Cloud9 Paradigm

By Andrew Whitedove

I practice peace when I retain the integrity of other people’s opinions, especially when they differ from my own.

I practice peace when I respect other people and what they’ve honestly acquired.

I practice peace when I promote the growth of other people.

I practice peace when I imagine that everyone deserves their basic needs.

I practice peace when I consume natural resources wisely.

I practice peace when I accept different ways of thinking and living.

I practice peace when I appreciate the mutual need of all beings and act with compassion.

I practice peace when I exercise free will and encourage other people to do the same.

I practice peace when I realize that my god is not necessarily everyone’s god.

I practice peace when I steward the land I use resourcefully.

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Love Snuggle

Love Snuggle

{Written one month after Andrew and Sandra Jean met.}

Playing amongst the stars,
flying free from gravity.
Just wish for a dream,
and it is there.

How simple life can be,
floating amongst the debris.
Constantly moving,
motionless.

I know you.
You recognize me,
from another lifetime,
or universe.

Here, there are no chains,
or baggage to weigh upon us.
No obligations that trip us up,
or responsibilities to tie us down.

We enjoy each other,
lovingly embracing.
Free falling through space,
unaware of time.

I love you.
You love me.
Nothing else matters,
it’s all we need.

In this space,
at this time, nothing else matters,
here on Cloud9

Accomplishment Junky…

Above Wood Stove

Someone who is addicted to accomplishing things in a way that compromises their well-being is an Accomplishment Junky. I made this discovery Saturday evening when I noticed I was having a real hard time unwinding after an amazing day of achievement.

A few days earlier I was having a hard time keeping my mind and body together and coherent.  They were contemplating mutiny, and i was at a loss of what to do until my beloved Andrew suggested I take the next day, Friday, as a meditation day.  He would fill in handling my tasks, as needed, and I was free to take care of myself.

Friday was a beautiful day, and I spent it doing Jin Shin Jyutsu, organizing our crystal/stone collection, going outside with the dogs, being with our small flock of birds, meditating, collecting thoughts, not washing dishes, and thoroughly enjoying myself.

The results were wonderful! I felt more together physically and mentally than I had in awhile. Saturday was another beautiful day, and our house needed serious tlc. I opened up the windows and doors and took the dog beds and throw rugs outside for fresh air. I did my best to keep myself conscious of my body and moving with it. Even so, I found it hard to stop once I started.  I mixed chores up so I wasn’t doing all of one thing (like sweeping the entire house, which kills me physically).  Still, I did 2 1/2 loads of dog and house laundry, swept our bathroom, bedroom and living room, flea sprayed dog bedding outside, and had a failed attempt at vacuuming the front door rugs, which resulted in a disgusting cloud of dust floating through the house – so more doors were opened.

Still, I took some time to sit and enjoy meals, as well as some web browsing and contemplation time. By evening, after Andrew had come home from hiking, I noticed that my mouth was running away!  When I get excited about something it can be hard to shut myself up.  I realized that I was high from all my accomplishments that day.  I did much more than I have been able to do in awhile and my body was doing okay with it, so far, but I knew that I had to be very careful the next couple of days to keep from relapsing.  Then this came to me:  Stop and Listen.

Stop and Listen. This is what I believe our bodies need from us the most.  Our body/mind interaction is childlike.  It needs us to take the time to STOP multitasking and really LISTEN to its needs. And I mean really LISTEN.  Not just take note and continue as usual.  To address our body’s needs in efficient ways we must stop and listen to subtle cues from our body.  Like resting when you feel tired even though the task at hand is not completely done. No task is worth crippling yourself! And I’m talking about daily tasks that can wear us out when our bodies are recovering from injuries. Take time to completely stop and listen to your body.  It is amazing what may come to you.

Creed of Peace

By Andrew Whitedove

I practice peace when I retain the integrity of other people’s opinions, especially when they differ from my own.

I practice peace when I respect other people and what they’ve honestly acquired.

I practice peace when I promote the growth of other people.

I practice peace when I imagine that everyone deserves their basic needs.

I practice peace when I consume natural resources wisely.

I practice peace when I accept different ways of thinking and living.

I practice peace when I appreciate the mutual need of all beings and act with compassion.

I practice peace when I exercise free will and encourage other people to do the same.

I practice peace when I realize that my god is not necessarily everyone’s god.

I practice peace when I steward the land I use resourcefully.

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