a sanskrit prayer for today:
Look to this day!
For it is life, the very life of life.
In its brief course lie all the verities and realities of your existence:
the bliss of growth
the glory of action
the splendor of achievement,
For yesterday is but a dream
and tomorrow is only a vision,
But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness
and tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day!
Such is the salutation to the dawn.
Let’s add this to my list of reasons we should work our way back to a foraging society…
“Hypertension is a disease of industrial societies, with a very low prevalence among hunter-gathereres, herders, and traditional agricultural communities. In industrial societies, evidence has accumulated on the key role of working conditions in blood pressure elevation…the most widely studied work stressor is job strain (the combinations of high psychological job demands and low job control).” - Paul A. Landsbergis, PhD.
I’m just over here still dreaming instead of writing a lab report.
…the sun looks down on nothing half so good as a household laughing together over a meal, or two friends talking over a pint of beer, or a man alone reading a book that interests him…
— CS (via iamlindy)
March 19, 2013 at 4:43am
It is good to remember that in the midst of endless (sometimes painful) questions, I can be found in Truth. In fact, the more I know the Truth the more He reminds me that the endless questions are a beautiful reality.
I want to be a songbird… I just want to try to know how far and deep and wide this love is that You give cause that’s what it is to really live… To just try and look around see You in our breath and hear You in our sounds. Go through things that I need - make me hurt, make me bleed. Cause I will arise and see the light. I’ll pray my way through the night. And I want to sing lullabies to Earth and she cries. I really want to try and make her laugh… how You made me laugh. Take the strings and the things I use to tie me to the ground. Let them all be gone. I want to be a songbird.
— Jillian Edwards
March 6, 2013 at 10:35am
“Sometimes today will mean doing something risky or new. Most times it just means doing the same thing I did yesterday. Either way, the point is my life with Christ and his life in me.” -Emily Freeman.
these days were made for calling out His name - Jesus.
Today was for long runs to pretty places with a new song in my heart: “Spirit, lead me where my trust is without borders. Let me walk upon the waters wherever you would call me. Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander, and my faith will be made stronger in the presence of my Savior.”
February 28, 2013 at 1:44am
asking questions and dreaming towards truth.
The Lord is sweet - and I know this because I have tasted the honey. Even as I take notes through a Cultural Anthropology lecture, I must allow my prayers to run wild on an extra sheet of paper.
History through this earth proves that how people get food matters. Our methods of obtaining food have a direct correlation with the interaction of humans and their environment. This way of getting food has affected both humanity and the earth which we live on.
I claim to be neither a theologian nor an anthropologist, yet I try to make a habit of looking through the lens of truth onto the reality of this world. I cannot help but entertain thoughts about how truth meets our manners of getting food.
Foraging societies embrace the practice of “reciprocal sharing.” These societies are so woven together that they give freely to one another without an expectation of equal return. No one claims food as their own because everyone’s success depends on everyone. When these people set out to gather the nourishment which their bodies require, there is no questioning the truth that they need each other in order to stay alive.
As we study history, they always teach us that this “foraging” society is the most primitive - the first to exist. Human interaction with the environment was both simple and friendly: there was not much time for humans to do much aside from helping one another stay alive. Earth provided and humanity made few efforts to change the Earth.
Remember, I am no theological anthropologist but my greatest desire is to be clothed with God’s righteousness while still an inhabitant of this dirty earth… so I must ask the question: Does God ask for my community to look a little more like foragers treating one another like family rather than whatever is happening now? Has time brought us farther from wholeness?
I am just asking questions.
Today, we’ve “progressed” through many trends of interaction with our environment. Foraging became cultivating became pasturing became industrializing. And it’s almost every day I watch a friend neglect wheat because her body cannot tolerate gluten. I won’t pretend like TV dinners are not convenient or that microwaves don’t multiply the time in my day. I, too, buy my groceries for myself and organize them in my quadrant of the fridge - I cook for myself and often I eat by myself and it all helps me believe that I do not need anyone else to aid in my survival. I also become much less prone to aid in the survival of my neighbor.
It’s a beautiful occasion when brothers and sisters gather in a home, pray and practice dreaming God’s dreams. It’s comforting not knowing if we’re dreaming backwards or forwards - this happens when the only goal of our dreams is that we would land upon Truth.