We Are All Nomads

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screen shot featuring postage stamp series in honor of the World Nomad Games

 

The World Nomad Games are happening September 3 – 8th and I am thrilled about the whole concept. Rooted in ancient cultures that respected their environment as they moved from settlement to settlement, bringing goods, services and news, these Games will once again celebrate  humanity ‘above national and religious divides’. Logo designer, Mairamkul Asanaliev, has beautifully captured the spirit of this venture.

There will be ceremonies, festivities and genuine fashion, culture and food shows illustrating the function behind the form. As we 99%-ers attempt to navigate a global 21st century, these people groups offer subtle wisdom and advice on how to integrate the uniqueness of The Tribe with ever widening exposure to and awareness of Others.

In what I like to think of as an Eastern version of modern day Olympics, the Games will feature competitions in 23 kinds of ethnosport with male and female athletes from 40 countries. I was surprised to see many competitors are coming from the States, Poland and Israel – even Peru and Argentina –  to name just a few. Major archetypes featured will be the strategist, the wrestler, the archer, the javelin thrower and, of course, the horse.

Regular readers here will immediately appreciate why I am so pleased (and would love to go!) about this event and want to get the word out. This is a wonderful expression of the energy on tap for all of us in these times. It is my hope that just a visit to the Games’ amazing website will inspire individuals on their personal journey – fire up the creator and hero in all of us. And should you go, I want to hear all about it!

Be well, fellow nomads *and don’t forget to pack water 🙂 *

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p.s. and if you plan to be in Paphos, 2017 European Culture Capital, you can actually stay in a beautiful and authentic yurt located in the scenic and secluded Scarfos Bridge area. Meet your host, Pawel, here!

Sunday Surfing 03/07/16

“Development involves both change and challenge and also continuity. So to see the norm as stability is wrong.”  – Michael Rutter, King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

Historia_ Nikolaos Gysis_1892

Talking story is the Hawaiian expression for sharing about yourself. How cool is that?

“Resilience initially was talked about as if it were a trait, and it’s become clear that’s quite the wrong way of looking at it. It’s a process, it’s not a thing…

[Just as the body needs to be exposed to germs to develop immunity, so does the psyche:] “Development involves both change and challenge and also continuity. So to see the norm as stability is wrong.” – Michael Rutter, researcher at King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

“Autobiographical memory is the process whereby you record and encode your own experiences and make sense of [them],” explains Eamon McCrory, Professor of Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology at University College London. “We know that individuals who have depression and PTSD have… an over-general autobiographical memory pattern, where they lack specificity in their recall of past experience… We also know that kids who have experienced maltreatment can show higher levels of this over-general memory pattern. And longitudinal studies have shown that a pattern of over-general memory can act as a risk factor for future disorder.

“One hypothesis is that the over-general memory limits an individual’s ability to effectively assimilate and negotiate future experiences, because we draw on our past experiences to be able to predict the contingencies and likelihood of events in the future, and use that knowledge to negotiate those experiences well. So… over-general memory might limit one’s ability to negotiate future stressors.”  Lucy Maddox reports in mosaicscience.com

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Practicing resiliency: yes, we have been saying that over and over again this year. As long as the nodes are in mutible houses, flexibility is a key word for all of us. You can consciously start by practicing in little ways every day…to repeat, ‘its a process, not a thing’.

An ‘over-general memory’ is a new articulation for me. I really like that it provides yet another descriptor in my counseling  and coaching work, a new way to launch discussion. And its got me thinking on a fuzzy memory or two of my own. The natal astrology wheel is so very personal and unique; unpacking that wheel, facet by facet, via the mind/body/spirit experience of Living Now cannot help but expand our  understanding of our memories and the wiring our story has wrought. The subsequent gift is a genuine and applied appreciation for the others in our world.

Plutonian Prototype

Take a trip back in history with an interview from the 70s in the Paris Review. Excerpt: ‘Jan Morris was born James Humphrey Morris on October 2, 1926, in Somerset, England. As she recalled in her memoir, Conundrum, “I was three or four when I realized that I had been born into the wrong body, and should really be a girl.” …But he would live as a man for the next thirty-six years…

INTERVIEWER

Is there a book you’ve written as Jan that James would not have written?

