A beautiful video narrated by a little boy who goes on the adventure of his life, because his life may be cut short by unsafe water. Posted by Mom Bloggers for Social Good.
This past weekend was tough. We had to get up at 4AM on Saturday to drive 4 hours to our son’s college orientation. No breakfast, in a hurry, it’s a setup for arguments. We managed to hold ourselves together, get some food and get to the orientation on time.
Our son was also heading off to an internship later that day. The problem is we had to leave the orientation midday before it was over and drive 4 more hours to Boston so he could catch a ride with a co-worker (that would save us a third 4 hour drive). 12 hours of riding in a car is like my sons worst nightmare, but at least he got to spend the last 4 hours of it with a friend.
Going into Boston…
at 4PM on a Saturday was a nightmare too. Stand still traffic and my GPS on my phone was going nuts. My sons ride had changed his location so my mapquest directions were useless. At one point we got stuck in a no parking zone while we tried to make a plan and a cop parked right in front of us. Fortunately he had other issues to deal with.
There was lots of figuring out what to do in a 4 way conversation that included 3 cell phones. At one point somebody lost their temper and said some hurtful things. We worked it out in the moment but it takes me a bit longer to deal with the pain sometimes.
And guess what the message was on Sunday morning at church. Forgiveness. I write for our faith community blog so I was taking notes. Was the past weekend a setup for a life lesson I wondered? Of course. Why else? Surely we are not here just to fight, hold onto grudges and be miserable – no that doesn’t fit my belief system.
This morning I found this lovely post (Can Quantum Physics Save Your Marriage?) in my email by Everyday Gurus, another confirmation from the divine forces of the universe that we are here to learn to love. I normally would not write about such incidents in my life, but Kozo inspired me. It all has value in the end if we choose to look at it that way.
Please read Kozo’s post, Can Quantum Physics Save Your Marriage?.
There are many suffering people in the world whose faces and names we do not know. Our own problems and circumstances create a veil that hides them from us. Still, they exist. Can I do something? I can pray for them, I can create awareness, I can support those who work to liberate the vulnerable and broken hearted. No one should be a victim or a slave, human trafficking must end.
A Diverse Dance & Music Project – “Anamika”
(Reposted from YouTube links below) According to the Polaris Project, there are nearly 27 million people who work and live in various forms of modern day slavery today. Of this number, 49, 105 people are identified victims of human trafficking of which 56% are female. The United Nations calls human trafficking a “crime that shames us all.” “Anamika” means “nameless” in Sanskrit. The victims of human trafficking and gender violence are Anamikas—forgotten and forced out from society against their will. Ripped from their homes with no control over their own bodies, these women lose their sense of identity and their place in their societies. This evening, we use the universal language of art—of music and dance from the East and West—to fight ignorance of the issues and to remind all of us of the 27 million Anamikas enslaved today that need us to open our eyes and see them.
This project was conceived by Shilpa Darivemula as a way to not only use the arts to increase awareness of the issues of gender violence and human trafficking, but to also to bring eight female artists with diverse styles of music and dance together to construct one piece. The dance styles include Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam—two Indian classical dances—Ballet, Modern, Praise Dancing, and Irish Step Dancing. Two vocalists perform Hindustani and Gospel music as well.
This piece is divided into six emotions that form the arc of Anamika’s story. In each emotion, one of the six dancers will wear a red armband, indicating which woman is the Anamika in that piece. Eventually all six dancers play the role of Anamika, affirming the idea that Anamika can be anyone and everyone, regardless of race, religion, or culture.
Jasmine Roth ’14……………………………….…………….Ballet/Modern
Maria Dreeszen ’14……………………………….…………Ballet/Modern
Keilah Creedon ’14……………………………….………….Ballet/Modern
Shilpa Darivemula ’13……………………………….………Kuchipudi
Sriya Bhumi ’15……………………………….….Kuchipudi/Bharatanatyam
Sheri Park ’13……………………………….…………….Praise Dancing/Irish Step Dance
Ulcha Ulysse ’14……………………………….…………Gospel Vocals
Smita Ravichandran’13…………………….…………..Hindustani Vocals
Jennifer Matsue…………………………….……Stage Set up/ Music Cues
Amanda Laven ’13……………………………….…….Costume Design
Programme Music in Order of Appearance
Joy: Jynweythek by Aphex Twin
Fear: The Hot Gates by Tyler Bates Heer by Nitin Sawhney and Reena Bhardwaj
Anger: Last Man Standing by Hybrid
Poem: Along the Dusty Road Lyrics by Niraj Chag Suno Meri Baat Lyrics by Indiva
Sadness: Hanging by a Thread by Jann Arden
Hope: Truth by Balmorhea
Peace: Now we are Free by Hans Zimmer
YouTube Links (1 & 2 are the dance, 3 & 4 are discussion)
- Part 1- http://youtu.be/WqXc19O-1Hc
- Part 2 - http://youtu.be/N98yrsdsv1U
- Part 3 - http://youtu.be/emo9fEgM0E4
- Part 4 - http://youtu.be/6h85y7GVLS0
“The ideals which have always shone before me and filled me with joy are goodness, beauty, and truth.”
