Monthly Archives of: December 2014

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Understanding rather than inner struggle…

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Go beyond merely having ideals of what you want to be or “should be.”  Such ideals often create inner conflict and friction within (and “as”) the mind and are usually a waste of energy.  Look at your actions — without separation  — from moment to moment without images of desire or idealism.  This doesn’t mean that one just goes on to live in a crazy, disorderly way; it does mean that perhaps attention is looking without “learned patterns,”… and, instead, with a natural, field of order that is beyond conflict, beyond the mind’s (or others’) imposed fabrications.  Profound understanding and keen (uncontaminated) “observing” changes things… not stale, concocted ideals.

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As a caterpillar, I didn't desire this.  Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

As a caterpillar, I didn’t desire this. Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

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Beyond stale…

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If the mind renews itself each and every moment… there is no boring job of drudgery.

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[Ladybugs are largely carnivorous and eat little insects called Aphids.  In this photograph, the captured Aphid is ejecting (i.e., offering) some honeydew, but to no avail.  Ants herd Aphids — and protect them like cows – to get honeydew from them (like getting milk from protected cows); but this Ladybug is not just interested in the honeydew; it wants steak for dinner. (There were no protective ants within or around this particular Aphid colony.)]

It likes it medium rare.  Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

It likes it medium rare. Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

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Merry Christmas!

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Perhaps real spirituality is not found — locked up in confinement — in temples, where masses of people often worship self-created images, but is found when one understands oneself alone, such as when one is out in nature (without deception, without fabrication, without endless, internal chattering, and without a bunch of pretense).

After the death of the historical Christ, there were many Gospels and bibles about Jesus that different groups of people cherished and felt were legitimate.  Many years after the death of the historical Christ, The Gospel of Thomas — which many of the world’s top (current) Biblical Scholars feel was written before the standard four — was declared heretical by the high priests who catered to Rome’s Emperor Constantine… no doubt largely because it called for finding God for oneself and not by following others (such as priests, leaders, and gurus).  Some top scholars even feel that the Gospel of John was written as a rebuttal against the Gospel of Thomas.  (Jesus was initially an ardent follower of John the Baptist, who advocated finding God far from the temples, out in nature; John was terminated by the authorities.)  From the early Greek version of the Gospel of Thomas found at the ancient Oxyrhynchus site:

Jesus said, “Where there are three, they are without God.  And where there is only one, I say, I am with him.  Lift up the stone and you will find me there.  Split a piece of wood and I am there.”

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[The Christmas ornaments are on the left.  One of Santa’s reindeer is on the right.]

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

 

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One can practice self-hypnosis…

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Meditation is never a practice. You can’t practice profound perception, deep awareness, and alive/dynamic wisdom.

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[Fossilized dinosaur bone, Jurassic Period, Southern Utah.  Dinosaur bone had chambers within it to store air from the lungs and was more advanced than what mammals had (and still have).]

Bad to the bone.  Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Bad to the bone. Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

 

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On competition and rivalry…

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Schools and educators would do well by putting much more emphasis on cooperation rather than on ruthless competition.  T(ruthless) competition bestows a mentality that leans more toward domination and indifference.  Cooperation confers more learning in terms of helping, consideration, sharing, and kindness.  Perhaps one of the reasons our world is going to pot is that so many are just out for themselves (accepting a crass, dog-eat-dog mentality).

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[The gills of the mushroom help support each other (as the whole).]

Not competing.  Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Not competing. Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

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To all children…

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Don’t lose your innocence.  Don’t ever merely crave to “fit in” with the crowd.  Don’t ever fear “being made fun of” or fear “being rejected.”  Stand alone without being a slave to “what they think.”

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[Here we go ’round the mulberry bush,
The mulberry bush, the mulberry bush.
Here we go ’round the mulberry bush,
So early in the morning.]

So early in the morning... Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

So early in the morning… Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

 

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Don’t believe that never the twain shall meet…

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If, each and every day, one is wisely psychologically dying to the hullabaloo and clamor of superfluous thoughts, then one isn’t afraid of the mystery of dying (as so many are).  Then living and dying aren’t two separate things… nor the latter something horrible to be frightened of.

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[Widow Dragonfly]

Black Widow.  Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Black Widow. Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

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It’s the old extending into preset patterns…

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Few of us actually live between the past and the future because we are obtrusions of the past reacting to (and “as”) past learned images and desires.

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[Eastern Comma Butterflies are found from spring through fall in woodland and forest openings and along the edges of thickets, streams, and rivers.  This one is resting along the bank of a river.]

Moist environments rock. Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Moist environments rock. Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

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Another form of prejudice…

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Many are prejudiced against animals… and look at them as inferior.

