GEIFN | MIXING | Media | September 2023

Best wishes for Less Suffering, More Happiness with Good Health and Time to Enjoy it. Welcome to Bahá'í calendar year 179–180.

Sharing a timely aspiration:
"Life is a hard battle anyway. If we laugh and sing a little as we fight the good fight of freedom, it makes it all go easier. I will not allow my life's light to be determined by the darkness around me."
Sojourner Truth, American abolitionist and activist for African-American civil rights, women's rights, and alcohol temperance (died 1883 CE)

If having no reason to celebrate this month, here are 3 prepared earlier:

For those continuing on in this Re:call Edition, Grabbers have been exploring life as compounded information, living as processing information and death as not really an enduring cessation but information's temporary transition from one state to another. Those who have longer, healthier and happier lives are simply more skilful users of processing, applying and transitioning information.

One of the power tools to process information is language.

This edition we explore the topic of language.
From Middle English via French from Latin lingua = tongue.

Language is an Impermanent (always-changing) compound of 'symbols, direction and meanings'. It is a Skilful Tool that can be used Mindfully to reduce or End Suffering, or it can be used Unmindfully to cause or increase Suffering. There are many ways to process language, 3rx is another one.

3. For example, think of a closed book on a shelf (collection of symbols). Of limited usefulness until someone reaches for it (direction). This is of limited use unless the recipient treats it well, understands the language it is written in, reads it and understands the contents (meaning). In the opposite direction, the book (collection of symbols) is the result of a reason to collect (meaning) by a collector (authored direction).

r. Language can be used for countless reasons, here we focus on demystifying the way the world really is, explore Suffering, its Causes and Antidotes and bringing people together. Well, at least that is the intention of Mindful authoring individuals, the actual result is a shared effort, the responsibility of those with surplus, for the benefit of the individual increasing in beneficiaries until it includes all.

x. To minimize Suffering, it is always useful to stay with the last concept that makes sense, test vigorously for your own circumstances before adopting, be your own guiding light (keep the intent while changing the language to suit the current audience) and when surpluses arise, share with others. 

Oh, and as this email is from this teacher, watch out for the thing forgotten, omitted or distorted. Forgive the many words, thankyou for the patience.

Time for a musical interlude?

Read on intrepid Grabbers, and let's see what is to discover this edition. Subscribers decide if anything is useful.


  1. Guest Sings
  2. Stream Jives
  3. Wisdom Reconciles
  4. Media Writes
  5. TED Talks
  6. Music Challenges
  7. Acknowledgments

    1. Guest Sings

    Approx 5 min presentation 

    2. Street Jives

    Approx 2 min presentation 

    3. Wisdom Reconciles

    4. Media Writes

    Approx 5 min reads

    Robyn Doreian explores gender, society and creativity with author "Kate Grenville: ‘I wanted nothing to do with being a girl’” via The Age

    Amanda Hooton explores being adventurous, fraternity and engaging when "‘Burn the diaries’: Leigh Sales’ plea to bestie Lisa Millar” via The Sydney Morning Herald

    Bob Brody explores how intergeneration, relationships and engagement are reasons to "Want to live longer? Play with your grandkids” via The Brisbane Times

    Benjamin Law talks dicey topics Politics, Money and Death with David Suzuki’s life lesson "The important thing is not succeeding or failing, but …” via The Sydney Morning Herald

    Elizabeth Knight explores societal, responsibility and visibility when discussing "Should companies have a Voice or mind their own business?” via The Sydney Morning Herald 

    Jason Ball explores valuing diversity, inclusion and visible representation when "The AFL can lift the burden of its gay players, but is choosing not to” via WA Today

    Justin McManus explores migration, settling and letting go are reasons "How Effie left the land of Plenty” via The Age

    Lauren Ironmonger explores valuing independence, sharing interests and small talk when "Two women attended a Matildas game alone. Both left with a new friend” via The Sydney Morning Herald

    Linda Morris explores wisdom, compassion and engaging representation are some of the reasons why "‘Quite spooky’ portrait of Play School favourite wins Archibald people’s prize” via The Age

    Nina Wilton explores identity, love and acceptance when recounting "By pulling away from my mother, I could rub the stain of her difference from my skin” via The Sydney Morning Herald

    Pat Sheil explores observation, medicine and application when reviewing a new book recounting "The delightful and delinquent pioneers who helped develop vaccination” via The Age

    Hannah Story explores leadership, redressing equity and responsibility as "Heather Mitchell set to return as RBG in national tour of hit play” via WA Today

    Amber Schultz explores ingenuity, passion and entrepreneurship with some examples how "From silkworms to sculptures, the strange side-hustles are keeping Australians afloat” via The Brisbane Times.

