I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow. I feel my fate in what I cannot fear. I learn by going where I have to go. We think by feeling. What is there to know? I hear my being dance from ear to ear. Of those so close beside me, which are you? God bless the Ground! I shall walk softly there, And learn by going where I have to go. Light takes the Tree; but who can tell us how?
For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?
The lowly worm climbs up a winding stair; I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow. Great Nature has another thing to do To you and me, so take the lively air, And, lovely, learn by going where to go. This shaking keeps me steady. I should know. What falls away is always. And is near. One of the tragic beauties of life. Peace to you and everyone who knew your friend. Thanks all of you for your support and powerful quotes and poems.
Namaste- Lisa. This is the song my Mother requested be played at her funeral which I did , which I also played for her on my iPod while she lay in a coma waiting to die:. Thank you for this perspective on death, and for continuing to share your insights and those from others.
My love to you, Lisa. It seems this was a period of time for many to make their exit suddenly. In terms of the passage you mentioned, I really view The Prophet as poetry, and so the images stand on their own. To me, this image of standing naked, with the wind blowing all around, and melting into the light of the sun captures what a spiritually conscious death might feel like — a letting go, raw and alone, into the light of Source. So I take it as poetic imagery. Instructions A poem by Rev. Arnold Crompton When I have moved beyond you in the adventure of life, Gather in some pleasant place And there remember me with spoken words, old and new.
Let a tear fall if you will, but let a smile come quickly For I have loved the laughter of life. Do not linger too long with your solemnities, Go eat, and drink, and talk And when you can — Follow a woodland trail Climb a high mountain Sleep beneath the stars Swim in a cold river Chew the thoughts of some book that challenges your soul Use your hands some bright day to make a thing of beauty. Though you mention not my name, Though no thought of me crosses your mind- I shall be with you For these have been the realities of life to me.
And when you face some crisis with anguish — When you walk alone with courage When you choose your paths of right When you give yourself in love I shall be very close to you.
I have followed the valleys, I have climbed the heights of life. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email.
This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Sign me up! Mommy Mystic. But how shall you find it unless you seek it in the heart of life? The owl whose night-bound eyes are blind unto the day cannot unveil the mystery of light. If you would indeed behold the spirit of death, open your heart wide unto the body of life. For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.
In the depth of your hopes and desires lies your silent knowledge of the beyond; And like seeds dreaming beneath the snow your heart dreams of spring. Trust the dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity. Is the shepherd not joyful beneath his trembling, that he shall wear the mark of the king? Yet is he not more mindful of his trembling? For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?
Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing. And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb. And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance. Like this: Like Loading Madeleine Poiesz permalink. Par permalink. Liz Musil permalink. Glenda McCarthy permalink. Evelyn Lim permalink. Molly permalink. Blisschick permalink. Kaushik beyond karma permalink. Akemi - Yes to Me permalink. Mon permalink. Hathor permalink. Kelly permalink.
Jay Schryer permalink. Marilyn permalink. Can it be coupled with bipedality? One of the salient features of the Mammals group is possession of body hair. Well, most of them at least. But we stand living proof against that. How, where and why did our body hair disappear and nakedness evolve?
It is important to determine the initial step of this denudation. A coat of body hair prevents too much heat reaching the body in daytime as well as shielding from cold at night. Protection from wind, wounds, bites, and UV radiation also feature in the advantages. Why then, did Homo sapiens end up losing one great layer of protection?
The repository of hypotheses trying to explain this step of evolution is still growing. Our ancestors came from a forested environment, gradually moving to open landscapes the savanna. Australopithecus gave way to Homo species. This is the period when nakedness is said to have started arising in humans.
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Scientists are trying to narrow own the environmental conditions and period in history when denudation might have occurred, to be able to predict elective forces for its proliferation. But whether it was a forested habitat or the savanna is a topic of great debate and there is equal support for both. Up until last decade, heavier approval lay on the evolution of nakedness in the savanna.
But as calculations grow detailed, we see views shifting towards the idea of naked man first arising in a forested environment, and paleontological evidence supports this. Hairy to naked skin calls for major thermal changes in the body that need to be compensated for, to ensure optimal survival of the individual. A comparison for potential advantages in both environmental conditions have been drawn by Amaral based on calculations by Wheeler.
This is true for the savanna, where temperatures are high due to direct sunlight and minimum shade. Also, night temperatures drop rapidly, making it very chilly. Naked skin receives more sunlight and external heat during the day and loses heat quicker at night, as compared to furry skin. It has been calculated that the thermal load on naked skin is three times higher. This can be partly compensated for by raising the sweating capacity, which is generally higher in humans. But at the same time, airy animals can also increase their sweating capacity almost as high, without losing the hair, and thus have greater fitness.
In fact, this trend has been noted in baboons and patas monkeys who have a sweating capacity as high as humans and have developed a denser mantle which reduces the incoming thermal load and provides warmth at night. Thus, the ideal characteristics for an open landscape have been calculated to be retention of body hair whilst increasing the sweating capacity. And this is widely exemplified by numerous hairy species thriving in the savanna.
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A naked primate additionally suffers losses in water levels of the body due to transpiration from exposed skin. With these disadvantages, emergence of naked man seems unlikely. It is worth mentioning a statement made by Newman in his paper here, which points out that nakedness is a primary disadvantage in an open environment since it requires a compensatory adaptation, sweating.
Therefore, it must have stemmed from other selective forces or preceded the move into savanna, at least for its inception. Amaral further explores the consequences of nakedness in bipeds. Both traits are a remarkable shift from our ancestral structure and their evolution is often speculated to be linked, since they could provide beneficial pre-adaptations for the other to arise. General consensus is that nakedness is more favourable if he animal walks on two legs bipedal than walking on all fours quadrupedal.
But which one came first is still a subject under study and great conjecture. A method to address this issue is comparison of the two possible intermediate stages — a naked quadruped and a haired biped — with the initial and final stages — hairy quadruped and naked biped. A biped animal is highly favoured in a hot savanna setting due to lower body surface exposed to direct sunlight and thus minimal solar flux on body. But nakedness having great disadvantages in such an environment as discussed above , cannot originate in the savanna and thus a hairy biped should serve as a fitter population alternative.
This means, if bipedality arises first, emergence f nakedness would become unlikely. On the other hand, if nakedness originates first in a tropical setting before bipedality, it bestows great profits. A naked quadruped dwelling in forested areas enjoys perks of easier thermal regulation as incoming eat is less and there is no direct sunlight. Additionally, loss of hair would allow the animal to wade more easily in shallow waters found around forests for collection of food. It also solves the problem of parasites that harbour on hairy skin.
A naked quadruped thus seems a better intermediate stage which would gradually develop bipedality on facing selective pressures — increased thermal load due to movement and settlement in the savanna domain. Amaral suggests that a naked quadruped would eventually develop bipedality as it also starts suffering from lower reproductive fitness.
Body hair reduction would lead to infants falling from mother due to inefficient clinging.
These arguments correspond more losely to the initial stage of evolution as also proposed by Newman.