I used to Climb Trees

Earlier in the week I was walking down the street practicing mindfulness. I just have to say I don’t particularly like the phrase “practicing” anything but I feel this is the best choice of words to communicate my frame of mind.

With that said… there I am walking down this neighborhood street in Tempe, Arizona and I walk by a tree. This tree I’ve passed by for several weeks now but there was something drastically different this day. To tell you the truth I’m not sure if I noticed the tree or if it noticed me.

So there I was… standing still, motionless with the exception of an occasional batting of the eyes so that I could maintain this new clarity. There was a fantastic calm and abundance of energy looking at this beautiful tree. There it stood leaning back with a lazy posture amongst the grass hugged by bushes and inhabited by a family of singing birds… there it stood alone, just like me.

As I’m observing the beautiful brown bark, green leaves and crooked twigs a rush of thoughts and emotions flooded my mind… I smiled!

I was taken back to a time in my youth were there wasn’t a tree safe in my neighborhood… if there was a tree it was going to be climbed. In what seemed like several minutes was in all actuality just a few seconds, now I was continuing on with my walk (to the bus stop).

As I sat on the bus and reflected on what had just happened and wondered to myself, when did I stop climbing trees? It has been several years since I climbed a tree… why?

I remembered how exciting it was to climb trees, the adventure I enjoyed it immensely. Up in the trees there was a different world, a different perspective, peace and quiet.

I miss those days, sitting up there squatting on my perch like a wild monkey away from the household chores, homework and the bully on the bus. I miss my sanctuary and I wonder if I can find a similar solace now that I’m an adult.

Do I have it in me to climb a tree and leave the troubles, anxieties and responsibilities of this so called life down there. Can I find my way outside of all the distractions so that I can see clearly what is really happening in the world?

I think I can…

I know I can…

Only now I don’t have to climb up a tree to get to that place, the tree and I are one… like I notice the tree, the tree notices me, I’m a reflection of the tree and the tree is a reflection of me. My sanctuary isn’t up in the trees anymore but rather inside myself, its just a matter of taking the time to go there NOW.

Seeing that tree, taking notice, being aware and observing the way I did was a reminder that I can be here right now any time I want and right now is where its all happening, this is where its at not back then or tomorrow but right now.

In order to live a life of virtue and bring about the change that is needed in our world it will be from minds that are aware of this. The change that is coming, the change that is happening right now is being nurtured and cared for by the minds that are here right now.

There are those who are still unaware there are those who still walk past the tree without taking notice but now isn’t going anywhere and the people that have awakened to the now will still be here when those are ready to be here now too.

Namaste,

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Krishnamurti – What Love Is Not, Complete Series 12 Videos 13+ Hours

A’hoy there!

I just completed uploading the entire Krishnamurti series, “What Love Is Not”. I haven’t even had the opportunity to watch all the videos myself yet but as I do I’ll be posting separate post on each individual video to give you my thoughts and perspective.

There are plenty of other videos in the fold so stay tuned. Also if anyone reading this would like to donate videos of other teachers please contact me. This blog is to be diverse and varied so the more the better.

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KRISHNAMURTI VIDEO “Chrisis In Ourselves”

This is the second of a 6 part series of videos originally shot in 1982 at the Oak Grove in Ojai, California. This video is just over an hour long shot in full color with great audio.

This video is entitled “A Crisis In Ourselves”, it would seem that Krishnamurti addressed an issue back in 1982 that we are all still dealing with today. Actually are we dealing with the crisis in ourselves at all? Do we even see the crisis within or are we too stupefied to notice what is actually happening?

Krishnamurti makes it clear that there is something wrong with the state of affairs in the world only we are not dealing with the problem in the right way. We can all see that for thousands of years mankind has lived in terrible suffering and pain.

Century after century we continue to fight, create war, conflict and kill one another. Looking back we can see that we’ve tried several different means to bring peace. We’ve formed nations and armies to protect and give us a sense of security but to no avail, only a false sense of security. We’ve created governments to bring order to our societies and yet to this very day there hasn’t been a successful government to bring peace and cessation of fear.

In this video Krishnamurti ask us to look at this fact deeply. If we are at all serious, are we willing to bring about a complete change in the physiological mind that created all the past wars and wars of today?

If we are truly serious about this we must recognize that nothing we’ve done in the past has worked so obviously we need to make a complete and total change. We must first take care as to how we approach the problems of the world because if we try to FIX the problems coming from our conditioned minds and our approach comes from fear then our solution will be based on fear.

If we take great care to approach this very serious issue that the entire lot of mankind faces then perhaps we might make progress and see where to begin. If one does approach these issues very carefully one will find that the problems of the world today are not out there somewhere but rather within us all.