    Sherryn Groch explores ongoing  inquiry, search and reproducing discovery when "Ten years on from the God particle, we may have found a fifth force of nature” via WA Today

    Angus Dalton explores proximity, timing and predictability when "Once in a blue supermoon: Eyes on the horizon for lunar double feature” via The Sydney Morning Herald

    Jamila Rizvi explores gender, equality and equity recounting why "Had I ever expected to go viral, it would not have been because of toilets” via The Age

    Greg Baum explores gender, family participation and level playing field declaring "Australia built it, and they’ve come” via WA Today

    Nick O’Malley explores innovation and development of harnessing the suns rays when "To locals, he’s just another Bronte jogger. In solar energy circles? He’s a rock star” via The Age

    Melissa Cunningham explores nurturing youth, learning on the job and thriving as "Barista high: The cafe schooling Melbourne’s next gen of hospitality” via The Age

    Kieran Rooney explores worker fairness, equity and sustainability as "Sick day won’t mean no pay for more Victorian casual workers” via The Age

    Calum Jaspan explores arriving, language and settling as "SBS adds five new language services as migration delivers new audience” via The Sydney Morning Herald

    6. Music Challenges

    Approx 30 min presentation + reflection times

    If desired, a short selection of publicly available material on a chosen theme for personal reflection. 

    For best results, sit comfortably with a straight back, have headphones in a shared space, after each clicked link, allow a little reflection with your personally-held view before clicking on the next link.

    Get ready to Reflect!
    Choose your playing level:
    Be introduced at 1.
    Be soothed at 2-4.
    Be shocked at 5.
    Be inspired at 6.
    Fuller illumination 1-6.
    You be the judge. Or not.

    Cryptic Clue:
    How is the right way to act about a situation?
      1. Inspire
      2. Perspire
      3. Collaborate
      4. Engage: Test for personal circumstances, if useful keep, if unuseful discard, if exceeds needs, share mindfully
      5. Endure: Adapt for present times without sacrificing intent
      6. Endear: (Inspiring Others To Tend the Flame) live/ demonstrate/ inspire/ teach experience with others
      This challenge is highlighting ability, suitability, disability, affability & culpability.

      From late Middle English: from Old French ablete, from Latin habilitas, from habilis = able.
      1. possession of the means or skill to do something. Ie, the manager had ability to motivate the players. 
      2. talent, skill, or proficiency in a particular area. Ie, a person of exceptional ability. Ie, pupils of all abilities.

      From Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French siwte, from a feminine past participle of a Romance verb based on Latin sequi = follow, agreeable.
      • the quality of being right or appropriate for a particular person, purpose, or situation. Ie, the suitability of residential accommodation varied widely, Ie, the superiors had doubts about their suitability for the job.

      From late Middle English dis- = expressing negation + habilis = able
      1. a physical or mental condition that limits a person's movements, senses, or activities. Ie, children with severe physical disabilities. Ie, differing types of disability. 
      2. a disadvantage or handicap, especially one imposed or recognized by the law. Ie, the plaintiff was under a disability.

      From late Middle English: via Old French from Latin affabilis, from the verb affari, from ad- = to + fari = speak + habilis = able
      • the quality of having a friendly and good-natured manner. Ie, an air of benign affability.

      From Middle English (in the sense ‘deserving punishment’): from Old French coupableculpable, from Latin culpabilis, from culpare = to blame, from culpa = fault, blame + habilis = able
      • responsibility for a fault or wrong; blame. Ie, a level of moral culpability.
      • deserving of blame. Ie, mercy killings have less culpability than ‘ordinary’ murders.

      -- Chant Mantrastyle

      Why? Why not?
      Start today. 
      As the case may be.
      Or not.

      7. Acknowledgments

      Acknowledging traditional inhabitants of Cities of Port Phillip and Glen Eira are the Boon Wurrung, Bunurong and Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung peoples of the Kulin NationRespect is offered to past, present and future elders of all spiritual traditions. May we find together a generous way to accommodate those in need of refuge. Let us be cool, strive individually and together to overcome inequality, violence, disengagement, tragedy and injustice wherever it may be. Let us honour, savor and enjoy results of mindful effort so more thrive peacefully with less effort in our place called home.

      Invitation to Support Content Creators
      The music/stories/videos have been sourced from public domain. If you like any of the content, please consider buying directly from online marketplaces to support creators and truth telling in the public interest.

      Caretaker Disclosure
      Words and concepts are conditional things that point to a 'reflection of experience'. They are limited and do not adequately describe the 'full lived experience'. Like the moon's reflection on a lake's surface, it is not the moon, nor the experience of gazing up at the darkened sky transformed by the presence of a full moon. It is in the eyes/ears/nose/mouth/touch/cognisance of the beholder.

      This curation is an interpretation of the universal basis of re:lig:ion (Latin = again:uniting:energy) or bodhicitta (Sanskrit = Awakening Consciousness). This email invites a sharing of countless thoughts, words and actions wishing, causing and receiving less Suffering and more Happiness. For benefit initially of the individual increasing in beneficiaries until it includes all across the 3 times and 10 directions. Or not. As each case may be.

      It is not personal, it just the way things are.