We Are Not Our Thoughts

Pause for a moment and analyze: isn’t it true that when we are suffering we are actually lost in unsettling thoughts? Obsessive thinking and identification with thoughts is the primary cause of suffering.

The practice of mindfulness meditation and mindful living allows us, first of all, to notice that we are thinking all the time. By creating a distance — a detachment that enhances our aptitude to objectively observe the activity of the mind – this practice gives us the ability to realize the omnipresence of thoughts. It makes us better able to notice that the brain is an unstoppable thought-producing machine. It gives opportunities to analyze the nature of thoughts, and realize that thoughts appear spontaneously, and that they are completely random and ephemeral.

With practice we begin to notice that we don’t know and cannot know what our next thoughts will be, and realize how surprising thoughts can be. We notice their impermanence, how they arise and pass away, and come to the conclusion that we have no idea about their origin or destination: we don’t know where thoughts come from, and have no idea of where they go when they are no longer present. All these realizations lead us to see that we are not our thoughts.

Mindfulness practice teaches us to recognize thoughts simply as transient appearances in our consciousness, which ultimately gives us a great resource for a better life: the ability to choose which ones deserve our attention and which ones we should simply let go.

Mindfulness also gives us, during those moments of suffering, when we notice that we are lost in upsetting thoughts, the ability to say to ourselves, “It’s just a thought!” This ability of noticing thoughts, letting some of them go, and redirecting the attention to the present moment is liberating, stress-reducing, and life-enhancing.

Humans, unlike other animals, spend a lot of time thinking about what happened in the past, or might happen in the future. Matthew A. Killingsworth and Daniel T. Gilbert of Harvard University conducted a study and concluded that “The ability to think about what is not happening is a cognitive achievement that comes at an emotional cost. A human mind is a wandering mind, and a wandering mind is an unhappy mind.” Yes, the untrained human mind spends an immense amount of time ruminating and anticipating, but the good news is that we can train our minds. The practice of mindfulness meditation and mindful living can reduce mind-wandering, bring us back to the here-now, and enhance happiness.

Death is Evolution

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“Death is the only wise adviser that we have. Whenever you feel, as you always do, that everything is going wrong and you’re about to be annihilated, turn to your death and ask if that is so. Your death will tell you that you’re wrong; that nothing really matters outside its touch. Your death will tell you, ‘I haven’t touched you yet.'” ~ Carlos Castaneda, Journey to Ixtlan

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I have been thinking of physical life as a stage in the process of evolution, and seeing the end of our physical life simply as a moment of transition to another educational campus. I imagine someone coming to me, when the moment of transition approaches, and saying, “OK. Enough. You have learned the lessons you needed to learn and taught the lessons you were brought here to teach. There’s no need for you to stay here anymore. It is time for you to leave this dimension and go the the next one.”

I like to think that physical death is just another moment of transition on this evolutionary journey. It is not that we reach the end of our journey when we die; it simply continues in another dimension.

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I can understand people feeling sad when a loved one dies. There is sadness in all separations. But this sadness, maybe, is just because that person will not be around, at least not physically, and we won’t be able to enjoy their presence any longer. But we all die, right? Impermanence of everything is the rule, right? So, we must accept death with equanimity.

For me, the problem is not that that I talk a lot about death; the problem is that we don’t talk about it enough.

I want you to know that I am happy, content and satisfied with my life, and thrilled with what lies ahead, both in this life and the next. I have had, and have a rich life, full of great experiences and relationships. I am highly blessed and experience great abundance. I am able to see magic, mystery and miracles all around me. I feel blessed because I have learned to notice beauty: the beautiful sunrise, the scents in the air, the dance of the leaves in the soothing breeze. I am grateful for the life I have, and the people I share it with, especially my wife and sons. Although I feel that I haven’t finished giving my contribution yet, I already feel that I am leaving the world a little better than I found it, not only through what I have done and will do, but also through everything my sons have done and will do. I like who I am. I am proud of my accomplishments. I have no regrets.

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I invite you to read the excellent book Sunset Stories: Lessons from the Dying for the Living by Paul Veliyathil, and these two blogs:

Death is Nothing at All – 1

Death is Nothing at All – 2

 


 

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I’m Not The Only One

Today we remember John Lennon, born on October 9, 1940. I admire his vision, and I would be thrilled if we all accepted his invitation to pause, imagine, and create a whole new world. Yes, I do believe that we can organize ourselves to live in new and improved ways, manifesting, right here, whatever we imagine Heaven to be. We have all the resources and the knowledge we need to create a brotherhood of man. We just need to imagine, believe, and take action, each one of us doing our part, however small, day in and day out. We can do it. Let’s do it!

Live for today. Live in peace. Share all the world.

Much love to all.

~ Piero

“Imagine”

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today… Aha-ah…

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion, too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace… You…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world… You…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

~ John Winston Ono Lennon, born John Winston Lennon on 9 October 1940


 

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Do They See Me?

Do they see me? The ones climbing this tree; do they see me? And the ones that tickle my knee; do they see me? And the ones journeying through this old wooden table in the garden; do they see me? And these ones I carefully avoid stepping on as I mindfully walk this labyrinth; do they see me? These ants, I mean; do they see me? And if they don’t, then what else is out there that I don’t see?

I wonder.

 

 

It’s just a thought

What is the past? Is it not just a thought in the present moment? And what about the future? Is it not, also, just a thought in the present moment?

Pause for a moment, take a deep breath, and observe yourself: “What am I thinking? Am I, in this moment, regretting the past or worrying about the future?”

Whenever you catch yourself ruminating or anticipating, remember to say to yourself, “It’s just a thought.” Take some gentle steps to reduce this time travel of the mind, and to be grounded in the here-now, the only real moment of choice-making and life-creation. Connect mindfully with this present moment, refocusing your attention on whatever you may be doing, paying detailed attention to the simplest things. The place is here, and the time is now, so be here, now. And by doing so you will be reducing anxiety, taking better care of yourself, and bringing more happiness and peace to the world.

Remember: “It’s just a thought, and life, in this moment, is not this thought.”


 

Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the official Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.

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Today

I feel that you need to hear this again…

Today is not just another day.

Today is a special day.

Today is the first day of your new life.

Wake up! Are you listening?

You have the power to make today different from all other days.

Choose to make today a remarkable day.

Be creative and bold.

Take risks.

Do something new and grand.

What are you waiting?

Remember…

Today is a special day.

Today is the first day of your new life.

 

Know that You Are Loved and Love Yourself

I feel that you need to hear this again:

I love you.

You have no idea of how much I love you.

You have no idea of how many people love you.

You have no idea of how much you are loved.

You were, are, and always will be immensely loved.

My love for you is not conditional.

I love you regardless of anything.

I love you anyway.

I love you just the way you are.

I want you to be happy, and knowing that you are happy makes me happy.

So, stop with all the nonsense.

Have some self-compassion.

Accept the forgiveness and the love that were given to you.

Forgive yourself as you already have been completely forgiven.

Know that you are loved, and love yourself today.

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And God said “Love Your Enemy,” and I obeyed him and loved myself. ~ Kahlil Gibran

 

The Hurricane and Me

With another hurricane approaching I can feel the fear furtively creeping in. Influenced by all the upheaval and insanity around me, I notice myself momentarily lost in a world of worries and fears, imagining the worst that may happen. And, sadly, I feel myself diminishing, becoming small.

But then, I pause, breathe, and ask myself, “What is the worst that can happen? Is it to lose my house, my belongings, my loved ones, or even my life?” And suddenly I remember that sooner or later, all this will be gone, because nothing lasts forever. This remembrance brings me peace. It wakes me up, and makes me reflect on what is really important in life.

Suddenly, this clear and present danger becomes a blessing in disguise. It brings about the opportunity to put things in perspective. It helps me develop acceptance of ‘what is,’ whatever it may be. It gives me the impetus to expand, rather than contract. It propels me to move beyond my petty self-centered worries, and present myself to be of service to others. It offers me the opportunity to be big instead of small.

Yes, there is a storm coming in the distance, but there is also one much closer, right inside my head. The good thing is that I have developed the power to calm this one.

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Calming the Storm

We are bringers of peace and sanity during moments of turmoil. It is in moments like this one that our peaceful presence is needed, and I thank you because I know you have dedicated yourself to reach this calm state and be this sane and wisdom-exuding presence.

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In a boat full of fearful and agitated people, one sane, calm, and steady-minded person can find the way through the fog and storms, and take the boat to a safe harbor.

Practice mindfulness.

The world desperately needs more steady-minded individuals.

 


 

Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the official Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.

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Living More Mindfully

Why should we practice mindfulness? Well, it’s because the practice of mindfulness leads us to live more mindfully, and a more mindful way of living enhances the quality of our lives: the unpleasant occurrences do not wound us as deeply or last as longer, and the pleasant ones are noticed sooner and enjoyed fuller.

The practice of mindfulness develops skills that allow us to see beyond what we normally see, and to see again those things that, with the passing of time, became invisible to us.

To live mindfully is to live noticing what is real; being aware of life as it is, not as we would like it to be. Living mindfully is to see who we really are, and also who we are not. It is living with the ability to notice the pleasant and the unpleasant, calmly resting in the knowing that both are inevitable and transitory. It is living with the power to be at peace with ‘what is,’ accepting and dealing with both the good and the bad that life gives us. It is living with the capacity to augment the space between stimulus and response, and choose health-enhancing responses rather than health-damaging reactions. It is living with the skill to pause, breathe, and ask, “What is called for now, in this moment?” It is to peacefully live in the knowing that everything is impermanent, that nothing lasts forever, and that transformation is the only constant in life.

The consistent practice of mindfulness meditation — the cultivation of moment-to-moment, non-judgmental awareness — helps develop a skill set that allows us to live more mindfully. With the regular practice of paying attention to the present moment, on purpose, and non-judgmentally, new qualities of mind arise, which reduce the physical, mental, and emotional wear-and-tear and enhance our overall well-being.

We practice mindfulness meditation in order to live more mindfully, and, in doing so, we not only live better lives, but also make the world a better place. With our peaceful presence, we become bringers of peace, and a blessing to every person we meet.


 

Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the official Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.

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– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

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– “Silent Peace Walk”

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I’m Sixty-Four

Well, sixty-four years ago I transitioned from another dimension to this one. I was immersed in a aquatic environment inside my mother’s womb, and came to this beautiful paradise. Like everyone else, I learned to breathe pretty fast.

Where did I come from? This is one of those good questions for which I know I will never get conclusive answers, but, still, I keep asking because I love to explore. Did I make a conscious choice to come here? If so, where was I, and what did I come here to do? Did I receive an assignment, a mission to complete here? Did I choose my family and the people in my life? Did they choose me? Did we agree before coming to this dimension who would be mean and who would be kind; who would wound and who would heal? Who knows, right? So many questions, so few answers.

As you may have noticed, I agree with the saying of Socrates, “An unexamined life is not worth living.” It inspired me to call my blog “Exploring and Inspiring,” and I added to it, as a subtitle, “Paying attention and living a life that is worth living!” I feel I am doing just that.

Yes! I’m sixty-four, and this reminds me of the song “When I’m Sixty-Four,” written by Paul McCartney, and released in the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album in 1967. I was fourteen years old then, and that was half a century ago. And here I am now, five decades later. The future that I couldn’t have imagined then, and was so distant, has arrived. Fifty years have gone by really fast. I can’t phantom that I have already lived 23,376 days.

I’m sixty-four now. Wow!

Life is good! Life is great! I love my life and I love my wife! It is time to celebrate!

When I get older, losing my hair, many years from now
Will you still be sending me a valentine, birthday greetings, bottle of wine?
If I’d been out ’til quarter to three, would you lock the door?
Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m sixty-four?

You’ll be older too
Ah
And, if you say the word, I could stay with you

I could be handy, mending a fuse, when your lights have gone
You can knit a sweater by the fireside, Sunday mornings, go for a ride
Doing the garden, digging the weeds, who could ask for more?
Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m sixty-four?

Every summer we can rent a cottage
In the Isle of Wight if it’s not too dear
We shall scrimp and save
Ah
Grandchildren on your knee
Vera, Chuck, and Dave

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My Calling and Commitment

After this sixty-four year journey of exploration, I am pausing and feeling the ground on which I stand.

“Who am I? What do I love? How shall I live, knowing that I will die? What gifts do I bring to share with the family of the Earth?” (1)

I am committed to the work of improving myself, and the work of helping others with their inner exploration, discovery, and actualization of their full potentials and highest purposes in life. This is my calling and my commitment.

I find great joy in guiding people on their journeys of finding their own answers to the four essential questions: “Who am I? What do I love? How shall I live, knowing that I will die? What gifts do I bring to share with the family of the Earth?” I want to help as many people as possible ‘remember who they are and what they came here to do.’

I am committed to helping other individuals let go of lives that have played themselves out and do not serve them anymore, as I, myself, continue this work. I find it very rewarding to help others let go of the load of the past — their past identities, obsolete stories, and all the dead weight that they are unnecessarily carrying — so they can travel light through life and achieve greater fulfillment in the here-now.

I am committed to teaching them to live mindfully and powerfully in the present moment, understanding that they should not let the pursuit of a future happiness be the source of their present unhappiness. I want everyone to understand that chasing dreams should not deprive anyone from the enjoyment of all the good that is always right here, right now, in every moment. I want them to be aware, also, of how the reviving of painful memories prevent them from enjoying life fully in the here-now. I am committed to teaching them how to deal with those mental images and internal conversations in a healthier way.

I want to encourage people to say “Yes” to life, to trust life with all it presents, both good and bad. I want to help people recognize, accept, and give thanks for the gifts that life is constantly giving. I want them to realize that a good life is a collection of good moments, and that they should pay attention in order to make the most and the best of every moment.

I am committed to encouraging people to heed their calling in life. I want them to ask, “What am I passionate about? What are the things that when I do them I don’t feel the passing of time? What are the gifts that I am meant to give?” I want them to courageously live authentic lives, remembering what Joseph Campbell said: “Follow your bliss, and the Universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.” I want to remind them that “If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. But if you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.” (2)

I am committed to guiding people in the introspective work that begets those powerful awakenings which reveal what could not be seen before. I want to remind them that “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” (3) I also want them to understand that “when we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change.” (4) 

I believe that our thoughts create our world, and that is why I have decided to dedicate myself to practice and teach mindfulness. I believe that deep personal transformations produce wholesome thoughts, words, and actions which, then, create a wholesome world. I believe that guiding people through this process is one of the most powerful forms of political activism for bringing about a better world. Meditation yields the experience of oneness — the sentiment that we are all in this together, and the understanding that we are one — which is essential to develop empathy and compassion, and create the gentler world we aspire.

Let us become kinder people and bring about a kinder world. Let us tame our own savageness and bring Heaven to Earth, because Heaven is right here if we want it to be.

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NOTES:

(1) Wayne Muller in “How Then, Shall We Live? Four Simple Questions that Reveal the Beauty and Meaning of Our Lives”

(2) Jesus in “The Gospel according to Thomas”

(3) Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in “The Little Prince”

(4) Max Planck, German physicist, the founder of Quantum Physics

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The Life I Have Decided to Live

I was tired of always doing ‘what I had to do,’ and not having time to do the things I wanted to do. For a long time, my most ardent desire was to organize my life in such a way that I could have plenty of time, every day, to do what I love to do. So I paused to ponder on important questions, such as, “At this stage of my life, what is really important? What is my purpose in this life, and what are the best contributions I can give? What are the most important relationships in my life, and am I giving them my attention? What do I love? What am I passionate about? What do I like to do? What do I really want to do? How does an ideal day look like for me? How shall I live, knowing that I will die?”

As a result of this process, I took steps to simplify my life, and got rid of the things that prevented me from doing what I considered important and pleasant. I now live a much simpler, uncomplicated life that gives me plenty of time to do the things I want to do, and I calmly say “No” to what is unimportant and unpleasant, without feeling the slightest guilt about it.

Without the pressures of the ‘have-to-dos,’ I now have more time to notice and appreciate all the magic, mystery, and miracles that surround me. I am in awe with the splendor of the Universe, and grateful for everyone and everything in it. I realize how blessed I am, and give thanks all the time for all the gifts that were freely given to me. By becoming aware of this abundant wellspring of blessings, I am more optimistic and generous. And by sharing what was given to me — by being of service to others, and helping them enhance the quality of their lives — I experience bliss. Seeing people happy, makes me happy.

I’m fortunate. I feel I am doing what I came here to do. I do what I like, and I like what I do. Life is good!


 

Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the official Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.

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– “Silent Peace Walk”

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Appreciating or Wanting?

I fluctuate between wanting the present moment to be different than it is, and appreciating it exactly as it is, with all it brings. I fluctuate between wanting to be better and appreciating myself just as I am.

My default mode seems to be the wanting one. I have this unending desire to be a better man. I want to be a kinder, gentler, more generous, patient, and peaceful human being, and this desire constantly propels me to do more, read more, study more, meditate more, reflect more, and write more.  And because I believe this pursuit to be a worthy and noble one — and one that can be reached through work — I keep doing the things I believe will bring me closer to the desirable goal.

But, unfortunately, while in the middle of doing all these things, I constantly forget to remind myself that this pursuit to be better has no end, because no matter where I may be, improvement is always possible. And since I am pursuing a target that is constantly moving — and is always ahead of me — this unending struggle can be exhausting! So I have to pause and ask myself, “Do I really need to be more? Do I really need to do more? Can’t I find contentment with myself as I am? Am I not enough already? What am I chasing?” I need to remind myself that no matter how noble the goal may be, a chase is always a chase, and every pursuit is a struggle.

Those times when I am able to switch from the wanting mode to the appreciative mode, I realize that everything is fine, and that I don’t need to be any different; I don’t need to be more, or do more. I realize that expressing my uniqueness — which is revealed through living with authenticity — is the best thing I can do, the best contribution I can give to the world. But to get out of the wanting mode in order to live more in the appreciative mode, I need to practice. I need to remember to live mindfully, and as the saying goes, “It is not difficult to be mindful. What’s difficult is to remember to be mindful!” Practice is needed. I have to remind myself to pay attention to the here-now, and appreciate whatever the present moment may bring. I have to remind myself to follow my bliss and find joy in all that I do.

I notice a lack of balance: I spend too much time striving, and not enough time appreciating. I spend too much time demanding a lot from myself, and not enough time pampering myself.

Enough with all the striving! Time to switch modes! I am enjoying the present moment, this moment, right here, right now, in all its beauty.

My body is healthy. My mind is clear. My heart is joyful. And my soul is serene.


 

Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the official Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.

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Take a look at these books at the Peaceful Ways online store

http://peacefulways.org/store/

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– “Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”

Pay Attention Book Cover

– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

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– “Silent Peace Walk”

www.PieroFalci.com

www.SilentPeaceWalk.org

www.PeacefulWays.org


 

 

Return to Innocence

A good friend told me about his recent trip and the great experience he had with his little grandchildren. He told me that now that he is practicing mindfulness he was able to really be in the here-now with them, immersing himself more fully in their world, something that he hadn’t experienced before. He was able to better observe them and realize the depth of their curiosity, as well as their genuine amazement with what they were seeing and discovering for the first time. We talked about how vital it is for us, adults, to keep this curiosity and capacity for amazement alive. And we reflected on the words of Jesus, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Yes, the kingdom is right here, right now. Heaven is here if we want it to be.

I always heard that children are innocent, but only now, almost three decades after the birth of my first child, I can say that I understand what that truly means. The practice of mindfulness opened my eyes, allowing me to see this innocence anew and realize how incapable I was of grasping its essence, meaning, and beauty before.

I feel deeply that children are the greatest teachers. They live in the here-now. We — with our fears, worries, and regrets — are the ones who remove them from the enjoyment of the present moment, telling them that they have to push themselves to be more, do more, and have more. We are the ones who instill in them all the things that spoil their innocence.

I remember my kids during the first decade of their lives, when they were discovering the world. How innocent they were! How I wish I could go back with what I know now, and instead of trying to teach them, simply relax and learn from them.

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I facilitated a silent retreat yesterday and spent time in nature, walking mindfully in a beautiful botanical garden. This morning, I received an advice that I should spend more time in nature. Unexpectedly, the music video of the song “Return to Innocence” by Enigma — that I watched many years ago — came to my mind. Watching it again made me remember the innocence of my sons. I remembered cutting my oldest son’s hair and teaching him to ride a bicycle. I remembered the two of us watching the sunrise together, while he pointed at the sun, talked to the ocean in his own universal language, and smiled.

I also remembered the love I received from the women who shared their lives with me. I remembered myself as the writer whose words vanished from the pages. I remembered myself as the sower of seeds of mindfulness. I remembered myself as the shepherd who followed his sheep as we, together, returned to innocence.

An old man remembers.

A newborn remembers.

I remember.

Return To Innocence

That’s not the beginning of the end
That’s the return to yourself
The return to innocence.

Love
Devotion
Feeling
Emotion

Love
Devotion
Feeling
Emotion

Don’t be afraid to be weak
Don’t be too proud to be strong
Just look into your heart my friend
That will be the return to yourself
The return to innocence.

If you want, then start to laugh
If you must, then start to cry
Be yourself don’t hide
Just believe in destiny.

Don’t care what people say
Just follow your own way
Don’t give up and use the chance
To return to innocence.

That’s not the beginning of the end
That’s the return to yourself
The return to innocence.

Don’t care what people say
Follow just your own way
Follow just your own way
Don’t give up, don’t give up
To return, to return to innocence.

If you want then laugh
If you must then cry
Be yourself don’t hide
Just believe in destiny.

Songwriters: M.C. Curly
Return To Innocence lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC


 

Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the official Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.

It’s just a thought

Where do thoughts come from? Who generates them? What is this non-stop narration that we hear in our heads? Who does the talking? And who does the listening?

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After a great performance, you were joyfully and justifiably relishing in the praise, celebrating, feeling really good, having a great time. Then, something happened that caused an interruption of those good feelings and spoiled that moment for you: you were accused of something you didn’t do. Evidence was brought to light, and soon things were clarified, proving that you hadn’t done anything wrong. Those who accused you apologized with sincerity, and even gave you a gift as a compensation for their hurried misjudgment.

