One of my teachers for decades has been author Alan Cohen, and today I’m sharing a special excerpt from his wonderful book A Deep Breath of Life. May you enjoy, and may all of us learn to live from a place of thankfulness and thereby enrich the quality of our lives, and the world. Namaste. Gina
Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression. ~Dr. Haim Ginott
Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get. ~H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Here are some fantastic one-page articles about teaching and encouraging kindness in children, even when they’re still toddlers. It’s really never too early to begin. May peace prevail. Namaste. Gina
8 Ways to teach kindness to toddlers and preschoolers, by Tabitha Studer at WhatToExpect.com
Kids and kindness: Can you teach compassion? by Holly Bennett at TodaysParent.com
Teaching Children Respect in 5 Minutes or Less, by Julie Hunt at SmartKids101.com
“The responsibility of tolerance lies with those who have the wider vision.” George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss (1860)
Give to every human being every right that you claim for yourself. ~Robert Green Ingersoll (May 8, 1888)
Having been inspired by this song since the early nineties, I wanted to share it. However, after not being able to find it anywhere on YouTube, I decided to join, create my channel, and learn how to make a lyrics video.
While I am indeed a YouTube neophyte, I’m pleased with the result of this, my very first lyrics video! Of course if an Ad pops up you’ll need to click the ‘x’ to close it so you can read the lyrics.
It is my sincere wish that you will enjoy this inspiring song for world peace, written and performed by singer, songwriter, and activist Holly Near.
We will have peace!
You may also enjoy my post from last year with another incredible song for world peace. I discovered Ella’s Song through Holly Near’s cover of it on her 1990 album Singer In The Storm. In this post you can enjoy a YouTube recording being performed by the exceptionally talented group, Sweet Honey In The Rock:
We can only be said to be alive in those moments when
our hearts are conscious of our treasures. ~Thornton Wilder
“You are the pot of gold at the end of my rainbow.” This darling expression is a favorite of mine, especially when making crafts with children around Saint Patrick’s Day.
I feel that way about my readers too. Yes, you! I am deeply grateful for the friends I have made through this blog. There are so many good people in the world, and many of you wonderful people have found your way here. Your visits encourage me to do something I love: share things that I find inspiring. Every post is created with the hopes that it may brighten another’s face with a smile, lift a weary heart, inspire someone’s faith, or help spark a person’s creativity.
It is amidst the process of sharing these topics that I myself am elevated. So thank you. My gratitude goes out to each and every one of you who travel with me on this fascinating and expansive blogging experience. Along with your own inspirational blogs, it is through your presence reading what I share and offering your Likes, Comments, and Follows that you add lovely blessings to my life.
My treasure for you at the end of this rainbow is actually a mirror, because I’d like you to look into it. You are the gold. You are a treasure. Thank you for being here. Namaste. Gina
Copyright © 2014 Gina ~ Professions for PEACE
Psalm 147:3 NKJV ~ He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
“We become truly compassionate when we are wise enough to remain inwardly detached from the melodrama of life. True detachment is the ability to allow everything and everyone to be where they are and who they are. It is an ability to remain centered and grounded whether our advice or offering is received or rejected. Detachment is not indifference to the feelings or sufferings of others. It is the quiet understanding that everything is unfolding exactly as it should.” ~ Ann Mortifee, In Love With The Mystery
Let’s embrace these wise words that Anne Sullivan taught 11-year old Helen Keller as described in the book The Story of My Life: “…the best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, but just felt in the heart.” [quote source]
Today I share this touching parable to help crystallize the concept of seeing with our heart:
Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room’s only window. The other man had to spend all his time on his back.
The men talked for hours on end. Every afternoon, when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window. The man in the other bed began to live for those one hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and color of the world outside.
“This window overlooks a park with a lovely lake. Ducks and swans play on the water while children sail their model boats.” the man by the window said. “Young lovers walk arm in arm amidst flowers of every color and a fine view of the city skyline can be seen in the distance.”
While the man by the window described this in exquisite detail, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine the picturesque scene. His smile growing with every new piece of detail told to him.
One afternoon, the man by the window described a parade passing by. Although, the other man couldn’t hear the band, any commotion or excitement – he could see it.
One morning, the day nurse entered the room to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window, who had died peacefully in his sleep. As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. Slowly and painfully, the man propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the real world outside that he had heard so much about. He strained to slowly look out the window. It faced a blank wall.
The man was confused and somewhat disappointed. He looked forward to seeing all the wonderful things his roommate had described to him. The park, the lake, the ducks and swans. None of that could be seen from the bedside window.
Feeling a little frustrated the man asked the nurse, “What could have compelled my roommate to lie to me like he did? He described such wonderful things outside this window but nothing he spoke of can be seen. All that is visible is that ugly grey blank wall. Why did he lie to me?”
“Didn’t he tell you?” the nurse responded, “He was blind so he couldn’t see the wall. But maybe he described such wonderful things because they were visions in his mind and he wanted to encourage you?”
The man laid back on his bed and let out a sigh as he softly said, “Yes, that he did.” Then he whispered to himself, “Thank you for sharing your wonderful world, my friend.”
[both images gratefully sourced from Google]
The recent loss of an incredibly talented and creative man named Philip Seymour Hoffman has had me feeling introspective and pondering the serious prevalence of addictions in our society and what can be done about it.
