Makes me wonder where is this taking us and inspires me to continue to try and dream the future that my heart desires. I will not be discouraged (at least that’s what I have to tell myself). How can I engage in conversations with everyone? I don’t like the split between the 99% and the 1%.
Is it possible to have us be 100%? humans?
What am I doing that keeps the 1% there? I am responsible. I’m sorry. Please forgive me. And, I love you. I want this practice to bring me peace and it doesn’t. Right now all I can do is be a witness. Aware. I am responsible.
There is nothing more powerful than love. And to teach our children the power and value of compassion is to give them a gift for life that grows the more they share it.
I believe this to be true because as mothers, we are driven by our highest purpose.
Motherhood is not a job. It is a calling and being a calling it is informed by something Greater.
There’s a simple exercise that I shared with my daughter when she faced a challenging situation at school with one of her teachers.
Basically, here is what the exercise was all about:
Become really still, and quiet your mind.
Put your attention on your heart and feel compassion.
If it’s difficult to feel compassion for the person that is challenging you, then feel compassion for anything you love like your pet dog, for example.
While holding that feeling in your heart, visualize the energy of that feeling in a bubble surrounding the challenge you are facing.
Know, that no one is born wanting to be mean. That maybe something, somewhere along the way, forced them in that direction and, feeling compassion towards them, gives them permission to remember who they really are. They might just start returning the compassion.
Just practice until it becomes easy to do.
My daughter (a teenager) rolled her eyes at me when I first introduced the idea but I guess when she was faced with no other alternatives she must have tried it because a week later, in passing, she said: “You know that exercise you told me to do? It worked”.
A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation. The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But a few days later he came back to return the stone to the wise woman.
“I’ve been thinking,” he said, “I know how valuable the stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone.
I had a chance to experience this first hand. I happened to take a photograph that someone loved and when she asked to use it, I gave her the rights to it. She asked what I wanted in return, I said to send me a gift.
You see I love taking photographs and I loved that she loved the photo I took. She valued what I had done and she sent me a check. It felt great to receive that money. It felt great to know that she gave to me from her heart and not because she had to.
I am grateful that I find myself in a position to easily be able to participate in this; sacred economics and gift exchange.
I still hold a job. I don’t believe that I need to quit being in the world to transcend being part of the system. That is always the challenge. To find the harmony where you find yourself standing.
I believe that it is in our nature not to choose competition over co-operation.
Google and Wikipedia are speaking up… the cynical would see this as a self serving gesture but I believe that at some level, they actually love the internet the way I do. Its chaotic nature. Its expanding nature. Its brilliant, empowering, connecting, freeing… power.
I just logged into facebook and my friends are contemplating staying completely offline tomorrow (Jan 18, 2012) to protest the SOPA and PIPA “laws”. Here
are the facts from PC World.
I heard on the news today that Wikipedia is blacking out their English site worldwide.
I wanted to double check for myself and yes, here’s a screenshot of my browser taken a few minutes ago.
I admire them!
I’m wondering what action I can take… I could black out my personal sites but what about the sites where I work? Unlikely that I can get consensus on this by midnight.
For now, I will continue to dream of a thriving “gift economy” (you know, where you download a song for free and if you love it and want to support the artist, you make a donation). The artists gift you their art with love, and if you love the art (say it’s music), you gift the artist in return… No strings attached.
Yes, I know there are some that will abuse this. But passing closed-minded laws out of fear is not the answer. No matter what laws exist, those who are stealing will continue to find ways to steal.
Oh, and my dream is not only for artists… Can you imagine a world where business is conducted with the principles of a “gift economy”? Ah! I can dream.
All decisions (law making is decision making) are made in one of two ways: Out of love, or out of fear. I want to speak up for Love!
Today, on the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I find myself reflecting on dreams. We all have dreams. I have them. The powerful dreams are those that are shared and actually propel humanity to Our Highest Purpose.
It’s inspiring to see the number of friends on Facebook that are posting links and videos to commemorate the life of MLK.
The 6 most important words: I admit that I was wrong.
The 5 most important words: You did a great job.
The 4 most important words: What do you think?
The 3 most important words: Could you please.
The 2 most important words: Thank you!
The most important word: We.
The least important word: I
This was posted on facebook and shared. I do not know who the original author is.
Some of my favorite emails are one or two lines long. Here’s one that a friend of mine sent me recently to get the conversation going.
The subject line just said: “Hey” and the body of the email had the following <a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanley_Kunitz” target=”_blank”>Stanley Kunitz quote:
“The Universe is a continuous web. Touch it at any point and the whole web quivers.”
I saved the email.
The imagery that this brings up for me underscores our connectedness and the fragility and sensitivity of our connections.
Recently, during a women’s circle, I had a chance to visit with my friend.
She shared with us that since coming upon this quote, she is more cognizant of how connected we are and how one word uttered here may impact someone who is miles away – in her case, her son. And, she said that realizing how her words can impact her son has helped her be impeccable with her speech when dealing with difficult situations that arise.
Who do you care enough about impacting that you would be willing to choose kindness (and maybe silence) over being right?