This week Awesome Stories brings you the dark side, problems of capitalism, horse whispering, and lessons from the garden.
The Dark Side
One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. ~ Carl Jung
Mostly I agree with Doc in this post about the pitfalls of calling yourself a lightworker. Much like chasing happiness, we don’t grow the light by chasing it, but by shining it into the dark. Doc makes some good points about our tendency to avoid the dark and challenges, thinking that by focusing on the positive, we are growing the light. Too often we’re running from our pain. I’ve done that for big chunks of my life and it doesn’t work. Yes, we can and should bring our light into the world. Doc doesn’t address how focusing too much on our pain, we can get lost there, and focusing too much on the light can become avoidance. The middle path seems to be embracing all of life, looking for the value in everyone and everything.
The Problems of Capitalism
This article proposes that capitalism may be the core problem. This past Presidential election brought to light how broken our current system is. I would love to see a total reform of our economic and political systems. Currently, they are too dominated by big money and the constant push for profits above all else. This has led to a growing economic divide between the rich and poor, a dominance of corporate control in our lives, and the destruction of nature. At the roots of most of the world’s problems is our capitalistic system. We need a new system that more fairly benefits all people and the planet. Some of the possibilities are; making health care and education social benefits, sharing the planet’s resources, universal basic income, and gift economies. Do you have any great ideas?
I was very moved by this video from Red Earth Studio about Jean François Pignon and his relationship to his horses. The Horse Whisperer is a short film about Jean, who began his love affair with horses as a teenager, captivated by a white horse named Gazelle. I sensed an amazing love and affinity in his treatment of the horses. It was surprising to see some people upset because of the stick he’s holding and making assumptions about him dominating or mistreating the horses. I see only love in this video. How about you?
This article offers a beautiful review of master chef Jeong Kwan. She is revered for her cooking, but her priority is Buddhism, as she helps people be mindful with their food. Jeong reminds us that the best food and cooking comes from an intimate connection with our food. Her sense of reverence and connection is inspiring. She considers her plants as children and her gardens a playground! Unlike most cooking, this Korean temple approach aims for non-attachment, not the craving of food. After eating, the author describes an unusual mix of fullness and lightness. You consume this food for clarity, nourishment, and connection. I admire their simplicity, reverence, and dedication.
May we live in peaceful connection with our food, fellow humans, and planet. Peace out, Brad