This is one of three short books of the NY Times Best-Sellers’ set called What You Do Matters by Kobi Yamada.
This particular book shows us how our inner dialogue can affect us acting on an opportunity that is before us, and what we can do to overcome it.
Thank you to Sgt. Vierk of the Clawson Police Department for doing such a great reading job!
Those that brang us into the world
Also those that perform the act of Mothering.
To be a Mother to the World, one needs to look no further for example than to the person that sacrifices parts of herself or himself in order to give the next generation a good chance; a better chance maybe than they had themselves.
Things like planting a tree, and knowing full well that you’ll never get to enjoy the tree’s shade or fruit. Still, you plant the tree for the next generation to enjoy.
Like this. You are careful to consider your words and your actions, and how they might affect someone else. Because you have this little life that depends on you now. Little eyes that look up to you to build their foundation from which they’ll see their world.
Being a Mother to the World is no different. You experience the connection between you and someone you’ve never met, someone you don’t know at all. And know that from that point on, you keep those connections in mind when you make decisions, and when you act, as you’re carrying out your life. You realize that you are a part of something much bigger than yourself. It becomes much more fulfilling and worthwhile.
Thank you to all the Mothers, and to the Mothers of the World. We literally owe our lives to you, and we’ll promise to give the next generation a good start-off.
#mother #mothersday #mothertotheworld
Observing Earth Day and battling COVID-19 aren’t too far apart from each other.
Both require attention to be taken away from ourselves and placed on something else. This is a good thing to do.
It helps to realize our connection to each other, and our shared planet. That we’re all a part of something much large than ourselves.
Becoming more conscious and aware of this connection can open a whole new dimension, perspective and a way of doing more than just existing here. A decision to step in and help where one can becomes a non-issue and an automatic response.
So let’s do our part in both situations; lets all help to contain and understand this new threat to our lives; and at the same time that we’re becoming more aware of the virus, let’s also place awareness on our surroundings and our live. What is really needed and necessary and what no longer serves us. How we can live more simply, without so much stuff, and how we can lessen our footprints on the only home we share with so much other life.
The future is coming soon.
#earthday #protectthis Earth Day Network #coronavirus #covid_19 #futureiscoming KennebunkportMaine
It’s no accident that oil lamps have been used for centuries to create a sense of stillness in a room. The flame of an oil lamp is much steadier tv than the flicker of a candle, lending to the environment of still and healthy quiet contemplation.
If you’re ever someplace and walk into a room where an oil lamp is lit, you will see. A certain “slow down” will happen naturally within you before too long.
Lets slow down on the inside as we also slow down on the outside and lets see what happens.
#oillamp #flame #steady #still #bestillandknow #meditation #quiet #home #catsofinstagram #cats
A few days ago, a friend asked me if I had a favorite quote, or mantra or something I said to myself every day. I thought I’d share my answer in case it resonated with anyone else.
Asatoma Sadgayama is Sanskrit; roughly translated to English it comes out as “from untruth to truth.”
Not a religious text, and even though it originates from the east it isn’t eastern either. If you think about the translation, moving from untruth to truth is pretty much applicable to anyone, anywhere.
It means working on dropping what we’ve gathered; perceptions, ideas, habits; anything that is acquired unconsciously and moving towards living more consciously. Letting go of what we’ve accumulated so far in our lives and moving towards what we really are. Which is a conscious being.
That’s a pretty universal idea, isn’t it? Faced with the question, would you really want to hang on to some automatic behaviors instead of stopping and saying “wait a minute’, why do I think this, or why do I do that?”
There was a song that was popular a few years ago that had a line in it that went “I don’t know why I say the things I say, but I say them any-way”
Reminded me of some words I read recently where the topic discussed was the 28-30 year cycles in life; the idea being that we run through cycles during our lifetimes, repeating behaviours and situations until or unless we wake up one day and stop. And, that we really don’t begin to have an idea what life is all about until we’re in our 70s or 80s, after running through these cycles.
The whole idea of intentionally working on oneself is to shove a stick in the wheel of repetitive behaviors and say “hang on a minute here”, and look a little deeper at what we’re doing (or not doing) and try to see why it all is so that we can make the decision to continue or stop and do something else.
Asatoma Sadgayama. Moving from untruth to truth. Sounds to me like something worth repeating to oneself every day.
#qotd #asatomasadgamaya #clarity #life #conscious #choose
Great article on the link between mental health issues and the use of social media in young people, although overuse of social media can cause problems in adults just as well.
Social media is a great toolset for mass communication, sharing of ideas, for learning and in general making the world a smaller place. Social media can be used to obtain real information about issues, cultures, geographies; anything that one wants to learn about. All if used properly.
However, it can become easy to blur the lines of social media and reality; not only for impressionable young people, but for everyone.
Try being more self-aware when it comes to interacting with others.
Limit your online environment in favor of in-person interactions, and see how you feel about each.
While meditation can and will provide a sense of peace and tranquility, there are many other benefits to be had from a daily practice.
Lowered blood pressure, calming of the nervous system, and better management of Anxiety Disorders all can be had from a daily practice of meditation.
Sleep quality can be improved, meditation can be used as a part of chronic pain management therapy, and it will also boost your immune system.
Lastly, meditation will help you have happy relationships, because you will be more peaceful and calm. Less will irritate you, and you’ll be inclined to recognize happy and joyful moments throughout your day more.
Check out the below link on Healthgrades.com for more information: