Showing posts from April 30, 2017

Inspirational Quote – May 6, 2017

“As I declutter my life, I free myself to answer the calling of my soul.”

I don’t know about you but this certainly strikes a chord with me. It took me a lot of years to actually realize I needed to declutter my life, not just of material things, but old outdated beliefs/ideas and, to be honest, certain people too. I’m not saying it was easy, because it wasn’t, but a very gradual “weeding” process until bit by bit I began to feel less encumbered and weighed down. As this “weeding” progressed I began to experience a spiritual awakening which, as time has gone by, has brought me new friends, enlightening experiences, unending opportunities to learn more about what I feel is my calling, and a purpose to my life. It has taken me a while but I am gradually getting there and believe my soul has breathed a sigh of relief. If you haven’t already, why don’t you try “decluttering” and see what happens? I think you will be surprised by the results.

Belonging Creates & Undoes Us Both

Padraig O Tuama is a poet, theologian, and extraordinary healer in our world of fracture. He leads the Corrymeela community of Northern Ireland, a place that has offered refuge since the violent division that defined that country until the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. And Padraig and Corrymeela extend a quiet, generative, and joyful force far beyond their northern coast to people around the world. "Over cups of tea, and over the experience of bringing people together," Padraig says, it becomes possible "to talk with each other and be in the same room with the people we talk about." Here he discusses belonging and the power of language on OnBeing.

Inspirational Quote – May 5, 2017

“Everything we do is infused with the energy with which we do it. If we’re frantic, life will be frantic. If we are peaceful, life will be peaceful.”

We are motivated by energy and this is what drives us every day of our lives, in everything we do and quite rightly so or we’d never get anything done. However, there’s energy and there’s frantic energy! If we are frantic all the time, sure, we get things done quickly and probably appear to accomplish more in a shorter period of time, but let’s look at this realistically. Allowing ourselves to be totally driven by an out of control, impetuous, unstructured, unimpeded energy exposes us to that feeling within us, and being driven by this. It would make more sense, wouldn’t it, to let our energy work for us in a calm, focused, straightforward way enabling us to go through our days more peacefully which, let’s face it, is the only way to go.

Peak Performance: Lessons in Leadership from Mountain Guides

Leadership is needed in times of upheaval and transition -- but what are the qualities it takes to be an effective leader and a positive influence? Christopher I. Maxwell of the Wharton Center for Leadership delves into this question in an interview. In it he discusses his book, "Lead Like a Guide: How World Class Mountain Guides Inspire Us to Be Better Leaders." Maxwell interviewed mountain guides all over the world and found that most successful guides embody six essential leadership traits that can be translated to the world of business, or any realm of life where leadership is needed. While many misunderstand leadership to be leading others forward by direction, mountain guides understand that it is far better to help others discover their own power to overcome great obstacles. Learn how empowering others can help you be an agent for change in your work and in the world.…

How to Stay Empathic Without Suffering So Much

ByAmy L. Eva

Here are four steps to transform your empathic distress into a healthier, more helpful, and more sustainable form of empathy.

What happens when we feelempathyfor another person? What areyoufeeling when that chronically anxious student sinks further into his chair or your teenage girl sobs through her closed bedroom door? Empathy, or the capacity to “feel with” and share others’ emotions, can be a beautiful gift that connects us with each other. Yet it can also feel heart-wrenching and even unbearable at times.Researcherstell us that our initial empathic responses can shift in one of two directions—toward empathic distress or empathic concern. Empathic distress, associated with negative feelings, can lead to withdrawal, poor health, and burnout. Empathic concern, on the other hand, can lead to positive feelings, good health, and the desire to help. Empathic concern, with its focus on others, can motivate us to relieve another person’s suffering, yet empathic distress can leave …

Inspirational Quote – May 4, 2017

“When I accept myself, I am freed from the burden of needing you to accept me.”

Accepting ourselves means being happy and confident that we know who we are and what we, not only want from life, but what we are prepared to give to life. We are realistic about our imperfections and shortcomings, but feel these are just something everybody has to be a balanced human being. This realization also enables us to be free from the restrictions others may attempt to impose on us. However, not all of us are this fortunate, perhaps through another’s interventions or actions, to be able to do this. The first step to being free to be who you are, is to be aware and admit that you are NOT free and consequently take the steps you need to in order to rectify this.

Graduation: A Song & Speech for the Ages

Just in time for the millions of students around the world preparing for the milestone of graduation, comes this powerful music video! Written by be-the-change rapper Nimo Patel in India and animated by the French animators 'Superfruit Collective', it features a chorus of students from the Philippines, and excerpts from a graduation speech in America by ServiceSpace founder Nipun Mehta -- a true global labor-of-love collaboration! Whether or not you are graduating this year, the profound messages of this song, the catchy tune, compelling animation, and the energy behind it are bound to lift your day. Included here are Nimo's lyrics and the complete text of Nipun's graduation speech that went viral some years ago.

What Happens in a Child’s Brain When They Learn to Empathize?

BySummer Allen

A new study explores what brain changes happen when children start to think about other people’s thoughts.

A remarkable milestone occurs in children around their fourth birthdays: They learn that other people can have different thoughts than they do. A recentstudyis the first to examine the specific brain changes associated with this developmental breakthrough. The new study specifically explored the brain changes that occur when a child is able to recognize that another person believes something that the child knows is false. Once children gain this ability, they can better predict other people’s behavior and modify their own—like denying a wrongdoing that Mom didn’t see or helping out a friend who doesn’t know the rules of kickball.  Recognizing the false beliefs of others is a key step in developing what psychologists call a theory of mind, the understanding that other people may have different thoughts, beliefs, intentions, or perspectives. “Theory of Mind constitutes a …

Inspirational Quote – May 3, 2017

“Breathing in, I send myself love. Breathing out, I send love to someone else who needs it.”

Wonderful isn’t it? Breathing in we send ourselves life-giving oxygen, which we don’t often stop to think about do we? We just do it as it comes to us as naturally as breathing, if you know what I mean? We are continually nourishing our life-force if you like. Also, what if we held the intent that every time we breathed out we were able to send love to someone in need of it. Wouldn’t it be amazing to be able to send out healing and restorative love with each breath so, not only nourishing us, but also those who need it most? Wonderful!

Robert Bengston: Inspiration Campaign

In 2012 artist Robert Bengston started a new participatory, people-powered project, Inspiration Campaign, that involves beautiful, empowering, nothing-for-sale advertising. The aim was to inspire the human spirit, and to transform mainstream media into a source of inspiration. The campaign uses crowd-funding to run uplifting, crowd-sourced messages on traditional physical advertising spaces. Messages like, "Humankind. Be both." "You belong." "Love first." Over the last four years the campaign has led to more than 14 million media impressions. Read more about Bengston's journey and creative vision.

How One School is Teaching Empathy After the Election

ByMichael Fisher

The story of a group of sixth graders learning to bridge political divides after the U.S. election.

I teach at the Millennium School, a new independent middle school located in the heart of San Francisco.Mindfulnessandcompassionare essential parts of our curriculum. Yet on November 9th—the day after the presidential election—the sixth-grade classroom I walked into was anything but calm or kind. Students from the Millennium School in San Francisco What I noticed that morning was more troubling than understandable shock, anger, or confusion. In chorus with half the nation, our students voiced sentiments that had been reverberating across the U.S. for months, albeit from different political vantage points. In their attempts to make sense of the election, I heard enmity, callousness, even what struck me as the blithe onset of not-quite-innocent hatred. 

Taking this in, I felt immense sadness. The room appeared to be a splintered microcosm of the country as a whole. In progres…