotta run with the ball.

Other times it’s time to take the scenic route, smell the roses, or take a catnap.

If you’ve noticed Groundhogs, they ate a lot of food over the summer, often on
wet, rainy days to get ready for their wintery slumber.

Same with the chimpunks, scurrying around, and procuring their source.

And although squirrels keep on keeping, as nuts as they are –
they don’t seem to forget how to play and have fun.

Even if they do forget where they buried their acorns.

Till we tweet again,

Ari

Scripting Spiritual Guidance with Spider

Grandmother Moon’s wisdom speaks to us through stories woven
into dream catchers scripted by Spidery energetic creations

Many moons ago, stories were spun saying Spider
inspired language development

And so goes the saying that
in the beginning there was the Word

Picture a figure 8 sign of Infinity opening up
floodgates of unconscious possibilities

The time is now for co-authoring novel stories of living on our planet
Civil disobedience is a time-tested tradition of sustainable change

Part of that is walking the line in the center of a circle of a spiritual path

We all need to do our part to change the script
One way to do that is to let go of the transgressions of others
and not take their actions personally, nor feed into hate

Building tolerance and acceptances does not mean you
condone someone else’s bad behavior

But seeing their Sun and their Moon as parts of a greater whole,
help support the overall web of life take in a breath of fresh air

Old ways of doing things have gotten us tangled up in the blues

But pathways into inner peace walk in the direction of letting go of old wounds
This lightens your load and relaxes barriers to personal growth

Watching human impetus fluctuate between order and chaos
reminds us that Nature shows us that finding balance is right

Beyond reactions, base emotions that are uncomfortable to examine
are merely informative scribes that prompt us to be impeccable with our word
and not take things personally!

Till next time up the trails,

Ari

Seeing With the Detailed Precision of Mouse

If you don’t pay attention to the details,
and you buy into the better the devil you know way of living . . .

Then it will be impossible to see the change you want in the world,
and you will probably have a hard time not getting lost in its madness

But it is true that our world has ripened more than
any other season for purification

Fall is here, leaves are changing,
and Nature’s cycle of death is in the air

A Full Harvest Moon shines on the skies on Thursday . . .

Sadly, another mass shooting tragically took place in Las Vegas earlier in the week,
and iconic rocker Tom Petty died unexpectedly

These tragic events bring our feelings of grief and loss to the surface,
as does the natural movement yinward during this time of year

Chaos also awakens our fears, and sobers us up to our vulnerability

Beneath the headlines, what does the location of this latest
calculated and methodical act of violence
have to say to us about the times we are living in?

Let us not forget the metaphor of people not knowing how to emote . . .

Can we feel empathy for their sense of not fitting in,
belonging, or rage against the rising tide of the
Military-Industrial Complex that President Eisenhower warned us against?

Are we really shocked that people are finding more heated ways
to ignite the tinder-boxed system into leveling itself –
even if their desired outcome is disruptive, disrespectful,
and without regard for consequence?

Of course, violence begets more violence – which is why the ends
justifying the means kind of thinking has never been a sustainable solution

It’s kind of like taking your own life, or the life of another

In this space, your soul is in a dark place,
and becomes even more lost in an
even darker place after following this path

People who have been brainwashed to believe in the
savior complex of Martyrdom are carrying a heavy cross

The truth is you have to lay it down,
and surrender to the Divine Will of the Universe to truly be free

It makes too much sense to do it more gracefully,
peacefully, and non-violently

We need a more equitable global marketplace that invests in the human factor,
our planet, and the other creatures that live with Her

And the so-called “by any means necessary” mantra of facsism on the
right and left political extremes

Forgets the details of remembering to breathe in
the clean, fresh air of inner peace . . .

See you up the trails,

Ari

Perfect Power Animal Guidance Through the Lens of a Cat’s Eye

Cat’s are reminders of adolescence . . .
Their presence is curious, and can be difficult to anticipate

They are difficult to outwit, and nearly impossible to herd!

Creative feminine yin pounces mysterious
energetic wave pulsations, not without more natural disasters

And things heating up on the planet in general!
But in these dark times, we might as well awaken Cat’s capacity
to see well when the lights are out

Many people are feeling like things are spinning out of control

More storms are brewing as we move deeper into Climate Change . . .
These are the days of the New Normal

People who lived in the 60s and didn’t miss it,
understand that today is like then on steroids . . .

Cats show us how to be both relaxed,
yet alert and oriented at the same time

The old world can remind us to suck it up,
especially when faced with great obstacles

Everybody do this by loving yourself,
and others as much as possible . . .

Picture becoming like the power of water . . .
A gentle, and soft dead calm of a deep ocean

See and hear this mantra cradling your soul in
the form of a safe womb-like setting

A Full Harvest Moon yield’s its crop on October 5th

Become aligned with Nature, and reap Her bountiful blessings
Rather than resisting the apparent curses of Her changing seasons

Till the next trail head,

Ari