MORRIS

Pleasures of a Tangled Life. The whole point of this book of essays is to try to present the sensibility that has been created or has evolved out of “the conundrum experience,” as we say in our evasive, euphemistic way. People who come to interview me at home often ask, Do you mind if we talk about the conundrum thing? The book tries to present, to readers as well as myself, what kind of a sensibility has resulted from this sort of thing. I think the conundrum aspect runs subliminally through the whole book. I recognize that the pleasures, nearly all of them, are ones that I enjoy in a particular way because of “the conundrum thing.”

INTERVIEWER

Do you feel that having been a man at one time in your life gives you more courage to make excursions on your own?

MORRIS

Yes. There’s a hangover from the confidence I had as a man. When I started, the feminist movement hadn’t really happened, so, of course, there was more of a gulf between a male and female traveler. Now things are very, very different. Many women are unnecessarily timid about travel. I don’t believe it is so different for a woman or a man nowadays. Of course, there are actual physical dangers of a different kind. But the general run of hazard is exactly the same for men as for women, and the treatment that a woman gets when traveling is, by and large, better. People are less frightened of you. They tend to trust you more. The relationship between women, between one woman and another, is a much closer one than the relationship between men. Wherever a woman travels in the world she’s got a few million friends waiting to help her.

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I think perhaps there is a bit of ‘bubble-speak’ in that last statement but its lovely in theory. But wow, what fortitude, faith in self gnosis and loving support Jan must have sought and summoned. RESPECT.

For a 21st experience of another female journey (you can work on your empathy skills, guys) – and a lot of laughs out loud, watch bad feminist, Roxane Gay, keepin’ it real.

 

The Illusion of Understanding

‘…we have this fantasy of a machine reading, or machines being able to watch television programs and figure out what’s going on. Obviously, the three-letter agencies would like to do this. But if you want to advance in science or technology, we’d like for machines to be able to take all the literature that’s out there and synthesize it in a way that people can’t. This is part of why I do AI, because the potential is there to totally change medicine, to invent science that we haven’t even thought about. To do that, we need machines that can read, and to do that, they need to go beyond the data. There’s just not enough data to brute force your way to scientific understanding…’  – much more from Gary Marcus of Geometric Intelligence at edge.org.

 

 

Death is the ultimate field-leveler. So we all have a role to play in reimagining the end of life experience. The challenge is that it’s a topic people tend to avoid. – Dana Cho at Core77 on ‘how design can truly make an impact in people’s end of life experiences.’ They are welcoming everyone to share their stories and ideas in an effort to transform this stage of life experience.

 

It’s understandable that readers would expect a mention of the brexit from me and I do have a couple of thoughts to share. 1. It is my understanding that the age group of 18-24 year olds are a substantial voting block and they wanted to stay in the E.U.  2. It is my understanding that the majority of 18-24 year olds did not get themselves to a voting station. And now they are upset. So, Get Real. Ideals require effort. Magic requires effort. 3. While I can well appreciate the pros of the UK remaining in the block, there are absolutely some very positive potentials that this island nation could navigate into being from where it stands now. Who is going to work the hardest for their version of what is best now?

On a related side note:

Birthdays – and conceptions – occurring from the 23rd of February ‘88 through 6 February ’91 all carry the energy imprint of Neptune, Saturn and Uranus in Capricorn.

I look forward to big slices of time for contemplation on that ‘unfolding picture’. I would be delighted with any feedback you may have.

’til next time, be well. For personal guidance, reach me at elemental.living@yahoo.com

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Sunday Surfing and a Follow-Up on Mars Retrograde

Every day, in relation to whatever I was going to explode about 2 or 3 days ago, I get new information or insight that alters what I would have let play out in that moment and I get to enjoy a moment of thankfulness and relief at sparing myself embarrassment. – weaver

 

Sunday Surfing 24/04/16

Sunday Surfing posts are inspired by articles that show up on my screen and their obvious nod to the energies at play.

I read a composite presentation by symbolreader that seems to me a perfect rumination on the transits in play; it touches on the ways of the mystic and on authenticity. This segment, in particular,  strikes me as a divine invitation:

III. “Below the surface-stream, shallow and light,

Of what we say we feel—below the stream,

As light, of what we think we feel—there flows

With noiseless current strong, obscure and deep,

The central stream of what we feel indeed.”

