Saturday, May 16, 2015. I have many thoughts about writing a post each day – and then the day is gone – and….
Even now, the best I can do is to post some links to other places online where my attention has been tapped into and some of my waking “working memory time” has been captivated. I will simply begin with today and do a little backward streaming in this regard. At least you will have SOME idea where I have been in recent days!!
Yes, rats. Those garbage-eating, sewer-dwelling, beady-eyed, bald-tailed rodents feel empathy.
“Empathy is a human trait, but it isn’t unique to humans. Our closest relatives, primates, will help each other out. Elephants bury their dead and giraffe moms who lost a calf are often flanked with other giraffe females during her time of grief. So, how far down the food chain does this trait go?”
Impressive human effort!!
“Neligh, Nebraska — During what is normally a time to plant crops, Nebraskans went into the field for a different reason — to create a massive crop art installation of the Presidential Seal with the words “Climate Legacy, #NoKXL” to send a message to Pres. Obama that his legacy is tied to rejecting the Keystone XL tarsands pipeline.”
Something that I think would help me in many ways as a trauma altered individual!! (I would use some calming essential oils, as well!)
Something I found on Facebook I really like – just search for “The Resonance Project” if this link doesn’t work and take a look
Also this on Facebook (the above article about rat empathy was posted here) — Center for Building a Culture of Empathy and Compassion
Greatly appreciate this article located on a website called Learning Mind – (a kind of alternative site but this article is great!)
Social Anxiety May Be Associated with High IQ and Empathetic Ability BY CHRISTINA
Here is another great Facebook graph-image – ACE SCORE AND RELATION TO ADULT HOMELESSNESS
(I am certain this graphic was borrowed from some other webpage if you wish to search for it instead of looking at this Facebook posting)
These images on Facebook about the geometric nature of life again posted by The Resonance Project
And THIS IMAGE — “Buckminster Fuller explained to me once that because our world is constructed from geometric relations like the Golden Ratio or the Fibonacci Series, by thinking about geometry all the time, you could organize and harmonize your life with the structure of the world.” – Einar Thors… See More
And this one about research showing that SOUR CHERRY is good for sleep – and more!
And so life goes such as I allude to a tiny slice of it here. Much of my life right now is so in the living of it that words really add nothing to the experience itself – and hence “the cupboard is nearly bare of words to share.”
Eight continuing months of not nice North Dakota weather – from my point of view – leaves me knowing that no matter how difficult it will be for me to head south again this fall — leaving my family behind up here in the north land — MY needs demand that I make this return journey. Although I believe it to be true that God never taxes a soul past its power there is also reasonable common sense involved. I CANNOT endure another winter here!! Nor would it be remotely wise for me to try.
I am just not designed to live in an apartment complex, trapped indoors by weather in a city on the flat land!
The musical sphere of my life is doing very well! I am continuing to learn piano scales slowly and surely using this book:
I have a long way to go, very true. This is a kind of personal ME time, a kind of meditative experience that is very good for me! If I think ANY thought as I play – well – I literally cannot play! My fingers freeze in midair until I return ONLY to listening.
I am very grateful that I have a Casio electric keyboard I play using headphones. It is set to strings, which keeps any (to me) jarring shift from note to note completely out of my experience. I have missed one day of practice in these past eight months. This may well be one of the most important things I have ever done just for myself!
I continue to ask myself, “Am I learning to play music?”
I have no idea. What I AM learning is how to play the keys. Someday I would like to be settled down south living somewhere that would allow me to have a REAL piano!! I don’t bet on that ever happening, actually. (I had to let my drumming go for now. If I am fortunate down in the desert I will find a place to live that lets me play my congas. I don’t foresee a time when my finances will ever let me afford to buy a drum set. Maybe? Time will tell.)
What I do bet on is that if I keep at this for as long as I can during the rest of my life my happiness and well-being will increase! At the rate I am learning it will take me YEARS to get through this book! And yet I also wonder if at some point through these exercises I might find that suddenly – there the MUSIC is!! I am guessing there is probably a musical threshold that I cannot see yet that does lie ahead of me.
I would like that! And THEN I will teach myself in whatever way I can – for my own pleasure only – to play Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas! I have the two best books of the music. I want to at least learn to READ that music so that I can HEAR it in my soul without my fingers having to touch a key! And there will be nothing stopping me from following along at some point in the future by finding those notes with my fingers on these keys in any way I can figure out how to do that!
Amazing things are possible in this lifetime!
Here is our first book out in ebook format. Click here to view or purchase –
It lists for $2.99 and can be read by Amazon Prime customers without charge.
NOTE: I am still stuck with this new version of the blog’s posting page that I do not like and cannot get out of. It has refused to post or include my chosen tags:
adult attachment disorders, adult reactive attachment disorder, anxiety disorders,borderline mother, borderline personality disorder, brain development, child abuse,depression,derealization, disorganized disoriented insecure attachment disorder,dissociation,dissociative identity disorder, empathy, infant abuse, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD),protective factors, PTSD, resiliency, resiliency factors, risk factors, shame