Wednesday, June 30, 2010

if this is All just ButterFlight

if this is All just ButterFlight

by a. c. aterpillar

if this is All just ButterFlight
if this is just a Dream
if "it's All Good" then why is that (not) just the way it seems?

if "it's All Good" then how can there be poverty and spill?
if this is All just ButterFlight, then why do i feel ill?

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* from the Perspective of the Butterfly, the caterpillar stage is understandable.

* from the Perspective of the Butterfly, the cocoon stage is necessary.

* from the Perspective of the Butterfly, All of the previous trials and tribulations are specifically designed to result in the best of the best of ButterFlight.

* from the perspective of the caterpillar, however, legs don't have wings.

* from the perspective of cocooning: suffocation, darkness, and restriction.

maybe the key to All of thIs is a subtle shift, from perspective to Perspective.

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* photos by clare dunn and lenny martineau

drill, baby, drill?

unfortunately, it's not only b.p.

you've probably suspected this already, but...

click here for an idea of what's been happening for 50 years (http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/africa/06/29/nigeria.oil/?hpt=C2)

more...


with every positive moment, it seems as if there is another setback.

how?

how?

by n. o. idea

question: how can anyone perceive a situation like the oil spill, or 911, or the holocaust... and come out of the negative spiral with a positive inclination?

* if we address the situation at the level at which it was created (e.g. the material world), our attempts may indeed be futile.

* if, however, we can step back, detach a bit, and perceive the situation from a more global or Uni-Versal level, wIe would likely be able to come up with numerous scenarios that would lead to positive feelings.

..example:

1. "avoidable oil spill spews sludge on beautiful white-sand beaches."

potential thought-outcomes:

a. maybe the you-man race needs to slow down.

b. maybe we shouldn't allow capitalism to capitalize at will.

c. maybe we (humans) can release the idea of separation, nationality, and differentiality -- and begin to think of ourselves as One: co-inhabitants of a planet.

maybe...

 ...just maybe...

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

hummmm

hummmmmmmmmmmmmm

by a. littlebird

taste a sip of sweet surrender
go to where you're from
in a world where wIe (pretender), turn to sender:

hum
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* when "return to sender" signals a coming home of sorts, it's encouraging to experience sips of sweetness during the (apparent) journey.

* maybe (if life is but a Dream), wIe are already Home.

* maybe (just maybe) the journey is One of enterain'tment, and the Whole ride is designed to chill, to spill, and to thrill.

* other-wise, why dis(embark) in the First place?
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inSpired by a couple of pretty extraordinary birds. ..pictured (above and below) are the hummingbird and the sandpiper, two of the most inSpiring creatures on this young planet earth.


no, i don't expect anyone to understand any of this...

:)

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* pictures taken with a cheap, broken-down, digital camera that everyone tells me to get rid of.

devil's pool

 this amazing, short video of "the devil's pool" at victoria falls in zambia is not for the faint of heart..at about the 1-minute mark, the brave ones begin to jump into the pool.
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yikes!!

Friday, June 25, 2010

a look ahead

it's always fun to plan a trip, and this post is to give family an idea of the august itinerary.  ..this plan can (and will) be modified, and these ideas will be used as a starting point.


fri, 30th: driving. we are planning to arrive at night, if julie can come with me. ..if she can't make the trip, i'll probably drive all night thursday and get into rhody on friday morning.

sat, 31st: providence (let's make a plan! ..open) 

sun, 1st: providence (open); probably go to church with mom & dad.

mon, 2nd: cape cod (whale watching)... we did this many years ago, and i'd like to do it again.

tue, 3rd: new hampshire? climb a mountain? (sleep in n.h.?)

wed, 4th: new hampshire/mainearcadia? (sleep in n.h. or maine)

thur, 5th: rhody (south county? beaches? wine tasting?)

fri, 6th: ferry to block island, or nantucket, or martha's vinyard (bike around the island), everyone is welcome, but (just so you know) i'm wanting to rent a bike and explore, so pedal if you want to.  never been on nantucket. no idea if this would be any fun.

sat, 7th: martineau house cleaning party?  family meeting?

sun, 8th: al's birthday

mon, 9th: new jersey

tue, 10th: drive toward charlotte.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

distance education


distance education  [1]

by just l. earning

an electronic classroom
so far away from Source
with learning at a distance
with connection (of course)

with lessons any place or time
with tests of love (relations)
with teacher just a click away
with distance education

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* we enroll; we want the experience so bad that we pay for it!


* we cannot not learn.


* what we can learn, however, is that we already Know.


* with a click of our remote (mind) we can channel Any-thing... and/or Nothing-ness.


* what do you want to experience?



