“This we know: the earth does not belong to man [or woman]; man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all, Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.”
– Chief Seattle
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“In modern society, despite sophisticated policing systems with advanced technology, acts of terrorism still take place. Although one side has many sophisticated techniques for keeping track of the other side, that other side is becoming more creative in carrying out their crimes. The only true guardian of peace lies within a sense of concern and responsibility for your own future and an altruistic concern for the well-being of others.”
From: “Dalai Lama’s Little Book of Inner Peace: The Essential Life and Teachings” p. 155.
As we are beginning a new year, we often set goals and think about improving ourselves and our lives. The following credo from Al-Anon offers excellent guidelines
“JUST FOR TODAY I will try to live through this day only, and not tackle all my problems at once. I can do something for 12 hours that would appall me if I felt that I had to keep it up for a lifetime.
Just for today I will be happy. This assumes to be true what Abraham Lincoln said, that “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
Just for today I will adjust myself to what is, and not try to adjust everything to my own desires. I will take my “luck” as it comes, and fit myself to it.
Just for today I will try to strengthen my mind. I will study. I will learn something useful. I will not be a mental loafer. I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration.
Just for today I will exercise my soul in three ways: I will do somebody a good turn, and not get found out; if anybody knows of it, it will not count. I will do at least two things I don’t want to do—just for exercise. I will not show anyone that my feelings are hurt; they may be hurt, but today I will not show it.
Just for today I will be agreeable. I will look as well as I can, dress becomingly, keep my voice, low, be courteous, criticize not one bit. I won’t find fault with anything, nor try to improve or regulate anybody but myself.
Just for today I will have a program. I may not follow it exactly, but I will have it. I will save myself from two pests: hurry and indecision.
Just for today I will have a quiet half hour all by myself, and relax. During this half hour, sometime, I will try to get a better perspective of my life.
Just for today I will be unafraid. Especially I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful, and to believe that as I give to the world, so the world will give to me.”
Let’s work on ourselves first as a way to improve our lives and our world.
Happy 2019! Many blessings to you and your family – and your community.
My wise sister has noticed that although such food as lettuce and chicken have been recalled recently because of issues over food safety, there have been no issues with chocolate or bacon.
I’d argue that bacon isn’t good for your arteries and is really bad for the pig.
However, chocolate seems very safe and will do no harm (as long as it is a Fair Trade product).
So I’m wishing you lots of dark chocolate as part of your holiday celebrations.
Merry Christmas and many blessings to you and yours in 2019.
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“The supreme task is to organize and unite people so that their anger becomes a transforming force.”
Martin Luther King, Jr. supported his philosophy of nonviolence with six
fundamental principles in his book Stride for Freedom, but even he had this to say about the important influence of outrage:
You can use Charity Navigator to help focus your fury. As the nation’s largest independent charity evaluator, CN provides free charity ratings and other resources to help you find a trustworthy charity that is fighting for the cause you believe in.” – Danielle Cheeseman
Doing the Most Good®
A less well-known charity evaluator is Give Well – <https://www.givewell.org/>
Give Well rates organizations mainly on how effective their projects actually are. The organizations that Give Well recommends are evidence-backed, thoroughly vetted, and underfunded. Often the focus is on how many lives a project saves.
Instead of giving another dust collector to each of your relatives this holiday, give a gift to a charity to help others &/or to promote positive changes in the world.
Happy Holidays. Aloha, Renee
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In his book, Grist for the Mill, Ram Dass – American spiritual figure and bestselling author of Be Here Now and Be Love Now, quotes his Guru Mahara-ji, who said,
Ram Dass says, “These days I try to simply love everything that comes my way, whether animate or inanimate, pleasant or painful. I hope you too can learn to absorb life’s ecstasies and distresses into your spiritual practice so they are just more grist for the mill” (Introduction 2).
Enjoy it all!
Banner photo: Maui sunflower fields – Kelly King
Overheard on Jalan Raya, the mainstreet, in Ubud, Bali:
“Why go back to Adelaide* and live an ordinary life?”
It’s something to consider.
- Or whatever hometown you can name.
Photos by Barry
“In a conversation, keep in mind that you’re more interested in what you have to say than anyone else is”
– from The Bali Advertiser, Oct. 10-23, 2018, p. 18
Remember to listen as well as talk. Aloha, Renee