Earth Hour 2014

March 29, 2014 at 10:05 pm | Posted in Destroying nature, Nature, Philosophy, Social Responsibility, Special Occasions, Ways of Living | 2 Comments
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Tonight is Earth Hour, the time to reflect on the damage that we are causing to our planet.

I wrote this in my journal in fifteen minutes.  I enjoyed a glass of wine and some chocolate, and wondered as I did so, how much longer an ordinary person like myself would be able to enjoy something like that.

 

I am writing this in pen in my journal in the almost-dark, lights off.

It is quiet tonight – unusual for Saturday;

just an occasional car in the distance.

Dogs bark as something disturbs them,

street lights shine on

tall, slender spotted gums

whose high-set branches

are silhouetted against silver-grey clouds

lit by reflected street lights.

 

The only noise apart from distant traffic

and barking dogs is the buzzing I hear –

either crickets, or the tinnitus in my head.

I think of the reason for the lights out –

Earth Hour – a symbol and a reminder

of what we face if we do nothing,

if we do not change our ways –

for Climate Change has begun,

and it is quicker than we are.

 

I think of those who are steadfast

in their refusal to acknowledge any problem

or that we are an integral part of it.

I wonder if millions of minds

meditating on one thought, one desire –

to save our world –

can influence and change those other minds.

But I know that we cannot change minds

that are shuttered and barred,

locked tight against anything

that threatens their grasping hands

or their wilful disregard of what they do.

 

I think of our Earth, ravaged

by Nature so often in the past,

but even more threatened now

by the greed and lust for power

of a disbelieving and dishonest humanity.

I grieve for the damage we have already done

and I grieve for that which is to come.

 

I can do nothing in the Big Picture,

but I can do something

in my own little part of the world.

I will continue to do what I can,

hoping that my small efforts,

joined with those of others with like minds

can be enough to halt the rape

of the only planet we have.

 

(c) Linda Visman

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Dream On!

March 27, 2014 at 2:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I first posted this blog entry “Dream On!” in May 2010. It seems appropriate to re-post it now. The first post had no comments; I hope you will respond to it now. Here you are …

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The word ‘dream’ can mean many things, perhaps the images created during a waking reverie (daydreaming), wishful think (‘holding on to a dream’), or beauty too good for reality (‘a dream walking’). The original meaning, of course, is the succession of images and ideas that play in the mind during sleep. According to what I have read, everyone appears to dream, even though not everyone will remember having done so.

Some people say they don’t dream at all, but what really happens is that they don’t remember them. Possibly, the dreams were bland, unexciting or non-threatening and made no impact. You are also more likely to remember a dream if you wake up in the middle of it. Other people say they dream almost every night, spectacular epic adventures in cinemascope and full colour. I have had one or two tame versions of those. Still others only remember bits and…

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Waterside Cafe

March 23, 2014 at 5:18 pm | Posted in Australia, Experiences, Mental Health, Society, Tourism, Ways of Living | 4 Comments
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Jetty cafe Toronto

Beside the boardwalk

tables & bright red chairs.

Clatter of crockery at the kiosk.

Aromas float on a light

salt-seasoned breeze –

coffee, fish and chips, hamburger.

 

Families chatter.Kids jump from jetty

Older folk natter.

Children jump from the jetty

splashing and squealing.

 

White sails glide against

green hills and blue sky.

 

Nearby, small bright-coloured sailsSailability Toronto 01

as small, special boats bob by –

the disabled get their chance

to enjoy what others take for granted.

 

Wavelets carry sun-sparkles landward

where they sssh against the shore.

 

An old man plays old tunesSailability Toronto 02

on a keyboard organ –

soothing background tones,

a grey felt hat at his feet

upturned to receive our thanks.

 

Sunday mornings don’t get

much better than this.

 

 

© Linda Visman

At Jetty Café, Toronto, NSW, Australia 23rd March 2014.

My Mind’s Like Vegetable Soup!

