Head Up Arse Disease

<Sept. 11/12.> I suppose I should apologize right up front for being so rude. So irreverent.

So I will. I do. I apologize.

Sometimes I just feel the need to “tell it like it is.” Call a spade a spade.

You know?


On today’s morning walk (& OMG it was glorious – a fabulous crisp fall day. Sunny,  cool, & I was in the woods & then in a meadow “far from the madding crowd,” as it were. Ahhhhh. To die for), the phrase came to me, as I walked briskly along, enjoying every moment & very thankful to be in such a beautiful place, “Feet on the ground, head in the sky.”

To describe myself, I mean. Firmly, solidly planted here on beautiful Mother Earth – head in the sky in the sense of having lots of inspiring thoughts & plans & wishes.

Hmmm. Or even just mostly, as in that moment, watching sky & clouds & appreciating their glorious blues & whites, & the cloud shapes & movements.

& then, for some reason, it came to me how so many of us (it seems to me) have our heads planted firmly up our own behinds.

  • Self-absorbed
  • Selfish
  • Narrow agendas about personal gain & glory (&/or power)
  • Caught in the past with our “Oh poor me” victim stories
  • Holding on…holding tight…for dear life, to our dramas & our pain, & the deep impossibility of being joyful.


Ahhh. It makes me sad.

It’s such a loss – such a sad & needless waste

A waste of our personal energy & vitality & potential. Just think what we could accomplish on this Earth if we all yanked our heads out of our own butts???  

The mind boggles. It truly does.

(This all reminds me of a wee essay I wrote one day, called ‘One Day on the Subway.’ Maybe I will find & post it. Note to self.)


Well. It seems very much from my vantage point as though the disease so many of us have, this “head up my own butt” business, is fatal. A terminal disease, as it were. (No one wants to hear me say this, so I suppose I must once again apologize. So, I do. Sorry, dudes.  )


And I guess that’s all I have to say for today!

(Except for this: good luck & best wishes to those of us keen to pull our heads out of … you know where.)


p.s. & for anyone who is tired of that head-plant, here are some writers/books I can recommend (& not just recommend, but recommend highly):

Eckhart Tolle – any of his books, audio CDs, whatever – especially his book A New Earth – Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose (ET postings on this blog herehere & here).

Pema Chödrön – similarly, any of her books or audio CDs/DVDs. I am greatly fond of The Pocket Pema Chödrön (it’s always in my blue knapsack, for pulling out & dipping into here, there, anywhere).

Byron Katie & Loving What Is – Four questions that can change your life, Byron Katie with Stephen Mitchell.

Don Miguel Ruiz & his book The Four Agreements – A Toltec Wisdom Book.

What do you have to lose, eh?? Only a foul & smelly head…as it were (& everything everything everything to gain!).

p.p.s. there are scads of other books I can & do recommend, here & here. I am a book addict, after all (& with more hours in the day, I’d be adding to these lists regularly, but…I can’t keep up!?)

p.p.p.s. right now I’m reading (well, I have about 4 or 5 different books on the go, as usual), in small chunks, a book I have to say I’m finding surprisingly useful. Picked it up 2nd-hand at a Value Village store when I went looking for something else (more copies of Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth to give away, &/or My Grandfather’s Blessings, by Rachel Naomi Remen (must read!!! SMILE)…the Richard Carlson book Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff with Your Family. It’s really good!! Lots of super-practical tips. 

‘Quote of the day with this post: “That older and greater church to which I belong: the church where the oftener you laugh the better, because by laughter only can you destroy evil without malice...” – George Bernard Shaw


“Happiness isn’t a state, it’s a skill. It’s the skill of knowing how to take what life throws your way and make the most of it.” – Gary Null (more quotes on happiness here)

“Success, like happiness, cannot be pursued. It must ensue. And it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself.” ~Victor Frankl

“Everyone has the power of greatness; not for fame, but greatness. Because greatness is determined by service.” – Dr. Martin Luther King 

“Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.” – Rumi, 13th-century Persian poet & Sufi mystic

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – poet Mary Oliver

**quotes on work & purpose here 

** quotes on happiness here