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Time Magazine Article - California: Golden State Is Thriving, Despite Its Woes - TIME

Time Magazine article by Michael Grunwald on Friday Oct. 23, 2009

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"When in doubt, FEEL it out!"

  • Oct 28, 2009
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"An apocalyptic mess of raging wildfires, soaring unemployment, mass foreclosures and political paralysis. It's dysfunctional. It's ungovernable"- but it's MY home g-d dammit! No, seriously-are we worried, yes. But what we do *have* now is our present moment. Can you feel it? Aren't we still grounded? As far as my radar goes, I see we are firmly planted. Despite what could happen to our earth, we still have the most fertile soil in the world. Sometimes amidst all the panic and worry comes a silver lining, and we have that to always keep in mind. In Chinese Taoist Theory, a yin/yang symbol is used to represent both sides of a perfect whole.  You can not have one without the other. The Yin, feminine, the Yang, the masculine. Heaven and Earth, good and bad, black and white. You see crisis? I see opportunity. You see foreclosure, i see how to make this work? Whatever goes up, must come down. So, one might ask: is it actually what *is* happening to us or are we looking at it from darker lenses? From which lens do we use to continue to succeed no matter how low we may seem to be? How can we trust ourselves to keep this faith despite our lows and woes?

Answer: It is not in your pocket, but is under your feet! Listen to Nature-it never lies. No matter what they say in the news and media about our declining state- we can't argue with nature. Have questions about anything? Turn your seed into a thoughtful and provoking tree! Designed to stimulate curious thought and to nurture the seed of the critical question itself.  Perhaps the "answer" can be found among asking new questions or merely shifting our perspective lens.

Our 5 (or 6) senses. For example, taste our Country-rich goods in various flavors. Dig your feet into the sand or soil- what do you feel? Is this real? I think so. Green is the new Gold and when in doubt...feel it out! Seriously, if you feel the controversy about what will happen to our California, keep feeling. At the end of the day, the sun goes down, then comes up and we really have to trust what*is* and that means what we *have* instead of what we don't. Feel the ground below us. What do you notice? Now, I'm no farmer (except on my High school apt. tests they said i would be one)- but trends, even technology have spun from the Earth's natural progressional states which lye deep  in our Earths core structure. Remember gold in the gold rush-and where did that come from? Not the sky my friend. (if it does, though- let me know) It's no joke that thousands of rich deeply engaged minds also come to planet their feet here- deeply in our rich California soil.

No matter what- we are and will be in constant connection with the Earth (so long as there is gravity) and all its abundant resources i(so long as we do our jobs). So, yes, maybe California is in a crisis, but as mentioned, in every crisis there is a big opportunity awaiting.  Soil your feet, plant your mind.

Feet for thought. (:

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October 28, 2009
All I can say is a hearty A-MEN! I've only made a cursory read of the article reviewed as is was the review itself that caught my attention in my lifestream ... but I truly agree with this perspective. Government, business, politics - all of it is a function of the people involved. The more we spend time taking care of our own grounding and perspectives, the more effective we will be at addressing the myriad challenges our state has in front of it. It's time to step up ... and in order to do so, we need first to get grounded. I take the final words of this review as a clarion call ... "Soil your feet, plant your mind."
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review by . October 27, 2009
This article was forwarded to me by George and I'm glad he sent it along.  It's educational and tackles a vast amount of material.  I imagine the author had difficulty limiting the size of this article, even though it's quite long, because of the amount of material covered.  All in all a great read and i recommend it to anyone who has an interest in our state, how we got here and our future.      Rather than regurgitate everything that was said, i just wanted …
Quick Tip by . October 27, 2009
This is a pretty good article! There's so much opportunity in California and I can't wait to see what I can do for my state's economy!
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