Now, rather than returning to the enjoyment of the present moment, you kept ruminating the accusation, totally ignoring all the good you recently experienced, and could be experiencing still. You had a difficult time letting go of the bad and redirecting your attention to the good that came out of it — a sincere apology and a gift —  proving, one more time, that “the brain is like Velcro for negative experiences, and like Teflon for positive ones.” You kept repeating to yourself, “I am hurt,” but, in reality, who was hurt? Your image? Your reputation? Your ego? And what are those things if not abstractions, if not thoughts, just thoughts?

Time to think: “Why does blame stick for such a long time and praise wash away so fast?”

There’s no need to retell painful stories and revive upsetting emotions.  We can remain their prisoners, or we can liberate ourselves by simply saying, “It’s just a thought.” Let us give them a shoulder shrug, and move on! Let us enjoy what is good in our lives, right here, right now, without magnifying what is bad. Let us remember that everything comes and goes. One moment, gain, the next moment loss. One moment, pleasure, the next, pain. One moment, praise, the next, blame. Everything is impermanent, and nothing stays the same. The past is gone. And what is the past if not a thought in the present moment?  

Let it go. It’s just a thought!

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Do not retell painful stories and revive upsetting emotions.  You can choose; you can remain their prisoner, or you can liberate yourself by simply saying, “It’s just a thought.”  Give them a shoulder shrug, and move on! Enjoy what is good in your life, right here, right now, without magnifying what is bad. Remember that everything comes and goes. One moment, gain, the next moment loss. One moment, pleasure, the next, pain. One moment, praise, the next, blame. Everything is impermanent, and nothing stays the same. The past is gone. And what is the past if not a thought in the present moment?  

Let it go. It’s just a thought!


 

Doing without Doing

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” ~ Lao Tzu

“Wu Wei” is Chinese for non-doing  or non-action.  It refers to creating without striving, without excessive effort, without trying to desperately control the outcome.

“Wei Wu Wei” is action without action, the competence of easily achieving results without really having to do much at all. It brings to my mind images of allowing Life to flow naturally while trusting the Universal Wisdom, obeying the commands of our Inner Voices, and offering ourselves to be used by the the Universe to create through us.

“The Sage is occupied with the unspoken and acts without effort. Teaching without verbosity, producing without possessing, creating without regard to result, claiming nothing, the Sage has nothing to lose.” ~ Lao Tzu, in the Tao Te Ching


 

Flowing in the zone

Do you remember those times in your life when you were fully focused and energized, thoroughly enjoying what you were doing, feeling that you weren’t really doing anything and that things were being done through you? Do you remember being in that state of complete immersion in the present moment while performing a task, with a calm confidence that everything you wanted to achieve was possible? Do you remember your amazement with the extraordinary results you were getting spontaneously and effortlessly, without thinking or striving too much? Do you remember losing track of time, feeling that everything slowed down like in a slow motion movie, and hours went by like minutes?

Many athletes and artists have told us that during their hyper-focused experiences they feel as if they are in a special zone where everything flows naturally, easily, without obstructions.

The practice of mindfulness expands one’s ability to enter “the zone” and stay in this state of “flow.”


 

Peace comes through the work we do to improve ourselves

Today we celebrate the birth of Peace Pilgrim, one of the wisest teachers of harmony that the world has ever known.

“In order for the world to become peaceful, people must become more peaceful. Among mature people war would not be a problem – it would be impossible. In their immaturity people want, at the same time, peace and the things which make war. However, people can mature just as children grow up. Yes, our institutions and our leaders reflect our immaturity, but as we mature we will elect better leaders and set up better institutions. It always comes back to the thing so many of us wish to avoid: working to improve ourselves.” ~ Peace Pilgrim

“This is the way of peace: Overcome evil with good, falsehood with truth, and hatred with love.” ~ Peace Pilgrim


 

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Take a look at these books at the Peaceful Ways online store

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– “Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”

Pay Attention Book Cover

– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

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– “Silent Peace Walk”

www.PieroFalci.com

www.SilentPeaceWalk.org

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Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who hopes to inspire people to live lives that matter. He is a promoter of peace who believes that Heaven is here, if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation and mindful living, and organizes Silent Peace Walks.

Songs as Faithful Companions

Joni Mitchell’s ability to carefully choose words to convey emotions is admirable. Two of her songs — Down to You and Shadows and Light — have been my faithful companions since my youth. I guess we are still together after all these years because as I change, I keep discovering something new in them. These are poignant chants that remind me of the impermanence of all things, that change is the only constant in life, that the pleasant does not exist without the unpleasant, and that good and bad, right and wrong, reside in all of us. Great wisdom through inspired, sublime poetry!

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Down to you

(first and last strophes)

Everything comes and goes
Marked by lovers and styles of clothes
Things that you held high
And told yourself were true
Lost or changing as the days come down to you
Down to you
Constant stranger
You’re a kind person
You’re a cold person too
It’s down to you
It all comes down to you

Everything comes and goes
Pleasure moves on too early
And trouble leaves too slow
Just when you’re thinking
You’ve finally got it made
Bad news comes knocking
At your garden gate
Knocking for you
Constant stranger
You’re a brute you’re an angel
You can crawl you can fly too
It’s down to you
It all comes down to you

Joni Mitchell © 1973; Crazy Crow Music

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Shadows And Light

Every picture has its shadows
And it has some source of light
Blindness blindness and sight

The perils of benefactors
The blessings of parasites
Blindness blindness and sight

Threatened by all things
Devil of cruelty
Drawn to all things
Devil of delight
Mythical devil of the ever-present laws
Governing blindness blindness and sight

Suntans in reservation dining rooms
Pale miners in their lantern rays
Night night and day

Hostage smile on presidents
Freedom scribbled in the subway
It’s like night night and day

Threatened by all things
God of cruelty
Drawn to all things
God of delight
Mythical god of the everlasting laws
Governing day day and night

Critics of all expression
Judges in black and white
Saying it’s wrong saying it’s right

Compelled by prescribed standards
Or some ideals we fight
For wrong wrong and right

Threatened by all things
Man of cruelty-mark of Cain
Drawn to all things
Man of delight-born again born again
Man of the laws the ever-broken laws
Governing wrong wrong and right
Governing wrong wrong and right
Wrong and right

Joni Mitchell © 1975; Crazy Crow Music


 

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Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the official Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.

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www.SilentPeaceWalk.org

www.PeacefulWays.org

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Walking at Omega, 2014

Ted DesMaisons is an instructor of the Mindfulness in Schools Project, and a great human being. I feel fortunate for having had him as one of those who prepared me to properly teach mindfulness for children and adolescents. What follows was written by him. Enjoy!

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by Ted DesMaisons:

Simple summer moments can prove so sweet.

I just recently returned from a wonderful retreat at the Omega Institute with Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) luminaries Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli. We spent most of our time in the first few days engaged in mindfulness practice, cycling through sitting, walking, lying down and yoga meditations. Six AM to 9 PM, almost non-stop makes an endurance challenge, for sure, but it also brings a steadier mind and more open awareness. On one of our extended walking meditations, with 100 or so of us spread across one of Omega’s great lawns as the day’s light faded, the heart of the following poem came to me.

Here’s hoping the moment speaks to you as well.

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Walking at Omega, 2014

We move over this open field like
early evening fireflies,
flickering lamps of awareness
in measured motion,
dancing with
the oncoming dark.

Each floats and pauses
under her own power;
Each honors his own track.
Still, we sense each other
in the soft periphery,
conjoined in pulsing multitude.

Surely, we are not alone.

Like any lights,
we, too, will someday extinguish,
falling into
that great darkness
which births
and swallows
all things.

For now, though
—in this moment—
let our hearts rest
in quiet reassurance,
this field of quiet fires
ever available
for those
who choose to see.

~ Ted DesMaisons

Walking at Omega, 2014

 

No Mind – Mushin No Shin

The Last Samurai is a 2003 movie that tells the story of the changes that took place in Japan in the late 19th century, and in the life of a man who learns mindfulness.

In the movie, an American mercenary (Tom Cruise) is captured in battle and taken to live among those he was fighting against. After some time, although still a prisoner, he is allowed to live just as any other member of the community. He begins to participate in many of the village activities, such as samurai sword-fighting training. In the beginning, his performance is awful. After many defeats in the practice fights, he is told that he has “too many minds,” and is advised to have “no mind.” He is told to let go of the many thoughts that are crowding his head, thoughts that do not allow him to focus on the here-now.

Once he learns to reduce the overthinking and increase his present-moment-mindfulness, he begins to reach that flow state that brings about noticeable improvements in his performance. With time, he learns the Bushido tradition — the code of the samurai — and becomes more grounded, centered and present. Experiencing greater peace of mind, he grows in respect for the samurai way of life.

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Mushin is a Japanese word that means no mind.

Mushin no shin is a Zen expression that can be translated as the mind without mind, a mental state of no-mindness where there is an absence of discursive thought and judgment.

Through practice one can learn how to be in this no mind state. This is desirable because a person whose mind is not occupied by distracting thoughts and emotions is better able to act and react freely, without hesitation.

The Zen master Takuan Sōhō said, “The mind must always be in the state of ‘flowing,’ for when it stops anywhere that means the flow is interrupted and it is this interruption that is injurious to the well-being of the mind. In the case of the swordsman, it means death. When the swordsman stands against his opponent, he is not to think of the opponent, nor of himself, nor of his enemy’s sword movements. He just stands there with his sword which, forgetful of all technique, is ready only to follow the dictates of the subconscious. The man has effaced himself as the wielder of the sword. When he strikes, it is not the man but the sword in the hand of the man’s subconscious that strikes” 

Once Mushin is attained through practices that refine the mind, the objective is to then attain this same level of complete awareness in other aspects of the practitioner’s life.

Mindfulness practices are used to train the mind and equip practitioners with that present-moment awareness that leads to more mindful ways of living which, in turn, enhance the overall well-being and quality of life.

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Credits: A big part of this text is based on the Wikipedia article Mushin (mental state).


 

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Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the official Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.

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Take a look at these books at the Peaceful Ways online store

http://peacefulways.org/store/

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– “Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”

Pay Attention Book Cover

– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

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– “Silent Peace Walk”

www.PieroFalci.com

www.SilentPeaceWalk.org

www.PeacefulWays.org


 

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9 Ls

Look deeply. Listen attentively. Learn unceasingly. Lead compassionately. Laugh unboundedly. Love profusely. Live fully. Let go of everything. Leave an honorable legacy.


 

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Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the official Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.

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Take a look at these books at the Peaceful Ways online store

http://peacefulways.org/store/

Book Cover Image

– “Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”

Pay Attention Book Cover

– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

Silent_Peace_Walk_Cover_for_Kindle

– “Silent Peace Walk”

South Florida Center for Mindfulness

www.MindfulSouthFlorida.com

www.PieroFalci.com

www.SilentPeaceWalk.org

www.PeacefulWays.org

www.DAPAdiversity.com


 

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Early April Mornings in Athlone

Cold air and long shadows. Trees waking up after a long retreat. Fresh bulbs and little leaves decorating branches tired of fighting the winter winds. Pigeons and crows protecting their nests. A coming back to life.

And an infinite number of diamonds floating down the river Shannon, shining jewels that can only be seen in this present moment, but cannot be kept for later enjoyment, just like every single moment of our lives.

~ Piero Falci

Athlone, Ireland, April 2, 2017

 


 

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Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the official Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as designed by the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.

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Take a look at these books at the Peaceful Ways online store

http://peacefulways.org/store/

Book Cover Image

– “Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”

Pay Attention Book Cover

– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

Silent_Peace_Walk_Cover_for_Kindle

– “Silent Peace Walk”

South Florida Center for Mindfulness

www.MindfulSouthFlorida.com

www.PieroFalci.com

www.SilentPeaceWalk.org

www.PeacefulWays.org

www.DAPAdiversity.com


 

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Facing the Dragon

Beaches of Molokai 2015 – photo by Florencia Clement de Grandprey

In the mythical stories, the knight has to face the dragon. It is her destiny. She has to accept the calling. There is no alternative.

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The Reluctant Knight – “It’s a daily struggle. I took the leap and still live in uncertainty. Every day I try to let go of what doesn’t serve me. Every single day I question everything, including myself.”

The Listener – “You have so much to teach. You are living the Hero’s Journey. You may not be living the life many others think you should be living, the habitual, normal, pre-scripted life. Your adventurous spirit threatens many, but for others, like myself, you are a hero. Don’t listen to other people’s criticism. Do not judge and condemn your own self. Bask in the admiration we have for you. Be courageous and be brave. You are admirable!”

The Reluctant Knight – “I wish I believed in myself as much as you believe in me. Sometimes I wonder if I’m deceiving myself into thinking this is really the best way, the way to awareness and clarity of purpose. But then I think of the alternative and it looks even worse. So, I just keep trucking along hoping a sliver of clarity will appear along the way. “

The Listener – “You are doing what is right, dealing with ‘what is.’ Don’t think too much about the future. Deal with life as it presents itself to you, and make the best of each and every moment, right here, right now. Don’t lose this moment. Stay in the Here-Now, awake, alert, aware, and fully alive. See with the eyes of the heart, and don’t let the Magic, the Mystery and the Miracles of this moment go by unnoticed. Don’t allow your mind to be caught in regrets and worries. Look around and be amazed, grateful, and happy. Yours is a victorious existence. Just consider how many are just sleepwalking through life. You are an example to all of us, so continue to be courageous and brave. Slay the dragon and come back to share the story with us. Just remember where the dragon is.”

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Two years after slaying the dragon, the Knight returns to the village to share her story and what she had learned. “I don’t feel the existential anxiety as strongly anymore. After the struggle there is much peace. The reward for searching isn’t necessarily finding all the answers but rather feeling it’s OK not to have them. Surviving the journey is strengthening in itself…that’s slaying the Dragon.”

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Florencia Clement de Grandprey – “For those of you who have decided to stop sleepwalking through life and have taken the leap of faith following your hero’s journey, here is a conversation I had with my dear friend and mentor Piero Falci two years ago and then again this morning…” – June 15, 2017

 


 

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Stay in touch.

Meetup – http://www.meetup.com/PeacefulWays/events/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/peacefulways

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Take a look at these books at the Peaceful Ways online store

http://peacefulways.org/store/

Book Cover Image

– “Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”

Pay Attention Book Cover

– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

Silent_Peace_Walk_Cover_for_Kindle

– “Silent Peace Walk”

South Florida Center for Mindfulness

www.MindfulSouthFlorida.com

www.PieroFalci.com

www.SilentPeaceWalk.org

www.PeacefulWays.org

www.DAPAdiversity.com


 

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Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the official Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as designed by the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.

Looking at this world as an observer from another world

I am working to change my mindset. I keep reminding myself that the way it has always been isn’t the way it has to be. I am convinced that we can bring Heaven to Earth if we so want.

I am learning to calmly accept what is. I came to the realization that I don’t need to ferociously oppose what I dislike. I now see many possibilities, and see that I can choose to step aside, or choose another road, or even choose a new destination altogether. Why? Because this dimension in which we are operating is just one dimension among many. I have realized that I can look at this world as if I were an observer from another world.

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“I have learned to offer no resistance to what is; I have learned to allow the present moment to be and to accept the impermanent nature of all things and conditions. Thus have I found peace.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

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When I do this, I am not turning away from the harsh realities of this dimension. Yes, there are people suffering and I will do what I can based on what I believe is best to alleviate their suffering. My belief is that we will be able to bring Heaven to Earth when we expand our mindsets and become able to see new possibilities in all areas. I believe we can manifest realities through our thoughts and vibrational energies. This is what I have been exploring and, hopefully, also inspiring others to do.

Exploring and inspiring.

~ Piero


 

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Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the official Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.

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Take a look at these books at the Peaceful Ways online store

http://peacefulways.org/store/

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– “Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”

Pay Attention Book Cover

– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

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– “Silent Peace Walk”

South Florida Center for Mindfulness

www.MindfulSouthFlorida.com

www.PieroFalci.com

www.SilentPeaceWalk.org

www.PeacefulWays.org

www.DAPAdiversity.com


 

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Peace that Makes Life on Earth Worth Living

President John F. Kennedy spoke about peace at American University’s Spring Commencement on June 10, 1963.

“What kind of peace do we seek? Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war. Not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave. I am talking about genuine peace – – the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living — the kind that enables man and nations to grow and to hope and to build a better life for their children – – not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women – – not merely peace in our time but peace for all time.”

“So, let us not be blind to our differences – – but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to means by which those differences can be resolved. And if we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.”

Here’s his speech in its entirety:

“There are few earthly things more beautiful than a University,” wrote John Masefield, in his tribute to the English Universities – – and his words are equally true here. He did not refer to spires and towers, to campus greens and ivied walls. He admired the splendid beauty of the University, he said, because it was ” a place where those who hate ignorance may strive to know, where those who perceive truth may strive to make others see.”

I have, therefore, chose this time and this place to discuss a topic on which ignorance too often abounds and the truth is to rarely perceived – – yet it is the most important topic on earth : world peace.

What kind of peace do I mean? What kind of peace do we seek? Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war. Not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave. I am talking about genuine peace – – the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living — the kind that enables man and nations to grow and to hope and to build a better life for their children – – not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women – – not merely peace in our time but peace for all time.

I speak of peace because of the new face of war. Total war makes no sense in an age when great powers can maintain large and relatively invulnerable nuclear forces and refuse to surrender without resort to those forces. It makes no sense in an age when a single nuclear weapon contains almost ten times the explosive force delivered by all of the allied air forces in the Second World War. It makes no sense in an age when the deadly poisons produced by a nuclear exchange would be carried by the wind and water and soil and seed to the far corners of the globe and to generations unborn.

Today the expenditure of billions of dollars every year on weapons acquired for the purpose of making sure we never need to use them is essential to keeping the peace. But surely the acquisition of such idle stockpiles – – which can only destroy and never create – – is not the only, much less the most efficient, means of assuring peace.

I speak of peace, therefore, as the necessary rational end of rational men. I realize that the pursuit of peace is not as dramatic as the pursuit of war – – and frequently the words of the pursuer fall on deaf ears. But we have no more urgent task.

Some say that it is useless to speak of world peace or world law or world disarmament – – and that it will be useless until the leaders of the Soviet Union adopt a more enlightened attitude. I hope they do. I believe we can help them do it. But I also believe that we must re-examine our own attitude – as individuals and as a Nation – – for our attitude is as essential as theirs. And every graduate of this school, every thoughtful citizen who despairs of war and wishes to bring peace, should begin by looking inward – – by examining his own attitude toward the possibilities of peace, toward the Soviet Union, toward the course of the Cold War and toward freedom and peace here at home.

First: Let us examine our attitude toward peace itself. Too many of us think it is impossible. Too many of us think it is unreal. But that is dangerous, defeatist belief. It leads to the conclusion that war is inevitable – – that mankind is doomed – – that we are gripped by forces we cannot control.

We need not accept that view. Our problems are manmade – – therefore, they can be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings. Man’s reason and spirit have often solved the seemingly unsolvable – – and we believe they can do it again.

I am not referring to the absolute, infinite concept of universal peace and good will of which some fantasies and fanatics dream. I do not deny the values of hopes and dreams but we merely invite discouragement and incredulity by making that our only and immediate goal.

Let us focus instead on a more practical, more attainable peace – – based not on a sudden revolution in human nature but on a gradual evolution in human institutions – -on a series of concrete actions and effective agreements which are in the interest of all concerned. There is no single, simple key to this peace – – no grand or magic formula to be adopted by one or two powers. Genuine peace must be the product of many nations, the sum of many acts. It must be dynamic, not static, changing to meet the challenge of each new generation. For peace is a process – – a way of solving problems.

With such a peace, there will still be quarrels and conflicting interests, as there are within families and nations. World peace, like community peace, does not require that each man love his neighbor – – it requires only that they live together in mutual tolerance, submitting their disputes to a just and peaceful settlement. And history teaches us that enmities between nations, as between individuals, do not last forever. However fixed our likes and dislikes may seem the tide of time and events will often bring surprising changes in the relations between nations and neighbors.

So let us persevere. Peace need not be impracticable – – and war need not be inevitable. By defining our goal more clearly – – by making it seem more manageable and less remote – – we can help all peoples to see it, to draw hope from it, and to move irresistibly toward it.

Second: Let us re-examine our attitude toward the Soviet Union. It is discouraging to think that their leaders may actually believe what their propagandists write. It is discouraging to read a recent authoritative Soviet text on Military Strategy and find, on page after page, wholly baseless and incredible claims – – such as the allegation that ” American imperialist circles are preparing to unleash different types of wars…that there is a very real threat of a preventive war being unleashed by American imperialists against the Soviet Union…(and that) the political aims of the American imperialists are to enslave economically and politically the European and other capitalist countries…(and) to achieve world domination.

Truly, as it was written long ago: “The wicked flee when no man pursueth.” Yet it is sad to read these Soviet statements – – to realize the extent of the gulf between us. But it is also a warning – – a warning to the American people not to fall into the same trap as the Soviets, not to see only a distorted and desperate view of the other side, not to see conflict as inevitable, accommodations as impossible and communication as nothing more than an exchange of threats.

No government or social system is so evil that its people must be considered as lacking in virtue. As Americans, we find communism profoundly repugnant as a negation of personal freedom and dignity. But we can still hail the Russian people for their many achievements – – in science and space, in economic and industrial growth, in culture and in acts of courage.

Among the many traits the peoples of our two countries have in common, none is stronger than our mutual abhorrence of war. Almost unique, among the major world powers, we have never been at war with each other. And no nation in the history of battle ever suffered more than the Soviet Union suffered in the course of the Second World War. At least 20 million lost their lives. Countless millions of homes and farms were burned or sacked. A third of the nation’s territory, including nearly two thirds of its industrial base, was turned into a wasteland – – a loss equivalent to the devastation of this country east of Chicago.

