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The Sense of Home


Saw this post this morning and thought to re-post…image

One day on a trip my beautiful partner and I had an opportunity to stay at a cabin…in fact the way one normally thinks about these places is that they are somewhat rustic in appearance, nominal in amenities and a bit rough around the edges.

I hesitate to say that this was any different on the outside appearance of things, with the simple siding, porches that were in need of some refreshing, and in the interior, the homemade cabinets and the open closet space with curtain material was seemingly pedantic enough.

All in all, one did not see the evidence of a big difference from a rustic looking cabin and this rustic looking cabin.

Maybe it is that on the outside, a lot of things look the same, a field of flowers, snowflakes, a group of houses, sometimes even several people from a distance. But as one gets closer, there begins to unfold the specific differences.

And sometimes it takes a moment for the light to hit something so that we can make out what it is. Sometimes if we don’t see the specific light of something we begin to think it might be something that it is not.

How beautiful that nature produces such a variance of design, that each snowflake, each flower, each person is individualistic and in fact has not been replicated at any point in time!  With 6 billion people on the planet and all the ones who came before us, how can that be?  Why would that be?

This cabin had a sense of being in the right place with elements that both looked outward toward a beautiful peaceful river, a luscious forest of trees, and a sunset filled western sky, and inward through a wall of windows from the West to the East toward the living and kitchen areas, comfortably appointed with elements touched with the patina of caring moments.

One senses that the balance that one feels from this house, looking outward and inward would be that sense of balance that one would look for one’s own life… to reflect on those elements that come to us, and rather than just responding, allowing that which is of light to penetrate our hearts and minds before we make a response.

Hmmm. That would be a different approach to the world as it is today!

What feeling is it that might be emanating from our core in this moment? What elements are we receiving back from the world? Does it make a difference what we are emanating from our center and how we receive the response from the world?

Is it the input that adjusts our path?

We cannot know who we are except by the people that we interact with, though many have tried to do just the inward looking or the outward looking. Beautiful steps either direction, though as we know it takes looking with inner eyes and outer ears, to both hear and see those things that connect us to the whole.

When is the right time to feel at home, in our home, and to be able to share that feeling and sense of home with all about us?

Question is, when do we think is the right time to start?

The Ant and the CEO


Ant interacting with a feather. Photo credit Richard Seaman

A conversation with my son not long ago brought forth a thought about how a very small and possibly insignificant ant relates to the reality of being a CEO.

You see, somehow as we were driving along, an ant found it’s way onto my son’s phone, and rather than just brush it off, he thought to study it a moment. A rich moment.

He watched as it circumnavigated the phone and the new territory that it found itself on, pausing from time to time, while it’s antenna moved questioningly in the air. As one studied the actions of the ant, a sense of the atmosphere that surrounded the beingness of it, became more and more apparent.

One of the realizations of being in the world is that we are in a world of change. No one really denies that fact, yet how many of us are focused in a position as to be listening to the new inputs, the new surface and texture of what we are traversing in this time, this place?

The ant is a male of the insect world, and has a connection to a control pattern that allows him to report back to his higher up, in this case, the queen. Yet what is his purpose? Is he not the leading edge of exploration for the queen? And if that is true, then what is his attitude? How does he deal with new environments, new inputs, new obstacles?

The ant is moving, receiving and digesting new information, though it is not in a place of judging that information. It does not go into a state of protectionism when new things appear, nor fear, nor fight nor flight. It remains to investigate further until something works out as to whether the thing is helpful or not.

If we study the actions of ants they are amazingly deft and efficient. So what would happen if you deliberately put something in their way just to see what happens? Like other species that we know, there always seems to be a bit of confusion at first as the new input is assessed. As the obstacle is sized, it is then seemingly assessed as to how to work with it, or if need be, to go around it, but better the first because distance is an obstacle in itself when you are an ant.

A corollary might be: If you are an ant, you are always looking for ways to work with something that is seemingly in your path. The use of common sense is amazing.