Please do feel free to post your comments about the video, I’d like to know what you think. You participation is encouraged, lets talk it up!

Namaste,



Krishnamurti Video “Holistic Observation”

This is the first of a 6 part series of videos originally shot in 1982 at the Oak Grove Ojai, California. This first video is just over an hour long shot in full color with great audio.

Krishnamurti speaks to a larger group of eager listeners, the title for this first segment is “Holistic Observation”. The theme of this first video is Krishnamurti asking rhetorical questions to the group prepping them for this very serious dialog. A lot of the questions that Krishnamurti asks the listeners beckon them to really dig deep perhaps so that they can realize just how serious this inquiry really is.

The talk is very enjoyable, you’ll notice especially if you have headphone on that there are birds singing in the background and an occasional horse. Although this dialog is a very serious one indeed there are a couple of moments of laughter but your wouldn’t know it by the look on Krishnamurti’s face.

Like I said this is just the first video of six so stay tuned for the rest as I’ll be uploading them in the next couple of days. Please do feel free to post your comments about the video, I’d like to know what you think. You participation is encouraged, lets talk it up!



A Life Transformed Video with Christopher Titmuss

Christopher Titmuss speaks to a group in Sarnath, India about several topics the theme of the talk is “a life transformed”. To begin the discussion with the group Christopher give a little of his background and tells of his travels many years prior in Sarnath, India where he came upon a small book not to far from where he and the group were currently sitting. He tells of 2 references from the book that gave him great insight. The first reference dealt with the fact that everything changes, family friends, you, everything. The second reference in the book suggest that if one can recognizing that everything without exception changes one might realize that clinging to anything will bring misery, conflict and troubles.

Christopher then departs from his personal story to give a brief lesson on the history of the belief systems in India. He goes back about 2500 years ago where there were 2 influential figures in spiritual life. The first were the Brahmans who are still very influential in India to this day. The Brahmans were the priest, they were the facilitators and guardians of ritual and ceremony. This goes back to the Vedas, the earliest sacred texts of India. From the Vedas came the Vedānta and out of that extraordinary tradition came what we still see in India today, the Yogis.

He then goes on to explain that if we look back to those times one can now see that from the priest, rituals, astrology, sacrifice and other ceremonies this all gave rise to the conditions that manifest what we still see today in India with the cast systems and privilege by birth.

Aside from the Brahmans and priest there were the Yogis that lived on the outskirts of society. Over time you start to see this is when Ashrams began to be built on the outskirts of society as well. With the building of Ashrams then came the teachers Gurus and Swamis. Looking back you can see that this is how spirituality in India began, this was the beginning of of all the stories, gods and goddesses, etc.

When the Buddha finally came around he made a drastic departure from the systems of the Brahmans and the Yogis. In his teachings he attempted to shift the social life in society as a whole and the individual. The Buddha attempted to ignite a movement of complete transformation in the consciousness of mankind. The teachings and this movement of complete transformation were relevant for society 2500 years ago and are even more so today.

After Christoper catches the group up with the brief history lesson he then ask the group to bring their attention back to the current world in which we live. If we look closely at society today we will notice that there is a conditioning of society as a whole and the individual. This conditioning and the structure of society that we all contribute to, we have a very strong sense of connection with it and we all identify with it.

This conditioning that we are all cause and a part of, if we look at it closer and examine ourselves we will find that we are identified with it and we internalize.

There are 3 parts of our conditioning that we internalize, these 3 things we’ve been told are extremely important and we believe it completely.

  • The pursuit of security through ownership.
  • The maximization and pursuit of pleasure.
  • Developing a sense of self-worth through what we do, e.g. career and accomplishments.

Christopher then goes on to explain that these 3 things have become the overall pursuit of all mankind. If we’re honest with ourselves and look at our lives as individuals you will see the the majority of your life’s attention and priorities are devoted to these 3 things.

He then goes on to point out how the link between all 3 of these pursuits or conditions is money. We all have the same conditioning and are perusing the same things. Out of all this conditioning arises a society of individuals with a common consciousness of anxiety and fear. Christopher points out that nobody ever talks about money, only in the most general ways. For one to talk about ones finances is very taboo in today’s society.

After making this point about our common conditioning and anxieties he then references how the Buddhas endeavor over 2500 years ago was to make a total shift in the in the consciousness of mankind who was at the time dealing with the same conditioned mind.

How do we make the transformation from this conditioned mind? Watch the video to find out what Christopher Titmuss has to say. I think you’ll find that he is very insightful and if you listen closely something might awaken within you that will have you questioning your pursuits and your conditioning.

After watching the video please feel free to leave general comments about the video or ask a question to start a dialog. The purpose of this blog is to talk with one another and investigate truth.

Namaste,

~ Echo