“Anything outside yourself, this you can see and apply your logic to it. But it’s a human trait that when we encounter personal problems, these things most deeply personal are the most difficult to bring out for our logic to scan. We tend to flounder around, blaming everything but the actual, deep-seated thing that’s really chewing on us.”           

                                                                                                     - from Frank Herbert's Dune

                                                                                                      - Catlin Harrison

           “I love my reindeer which my ancestors raised for generations. The only thing keeping me here is my reindeer.”

                                                                                                                                  Photo: Madoka Ikegami

Mongolia is often touted as one of the last unexplored frontiers on this planet. For photographer Madoka Ikegami, a journey to the nation was about more than just the landscape, though. The Tsaatan people who live in the remote East Taiga region in northern Mongolia have long been a subject of fascination.

Ikegami, a freelance photographer who has worked in Asia and Australia on a wide range of assignments, was originally moved by a photo she had seen of a Tsaatan child peacefully resting against the stomach of a white reindeer. She explains, “This picture was an amazing moment of the co-existence of human and reindeer. I just wanted to witness it myself.” So she made the strenuous journey from Beijing, China to the East Taiga to capture the daily lives and practices of one of the last remaining groups of nomadic reindeer herders in Mongolia.

What struck Ikegami the most about the Tsaatan people is their complete co-dependence with the reindeer, who are in some ways treated as family members. The Tsaatan communities, often consisting of two to seven households, migrate seasonally within the forests of Taiga in attempts to find optimum grazing and weather conditions for the reindeer. Their lifestyles, chores, and activities, which have been carried out for thousands of years, are centered around the reindeer for whom they depend on for milk, tools, and transportation. Continue reading here:  http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/madoka-ikegami-mongolia-tsaatan-reindeer

                                                                                                                     Photo:  Hamid Sardar-Afkhami

City of the Sun Member, Shirley Garber, arrived on the border from Colorado (and retirement from IBM), got a few hours of sleep and went right back to work. Retirement doesn’t pan out the way it is often presented. Shirley, VP of the new project and non-profit org, Heart of Columbus, is instrumental in getting the project not only off the ground, but soaring in a matter of months. Have a look at their new website and services offered:  

http://www.columbusnm.com/

Initially, Shirley was looking around on behalf of a group of people for a location to have Friday night gatherings for Villagers. She went to Mayor Skinner to get his take on it.  The outcome was that the Mayor suggested the old Sanchez Center.  Shirley took that good news to the newly forming group, but it didn’t stop there.  One thing

lead to the other as far as the potential of the building and consideration for the needs of the Village. The operation is now in full swing as a community center with breakfast served M-F until 11:00, the Friday evening gatherings, movies and a variety of upcoming events for the community to include a theatrical production on October 21st, 22nd and 23rd. Oh, yes!  Free community WIFI access, also!  Near future plans will expand the food operation with a program via CYFD that will provide one, hot meal per day delivered to homes of those who qualify for the program, and this phase of development is one that Shirley will oversee. Ay! Ay! Ay!  Hello paperwork!  Good of Shirley to see this thing through, no? Need a nap, Shirley?  No doubt you are grateful for such a great group of people to work with, and who can accomplish so much. 

There is absolutely nothing like a newly certified commercial kitchen.  Images below of the Heart of Columbus kitchen and the "adult room":

 

Thanks to all who have made rummage & cash donations so far.  One week to go! Proceeds are for landscape gravel and paint for exterior of community center.

                                          City of the Sun Foundation PO Box 370 Columbus, NM 

    We need a volunteer(s) to help set up and sell at the breakfast table:  Coffee, cold drinks, sweeties, and burritos.

NOTICE:  

City of the Sun Board meeting will be held on August 7, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in the COS community center.    

City of the Sun Membership meeting will be held on August 21, 2016 at 10 a.m. in the COS community center.

NOTICE:  

Southwestern New Mexico Audubon Society holds monthly meetings in Deming on the second Tuesday of every month at La Fonda Restaurant, 601 E. Pine St. at 5:15 p.m.  