So what does it mean to lead in our world? If you are a leader, you are dealing with new inputs; new inputs every day on different levels. Is that not the definition and life of a leader? So one must ask on a continuing basis what is in our paths? What do we find annoying? What would we just move around without giving due consideration as to how it may assist us, or for us to assist it?

Well, that brings in another point, and a point of distinction.

For as we know: The reality of the separation of us from that of the insect world, mineral world, vegetable world, and the animal world on this planet is our ability to choose to uplift those things around us in creative, organic, symbiotic, and natural ways. It means that we do not need to look too long at the needs of oneself to realize that one’s own needs are reflected in others and the world at large, and that the ability to serve others selflessly brings rewards beyond our own calculations.

In ant-land new information is a key to the survival of the group. How then is new information met when it comes into your path (trick question because it is always in your path…whether we chose to see it or not…)?

Steve Jobs. Of course. Photo credit internet.

Is there an attitude of listening tranquility? Is one curious as to why this is in one’s path? Is there a feeling of non-judgmental attitude? Do we listen to the atmosphere around us?  It is about an air of using the senses given to one, using the ability to bring our senses to focus here in a real grounding way, without concern to impress. The concern is to serve, and serve selflessly.

We have all visited a business that felt exciting the minute you walked in the door. You could sense that an attitude of newness and discovery were in the air. That is the reality of true listening, and true action.

You know, one of the things about a business on the leading edge is that the atmosphere is titillating, buzzing with people willing to express new ideas, new goals, and new products for the marketplace. Even to start new businesses themselves. How would you view that?

Does titillating atmosphere describe your business?

Would enjoy hearing from you!

The Obscurity of Integrity


Ansel Adams photography

I woke up the other morning wondering about the word, “integrity”.  It seems that many people use the word to describe some trait in others, which apparently is focused around certain ideas and concepts of being true to one’s self.  In a sense, the thought is that a person who exhibits a willingness to stand behind what they say is said to have integrity.  Is this true?  Would we be willing to investigate this word for a minute?

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary online “integrity” is:

1: firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values : incorruptibility

2: an unimpaired condition : soundness

3: the quality or state of being complete or undivided :completeness

The root of the word integrity comes from the word integer, which means whole or complete.  As we think about the essence of that word, we can begin to see why true integrity is found to be elusive in the world, as we know it.

A state of completeness has the resounding sense that heart, mind and body are unified in principle , purpose, and action.

Most of us would think about this state as some kind of discipline or dogma that one would need to study, practice and devote one’s self to, to train the body, mind and spirit to act as one.  Yet in many ways this is exactly the opposite direction from which the truth of nature and life would say to us.

If we attempt to discipline the body, training it to respond to certain requests from us as to how high to jump or to run or to be still: these things seem to be very entertaining until the body begins to suffer different ailments like joint traumas, or has some internal organ issue that puts the training on hold.  One thing about training the body is that the moment one stops training, the apparent ability to perform begins to fade.

Training

Training the body

Disciplining the mind, and surrounding it with a certain concept or idea seems to work great for a bit of time, until of course we become tired or distracted, or a new idea or concept wins us over to another path.

Working with the idea of being spiritual is of course beautiful, and also an area of life that is full of concepts about what constitutes being spiritual.  Just say the word and already you think that the person mentioned is not really touching the ground! Meaning that we tend to see spiritual things as not practical matters, and if you want to get something done, you put aside the spiritual for the practical.

So what of integrity? This thought that heart, mind and body can be unified in all aspects of training, discipline and spirit?  Sounds pretty far fetched.

Yet this state of being as we all know, is actually inherent within each one of us: the evidence of which we all recognize in the beauty of a newborn child.  Though as time moves us into the world things start to become cloudy and foggy, until that state of being is so estranged from us that it is no longer thought of as the true state of how we are to be and grow, but as some kind of blank form needing to be disciplined, trained and imbued with thoughts about spiritual worshiping!

Hmmm…one question is, who is going to do the disciplining, the training and the teaching of the heart of the new ones and to what purpose or end would it be done?  How many of us had masters of the heart to teach us how to be in the world, not withstanding the best efforts and intentions of the ones in charge?