[1] martineau, l. (7-19.5-2004). book 32: drama class. © 2007 by wellnesseducation.us.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

r.i.p.


unfortunately, the sad time has come for this negative post.  ..heaven help us.
n

6-23-2010

this avoidable scenario could prove to be one of the most heartbreaking experiences ever...
...and this -- is just the beginning.

will we learn?

does it appear as if governments and big businesses are learning?

what if this was happening to y/our lungs?



what if the gulf represents the lungs and circulatory system of our planet?



the end.


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ice

ice
by ice chi

i’m solid, liquid air
i’m three-in-one (think twice)
i’m neither here nor there (but where?)
i’m in your water
ice


(i’m good and bad advice)
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* diametrically opposed, yet Same.

* it’s got to be a Game.

















water is the Perfect metaphorical trinity. ..given a variable (temperature), water can be:
  • solid: ice (apparently) mattering

  • liquid: making-up 3/4 of the human body, and 3/4 of mother earth's body

  • gas: the unseen prana that allows (for life)


water is All of the Above. ..oppositical, yet (at the same time) One.


Fun!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

"i inhaled"

"i inhaled"
by e. x. piration

inspiration/expiration (symbiotic stream)
opposites attract in this, a very lucid dream
bury head in sand, or set your wing-to-wing (and sail)
given choice of life or death (a breath) yes:

i inhaled
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* any exercise physiologist (or 1st grader) knows that "to not inhale" is to die.

* if life is a series of inspirations and expirations, and if we indeed have an earth-bound choice to play armadillo or eagle, then it's Perfectly Perfect for some to play it cautious while others push the edge. ..it doesn't make one "right" or the other "wrong," but instead it adds flavor to the stew.

* some focus on the inhalation; some focus on the expiration; some hold their breath; and some yell and scream with reckless abandon.

* in the end, we'll all finish this, the human race, and we'll probably have a bit of a laugh during the after-party.

-joal

True Love in the sand


the pictures (above and below) were found on ashley's facebook account, and simply had to be posted.


1. west coast beach Love
2. larry and rosalie (in Love)


as they say on facebook: "lenny likes this."

Monday, June 21, 2010

big footage

by now, you've heard about the most recent bigfoot sighting in cleveland county, north carolina. ..the sighting took place within 100 miles of charlotte, meaning that sasquatch may be lurking somewhere in my local area as we speak.  

what you are about to view is unbelievable video footage of the big man himself, when he was sighted in rochester, n.y.

click at your own risk, and be afraid.

equinox and solstice


equinox and solstice
by r. evolutions

equinox and solstice, met down at the dance
spun around in circles (given just a half of chance)
short and long (another song) a game of north and south
equinox and solstice, tell me:

what's it all about?


alternative title: the long and short of it: lite 
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* pictures:
  • sunrise: kuatu, fiji (2008)
  • sunset: destin, florida (2004)

Saturday, June 19, 2010

you are here


...and, there's a good chance that it's Now.





Friday, June 18, 2010

instant weight loss


instant weight “loss”

given: "height" is a determining factor for appearance (in relation to weight). ..that's why b.m.i. (body mass index) has a height coefficient..wha???

since nobody is going to pick us up and carry us around the house (anytime soon), 
we can admit that the idea of "weight loss" is more about appearance than weight.  
in this post, we are going to address the idea of "appearance" using pounds per inch (ppi).  
that's the number of pounds that we weigh, per inch of height.   

most humans, over time, lose height because we “slump” into a less efficient standing and/or seated posture.  let’s assume that a 5’8” (198 pounds) individual has “slumped” into a 5’6” stature.

5’6”, 198 lbs = 3lbs per inch (ppi)

let’s say that with a slight posture change and some yoga, to facilitate more of a postural change, the 5’6” person now stands at 5’8”.

the math:
68 into 198 = 2.91 pounds per inch. 

this means that the "new" 68-in frame stands .09 fewer ppi.

since 68 x 0.09 = 6.8 lbs, this (same) person will appear to be 6.1 pounds thinner. 

we can 'lose' over 5 pounds of 'apparent' weight, 
by standing up straight! :)

what are the other benefits of improved posture?
  • improved breathing

  • improved self-esteem

  • Improved physiological processes


    • blood circulation

    • oxygen transport

    • lymphatic circulation

    • metabolism
don't blindly trust wIe, do your own research:


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“There are 5 key benefits from maintaining a good posture.