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[A pair of Mourning Doves; the male is on the left.  Pairs tend to mate for life.  The male and the female work together to feed their new babies.  (We live along some woods where you can hear hunters shooting these often.  How any human being can shoot these (with a gun instead of a camera) is beyond my comprehension.  I, just yesterday, heard on the radio about how Passenger Pigeons went extinct due to over-hunting.)]

Exploring together! Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Exploring together! Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

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Beyond the thunder…

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Give a flower to a rainy day and watch the sun begin shining happily.  That rainy day is not separate from what many people are.

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[A Hover Fly enjoying some nectar adjacent to a mosquito that had a massive heart attack.  (The mosquito probably sucked someone’s blood who had a lot of bad LDL cholesterol!)]

Going for meat increases your level of bad cholesterol. Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Going for meat increases your level of bad cholesterol. Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

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Burdened and drained of energy…

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Thought is a necessary and extremely helpful tool; but it’s only a tool… not the true essence of the organism.  When the mind is cluttered with a myriad of needless thoughts throughout the day (as it is in so many, with their endless fears and habitual, repetitive imagery) … it’s, in a way, like a plant burdened with many insects.  However, don’t merely “try” to eradicate excess thoughts… because that would likely be some thoughts trying to eliminate “other” thoughts (accomplishing, in reality, nothing)… leaving the “plant” remaining rather “buggy.”  (Fabricating more bugs to chase away other bugs leaves one remaining “buggy.”)  Simply observe each series of thoughts without psychological separation (being aware of the space between thoughts as the thoughts perish and end)… and then a natural silence may beautifully occur without effort (i.e., without another fabrication trying to get rid of them).  That natural silence would occur without struggle, without concocted manipulation, without friction, without conflict.

(Of course, there are endless people who prefer to remain buggy!)

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[Aphid insects on a wild plant.]

Too much of a good thing.  Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Too much of a good thing. Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

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Beyond conflict…

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To have a decent rapport with nature…  go beyond the self and become “one with plants and animals.”

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[A Grasshopper (with a penthouse view) and a Ladybug.  Most Grasshoppers are vegetarian, while Ladybugs are mostly carnivorous.  The Ladybug will not attack the Grasshopper, though, since the prey of Ladybugs is much smaller.]

Penthouse View... Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Penthouse View… Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

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Hypnotically fixated on a tiny point…

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Love all beings and creatures in life… not just your little self and family, race, and nation.

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[A pair of Black Phantom Tetras.  The male is in the foreground… the female in the background.  The tiny adipose fin — at the top of the fish between the tail fin and the much larger dorsal fin — is clear in the males and red in the females.  The males also have larger and more flamboyant dorsal fins.  Most freshwater tropical fish of the Tetra group have the little adipose fins… but few have such distinctive indicators to distinguish the males from the females.]

Black Phantoms in our midst... Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Black Phantoms in our midst… Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

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There are other alternatives…

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We won’t ever have a clean, pristine planet if, for instance, fracking is more important for creating jobs and oil than green energy is for world health.

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[Brown Paper Wasp… Polistes metricus.  They nourish themselves on nectar and pollen but also seek prey, consisting mostly of caterpillars, to nourish their colonies’ larvae (which reside in “paper-nests.”)]

Getting a little side-snack. Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Getting a little side-snack. Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

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Beyond the same old stuff…

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We must not merely inculcate children with mechanical, stale facts… but teach them much about compassion, empathy, and green energy.

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[Sanddragon Dragonflies prefer to lay their eggs in streams and lakes with sandy bottoms; their larvae burrow into the sand.  The abdomens of these dragonflies are of a unique shape.]

Sanddragon Dragonfly cooling off.  Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Sanddragon Dragonfly cooling off. Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

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Nature doesn’t advertise…

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Nature doesn’t have its own sponsors — in the media — telling us to be less materialistic and to travel less (thereby using less fossil fuels); but big, materialistic corporations have plenty of promoters making earth-damaging practices seem “OK” and “normal.”   We truly need to go beyond the advertising propaganda.  

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[Honey mushrooms along rocks on the river bank.  Honey mushrooms, like most mushrooms, are just the visible fruiting body of the fungus.  The main part of the organism is underground and is called the mycelium.  Mycelium can spread for many miles… and this accounts for mushrooms being some of the world’s largest organisms.  It is estimated that some honey mushrooms (that are very large, over many miles) are over 400 years old. (My photos, by the way, are all taken locally; I don’t travel any appreciable distance to take my photos. For instance, one walked to where these mushrooms were photographed.)]

Fruit of the mycelium.  Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Fruit of the mycelium. Photo by Thomas Peace 2014