Monthly Archives: February 2013

Resurgence Magazine

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The latest March/April 2013 edition of the Resurgence & Ecologist magazine is now available online.

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In their latest issue, they continue to offer a diverse selection of articles, including Joanna Macy’s keynote on the greatest social movement of our time, a Special Report on traditional agriculture in Europe, and a unique perspective on faiths and the key role they play in protecting the planet.

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Regional English Accents

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I’m kinda fascinated by the variety of English accents. In England alone, there are dozens and dozens of unique regional accents, and each spoken accent can have its’ own vocabulary, grammar and pronunciations.

I remember travelling to Newcastle, in north east England, some years ago. And when some of the locals spoke to me on the train, I really did not have a clue what they were saying. Which, since I originate from East Yorkshire, only about 70 odd miles away is quite amazing.

One explanation for the growth of regional accents, goes along the lines of – prior to about 200 years ago, very few people actually traveled further than their local community unless they had to. And, of course, there was no radio or TV for people to listen to. This relative isolation gave people amply opportunity to develop their own language variations.

Another phenomena is that there isn’t really such a thing as a British accent. There are simply too many regional accents in the British isles for that to be true. I found some references which suggested that the notion of a correct British accent is a form of cultural imperialism adopted at the time of empire and all that, which sounds about right, just the kind of BS they would go for.

Personally, whatever the reasons I’m very, very glad there isn’t such a thing as a standard British or English accent. I love to hear the endless richness of their varied sounds, their beautifully mangled verbs and I delight in hearing old-fashioned personal pronouns still being used in the 21st century.

© David R. Durham
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One Way Street

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I was just reading a quote from the Persian mystic & poet Rumi, which finished with the sentence – “No ripe grape ever again becomes green, and no mature fruit ever again becomes raw.”

How true this is. The things we do, don’t do, say, don’t say etc. are all a one way street. Whilst many software tools we use have a handy “Un-Do” function, we do not.

This reminds me of an interview I read with a prison psychiatrist, who commented something along the lines of, the biggest regret of many lifers is that they could never go back, they could never un-murder someone and bring them back to life.

When we make our decision, small and big, often we select a route we can never go back on. And, whilst in our minds we may return again and again, it’s done, over, finito.

© David R. Durham
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Social Memory

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The pace of social change over the last fifty years, across the world, has been breathtaking. Which has led me to wonder, how much of our collective social history is being forgotten within two or three generations. Not the ‘important’ stuff of history books, but the woof and warp of daily human lives.

This especially hit me when I was watching some TV ads., for the latest smart-phone technology. Nothing remotely like this existed when I was a kid. And, when I first started work, the typewriter dominated the office landscape. The PC was yet to be invented.

In some ways, people are more connected. Maybe in other ways, it has become easier to avoid those closest to us, and for real stories to be lost in a deluge of information.

I can’t help feeling that human stories live on in the memories of real people, not in saved data files or virtual chat-rooms. And one feature of human memory, is that it tends to keep memories with an emotional content. It is this emotional element which brings human stories to life, and allows them to connect across the generations. Pure information tends to be forgotten, discarded along the way.

© David R. Durham
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Peru Floods

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Hi All,

I received the following from a contact in Peru regarding floods affecting communities in the Sacred Valley in Peru.

Peru torrential rains starting on 8 Feb 2013 caused flooding and
landslides across the country. Several weeks of heavy rain resulted
in a glacial river bursting its banks, sending rushing water churning
down the mountain, pushing rocks, boulders, and trees along the way.
In Tanca and Phiry, agricultural fields were buried in mud and rocks,
wiping out a year’s plantings, farm animals drowned, and 75 families
lost their homes. In all, over 130 families have lost some or all of
their housing, clothing, work, furniture, and their means of making a
living. There has been little news coverage and tourists and locals
alike are unaware or find it hard to get any information.

These two communities are located 5 km outside of Ollantaytambo. The
indigenous peoples here huddle their children trying to keep them
alive in the cold as the rain continues to leek into their tents wetting their now molding
mattresses. The municipality has scraped together to give them sugar
and rice and some emergency tents.

This is not my first rodeo guys…I promise you that while I was at
the forefront of the relief effort in Staten Island, NY after hurricane
Sandy and the flood recovery I saw the potential of individuals coming
together to create an entire movement of help. Today I am asking for
the same support, compassion and love. Several communities effected
by the 2010 floods in Peru still live in tent cities today because
they had no means to recover. I hope to prevent this. These two
communities have never flooded before and they are at a loss as to how
to recover. They would like to relocate to a flood free zone which
will cost 100,00 dollars of which they do not have. I hope to be
contacting rebuilding organizations and church groups as well. We
need help for about 480 people. Sunday February 24 we will have a big
clean up volunteer day in the communities. We will meet in the
Ollantaytambo plaza at 10 am. Please join us.

