: to plunge into some matter or activity
: submerge
: to come or drop down precipitously : Plunge

Source: www.merriam-webster.com


Dive (v.): mid-13th century, from Old English dufanto duck, sink” and dyfanto dip, submerge,” from Proto-Germanic verb dubijandeep, hollow.” Past tense dove is a later formation, perhaps on analogy of drive/drove.

Source: www.etymonline.com


“Meditation is to dive all the way within, beyond thought to the source of thought and pure consciousness. It enlarges the container, every time you transcend. When you come out, you come out refreshed, filled with energy and enthusiasm for life.”

David Lynch (b. 1946, American director, screenwriter, visual artist, musician, actor, and author; known for his surrealist films and unique cinematic style.)

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“Unlike a lot of people, I don’t feel powerless. I know I can do something. But anyone can do something, it’s not about being special. It’s about deciding to do it – to dive into work for peace and justice and care for everybody on the planet.”

Patch Adams (b. 1945, American physician, comedian, social activist, clown, author and founder of the Gesundheit Institute in 1971.)

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“Death is known only through dying and truth is known only through diving deep within oneself.”

Maitreya Rudrabhayananda (teacher and guru)

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“Who will you be, my Little Ones? Will you dance for the fires of your youth and run at midnight to water’s edge, diving into summer’s heat? Will you ride a wild mare to any thought or dream or love of your making? Will you seek the artistry of your own infatuations and explore.”

Carew Papritz (author and writer of the book, The Legacy Letters)

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“All of a sudden we were out of the lot and on the highway next to the mountains, flying. I put my hand out the window, and then I put my head out. I felt my hair blow behind me and the air rush into me, and I forgot for a moment to worry about how I was supposed to be. Because I was perfect right then. Everything was. And Sky was a perfect driver. Not scary. Just steady. And fast. I wanted the music to last forever.”

Ava Dellaira (author of Love Letter to the Dead, a young adult novel)

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“Unlike a lot of people, I don’t feel powerless. I know I can do something. But anyone can do something, it’s not about being special. It’s about deciding to do it – to dive into work for peace and justice and care for everybody on the planet.”

— Patch Adams

With strength and courage let us jettison the negative narrative that has invaded our global culture and dive into the waters of high vibrational words that have been poking up from the ground, such as: defiance, “radical tenderness,” “relentless love,” character, freedom, “unconditional forgiveness,” just to name a few.  These words have the capacity invoke, as Caroline Myss wrote, a “field of grace,” when married to prayer and action.

I believe these words and their tonal radiance are precursors for some to the larger themes that may blossom in the year 2016. Like every year of the new millennia it promises to be fascinating journey.

Of course, we will still have challenges and crises to deal with like any other year, but we will be more equipped physically, emotionally, and spiritually to activate, accept, and acclimate to deeper joy and love into our lives.

Even though circumstances may tell us otherwise, we are growing and awakening, individually and collectively, by leaps and bounds.  Though our conversations with each other may be contentious at times, we are beginning to understand more and more about the complexities of our world, and we are willing to get in each other’s faces and ask the tough questions.

Also, there are brave souls stepping out of line and speaking off script deep from their hearts, as was the case with Mandy Patinkin on CBS Morning News this week who spoke about our global humanity in advocating for the Syrian and all refugees.

In the 1800s, a young white man stood quietly in the shadows and waited for a young black woman to fetch water from the well.  She was his love and he was there to rescue her from the brutality of slavery.  That man and woman, who at great odds risked their lives, were my great great grandparents.  They were committed to love and to protecting each other and went on to have and raise eight children.

Through each of our bloodlines exists such stories of heroism, liberation and freedom.  We wouldn’t have such great lives of freedom if someone didn’t speak up and risk their life for us.

It is our moral obligations to fight for and liberate those who may be suffering.  If we bristol at caring for each other and for this planet, we are not only putting our humanity in danger, but we are also risking our physical, emotional, spiritual, and psychological well-being.

So, let us leap in faith and dive into the cool crystal clear waters of our magnificent awakening, staying ever vigilante and loving in all ways.

Godspeed, sojourners!

Written With Love, Tonya



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