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A Vancouver-based advertising company teamed up with a grassroots advocacy group to extend kindness to the city's homeless population in a beautifully creative way. "During the day, the [bus] benches serve as seating for those waiting for the bus to arrive. At night, the front lifts up and out to create an overhang." Acts of kindness like these stand out against the backdrop of many cities making it harder for the homeless population to survive. Read on to learn more about this innovation that merges kindness and creativity!
“As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.” – Goethe
Recently, I tried to help a woman who is being flooded by more psychic information than she can handle. Her real problem is that she’s letting voices from outside herself drown out her own inner knowing. Anyone who gets any conscious psychic information at all can get guidance for themselves. In fact, we should develop a trusting relationship with our own inner knowing before we venture any deeper into psychic waters. We do have the answers! When we feel lost, we’ve simply forgotten to trust the truth in our own hearts above all else.
“We stumble and fall constantly, even when we are most enlightened. But when we are in true spiritual darkness, we do not even know that we have fallen.” – Thomas Merton
When we were children, we were often convinced that our parents knew everything and could handle anything. Only as we grew into adults and experience not having all the answers, do we realize that our parents probably didn’t either. It is the same with everyone who goes before us. Even spiritual teachers get lost and confused sometimes. It doesn’t mean they are fools, it just means they’re still growing. If you’ve been doubting your wisdom because you’re not yet perfect, I’m betting you’re not as lost as you think you are.
Art that merges with the landscape brings human presence, safety, and physical activity into the city's spaces. This kind of art triggers more than one sense: it is something you move in, touch, and, in some cases, even eat. In Detroit, a spread-out city of single-family homes that is difficult to traverse and pockmarked by vacancy, these artistic interventions are an uncommonly powerful nexus of community life. They create welcoming traffic, as well as opportunities for neighbors to interact and work together. It is for a city with a future.
“The task we must set for ourselves is not to feel secure, but to be able to tolerate insecurity.” – Erich Fromm
I recently received an email from a young man who had been admiring a young woman who worked at the mall with him. He felt strongly drawn to her and was thinking about approaching her and introducing himself, but before he did, he wanted to know how he could be certain that she was his soul mate. I can only presume that if I had told him that she wasn’t, he would never even say hello. Happiness is not a science, it’s an art; love is not a mathematical equation, it’s an organic process like the blossoming of a flower. Only those of us who have the courage to risk opening our hearts will experience how beautiful life and love can be.
Are you looking for inspiring ideas to take action on some of society's broadest and most challenging issues? From addressing homelessness to providing medical care (in exchange for a song), look no further than this list of 7 revolutionary ideas from Yes Magazine.
“Forget mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it. Today is your lucky day.” – Will Durant
When I reflect on who I was 10 years ago, I can hardly recognize the person I used to be. It’s like remembering a character from a movie I once saw. When I think back even further, say 20 or 30 years, it’s all a dream. This tells me that who we were yesterday will not directly determine who we might yet become. Forget about your mistakes and failures; they won’t matter to you 10 years from now. Focus on who you want to be, and get busy becoming that person today.
When there’s no point to your actions, there’s no energy within you to take those actions. Give meaning to what you’re doing, and enable the energy to flow.
If you can’t see the purpose, you can’t get enthusiastic. Connect with a sincere purpose, and you’re suddenly bursting with the desire to follow that purpose.
What you’re weary of is not what you’re doing. What makes you so weary is that you don’t feel fully invested in what you’re doing.
Avoiding, procrastinating and quitting altogether will just make things worse. So instead of giving up, give it meaning.
There is a very important point to your life and to what you do in each moment. Even the most tedious and difficult tasks become engaging and gratifying when you see them in the context of a meaningful purpose.
Whatever you’re doing is making a difference. Make sure it’s a positive difference, connect it to your purpose, and you’ll find yourself doing it with great joy, energy, effectiveness and fulfillment.
Solving community problems requires more than newer and better technology for the poor. It requires something more radical than that--that we re-humanize the poor. People require not only new technologies to solve some of the biggest challenges in rural health and development, they require basic technologies--like transportation for the cadres of health care workers and others. Riders for Health realized this and is changing lives--their own and others--through their simple realization that transportation is not a privilege but a necessity.
(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.)
Usually people dowse for water or minerals hidden underground. However, dowsing is much more versatile than this. Recently I was in Munich and saw two people using a pendulum to decide which of two places to visit. I know someone who uses a pendulum to determine the sex of unborn chickens. While my children were growing up, they frequently asked me to find lost objects for them with my pendulum.