The communities have requested donations of:
Food including tomatoes, potatoes, onions, lentils, eggs, milk,
cheese, meat, fruit, lettuce, cabbage, spinach
Clothes, blankets, mattresses, water filters, school supplies,
construction supplies including wires, nails, and tools, seeds to
replant their fields, and laundry detergent.

I have arranged for trustworthy donation drop off points at the following places:
Cusco-South American Explorers Club calle Atoqsaytuchi 670, San Blas (084)245484
Urubamba- Killa Spa 984499630
Avenida Torrechayoc in front of Colegio General Ollanta
Pisac- Ulrikes Cafe right off the Plaza
Plaza Constitución, 084 20-3195
Ollantaytambo- My Small Help 974 896 630
Patacalle S/N close to Hotel Woo (the only
house with a balcony)

This is not the USA and relief doesn´t always come and the poor don’t always have a way out or another alternative.
Please e-mail morgainewitriol@gmail.com or make donations at the following paypal website to contribute.

PayPal Donation Link

As one woman said….
“I’m a single mother. Look at how my children are, my daughter is
frightened. We have slept outside, all my things have been destroyed,
I don’t have anything not even a plate.”
Please also share this email and the news with all of your friends and
family. And join our page on facebook Peru Flood Relief Effort for
more current information.

Thanks,
Morgaine Witriol

Origins of Yoga

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This week’s Friday YouTube video link is about the Origins of Yoga.

(Copyright belongs to the video producer)

This series of four videos are by the author Georg Feuerstein PhD., who has extensively studied and written about Yoga, offers an invaluable insight into the true nature of Yoga as a spiritual discipline.

David R. Durham
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Freedom For Now

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Enjoy this freedom while you can, the internet has become a serious problem for the ruling elite,
Many people are openly sharing previously suppressed information and ideas,
Your elitist slave master’s agent provocateurs can’t cope with the volume,
Their agent provocateurs can’t spread lies fast enough to counter the daily exposure of the damaging truths about their corporate cults of greed, sham democracies and militarist agendas,
Your slave masters are cornered and wounded, hemorrhaging money, in danger of becoming, well dare I use the word; poor,
Equity dividends down to near zero, crashed real estate markets, treasury bond markets are in disarray, toxic derivatives are sinking them into a financial black hole,
And the rich ruling elite are running out of grateful third world countries to exploit,
The rich ruling elite have bought all of the important politicians, and still their corrupt systems are failing.

Enjoy this freedom while you can,
Before your ruling rich elite push the panic button of war,
Ah yes, there is always war, thank the Gods for war,
It has served them well in the past, why not now?
Seven billion people and counting, who would miss the odd billion or two or three?
They can make tons of money funding these wars and make even more money clearing up after it,
Of course you will have to choose a side and hope that yours’ wins,
The rich elite don’t care, they play on both sides, wars are a win-win scenario for them.

© David R. Durham
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Spiritual Paradox

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A paradox can be defined as any person, thing, or situation exhibiting an apparently contradictory nature.

Meditation and many other spiritual practices, and hence their teachings, are highly paradoxical in nature

  • We learn the skills of meditation and diligently practice, so we can ultimately let go of it all.
  • Often we’re trying to discover or attain some other state of being, that we’re are already in.
  • Whatever we do think we have attained or realised along the way, becomes something else that have to let go of.
  • We think meditation is all in our mind, when it turns out to be primarily down to our heart.
  • We yearn for healing enlightenment, yet our liberation lies in compassionately embracing our darkness.
  • And in the end, the only time you can practice pure meditation, is when you know you no longer need it anymore.
  • We search for our dearest love in the rarest of experiences, only to find our true love was right here all along under our noses, here in the most ordinary of things.

Does this all mean that meditation and spiritual practices are a waste of time? Hardly. For it is only by going through these transformational processes, that we arrive at the simplicity of our natural awakened self.

© David R. Durham
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The
 Tipping 
Point

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The
 New 
Year 
issue 
of 
Resurgence 
& 
Ecologist magazine,
 The
 Tipping 
Point,
 is 
packed
 with 
thought provoking
 articles.

This issue brings together change-makers working to restore the balance and presents practical solutions to tackle our environmental crisis: local currency initiatives, renewable energy strategies, national schemes to restore land to wildlands in the Netherlands and more.

It 
is 
available 

via the Resurgence 
& 
Ecologist Website or 
as 
an 
app
 from
 iTunes.


David R. Durham
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