The Peace Wheel - Culture There are many ways each and every one of us can be part of the peace movement. You don't need to make radical life changes in order to affect change in the world. Look at the following eight pathways, which one speaks to you? Governance/Law/Security Imagine that everyone in the world, the Earth and all its inhabitants and land masses, are protected in a positive, loving manner. Writing a letter or e-mail to an elected official to support positive legislature and government practices.Participating in a march or celebration for peace or other positive cause.Voting in elections.Education/Media Imagine education and literacy for all. Calling a local news station to cover a positive and "feel good" story. Imagine businesses striving to benefit the world and its inhabitants as a whole, not just its shareholders. Imagine people taking care of their bodies and relationships as they would a brand-new child - with love, peace, and tolerance.
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Random Acts of Kindness – Cygnus Review Thank you, from the core of my heart, for your kind responses to my last email and for the support and healing which I can honestly say was deeply felt. We truly are ‘all for one and one for all’. Now that we are building this Ark of Love together though, we are going to need to gather some tools! The Cygnus team and I are interested to know what you have found helps you to remember your connection to love. I was originally going to ask what helps you to reconnect to love but I don’t believe that we are ever disconnected from It … we just sometimes forget that we are connected … we’ve only to put the phone back to our ear if we want to continue the conversation with our heart, with each other, with the Divine Love. When we forget about our connection to love it is easy to blame situations, other people or things that are ‘happening to us’. Emotional Freedom Technique How much do you know about EFT? Random acts of kindness Were you aware that this week is ‘Random Acts of Kindness Week’?
The Center for Nonviolent Communication | Center for Nonviolent Communication Network of Spiritual Progressives — NSP members and leaders believe the progressive world needs a spiritual political movement. We use the word “spiritual” to include all those whose deepest values lead them to challenge the ethos of selfishness and mater Poet and Philosopher David Whyte on Anger, Forgiveness, and What Maturity Really Means by Maria Popova “To forgive is to assume a larger identity than the person who was first hurt.” “Our emotional life maps our incompleteness,” philosopher Martha Nussbaum wrote in her luminous letter of advice to the young. “A creature without any needs would never have reasons for fear, or grief, or hope, or anger.” This undervalued soul-mapping quality of anger is what English poet and philosopher David Whyte explores in a section of Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words (public library) — the same breathtaking volume “dedicated to WORDS and their beautiful hidden and beckoning uncertainty,” which gave us Whyte on the deeper meanings of friendship, love, and heartbreak. David Whyte (Nicol Ragland Photography) Many of Whyte’s meditations invert the common understanding of each word and peel off the superficial to reveal the deeper, often counterintuitive meaning — but nowhere more so than in his essay on anger. Donating = Loving Share on Tumblr
The Corner On Character: A Culture Of Kindness Bullying. There, I said it. It's a hard topic to grab hold of, and an even more difficult issue to handle and curtail. Let's face it; kids can be cruel. People can be cruel. I wonder how A Culture of Kindness looks, sounds, and feels at his school. If bullying situations arise, our students use this simple formula: Talk, Walk, then Tell. Listen Project Peacemaker Violence Prevention Lesson Plans and Education K-12 The PeaceMakers curriculum is a proven-effective K-12 public school-based program developed by the FreeWay Project in 1996. It has been field-tested in hundreds of Missouri classrooms. The curriculum is based on the concept that violence begins with attitudes of mind, progresses through angry speech, and results in hostile actions. It uses dozens of interactive games and activities to teach students to speak courteously and treat others politely, with dignity and respect . . . the same way they would like to be spoken to and treated. PeaceMakers curriculum uses fresh lesson plans and challenging learning activities to teach three fundamental principles: 1. 2. 3. The curriculum is user-friendly. Click here to view a sample activity (Anger) In a 2001 study of 957 students in 14 schools, violent behavior was reduced significantly by the teaching of PeaceMakers curriculum. Click here for order form or you may call in your orders toll-free:
The Workhorse and the Butterfly: Ann Patchett on Writing and Why Self-Forgiveness Is the Most Important Ingredient of Great Art by Maria Popova “The ability to forgive oneself … is the key to making art, and very possibly the key to finding any semblance of happiness in life.” “All makers must leave room for the acts of the spirit,” Ursula K. Le Guin wrote in her lucid and luminous essay on where ideas come from and the “secret” of writing. “But they have to work hard and carefully, and wait patiently, to deserve them.” And yet our cultural mythology continues to perpetuate the perilous notion that great art is the product of great ideas that occur in a flash to those endowed with the mysterious gift of genius. In her magnificent memoir-of-sorts This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage (public library), novelist Ann Patchett offers one of creative history’s finest and most convincing counterpoints to this myth. Ann Patchett by Heidi Ross She writes in the introduction: The tricky thing about being a writer, or about being any kind of artist, is that in addition to making art you also have to make a living. Forgiveness.
Ways to share smiles Have you ever been on a train that has been delayed by several hours, or crammed full of people with every seat taken and people standing at the ends of the carriages? or Have you ever been in a busy train station at rush hour? Have you ever been stuck in a very long traffic jam? Do you notice that in these situations most people look pretty miserable? And, all it takes is something small and they could be smiling. Two stories to inspire you to spread the smiles! A few weeks ago, there was a lot of traffic in the city centre, a juggler had decided to entertain these drivers with some skittle juggling! I wish I had taken a photo! and Last week I was on one of those trains, delayed and overcrowded. Here are some other ideas that you can do anytime, you don’t need to be stuck in traffic, on a busy train or be able to juggle! Pay it Forward is an international movement to spread kindness. If you liked this post, you may also like How can Education facilitate happiness? Learning about Love