Matthew Arnold

 

Next up, a post on mindhacks by Vaughn Bell about the ‘trippy’ experience of moving from consciousness to sleep: ‘(the) hypnagogic state – the brief hallucinatory period between wakefulness and sleep – and how it is being increasingly used as a tool to make sense of consciousness.’

The link therein led me off wandering through The Atlantic…

The Secret Shame of Middle Class Americans by Neal Gabler. My, but this is a wincingly honest self-analysis at how a seemingly successful person would find himself sharing, ‘I know what it is like to have to juggle creditors to make it through a week…I know what it is like to be down to my last $5—literally—while I wait for a paycheck to arrive, and I know what it is like to subsist for days on a diet of eggs. I know what it is like to dread going to the mailbox, because there will always be new bills to pay but seldom a check with which to pay them… And I know what it is like to have to borrow money from my adult daughters because my wife and I ran out of heating oil.

‘You wouldn’t know any of that to look at me. I like to think I appear reasonably prosperous. Nor would you know it to look at my résumé…I am nowhere near rich, but I have typically made a solid middle- or even, at times, upper-middle-class income…And you certainly wouldn’t know it to talk to me, because the last thing I would ever do—until now—is admit to financial insecurity or, as I think of it, “financial impotence,” because it has many of the characteristics of sexual impotence, not least of which is the desperate need to mask it and pretend everything is going swimmingly. In truth, it may be more embarrassing than sexual impotence… America is a country, as Donald Trump has reminded us, of winners and losers, alphas and weaklings. To struggle financially is a source of shame, a daily humiliation—even a form of social suicide. Silence is the only protection.’  This is an excellent exploration into the hows and whys.

Ever wonder about the average American 29 year old? ‘Forget media archetypes of older Millennials as college-educated singles living in cities. The typical 29-year-old is living with a partner in the suburbs—without a bachelor’s degree.’ Read the rest by Derek Thompson.

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Feedback and Follow Up on Mars (and Pluto) rx

Its pretty tough out there on the mind/body/spirit these days, I know well. I am hearing about it from clients and friends in a spectrum ranging from a dull aching frustration just under the veneer of daily living or a loss of being passionate about anything whatsoever to the full on trauma of a heart attack, the outrage at secrets discovered and deep, deep sadness with no specific trigger.

Hold steady if you can. Find the concrete in whatever form you can, no matter how meager and pause. Even as you feel internal heat rising – or icy-ness descending, remember this: the outcome is not yet revealed. You don’t have all the cards in the deck. This is not the end of a story that is prematurely prompting a reply from you. I think I must say this to myself a hundred times a day. And it’s working. Every day, in relation to whatever I was going to explode about 2 or 3 days ago, I get new information or insight that alters what I would have played out in the moment and I get to enjoy a moment of thankfulness and relief at sparing myself and others pain and/or embarrassment.

Don’t forget, I am marsy. As in, powering my daily affairs, general well being and a large part of my public persona…yikes. But I have foresight and a map and that is worth its weight in alchemic gold. I’ve got strategies. 🙂   I am holding my tongue and letting my brain race ‘til it’s tired and fizzles out. I am eating dried fruits and nuts when I want death by chocolate cake. I am hiking up and down the foothills every single day; I make space in my schedule for physical exertion. I’m not going to let this burst through the seams: I am celebrating how empowering it is to myself and the other when I actively listen: so much more can be said/revealed/developed in the space that I protect for them/from me.

I anticipated possible variations on several themes of Mars and Pluto rx (and potentials of the Venus/Uranus conjunction, stabilized Sun and Mercury) so what has happened *so far* has floored me on one or two fronts but NOT knocked me for a loop. And you know, sometimes that is truly the best that one can hope for. Grace is present even in the chaos, dear reader. And, for all of us, it is quite possible (I would even say probable) that this grace is in close range to the very issue that’s blazing away. And grace illuminates the way by which you can apply healthy power via the mind or body or spirit. Hang in there. I am thinking of you.

For more on this long Mars transit, see this recent post. I have listed some pointers that I think will help us stay on track.

For a personalized reading – or just to learn about your own Mars triggers at no cost – : elemental.living@yahoo.com

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