~ Albert Einstein
Here they are blooming away! All that heat and rain last week worked it’s magic and the little beauties started popping on Monday. I decided to wait a couple days to catch some full blooms. This is one bush with crazy long branches so they are all over the place. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. I think I’ll cut some for my neighbor.
Some of you might remember my rose photos from last year as I documented the two or three buds as they bloomed until they reached their prime in a vase. I was so pleased with their beauty and perfect shape. My mother had given me that rose bush a few years ago and it didn’t bloom until last year.
I love flowers but I’m not a gardener. My husband is always joking about my planting intentions yet my lack of care afterward. I’m just the type to expect nature to take care of itself. Earlier this spring I noticed how long and straggly the rose branches had become, where some areas had died and weeds were choking at the bottom of other branches. I decided to do a little pruning and tidying up, not much, just what I knew would not hurt the bush.
I was surprised a couple weeks ago when I noticed about 15 buds. Then last week I counted 20, and today I counted 26. Wow, that is way beyond my expectation. This crazy wild and rambling long stem rose bush is showing us what it can do with a little care. Here’s a couple pics I snapped with my phone:
As I drive around town I have noticed that it is an especially lush spring. Everything is in full bloom right now, trees, bushes, flowers, with a wide range of colors. We had an early season, a lot of rain, and just enough sunny days to give growth a boost. I’d like to think this lovely spring is an omen for a prolific year in other ways. I’ll call that Mother Nature’s encouragement to believe in possibilities.
My Mom had an amazing garden, it was her pride and joy. She passed away last year but I’d like to think that she’s watching this rose bush grow (and ignoring the rest of my yard). I hope it’s giving her as much happiness as it’s giving me.
To Mothers: The Original Peacemakers. Such a beautiful tribute to mothers by Everyday Gurus. It will move your heart, please visit and read.
"Peace is not something you wish for, it something you make, something you do, something you are, something you give away."--Robert Fulghum
In an effort to actively do something to create more peace in the world in 2013, I am dedicating a number of my posts specifically to peace. I invite you to join me. We can call ourselves "Bloggers for Peace." Everyone is invited to join.
Yesterday was the first day of spring for me, because I could walk outside barefoot, in a T-shirt and Capri’s, lay down in the grass and soak up the sunshine. The blue sky was brilliant, an almost unreal color with no clouds in sight. Birds chirping and calling as they flitted from branch to branch, tree to tree.
The first buds of leaves were sprouting up toward the sky, soaking in the rays as eagerly as I was. My Tulip’s heads were shyly peaking out from between their leaves. My cat was ecstatic over the movement of all living things, including me. She romped and performed for me, and she even gave me a tummy massage as I was laying in the grass absorbed in the sound, smell, and texture of new life.
Poetry floated through my head as the soft warm breeze circled my ankles. Too bad I did not bring pen and paper outside with me. I did not even bring my camera, at first. I just wanted to be in that moment and experience all of it’s glory in every cell of my body. As the western sun penetrated my skin sending comforting and loving signals to my brain, new thoughts began to bud like the leaves on the trees. I could not tear myself away from this experience.
The winter is long in New Hampshire and spring is often too short. I went inside for my camera so I could capture a memory, a moment in time when my heart was content with all that is in my world. Troubles will come and go, struggles and stress are unavoidable, but there is always hope. As long as life persists there is hope.
Why is the sky so blue, the grass so green, and flowers so brilliantly colorful? Why can we smell the delicious scents around us and feel the textures of life. The universe functions so beautifully by it’s own design, it is intelligent, it is the essence of love expressed. The mystery, the why and the how is part of the excitement of living. Beyond that, there is no doubt in my mind that the origin of this masterpiece we call life is an infinitely benevolent heart, and an intricately wise mind.
Nature is my refuge, my haven and my heaven.
For more photographs from yesterday visit my portfolio blog: http://cherylroth.wordpress.com/
I’ve been away, busy, overwhelmed, entertaining guests, and a little under the weather at times. Life has been interesting, ups & downs, wonderful things and immediate concerns rocking my boat a bit. But if the sea were always calm it would be a bit boring, wouldn’t it?
Last week I enjoyed a lovely trip to the seacoast. It was sunny and warm at first, but later became very overcast. I enjoyed both parts of the day for many reasons; I was with family & friends welcoming spring and love was in the air.
From My Peace TV:
Combatants for Peace is holding the alternative Israeli-Palestinian commemoration ceremony for the 8th time this year. The event has become increasingly important for victims from both sides of the conflict as well as for the wider public who wish to acknowledge each other’s grievances and promote a dialog of peace.