Contact freelance writer and Audubon’s contract Community Outreach Coordinator for Southwestern New Mexico:

Kara Naber at:  ic_kn@audubon.org

Kara writes:


On August 9, New Mexico Audubon will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:15 p.m at La Fonda Restaurant, 601 E. Pine St. in Deming.  The guest speaker will be Jeff Haozous, Tribal Chairman of the Fort Sill Apache Tribe.
Chairman Haozous’ topic will be:

"The Fort Sill Apache Tribe's Gila Homelands Past and Present"  

His talk will include the tribe’s history in its “aboriginal homelands encompassing the Gila River watershed, its forced removal and incarceration as prisoners of war, and the progress of its return to New Mexico.”


According to an official tribal source, the Chiricahua and Warm Springs Apache Tribes “. . . organized as the Fort Sill Apache Tribe after a Federal Court affirmed their claim for the loss of over 14.8 million acres of their homeland. The Tribe has always maintained its independence as Chiricahua – Warm Springs Apaches and its desire to return to its rightful home. In 2011 its land in Akela, NM received reservation status.”


Haozous has served as Tribal Chairman since 2002.  This event is free, and the public is invited to attend.  
    

Deming Animal Guardians is an all volunteer, IRS recognized charity that has been in existence for 25 years.  Since we began, we’ve sponsored more than 11,000 spay/neuter surgeries, with 620 surgeries in 2015. Our focus is indigent pet owners in Luna County, New Mexico.  Our goal is to improve the lives of these animals by making spay/neuter surgeries more affordable through discount coupons and mobile veterinary van. Since Luna County has a high population of indigent pet owners, we target low income pet owners only.  Our goal is to reduce the number of euthanasias at the local shelter by making responsible pet ownership a reality for low income pet owners.

Address:  14325 NM-549, Deming, NM 88030

Phone:  (575) 544-2209


The next Columbus Coalition meeting will be held at noon next Thursday, August 4th. We hope you can attend this informative, valuable meeting hosted by the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and held at Tumbleweed Theater 205 Broadway in Columbus.

The meeting in July was packed and we had some excellent presentations. We will be serving lunch - RSVP if possible.

Contact:  Chamber of Commerce             575-494-0009 or 575-343-0147

"The golden flower symbolizes the quintessence of the paths of Buddhism and Taoism. Gold (Nous / al-Aql, ed) stands for light, the light of the mind itself; the flower represents the blossoming, or opening up, of the light of the mind. Thus the expression is emblematic of the basic awakening of the real self and its hidden potential. 
In Taoist terms, the first goal of the Way is to restore the original God-given spirit and become a self-realized human being. In Buddhist terms, a realized human being is someone conscious of the original mind, or the real self, as it is in its spontaneous natural state, independent of environmental conditioning.

This original spirit is also called the celestial mind, or the natural mind. A mode of awareness subtler and more direct than thought or imagination, it is central to the blossoming of the mind. The Secret of the Golden Flower is devoted to the recovery and refinement of the original spirit.

This manual contains a number of helpful meditation techniques, but its central method is deeper than a form  of meditation. Using neither idea nor image, 

it is a process of getting right to the root source of awareness itself. The aim of this exercise is to free the mind from arbitrary and unnecessary limitations imposed upon it by habitual fixation on its own contents. With this liberation, Taoists say, the conscious individual becomes a "partner of creation" rather than a prisoner of creation ...

The essential practice of the golden flower requires no apparatus, no philosophical or religious dogma, no special paraphernalia or ritual. It is practiced in the course of daily life. It is near at hand, being in the mind itself, yet it involves no imagery or thought. It is remote only in the sense that it is a use of attention generally unfumiliar to the mind habituated to imagination and thinking ...
The image of the opening up of the golden flower of the light in the mind is used as but one of many ways of alluding to an ef!ect that is really ineffilble. The pragmatic purpose of Taoist and Buddhist teachings is to elicit experience, not to inculcate doctrines; that is why people of other religions, or with no religion at all, have been able to avail themselves of the psychoactive technologies of Taoism and Buddhism without destroying their own cultural identities.

