Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Wake Up to Live! Enlightenment Is A Destructive Process

Enlightenment Is A Destructive Process

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I have been extremely straight forward in regards to taking action in something that makes you passionate.  I have been repeatedly stating how important it is to create a voice and stand up for what is right, for a cause, and for truth.  Awakening or enlightenment is not a passive project; it is action oriented.  It take guts and gusto to do what you are intended to do here on this planet to make life better for all.  With your cause and your voice and with other causes and voices, we can make a difference!

Enlightenment is not a passive process.  Enlightenment is action oriented.

Wake Up to Live is about awareness in every aspect.  Waking up to live life is about questioning the social norms and the things that feel uncomfortable to talk about.  Wake Up to Live is about becoming awake to our biases, prejudices, and injustices. Waking up to live life is about waking up from unconsciousness to see what is really true.  Although waking up to live life with awareness and clarity may be difficult to do because now we must begin to make the hard choices, we must strive to Wake Up to Live and be responsible for our actions and the actions of others.  We are in this life together!  

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Get Political for A Cause You Are Passionate About


Wake Up and Get Political For A Cause You Are Passionate About

Why is the general population so afraid to get involved politically?  Are you afraid of backlash?  Are you afraid that maybe someone won't agree with you, and their comments are going to rock your boat?  Are you afraid of this so called "negativity" people talk about?  Or are you one of those believers that thinks that if I only stay in the Zen moment and think happy thoughts, then life will somehow miraculously change for the better?

We latch on to religion or spirituality when we are overwhelmed; when we can't seem to tolerate the world anymore.  Perhaps, someone close to you died--a spouse, a child, a mother, or a very good friend.  War is another factor to why people latch onto religion or look for a divine power.  People want to know and want to believe that there is something out there that is greater than the mess here on earth, and, honestly, rightfully so.  I went through this myself.

But spiritual awakening is not about sitting in that calm, zen moment and staying there, or gluing a plastic happy smile on your face and losing touch with reality.  Once you become awakened (if that is what you would like to call it), you are now more aware of the world's / people's needs and issues.  This is where you need to get out there and focus on some sort of a cause.  Whatever that may look like.  And guess what, these causes get political!  There is no way to work on a cause without getting political because that is where all change lies.  Politics gets tough; sometimes you feel like you're getting the life squeezed out of you; and it is emotionally draining at times; but that is not what we focus on.

I tell you, Facebook can drive me wild sometimes.  We have so many people out there that are afraid to make a strong point because someone won't like what they say in the comment box.  They'll even say "I don't want to get political" showing endless amounts of cat and dog photos and videos (or photos of their dinner!).  I like these pic's and reels, too, at times, because they make me smile and laugh, but come on, let's do something productive to make some amazing change in the world.

When you wake up from the darkness or you see light or you are cleansed or conscious (there are many ways to describe this awakening process), this is the moment when action must be taken, voices need to be scripted, and perseverance and tenacity needs to be on your back burner at all times.  Sure, show those kitty and puppy photos (and your dinner if you have to once in a while), but also show what is really happening in the world so we can all gain some awareness and perspective on what is "important."

I see many more PETA protests than I see humanity injustice protests.  I see way too many "get rich programs" than I see boycotting psychopaths such as Nestle that is sucking the water reservoirs dry in California (and getting water for pennies here in B.C.).  There is a bit of an imbalance here.  Let's uncover the messes that many so like to deny and hide.  I mean, get this, water will soon be a privilege not a right!!!  Collecting rainwater in your back yard is illegal (or limited in areas!).  Child abuse, sexual assault, sex trafficking, genocides, or LGBT rights, for example, are not talked about enough.  No one wants to get stressed or inconveniences, but change and awareness is about being inconvenienced.  It gets the blood boiling, and this is what creates action.  How did you first become awakened?  I'm thinking something huge happened, and you weren't sitting in a lounge chair contemplating things.

