September 25, 2015

Messages of Hope and Healing

Messages of Hope and Healing

The Bridge to WE
Reflections

The Bridge to WE

  We are much more alike than different. We are both human beings.   I may be female while you are male but we both breathe air into our lungs. You may be gay while I am straight but we still crave human touch.   I may be black while you are white but we both need water to survive. You may be poor while I am wealthy but we both crawled before we walked.   I may be be a veteran while you are a pacifist but we both love our country. You may speak one language while I...
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Still Believe that “Silence is Golden”?
Reflections

Still Believe that “Silence is Golden”?

Speech is Silver. Silence is Golden. ~Thomas Carlyle   In 1831, when Scottish social commentator Thomas Carlyle translated these words into English, the prevailing thought in civilized society was that saying nothing was preferable to speaking. Discretion, being defined as “recognizing and avoiding words, actions, and attitudes that could have undesirable consequences”  has long been the predominant teaching of the powerful elite. The implicit message to victims has been to keep their mouths shut if they knew what was good for them. Perhaps, for this reason alone, the most heinous of oppressors have been able to wield their power with...
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What’s Love Got to Do With It?
Reflections

What’s Love Got to Do With It?

LOVE or FEAR. Spiritual masters, philosophers, and psychologists concur that all of our feelings, both positive and negative, fundamentally emanate from these two emotions. And right now, I'm sure you will agree, we are living in a time of tremendous FEAR. Fear isn't necessarily a bad thing. Feeling fear, when attached to physical danger is a natural response and one that has undoubtedly helped human beings survive for millenia. Fear tells us we are in danger. At its best, when there are real reasons to be fearful, it's an internal alarm system that protects us from harm. Like that creepy...
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Can We Please Just Walk Our Talk?
Reflections

Can We Please Just Walk Our Talk?

  In all of our actions, we must seek to be living examples of the changes we wish to see in the world. By walking the path, we make the path visible. ~Chief Phil Lane, Jr.   Have you read the story of Becky Crabtree,  the courageous 64 year old science teacher who chained herself inside her rusted out 1971 Ford Pinto to slow down construction of the 303-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline in West Virginia? Seeing herself and her dilapidated Ford as one of the only obstacles impeding the construction of 2 billion cubic feet of fracked natural gas flowing through...
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Who Are You Listening To?
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Who Are You Listening To?

  For the first time in history we have access to an unprecedented amount information, all needing to be fact checked before it can be digested. In a world filled with constant commentary, political proselytizing and endless echo chambers it becomes a challenge just to know who to listen to and what to believe. The steady deluge of information coming at us from all sides can make it a full time job to discern the actual from "alternate" facts. Thoughts and opinions are presented as truth, rarely open to debate and discussion. Each sensational headline necessitates a thorough read to...
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What About The Children?
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What About The Children?

This past week the world held it's collective breath as twelve boys and their 25 year old soccer coach were rescued over a three day period from an water-filled underground cave in Thailand. I know I was not alone in being buoyed with genuine relief as an international coalition of divers and rescue operators combined their effort to save these kids. Proof positive that we are better together. Yet I cannot help but wonder why these twelve children should be the focus of our intense caring and compassion while elsewhere in the world children's suffering is sloughed off like yesterday's...
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Have We Forgotten Who We Are?
Reflections

Have We Forgotten Who We Are?

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door. ~Emma Lazarus   I know I am not alone in feeling heartbroken at the pain and devastation being inflicted on families at our southern most border this week. Plain and Simple: each of us, unless we are 100% Native American, are descendants of Immigrants. I am the descendant of Irish and Italian Immigrants. My Irish grandmother left her homeland with her three sisters at the age...
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Where Is Our Collective Voice?
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Where Is Our Collective Voice?

When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful. - Malala Yousafzai   These are crazy, confusing, uncertain times. The very institutions dedicated to protecting us are being systematically dismantled. We watch children as young as 18 months , ripped from the arms of their asylum seeking parents, only to be carted off to make shift detention centers in abandoned Walmarts. There they are kept in cages, see sunlight for a mere two hours a day, sleeping on mattresses with space blankets for warmth. We see citizens, children, gunned by crazed killers with only prayers as response. We watch...
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Do You Believe in Magic?
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Do You Believe in Magic?

It's important to Remember that we all have Magic inside us. ~J.K. Rowling   When was the last time you experienced Magic? I'm not talking about the pulling-a-quarter-from-your-ear slight of hand that Uncle Bill uses to entertain at family gatherings.  Or that read-your-card trick that amuses and delights at a street fair. I'm talking about the Everyday Magic that transforms an ordinary moment into something extraordinary.      The Everyday Magic that allows us to travel through time, the Magic that convinces us that the physical world we inhabit is really just a microcosm of a larger reality.   There...
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How Courageous are You?
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How Courageous are You?

  Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway. ~John Wayne   Who is the most courageous person you know? If you come from a family of military men and women, whose expressed bravery to protect our country is a given, undoubtedly you are in awe of their ability to put their life on the line. Perhaps it is police officers and firefighters whose willingness to confront danger that you respect most. As Americans, courage is in our DNA.  It was courage that allowed our ancestors to travel by ship to an unknown land and begin life anew. ...
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