The text itself is somewhat like a series of explanations of practical meanings in esoteric terminology for the use of lay people. To this have been added selections translated from a canonical Chinese Taoist commentary that further refines the principles into pragmatic observations divested of the outward forms of religious and alchemical symbolism. The translation notes explain the expressions, ideas, and practices to which the text refers. The afterword joins the beginning and the end, from the background of the translations to the psychological implications of the praxis."


-Thomas Cleary, The Secret Of The Golden Flower

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Images of Sean Sands are with his middle son, Peter, and wife, Joyce, with adopted daughter Kayla. Sean writes that they are flocking at the beach 10 miles west of Salmon Arm, B.C., 300 mi. north of the Washington border where he has been residing for the past 4 years with his little garden and beautiful surroundings. Playing frisbee barefooted in the park is not an option for many of us, that is for sure! 

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has spearheaded the Golden Rice Project, and Ted Greiner takes them and 107 Nobel Laureates to task over it.  The foundation is supporting the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and partners to develop the Golden Rice, a type of rice that contains beta carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A. Greiner says the GMO rice does not convert vitamin A.

“The people who designed Golden Rice clearly were also unaware of “yellow rice disease”, with much less excuse.”

“The signatures of 107 Nobel Laureates do not prove that Golden Rice is safe or effective—but they do prove that, no matter how good scientists are in their own narrow fields, they are often no smarter than any of the rest of us about many other things.”

What better way to discredit your critics than to rope in 107 naive Nobel Prize winners (all without relevant expertise) to criticize your opposition?

But such tactics are not new. Long ago, the GMO industry spent well over $50 million to promote “Golden Rice” as the solution to vitamin A deficiency in low income countries. They did so well before the technology was completely worked out, let alone tested. Let alone consumer acceptability tested. Let alone subjecting it to standard phase 2 and 3 trials to see if it could ever solve problems in the real world.

So why has this apparently straightforward scientific project not reached completion after so many decades?

Because the purpose of Golden Rice was never to solve vitamin A problems. It never could and never will. It’s purpose from the beginning was to be a tool for use in shaming GMO critics and now to convince Nobel Laureates to sign on to something they didn’t understand.  - by Ted Greiner, PhD

Read the article here:  https://www.independentsciencenews.org/health/dont-eat-the-yellow-rice-the-danger-of-deploying-vitamin-a-golden-rice/

                                                 From the Theosophist tradition:  A Study in Karma by Annie Besant

“… Now Karma is the great law of nature, with all that that implies.  As we are able to move in the physical universe with security, knowing its laws, so may we move in the mental and moral universes with security also, as we learn their laws.  The majority of people, with regard to their mental and moral defects, are much in the position of a man who should decline to walk upstairs because of the law of gravitation.  They sit down helplessly, and say: “That is my nature. I cannot help it.”  True, it is the man’s nature, as he has made it in the past, and it is “his karma”.  But by knowledge of karma he can change his nature, making it other tomorrow than it is today.  He is not in the grip of an inevitable destiny, imposed upon him from outside; he is in a world of law, full of natural forces which he can utilize to bring about the state of things which he desires.  Knowledge and will – that is what he needs ...”  From the Theosophist tradtion:     - A Study in Karma by Annie Besant

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                                                                                                                                          - Humanity Healing

12 Laws w/brief explanation:

THE GREAT LAW - Whatever we put out in the Universe is what comes back to us.

THE LAW OF CREATION - Life doesn't just happen, it requires our participation. Whatever surrounds us gives us clues to our inner state.  

THE LAW OF HUMILITY - What you refuse to accept, will continue for you.

THE LAW OF GROWTH -  When we change who and what we are within our heart our life follows suit and changes too.