Individualism is good, happiness is good, Zen moments are great, but without freedom in society, without justice for humanity, and without a healthy and safe planet to live on, none of these values will matter!

Wake Up to Live; make a point in the world; create a cause; make a footprint for others to follow.  When will you take action for a greater cause beyond your individual self?  If not now, when? 

Wake Up to Live with Desiree Leigh

Wake Up to Live is about awareness in every aspect.  Waking up to live life is about questioning the social norms and the things that feel uncomfortable to talk about.  Wake Up to Live is about becoming awake to our biases, prejudices, and injustices. Waking up to live life is about waking up from unconsciousness to see what is really true.  Although waking up to live life with awareness and clarity may be difficult to do because now we must begin to make the hard choices, we must strive to Wake Up to Live and be responsible for our actions and the actions of others.  We are in this life together!  


  

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Sacred Domain Filled With Love

Sacred Domain Filled With Love

Wake Up to Live by Desiree Leigh

When you  have been abused, it's not that you don't ever want to be loved by someone.  It's that your demands may be a lot greater than most.  Because of the extra demands, many turn and walk away.  They can't be bothered, I suppose.  But isn't true love worth the effort?

In essence, to love another that has been so deeply and soulfully hurt, it takes more effort on the part of the other trying to enter a sacred domain; perhaps you can call it a wall, but it really is a sacred domain filled with love. Once you enter the sacred domain or when you finally see that there is a whole lot of love within those walls, you climb in there, too, and find out it is truly miraculous.

If you've been allowed to enter the sacred domain, more than likely and perhaps without even knowing it, you've given greater space, time, patience, tolerance, and unconditional love.

 

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Wake Up to Live is about awareness in every aspect.  Waking up to live life is about questioning the social norms and the things that feel uncomfortable to talk about.  Wake Up to Live is about becoming awake to our biases, prejudices, and injustices. Waking up to live life is about waking up from unconsciousness to see what is really true.  Although waking up to live life with awareness and clarity may be difficult to do because now we must begin to make the hard choices, we must strive to Wake Up to Live and be responsible for our actions and the actions of others.  We are in this life together!  

Monday, April 6, 2015

Subtly Supporting Evil In Various Ways



"If I know that something evil is happening I do not do anything to favor it, but I do not do anything to stop it; I look away from it.  Thus, I am passively guilty of supporting the man who perpetuates that evil."

--Gerard Prunier, author of The Rwanda Crisis




Evil by an individual, a group, a state, or a nation(s); it comes in all sizes and by people that you would not suspect.



 Wake Up to Live is about awareness in every aspect.  Waking up to live life is about questioning the social norms and the things that feel uncomfortable to talk about.  Wake Up to Live is about becoming awake to our biases, prejudices, and injustices. Waking up to live life is about waking up from unconsciousness to see what is really true.  Although waking up to live life with awareness and clarity may be difficult to do because now we must begin to make the hard choices, we must strive to Wake Up to Live and be responsible for our actions and the actions of others.  We are in this life together!  

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter

Happy Easter
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Whether you celebrate the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, or you celebrate Ishtar, fertility and procreation, take these holidays to give thanks to life, what life has to offer, and any memories of loved ones that impacted your heart, whether you are religious or not.  

I always look back to memories of my grandparents on my father's side, especially my grandma.  Going to my grandparents home in Raspberry Village was always such a nice event.  Grandma had such good home-cooked food.  She made an amazing raspberry juice, borscht that was out of this world, and pedehi (my favorite was beet or pumpkin).  It was such a delight!  Her home was very welcoming and warm and smelled so inviting.  I'll always remember entering the side door of the house, turning left to climb up the stairs to enter her kitchen.  Every time, she had a loaf of bread, a container of salt, and a clear glass jug full of fresh water.

What I remember most of grandma's place was that she was consistent; I knew what to expect.  She was hospitable, happy and friendly, and always wanted you to leave with a full tummy.  These simple items made seeing her the best thing that happened on weekends.

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