Divine Connection

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Desiderata - straight to the heart.

"Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
Max Ehrmann, 1927 

Get  Children out into the fresh air - enjoying Movement and Nature

It is all too obvious that most children today move from the house, to the car, to the schoolroom, to the car, to the mall,to the house. Nearly their whole lives are spent indoors.  There is a little bit of fresh air at recess and lunch time - and children they can actually play with - but is it enough?

Inside the house they move to the little window that has become life and there they play games. Not real games, virtual games. They don't interact with children after school, but a robot. The computer. And once engaged there children can't bear to leave a movie, a game, or any other virtual reality to participate in actual reality. 

It is time to get children outside 
and into nature 
as much as possible every day after school. 
To walk and chat and just hang out, naturally. 
To eat apples and throw the core on the ground 
for a bird or a worm to enjoy.

Take your children walking along your street, other people's streets, see how others are living; go barefoot on the beach, play in the local park, honour the wetlands. 

You don't even have to have conversation, just enjoy the peace, feel the air. Find a hill to walk up. Find a tree to climb. Find a hill to run down. Find puddles to splash in. 

Dress up to enjoy the rain, the wind, the sun, whatever the weather, go out and be in it! It's good for you and your children's health. It's joyful.

Somewhere, somehow inspire them outside and into nature!

Then bring the children home to a real home where there is food to prepare and eat - and things to do ... feed their pets, do their homework, hobbies and creative things to do.  

Outdoors contributes greatly to inner peace and calm in children, whereas robot interaction causes stress on the nervous system. Walking moves the muscles peacefully helping to release stress. Walking together is bonding, and aids in that feeling of belonging - playing with robots and watching movies encourages feelings of alienation and unreality (not that the child can cognise this).

Look after the children, they are the future carers of future children.

Take the children into nature, they are the future carers of this planet.