Inner Peace

Inner Peace

Inner Peace: My safe place

Richard Carey: “So, what is inner peace for me? It is a place where I am safe, where I am loved, where I am doing the things I love to do. It is a place in my memory that was real enough, but now seems beyond reality, though still accessible.”

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Inner Peace: Let’s travel, in complete safety, this summer! (Part 1 of 2)

Victoria Leo: “In the past two months, I have been all over Eastern Europe, I have climbed in the Alps, I have snorkeled and sunned all over the South Pacific, from one sun-kissed island to another. How can I be so sure that, even though I am at extreme risk if I catch COVID-19, I will be completely safe as I continue this joyous lifestyle?”

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Inner Peace: ‘In’ but ‘not of’

Edward Hirsch: “There is no moment, no place, no matter how ordinary or private it might seem to be, that is not completely within Being, and even of Being. Otherwise, it would simply not be at all.”

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Inner Peace: Inner peace vs. inner life

Richard Carey: “The inner life (mine, at least) moves forward in space and time at varying speeds and depths, fraught with the fragments and flotsam of sensory experience and memory. In the space of any given day or hour, the stream may be calm for a spell, but then in the next moment churned by whirlpools and rapids.”

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Inner Peace: My legacy

Asifa Kanji: “I would rather give my worldly wealth that would be used to stitch me together and keep me alive to the Nature Conservancy, the homeless, or to the young folks to give them a leg up in life. That would be my legacy.”

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Inner Peace: Contemplation of three words

Edward Hirsch: “Contemplation is about attention. It seems to be about something mental, like questions and answers, but they in turn lead beyond the mind, as an invitation — beyond even thinking about the Mystery, to Being the Mystery.”

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Inner Peace: June’s full moon — the Full Strawberry Moon

Sally McKirgan: “Two poems by James Dillet Freeman, sometimes known as ‘the poet laureate of the moon,’ reside on the moon. ‘I am There’ was taken by Astronaut James B. Irwin in 1971, and ‘Prayer for Protection’ was taken by Lunar Commander ‘Buzz’ Aldrin in July 1969. Here are Freeman’s poems.”

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Inner Peace: A walking meditation in Spain

Lawrence Nagel: “Looking for light from within also came around to looking outward and embracing a pastiche of images offered up by the places I passed along my way. I could not know what I might find — it would come in its own time. I would just walk, relax, and remain mindful and receptive.”

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SOU awards its highest honor to former Guanajuato governor and his wife

Southern Oregon University President Rick Bailey presented SOU’s highest honor on Monday in Guanajuato to two prominent supporters of the university exchange program between SOU and the University of Guanajuato. An SOU delegation and about 200 guests representing wide segments of the Guanajuato community looked on as the awards were presented to Juan Carlos Romero Hicks, holder of two master’s degrees earned at SOU before he embarked on a distinguished political career in Mexico, and his wife, Francis “Faffie” Romero Siekman, a prime mover behind a scholarship program supporting student exchanges.

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Ashland Fire & Rescue warns of intensified wildfire seasons

Ashland Fire & Rescue has warned of more intense fire seasons in years to come as local impacts of climate change become more apparent. Division Chief Chris Chambers told the City Council Tuesday, Aug. 2, that coming fire seasons could see an increase in acres burned of between 200 and 400 percent.

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Birds’-Eye View: An Ashland-based bird conservation organization

Birds’-Eye View: Ashland-based nonprofit Klamath Bird Observatory keeps on eye on bird life in the Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion of southern Oregon and northern California. Since birds are a key indicator species and migratory paths from much of the Western Hemisphere pass through this area, KBO data helps inform natural resource management on a broad scale.

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One Hiroshima survivor nurtures seedling sprouted from another survivor

The 77th anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, was marked in Ashland for the 38th year on Saturday. A capacity crowd gathered at Thalden Pavilion, site of an eternal World Peace Flame, to hear remarks and celebrate the planting of a gingko tree sprouted from seeds from a tree that survived the Hiroshima inferno.

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