Today, should total war ever break out again – – no matter how – – our two countries would become the primary targets. It is an ironical but accurate fact that the two strongest powers are the two in the most danger of devastation. All we have built, all we have worked for, would be destroyed in the first 24 hours. And even in the Cold War, which brings burdens and dangers to so many countries, including this Nation’s closest allies – – our two countries bear the heaviest burdens. For we are both devoting massive sums of money to weapons that could be better devoted to combating ignorance, poverty and disease. We are both caught up in a vicious and dangerous cycle in which suspicion on one side breeds suspicion on the other, and new weapons beget counter-weapons.

In short, both the United States and its allies, and the Soviet Union and its allies, have a mutually deep interest in a just and genuine peace and in halting the arms race. Agreements to this end are in the interests of the Soviet Union as well as ours — and even the most hostile nations can be relied upon to accept and keep those treaty obligations, and only those treaty obligations, which are in their own interest.

So, let us not be blind to our differences – – but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to means by which those differences can be resolved. And if we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.

Third: Let us re-examine our attitude toward the Cold War, remembering that we are not engaged in a debate, seeking to pile up debating points. We are not here distributing blame or pointing the finger of judgment. We must deal with the world as it is, and not as it might have been had history of the last eighteen years been different.

We must, therefore, preserve in the search for peace in the hope that constructive changes within the Communist bloc might bring within reach solutions which now seem beyond us. We must conduct our affairs in such a way that it becomes in the Communists’ interest to agree on a genuine peace. Above all, while defending our vital interest, nuclear powers must avert those confrontations which bring an adversary to a choice of either a humiliating retreat or a nuclear war. To adopt that kind of course in the nuclear age would be evidence only of the bankruptcy of our policy – – or of a collective death-wish for the world.

To secure these ends, America’s weapons are non-provocative, carefully controlled, designed to deter and capable of selective use. Our military forces are committed to peace and disciplines in self-restraint. Our diplomats are instructed to avoid unnecessary irritants and purely rhetorical hostility.

For we can seek a relaxation of tensions without relaxing our guard. And, for our part, we do not need to use threats to prove that we are resolute. We do not need to jam foreign broadcasts out of fear our faith will be eroded. We are unwilling to impose our system on any unwilling people – – but we are willing and able to engage in peaceful competition with any people on earth.

Meanwhile, we seek to strengthen the United Nations, to help solve its financial problems, to make it a more effective instrument of peace, to develop it into a genuine world security system – – a system capable of resolving disputes on the basis of law, of insuring the security of the large and the small, and of creating conditions under which arms can finally be abolished.

At the same time we seek to keep peace inside the non-communist world, where many nations, all of them our friends, are divided over issues which weaken western unity, which invite communist intervention or which threaten to erupt into war. Our efforts in West New Guinea, in the Congo, in the Middle East and in the Indian subcontinent, have been persistent and patient despite criticism from both sides. We have also tried to set an example for others – – by seeking to adjust small but significant differences with our own closest neighbors in Mexico and in Canada.

Speaking of other nations, I wish to make one point clear. We are bound to many nations by alliances. These alliances exist because our concern and theirs substantially overlap. Our commitment to defend Western Europe and West Berlin for example, stands undiminished because of the identity of our vital interests. The United States will make no deal with the Soviet Union at the expense of other nations and other peoples, not merely because they are our partners, but also because their interests and ours converge.

Our interests converge, however not only in defending the frontiers of freedom, but in pursuing the paths of peace. It is our hope – – and the purpose of Allied policies – – to convince the Soviet Union that she, too, should let each nation choose its own future, so long as that choice does not interfere with the choices of others. The communist drive to impose their political and economic system on others is the primary cause of world tension today. For there can be no doubt that if all nations could refrain from interfering in the self-determination of others, then peace would be much more assured.

This will require a new effort to achieve world law – – a new context for world discussions. It will require increased understanding between the Soviets and ourselves. And increased understanding will require increased contact and communications. One step in this direction is the proposed arrangement for a direct line between Moscow and Washington, to avoid on each side the dangerous delays, misunderstandings, and misreadings of the other’s actions which might occur at a time of crisis.

We have also been talking in Geneva about other first-step measures of arms control, designed to limit the intensity of the arms race and to reduce the risks of accidental war. Our primary long-range interest in Geneva, however, is general and complete disarmament – – designed to take place by stages, permitting parallel political developments to build the new institutions of peace which would take the place of arms. The pursuit of disarmament has been an effort of this Government since the 1920’s. It has been urgently sought by the past three Administrations. And however dim the prospects may be today, we intend to continue this effort – – to continue it in order that all countries, including our own, can better grasp what the problems and possibilities of disarmament are.

The one major area of these negotiations where the end is in sight- – yet where a fresh start is badly needed – – is in a treaty to outlaw nuclear tests. The conclusion of such a treaty – – so near and yet so far – – would check the spiraling arms race in one of its most dangerous areas. IT would place the nuclear powers in a position to deal more effectively with one of the greatest hazards which man faces in 1963, the further spread of nuclear arms. It would increase our security – – it would decrease the prospects of war. Surely this goal is sufficiently important to require our steady pursuit, yielding neither to the temptation to give up the whole effort nor the temptation to give up our insistence on vital and responsible safeguards.

I am taking this opportunity, therefore, to announce two important decisions in this regard.

First: Chairman Khrushchev, Prime Minister Macmillan and I have agreed that high-level discussions will shortly begin in Moscow looking toward early agreement on a comprehensive test ban treaty. Our hopes must be tempered with the caution of history – – but with our hopes go the hopes of all mankind.

Second: To make clear our good faith and solemn convictions on the matter, I now declare that the United States does not propose to conduct nuclear tests in the atmosphere so long as other states do not do so. We will not be the first to resume. Such a declaration is no substitute for a formal binding treaty – – but I hope it will help us achieve one. Nor would such a treaty be a substitute for disarmament – – but I hope it will help us achieve it.

Finally, my fellow Americans, let us examine our attitude toward peace and freedom here at home. The quality and spirit of our won society must justify and support our efforts abroad. We must show it in the dedication of our own lives – – as many of you who are graduation today will have a unique opportunity to do, by serving without pay in the Peace Corps abroad or in the proposed National Service Corps here at home.

But wherever we are, we must all, in our daily lives, live up to the age-old faith that peace and freedom walk together. In too many of our duties today, the peace is not secure because freedom is incomplete.

It is the responsibility of the Executive Branch at all levels of government – – local, state and national – – to provide and protect that freedom for all of our citizens by all means within their authority. It is the responsibility of the Legislative Branch at all levels, wherever that authority is not now adequate, to make it adequate. And it is the responsibility of all citizens in all sections of this country to respect the rights of all others and to respect the law of the land.

All this is not unrelated to world peace. “When a man’s ways please the Lord,” the Scriptures tell us, “he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.” And is not peace, in the last analysis, basically a matter human rights – – the right to live out our lives without fear of devastation – – the right to breathe air as nature provided it – – the right of future generations to a healthy existence?

While we proceed to safeguard our national interests, let us also safeguard human interests. And the elimination of war and arms is clearly in the interest of both. No treaty, however much it may be to the advantage of all, however tightly it may be worded, can provide absolute security against the risks of deception and evasion. But it can – – if it is sufficiently effective in its enforcement and if it is sufficiently in the interests of its signers – – offer far more security and far fewer risks than an unabated, uncontrolled, unpredictable arms race.

The United States, as the world knows, will never start a war. We do not want a war. We do not now expect a war. This generation of Americans has already had enough – – more than enough – – of war and hate and oppression. We shall be prepared if others wish it. We shall be alert to try to stop it. But we shall also do our part to build a world of peace where the weak are safe and the strong are just. We are not helpless before that task or hopeless of its success. Confident and unafraid, we labor on – – not toward a strategy of annihilation but toward a strategy of peace.

~ John F. Kennedy

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– “Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”

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– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

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– “Silent Peace Walk”

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I can manifest the life I desire… Do I really believe that?

 

“How deeply do I believe that my thoughts shape my life? Can I manifest the life I desire?”

This is what my friend , Leslie Lott McAlpin , has to say: “I am certain I create my life from a level that is even deeper than my thoughts, more than my thoughts. It is what I vibrate from the cellular level. It is what my being sends out to the universe. Even if I think “I am healthy”, but vibrate with a fear of cancer, the fear of cancer overrides the thought. It is more than my thoughts. It is my BEing. Everything is energy. Energy vibrates. What I vibrate is what I AM physically and creates my physical world. Vibrations become physical things if they vibrate the same way long enough.”

 


 

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Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the official Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.

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Take a look at these books at the Peaceful Ways online store

http://peacefulways.org/store/

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– “Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”

Pay Attention Book Cover

– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

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– “Silent Peace Walk”

South Florida Center for Mindfulness

www.MindfulSouthFlorida.com

www.PieroFalci.com

www.SilentPeaceWalk.org

www.PeacefulWays.org

www.DAPAdiversity.com


 

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The joyful peace that comes from accepting the impermanence of all

The joy that comes from peacefully accepting the impermanence of all.

The joy of accepting and resting in this present moment as it is, with all it brings, without wanting it to be different, without rushing to judge it as good or bad, and without anxiously rushing to the next moment.

The joy of being in this ephemeral moment and realizing the impermanence of everything.

The joy of realizing that this moment is vanishing and will vanish as all other moments that came before this one, and that all future moments that we idealize, that we expect to be better than this one, will also vanish when they come to be.

The joy of realizing that this is it, that this moment is real, and is all that exists.

The joy of being totally absorbed and losing the sense of time while playing an instrument, or creating outstanding music that will never be repeated or recorded, and that no one else will ever hear, and being at complete peace with that.

The joy of cooking and creating a beautiful meal that will soon be consumed and disappear, and be fully content with that.

The joy of waking up very early and drinking a hot beverage while all around is silent and dark, and not feeling the urge to accomplish anything.

The joy of discovering that we actually don’t need to do all the things we told ourselves that we need to do.

The joy that comes from freeing ourselves from all self-imposed and unnecessary obligations.

The joy of not having to do anything.

The joy of realizing that there is no need to rush to get anywhere.

The joy of giving ourselves the gifts of rest and gentleness.

The joy of mindfully being in this life while we are here.

The joy of enhancing the quality of life by being mindful, amazed, and grateful, by not having to do more, have more, or be more, but by being totally happy, content, and satisfied with this moment and with what it brings, whatever it may be.

The joy of realizing the self-imposed violence of getting it right and being perfect, and freeing ourselves of it.

The joy that we experience from liberating ourselves of the subtle violence of self-improvement.

The joy of giving ourselves permission to rest and enjoy life instead of feeling guilty for not working hard enough, or as hard as we think we should.

The joy of non-striving.

The joy of being curious, of discovering, and of learning to live a rich life in the process.

The joy of letting go of desired outcomes.

The joy of being open and accepting whatever may come.

The joy of realizing and accepting that we are not this important.

The joy of realizing and accepting that no matter what we do, in the great scheme of things, they don’t really matter.

At peace with the fact that although we may want to touch many lives, we will only touch a few, or maybe one, or none at all, except our own, and realizing that whatever it may be, it is enough.

The joy of peacefully accepting the impermanence of all.


 

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– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

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www.PieroFalci.com

www.SilentPeaceWalk.org

www.PeacefulWays.org

www.DAPAdiversity.com


 

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Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the official Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as designed by the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.

He lives in you

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Today we celebrate the birthday of a good man. Today is Pedro’s birthday.

My sons are among the best men I know. When I think about them, the quote from Mario Sergio Cortella comes to mind: “The world we will leave for our children depends on the children that we will leave for our world.” I believe that raising good-hearted human beings is the most important assignment for all of us, parents.  If we want to leave a better world for our children, let us make sure that we leave better children for the world.

I often reflect on how Pedro and Mateus came to be the good men they are, and I am convinced that although my wife and I may have made choices during their upbringing that may have helped them, who they came to be is not due to our doing; it’s all a huge mystery, with so many uncontrollable factors at play that no one can say, “Do this, and the result will be good children.” So, removing myself from receiving any accolades, I remain in awe with the kind of men they are, and I do experience a sense of  having accomplished the mission that was assigned to me. I feel very fortunate, blessed, and at peace, and this surely is a great feeling.

Back in 1994, when Pedro was five years old, we watched The Lion King together for the first time. In 2011, when I visited him in Los Angeles, we watched it again, this time in the famous El Capitan Theatre. The following segment of the movie is an important part of the memories we share. In it, Rafiki points out to Simba that the spirit and values of Mufasa, Simba’s late father, continue to live in him, and that Simba must remember who he really is, and have the courage to accept the calling, and fulfill his potential and destiny.

I like to believe that there is a sacred connection between parents and their children, and that this connection lives forever. I feel it strongly.  I feel I will always be available to support and comfort my sons, even after I die. And I also feel that they will always be with me. I told them, “I will always be here for you. Always. All you have to do is to look up. I am in the sky, in the stars. Actually, I am everywhere. I live in you and you live in me. The love that unites us lives forever.”

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Over the years, Pedro has been a source of inspiration for many of my writings. Here are some of them:

Try a Little Tenderness

Dear Son

Advice for a New Leader

My Son, My Guide, My Greatest Teacher

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Mateus once said that he sees me as a mix of Mufasa and Rafiki, so I am considering adopting a  new nickname: Mufiki? Rafasa? 🙂 What do you think?

~ Piero


 

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– “Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”

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– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

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– “Silent Peace Walk”

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Piero Falci is the founder of the Silent Peace Walk movement. He is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer and inspirer who encourages people to live lives that matter. He is a promoter of peace who believes that Heaven is here, if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation and mindful living.

From Mindfulness to Happiness

This is no Desiderata and I am no Max Ehrmann. If you want something more poetic, there’s where you should go. But what I am presenting here are what I believe to be the elements of the happiness formula, the steps on the path to happiness, the way to get there… or here, if you understand me.

Here it is:

Be mindful. Be amazed. Be grateful. Be content. Be optimistic.  Be compassionate. Be generous.  Be happy.

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Be mindful. Be mindful of all the beauty that surrounds you. Be mindful of the infinite possibilities that are always available for you. Be present in this moment, right here, right now, not lost in thoughts, ruminating the past and anticipating the future with unnecessary worries. Since in the final analysis a good life is a collection of good moments, extract all the good you can of each and every present moment. Be awake, alert, and aware, in order to be fully and joyfully alive. Don’t allow the past unhappiness, and the pursuit of an imagined future happiness, to be the sources of your present unhappiness. Again, don’t ruminate and don’t anticipate. Be here, now.

Be amazed. Be amazed with all the magic, mystery, and miracles that surround you. Cultivate a patient, childlike curiosity. Cultivate the eyes of a tourist, the mind of a beginner, the boldness of an explorer, the inquisitiveness of a scientist, the attentiveness of an investigator. See beyond what you see. Look with the eyes of the body and see with the eyes of the heart. Feel the breeze, and watch the leaves and branches dancing with the wind. See the reflections on the pond, and the shining sparks on the surface of the water. See things as you’ve never seen them before. Be aware of the eternal and the transient. Notice the permanence and impermanence of all. Nothing lasts forever. Know that in the physical form neither you nor anyone else will last forever. Know that what is bad will not last forever, nor what is good. Everything changes. Everything passes. So do not get too attached to anything or anyone, not even your loved ones, your body, your ideas about yourself, or even the idea that a thing called “self’ exists. Learn to release and let go of everything.

Be grateful. Be grateful for all the gifts that were freely given to you. Be grateful for the life you have, for the adventure you are living.

Be content. Be content and satisfied with your share, with all that was given to you. Don’t compare yourself with others. There will always be people who are, who do, and who have more than you, as well as people who will be, do, and have less than you. Stop comparing. You are not less than anyone else; nor more. You are you. Be yourself. Be who you are. Be authentic and genuine. Be humble. Try not to judge and condemn.

Be optimistic. Be optimistic, hopeful, and positive. Trust that everything in the Universe is unfolding as it should, and better things and situations are always coming your way. Remember to look at the biggest possible picture always, and see that what seems very significant, actually is not. Look at your own experience and see that many of the things you thought were good and wanted, turned out to be bad, and many of the things you didn’t want turned our to be good. Cultivate a great sense of humor.

Be compassionate. Develop empathy, and try to see and feel as others see and feel. Decide to do something to make someone else’s life better. Be kind, patient, forgiving, gentle, and loving. Be fair, just, and honest.

Be generous. Give. Give. Give. Give love. Give of yourself — your time and undivided attention — to others. Give them your shoulder to cry. Be of service to others. Be kind. Listen. Be a peacemaker, a bringer of peace, a promoter of peace.  Be at peace with others and with yourself. Be gentle with others and with yourself. Do not demand too much nor be too harsh with yourself. Relax and enjoy.

and, by doing all this, day in and day out, you will…

Be happy!

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From Silence to Happiness

Remember! Remember! Remember!
It is not difficult to be mindful.
What is difficult is to remember to be mindful.

A path from Silence to Happiness

Here’s an invitation… Pause for a moment, come to the here-now, and try to reflect on the following components to see how they work together to produce a state of happiness.

Befriending the silence. Cultivating stillness. Enjoying solitude. Staying mindfully in the here-now, awake, aware, alert, and alive. Paying attention. Coming back to this moment, over and over again,and realizing it always is a new moment, and the only moment. Cultivating a childlike curiosity, a beginner’s mind. Refraining from comparing, categorizing, criticizing, judging, and condemning. Observing. Exploring. Noticing. Investigating. Looking with tourist’s eyes, and seeing more, seeing beyond what you see, seeing with the eyes of the heart. Discovering magic, mystery, and miracles everywhere, and finding the sacred in the secular. Appreciating, enjoying, and admiring the gifts that were freely given to you, and experiencing a state of awe, amazement, wonderment, ecstasy, and reverence. Experiencing joy, delight, elation, bliss, euphoria, and exultation. Recognizing the blessings, and acknowledging the abundance. Developing a sense of gratefulness, and hosting a feeling of contentment and satisfaction. Discovering your purpose and following your bliss. Accepting the call of Life, and courageously launching yourself into the adventure.  Putting yourself in motion. Letting go and letting be. Cultivating inexhaustible hope and optimism. Remaining open to outcomes, no matter how unexpected they may be. Trusting that everything is unfolding as it should. Remembering that nothing lasts forever; everything changes all the time. Finding perfection in the present situation. Refraining from striving. Being gentle with yourself, and knowing when to demand less from yourself. Living with ease by practicing simplicity, humility, authenticity, honor, and honesty. Developing tenderness, solidarity, and love. Taking action to serve and give. Being generous, patient, gentle, and kind with others. Developing strong, meaningful, deep, high quality relationships. Giving people your full, undivided attention. Laughing and bringing laughter to others. Deciding to be happy, and, finally, experiencing happiness!

The 9 Ls

Look, Listen, Learn, Lead, Laugh, Love, Live, Leave, and Let go.

Look deeply. Listen attentively. Learn unceasingly. Lead compassionately. Laugh unboundedly. Love profusely. Live fully. Leave an honorable legacy, and Let go of everything.

~ Piero Falci

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“To revere all of life, to live with natural sincerity, to practice gentleness, and to be in service to others is to replicate the energy field from which you originated.” ~ Wayne Dyer

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Loving Much, Living Gently, and Letting Go

We have many teachers in our lives, don’t we? In a way, we are all teachers for one another, teaching and learning all the time, right?

Some time ago, I had a special day when I received important messages from three of my teachers.

Here’s the invitation I received from one of them, Florencia Clement De Grandprey:

“So, this entire week I’m practicing “letting go”…letting go of many things: letting go of feelings that don’t serve me, of people who want my time and attention but aren’t willing to give me theirs, of judgement because it’s not my job, of impatience because everything happens when it is supposed to, of the past because I’m here now, of worry because despite what I’d like to think, I don’t have control on pretty much anything…and a biggie for me, letting go of outcomes. I’m really trying not to be attached to the outcome. I have to trust that the outcome will be perfect however it may look…I must focus on the now and not on what might be in the future, mainly, because I must be willing to accept failure and not only success. Maybe if I’m not attached to the outcome, I can just enjoy the process…kind of like baking a cake and having a blast while making it even if it might come out looking completely different from the pretty picture in the recipe book. So, will you join me in my practice this week? What will you be letting go of?”

Before I could reply, I was blessed by the words of another teacher of mine, Millie Pochet. She wrote:

“My beautiful friend Florencia Clement De Grandprey reminds me, in her wisdom, that the full moon is a great time for letting go. I will practice letting go of judgement, for it is not mine to make, letting go of control, for it only ruins the fun and enjoyment of the present, letting go of attachments, for they only lead to suffering, particularly letting go of attachment to outcomes and attachment to my story, for the process is perfect and bliss is in releasing into the dance of life and flowing with whatever presents… Allowing you to be reinventing with every breath. Letting go of situations that no longer serve my joy. What would you let go of?”

What I found interesting is what Elizabeth Velez, another dear teacher, asked me that same morning. (I had a surgery, and, at that time, I couldn’t walk.)

“What is the lesson that the Universe is trying to teach you through your recent foot surgery? What is this condition of not being able to walk freely trying to teach you?”

Pondering.

“In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.” ~ Buddha (I am not sure the Buddha ever said this; I would have to check. Anyway, it is a good piece of wisdom, and, for sure, he is known for teaching the importance of letting go, so, for now, I’ll just let go.)


 

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Let Go of Your Ego’s Need to Be Right

Do you want to be right, or do you want to be happy?

Why do we engage in arguments, and get so upset? Why do we let these emotions get a hold of us? Can’t we see the ugly egos at play? Can’t we feel our egos craving to be right?

I’ve heard that sometimes it is better to be kind than to be right. We do not need an intelligent mind that speaks, but a patient heart that listens.

Do you want to be right, or do you want to promote understanding and peace?

Let go of the need to be right, because, in the final analysis, winning or losing does not matter; it’s no big deal.

Don’t engage in the fight. Ignore the attack. And if you can’t resist, then write down a message with all you want to say — vent it all out — but don’t send it; keep it for yourself.

If you feel the need to engage, make sure you are strong enough to do so with patience, kindness, and nonviolence.

Listen. Listen more and speak less. Be compassionate. Try to empathize and understand. Seek first to understand, then to be understood.

What you see is not what they see. What they see is not what you see. What we call reality is modified by one’s beliefs. We look at the same and see different. We have to be sensitive to this fact.