The Dowsing Rod We commonly visualize someone holding a forked stick that reacts when the person is standing over an underground source of water. This is the traditional dowsing tool, easily be made from a V- or Y-shaped branch cut from a peach or willow tree. The dowsing rod is held with the palms upward, holding the two ends of the forks. The elbows are held close to the body, keeping the stick in a state of tension. If you are searching for underground water, think casually about your desire for water, and then walk over the ground unti…
(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.)
A pendulum is a small weight attached to a length of chain or thread. When someone holds it by the thread and asks a question, the weight moves and provides the answer. It is an amazing tool that can be used for many different purposes.
Just recently, a friend of mine decided to buy a car. He looked through the advertisements in the daily paper and asked his pendulum about the cars that sounded interesting. The pendulum gave a positive response to six cars, and eventually told him which car he should buy. He looked at all six, and finally bought the car that the pendulum had indicated.
Some friends went to Paris on a business trip. After finishing their business, they had one free day before coming home. They used a pendulum to determine which sights they should see.
People who were house-sitting next door to us lost their pet rabbit. After frantically searching the immediate neighborhood, they used a pendulum to locate the exact sp…
(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.)
Know thyself. That good advice goes back all the way to the days of Plato and Socrates, and the ancient Greek inscription at the Temple of Delphi. But sometimes, knowing yourself is a lot harder than it should be, especially if you are out of touch with what is going on at the subconscious level.
Even though our conscious, rational mind determines what choices we make in life, the hidden part of ourselves, our subconscious mind, is equally important. If these two halves of your mind are out of sync, you may find that everything becomes more difficult. Illnesses, accidents, anxieties, and fears are some ways the subconscious tries to get our attention. If your subconscious doesn’t agree with what you’d like to do, making changes becomes nearly impossible.
Dowsing is the perfect tool to talk to the subconscious mind and find out what’s going on beneath the surface. In many ways, it’s like the old-timer walking a field with a forked s…
“The really happy man is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.” – Anonymous
Life rarely goes just as planned, so if we pin our happiness on things working out as we expect them to, we’ll rarely be happy. There is great wisdom in being able to go with the flow, in looking for the blessings in whatever we’re doing and wherever we end up.
Do you live each day focused on excuses? Or are you instead focused on achievement? If you’re focused on excuses, you won’t even make an attempt unless you’re sure you’ll get it perfect. When you’re focused on achievement, though you may not get it completely perfect, you will get it done.
If you’re focused on excuses, the slightest obstacle will stop you cold. When you’re focused on achievement, you’ll work your way through any challenge.
If you’re focused on excuses, you’ll avoid unfamiliar or uncomfortable situations. When you’re focused on achievement, you’ll seek out new, invigorating circumstances and will find great value in them.
Excuses sound reasonable, and enable you to be temporarily satisfied with yourself for doing nothing more than thinking them up. In the long run, though, excuses can bury you under a mountain of missed opportunities.
Let go of the easy excuses, and grab on to a burning desire for meaningful achievement. Focus not on excuses, but on real achievement, and yo…
In this beautifully grounding piece, a former monk shares insights from a year of silence and contemplation. "Deep within each of us is a great well of health, abundance, knowledge, guidance. When we enter the silence and stay in the silence, we come into direct contact with that sacred well. In that place dwells our True and Higher Self: It is that part of us that exists and operates in a place where there is no time-- no past, no future, only the present moment...One of the most powerful spiritual practices you can adopt is also one of the easiest to do." Read on to learn more about this monk's experiences and how he suggests that you can practice silence every day.
“For peace of mind, resign as general manager of the universe.” – Larry Eisenberg
I have known a few psychics over the years who have made a habit of crossing people’s boundaries by “reading” them whether they asked for it or not. Sometimes this is met with appreciation, but more often with amusement, irritation and even anger. I know better than to offer my psychic impressions unbidden to strangers, but when it comes to my family, I have a harder time keeping my mouth shut, especially when I see someone I love making decisions that I know they will regret. Even though my family has faith in my abilities, they still don’t want my advice on every detail of their lives. Now and then when I point out what I think someone is missing, they’ll snap at me. Then I’ll remember all over again that trying to “save others from themselves” isn’t good for them or for me. When our efforts to help meet with resistance, it’s wise to quit worrying about others and focus on our own concerns.
Social media has transformed our daily lives -- adding a brand new, and often much more complex, dimension to our interactions. And though it has facilitated the ease of our connections, there is a flip side. For example, studies have shown an inverse relationship between an individual's Facebook usage and their sense of self-worth. And, we are only just beginning to understand its true impact on our lives. This article from the Greater Good Science Center shares more.
As the world rapidly transforms around us each day, there is a growing need for us to create sustainable human communities. And in that vision, great leadership is paramount --leadership that not only calls for clarity of vision, but also a healthy dose of empathy that allows us to identify with, and understand, one another's situations, feelings, and motives. This article shares some healthy habits of heart and mind in leadership.