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picture26 Oct 2007 @ 13:52, by Gerald Vest

Our Relationship with All That Is -

Above all else, it seems to me that it is our role as human beings always to join learning to loving-kindness. Learning to learn, learning to love, and to be kind are so closely interconnected and so profoundly interwoven, especially with the sense of touch, it would greatly help toward our rehumanization if we would pay closer attention to the need we all have for tactual experiences. (Ashley Montagu, Touching - The Human Significance of the Skin)

What is mind? Do we have a mind? Where is our mind located? These are some questions for a curious and adventurous human being and perhaps are important questions we can ask our mind during our mediation experience. However, I suggest that once you ask a question, be prepared for an answer by maintaining an open-mind, without any judgment. Accept whatever comes to your 'mind's eye.' In other words, don't censor any thought or observation that appears or arrives in your vision or landscape. Perhaps you may receive a phone call from a distant friend who has something of value to report or announce. A bird may deliver a message to you or your dogs may encourage you to take a walk with them so that you can discover an answer to your questions. Stay open to all possibilities when you are curious and wish to learn more about yourself, your relationships, about your mind or even about your future.

I recall during some of my meditation trainings that there are many forms of meditation and many more techniques that you can use to help your mind become open, accepting, appreciating and allowing for all that exists in our universe and beyond. Today with our Internet, we can add the concept of meditation in a search engine and get more information, assistance and resources than you will have time to explore. Never mind, just be aware or conscious of all of your actions, desires, fears, insecurities, prejudices, concerns and problems. Get to know your/our mind as it includes everything that exists in our universe. We can fill our minds with questions and thoughts or just leave them alone and allow the thoughts to freely pass through on their way to the beyond. These thoughts are like clouds floating in the sky or waves coming into shore. As you observe them, you will discover that our mind is attracted to everything and loves to observe these interactions and relationships.

One of the more important observations and experiences that I have made during the past few months with my meditation practice is that we are all an integral part of Nature. We are not separate from all that is or exists in our universe and beyond. We are connected and united with the whole of all that is. What affects one, affects all. In some instances, and I use this concept only to make a point, as there is No Time in Nature. Our true nature has no time and operates in rhythms and cycles, like Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. As Buckminster Fuller describes, we are all moving through space on Spaceship Earth. Oscar Ichazo reminds us that because we have No Time, there is No Position to be attached to, and without this attachment, there is No Contradiction in Nature. Thus, with awareness and mindfulness of No Time, No Position and No Contradiction, we can experience total Interaction with all that is. All of our 'inhabitants' of fear, ignorance, prejudice, greed, jealousy, impatience, intolerance, etc. can be transcended and we become one with Nature-without judgment.

Furthermore, I have learned that nature is my guide to further knowledge, understanding and appreciation for being human. Every moment and every day will bring new opportunities to engage and interact with God's creation with us as a vital part of the whole.

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Photo by Mike Connealy - Organ Mountains, Las Cruces, NM


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14 Nov 2007 @ 04:49 by a-d : We are all an Intergal part
of Nature -and ALL Nature is made of Stardust!... : ) We are ALL made of the same stuff: STARDUST!!!.... Even mountains and everything else. There IS only ONE original "Material": Stardust -or cosmic particles -if one wants to be a little more "academic"/into astronomy (and in todays world called ((cosmic)) energy).
In other languages to know and to touch /feel are expressed by the same word -only the context tells you which know/touch/feel it is you have in mind in any given situation!... : )
Timelessness is indeed the only -"tangible"- Time we have! but it takes some insight to understand that... (all else is "intangible" ; MEMORIES or 'future-speculations', usually based on the old memories; repetitions of the old!... Is it a wonder we are in trouble!...If we don't learn to release the memories but continue to focus on them forever, we will repeat them till we learn to release them!.... "Groundhog Day" )
You & Montague are -as always- right on! Thanks, Jerry!/A-d  



14 Nov 2007 @ 21:49 by jerryvest : Thank you, A-d...you are always
so kind and generous with your response to my logs. I've been very occupied developing volumns of materials to get processed to work for an Army medical center beginning in December. If all goes well, I'll start working full time, for the next year or so, with soldiers returning and going to Iraq and to Afghanastan. I'm hopeful that I can use my integrative and holistic health practices as they are very successful with persons suffering from stress, anxiety and depression. Anyway, thought you would like to know how I am spending my time when I'm not giving our "stressouts" with seniors and teaching classes at NMSU.

Hope all is well with you and yours.

Much love,

Jerry  



15 Nov 2007 @ 03:10 by a-d : Now, I haven't yet
got going with my EFT, so I can't from own experience say "IT WORKS" , but judging from all I read about this method (includes physical touch... a little!... :) ) You might take a look if it is worthwhile to include this as ONE of the means to assist the Soldiers. The Creator of EFT has had (according to himself) very good success with releasing anxiety from War Veterans. I did print out the compendium given free at this link: [link] and there was a lot of testimonies.... I think you would like what you read there. (and I will continue my learning about this whole thing, so to speak. I totally believe in this technique! :) ))
Keep me posted, aye? Hugs/A-d (PS: we are doing great! Winter IS cominggg...: ) )

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15 Nov 2007 @ 14:10 by jerryvest : Hi,,,,I've seen this program and do
use some of the principles that include acupressure in our "stressout" program. We designed and developed our touch program during the early 80's and after giving it to over 5,000 individuals and conducting research with diabetic and Alzheimers patients in rural health clinics, we then produced an instructional video/dvd so that everyone giving and receiving our program would experience positive and empowering results. It is for this reason that I have successfully incorporated the use of safe, skillful and nourishing touch with our soldiers and their families for the past 20 years. We also give each of our participants a DVD so that they can continue to experience the benefits. [link]

I do accept the principle that as professionals we should guide our practice with research and continue to evaluate what we do. I don't think that this often happens in mental health programs where the focus is on diagnosis and labeling and there is such fear about using healthy touch and other alternative methods that have been extensively evaluated and effective in developing relationships and reducing stress, anxiety and depression. [link]

A-D, thanks again for participating here.  



16 Nov 2007 @ 18:48 by a-d : You might already know this,
but I want to give you the links:
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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article2873622.ec

.... just in case...and to show friends reading this what humans STILL insist forcing on each other!......  



16 Nov 2007 @ 19:31 by jerryvest : I've been following these reports and
appreciate receiving them. I have been posting many of them on my forum for my students and others as I prepare my class for the Spring semester. Thanks, A-D.
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