As I continue developing upcoming posts in further depth of this important topic, I want to celebrate this handful of famous individuals who overcame their addictive behaviours. Let’s choose to focus on what is working and remember that addictive behaviours can be overcome. I know. I’ve been there, and I got sober.
May we all choose to focus on what is working in our lives, and release that which doesn’t support and encourage our further growth. May we find and celebrate our inner peace, and shine that peace outwardly. May peace prevail. Namaste. Gina
Now more than ever we need to perceive Martin Luther King Jr.’s wisdom and use it to prompt us into action. Now more than ever we need to do whatever we can to speak out against injustice, practice non-violence, put people over corporations, work to end poverty, and stand up for what’s right.
My recent discovery of an abundance of erroneously attributed quotes running rampant on the web has me now meticulously checking quotes for sources. I feel confident with sources such as The King Center and MLK Day of Service among others that I’m passing along genuine quotes that were actually said, or written, by Dr. King himself.
In my research I found a superb article I’m eager to share. In this passionate article with perfect quotes and significant facts, John W. Whitehead urges us to stop paying lip service to Martin Luther King’s dream. I am endeavoring to do just that! Let’s all do whatever we can to welcome and encourage the enduring power of Dr. King’s dream to draw us into action.
Copyright © 2014 Gina ~ Professions for PEACE
50 Years Later, It’s Time to Stop Paying Lip Service to King’s Dream
Excerpt: “King, once a charismatic leader and voice of authority, has been memorialized in death to such an extent that younger generations recognize his face but miss out on his message. Yet for those who can hear, he still speaks volumes.”
~ John W. Whitehead
John W. Whitehead: “To quote my hero:
‘[O]ur very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change.
The large house in which we live demands that we transform this world-wide neighborhood into a world-wide brotherhood.
Together we must learn to live as brothers or together we will be forced to perish as fools.’ ”
Please click link to read full article.
[Any images offered without links are sourced from Google.com]
And now let us welcome the New Year
Full of things that have never been.
~ Rainer Maria Rilke
January, the month of new beginnings and cherished memories, beckons.
Come, let winter weave her wondrous spell: cold, crisp, woolen-muffler days, long dark evenings of savory suppers, lively conversations, or solitary joys.
Outside the temperature drops as the snow falls softly. All of nature is at peace. We should be, too.
Draw hearthside. This is the month to dream, to look forward to the year ahead and the journey within. ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach
Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing. Believe in yourself. And believe that there is a loving Source – a Source of Dreams – just waiting to be asked to help you make your dreams come true. ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach
As you enter this new year, nothing in the past has any power to affect what you do now. You are an entirely new person, different from the person you were. This year has never been lived before, and you have never had the consciousness you now have. You are setting sail on a great adventure determined only by how grand you are willing to think. This year, think big thoughts to create miraculous results. ~ Alan Cohen
You have known us, Divine One, since before the foundation of the world.
You are closer than hands and feet.
Truly, as it is said, in You we live and move and have our being. Yet so often we feel alone, like strangers in a strange land. Although the mind may forget its divine birth, the heart yearns ceaselessly to remember. ~ Joan Borysenko
Let us close our eyes and take a deep breath. Become aware of the deep stillness within. Let us affirm: My Divine Beloved and I are One.
[My warmest gratitude to the creators of these images randomly sourced off the Web]
Marianne Williamson has written that loving ourselves isn’t selfish; it’s humble. To think that we are not worthy of our own love is to forget that we are a child of God. This isn’t suggesting we’re not flawed, but rather that we offer love to ourselves while we are learning better, while we are improving. We can decide to love our self right now, right here. Just the way we are.
There are goals I’m striving for and ways I’m inspired to keep learning. And there are times I fall down and feel too hurt to get back up. But I always do, because I know every wound carves me into a larger being, a wiser heart, a deeper spirit.
The life-long, on-going process of ‘growing up’ keeps me wildly interested in life. Our world is fascinating, terrific, terrible, upsetting, awe-inspiring and heart-breakingly beautiful. Life is incredible, all of it, and accepting and loving ourselves helps celebrate that!
Loving yourself does not mean being self-absorbed or narcissistic, or disregarding others…
Rather it means welcoming yourself as the most honored guest in your own heart, a guest worthy of respect, a lovable companion. - Margo Anand
Believing in our hearts that who we are is enough is the key to a more satisfying and balanced life. - Ellen Sue Stern
You can’t build joy on a feeling of self-loathing. - Ram Dass
It’s not your job to like me… it’s MINE! - Byron Katie
Something amazing happens when we surrender and just love. We melt into another world, a realm of power already within us. The world changes when we change. The world softens when we soften. The world loves us when we choose to love the world. - Marianne Williamson
(As always, my gratitude to the creators of these images, randomly sourced off the Internet)
Sadi, a 13th Century Persian poet, advised “If thou of fortune be bereft, And in thy store there be but left, Two loaves, sell one and with the dole, Buy hyacinths to feed thy soul.”
Being in the presence of beauty, keeping our spirits lifted, and enjoying some recreation are all just as important as accomplishing mundane, necessary tasks. All the achievements in the material world are meaningless if your heart is empty.
To love yourself is to give your soul the nourishment it needs.