The ceremony boldly touches on the exposed nerves of the Israeli – Palestinian conflict and brings together bereaved family members from both sides who call together for the ending of the conflict using nonviolent means.
The ceremony is also attended by artists, public figures and prominent intellectuals, who believe that on such a significant day for the Israeli society we should be reminded that it is possible to create a different reality.
The ceremony is designed and produced by the Combatants for Peace movement who relies entirely on donations, activists and volunteers to carry out its actions including this ceremony that has become its flagship annual event. The number of people attending this event increases every year and last year we enjoyed a turnout of 2000 people.
This year, the ceremony will take place at the Trade Fair Center to accommodate an anticipated larger number of attendees. As the service grows in size, so do the costs while it is becoming increasingly difficult to raise funds from the Israeli public for such causes.
We are relying on the generosity of individuals like yourself and we kindly ask you to help us make this important event happen again this year. We have to raise the necessary funds by the end of February!
Donation can be easily and safely made through these links: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sharing-our-bereavement http://www.razoo.com/story/The-Alternative-Israeli-Palestinian-Commemoration-Ceremony-Held-By-Combatants-For-Peace
We would also highly appreciate wider distribution of this call for contribution.
For more details on Combatants for Peace and the memorial ceremony please visit our website: Combatants for Peace
Early Monday morning last week a vary special person I was privileged to know passed away. She lived 101 years but I only knew her during the last year of her life. During that time she had a profound impact on my life.
I only worked for her a little more than 5 months, as an aid. Often I felt that she didn’t really need me, not because she made me feel that way but because she never stopped trying to do everything herself. Of course at 100 you’re going to have some limitations, but she took a walk every day, she did exercises for a leg/hip injury, she sat in the sunshine reading mystery novels, stayed up late watching movies, and went out to lunch or dinner with friends and family several times a week. She lived in her own home, and went to NYC every winter.
Mrs. G as I called her, was a gift from God to me and she became my mentor. Her smile, her sense of humor, her love for people and life, and her straightforwardness were as genuine as gold. She was generous and trusting, and she always made a point to say “thank you” even for the smallest things. Those were the last words I heard her say to me on Saturday 3/2/13.
Those were also some of the last words I said to her last Sunday, because being included in her life and helping her in any way was a great blessing to me. I learned so much from the way she thought, the way she treated people and the way she lived her life. Her attitude and example gave me encouragement, hope and strength at a time when my life was falling apart.
The job itself came at a time when I desperately needed it, but I got so much more than I bargained for. I used to tell her that her house was like Heaven because it was beautiful inside and out, and filled with so much love. It was a calm and comforting refuge during a stressful time in my life, and being in the company of her family and friends was always refreshing.
Mrs. G always complemented me, on my clothes, my hair, my cooking, my driving, and other things, in a way that no one else ever has. It’s not that I don’t get compliments, it’s just that she had a unique way of making me feel special. We had similar interests in art, literature, movies, social issues, spirituality and activities, so I enjoyed every minute I spent with her. I grew to love her very quickly.
I realized at one point that she was the same age as my grandmother, who died about 17 years ago at age 83. She had some of the same furniture and personal items from that era. however, in spirit she didn’t seem old enough to be my grandmother.
Mrs. G. was a timeless woman, very modern and very hip, most of her friends were much younger than her. She was a successful business woman during a time when very few women were running a business. She was also a great mother and a social activist.
I feel honored that I could accompany her to the events that were held in recognition of her life and accomplishments. I am blessed to have been included in her circle of family & friends, even for such a short time. I will always remember with love and gratitude the impact her life has had on mine.
Have you heard of Reiki Gong? It’s a combination of Reiki and Qigong. A friend of mine invited me to a retreat that will be in April in Nashville, TN, but I can’t afford to go (wish I could). However, I was intrigued by the content and decided to look into it further.
So I checked out their FB page: Reiki Gong Dynamic Health. As I scrolled through the posts I came across a post about a project they are working on for mental and emotional health. They are trying to create a practice on DVD for those who suffer with mental & emotional health issues and don’t have access to alternative therapies. Reiki Gong Mental & Emotional Stability Practice DVD · Medstartr. I was moved by this and wanted to share it with my readers.
Personally I have not had a lot of success with so called “modern medicine” concerning my own health issues. I am very sensitive to drugs and find that I do better with natural and alternative practices. Through my work I’ve known many people over the years with moderate forms of mental and emotional illnesses and I never experienced that any of them were cured with drugs. Some of them did better for awhile, but then there was always a need to eventually find a better or different drug. In this type of situation I think it’s worth looking into alternatives.