Do not hold so steadfastly to your views, opinions, and beliefs. Remain open.

Do not oppose force with force. Do not oppose negative feelings with negative feelings. Do not respond to negative words with negative words. Do not react to insults with insults.

Do not hold on to grudges. Your hatred will only consume you, no one else. Let it go. Offer no opposition to those who upset you, and the negativity will dissipate.

Be kind. Your softness will soften your opponent too. No need to defend. No need to attack. Just make sure that even if you cannot agree, you can deeply feel that the love that unites is bigger than any views that may divide.

Peace and love will strengthen all relationships.

Peace and Love.

To be kind is more important than to be right. Many times what people need is not a brilliant mind that speaks, but a special heart that listens.

~ Piero

 


 

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Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation and mindful living, and organizes Silent Peace Walks.

 

To Love Myself

As part of the Eat for Life course — a program aimed at enhancing health and quality of life through mindfulness and mindful eating — I recently participated in an exercise that brought about one of the most revealing insights I have ever had.

I was invited to think about negative things I say to myself about my body. Working with a partner, I was instructed to write down a negative statement that I constantly repeat to myself in my internal dialogues (my ‘old tapes,’ as the course calls them), such as, “I am out of shape, my body is flabby, and my belly is pathetic. I must exercise daily and make better choices regarding what I eat and drink.”  Then, I was instructed to read the statement out loud. Finally, it was my partner’s turn to repeat to me what I had just said. When I heard her say, “You are out of shape, your body is flabby, and your belly is pathetic, and you must exercise daily and make better choices regarding what you eat and drink,” I felt a rush of indignation and rage invade my body. Although absolutely conscious that I was participating in an exercise, I still felt, “How can she say such harsh things about me? Who does she think she is to talk to me like that? How dare she? This is so unkind!”

And then the realization hit me… This is what I do all the time. This is the way I talk to myself all the time. This is the abusive way I treat myself all the time. I am my own worst critic. I say the most hurtful things to myself, things that I would never even consider saying to anyone else. I criticize myself harshly all the time. I use the most demanding tone. And I do all this without any compassion, kindness, or consideration for my feelings.

Wow! What a revelation that was!

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In my philosophical/spiritual ponderings I say to myself that I came here to Earth — and was given this life — to learn some lessons, the most important being to grow in selflessness. I wholeheartedly believe that I came here to learn to be less selfish and more unselfish. But after the awakening that took place with this exercise, I am now considering that an equally important lesson that I need to learn is to be kind and gentle with myself, and to love myself just as I am.

I am now beginning to understand, in a much more profound way, something that I thought I already knew: that if I am unable to love myself fully and totally, I will never be able to love anyone else. I am beginning to realize that if I don’t accept myself as I am, I will live my life criticizing not only myself, but everything and everyone else, wanting the world to be different than it is, and that, definitely, is a pitiful way to waste a lifetime.

Wow!

I am always in awe with the the fact that learning has no end.

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Eat For Life Program – A mindful approach to improving our relationships with food, and with our bodies!

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Muddy Shoes

By my friend Michelle Miller, Petaluma, 2/9/2017

Walking through the drizzle and mist

I come to a puddle in my path

It seems deep and I’m hesitant to wet my shoes

I might have plans for those later

I skirt the edges of the water as best I can

And am pleased when I emerge on the other side almost untouched

Enjoying the walk now, my pace quickens

And I look around

I feel my body moving through space

I really listen to the birds in the marsh

And I am awake

But there are more puddles up ahead

Deeper

I decide I will not let a little water stop me

And plunge ahead – first ankle deep

Then, taking a brave breath,

Jumping in with both feet,

Splashing, laughing

Striding ahead into my life

My journey continues with muddied shoes

But I am unsoiled

~ Michelle Miller


 

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Two Teardrops

I once knew a little girl
Who opened her heart to me
She shed two teardrops
One of sorrow and one of glee

Teardrops, two
One for the loved one who was suffering
And one for her, ’cause his suffering made her suffer too

Teardrops, two
One for imagining that she wasn’t loved
And one when realizing that she was loved too

I once knew a little girl
Who generously opened her heart to me
She shed two teardrops
One of sorrow and one of glee
Two teardrops that touched me
And turned into three

~ Piero Falci
Petaluma, California
February 9, 2017


 

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Forty-Nine Years Without Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Forty-nine years ago, the voice of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was silenced by an act of violence. I keep thinking how much he influenced me. He has been a guiding light in my life. For sure I admire his courage, his determination, his capacity to endure suffering without retaliating. I certainly admire him for always acting with the utmost civility, for exemplifying active nonviolent resistance, and for being able to bring the exchange of ideas about human rights to the highest intellectual level. But the characteristic I admire the most in Dr. King was his ability to see. As someone who is able to foresee the beautiful butterflies that eventually will come out of the ugliest caterpillars, he was able to see fragile and gentle human beings even inside the nastiest bullies. He was able to see the best of humanity inside everyone. He was able to see himself in others. He was able to see the Promised Land.

On April 3, 1968, one day before his death, Dr. King gave his famous “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech. Referring to the death threats he was receiving, he said, “Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land! And so I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man! My eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!”

How I wish we all could see as he saw. How I wish we all remembered him and the sacrifices he made. How I wish we all imitated him, trying our best to be the best we can be.

Here’s to you, Martin, my brother, hero of humanity, architect of peace, the greatest American who ever lived!

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Know that you are loved!

~ Piero


 

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Departing

It’s started

the time to leave once again approaches

and before the body has put on shoes

or opened the closed door

thoughts have already crossed the threshold

racing to their next destination

taking with them precious fragments

of experience here and now

Come back!

Come back!

and together we can savor the gifts

of each pulsating moment

~ Kurt Roggendorf, my friend

Athlone, Ireland, April 2, 2017

 

The Hero’s Journey: Separation, Initiation, Return

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.” ~ Rumi

The Hero’s Journey can be divided in three major parts: Separation, Initiation, and Return.

So, here is our future hero, living the “normal life,” living all his many predetermined roles, doing pretty much what everyone else does, doing what is expected of him, wanting the same things everyone else wants, working hard, consuming a lot, trying to fit in, be admired and loved, and hardly ever questioning anything. In his heart, every now and then, he may feel that he is not living the life he was called to live, but the pressures of the culture around him keep him doing the same things over and over again. He remains mostly unaware of his potential, of possibilities, of his options in life, living as if he is hypnotized, constantly distracted, and somewhat numb. Although internally he may feel that he is not doing what he came here to do — or being who he came here to be — he refuses to accept the Universe’s Call to Adventure. He does not feel he is ready or capable of facing the challenges.

And, then, suddenly, something happens; a loss of wealth, health, or relationships. He loses his job, his money, his house, or a loved one. He faces a break-up or a divorce. He gets sick and loses vitality.  These are prime moments when the hero wakes up. He can’t stay any longer. He has to go! And so, maybe reluctantly, he answers the Call to Adventure, and does what the Universe is summoning him to do. This is what Joseph Campbell called The Separation.

Then a new phase begins. Joseph Campbell called it, The Initiation. That is the adventure itself. It is time now for the hero to let go of lives that have played themselves out and do not serve him anymore.  He needs to let go of his past, his attachments, his identities, his personae, and the stories he tells about himself. It is time for him to put himself in motion to answer the calling. It is time to question all beliefs, letting go of some, keeping others, and adding new ones. It is a time of self-discovery. It is a time for honestly answering the four fundamental questions: “Who am I? What do I love? How shall I live knowing that I will die? What gifts do I bring to share with others?” It is a moment for removing the masks and living with authenticity. It is a time to become aware of the big illusion we are immersed in. It is a time to face the challenges, despite all self-doubts and insecurities. It is time for the hero to follow his bliss, knowing that if he does so, the Universe will open doors for him where there were only walls. And it is also during this phase that teachers and helpers show up.

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“I seek courage to live — this day. Courage to strike out on a path I have never trod before, courage to make new friends, courage to yield myself to the full power of the dream.”

~ Howard Thurman

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And after the hero lives his adventure, he returns, forever changed. Joseph Campbell called this phase, The Return.  He is now much more peaceful, selfless, compassionate, tolerant, content, and grateful. He becomes a blessing to all who come in contact with him.

 


 

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It’s What I Do

I went to my week-long silent retreat thinking what I would like to get from it. I framed it as a time of spiritual detox and rehab. I knew it was going to be demanding, so I renewed my commitment to apply myself wholeheartedly in order to get the most out of it. And then it came to me that, in the final analysis, it didn’t matter so much what I thought I would do, or what I intended to do, or what I said I was going to do; what really mattered is what I actually did!

Actions really speak louder than words.

What was true for my retreat is also true for life. Good intentions that are not translated into action have no impact in enhancing the quality of life, one’s own and the lives of all other sentient beings. So, let us remember that every moment of awareness and clarity, of re-commitment to noble goals, and of right action is important.

May we have the strength to live mindfully. May we choose to be happy and bring happiness to others. May happiness be the chief-counselor for our decisions.

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Since gratefulness is the key that opens the gates to the kingdom of happiness, it is always appropriate to express gratitude. I realize how fortunate and blessed I am. How many people in the world have a chance to attend a silent retreat? How many people in the world have a chance to take a long period of time off, go to a beautiful, secluded, and protected place where they are taken good care of, in order to work on their personal development? I am fortunate and blessed, and I am grateful.


 

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The Importance of Praise – 3

Be who you needed when you were younger. Be the parent you needed when you were a child. Be the teacher you needed when you were a student. Be the employer you dreamed of having when you were an employee.

Treat others as they like to be treated, so they will treat you as you like to be treated. Treat them with love, patience and generosity, and then receive back all that you have given.

Don’t think that by limiting the love you give, by being tough,  by teaching your children to be tough, you are preparing them for the world; the only thing you are doing is perpetuating a world of despicable human beings. If you are constantly criticizing your children, putting them down, squashing their self-esteem, not giving them abundant and unconditional love, you are creating parents, bosses, teachers and coaches who will be perpetuating the world you don’t want to live in, the world you don’t want your children to live in. Do you want a better world? Then be a better parent. Give love.

If you want to leave a better world for your children, then leave better children for the world.

Shower your children with love. Flood them with love. Treat your children as they should be treated, with love and respect, so when they grow up and have their own children, they will do the same. Treat your children as they should be treated, with love and respect, so when they grow up and you need them, they will return the treatment, and treat you with love and respect too. We receive what we give. It’s as simple as that. So, be who you needed when you were younger.

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The Importance of Praise – 2

I enjoyed watching the YouTube video “Simon Sinek on Millenials in the Workplace,” and I agree with the majority of what Simon Sinek says, especially the dangers associated with the instant gratification that technology brings, the addictive effects of social media, and the need to work diligently, give it time, and cultivate patience in order to make an impact and achieve dreams. But I have reservations about the way he talks about the negative effects of a gentler kind of parenting. I think that the criticism of soft parenting — and the alleged sense of entitlement is creates — is an idea that, by being repeated over and over again, is gaining ground, and that although it sounds right, in my opinion, is a superficial and rushed diagnostic that diminishes the importance of gentleness and praise, especially the gentleness and praise that must come from parents.

We live in a extremely competitive world where people are put down all the time, and I think that all parents should find effective ways of enhancing their children’s self-esteem, while taming excessive competitiveness and fostering cooperation. We are a culture obsessed with winning — at all costs if necessary. In this video, Simon Sinek points out that the corporate environment is extremely competitive and that the leadership is bad. Well, parenting that over-emphasizes competition, comparison, and criticism has a lot to do with bad leadership. When kids who experience this kind of parenting grow up they become the bosses and parents we don’t want, the ones who squash self-esteem, and provide very little positive reinforcement and support. They perpetuate the existence of the violent world we abhor. Therefore, if we want less competition and more cooperation, if we want healthier working environments, then generous parenting is extremely important, otherwise we will be parenting for the perpetuation of same undesired world, and creating more of the leaders we don’t want.

Many people, when they reach positions of power, instead of changing the errors of the past, simply repeat them: “I suffered and now it’s your turn; I will make you suffer. I was miserable, now it’s my turn of making lives miserable. I was oppressed and exploited, and now it’s my turn to oppress and exploit others, and benefit from it.” They don’t realize that they are now in positions where they can bring about positive changes. It would be wonderful if they realized that “This is the way it was, the way it was, but it’s not the way it should or has to be. Things can be changed, and I will bring about change for the better. I suffered, but I don’t need to continue the same pattern and inflict suffering on others. These injustices stop here, and I will do my part in bringing about positive change.” It should not be because someone was treated badly — or because this is the common way people are treated — that he or she, when reaching positions of power, should continue perpetuating the same erroneous trend of treating other people badly.

The reality is that parents, as a rule, criticize much more than they praise. The majority of parents are ready to point out their children’s weaknesses and failures, and by doing so, they instill in them a sentiment that they are not good enough. How many times have you heard parents criticizing their children and putting them down? Spoken and unspoken messages such as “You are a loser. You are good for nothing.” are not uncommon. It seems that only when their children are doing something bad, parents take notice and have something to say. When they do good things, parents usually say nothing. It is as if children are just doing what is expected of them. Good deeds go by unnoticed. Well, it shouldn’t be this way.

My advice? Love your children wastefully, and say “I love you” a lot. Catch them doing good, and say something. Praises such as, “Good job! You are smart! You are unique!” go a long way in building confidence and self-esteem.

Be the best and most supporting boss you can be, and treat the people you lead as you would like to be treated if you were in their positions.

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“Do you want to know what makes us different? It’s that my parents always hugged me a lot.” ~ Patrick Bensadoun

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There is always virtue in the middle. Criticism and punishment only will not do it. Praise and rewarding only will not do it either. Too much undeserved criticism and too little deserved praise is bad. On the other hand, too much undeserved praise and too little deserved criticism is also bad. Choose the middle way.  Gentle criticism when warranted, and honest praise when deserved, is the way to go. Wise use of both is what is needed: calm criticism that does not put the child down, and sincere praise that does not inflate the child’s ego, gives her an unrealistic perception of who she is, and instills in her a sense of entitlement. But, if we have to choose, let us be generous in our approval and applause, and parsimonious in our censure and condemnation. Let us err in favor of praise!


 

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The Most Precious Gift: A Loving and Peaceful Presence

 

“The most precious gift we can offer others in our presence. The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

To live lives that uphold the well-being of others is  one of the noblest things we can do, and to do it properly we must constantly work on our own selves. Let us cultivate peace and love in our inner garden, the garden of our hearts. Let us, intentionally, be presences of love and bringers of peace to all the people we meet and all the places we go. Let us radiate peace, and shower all people with love, knowing, as Meher Baba said, that “love cannot be forced upon anybody, yet it can be awakened in one through love itself.” Let us be fully present and give all people our undivided attention and compassion. Then we will be the healers that the world needs. Then we will be real blessings to others, and people will naturally gravitate toward us, to grow in love, and to become spreaders of love themselves.

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Love spreads spontaneously. Love brings about love. In any environment, the mere presence of a loving person expands the number of individuals who respond with love.

“Love and coercion can never go together. Love has to spring spontaneously from within. It is in no way amenable to any form of inner or outer force and it cannot be forced upon anybody, yet it can be awakened in one through love itself.”

~ Meher Baba

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We Are the Waters of the Great Sea

We are the waters of the Great Sea
Waves brought us here, to these shores
But here we cannot stay, except for a short while
We must return to where we came from
We are the waters of the Great Sea

~ Piero Falci


 

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Self-Fulfilling Prophecies

We are what we think. We create our lives and our world based on what we choose to think and believe. What we imagine in our minds is what we get in our lives.

When we start to observe and be more aware of our thoughts, we begin to understand what thoughts are. We begin to understand the thought process, how thoughts appear from nowhere, vanish, and reappear, and how one thought generates many other thoughts. Then we begin to realize that we have the power to be selective, and choose what thoughts we give your attention to. Once we realize that we can decide to give attention to thoughts, ideas, and beliefs that are beneficial to us, and disregard those that are not, our lives become immensely better.

The lives we imagine for ourselves are the lives we live. Our lives are self-fulfilling prophecies.

What possibilities do you see for yourself? What do you expect from your life? How do you see yourself in the future?

Remember that life is full of possibilities. You can be your own greatest motivator or your own greatest inhibitor; it is up to you. Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you are right.

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THINKING

If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you’d like to win, but you think you can’t,
It is almost a cinch that you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost;
For out of the world we find
Success begins with a fellow’s will
It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you’re outclassed, you are;
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win the prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man;
But sooner or later the man who wins
Is the one who thinks he can!

~ Walter D. Wintle

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Spaceship Earth – Part 5

Pale Blue Dot is a photograph of planet Earth taken on February 14, 1990, by the Voyager 1 space probe from a record distance of about 6 billion kilometers. Today, twenty-seven years after that picture was taken, when some among us are thinking about borders and exclusion, and considering erecting walls of division, it may be a good time to take a look at all these concepts and desires from above.

Click on the link below and watch Carl Sagan’s “Pale Blue Dot” video, and take some time to reflect on what he had to say: “Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.” Yes, think about all those individuals who in their frantic pursuit of power create a lot of pain and suffering for others, and never come to realize that they are just “momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.”

Much love to you all. ~ Piero

“From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest. But for us, it’s different. Consider again that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there—on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.” ~ Carl Sagan (1934-1996), Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

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Pale Blue Dot is a photograph of planet Earth taken on February 14, 1990, by the Voyager 1 space probe from a record distance of about 6 billion kilometers (3.7 billion miles, 40.5 AU), as part of the Family Portrait series of images of the Solar System. In the photograph, Earth’s apparent size is less than a pixel; the planet appears as a tiny dot against the vastness of space, among bands of sunlight scattered by the camera’s optics. Voyager 1, which had completed its primary mission and was leaving the Solar System, was commanded by NASA to turn its camera around and take one last photograph of Earth across a great expanse of space, at the request of astronomer and author Carl Sagan. (Wikipedia entry)


 

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To Find the One I Lost

Why did you come here?

I came here to see vapors rising from the lake in these cold mornings. I came here to experience a long, silent, eye-to-eye connection with the young deer before the sun came up.

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Why did you come here?

I came here to remind myself of the life I want to live: a mindful life in which I am awake, alert, aware, and joyfully alive. I came here to harness the courage to change and live this new, simpler life, free from all my fears, my addictions, my cravings, and my aversions.

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Why did you come here?

I came here to immerse myself in the silence, absorb the peace of this place,  and feel happy, content, and satisfied. 

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Tell me: why did you come here, really?

I came here to find the one I lost.

That’s why.

That’s what I came here for.

~ Piero Falci

Omega Institute, June 2016

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Usually, at the beginning of our retreats, we are asked questions such as, “Why did you come here? What has brought you here? Why are you here? What is your intention? What do you want to get from this experience?” After the first round of more obvious answers, we are asked again, and again, and again. “What do you really, really, really want?” and as we dig deeper, truer answers emerge.


 

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My Intentions are Pure

At the beginning of his years of teaching, Siddhartha Gautama faced a lot of criticism from those who would not agree with what he had to say. Seeing what he was going through, his disciples approached him and asked, “How can you be so calm and peaceful when people find fault in your words and ridicule you?” The Buddha answered with a question: “When someone offers you a gift and you don’t accept it, to whom does the gift belong to?”

We have to decide: Shall we accept the gift, or not? The decision is ours. And the right decision will liberate us.

Know that you will never get everyone’s approval, and that there will always be people who do not agree with you. Seeking external approval is a sure way to unhappiness. What other people think of you should never be as important as what you think of yourself, so make sure to value more how you see yourself than the opinions others have of you.

You can’t expect that everybody will understand and agree with you. You can’t expect that everybody will be gentle and kind with you. You can’t expect that everybody will love you. That’s unrealistic.

You can’t control how others will interpret what you say and do. All you can control is the purity of your intentions. Negative reactions to your words and actions should not matter if you are at peace, and able to honestly and calmly say to yourself, “My intentions are pure.”

It is not realistic to believe that you have never wounded some people during your lifetime. We all did. We all had those selfish and mindless moments that some of us, later, came to regret. No one is totally perfect and completely innocent. Accept that you have hurt others, and that some people do not like you.

Go to the center of your being, to that place of silence and stillness, and investigate what has moved and moves you. Now, forgive yourself, once and for all. Leave that weight of guilt and recrimination by the roadside and don’t get back to it ever again.

May you be able to say to yourself, “I know who I am. I know the ground where I stand. I know that my intentions are pure. I am at peace. I am firm in my intent to be good, do good, and help other people as much as I can, for as long as I can. I am firm in my intent of not inflicting anyone any harm.” 

May you be able to have compassion for, and send waves of love to all of those who criticize, attack, and dislike you. May you be able to forgive all, including yourself, for all unwholesome words and actions, and move on. May you be able to constantly express great gratitude for all the blessings that have been bestowed upon you.

And if you are a teacher, decide to be the guide on the side, not the sage on the stage. Be present, sensitive, and flexible. Get your ego out of the way, and don’t try to control everything.  Yes, plan your classes, but remain open to change. Be attentive to what is called for in the moment, being at peace if it happens that you have to throw away all your well-crafted plans and do something completely different. Trust the intelligence that arises from the group in each moment. Remain open, be a conduit, and allow the intelligence of the Universe to flow through you.

“At the end of the day, I’m at peace because my intentions are good and my heart is pure.”

Peace be with you.

Much love to you all.

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The Generosity of Sharing One’s Pain

The Generosity of Sharing One’s Pain

Thank you for sharing your pain
And for taking me to that place I have prohibited myself from visiting
That place where my sadness resides

Thank you for sharing your pain
And for allowing me to shed tears with you
Not only for your suffering, but also for mine

Thank you for letting your pain out
And for revealing a escape route for my own
And for sharing your story, ‘cause it’s my story too
And for reminding me that, in the end
We are all the same on this never-ending journey of change

Thank you for sharing your pain
And for reminding me that although this being human is not easy
I can find great consolation in knowing that I am not alone
That, in the most silent of all silences, we hold each other in love
And that is enough
That is enough

~ Piero Falci

Petaluma, California

February 7, 2017

Dedicated to all those gardeners who plant seeds of mindfulness


 

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Mindful Eating

Take a few breaths and center yourself before you begin eating. This will help you slow down and give eating your full attention. Be curious.  Use your senses and re-discover the colors, the textures, the aromas. Appreciate. Smell. Feel the temperature of the food. Now, taste it. Move slowly, bite by bite. Put your fork down between bites and be conscious of all the different sensations you are experiencing. Treat this food as if you were savoring it for the first time in your life. Eat this food as if you’ve never eaten it before, because, actually, you’ve never eaten this one before.

