This is one incredible bird. Have you ever watched the show “Cops”? Obviously, this African Gray Parrot is a fan! Listen for him to sing the theme song. He also quotes John 3:16.
Monthly Archives: April 2007
borrowed from The Daily Om
Free Of Gravity
As earthbound beings, humans have always had a fascination with winged creatures of all kinds. The idea of being able to spontaneously lift off from the earth and fly is so compelling to us that we invented airplanes and helicopters and myriad other flying machines in order to provide ourselves with the many gifts of being airborne. Flying high in the sky, we look down on the earth that is our home and see things from an entirely different perspective. We can see more, and we can see farther than we can when we’re on the ground. As if all this weren’t enough, the out-of-this-world feeling of freedom that comes with groundlessness inspires us to want to take flight again and again.
Metaphorically, we take flight whenever we break free of the gravity that holds us to a particular way of thinking or feeling or being. We take flight mentally when we rise above our habitual ways of thinking about things and experience new insights. This is what it means to open our minds. Emotionally, we take flight when the strength of our passion exceeds the strength of our blockages; the floodgates open and we are free to feel fully. Spiritually we take flight when we locate that part of ourselves that is beyond the constraint of linear time and the world of form. It is in this place that we experience the essential boundlessness that defines the experience of flight.
Taking flight is always about freeing ourselves from form, if only temporarily. When we literally fly, in a plane or on a hang glider, we free ourselves from the strength of gravity’s pull. As we open our minds and our hearts, we free ourselves from habitual patterns of thought and emotional blockages. As we remember our true nature, we free ourselves from identification with the temporary state of our physical forms. The more we stretch our wings, the clearer it becomes that taking flight is a state of grace that simply reminds us of who we really are.
photo credit Larena Woodmore
My friend Luana is a bird breeder. She specializes in Brotogeris (small green parrots originally from South America, including the Grey Cheeked parakeet), and she is the one who bred Gobi.
Luana’s gang is busily mating and eggs have been hatching! Here is her latest crop of baby Canary Winged parakeets. They are tiny (about 2 inches long – full grown they are about 5 1/2″ tail to beak). I have also included a photo of mature birds so you can see the difference!
Babies just a few weeks old. photo by Luana Feigelstock.
It won’t be long before they look like this! photo by Leslie Gillis
Here’s the post I sent to the FDA regarding the reclassification of supplements and alternative therapies as drugs:
Re: Docket No. 2006D-0480. Draft Guidance for Industry on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Products and Their Regulation by the Food and Drug Administration. A resounding “NO!!!!” to the FDA’s idea of reclassifying nutritional supplements, herbs, essential oils, homeopathic medicine or any other “complementary” or “alternative” modality subject as drugs. A sizable percentage of the US population depends on vitamins and supplements to maintain health, especially in the cases where drugs have side effects that cannot be tolerated. Restricting our access to these supplements would only cause a huge drain on the health care system and the purchase of unnecessary drugs in cases where supplements do a better and safer job. As a user of these alternatives myself, I know my pain and suffering would increase as would a feeling of powerlessness and loss of options over controlling my disease. I hope this reclassification idea is not a ploy to make the pharmaceutical companies richer.
If you enjoy the benefits of vitamins and supplements and are a believer in natural alternatives to some medications, please read this and act if you can. Please be sure to email a comment to the FDA comment site (see text below) and write a letter to your representives in Washington D.C. as well. But if you do, please hurry. The deadline is May 29!
Sorry about my long absence. I had a terrible cough that robbed me of the ability to create. Until yesterday I had not been on the computer for about a week.
I really missed you guys! I have had lots of time to read and watch tv while I was ill, and have formed lots of opinions about things I’ve absorbed, which I will share with you in the coming posts. Bear with me as I start back slowly…
Me & Gizzy Gobi watches TV