March 20, 2014 at 1:33 pm | Posted in Health, Mental Health, Psychology | 2 Comments
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Last night, although I was tired and wanted to sleep, I was awake until after 2.30am.

I tried to relax and clear my mind – impossible. Then I tried to ‘watch’ the thoughts as they cropped up and passed by – impossible; they were too quick for me.

Then I tried to focus on one thing, grasp and examine it until I was bored. Maybe then I could go to sleep – but again, impossible.

That’s when I started composing a blog post about my lack of mind discipline.

I am envious of those who can meditate; those who can calm their minds, eliminate extraneous distractions, focus on the inner being & find their centre.

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What happens when I try to do the same? Chaos.

My brain seems to be very much like a meat and vegetable soup bubbling in a pot on the stove. All the pieces swirl around, vanish and re-appear randomly, then disappear again before I have a chance to grab one.

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My thoughts are like those pieces of onion, carrot and potato, celery, turnip and chicken. Feelings, insights, memories, glimmers of incidents and people and places, books I’ve read, things I have or haven’t done, questions and answers – they all swirl and bob up, then vanish just as quickly.

How do I obtain some sort of control over the maelstrom? What do I do, short of becoming a yogi or fakir or hermit?

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All I want to do is quiet my mind so I can relax enough to sleep when I need to, or focus my mind without being distracted.

Awake-sleep brain

Is that too difficult? It has been for me thus far.

Do you meditate? How did you start? Does it help you?

 

Linda Visman

Self Confidence

March 18, 2014 at 2:06 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

This post sums up my own experience of self-confidence, which Linda Stewart, the blogger rightly asserts includes self-efficacy and self-esteem. I would also add that, for me at least, my self-confidence is also often undermined and exacerbated by my sense of guilt at not being perfect (caused to a great extent by my Catholic upbringing), which I find difficult to overcome.
I would recommend anyone who is interested in looking behind the actions of their lives to the reasons for them to check out Linda’s blog Queasypeasy

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How would you rate your self-confidence?

There are pockets of life in which my self-confidence would rate reasonably high.  On a scale of 1 – 10 where 1 is oh so low and 10 is way too high, my marker would hover around 7 or 8.  However, other pockets of my life are filled with stressful content.  In those circumstances the marker lurks around 3 or 4.  I never gave myself credit for acting but when people tell me I present as someone who is self-confident I have to wonder if I missed my calling.

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Before I unpack that paragraph let’s take a look at what self-confidence is.

Self Confidence = Self-efficacy + Self-esteem

Big concept, self-efficacy but in terms of confidence it simply means knowing that we have the skills to get the job done; we have what it takes to be successful and achieve a good outcome.  Another…

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Patterns in Bark

March 3, 2014 at 6:42 pm | Posted in Australia, Gardens, Nature, Tourism, Travel, Writing | 1 Comment
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I was at Parramatta Park again recently and went for my usual wanders in between periods of writing at the picnic tables.

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One of the things I love about the park is the trees there. I love trees anywhere, actually.

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This time however, I looked at them more closely, and saw, in a relatively small area, a wide range of species with very different bark.

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I didn’t know many of the species, though I am sure anyone familiar with Australian trees would be able to identify many of these from their bark.DSCF7982 (2) (960x1280)

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One of my favourite tree barks is that of the paperbark tree (various types of melaleuca). When I was younger, I often used to see pictures made from bark. The paperbark lends itself to that very well, as its bark peels off in soft papery sheets. Last year, after the death of my father, I took possession of two my late mother had hanging on the wall.

Melaleuca, paperbark tree

Melaleuca, paperbark tree

I found a stand of trees with an unusual and rough bark that I hadn’t noticed before, and had to include a photo here, as it is quite dramatic.

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A tree with a very smooth bark rounds off the list, though there were several others I haven’t included here.

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I love these different patterns, as well as their texture, and am constantly amazed at the variety that Nature displays.

 

What are the trees like where you live? Is there a good variety, or do the climate and geography limit what grows there?

(c) Linda Visman

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