Be mindful of mental images, memories, and fantasies while you eat. Since mind-wandering is inevitable, you may want to imagine the seed, the soil, the sun, the rain, the people involved in producing and distributing, and the journey this food has made to arrive at your table. But come back, as much as possible, to the here-now, paying attention to this moment and mindfully eating this food in front of you, this food in your mouth.

Detect any expectation. Slowing down is extra important in this process. Stay with this bite, without anticipating the next one. Chew it thoroughly. Staying with this bite is staying in the present moment. Staying with this bite is practicing mindfulness, and mindful living. If we keep thinking about what we will be eating next while we still have food in our mouths, we are not in the present moment; we are not fully connected with the food that we are eating. Also, since it takes time for the brain to register that we have already eaten enough, if we eat too fast, we either eat too much, or we finish the meal and still feel hungry. Eating fast is conducive to over-eating. So, let’s slow down, and savor this one bite because slow eating is the best for our health.

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I recently learned Lynn Rossy’s acronym BASICS, a great reminder of mindful eating.

B – Breathe and Belly check

A – Assess your food

S – Slow down

I – Investigate your hunger throughout your meal

C – Chew your food

S – Savor your food

For more on Mindful Eating, check the Eat for Life program.

I found the initial part of these instructions for Mindful Eating in little informational cubes placed on the dining hall tables of the Omega Institute, in Rhinebeck, NY.


 

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Tears in Rain

 

“Quite an experience to live in fear, isn’t it? This is what it is to be a slave.”

“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.” 

These are the final words of Roy Batty, the rebel replicant in the movie “Blade Runner,” directed by Ridley Scott, based on Philip K. Dick’s story “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” The screenplay was written by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples.

This scene makes me reflect on fear, love of life, and impermanence.

LIVING IN FEAR

During a time in my life when I was dealing with a lot of uncertainty and fear, the words spoken in this scene of the movie “Blade Runner” made me reflect a lot about the disturbing effects of fear. The movie depicts a society in the future where robots are sent to other planets to do the hard work. These automatons are the slaves of the future, and the best ones are known as replicants, excellent replicas of human beings. Similar to humans, they function just for a limited amount of time, until they reach that point when their systems shut down and their existences come to an end. A group of replicants come to love their lives so much that they want to prevent this from happening; they don’t want to die. So they initiate a violent rebellion, and come to Earth with the intent of meeting their creator, the scientist who invented and manufactures the androids. Their hope is that, after hearing their plea, he will extend their lives. Special police operatives, known as Blade Runners, are assigned to hunt down and exterminate the defiant replicants. A retired police officer from the Blade Runner squadron reluctantly accepts the assignment to eliminate the rebel androids, and that’s what he does, one by one. The end of the movie brings us to witness the confrontation between this detective and the last rebel left, the strongest of them all, the leader of the group. The final clash takes place on the rooftop of an abandoned building. The android clearly has the upper hand, and the detective is about to lose the fight, and his life. On the verge of dying, when the detective is showing all his fear, the slave calmly says to him, “Quite an experience to live in fear, isn’t it? This is what it is to be a slave.” 

I have reflected on these words and they have taught me a lot. The slave himself defines what slavery truly is: slavery is to live in fear. Think about it: to live in fear is to be a slave. Every time I think about this passage I reflect upon the damaging effects of fear. It is certainly not an easy endeavor, but we must find the courage to be present and curious about our fears because facing fear is what, ultimately, liberates us.

“Quite an experience to live in fear, isn’t it? This is what it is to be a slave.” 

Fear holds us prisoners. If we live our lives in fear we will never be truly free. Set yourself free.

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LOVING LIFE, ALL LIFE

Knowing that all his attempts to extend his life had failed, and that the end of his existence was imminent, the replicant decides to save his enemy’s life. In the final moments of his existence, he decides to give life, not to take it, maybe because of the great love for life that he had developed. I think that when you come to a deeper understanding of what life is, you come to the conclusion that because life is too precious, no one should ever kill. We understand that the preservation of life is paramount.

What comes to my mind is a saying attributed to Gandhi: “For this cause I am willing to die, but there is no cause I am willing to kill for.”

I Will Not Kill

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IMPERMANENCE

Nothing lasts forever. “All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.”

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Know that you are loved!

~ Piero


 

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Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who hopes to inspire people to live lives that matter. He is a promoter of peace who believes that Heaven is here, if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation and mindful living, and organizes Silent Peace Walks.

Be the Peace You Want to See in the World – 2

“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. Remember, a Jedi’s strength flows from the Force. But beware of the dark side. Anger, fear, aggression; the dark side of the Force are they. Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will.” ~ Yoda

It is during dark times that dark thoughts and feelings creep up. Beware! Hatred is not overcome by hatred; through love alone is hatred overcome. Do not feed the dark side with more hostility and rage. This only makes it stronger. Beware, because, in the end, it may engulf and consume you completely. Pause, and ask yourself, “What am I thinking? What am I feeling? “ And if the thoughts and feelings may strengthen the dark side, don’t let them get a hold of you. Try something different. Ask yourself, “How can I dispel these dark thoughts and emotions with love? How can I be a bringer of optimism, hope and peace?” Remember S. T. O. P. — Stop, take a breath, observe, and only then proceed.

Be mindful, choose wisely, and respond with love.

Be the peace you want to see in the world.

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“Serenity Prayer”

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

Courage to change the things I can,

and the Wisdom to know the difference


 

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Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who hopes to inspire people to live lives that matter. He is a promoter of peace who believes that Heaven is here, if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation and mindful living, and organizes Silent Peace Walks.

 

 

Choose Happiness. Choose Love.

 

“Does this add to my happiness and the happiness of others?”

“Does this expands my happiness and the happiness in the world?”

Let the answers to these questions guide our decisions.

If we claim happiness, love, and peace as our birthright, and decide to be the most peaceful, loving, and happy individuals that we can be, and do only what expands those sentiments in the world, then, no matter what may happen to us, we will always experience a deep sense of calm and an exhilarating feeling of freedom from the trappings of the world.

So, decide to be a living expression of happiness. Decide to be the happiest person you can be. Decide to live mindfully,  to choose wisely, and to make of happiness a priority at every moment of your life.

Be mindful! Be amazed! Be grateful! Be content! Be compassionate! Be generous! Be happy!

Do what makes you happy. Be with who makes you smile. Laugh and Love as long as you Live.

Much love to you all.

~ Piero

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“We are individuals here on earth with our own unique purpose. Our birthright is to be happy. Your life is yours to be lived and to be cherished. Make yourself and your happiness a priority. Become a person that you’re proud to be – one that lives with a wide open heart and stands for human goodness even when it’s difficult or unpopular. Be honest. Be willing to change your mind as you grow, learn and love. Be humble enough to let people see your humanity, because this is when true connection is formed. Give. Give. And give more, but don’t forget to be a gracious receiver too. Live each day becoming your truest, greatest self. This is your life. Live it. “ ~ Michelle Ploog

 

 


 

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Honor Those Who Came Before You

To all young (and old) artists struggling out there, may this video inspire you and make you think about what inspired him. May this video lead you to think about his connection with the Source of Creation, and encourage you  to further explore your own connection. May it inspire you to think of the ways he blesses humanity with what he does, and encourage you to bless humanity with what you do. May it take you to think about the love, peace, and smiles he spreads, and then renew your dedication to elevate the human spirit with your creation.

May this video inspire you to think how much he and all of those who came before him want all of this good to expand and go on. Pause for a moment, and absorb this energy!

May this video inspire you to think how much he and all of those who came before him want you to be successful. Feel their support and hear their well-wishes and their words of encouragement in the silence of this moment, and allow this energy to live in you!

May this video inspire you to think how happy he and all of those who came before him will be if you continue what they have started. Smile knowing that this is your time; you have been entrusted to continue their work, carry on their legacy, and tame the savageness of men with enlightening art.

Honor them by being mindful, authentic, and dedicated to your craft. Remember that you get from it what you put into it. Live mindfully, and make each present moment count. Remember that a good life is a collection of good moments, so make the best of this moment, of every moment, moment after moment. Remember that if you follow your bliss, the Universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.

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And, now, answer this question:

“How stoked are you willing to be?”

Watch the YouTube video “Paul McCartney at the Kennedy Center Honors (Complete)”

Know that you are loved!

~ Piero


 

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Piero Falci is the founder of the Silent Peace Walk movement. He is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who hopes to inspire people to live lives that matter. He is a promoter of peace who believes that Heaven is here, if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation and mindful living.

Be the Peace You Want to See in the World

Let us cultivate peace, because the world needs it. The world needs peaceful people. The world needs us. Let us do what needs to be done to protect this calm energy of peace, and let us avoid all that disturbs it. Let us be vigilant in order not to be another one of those who brings more agitation, anger and hatred to the world. Let us be kind to one another. Let us be the peace we want to see in the world.

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We have great responsibilities. We must expand understanding, compassion, and love, because this is the most effective way of reducing the ignorance and the hatred in our world. We must live lives that uphold the well-being of others, and see ourselves as bringers of peace, the ones whose mere peaceful presences bring energies of concord to places of discord.

There’s a lot we can do to make this world of ours a better place for all.  So, let us go ahead and ask ourselves, “What can I do to create the just world of my dreams, the world I want to live in? What, given my attributes and my personality, can I do to make this world a better place? And what, among the many things that must be done, do I feel called to do?” The answers will vary because we are endowed with different talents and skills, but certainly one of the best things we can do, if not the best, is to take care of preserving and growing our own inner-peace while guiding and supporting others to do the same. Knowing that hatred is not overcome by hatred, but through love alone, we should pause and ask ourselves, “How can I promote peace while preserving and expanding my inner-peace and that of others?”

Think about it.  I am serious. Think about it.

Peace be with you.

“There is peace on Earth, and it began with me.”

~ Piero

 


 

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Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who hopes to inspire people to live lives that matter. He is a promoter of peace who believes that Heaven is here, if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation and mindful living, and organizes Silent Peace Walks.

 

A Rich Day

 

“What day is today,” asked Pooh. “It’s today,” squeaked Piglet. “My favorite day,” said Pooh.

The best days are the ones we contemplate, the ones we live mindfully, paying attention and being amazed by the Magic, Mystery and Miracles that surround us. The best days are the ones in which, by practicing mindfulness in silence, we see all the riches that the Universe has bestowed on us, and realize how wealthy we already are.

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The Path to Happiness

From Mindfulness to Amazement.

From Amazement to Gratefulness.

From Gratefulness to Contentment.

From Contentment to Optimism.

From Optimism to Compassion.

From Compassion to Generosity.

From Generosity to Happiness.

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Know that you are loved!

~ Piero


 

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Piero Falci is the founder of the Silent Peace Walk movement. He is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who hopes to inspire people to live lives that matter. He is a promoter of peace who believes that Heaven is here, if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation and mindful living.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. – A Peaceful, Compassionate and Humane America

Back in 2007, when he was 14 years old, my son Mateus was a speaker at our city’s annual MLK, Jr. Celebration. He mentioned many quotes of MLK, Jr. during his speech. These  are two of them.

If you are interested, the link below will take you to where you can read his speech in its entirety:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nonviolence, Speech by Mateus Falci, The 17th Annual MLK Jr. Celebration, Coral Springs, 1/12/2007 

Take some time today to reflect and be inspired by the great Martin Luther King, Jr.

~ Piero


 

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Piero Falci is the founder of the Silent Peace Walk movement. He is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer and inspirer who encourages people to live lives that matter. He is a promoter of peace who believes that Heaven is here, if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation and mindful living.

Martin Luther King, Jr. – The Power to Forgive

Back in 2007, when he was 14 years old, my son Mateus was a speaker at our city’s annual MLK, Jr. Celebration. He mentioned many quotes of MLK, Jr. during his speech. This is one of them.

If you are interested, the link below will take you to where you can read his speech in its entirety:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nonviolence, Speech by Mateus Falci, The 17th Annual MLK Jr. Celebration, Coral Springs, 1/12/2007 

Take some time today to reflect and be inspired by the great Martin Luther King, Jr.

~ Piero


 

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– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

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– “Silent Peace Walk”

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Piero Falci is the founder of the Silent Peace Walk movement. He is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer and inspirer who encourages people to live lives that matter. He is a promoter of peace who believes that Heaven is here, if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation and mindful living.

Martin Luther King, Jr. – Double Victory

Back in 2007, when he was 14 years old, my son Mateus was a speaker at our city’s annual MLK, Jr. Celebration. He mentioned many quotes of MLK, Jr. during his speech. These  are two of them.

If you are interested, the link below will take you to where you can read his speech in its entirety:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nonviolence, Speech by Mateus Falci, The 17th Annual MLK Jr. Celebration, Coral Springs, 1/12/2007 

Take some time today to reflect and be inspired by the great Martin Luther King, Jr.

~ Piero


 

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– “Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”

Pay Attention Book Cover

– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

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– “Silent Peace Walk”

www.PieroFalci.com

www.SilentPeaceWalk.org

www.PeacefulWays.org

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Piero Falci is the founder of the Silent Peace Walk movement. He is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer and inspirer who encourages people to live lives that matter. He is a promoter of peace who believes that Heaven is here, if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation and mindful living.

Martin Luther King, Jr. – Inspired by a Vision of Harmony and World Peace

Back in 2007, when he was 14 years old, my son Mateus was a speaker at our city’s annual MLK, Jr. Celebration. He mentioned many quotes of MLK, Jr. during his speech. This is one of them.

If you are interested, the link below will take you to where you can read his speech in its entirety:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nonviolence, Speech by Mateus Falci, The 17th Annual MLK Jr. Celebration, Coral Springs, 1/12/2007 

Take some time today to reflect and be inspired by the great Martin Luther King, Jr.

~ Piero


 

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– “Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”

Pay Attention Book Cover

– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

Silent_Peace_Walk_Cover_for_Kindle

– “Silent Peace Walk”

www.PieroFalci.com

www.SilentPeaceWalk.org

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Piero Falci is the founder of the Silent Peace Walk movement. He is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer and inspirer who encourages people to live lives that matter. He is a promoter of peace who believes that Heaven is here, if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation and mindful living.

Call to Adventure

The Universe is calling.

What have the Forces of the Universe summoned you to do?

The Universe is calling.

Answer the call!

You know what you have to do. Put yourself in motion and give the greatest contribution that you can give.

Just do it!

~ Piero

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One of the elements of Joseph Campbell’s “Hero’s Journey” is the “Call to Adventure,” that persistent call from the Forces of the Universe summoning us to do what we must do if we are to fulfill our purposes and live lives that matter.

What is your mission in life? The Universe is calling. Answer the call!


 

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– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

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Piero Falci is the founder of the Silent Peace Walk movement. He is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer and inspirer who encourages people to live lives that matter. He is a promoter of peace who believes that Heaven is here, if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation and mindful living.

Still Hidden, But More Visible Figures

It is not easy to live in America if the color of your skin is not white. It is not easy to receive the recognition, respect, and reward you deserve for the excellence of your work if you are not a man. Life is twice as difficult if you are a black woman working among white men in America.

Last night I watched “Hidden Figures,” a well-crafted and sensitive film that generated deep reflections in me about gender and racial inequality in this country of ours. Directed by Theodore Melfi and written by Melfi and Allison Schroeder, the film is based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly. It tells the story, among others, of Katherine Johnson, the African American mathematician who calculated flight trajectories for NASA’s Mercury and Apollo programs while facing the difficulties of being a black woman in the US, and in a workplace populated and dominated by white men.

It made me realize, once again, that even though I can empathize, I really can’t fathom what it is to be black, or a woman, or a black woman in America. It made me think of the tremendous advantage I have simply for the mere fact that I was born a man, and white. It made me realize, once again, that the majority of the white population of this country go through life in a state of oblivion, completely unaware of this immense and gratuitous  privilege.

But it is evident that we are making progress, in spite of all the push-backs. We are realizing that prejudice, bigotry, discrimination and segregation are expressions of ignorance and fear. It is becoming clearer that we, all of us, are crew members of the same spaceship that is traveling through cosmos, and that we need to work together if we want Planet Earth, our space vehicle, to last.

There is a scene in the movie when Al Harrison, the head of the NASA program played by actor Kevin Costner, dramatically puts an end to segregated bathrooms in that NASA facility. The scene ends with him saying, “Here at NASA, we all pee the same color.” I guess that all of us — blacks and whites, women and men — are coming to terms with this.

I highly recommend the film. Watch it. May it touch you and inspire you to continue the work of growing in understanding, educating, dispelling prejudice, and bringing more justice and peace to our world. Let us remember what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. told us: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Let us give of ourselves to create a gentler world for all because, in the final analysis, we are all in this together.

~ Piero


 

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– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

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I am an author and educator who really loves to write and teach. I like to think of myself as an explorer who inspires people to live lives that matter. I am the Program Director of One Planet United, the founder of the Silent Peace Walk movement, and the creator and facilitator of the Diversity and Personal Activism workshops, and of the Peaceful Ways retreats. I believe that the inner work that leads to a personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. I teach mindfulness meditation that is conducive to a gentler way of living, and courses that expand sensitivity and improve communications and human relations. I consider myself one of those who is collaborating to bring more justice and peace to our world. I hold the firm belief that Heaven is here, if we want it to be. ~ Piero Falci

Innocence and Rest

See yourself as a little, innocent child, and find refuge in loving arms.

Rest.

Rest without worries or fear.

Do not demand so much of yourself.

Do not judge yourself so harshly.

Let go of your ideas of good and bad.

Rediscover the beauty that surrounds you in this moment, and live in awe.

Be grateful for everything.

Trust that everything is unfolding as it should, and that all will be fine.

Ask for God’s desires to be your desires, allow yourself to be used, and trust that you are being used for mighty purposes in mighty ways.

Be generous.

Know that you are loved.

~ Piero

 


 

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Piero Falci is the founder of the Silent Peace Walk movement. He is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer and inspirer who encourages people to live lives that matter. He is a promoter of peace who believes that Heaven is here, if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation and mindful living.

A Fulfilling Existence Through Mindful Living

The practice of meditation prepares us to live more mindfully in the present moment. It is a training that brings more awareness to those other moments of our lives when we are not meditating. This expanded awareness, and the more mindful choices that it brings about, enhances our well-being and the overall quality of our lives.

As we practice, we begin to pay more attention to our own selves and the world around us, and begin to notice beauty that we didn’t see before. We discover magic, mystery and miracles even in the simplest things, and begin to live in a state of amazement with the wonders that surround us. We experience a sense of gratitude for all that has been freely given to us, and feel richly blessed, realizing how fortunate we already are.

This more mindful life – a life in which the pace is slower and the attention greater – allows us to savor and enjoy a lot more. It is as if, with the slower pace and greater attention, high doses of elegance and refinement are introduced in our days. With sharpened senses, every unremarkable item suddenly becomes a masterpiece for our sensory enjoyment; every meal, no matter how simple, becomes a banquet; every occurrence, no matter how ordinary, is sensed as extraordinary. We begin to feel extremely rich, but in a different way: we feel owners of a kind of wealth that has nothing to do with one’s financial situation, or with the accumulation of possessions that money can buy, but that is immensely more satisfying.

This mindful way of living leads us to a joyful acceptance of what we have, what we do, and who we are. We begin to experience a sense of contentment that tames our relentless urge to strive to have, do, and be more. Engulfed in a restful cloud of peace, we suddenly realize that we are happy already, right here, right now.

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Start over!

Begin again!

Our lives are constantly beginning, again, and again. Every moment is the first of the rest of our lives, and the only one that really exists. We must try to tame the tendency of our minds to constantly visit the future and the past. This habit hinders our ability to be fully present in the here-now.

Knowing that a good life is a collection of good moments, let us make make of this and every moment the best it can be. Let us remember to be mindful, amazed, grateful, content, optimistic, compassionate, and generous! And by living out these qualities, we will create a fulfilling and happy life!

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Know that you are loved!

~ Piero


 

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Piero Falci loves to observe, reflect, and write. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who not only strives to live a life that matters, but who also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here, if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation and mindful living, and organizes Silent Peace Walks.


 

Neither Victims Nor Executioners

Who am I? Am I a murderer? Am I an accomplice of murderers?

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Albert Camus was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1957, the second youngest writer to receive this honor. He died three years later in an automobile accident. “Neither Victims nor Executioners,” one of his writings, appeared serially in the autumn of 1946 in Combat, the daily newspaper of the Resistance, which Camus helped edit during the Nazi occupation and for a short time after the war. It was published in English in the July-August 1947 issue of Politics. What follows is an excerpt of that piece, in which Camus calls for nonviolence and preservation of life.

“All I ask is that, in the midst of a murderous world, we agree to reflect on murder and to make a choice. After that, we can distinguish those who accept the consequences of being murderers themselves or the accomplices of murderers, and those who refuse to do so with all their force and being. Since this terrible dividing line does actually exist, it will be a gain if it be clearly marked. Over the expanse of five continents throughout the coming years an endless struggle is going to be pursued between violence and friendly persuasion, a struggle in which, granted, the former has a thousand times the chances of success than that of the latter. But I have always held that, if he who bases his hopes on human nature is a fool, he who gives up in the face of circumstances is a coward. And henceforth, the only honorable course will be to stake everything on a formidable gamble: that words are more powerful than munitions.” ~ by Albert Camus, translated by Dwight MacDonald.

So, inspired by Camus, I pause and ask myself, “Who am I? Am I a murderer? Am I an accomplice of murderers? Do I send others to kill on my behalf? What part do I play in the killing? In what ways do I benefit from the killing of others?”