THE LAW OF RESPONSIBILITY -  We must take responsibility what is in our life.

THE LAW OF CONNECTION - Even if something we do seems inconsequential, it is very important that it gets done as everything in the Universe is connected. Each step leads to the next step, and so forth and so on. Someone must do the initial work to get a job done. Neither the first step nor the last are of greater significance, as they were both needed to accomplish the task. Past, Present, Future -they are all connected...


THE LAW OF FOCUS - You can not think of two things at the same time. 

THE LAW OF GIVING AND HOSPITALITY - If you believe something to be true, then sometime in your life you will be called upon to demonstrate that particular truth.  

THE LAW OF HERE AND NOW - Looking backward to examine what was, prevents us from being totally in the "Here and Now". Old thoughts, old patterns of behavior, old dreams prevent us from having new ones.

THE LAW OF CHANGE - History repeats itself until we learn the lessons that we need to change our path.

THE LAW OF PATIENCE AND REWARD - All Rewards require initial toil. Rewards of lasting value require patient and persistent toil.  

THE LAW OF SIGNIFICANCE AND INSPIRATION - You get back from something whatever YOU have put into it. - The true value of something is a direct result of the energy and intent that is put into it.  

The image below was taken of a street scene somewhere in Morocco.  Surely, one could send off for some Moroccan paint powder, or give a try with some old-fashioned, milk paint. Ever use it?  It may still be very prominent in the East, but seems well-suited for unique applications to furniture and architectural pieces here in New Mexico.  

Dundean Studios:  "Usually, when you paint something, you just change the color of the object. When you paint an object with milk paint however, the paint itself has its own separate presence.

That is because milk paint has its own character and it frequently dries to how it wants to look and not necessarily how you want it to look. It has its own personality, which is one of the beauties of this paint. Temperature, humidity, the water content of the wood as well as the type of wood will determine how the finish turns out. Even the temperature of the water used to mix it will change its final appearance.

"The type of brush used - foam, nylon or bristle will show through. Applied thickly, it will craze and crack on its own as well as with the help of a hair dryer. Cementicious earth colors are used to color the paint and each one has its own crystalline character. Deep blues and reds come out streaky while off whites quickly develop a patina with only minimal work."   http://www.dundean.com/tips_milk_paint_how_to_use.shtml 

(Milk paint is easy to find online. Take a look at Miss Mustard's Milk Paint:  http://www.missmustardseedsmilkpaint.com/)

Or, if you'd like to get into the kid mode, just take a bunch of brightly colored chalk, put it in a bag and crush it.  Of course, there is always the food processor ...  Store the chalk in little containers with lids and use for small projects. Add water to the chalk powder, little by little, but the ratio will likely be 1 part of water and 1 of chalk powder.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg crossed the "Supreme" line?! The 83 year old Supreme Court Justice may be heading for New Zealand for other circumstances after her very direct comments about Trump. Progressive university students are lining up for Ginsburg tattoos! 

Old news, but good news - RBG hasn't minced any words around Trump, and some are saying she has crossed a line beyond what is suitable for a Supreme Court Justice.  Maybe, maybe not.  But it's certain that when one has 83 years and not long from stepping down as a Justice, Katie bar the door ...

NYT:  "Donald J. Trump described Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a “disgrace” to the Supreme Court after she expanded on the criticism of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee that she first voiced last week." 

"In an interview published online by CNN, Justice Ginsburg called Mr. Trump “a faker” who has “an ego” and has been treated too gently by the press. She said Mr. Trump “says whatever comes into his head at the moment” and has no consistency in his thinking."  

Ginsburg called the media out for not bringing investigation of his taxes forward for scrutiny, also.

Barbra Streisand writes:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/barbra-streisand/ruth-bader-ginsburg-on-donald-trump-unprecedented-or-a-supreme-court-norm_b_11022170.html

"Spiritual practices can be traditional or modern, familiar or quirky, solitary or communal. Examples of spiritual practice include silent meditation, prayer, yoga, and scripture study. But there are lots of everyday things that can become a practice for you: a regular walk in the woods or around the block, attentive journal-writing, memorizing favorite poems, or playing a musical instrument."

"As Unitarian Universalists, the core values of our faith call us to help create a world of justice, in which all people are accorded their basic human rights and our communities transcend divisions of class, race, nationality, and the many “-isms” that can separate us.  Living up to this vision is a difficult challenge. When we see that in spite of our best efforts there seems to be no end to poverty, violence, and injustice in the world, it is easy to become hopeless and fall prey to exhaustion, anger, disillusionment, or even cynicism. 

The UU College of Social Justice is designed to help people become more effective in working for social justice in our fractured world — and to sustain our courage, commitment, and energy through the long arc of this work. Our programs offer direct hands-on experience, 

We believe that genuine social transformation is brought about when individuals and groups are willing to be changed, even as they strive to change the world. Our programs are structured to help you integrate the models of inner, personal transformation and outer social transformation, in order to build holistic and sustainable ways of doing and living the work of social justice.

Participating in our UUCSJ programs, and doing the justice work that follows, will often lead us out of our comfort zones. We have to struggle with our own biases when dealing with different social issues and cultures. To be effective agents of change and transformation in the long run, we must develop the ability to stay connected, even when uncomfortable, without jumping into our automatic modes of defense. This kind of personal work requires a high level of self-awareness, patience, and compassion, which are qualities developed by spiritual practices.

“Mental energy is finite, and our mind is diminished in direct proportion to how much its attention is fractured . . . Awareness itself is the primary currency of the human condition, and as such it deserves to be spent carefully.” —from “Busy Signal” by Andrew Olendzki, Tricycle, Winter 2009

The modern world trains us well in the habits of multitasking. Though this can feel efficient, it comes with a price. The ability to stay with a question and deeply probe for its answer; the practices of pondering, of thoughtful consideration and waiting for insight; and the skill to drift down through the layers of thought and awareness in our own minds to discover what we really feel about something. These often fall by the wayside, sacrificed to busyness.

The learning offered through a UUCSJ journey is best absorbed through deep attention, so we ask our participants to choose a simple practice that will help develop this kind of attention. We learn how to practice distraction, preoccupation, and busyness all the time, just because of the habits of modern life. Training in things like attention, awareness, gratitude, and patience takes some deliberate effort. 

Spiritual practices can be traditional or modern, familiar or quirky, solitary or communal. Examples of spiritual practice include silent meditation, prayer, yoga, and scripture study. But there are lots of everyday things that can become a practice for you: a regular walk in the woods or around the block, attentive journal-writing, memorizing favorite poems, or playing a musical instrument.

It isn’t so much about what you do, but how you do it. And the common elements in any spiritual practice are attention, intention, and repetition.

Attention means we pay attention to the present moment: we experience what is happening with openness, curiosity, and a willingness to be with what is.

Intention is the deliberate engagement of our will, in a practice that nurtures a sense of connection to something bigger than ourselves.

Repetition makes our centering activity into a habit: one that cultivates qualities like awareness, patience, and compassion. Like learning a new language or a musical instrument, repetition is how we practice awareness, curiosity, and openness to everything we do — including our daily struggles for social justice.

As an example, walking on the beach can be very healthy and relaxing; it can even give you a deep spiritual experience of connection.  But it will become a spiritual practice only when it is done with awareness and intention, and is repeated consistently over a period of time.

We encourage you to choose for your practice something that warmly beckons you, something you love, that helps you quiet the noise in your mind so you can pay attention on a deeper level. Choose something that helps you to be in just one place for a little while, doing just one thing with your whole awareness. Whatever that is, if you do it with attention, intention, and repetition, it can be your spiritual practice. Engaging in it will help you bring your best awareness to your UUCSJ program."  http://uucsj.org/study-guide/spiritual-practice-and-social-justice/