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Rambling Thoughts from Crete

September 22, 2018 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

Written Sometime in September 2018

“Because I am old enough to know the world cannot delight me, my expectation is not of the world but of myself: delight in the gift of life and be grateful.” Parker Palmer, On the Brink of Everything

The waves lap gently on the protected shores in front of the beachside restaurant at the elite hotel where I am staying on the island of Crete. We don’t normally travel elite, but this is where the travel agent booked us. I am not complaining. The entire hotel is magnificent as it sits on a hill above the Mediterranean (or is it Aegean) with the beach a mere two hundred yard walk from my room.

The point is, apart for the lobster at lunch, I remain the same lowly contemplative and curious self. I am reading Parker Palmer’s ever so thoughtful insights about aging in his latest book, On the Brink of Everything. Palmer is always worthy of a read.

For some reason the thought comes to my head that a life of meaning begins with acceptance of your lot in life. I believe in a God that has some say into everything that goes on. I do not understand how, but I accept it.

I also do not understand poverty and the disenfranchised in the program of God, but I do understand the value of suffering. Overcoming suffering may be of the greatest of all human endeavors—it makes us stronger and it endows us to be truly human.

I don’t get this aspect of Divinity, but there is a whole lot I don’t get. Yet it is not for me to know. I also believe in the value of not knowing which leads me to grandiose quests of learning and experimenting—like a visit to Crete and watching the waves gently lapping upon the seaside beach.

You ARE the Meaning of Life

September 16, 2018 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

“At the moment, I rest easy with the notion that I don’t need to ask or answer the question “Does my life have meaning?” All I need to do is keep living…”

 “… birds and trees… don’t worry about whether their lives have meaning. They simply be what they can be. Parker Palmer, On the Brink of Everything

A View from the Ferry

Here I am in Greece. Well, actually I’m on a ferry crossing the Mediterranean Sea from the island of Crete to Santorini. Reading Parker Palmer’s On the Brink of Everything, I find myself once again encouraged to ponder the meaning of life and this time coming to the conclusion that it is a futile question because the meaning of life is simply to live… simply.
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#83 Dena Crowder: The Influence of Your Unconscious

September 11, 2018 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments


Show Notes 

My special guest today is becoming a regular on the show, perhaps because he is my personal life coach. I have to admit that I have learned as much from Dena as I have from any friend, coach or therapist. She truly is full of genius.

As you may or may not know I recently returned from one-month Uganda meeting with government officials and creating a Sanitation and Hygiene program for people in rural villages. (You can find out all about this on podcast #81 on Poverty.)

Today I want to talk to Dena about Archetypes and the unconscious and how that combination impacts every single thing we do.

You can reach Dena at www.denacrowder.com

 

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#81 Charlie: Deep Poverty-Physical or Emotional

August 28, 2018 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments


It’s good to be home from Africa… I think. My body thinks it is 2:00 in the morning so I’m a bit brain dead. But that isn’t about to stop me from discussing some of my observations from Uganda in 2018.

The thing I’d like to focus on today is Poverty. Why is it that people that live in homes win dirt floors, no electricity, no running water, no access to clean drinking water, and dressed in tattered clothing seem to have a semblance of contentment where as people in the US suffer from depression, addictions, and suicide?

That is the conversation I’d like to have today.

 

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