The truth is that even I, this flimsy and hesitant promoter of peace, am guilty. For the mere fact that I am a citizen of this country, and a taxpayer, I somewhat contribute to the killing of others. Without regard for my personal opposition to the use of violence, my government sends emissaries to kill, and that is what they do on my behalf. They may not have my explicit consent to do so, but they somehow benefit from my silent connivance, and from a system that ignores my opposition to all forms of violence and killing.

So, I hear Camus asking me, “In the midst of this murderous world, what do you choose?” And my answer is, “I choose life. I choose kindness. I choose communication. I choose active nonviolent resistance to all forms of violence, all forms of oppression and exploitation, all the inhumane forms human beings treat other human beings.”

May we, all of us, make a similar choice. May we all choose life. May we grow in mindfulness, experience oneness, and engage in the work of alleviating other people’s suffering, and that of preserving the planet and all life in it. May we reject violence and killing. May we believe in the intrinsic goodness of man and the power of nonviolent, friendly persuasion to dispel tensions and solve conflicts. May we live with the conviction that words are more powerful than munitions. May we choose selflessness, modesty, and cooperation, not self-boasting and competition. May we choose peace, always.

~ Piero

P.S. To all my sisters and brothers in arms, independent of what country or group you pledge loyalty to… To all of you engaged in fight and killing… To all of you getting physically and mentally wounded… To all of you trapped in the crossfires… To all of you, the conscientious objectors and deserters… To all of you, all over this world of ours, know that I feel your pain and that I love you all. We are all in this together. I can imagine how hard it may be to do some of the things you are ordered to do. Maybe not thinking about the insanity of all this violence and killing is the only way to cope with it, and maintain some sort of soundness of mind. I can understand that. I can feel the pain. If you are engaged in killing, and if you can find a way out, I hope you exercise this option. Finally, I want you to know that you are loved.

~ Piero


 

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An Appeal for Sanity – Part 10 – Stop, Please

Please, stop!

If you are, in any way, involved in hurting and killing other beings, stop, please.

MINDFULNESS AND WORLD PEACE

Peace in my heart brought peace to my family.
Peace in my family brought peace to my community.
Peace in my community brought peace to my nation.
Peace in my nation brought peace to the world.
There is peace on Earth, and it began with me.

We have work to do to restore sanity and peace in our world. We have work to do to tame our savageness and enhance our kindness. This work begins with each one of us. It develops our inner peace, our compassion, our understanding that we are all in this together, our generosity, and our reaching out to those who are lonely and hurting.

We become healers. We become bringers of peace.

WE HAVE WORK TO DO TO RESTORE SANITY AND PEACE IN THIS WORLD OF OURS.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a declaration adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948.

PREAMBLE

Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,

Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,

Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,

Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations,

Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,

Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms,

Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge,

Now, Therefore THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY proclaims THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.

Article 1. All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Article 2. Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

Article 3. Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

Article 4. No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.

Article 5. No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Article 6. Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.

Article 7. All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.

Article 8. Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.

Article 9. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

Article 10. Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.

Article 11. (1) Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defense. (2) No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed.

Article 12. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honor and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

Article 13. (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state. (2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.

Article 14. (1) Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution. (2) This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

Article 15. (1) Everyone has the right to a nationality. (2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.

Article 16. (1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution. (2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses. (3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.

Article 17. (1) Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others. (2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.

Article 18. Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

Article 19. Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

Article 20. (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association. (2) No one may be compelled to belong to an association.

Article 21. (1) Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives. (2) Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country. (3) The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.

Article 22. Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.

Article 23. (1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favorable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment. (2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work. (3) Everyone who works has the right to just and favorable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection. (4) Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.

Article 24. Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.

Article 25. (1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control. (2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.

Article 26. (1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit. (2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace. (3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.

Article 27. (1) Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits. (2) Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.

Article 28. Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.

Article 29. (1) Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible. (2) In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society. (3) These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

Article 30. Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.


 

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Seeing and Not Seeing

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“When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change.”

These words, attributed to Max Planck, the father of the quantum theory in physics, and often used by the late Wayne Dyer, summarize what, for me, should be our priority in life, and the highest goal we should strive for on our journey to create better lives and a better world: we must strive to change the way we look at things in order to see beyond what we currently see.

Let’s explore this “seeing” for a moment. To begin this exploration, let’s entertain the idea — or fact — that we don’t see with our eyes, but with our brains. Some researchers went further and said that our hearts and bodies perceive and apprehend realities before our brains do. In other words, our bodies know the experience before our brain translates it in ways that we can ‘understand’ them. Well, we will save this for another time. For now, let’s stay with the research that shows that we are very selective with our seeing, and that we favor noticing what makes sense to us; we see what is in accordance with what we already know. Very little of what does not confirm our beliefs and our understanding of what is possible and plausible is able to go through our “brain filters.” In other words, the majority of what we let through and let in is what matches our concepts. Apparently, it is very difficult for anyone to see something new if they are not open and deeply committed to do so. Therefore, the first thing to consider is that we are unable to see everything that there is to be seen, and, also, that we may be unable to see what others see. In other words, we cannot be absolutely sure that what others see is what we see, and vice versa.

Let us also contemplate that instead of seeing things freshly — with the eyes of a child, or with the eyes of a curious tourist visiting a place for the first time — we evoke memories of past experiences, and mentally construct images that our brains can understand. For instance, imagine yourself looking at a tree… What do you see? Do you see this particular tree, freshly, in all its uniqueness, or do you muster your past experiences with trees, mentally evoke your ideas of what trees are, construct a mental diagram of a tree, and that’s what you see? Think about it. But what would happen if we didn’t give it a name? What if we didn’t call it a tree? What if we didn’t recall our accumulated notions and ideas about trees? What if we investigated this thing freshly, as something completely new and unknown, something we had never seen before?

So, here are some important questions: “When we look at something, what do we actually see? Do we see reality, or do we see our idea of reality? Do we see an object, or do we build an idea of that object in our brains? Do we see all that there is to be seen, or do filter out what does not match our understanding?”

Maybe there is a lot more out there that is invisible to the eyes. Perhaps we don’t even see a small portion of what there is to be seen because we are lost in our thoughts, notions, and beliefs. Many thinkers came up with the concept of multiverse, and they challenge us to imagine that we are living in a kind of virtual reality, and that there are many such parallel realities. Physicists have been trying to explain to us a new paradigm of energy that challenges our deep-seated concepts of matter, space, and time. Other thinkers talk about the existence of several dimensions, such as the third and fifth dimensions. Theologians express ideas about the material and the spiritual world: in this world, but not of it. Buddhists teach about the relative (also referred to as provisional or conventional) truth, and the ultimate truth, and tell us that our challenge is to reconcile living in this more visible (material) world with the knowing — and without forgetting — that we are also living in a less evident world.

Well, the truth — if there is a truth, which is highly questionable — is that the way we live on this planet is a reflection of the ways we see things, of our understandings of what life is, and of what we accept to be possible. This evokes a saying that goes somewhat like this, “As a man thinks, so is he.”

We don’t see the world as it is, but through our own personal lenses. “Things are seen through the lenses of our desires, prejudices and resentments and are transformed accordingly.” ~ Rune Johannson

Unfortunately, the current paradigm that the majority of us came to agree upon is that life is a violent competition for scarce resources between separated beings congregated in tribes, and that only the strongest survive. In our fear-dominated minds we feel that we must be very careful because we are surrounded by enemies that are coming to get us. We accept life as a never-ending struggle of  ‘us against them.’

But if we change the ways we look at things, we can bring about much better arrangements of living together on this planet. Once we reach a new, evolved consciousness, we will embrace the evident truth that this universe is immensely abundant, and that we don’t need to be so afraid, and compete as much as we do. We will realize that there’s more than enough for everybody here and that we don’t need to be afraid of times of scarcity, and, therefore, that we don’t need to accumulate as much as we do. We will come to our senses and see what is so evident: that our capacity to to invent amazing things that enhance the quality of life has no end. We will reach the conclusion that no one needs to suffer, and that all individuals can be supported to have dignified, thriving, and contributing lives.

Once we incorporate new understandings such as these, we will be able to be a lot kinder, cooperate much more with each other, and bring about a much better world for all.

One of the greatest changes that needs to take place in order for this to occur is our understanding of who we are. We see ourselves as separated beings, detached from one another, with our own individual lives and stories. But what if we challenged all these concepts and expanded the ideas of who we are? Some thinkers say that what we accept as reality is in fact an illusion, and that we are not these separated bodies, separated minds, or separated individuals, but that in all aspects we are one single united and interdependent organism. Again, the acceptance of new paradigms like this depends on the way we look at things, on our curiosity, on our openness to the strange and unknown, and on a firm commitment to work on our own selves and explore.

When we go through profound personal transformations we begin to see what we were not able to see before; we begin to have insights and epiphanies, and new paradigms, full of new possibilities, become visible to us.

The truth is that when we change the way we look at things, the things we look at miraculously change!

One myth that needs to be debunked is that these deep transformational experiences are only available to a few evolved individuals. Nothing could be farther from the truth! These awakenings are accessible to all of those who commit themselves to courageous investigation, exploration, and dedicated inner work. A diligent daily discipline of mental training, such as insight meditation and mindful living, can bring about the desired change because our brains have the ability to reorganize themselves by forming new neural connections throughout life. We can move away from those automatic reactions of our primitive brains, and, with training, bring about more sophisticated and thoughtful ways of responding to stimuli. We can train ourselves to expand the space and time between stimuli and responses. We can train ourselves to use the S.T.O.P. method which reminds us to “Stop, Take a breath, Observe, and only then Proceed.” With practice we can significantly reduce the mindless “fight, flight, or freeze” reactions, and increase the instances when we pause, take time, and choose more mindful responses.

I currently accept that I am not able to see everything that there is to be seen. I accept that I unconsciously discard most of the reality that does not agree with my understanding of what life is and of what is possible. For now, based on where I am on my journey, and the experiences and insights I’ve had, I am calmly embracing both the reality I think I am seeing, and the one I believe exists, but I am not seeing. Therefore, I feel comfortable saying that…

“We are, at the same time, mortal and immortal, human and divine, body and spirit, solid matter and vibrational energy, separated and united, independent and interdependent. We are many, and we are one.”

~ Piero


 

 

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Dad is George Harrison

On this day in 2001, former Beatle George Harrison died from cancer.

Our family loves The Beatles, and Pedro, my son, finds a lot of similarities between George Harrison’s ideas and mine. He recently sent me a video of Katie Couric interviewing Olivia Harrison after her husband’s death, and wrote, “Papai é o George. (Dad is George)” We, then, engaged in a brief exchange of messages about life, death, the pursuit of an expanded consciousness during our lifetime, and about learning how to die before we die.

Pedro – Papai é o George. (Dad is George)

Papai – Aceito a comparação e fico feliz. (I accept the comparison. It makes me happy)

Pedro – Adoraria ver você e o George caminhando num jardim. (I would love to see George and you walking in a garden)

Papai – Eu adoraria também. Eu te amo Pepito querido, filhote do pai. (I would love that too. I love you Pepito, my dear son)

Pedro – Também te amo, papis (I love you too, papis)

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While watching the videos posted here, many things resonated with me. What caught my attention and invited me to a deeper reflection are findings and questions that have been part of my journey. That’s probably why Pedro says that I am like George…

He had a great sense of humor, and he was also very serious; he aspired to higher consciousness, a higher life. He reflected about life’s essential questions: “Who am I? Why am I here? What am I doing here? What should I be doing here? Where am I going?”

He appreciated the simple things in life. It’s nature really that he loved. He felt closest to God in nature. He loved people who would appreciate a leaf on the ground, and say, “Wow! Look at that!” 

He said, “Sometimes I just feel I’m actually in the wrong planet. I feel great when I am in my garden, but the moment I go out the gate I think, ‘What the hell am I doing here?'” 

He faced death with no fear, no regrets. He never really felt in control. He gave his life to God a long time ago. He wasn’t trying to hang on to anything. He was fine with it. He went with what was happening. He said. “You can’t just, at the end of your life, start thinking about God. It’s not just something you stumble upon. Consciousness and self-realization… you have to work for it.” George dedicated a lot of his life to attain a good ending, and I don’t have any doubt that he was successful.

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Papai – Heed the advice and don’t wait until the end of your life. Work on the attainment of a higher consciousness every day. Immerse yourself in moments of silence and solitude, however brief, and live mindfully, paying attention to the here-now. This must become your diligent daily discipline. I don’t have any doubt that that was what George did, and that he achieved success!

Pedro – É você. Eu te adoro. (It’s you. I adore you)

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Here are the lyrics of two of George’s songs that, in my opinion, clearly show the spiritual path he was on, his understanding of Oneness and of the inevitable impermanence of all things, and his readiness for calmly undertaking the transition from this dimension to another:

Within You Without You
by George Harrison

We were talking about the space between us all
And the people who hide themselves behind a wall of illusion
Never glimpse the truth, then it’s far too late, when they pass away
We were talking about the love we all could share
When we find it, to try our best to hold it there with our love
With our love, we could save the world, if they only knew

Try to realise it’s all within yourself
No one else can make you change
And to see you’re really only very small
And life flows on within you and without you

We were talking about the love that’s gone so cold
And the people who gain the world and lose their soul
They don’t know, they can’t see, are you one of them?

When you’ve seen beyond yourself then you may find
Peace of mind is waiting there
And the time will come when you see we’re all one
And life flows on within you and without you

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Art Of Dying

by George Harrison

There’ll come a time when all of us must leave here
Then nothing sister Mary can do
Will keep me here with you
As nothing in this life that I’ve been trying
Could equal or surpass the art of dying
Do you believe me?

There’ll come a time when all your hopes are fading
When things that seemed so very plain
Become an awful pain
Searching for the truth among the lying
And answered when you’ve learned the art of dying

But you’re still with me
But if you want it
Then you must find it
But when you have it
There’ll be no need for it

There’ll come a time when most of us return here
Brought back by our desire to be
A perfect entity
Living through a million years of crying
Until you’ve realized the Art of Dying
Do you believe me?

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All things must pass
Sunrise doesn’t last all morning
A cloudburst doesn’t last all day

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Suffering and death are inevitable. I will not make my own suffering and my own death, my enemies.

 


 

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Thanks-giving, Thanks-receiving, Thanks-living

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It was a difficult season in my life. I was unemployed and facing the difficulties and emotions that come with such a situation. As a recent immigrant, without any relatives besides my wife and little children in this country, I was afraid for what could happen to us.  Would we be able to make it? I imagined the worst possible outcomes. Worries and fear were my most habitual companions. Some friends offered to help me, and I felt uncomfortable. I had always been in the giving end, and it felt strange to be receiving. I remember my friend, Guy, telling me, “You are being selfish.” I was surprised. “Being selfish? What do you mean?” I asked him. “If you refuse to take what we are offering you, you are depriving us from the joy of giving.”

Wow! What a revelation that was for me! In that moment I began to realize that there is generosity both in giving and receiving.

Today is a good day to give thanks for all that I have received and all that I have been able to give. Today is a good day to give thanks for all of those who have given something to me, and for all of those who have accepted what I had to give them. Your generosity, both in giving and receiving, has made my journey more joyful.

I reflect a lot about happiness, and the elements that are necessary to live in bliss. I came up with what I call “The Path to Happiness,” which begins with Mindfulness, and by adding Amazement, Gratitude, Contentment, and Generosity, inevitably brings about Bliss.

By being mindful we see what we weren’t able to see before, both inside and outside. We begin to see all the Magic, Mystery and Miracles that surround us. This immense beauty — that has always been there, but that we only begin to notice now — brings about a state of amazement. We realize how blessed we are, and we feel grateful for all that was given to us, with life itself. Feeling blessed and content with all we have, we begin to move away from selfishness in the direction of selflessness.  We realize that it is in giving that we receive, and become more generous. We realize that we were given the gifts that we were given not to keep them, but to give them away. And by doing all this, we find the happiness that we were seeking,  right here, right now.

My wishes to you on the Thanksgiving Day…

Be mindful! Be amazed! Be grateful! Be content! Be generous! Be happy!

Happy Thanks-giving! Happy Thanks-receiving! Happy Thanks-living!

~ Piero


 

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Our Endangered Values

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In Chinese the word Crisis is made of two characters, one meaning Danger, and the other meaning Opportunity.
These are dangerous times for all of us in the United States. Our most cherished and admired American values — the ones that were achieved through long-fought struggles of brave women and men and that brought about a more courteous, gentle, compassionate and enlightened society — are endangered. Division, bigotry, intolerance, hatred, lack of civility and aggressiveness have received an influx of energy, and some people, through their discriminatory and violent behavior, are bringing to light the worst in us.

At the same time, these attacks on our civil liberties motivate us to engage in initiatives aimed at protecting them. Crises, such as the current one, allow us to look deeply at the systems in place, see what is not working, and come up with better ways of organizing ourselves to live together. We can see this movement unfolding right now: people are reflecting on values, cherishing them, and showing willingness to protect them with renewed commitment. Our democracy, which has been kidnapped by a few, will inevitably be reclaimed by the majority of the people of this nation through increased participation in the democratic process, increased overseeing of the politicians and bureaucrats, and increased collaboration to create a more perfect union. Meanwhile, we will be growing our ability to deal with tense situations lovingly and nonviolently.

The final result of this crisis will be positive, I believe.

Now, thinking more broadly about what is needed to improve the quality of life for all, I am convinced that love is and will always be the right answer. If we want to bring about a more peaceful, just, and united society, we ourselves need to cultivate and spread kindness, compassion, generosity, tolerance and solidarity. I am convinced that the personal inner work that leads to the transformation of our hearts and minds and allows us to move from selfishness to selflessness continues to be the most powerful form of political activism for our times, and for all times.

Based on this belief, my experiences in life, and the type of person I am, I have decided that the best contribution I can give to make life better on this planet is to keep working on my own self, while encouraging others to engage in this personal work of transformation from the inside out. For me, that’s where the creation of a just society begins; with the construction of solid moral foundations upon which it shall rest. I have decided to give my support to those who want to start or who already are on their personal journeys of transformation. Finally, I have decided to nonviolently and actively resist the forces that try to delay, or prevent the inevitable manifestation of Heaven right here on Earth.

If you feel called to do something during these difficult times, I urge you to do the same. Through those meditative and contemplative practices that utilize silence and stillness, go to the center of your being and experience the epiphany of oneness. Realizing at the deepest level that “we are all in this together” changes our views and all our relationships.

Practice and get good at taming your old, primitive, reactive, fearful brain, while giving more attention and power to your new, evolved brain. This will allow you to enhance the space and time between stimulus and response and give you the skills to respond mindfully rather than react mindlessly.

Practice and free yourself from the illusion of the existence of an “I,” and from the belief that this “I” is under attack and needs to be protected. Realize that there is no “I,” no attack, and no need of protection.

Make your voice heard, and while doing it, remember these guidelines listed by my friend, Rivera Sun: “Create connections, build community, open dialogues, organize action, use our civil liberties of speech and assembly to stand up for democracy, and don’t cause physical harm to anyone or anything. Keep humanity and the planet alive, stop destruction, support the life affirming, and, of course, be kind, be connected, be unafraid!”

Grow in love, kindness and compassion, and help others grow too.

Soften yourself, and help others become softer too.

Do all this, and inspire others to do the same, because the insights produced by this diligent inner work will reveal the best ways to bring about a just, united and peaceful world .

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I want to bring to your attention four articles that better explain my points of view on this matter:
1 – A Powerful Form of Activism

2 – New Political Leadership for a New World

3 – To tame the savageness of man, and make gentle the life of this world (especially the long footnote written after the results of the 2016 presidential election were made known).

4 – World of Solidarity

A Powerful Form of Activism

New Political Leadership for a New World

To tame the savageness of man, and make gentle the life of this world

World of Solidarity

I urge you to continue to be a presence of love, peace and unity in our world.

Be mindful. Be amazed. Be grateful. Be content. Be happy!

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I find it noteworthy that the title of this blog post coincides with the title of Jimmy Carter’s book “Our Endangered Values: America’s Moral Crisis” which was published in 2005.


 

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Discovering your Purpose and Following your Bliss

What follows is a remarkable statement by Florencia Clement de Gradprey, a dear friend who I consider one of my teachers. I admire her for having undertaken with great commitment and seriousness the work of discovering her purpose and following her bliss.

She, who has attended many of my workshops in the past, now comes to them in a different role, not as a participant, but as a presenter, sharing her ongoing journey of transformation with those in attendance.

It is such a joy and a blessing to listen to her!

Here’s a preview of what you will hear when you attend one of our Discovering Your Purpose and Following Your Bliss workshops:

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By Florencia Clement de Grandprey

I think anyone who has seen me in these past two years can attest to my significant increase in mindfulness and overall happiness. Before then, I had many of the symptoms of depression which I tried to counteract with exercise and a brave face for years. After losing my condo, going through bankruptcy, feeling alone and working a job where I felt grossly underpaid, overworked and unappreciated, I reached the end of my rope. The uncertainty of not having a “job” was more bearable than the pain of continuing the status quo. I decided, consciously decided, that I needed a radical change; I needed to make ME happy and if that meant starting from scratch and going back to basics, then that’s what I needed to do.

I write this because I want people to know it is possible. I want you to know that the only way to truly be happy is to dedicate yourself to what you love and are passionate about. I’m not going to say it isn’t scary starting anew…but it’s even more terrifying to continue living your life like a zombie.

What moves and motivates you? What would you do the rest of your life if money weren’t an issue? What are you passionate about? Have you forgotten what made you smile when you were younger and carefree?

Wake up and make the changes you need to bring back that joy…or maybe it’s time to discover it. You don’t need to know all the details of how it will work out, you just need to take the first step. The universe has a wonderful way of conspiring with you when you get to your authentic self and start living with passion and intention. Seek clarity and take the plunge however big or small it may be. You don’t want to look back one day and wish you had done things differently…don’t delay…there it’s never a “perfect” time, or rather, the time is always perfect, the time is NOW!