During this past winter I was helping to care for an elderly woman with serious anxiety and depression issues. She was on 3 different types of anti-anxiety, anti-depression medication and she felt terrible all the time. Most of these drugs have side effects that make you feel ill and weak. She was too old to make significant changes in her life and that made me really sad.
Through talking with her, especially when she had “episodes” or “panic attacks”, I realized that she had built a pattern of thoughts and behaviors over a lifetime that had created her present circumstances. She was helpless, needy and totally dependent but this was not because of her age or illnesses. I know people much older than her who have worse ailments but are less needy and dependent, and not depressed at all. I realized through talking with her that most of her mental and physical health issues would not have developed if someone had taught her to think differently when she was young, and to take care of herself.
That experience gave me a lot of motivation to look at my own thought patterns and to put more effort into caring for myself both physically and emotionally. I have always been inspired by people who are pioneering the way of alternative practices in the west. So, if you have a chance, please check out these pages about Reiki Gong and if you like what you see, give them some support.
Winter is a difficult time for me physically, mentally and emotionally, so I try to find ways to challenge myself. In the past I could challenge the physical elements of snow and ice by just getting out there, shoveling, sledding, driving, photographing, whatever. Now I still try to do those things, but less than before because I have more physical challenges than in the past.
Challenges that limit us can weaken us mentally and emotionally. To strengthen myself I’ve given myself other positive challenges, like yoga. Since I started attending classes last October, I’ve been able to gradually, very gradually, build strength and health physically, mentally and emotionally. It has not been easy and my class attendance was not always consistent for the first couple months, but I have persisted. Now I’m attending classes twice a week and beginning to practice at home as well.
One thing that helped me with my yoga practice was following a beginners yoga challenge on yogajournal.com. I received daily written inspiration on will power, and a weekly video of yoga practice. It was quick, easy, motivational and free.
In March I will be starting a new challenge, and I invite you to join me if you wish. It is a free 21 day meditation course sponsored by Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey. I know that sounds kind of commercial, but it looks like it could be valuable. Of course, if you’re already a meditation master maybe you don’t need it. But if you are looking for some guidance to start meditating, some ideas on improving your mental or physical health, or just a little inspiration, then why not try it? It can’t hurt, it’s free, and it’s completely accessible at your own time, location, pace and comfort level.
Starts on March 11, 2013. Here’s the link if you care to join in. http://www.chopracentermeditation.com
- Meditation Is the New Yoga: Bringing Mindfulness Into the Workplace (bigthink.com)
- 21 days of Meditation – with Deepak Chopra and Ms Oprah herself (pambustin.com)
- Deepak Chopra (celebrationofnow.com)
- Oprah Winfrey & Deepak Chopra (sebastianhalliwell.wordpress.com)
This woman is now 109 years old and still as optimistic as ever. Please watch this video, it is well worth the full 12 minutes of your time.
Published on Dec 11, 2012
At age 108, Holocaust survivor Alice Herz Sommer still practices piano for 3 hours every day. At age 104, she had a book written about her life: “A Garden Of Eden In Hell.” At age 83, she had cancer. Alice survived the concentration camps through her music, her optimism and her gratitude for the small things that came her way – a smile, a kind word, the sun. When asked about the secret of her longevity, Alice says: “I look where it is good.”
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I cried with gratitude and joy when I saw this video. The song, and the dancing of these women of all ages and walks of life comforted and liberated my heart. Together, regardless of our differences, we can spread a message that every human being deserves respect and to be protected against violence, especially children and women.
Let’s all work together to promote true peace:
- First we have to respect ourselves, our mind and body, by developing them in a healthy, disciplined and productive way that reflects our true divinity.
- Next we have to teach our children to do the same, and to treat others with respect even when we feel they don’t deserve it.
- Finally, as we move through life within our own sphere of influence we can uplift others, help others, provide support, protection and encouragement for those who suffer or have suffered, and we can spread the message of the value of life and true love.
This is my Valentine’s Day gift and wish to everyone: True Love and True Peace through the understanding of your divine value, and the development of the goodness in your heart and life.
Under the snow in the cold damp earth there are seeds of new life. Winter hides the secret of renewal. One day those seeds will surely burst with energy driving shoots up to break through the top soil. My heart explodes with thoughts of spring, new growth, and the blossoms that fill the air with fragrance. With this thought I can endure winter, seeing also it’s beauty.
How unresolved my life is right now! There are so many problems hanging in the air that I feel like I’ve fallen into a deep well in the woods. I am confronted with the results of my poor judgment in the past and my limitations in the present. The only thing I have resolved to do is to find gratitude in each day and take one step at a time.
I’m grateful to know that spring & summer will come again. I’m grateful that even in difficult times we can experience love, hope and happiness.I’m grateful that I can still move and do things to improve my life, and that is what I have resolved to do …… to keep moving forward with life, love and gratitude that I can still do something to create change for the better.