|Week of September 26, 2005 |
Kellys Visit (Kelly K. is a correspondent student from Germany. He was here to visit the campus and earn credits toward his Respondere certification. We got to know him and he got to us while experiencing college life. )
Before Kelly K. came to visit us from Germany Id seen some photos of him. When I met him in person, I immediately recognized a familiarity and light I had not seen in those photographs. Since he studies the same lessons and exercises, it was easy to move into a friendship with deep discussions about ourselves and a sense of mutual appreciation. We cared for the chickens and tended the garden as comrades, reawakening a soul friendship. I am very grateful for this experience and look forward to staying connected with him and seeing him when he visits the US again. Bryon
Mowing Crew When (our female) Kelley asked at breakfast for people to join her in mowing the the campus I decided to respond to the need. I wanted to experience myself being more connected with the other mowers, being more expanded in my awareness of those I was working with. I chose connectedness as my purpose in that moment. When we went out later to mow the lawn I had moments when I realized I had not been perfect - my lines werent straight or the time when I pulled up by Kelley to see if she needed help fixing her mower and sprayed her with grass. These kinds of mistakes are things I used to beat myself up for. I used to dwell on these and become drained and unhappy with the task I had performed.
This time I was conscious as these thoughts arose. I chose to focus on forgiving myself. I admitted that no one is perfect and I chose to focus on the good things. We were efficient together. As I continued to pay attention to my thoughts I replaced the self defeating ones with constructive thoughts or focussing my mind on the task at hand. It worked. I started seeing the teamwork taking place. I also became more enlivened and engaged in the activity of mowing, practicing concentrated attention. There was a joy in this. In fact, it turns out that this joy was contagious. Not only was Kelley also having a good time but ten-year-old Hezekiah, whod seen us mowing, grabbed a push mower and came to join us. The three of us had a great time then working as a team and experiencing connectedness. Mission accomplished. Bryon
Saving Rosie When one of our primary milk cows, Rosie, whos half Heirshire, had her calf the last day of September, there was great cause for celebration and joy. Our College class has been looking forward in great anticipation for the arrival of this calf because Rosie has been HUGE for months! I was particularly elated because, as one of the cowherders, I bring the milk cows down to the barn twice a day, every day, to be milked. Moving the cows has been a laboratory for me to practice love and attention and connection with the cows.
The day after Rosie dropped her calf, I found her lying flat on her side unable to get up in the woods near where she gave birth. I didnt think this was exactly normal so I talked to my classmate Shawn, graduate teacher Tad who tends to the beef herd we own, and Dr. Dan, Chancellor of the College. Tad and I gave Rosie our love and attention. She had lost a lot of energy. Because her head was facing downhill, Rosie couldnt get up and get her feet under her. Cows have been known to die in such predicaments. She was too weak. We called the vet, who said to give her some calcium. The calcium would give her energy so she could sit up and then get up.
Giving Rosie the calcium was quite an experience. We had to give it to her intravenously (by IV). Thankfully, one of my classmates, Karen, has been a nurse for 30 years and she knew how to give the calcium in the vein. After this, six of us guys helped her to get on her side where her feet were under her. She still wasn't getting up. We decided to give the second bottle of calcium the vet had sent. There were technical difficulties with the needle so we needed to inject it in the muscle tissue rather than the vein. Well! A needle in Rosies rear is just what she needed to finally stand up! I felt such joy! Her little calf, whom we named Mir (Peace in the Russian language), was glad too - he was ready to nurse.
Spending the course of half a morning and all afternoon with Rosie gave me the time and space to practice a still mind. I gained a greater sense of Rosies value to the College and all the students who live and visit here. I saw my love for life and my desire to save life. I was so joyful when she got up, especially after actively imagining it for a few hours! This situation taught me that there is great and deep learning in any and every experience that you choose to learn in and through. I am grateful for the experience. Jesse
We have begun an advanced class here at the College called Taraka Yoga. Taraka means "releasing" or "causing to crossover" and yoga means "union". This class is the practice of the science of application of what we have been taught in the School of Metaphysics lessons. For me, we explore our weaknesses and strengths through different movements of yoga. The movements we experience for each class are designed to take us into mind for a particular type of experience for learning more about who we are. There are seven yogas we will be using.
What I discovered about myself after the first yoga movement, Buddhi Yoga, was very profound for me. It is changing my life!
One of the questions that I had to explore was What do I see is my greatest burden? By the end of the session I saw that I am my greatest burden. I also saw that I can use my dharma, my subconscious duty which is Unity, in a more productive way. I peeled another layer of the onion away that will lead me to my ideal self, which is to respond with equanimity.
I learned that when I feel needy or when I am stagnant from not having a goal of what to do, I create conflict in myself and with others. The awareness that this is my tendency has given me a greater peace with myself and with others in my environment. I now recognize that my needy thoughts or stagnant emotional energy are an alarm going off in my head that remind me I need to create. Now, I create a goal for myself, I create journals, I create letters, etc.... It can be anything. The conflict that I have felt inside is finally being understood by me. Thank goodness! Inner peace here I come. Jen
Fulfillment while mowing Yesterday I was mowing the lawn at our beautiful Dream Valley property. As I was walking behind the lawn mower, my heart filled with joy. I was singing a song I love and I felt totally connected and in the moment. I felt fulfilled and grateful to be in such a beautiful place, helping to make it that much more beautiful. I had a thought that this is the only place on earth where we can teach how to have this experience anywhere and at any time through having a still mind and being in the present moment. Adam
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