Exactly two years ago, when I made this announcement that Facebook reminds me of today, someone asked: “how can you afford to quit your job?”…and I answered: “…I can’t afford NOT to!”

~ Florencia Clement de Grandprey

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Compassion – Loving-Kindness Meditation

Loving-kindness is a specific kind of love characterized by acts of kindness. Loving-kindness meditation (also known as metta) is an exercise that combines the techniques of meditation, creative visualization, and positive affirmations. It is used to develop compassion, inner peace, and well-being through the very simple practice of mentally directing well-wishes and expressions of love towards your own self and others. In simple terms, it consists in empathizing, feeling compassion, sending love, and wishing all beings to be well and happy.

Although very simple, metta meditation is very powerful. It really enhances the quality of life of those who practice it regularly because the simple act of wishing good things makes one feel good. It is not difficult to understand that if we are using our time to think good things, then we will have less time for ruminating over the bad things that happened to us, and that give rise to criticism, condemnation, anger and hatred. The practice of wishing well during meditation cultivates a type of attitude that makes us more likely to respond with compassion, kindness, love, generosity and patience during the other moments of our lives when we are not formally meditating, all of which makes of us a more loving and lovable person.

Here’s how to do a combined Compassion and Loving-Kindness meditation, in seven easy steps:

1 – Begin by developing compassion and feeling love for someone you like, such as a loved one, a dear friend, a benefactor, a teacher, a mentor, or any person who has helped you and you are thankful for. Mentally empathize with this person. Feel that he or she, just like you, has aspirations and faces challenges. Imagine that this person is standing right in front of you, and that you are able to feel how he or she feels. Now imagine that you are compassionately embracing her, and that your compassionate understanding encourages this individual to open up her heart and unload all the pain and suffering that is there, while feeling supported and loved by you. Now, feeling great love for this person, mentally recite with honest intention sentences such as, “May you be safe. May you be happy. May you be healthy. May you live with ease. May you receive lots of love.” After a short while, imagine that this person has received your blessings and has gone through a visible improvement. While seeing her smiling and enjoying life, say with conviction, “You are safe. You are happy. You are healthy. You are living with ease. You are abundantly loved.” 

2 – Now, continue this meditation by opening up your heart to receive compassion and love from this same person. Feel him or her patiently and generously supporting you, allowing you to unload your pain and suffering. Feel the great love this person has for you. And while feeling truly and deeply loved receive the well wishes directed to you: “May you be safe. May you be happy. May you be healthy. May you live with ease. May you receive lots of love.” After a short while, see the transformative power of these wishes, and while seeing yourself smiling and joyful, imagine the person saying with conviction, “You are safe. You are happy. You are healthy. You are living with ease. You are abundantly loved.” 

3 – Now, imagine that you are standing in front of your own self, and that you can feel how this person (you) feels. Feel all emotions. Feel all the pain and suffering that may be there, and also the good feelings of gratitude, contentment and happiness. Then, shower yourself with love. Feel love flowing to you. Feel deeply understood and loved. Then, while remaining open to receive, mentally send yourself well-wishes by reciting phrases such as, “May I be safe. May I be happy. May I be healthy. May I live with ease. May I receive lots of love.” Then, after a short while, imagining that you have already received these blessings, affirm with conviction, “I am safe. I am happy. I am healthy. I am living with ease. I am abundantly loved.” 

4 – Now, think about an individual, or a group of individuals that you know are suffering. You may or may not know them. Take some time to feel as they feel. Develop heartfelt compassion. And then, as you did before, mentally recite the well wishes and affirmations.

5 – After that, bring to mind a person you feel neutral about, someone you neither like nor dislike, someone you see often but know nothing about. Do the same as you did before: mentally exercise compassion, allow her to pour out her suffering, and, finally, as you did before, feel love and direct your loving energy to her.

6 – Then, do the same with a difficult person, someone you dislike, someone who upsets you, or whom you have a hard time with.

7 – Finally, bring to mind again all the people that were in your thoughts (someone you dislike, someone neutral, someone who is suffering, someone you like, and yourself) and once again send well-wishes and love to all of them, and to all beings by mentally saying,  May all beings everywhere be safe. May all beings everywhere be happy. May all beings everywhere be healthy. May all beings everywhere live with ease. May all beings everywhere receive lots of love.”   Then, envisioning that this is already a reality, say with lots of conviction, “All beings everywhere are safe, happy, healthy, living with ease, and receiving lots of love.”

Do this meditation often, cultivating compassion, loving-kindness, affection, amity, good will, benevolence, and active interest in all beings — including yourself, loved ones, neutral ones, and difficult ones — and experience a great improvement in the quality of your life.

Feel free to modify these affirmations and create well-wishes that may be more meaningful to you.

“May all beings everywhere be well, be safe, be happy, be peaceful, be healthy, be strong, be free from troubles and worries, be free from inner and outer harm, be free from suffering. May all beings everywhere live with ease and joy, and be abundantly loved.” 


 

Mens Sana, Corpore Sano

“My body is healthy, my mind is clear, my heart is joyful, and my soul is serene.”

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Pain is inevitable. Sooner or later, everyone will face some sort of physical, mental, and emotional pain. But although pain is inevitable, suffering, on the other hand, is optional.

The Buddha told the story of the two arrows: the first arrow that hits us creates the pain, but the second arrow is one that we stick in ourselves over the original wound by reacting to the pain in unskilled ways. Resisting the pain is what creates suffering, and the more we resist, the more we suffer.

We must remember that we are in charge of the way we respond to the pain. If we fight the pain, try to push it away, get angry at it, blame ourselves for it, and make it personal by saying to ourselves, for instance, “Why me? Why do I have to go through this?” we simply add insult to injury. The Buddha said, “Nothing, whatsoever, is to be clung to as I, me, or my,” so try not to make it personal. Change the script, and say to yourself, “This is not my pain. I am not this pain. The pain is just a visitor. The pain is simply  manifesting itself through me, but I am not it. I am not a victim. I am perfect and whole.”

Treat the pain as a visitor. If you can, don’t protest, resent, or complain about it. Don’t push it away. Don’t suppress or repress it, but face it instead. Welcome it. Even, befriend it. What you resist not only persists, but grows in size. On the other hand, accepting it is what will put you in the best position to deal with it, and maybe change it. So, explore, investigate, and notice how it changes. “Hi, Pain! There you are again. You are quite different today.” And by developing a different relationship with this visitor, perhaps you may be able to enhance the quality of your life, and of the lives of those around you.

Don’t make it worse by ruminating what happened in the past and anticipating what may happen in the future. Don’t catastrophize. Stay in the present moment, as much as you can, as a calm observer. See worries as thoughts, just thoughts, and whenever they pop up, say to yourself, “It’s just a thought.” And what are the past and the future if not thoughts in the present moment, right? Don’t allow yourself to be carried away by them. Come back to the here-now.

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“My body is an intelligent, self-healing organism. I know that by maintaining a positive attitude, and an inner knowing that my body is constantly healing itself, I will be healed soon and enjoy a healthy life.

Knowing that my thoughts and emotions influence my physical health, I populate my mind with love and compassion for myself, and with a certainty that I am healed already.

I am gentle and kind with myself. I take good care of body and mind because I know that a healthy body is the physical manifestation of a healthy mind, and a healthy mind inhabits a healthy body.

Mens sana in corpore sano.  Corpore sano in mens sana.”

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We are called to take good care of our bodies and minds, and adopt a healthy lifestyle. Many years ago, when I was leading the Fun Fitness Youth Program and coaching cross-country runners I created an acronym to help my athletes remember that they should always strive for good nutrition, rest, stretching and exercise. I used to say, “Remember NuRSE: Nutrition, Rest, Stretching and Exercise. If you remember this NuRSE, you may never need one.” Choose to eat healthy, nourishing foods, to exercise and stretch your body regularly, and have plenty of rest.

Take good care of your mind also. Feed it with good words, sounds, and images. Choose to read good books, listen to good music, and watch good movies. And, perhaps the most important of all, exercise your mind by meditating daily, and stretch it by exploring new points of view. And do not forget to give it some rest.

Be gentle with yourself. Have some self-compassion. Adopt a non-striving attitude, and do not put unnecessary pressure on yourself. Do not demand too much of yourself. Let go of the need to control and the strife to produce results according to your plan. Allow the changes to arise at the proper time. Do your part, relax, and the positive outcomes will come about naturally.

Finally,  be, as much as possible, a positive and optimistic individual. By choosing optimism, and nurturing great love for yourself, you will not only be helping your body heal itself, but you will also be helping others heal themselves.

The truth is that our well-being is extremely important. Each one of us touch many lives. Let us exude optimism, and take good care of ourselves not only for our own sake, but also for the benefit of many others.

“My body is healthy, my mind is clear, my heart is joyful, and my soul is serene.”

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Expressing Gratefulness

I am grateful for everything. 

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I am grateful for this body.

I am grateful for my friends, and for all the people I have shared my journey with. I am grateful for my teachers, not only those who have taught me what to do, but also those who, through mistakes and suffering, have showed me what not to do. 

I am grateful for the good life I always had and have. I am grateful that I have always had food, water, and a roof over my head. I am grateful that I have always been healthy and surrounded by love.  I am grateful that I have never been exposed to violence.

My problems are nothing compared with the problems of so many other people in the world.

I am blessed. I am grateful. I am happy.

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Remember… Gratefulness is the key that unlocks the doors to the kingdom of happiness.

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The Path to Happiness

Mindfulness, Amazement, Gratefulness, Contentment, Generosity, Happiness.

Be mindful. Be amazed. Be grateful. Be content. Be generous. Be happy.

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Impermanence, Equanimity, Acceptance

We are called to realize that nothing lasts forever; neither what is good, nor what is bad. Everything is temporary, and transformation is taking place all the time.

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We are called to realize that since everything is impermanent, all kinds of attachments lead to suffering.  So, we must be prepared to let go of everyone and everything. We are called to accept both what we consider to be good as well as what we consider to be bad with equanimity.

While taking good care of our health, we must be ready to accept the inevitable debilitating effects of aging. We must prepare ourselves to accept that we, our loved ones, and everyone else, will eventually get ill and die, and although we are taught to love, we must learn and be prepared to let go of all that we love.

Paraphrasing the Buddha, “Nothing is worth clinging to as I, me, or mine.”

We have to come to the realization that all our suffering comes from the idea of “I.” We have to let go of the stories and characters that we have created for ourselves, transcend our identification with our physical bodies, and realize that they are mere vessels of an Imperishable Light that is birthless and deathless.

We have to come to the realization that our suffering comes from forgetting that we are, at the same time, many and one, separated and united, independent and interdependent, mortal and immortal, human and divine.

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The Habitual Visitors

“Hi! There you are again, my recurring thoughts, my little, agitated monkey friends!

Wow! What a surprise! I didn’t notice you were here. I just saw you.

Before we go any further, let me congratulate myself for having noticed you. This makes me very happy! Yeepee!

May I ask you how long have you been here with me? Quite some time, I imagine, right?

Well, unfortunately I can’t give my attention to you right now. We will have to get together some other time. I am sorry but I have to ask you to leave. I need to get back to my breath.

Anyway, it was good seeing you again. Thank you for stopping by.

Bye!”

~ Piero Falci

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The unrestrained, unruly, and chaotic thoughts are habitual visitors. We must gently ask them to leave, so we can stay alone, for a while, in that calm space between thoughts. By doing so, later on, when higher quality thoughts knock on our door, we will be ready to welcome and entertain them.


 

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Unaware of the Imperishable Light

If you are familiar with “The Four Agreements” (a popular book by Don Miguel Ruiz) you will remember, “Don’t take anything personally.”

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I am called to remember that even though I have been conditioned to think in terms of “I,” the truth is that nothing is about me. As much as I am conditioned to think this way, I am not the center of the Universe, and therefore I should not give myself too much importance, or take anything personally because there is no “I.” The same is true for you: it’s not about you. You are not the center of the Universe, so don’t give yourself too much importance, and don’t take anything personally because there is no “You.”

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“Certainly there are a distinct “me” and a distinct “you” operating in our everyday relationships with the world. Each of us comes as a unique package of qualities and conditions shaped by myriad factors. We call this “my self.” Yet, when we look closely into our lives, we see that we are made up of thousands of what the Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh calls “non-self” elements, such things as earth, water, fire, air, space, carbon, oxygen, parents, genes from the entire planet pool. The same constituents that make up the sun, the stars in the night sky, and the salty seas are part of our common, embodied heritage… it is easy to forget all this.” ~ Saki Santorelli, Heal Thy Self

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“Nothing whatsoever is to be clung to as I, me, or mine.” ~ Buddha

When the Buddha was asked, “In brief, how is a monk liberated from the destruction of craving?” he replied, “A monk who has understood that nothing is worth clinging to as me, I, or mine, directly knows all things.”

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But why do we give ourselves so much importance?

We came to explain this sense of separation that we experience through this thing that we call “Ego.” The ego makes us believe that we are separated from and in competition with others. According to the Buddha, we will all experience the following eight worldly vicissitudes throughout lives: Gain and loss / Praise and blame / Pleasure and pain / Fame and disrepute. Trying to cling to gain, praise, pleasure, and fame, while thinking that we can shield ourselves from experiencing loss, blame, pain, and disrepute is illogical and impossible. Well, the ego craves praise and recognition. It wants to win, feel superior, feel that it is better than others. Well, the ego is not a good adviser. Listening to the ego and its demands is a sure source of suffering, because the ego leads us to do unwise things. The ego is the one who takes things personally, gets offended, and feels the need to retaliate. The ego is the one who believes that the way to get rid of our pain is to seek revenge and inflict pain in someone else. The ego mistakenly believes that if we would wipe out our enemies (as if that would be possible!) everything would be fine. The ego wrongly believes that violent means can bring about the peace we so desperately seek.

We’d better not listen to the ego. We’d better not take anything personally. We’d better not cling to anything as I, me, or mine, because we are more than these mortal physical beings that the ego makes us believe we are. We are manifestations of an energy that is ever present  and immortal.

Take a moment to reflect on this passage:

There is a Light that lights every man that comes into the world. That Light is Eternal, All-Powerful and Imperishable. Only that which is subject to birth is subject to death. The Light is the extension of God into man. It is not born nor can it die. ~ Douglas K. DeVorss , in Eulogy for Baird T. Spalding,  in The Life and Teachings of the Masters of the Far East, Volume 6.

Under the rule of our egos, we grew unaware of this Imperishable Light that lives in all of us. We have forgotten our original nature. We have forgotten that every child comes into the world with this light, full of love, gentleness and kindness. We have forgotten our  pure essence. We have forgotten who we are and why we are here.

Under the rule of our egos, we have made of this planet a place of widespread insanity. Why do we feel this compulsion to compete and defeat others all the time? Why do we oppress, exploit, enslave, take advantage of, torture, and kill other beings? Why are we so violent? Why?

Let us remember who we are and why we are here. We are here to learn, and the most important lesson we all need to learn is to tame our egos. We are here to learn to diminish our selfishness and expand our selflessness. We are here to develop our modesty and contain our arrogance. We are here to learn to grow in compassion and service to others.

Now, let us pause and see what is really happening. Even though things may look bleak the truth is that for every selfish and harmful act there are millions of selfless acts of kindness. There’s a lot more good than bad in the world, and we are perfectly equipped and capable of diminishing what is bad. How? By doing even more good. So let us love, care, and share. Let us focus on the abundant good that exists in our world. Let us realize that Heaven is here, if we want it to be.

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“He who has realized that nothing is worth clinging to as I, me, or mine, knows all things.” ~ The Buddha

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‘The Buddha once said that the core message of all his teachings could be summed up in one sentence. … That sentence is: ‘Nothing is to be clung to as I, me, or mine.’ In other words, no attachments—especially to fixed ideas of yourself and who you are.’ ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn, Arriving at Your Own Door: 108 Lessons in Mindfulness

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Piero Falci loves to observe, reflect, and write. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who not only strives to live a life that matters, but who also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here, if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation and mindful living, and organizes Silent Peace Walks.

I Am Responsible For My Reality

I create the life that I desire. I create the world in which I want to live. I create my reality. In fact, I don’t create it; it already exists. I just need to develop my ability to see it. The moment I see it, I realize that it has always been here, and I can live it. I am responsible for my reality.

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The best thing I can do to live the life I want to live is to raise my consciousness and see that this reality that I desire is actually available to me right here, right now.

The best contribution I can give to bring about a better world is to raise my consciousness and see the world I desire right here, right now.

My best contribution to elevate the collective consciousness is given by elevating my own consciousness. I am responsible for my reality.

The change I want — in my life and in the world — begins with me. I am responsible for my reality.

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The Sunrise Paddleboarder

From two years ago…

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Well, here I am, the Sunrise Paddleboarder, savoring the beauty of this garden and having fun in this playground…

I am blessed and so are you…

Imagine if everyone received this message upon arrival on this planet, how much better things would be… “Congratulations! You’ve made it! You’re in the best place in the Universe. This is your Garden and your Playground, created for your enjoyment. Now, go have fun, make friends, share your toys, and, if you can, make the garden and the playground more beautiful and enjoyable for everyone. And, by the way, don’t worry about anything. Be not afraid. This is a place of abundance. There’s more than enough here for everybody to have a good life. Just share. You will be OK.”

— this picture was taken at the Deerfield Beach Pier, on October 19, 2014. Thanks to my friend Rick Alovis, the photographer.

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Develop your Strengths

Yes, I can do a lot, but I cannot do everything I would like to do. I have my limitations. For instance — and I know this may sound childish — I would like to have a more flexible body, with a greater range of motion, so I could be able to do those yoga postures restfully, without striving.  Mindfulness reminds me, “Here you are again, with your desires, with your cravings and aversions, with wanting this and not wanting that. Stop. Practice equanimity. Simply accept what is.”

Everyone is different. Each one of us is a different bundle of aggregated talents, attributes, skills, potentials and limitations.

I learned a great lesson from Tom Rath in his book “Strengths Finder 2.0.”  He referred to it as “a misguided maxim.” He said that one of the most damaging things we can tell our children is, “You can be anything you want to be, if you just try hard enough.”

The reality is that not everyone can be a Michael Jordan, or a Muhammad Ali, or a Pele, or a Michael Phelps, or an Einstein. A much more honest and less damaging advice is, “You cannot be anything you want to be — but you can be a lot more of who you already are. You can develop your innate talents, and excel in what you already are good at.”

We help our children succeed when our main focus is not on developing their weaknesses, but on maximizing their strengths.

Our fault is that we keep trying to develop weaknesses. We invest a lot of time in developing what we — or our children, teammates, co-workers, etc. — are not good at, and not so much in what we enjoy doing and already are good at. We hear a lot people saying things such as, “You’re failing in algebra. You need some extra classes.” We rarely, if ever, hear someone saying, “You write so well, express yourself so precisely, and have such a rich vocabulary. I will hire a tutor to further enhance your writing and speaking proficiency.”

It is evident that we need to give attention to both weaknesses and strengths, but wouldn’t it make more sense to invest more time, resources, and energy to develop further what we already are good at?

Wouldn’t it make more sense to develop our strengths?

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Love Wastefully

Yesterday I was practicing mindfulness with a group of fellow meditators. At a certain point during the session, the facilitator began to guide us on a compassion / loving-kindness meditation (also known as metta), a very simple practice of mentally directing well-wishes and expressions of love towards your own self and others.

Well, during the meditation the instructor directed us to look back at our lives and remember occasions when we felt abundantly loved. She said, “Go back in time. Remember how loved you were when you were a child.”

To my amazement, I couldn’t easily remember occasions when I received lots of love. I look back at my life and I cannot clearly remember being immersed in a sea of affection, being hugged, caressed, kissed, praised, and loved. I can’t remember my parents showering me with an outpouring of affection. I am sure those moments existed. I am sure not only my parents, but also my relatives and friends bestowed affection in great quantities, but, honestly, I can’t remember those moments. I also can’t remember being copiously and munificently loved by any of the women in my life. Actually, I can’t remember anyone being wastefully generous in giving me love, or doing things that made me feel unconditionally loved, with maybe one exception: I have a vague memory of my maternal grandmother holding me in her arms when I was a little child, dancing around, smiling, kissing me, and letting me know how much she loved me, and how happy she was to have me in her life.

Well, all those insights were surprising and shocking, and I began to ask myself: “Why so many people refrain from showing affection? Could it be because they have not learned how to do it, or have not experienced it themselves? Could this be the case with my parents? Or could it be that they didn’t show affection because they were taught that showing it is a sign of weakness?”

Immediately, other questions came to my mind: “Why do people measure and ration the love they give? Why do some people think that a person who receives love will become dependent and demanding and therefore, in order to avoid such a situation, love should be given parsimoniously? Why don’t people love wastefully?”

I began to raise doubts about the existence of unconditional love: “Does unconditional love really exist? Or is all love conditional? ” And it became more personal when I started to investigate my own motivation, “Do I crave to be loved? Do I crave to be the recipient of affection? What does this tell me?” 

Finally, bigger and more important questions emerged: “Am I able to be satisfied with all the love I have received throughout my life, and the love I still receive, without wanting more? Can I calmly accept my past and present life situation without longing for it to be different?”

Well, one of the requirements of the mindfulness journey I am in is to be aware of my cravings and aversions and practice equanimity. Yesterday’s metta meditation brought to the surface some buried feelings. I felt deprived. I felt a craving for love and affection. I saw myself as a needy being, a type of person that I don’t want to be because I believe that such an unbalanced individual is not a magnet for love. On the contrary, I believe that those who are more easily loved are the ones who feel whole and complete. Those who are loved are the ones who are able to freely give lots of love, not the ones who desperately desire to receive it.

After a more calm, lengthy, and thorough reflection I realized that things are different these days. I realized that I have changed. With the passing of time, I became a less self-centered individual, and, therefore, better able to give and receive love and affection. I feel generously loved by my father, my sister, my aunt, by all my relatives, especially by my sons, who, by the way, are the ones who receive, more than any other people in my life, my expressions of love. I constantly remind them of how much they mean to me and how much I love them.

From now on, I will give myself the love I did not receive, and I will remind myself that I am loved.

