Writing and Expression From The Sunshine Coast

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Johnny Stork

Johnny Stork has 4 articles published.

An Old Hippie & Jolly Mystic Dude with a background (or interests) in psychology, sexuality, philosophy, spirituality, consciousness and contemplative practices. In a few different previous lives/careers I have been a youth-care worker and program developer; statistician; database developer; web developer; Wordpress developer; Linux administrator and open-source consultant; network/website security administrator; social-media and web marketing specialist; male waiter on Ladies Nights and a pourer of molten steel. I currently hang out in Gibson’s BC while attending Alef Trust (Middlesex University) as a Master’s student in Consciousness, Spirituality & Transpersonal Psychology. When I am not reading, studying, writing, blogging, listening to music or contemplating my navel, I like to spend time taking photos, hiking, 4x4ing, camping, kayaking or challenging social, sexual, gender and intellectual stereotypes.
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    “Another glorious day, the air as delicious to the lungs as nectar to the tongue.” ~ John Muir
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    "How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!" ~ John Muir
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    "Snow falling soundlessly in the middle of the night will always fill my heart with sweet clarity" ~ Novala Takemoto
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    "People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy." ~ Anton Chekhov
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    "Everything must be questioned: then the mind becomes extraordinarily sensitive, alive and intelligent" ~ Krishnamurti
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    "You can look at anything in a sacred manner. Moved to tears at the sudden realization that you and the beauty you witness, are one." (Jolly Mystic Dude)
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    "Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books." ~ John Lubbock
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    “May every sunrise hold more promise and every sunset hold more peace.” ~ Umair Siddiqui
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    "Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift." ~ Albert Einstein
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    “Ô, Sunlight! The most precious gold to be found on Earth.” ~ Roman Payne
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    “To shine your brightest light is to be who you truly are.” ~ Roy T. Bennett
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    "The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach." Henry Beston
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    “Because there's nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it's sent away.” ~ Sarah Kay
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    "When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love." ~ Marcus Aurelius
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    “In this vast cosmic orchestra, peace is the music of every heart. Our glory lies in understanding, listening and honoring that music.” ~ Amit Ray
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    “A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in--what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.” ~ Victor Hugo
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    "Thought is the wind and knowledge the sail" ~ David Hare
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    "It is good to be solitary, for solitude is difficult; that something is difficult must be a reason the more for us to do it." ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
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    "Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky." ~ Rabindranath Tagore

Sunshine Coast Splendor

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Living on the Sunshine Coast of BC, we are immensely privileged to be surrounded by so much natural beauty. As I continue to explore this beautiful part of BC in my kayak, 4×4 and motorcycle, I try and capture some of this incredible beauty through the lens of my camera. Although the images themselves may capture some of the visual beauty of the Coast, what is lost is the heart, soul and energy which permeates these beautiful wilderness settings. Psychologists tell us that time spent in the wilderness reduces stress, improves attention, improves our mood and of course there are the obvious physical benefits to getting out into nature. Time spent in the wilderness also reconnects us to our primordial and evolutionary past. So for many, excursions into the wilderness are also sacred experiences reminding us of our fundamental connection to all life on this planet. So put down that phone, shut off the television or computer and step into and experience the majestic beauty of the Sunshine Coast wilderness.

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” ~ John Muir

Spiritual Psychology

The Psychology of Spirituality

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience”

~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Some people define “spirituality” as going to church and believing in a God. Others may define spirituality along the lines of one of the Eastern non-theistic traditions such as Buddhism, Taoism or Hinduism. Others still, may define spirituality simply as becoming a better person, engaging in quiet reflection, meditating or going for a walk in the woods. However you define “spirituality”, the vast majority of people in the world either believe there is something more which goes beyond our immediate experience of the world, or at the very least are seeking some way to grow as a person and to become the “best”, and the happiest, they can become in their careers, hobbies or relationships. Studies have also shown that higher levels or spirituality or religiosity are strongly associated with a greater sense of meaning in life as well as higher levels of psychological and emotional well-being. In other words, people who hold a belief in some form of “higher power”, something “bigger” than who and what we are, whether defined as “God”, “Energy”, “Source”, “Collective Consciousness” or “Spirit”, tend to be happier, healthier and even live longer. Keep Reading

Spirituality

What Does it Mean to be “Spiritual”?

Spirituality in a secular world has come to represent a pro-active journey of self-empowerment, self-realisation, or a fulfilling of human potential, which places human consciousness at the forefront of spiritual evolution.

~ Steve Taylor

Utter the word “spiritual” to some people and it will often evoke a negative, judgemental or dismissive response almost on par with the word “religion”. These sorts of responses often arise in those who espouse a conviction towards the mistaken and misguided perception that what they consider “science” is infallible and the only rationally sound path to knowledge. Unfortunately this elevated perspective towards empirical science and dismissal of spirituality (or religion) tends to be spouted by those with little or no first-hand knowledge of either. Keep Reading

3 Facts About Mindfulness

“Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn’t more complicated than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it.”

~Sylvia Boorstein

 

What exactly is mindfulness and where did this simple psychological and spiritual practice get its start? Why is everyone doing it and why are so many doctors recommending it for their patients? The first part of this question – what exactly is mindfulness? – has a surprisingly simple answer. Keep Reading

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