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Today is Pangea Day

“Pangea Day uses the power of film to bring the world a little closer together.”

Pangea is the hypothetical landmass that existed when all continents were believed to be one. This is where everything, all of us originated.

Pangea Day is the day where people in Barcelona, Spain; Madurai, India; Maputo, Mozambique; Medellin, Colombia; and little old me in Boynton Beach, Florida, USA can be part of a singular global event. I AM one not only with my thoughts, my family, BUT with the whole world!

It is the experience of what it is to BE human.

In one segment of the event Jonathan Harris presented his website wefeelfine.org where he explores human emotions on a global scale. I realized that I am experiencing many of the same emotions. He shows that we are one!

“Stories are the glue that holds the world together.”

It’s funny to see what one posts on a blog can actually inspire something in someone else. I guess this is why I write this blog – to actually make a difference out there. Maybe something I say can make a difference out there.

Another presenter, Ishmael Beah was a child soldier when he lost his family at war in his African country. He asked us to

“See each other’s common humanity and not the differences that tear us apart.”

He expressed that Hope is a form of strength! So my hope for the world is that war, anger, hatred, indifference will all one day disappear and we can live united as one!

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Weddings, Funerals & Baptisms

I was reading Redondowriter’s blog today. She said something that struck me!

Both my husband and I were extremely active in this parish until we separated in 1984. In 1987 I moved and only go back now for weddings, funerals and baptisms. The years fell away…”

Her post was about spirituality and faith. I don’t know why this stuck so deeply, they are only words expressing a moment in time. But maybe because it seems to be an impactful moment in her life, that it became impactful for me. So I started to look at it a little deeper. I instantly got a flashback – sort of a stream of consciousness started to flow thru me.

When I was growing up my father was very religion-oriented. Any activity we did was church related or had to do with religion. I remember the one time he would let us go to the movies. Very unusual – he was even excited about a movie opening. It was in the early 70’s, at the re-release of The Ten Commandments. He was so excited! We got to the movie theater early, waited in line for hours and this was on a Friday night – after sunset, no less.

What’s the point? Her post (not necessarily what she was referring to – but the mere fact that it was posted for me to read) was a catalyst for a moment of clarity in my life. That is, that because of conditions of my life, I’ve used my dad’s commitment to religion to separate myself from the church. Allowed it not to be a part of me anymore – only returning for – weddings, funerals & baptisms…

Every day I observe someone, some situation, some place and I[‘m]comforted, connected. I’ve had a spring resurgence of sacred ordinary.”

I am experiencing that spring resurgence. My spirituality keeps calling me. I’ve come to the realization that I’m connected to a stream of consciousness (God) that keeps calling – only I’ve not been listening. The message is clear. It is the return to the truth of life; to the simple cycle that we are connected to:

weddings, funerals & baptisms…
Life, death & rebirth

I too continue to grow-up when it comes to my faith.

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Negative Thoughts Are Running Me

Today I sat down to watch some TV. Its been a while since I’ve watch live TV. Usually it’s the Tivo with my favorite show.

Boy! Show after show is negative gossip; he-said-she-said talk show; bickering reality show!; Even Nancy Grace was gossiping about Rob Lowe’s sexual harassment allegations. We have become a society who feeds off the negativity.

Channel surfing was not an activity I was enjoying today. It was no longer an exploration of what is possible but a running away from something pessimistic.

Wow! I found myself getting anxious and worked up. Negativity started running me! I even started reacting negatively with my wife. I never realized how much negativity generates even more negativity. The energy started to change inside me.

So what do I do?

I empower myself – that’s what there is to do! Clear myself of that stuff and chose to be empowering and at ease with my circumstances. I of course put on my favorite show Star Trek – Voyager – to get away from that reality. In this episode, called Body and Soul, Seven is forced to incorporate the Doctor’s matrix into her own body to hide the hologram from their captors so that they will not destroy him. The captors consider them terrorists and are negative, suspicious and doubtful of the Voyager crew.

Anyway the Doctor is fascinated by the new found ‘zest’ for life that he is experiencing in Seven’s body. He is fascinated by what seven/humans take for granted – taste, smell, touch and emotions. He is even fascinated by the taste of prison rations.

The captors are fascinated by these unusual strangers and become friendly with the Seven/Doctor mix. The negativity and distrust they felt for the Voyager crew just faded away by Seven’s way of being. They even start to work side-by-side.

Anyway, the point is that all the characters are in their own way subjugated, self-absorbed and find themselves isolated. To the point – they are lonely (sound familiar). By experiencing one another they are each pulling the other out of the negativity that the circumstances gives them.

It is in the indulgence of our own humanity where “life is worth living.”

“The whole world is full of experiences and sensations but you insist on denying yourself.”
-The Doctor to Seven – Voyager

As a society we deny ourselves the good and choose to indulge in our own negativity. Negativity breeds negativity – and keeps us from living a happy life. So by extrapolation – positivity can breed positivity.

The program ends with a toast to a new friendship:

“To shared experiences.”

How about choosing that over the negative that our circumstances gives us. Free yourself and live life like it was meant to be – Happy!

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Another song that caught my attention & that stuck in my head. The lyrics are clean and simple. Beautiful song…

“I’m giving You my heart
All that is within
I lay it all down
For the sake of You my King
I’m giving You my dreams
laying down my rights
I’m giving up my pride
For the promise of new life

And I Surrender
All to You, all to You
And I Surrender
All to You, all to You

Singing You this song
Waiting at the Cross
And all the world holds dear
Count it all as loss
For the sake of knowing You
For the glory of Your name
To know the lasting joy
Even sharing in Your pain”

And I Surrender
All to You, all to You
And I Surrender
All to You, all to You

– Marc James, Surrender

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