  • Facilitates breathing: A good posture naturally enables you to breathe properly. I started appreciating this after I started meditating regularly a few months back, coupled with a good posture. I found a really a huge difference in the amount of air I could inhale between sitting up straight and slouching. This is why yoga, pilates and meditation exercises pay so much attention on getting your posture and sitting positions right.
  • Increases concentration and thinking ability: When you are breathing properly, you increase your thinking ability too. Our brain requires 20% of oxygen to do its job properly. More air, more oxygen. More oxygen, more brain food. More brain food leads to more thoughts and ideas.
  • Improve your image: People with good postures look smarter and more attractive. Have you ever seen someone with a bad posture and felt the person seemed unkempt, even though the person has not said or done anything yet? On the flip side, someone with a good posture naturally exudes an aura of assertiveness and appeal.
  • Feel even better about yourself: When you have a good posture, it helps to make you feel more self-confident, without even doing anything else different. Try sitting in a bad posture now for 30 seconds. Now, switch to a good posture for 30 seconds as well. Is there any difference in how you felt?
  • Avoid health complications: A bad posture results in several complications over time, such as increased risks of slipped disc, back aches, back pain, pressure inside your chest, poor blood circulation. When I was studying in business school, I had a professor back who suffered from a slip disc when he was younger. Unfortunately, he can’t straighten his back ever since the incident and he now walks with a permanent slouch."
  http://celestinechua.com/blog/2009/04/benefits-of-having-a-good-posture-and-13-tips-to-getting-one/


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here's the ticket: with a little coaching and a yoga class (or two), you can easily increase your seated and standing height. ..you (wIe?) can lose weight instantly. ..let's go for it!

can you add any additional benefits of improved posture?

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* pencil drawing from the "curves" collection by joal martino.

Monday, June 14, 2010

tools

"when the only tool that you own is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail."
-source unknown, but i think it's abraham maslow-
 (recited by reverend julie at the Unity center for Spiritual Living on 6-13-2010)

it makes sense, then, to equip our toolboxes with a variety of tools.

what might be some of the tools of Love? ..what tools might allow us to solve problems before they arise?
  • For-give-ness
  • Com-passion
  • empathy
  • cooperation
  • coordination
  • synergy
  • diaphragmatic breathing
  • friendship
  • Under-standing
  • active listening
can anyone think of any others?

---------------other tools, sent from jean, on 6-15-2010:
  • encouragement
  • touch
  • a hug
  • Love them All!
-------------------------other tools, sent from jules, on 6-15-2010:
  • gentleness
  • contemplation
  • meditation
  • co-creative activity
  • trust
  • connection to source
  • truth, and...
  • communication
-------------------------other tools, received from clare, on 6-16-2010:
  • respect
-------------------------other tools, received from anonymous, on 6-20-2010:
  • observation
  • presence
  • curiosity

        Saturday, June 12, 2010

        Bliss

        the purpose of this post is to flash back to (just a few) moments of Bliss.


        given that it is media's job (not fault, but tendency) to focus on less than 1-trillionth of that which could be called "news," it is also possible to re-Member the billions of positive, bliss-full, and often miraculous events that are happening in our world, right Now.

        wIe would suggest that y/Our life experience (literally) depends upon that which we tap into, and that our experience depends upon which channel we select.  ..it surmises that we control the remote.

        ...but nobody ever needs to believe this, or anyone, or anything. ..each can tap-into his/her own Knowingness.

        practical:

        tap into Unifying positive forces/pictures/thoughts (such as harmony, nature, nurture, Love, collaboration, cooperation, beauty and Bliss). ..while tapping-in to the positive, might we feel better than when we dwell on the negative?

        flashbacks:

        * click here for "hidden treasures"
        .
        * click here for "feels sooooooooooooooo Good"

        * click here for "dance-sing Now, in Love"
        .
        * click here for "twin flame"

        null and void

        null and void
        by a. null

        null and void went swimming (though they soon became annoyed)
        politics (and skimming) in a world of null and void
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        * annul: a void dance

        * a-void: to create a system that includes rejecting the null hypothesis, allowing re-searchers and number-crunchers to make-believe that they don't actually have a preliminary opinion prior to making a mockery of the obvious.

        congratulations, brian!

        the man: brian martineau
        the date: 12 june, 2010
        the degree: bachelor's degree in agriculture, from oregon state university

        Friday, June 11, 2010

        statistical analysis

        statistics: a mathematical description of the past.

        analysis: the process of observation and deduction, often used to predict the future.

        statistical analysis: the mathematical description of the past, using the process of observation and deduction, that does nothing more than to give us some-thing to jib-jab about while we live in the present and ponder the future.

        again: statistics mean no-thing ..what matters (in this, the manifestation of a non-matter-ial world) is that which we think, that which we focus upon, that which we believe, that which we say and what which we do...

        right here, right now, NOW.

        Tuesday, June 8, 2010

        eureka! (california)

        our travels have taken us from gold beach, oregon... to:
        • brookings, oregon
        • crescent city, california (giant redwoods)
        • eureka, california (lots of coffee, etc.)
        • arcata, california (really big redwoods -- with lots of moss; and beach -- with lots of driftwood)



        pictured below: where's julie?




        above: just a slug, like one of us :)