Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Mayans

For approximately 1,500 years the Mayan empire reigned supreme in what is now southern Mexico and northern Central America. But for some reason, in the 8th and 9th centuries A.D., the Mayan architects stopped building, its historians stopped recording history, and the civilization seemed to almost completely disappear. There has been ongoing speculation for the Mayans' demise including that they were wiped out by disease as what occurred to many Indians in North America. Or perhaps it was a civil war, or an army of invading forces or some type of ecological calamity. Most recently, in 2012, a study from the Yucatan Center for Scientific Research in Mexico concluded that rainfall reductions drove the Mayans into oblivion, though many remain skeptical of that rather uninspiring conclusion.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Peace In Our Time

We want to have peace but often torpedo our own efforts. We find a lifeboat to rescue us, but before long we are back at the helm of our ship doing the same thing that caused us to sink the last time. If we are not at peace with ourselves, how can we be at peace with what surrounds us? To be at peace is to let go. Let go of expectations which create anxiety and stress. Stop demanding so much from others and from yourself. Learn to slow down. A butterfly measures its life in moments, yet it still gets everything done.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

While It Is Still Small

The easy can become difficult in a short amount of time. It is easier to deal with the problem when it is still small and easier to resolve. Turning up the radio so you do not hear the sound the automobile engine is making, or perhaps not admitting to a mistake right away can prove to be costly. It is best that if there is something to do, it should be done now if at all possible. Turning to distraction to avoid trouble can often lead to more trouble. This is not the same as having patience like the Tao Te Ching says to have. When something is clearly wrong, action needs to be taken; it is time for resolve.