Young Gandhi

Young Gandhi

Normally it takes us years to undo what was done in the beginning of our time on earth attempting to heal that which was done in good will but somewhat misguided in understanding and application.

One of the characteristics of integrity is such that when pressure is applied, the strength of it is actually fortified and condensed.  A bit like putting gold into fire, the elements that are not gold will burn away.  This is not a case of static stubbornness nor one of stoic behavior but that which moves dynamically in the moment and with the fluidness of allowing changes to be incorporated as is required.  Which of course is somewhat foreign to the idea that most of us have about integrity, because if things are allowed to change, then how can it be said that one has integrity?  Good question!

Integrity actually is not wedded to form.  It is however melded, yielded and stayed to principle and purpose. As things change the purpose and principle do not change, but the form though which it can act shifts.  One way we can look at this is by how a tree moving with the season at hand, will shed it’s leaves or grow new leaves or drop a limb, but the essence of it’s existence is not altered.

Autumn picture Photos by Steve Garufi in Buena Vista, CO.

One question that comes to mind is: why would one want to commit ones energy and resources to such an endeavor as allowing one’s self to realize a state of integrity?

Why? Because that state is the state that would bring us answers to every aspect of our living! And if we were looking for a reason to be alive, we might actually sense the reality of the conscious awareness of the joy of being on Earth! That’s not bad for starters! Question is, ahhhh…of course, how do we find that place of being that would allow us to be consciously and deliciously alive with the pulsations of joy?  Impossible?  How many have tried?  Where are the gurus who can point us to the place? Name the religion, the book to read, the meditation stance to hold, and we will follow…

Never mind that everything that is needed to realize this state happens to be right here, right now and inside of us, waiting to be unlocked from it’s place of obscurity.

So, let’s take a break! I always enjoy hearing from you!

See you around the next post? Hope so!

The Sense of Home


One day on a trip my beautiful partner and I had an opportunity to stay at a cabin…in fact the way one normally thinks about these places is that they are somewhat rustic in appearance, nominal in amenities and a bit rough around the edges.

I hesitate to say that this was any different on the outside appearance of things, with the simple siding, porches that were in need of some refreshing, and in the interior, the homemade cabinets and the open closet space with curtain material was seemingly pedantic enough.

All in all, one did not see the evidence of a big difference from a rustic looking cabin and this rustic looking cabin.

Maybe it is that on the outside, a lot of things look the same, a field of flowers, snowflakes, a group of houses, sometimes even several people from a distance. But as one gets closer, there begins to unfold the specific differences.

And sometimes it takes a moment for the light to hit something so that we can make out what it is. Sometimes if we don’t see the specific light of something we begin to think it might be something that it is not.

How beautiful that nature produces such a variance of design, that each snowflake, each flower, each person is individualistic and in fact has not been replicated at any point in time!  With 6 billion people on the planet and all the ones who came before us, how can that be?  Why would that be?

This cabin had a sense of being in the right place with elements that both looked outward toward a beautiful peaceful river, a luscious forest of trees, and a sunset filled western sky, and inward through a wall of windows from the West to the East toward the living and kitchen areas, comfortably appointed with elements touched with the patina of caring moments.

One senses that the balance that one feels from this house, looking outward and inward would be that sense of balance that one would look for one’s own life… to reflect on those elements that come to us, and rather than just responding, allowing that which is of light to penetrate our hearts and minds before we make a response.

Hmmm. That would be a different approach to the world as it is today!

What feeling is it that might be emanating from our core in this moment? What elements are we receiving back from the world? Does it make a difference what we are emanating from our center and how we receive the response from the world?

Is it the input that adjusts our path?

We cannot know who we are except by the people that we interact with, though many have tried to do just the inward looking or the outward looking. Beautiful steps either direction, though as we know it takes looking with inner eyes and outer ears, to both hear and see those things that connect us to the whole.

When is the right time to feel at home, in our home, and to be able to share that feeling and sense of home with all about us?

Question is, when do we think is the right time to start?