Posts Tagged ‘personal growth’

As February emerges in the South Pacific right now, it seems like a good time to thank January for its many  gifts–particularly for the rain here in California.

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Ever since completing a 3-year Waldorf teacher training program to practice the art of integrative teaching, it has become a personal practice of mine to be particularly conscious about the daily rhythms and energies preceding Epiphany (January 6).


I experience a sense of timelessness, where my awareness flows fluidly with the natural shifts of light and dark. There is a more heightened awareness of the present moment, coupled with an expanded effortlessness to remain fully present. In this state of awareness, Life’s paradoxes reveal hidden purpose and meaning. A brilliant constellation of ideas–as few as two or three and as many as dozens I’ve attempted to document–that had previously not arisen in my mind in such an interconnected way.


What surprised me was the unexpected paradoxical nature of the ideas that came into view, which are shared verbatim below. If a big part of you revels in collaboration and togetherness, realize that the flipside is to revel in–and actually yearn to–experience quality alone time with yourself. It’s vital for self-balancing. So, here’s what came in:

yin yang earth“It is your lack of commonality that will free you. It is your commonality that binds you. It is your freedom of choice to connect or not–or to be bound or not.”

In other words, “the variables that make each of us utterly unique are also what frees us. You could also say that freedom is a vast commonality, depending on how you view it.”


Another way to look at this is that the world could be your oyster…or it could be your jail cell…depending on the broadness of your perspective.

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It was sort of thrilling to realize for the first time a new dimension to my career that hadn’t occurred to me of before: the idea that connecting cultural / linguistic anthropology with sovereign food system restoration of island communities would be an absolutely banging way to immerse my career into the realms I love most. Naturally, this is my own unique spin on life based on what truly rocks my world. Highly recommended…


Prior to the gnarly communication discord of this most recent week (17-24 January), the altitude of awareness has been at an all-time high—available for the reaching to anyone w ho reaches for what really matters.



Our cosmos as seen from earth


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We have a choice to use the gift of our lives to make the world a better place.      -Dr. Jane Goodall

DNA double helixAs we strive to communicate more and more in open and connective ways, we become more skilled at expressing the truth of what is before us…and what is within us.  In this way our communication becomes extraordinarily valuable to those who know us or hear us speak.

Extracting our inner truth, bringing it to light in dialogue and expressing it in a simple and honest way transforms our inner landscape—and that of the other person.  This seemingly simple process is actually a process of transformation.  Here are a few examples: saying something you’ve been wanting to say for a long time; doing something for the first time; expressing a core belief; informing others of a decision.

To illustrate, it would look like a double helix—what’s inner expresses itself into the outer, while the outer absorbs the expression to the inner plane.  The space in between is the edge.  This is where human transformation happens—where connections are made.  This can also be non-verbal.  It’s often what we refer to as growth.  The transformation that takes place on the inner plane is the edge effect.

As an environmental educator who’s raised a child, spent over a decade as a career advisor and strove to meet the challenges life has served up; blended with an intrinsic curiosity and desire to help others, a deep capacity has bloomed…to connect dots in ways most people don’t see…yet.  To impart information in a way that inspires people to think beyond the pre-defined and help the environment is my greatest joy.  You could say it’s what I live for…well, that and an occasional island trip and a meal of yellowtail sashimi…

Did you know the edge effect can be witnessed in nature too?  Just like us, nature is constantly growing.  Growth is what happens in that edge…the edge from inner to outer and back again.

In nature, where one ecosystem meets, intermingles and gives way to a different ecosystem, this overlap is called an ‘edge.’  It is in these edges that unique and emerging life forms can be found.  Where something ‘unlike all the rest’ exists in a fragile equilibrium.  Just like you.

The most apparent edge people often recognize are beaches, lakesides or steep mountains.  Yet the not-so-obvious ones are really fascinating.

orcas island edge

Orcas Island

To connect the dots, our most fruitful links are found in two places:  In permaculture and in the body of native ancestral wisdom and practices, more commonly known as TEK (traditional ecological knowledge).

Next month, I’ll share more about these connections and how they can help you make the world a better place for the future.  Hope you’ll stay tuned and share this blog with anyone who might be interested.

Can’t wait?  For an earlier exposeé on the value of edges, click here.

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