What comes to my mind is a line in the Prayer of Saint Francis that reads, “It is in giving that we receive.” So, from now on, I will make sure that I become more generous in my love-giving. I will give love and affection freely, abundantly, profusely, wastefully. And I will also make sure that I will remain wide open to receive in the same dosage I give. From now on, I will let everybody know that they are loved.

Know that you are loved.

Receive my love.

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Love wastefully

Give love generously, and continue to give it even though some may go to waste.


 

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A Dialogue of Self and Soul

I am content to follow to its source
Every event in action or in thought;
Measure the lot; forgive myself the lot!
When such as I cast out remorse
So great a sweetness flows into the breast
We must laugh and we must sing,
We are blest by everything,
Everything we look upon is blest.

~ WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS

W. B. Yeats, “A Dialogue of Self and Soul” from The Poems of W. B. Yeats: A New Edition, edited by Richard J. Finneran. Copyright 1933 by Macmillan Publishing Company, renewed © 1961 by Georgie Yeats. Reprinted with the permission of A. P. Watt, Ltd. on behalf of Michael Yeats.
Source: The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats (1989)

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Love After Love

The time will come when, with elation, you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror, and each will smile at the other’s welcome, and say, “Sit here. Eat.” 

You will love again the stranger who was your self. 

Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart to itself, to the stranger who has loved you all your life, whom you ignored for another, who knows you by heart.

Take down the love letters from the bookshelf, the photographs, the desperate notes, peel your own image from the mirror.

Sit. Feast on your life.

~ Derek Walcott, Collected Poems, 1948-1984

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An Epiphany of Oneness

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I look around and see miracles. I look around and see Heaven. I look around and see the Garden and the Playground. I look around and see the Divine Presence everywhere, all around me, and in me. I am part of the whole. Actually I am not a part; I am the Whole. I am

I don’t exist isolated. Separation is an illusion. I am not this little, unconnected, and detached being that I thought I was. I am the Whole. I am

Only One exists. I am the Universe. I am the Immense One. I am the Whole. I am holy.  I am

~ Piero Falci

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Keeping Quiet

Now we will count to twelve
and we will all keep still.
For once on the face of the earth,
let’s not speak in any language,
let’s stop for a second,
and not move our arms so much.
It would be an exotic moment
without rush, without engines;
we would all be together
in a sudden strangeness.
If we were not so single-minded
about keeping our lives moving,
and for once could do nothing,
perhaps a huge silence
might interrupt this sadness
of never understanding ourselves
and of threatening ourselves
with death.
Perhaps the earth can teach us
as when everything seems dead in winter
and later proves to be alive.
Now I’ll count up to twelve
and you keep quiet and I will go.

~ Pablo Neruda

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Clearing

Do not try to save the whole world
or do anything grandiose.
Instead, create a clearing
in the dense forest of your life
and wait there patiently,
until the song that is your life
falls into your own cupped hands
and you recognize and greet it.
Only then will you know
how to give yourself to this world
so worthy of rescue.

~ Martha Postlewaite

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What If We Knew That We Can’t Improve?

It seems that we are always looking for ideas we can use to improve ourselves. We go around reading books, watching videos, listening to talks, participating in rituals, attending presentations, workshops, and retreats, and spotting new teachers, new gurus who we hope will give us the ultimate formula to make us better, to make us happy.

But who are the ones looking for improvement? We are the ones, right? We are the ones who consider ourselves to be somewhat defective and incomplete and who want to do what is necessary to achieve a state of perfection and wholeness. So, let’s pause and think about this for a moment: we begin the journey with the premise that we are imperfect, and we are relying on ourselves, imperfect beings, to create what we imagine to be perfect beings. But isn’t it reasonable to consider that if we knew how to create perfect beings, we would be those beings already? Do you get it? Isn’t this kind of thinking and pursuit somewhat crazy?

What if, instead of analyzing (and over-analyzing) ourselves (and others) — instead of finding fault, criticizing, judging, and condemning — we simply accepted that we are as we are, and that who we are is wonderful. As Wally Dale says, “we are all on a journey, and we are at different spots physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, and wherever we are, that’s where we are supposed to be.”

Now, what if we came to accept that the premise that we are imperfect is false, and that this constant struggle to better ourselves is what is impeding us from bettering ourselves and enjoying life to the fullest? Think about it for a moment. How would this new thought affect us? What would happen if we knew, beyond any shadow of doubt, that there’s nothing we can do to be better? It would, at least, be a huge relief, wouldn’t it? Realizing that there’s nothing we can do to improve ourselves would give us a breather in the course of which we would simply relax and allow the Forces of the Universe to work in us and through us. It would give us permission to pause and observe what is going on, and, maybe, then we would find out that this is the magic recipe for a good life, the one we have so desperately been looking for.

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I invite you to listen to what Alan Watts has to say…

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Some food for thought, from Alan Watts talk:

Is there anyway in which one’s mind can be transformed, or is it simply a process which is nothing more than a vicious circle? What are we looking for? What are we seeking? Are we in search of some wisdom that is going to help us change ourselves, improve ourselves? Do we feel that it is our duty to do what we can to improve ourselves? Now, can we improve ourselves? Is this possible, or is this an illusion, a vicious circle? How can we improve ourselves if  “the person who is going to do the improving is the one who needs to be improved?” Can we stop this pursuit and simply accept who we are?

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We are called to watch our feelings, our emotions. We are called to remain impassive, impartial, suspending judgment and taking an objective view of what is going on. Who is this self, behind the self, who is watching the self? Who is The Watcher, The Observer, The Witness? Isn’t The Watching Self, The Observing Self, The Witnessing Self behind our thoughts and feelings a thought itself?

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When the ego is about to be unmasked it immediately identifies itself with a higher self. What drives us to do the work to be more spiritual and selfless people? Many times, the spiritual quest — the quest for self-improvement — is no different from the quest for material success; the drive is the same, it is ego-driven. In essence, we still see ourselves as separated from others, and in competition with others, and we engage in developing ourselves because our egos want to experience the rewards of feeling somewhat superior.

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How do we know what is good for us? If we say that we want to improve ourselves, then we ought to know what is good for us. But, obviously, we don’t because if we did we would be improved already. If we are really aware of our own inner workings we will realize that there’s nothing we can do to improve ourselves, and this also goes for society.

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Let us suppose that we can’t do anything to change ourselves. What would happen if you knew beyond any shadow of doubt that there’s nothing we can do to be better?

When we free ourselves from the busyness of trying to improve everything, then our own nature will begin to take care of itself, because we will not be getting in our own way all the time. We will begin to find out that the great things that we do, we are not actually doing them, but they are being done through us.

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The mind that can improve the mind is not the same mind. The mind that can improve the mind is the mind that observes the mind.

The seeking for answers is innate in us. The drive to expand our consciousness is in our own nature (or is it a thought/value that was implanted in us by the prevailing competitive culture and that pushes us to improve, be better, compete and succeed? Is the spiritual pursuit — the drive to expand our consciousness — also ego-driven?). Everything is expanding (and contracting). Transformation is inevitable, so is our expansion.

An unexamined life is not worth living. I get great joy from the intellectual exercise of understanding ideas and making connections. It helps me to see differently, and I see value in this exercise, this exploration. I see that I am changing, and I like the change. I see that the new ideas allow me to see differently, understand differently. They liberate me, and I like that.

What is, simply is, just like the sound of clapping hands. We are the ones attaching meanings and labeling the occurrences as good or bad, right or wrong. We are the ones creating stories based on what happens to us. What if we stopped labeling and classifying? What if we stopped creating stories where we are the protagonists? What if we simply watched what happens and accepted what is? Wouldn’t, then, everything be just what it is?

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The Invitation

BY ORIAH

It doesn’t interest me
what you do for a living.
I want to know
what you ache for
and if you dare to dream
of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me
how old you are.
I want to know
if you will risk
looking like a fool
for love
for your dream
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me
what planets are
squaring your moon…
I want to know
if you have touched
the centre of your own sorrow
if you have been opened
by life’s betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of further pain.

I want to know
if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know
if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you
to the tips of your fingers and toes
without cautioning us
to be careful
to be realistic
to remember the limitations
of being human.

It doesn’t interest me
if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.
If you can bear
the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
every day.
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.

I want to know
if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand at the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,
“Yes.”

It doesn’t interest me
to know where you live
or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after the night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me
who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the centre of the fire
with me
and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me
where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know
what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.

I want to know
if you can be alone
with yourself
and if you truly like
the company you keep
in the empty moments.

~ Oriah © Mountain Dreaming,
from the book The Invitation
published by HarperONE, San Francisco,
1999 All rights reserved

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Sozinho

Às vezes no silêncio da noite
Eu fico imaginando nós dois
Eu fico ali, sonhando acordado
Juntando
O antes, o agora e o depois..

Porque você me deixa tão solto?
Porque você não cola em mim?
Tô me sentindo muito sozinho
Huuum!…

Não sou nem quero ser
O seu dono
É que um carinho as vezes
Cai bem
Eu tenho os meus
Desejos e planos
Secretos!
Só conto prá você
Mais ninguém…

Porque você me esquece
E some?
E se eu me interessar
Por alguém?
E se ela de repente me ganha?…

Quando a gente gosta
Claro que a gente cuida
Fala que me ama só
Que é da boca prá fora
Ou você me engana
Ou não está madura
Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh!
Onde está você agora?…(2x)

Não sou nem quero ser
O seu dono
É que um carinho as vezes
Cai bem
Eu tenho os meus
Desejos e planos
Secretos!
Só conto prá você
Mais ninguém…

Porque você me esquece
E some? Baby!
E se eu me interessar
Por alguém?
E se ela de repente me ganha?
Uh! Uh! Uh! Uh!…

Quando a gente gosta
Claro que a gente cuida
Fala que me ama só
Que é da boca prá fora
Ou você me engana
Ou não está madura
Uh! Uh! Uh! Uh!
Onde está você agora?…

Quando a gente gosta
Claro que a gente cuida
Fala que me ama só
Que é da boca prá fora
Ou você me engana
Ou não está madura
Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh!
Onde está você agora?…

Nananá! Nananá!
Nananananá!
Só que é da boca prá fora
Nananana Nanannaá
Nanananananá!
Onde está voce agora…(3x)

~ Peninha

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Walking with Peace and Presence

Carefully. Slowly. Lifting one foot from the ground. Standing on just one foot, balancing on just one leg, with all the weight of my body sustained by this one limb. Moving the foot that is in the air forward, lowering it. Heel touching the ground, and then my instep, the ball of my foot, and my toes. My entire foot, from heel to toes, is touching the ground. Both feet are now resting on the ground. Pausing for a moment.

The heel of the back foot is now leaving the ground, and for a moment only its toes are in contact with the floor. The weight of my body is moving from the foot in the back to the one in the front.

Lifting. Moving. Placing.

Heel of the back foot leaving the floor.

Pausing.

Weight shifting to the front leg.

Starting again.

Moving slowly, lifting my back foot, trying to keep my balance, controlling all sorts of muscles, compensating here and there in order not to fall. Correcting. Tightening. Releasing. Adjusting and readjusting. Maintaining the balance. Moving the foot forward and placing it on the ground: heel, instep, arch, ball, toes. Resting. Starting the movement all over again.

Up. Forward. Down.

Lifting. Moving. Placing. 

Resting.

“Am I here? Am I really here? Can I feel my feet? Can I feel the soles of my feet? Can I feel the weight shifting from heel to toes? Can I feel that? Can I come back to paying attention to my walking and the sensations in my body when I catch myself distracted with other things? Am I thinking or am I sensing?”

“Too much thinking! Less thinking and more sensing!”

Redirecting the attention back to the sensations in my body as I walk.

Walking slowly and mindfully. Lifting, moving, placing, and resting. Walking as if I had never walked before. Paying attention. Staying alert to the sensations in my body. Discovering how to walk again.

“How did I learn such a complex movement? How can I, in my day-to-day living, perform it without even consciously thinking about it? How is this possible?”

Up. Forward. Down.

Lifting. Moving. Placing. 

Resting.

Observing. Noticing. Witnessing.

Investigating. Exploring.

Extracting great joy from walking mindfully. Not only marveling at the intricate and complex movement that I was able to master, but also at what I am able to see, hear, taste, smell and touch now that I am moving slowly and mindfully. Paying greater attention to the world that surrounds me. Seeing things that I wasn’t able to see before. Stopping. Looking at the big things and the little ones, looking at what is near and what is far away from me. Seeing all the magic, mystery and miracles that surround me. Letting the beauty penetrate me. Seeing what arises and what passes way. Noticing birth and death, the pleasant and the unpleasant, and the impermanence of all. Letting it all in.

I feel the coolness of the breeze! I feel the warmth of the sun!

I breathe and walk, I walk and breathe… slowly, mindfully!

I am here, now, whole, perfect and complete.

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“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.”

“The kingdom of God is available to you in the here and the now. But the question is whether you are available to the kingdom. Our practice is to make ourselves ready for the kingdom so that it can manifest in the here and the now. You don’t need to die in order to enter the kingdom of heaven. In fact, you have to be truly alive in order to do so.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Walking with Peace and Presence

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Come to the Silence

And God said…

Come to the silence

Life is so loud

And your soul needs a break

From the clock and the crowd

Come to the silence

And let my love start

To heal all life’s hurts

And comfort your heart

Come to the silence

Be calm and be still

Just rest in my arms

For today, that’s my will

Come to the silence

In search of my peace

Gently your doubts and your fears

Will all cease

Come to the silence

Here, take my hand

Have you forgotten

That I understand?

~ Author Unknown

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The Importance of Praise

How wonderful it would be if all children could say these words to their parents: “I accept myself as I am, and I am happy with whom I am. I believe that your expressions of love and your encouragement in the past were fundamental in allowing me to feel the way I feel today. What a precious gift that was! Thank you.”

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many of us do not love our own selves enough. This reduced self-esteem may be the result of early experiences with unskilled parents who instead of praising their children, had unrealistic expectations, demanded too much from them, compared them with others that they deemed better, criticized them harshly when they failed, and by doing all this instilled in them the feeling that they were not good enough, and , therefore, undeserving of receiving love.

Those individuals, then, go through life carrying this feeling. Some become very competitive, obsessed with achieving success, trying to prove their value, but always feeling that they are not good enough, no matter how successful they may be. Others give in to the idea that they are not good enough, and give up pursuing their highest dreams. They never give full expression to their potentials.

The negative impact of this type of parenting — where love is conditional to excellent performance — is long-lasting and does not go away easily. Many of my friends, some of them already in advanced age, are still striving to prove their worth in order to receive approval, recognition, and praise, especially from their parents who, by the way, have passed away a long time ago.

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ADVICE TO PARENTS

Reassuring words of unconditional love and support, especially in times of defeat and failure, are of the utmost importance to build a strong self-esteem in our children, so tell your children often that you love them, and give them reasons to think highly of themselves.

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Praise everywhere, but never criticize in public, and never forget that we are what we think, so make all you can for your children to think highly of themselves. As the saying goes, “If we think we can, we can. If we think we can’t, we can’t.”

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TIME TO REST

Today is a good day to accept and love yourself. Today is a good day to rejoice with whom you are. There’s no need to prove anything. There’s no need to compete, excel , or win. There’s no need to rush, finish first, or defeat anyone. Actually, the one who wins today is the one who takes more time to observe and spot miracles. Therefore, move slowly, look around, and savor the beauty. Enjoy this day that was given to you. Nothing is required of you today, except for you to be content and happy with whom you are. Stop comparing yourself with others, putting yourself down, or feeling unworthy. Again, there’s no need to compete, or prove anything. Realize that you are wonderful just the way you are. You are a child of the Universe, a wonderful creation. You are worth of much love. Know that you are loved.


 

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Seeing with the Heart

Voici mon secret. Il est très simple: on ne voit bien qu’avec le cœur. L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.

Here is my secret. It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eyes.

~ Antoine de Saint Exupéry, Le Petit Prince (1943), The Little Prince.

I ask myself, “How is someone capable of seeing with the heart? What does that actually mean?”

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Individual inner peace — and the higher consciousness that accompanies it — is what allows us to see with our hearts, and what will bring lasting peace to the world; in fact, it is the only thing that ever will.

Once we become able to see the beauty that is invisible to the eyes of the body, we develop love and compassion for all, for our own selves, and even for those whose hearts are full of hatred.

The world needs our inner peace, and our first job is to learn to grow this individual peace. It is only by developing our reserves of inner peace that we can become bringers of peace. The end of conflict and violence will be achieved when we all rest in a vast garden of inner peace, and see the Universe and its beauty through the eyes of our hearts.

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The Real Work

It may be that when we no longer know what to do

we have come to our real work, 

and that when we no longer know which way to go

 we have come to our real journey.

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The mind that is not baffled is not employed.

The impeded stream is the one that sings.

~ Wendell Berry

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Jasmine Flowers, We Are

What once was white and soft

Is now lifeless and dry

A pleasant visitor who didn’t overstay

Gone now

But the scent remains

~ Piero Falci

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For too long

For too long now I have confined myself. I haven’t touched the pebble, or laid my hands on the tree, or admired the colors of the feathers of the duck.

For too long now I haven’t seen you in the clouds, or in the reflections on the pond. I have not felt you in the morning breeze, or sensed you in the empty spaces.

For too long now I haven’t allowed the squirrels to look me in the eyes, or listened to what the birds had to tell me. I haven’t heard you in the whispers beyond the noises.

For too long now I have not felt you gently kissing my feet. I have not noticed the dead leaves and the tiny newborn ones. I have not reflected on the impermanence of all.

For too long now I have not seen you shining in the drops of water
on the blades of grass.

I have not been paying attention. I haven’t felt that you and I are one.

But today I am out again.

I am here, now

In ecstasy

With you

With me

~ Piero Falci

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Place of Plenty

Many of us have been exposed to the idea that the world is imperfect and unjust, and that perfection and justice can only be experienced in Heaven. But what if we were told something radically different? What if we were told that we are in Heaven already? What if, instead of hoping to get to Heaven after we die, we were brought up and lived as if we were in Heaven? How would this impact life on Earth?

I have experienced considerable success and also some difficulties in life. After living comfortably for a large part of my existence, I experienced the limitations imposed by extended periods of unemployment and the absence of a regular income. That new reality forced me to better empathize with the poor and become more sensitive to their needs. I came to better understand social injustice and the widening gap between the rich and the poor. I also realized that an unconscious fear of not having enough is what ultimately propels people to unnecessary accumulation which brings about so many of the problems we face in our world. It was during that period that I experienced a spiritual awakening that allowed me to see what I was not able to see before. I began to notice beauty and miracles surrounding me. I felt the Divine Presence everywhere. A world of abundance revealed itself to me.

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I now believe that in order to create a better world we need a new paradigm.

What would happen if we embraced the idea that we are in Heaven? If children were raised hearing, “You are in Heaven,and there’s nothing to fear,” what effect would that have on our relationships with one another and with all creation? I envision the day when the prevailing idea on this planet will be that we live in a place of plenty, with more than enough for everyone. Sharing and serving will, then, be commonplace and widespread practices.

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HEAVEN IS HERE, IF WE WANT IT TO BE!

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Joyful Life Experience

Our dominant intent must be to experience joy. We are here to create a joyful life experience. Our mission, our quest, our work, our job, our career is simply to create a joyful life. Keep this in mind and be committed to create a joyful life for yourself and others.

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“If your dominant intent is to feel joy while you are doing the work, your triad of intentions—freedom, growth and joy—will come quickly and easily into alignment. See your “career” as one of creating a joyful life experience. You are not a creator of things or a regurgitator of what someone else has created or a gatherer of stuff. You are a creator, and the subject of your creation is your joyful life experience. That is your mission. That is your quest. That is why you are here.” ~ Abraham (Excerpted from: Money and the Law of Attraction on August 31, 2008. Our Love, Esther (and Abraham and Jerry)

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The Crystal

August 30th, 2014

Dear Mary, this morning, on our way to Weeki Wachee, I saw the outdoor, “Peace Tree Trading Post.” I told my friend, who was driving the car, “We should go there.” You know, I am, in my own way, a promoter of peace, and I am currently involved in an initiative called “Imagine Peace Wish Tree,” and the Peace Tree name of your store caught my attention. On our way back to Mount Dora, we drove by your store; call it a synchronicity! I begged Steve to turn around. He didn’t want to, but I insisted. I wanted to go inside, and now I know the reason why. Your gesture of giving me the crystal was very kind, special, and meaningful. Your words carried an important message, a reassurance that I am on the right path. “THIS CRYSTAL WILL REMIND YOU OF WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU WERE BROUGHT HERE TO DO.” Thank you for allowing yourself to be used as a messenger. You touched my heart. When you showed me that this crystal was, in fact, two crystals in one, I thought of my epiphany: “I am the child and the old man.” What a special gift on my 61st birthday! Much love to you, my long-time friend. Thank you for receiving my hug. Another coincidence… Here’s what I wrote this morning: “Come to me. I am ready to give you a hug, or many hugs. I have an unending supply of hugs to give. They are free. Free hugs! The secret is that I cannot give you one without getting one. The moment I give, I receive. Come to me. I want to hug you.” Piero

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Monday, Sep 1, 2014 12:41 pm

Dear Piero, it was both an honor and a privilege to have met a fellow Peacemaker. Your path is not one for the weak-hearted. It takes a lot of strength and courage to walk the path that you are on. You have a beautiful spirit, and I pray that you will be surrounded by a heavenly host of angels to watch after you. I see God in your eyes. I see beauty, love, peace, tranquility and serenity in your eyes. The gift of the crystal…….it is the keeper of the wisdom and the knowledge of who you were sent to the earth to be. And that being is awesome! Walk in Beauty my friend…. peaceful thoughts, Mary

March 18

Dear Mary, thank you for your kind words. I feel them; they touch me deeply. Thank you, again, for the gift. I have been thinking a lot about everything that happened. It was very meaningful; magic. I am getting ready to do my auto-Reiki this morning, here at the lighthouse in Mount Dora, and I have the crystal with me. I want to capture the emotions the entire event brought up in me: the beauty of giving, and how giving is what we are called to do. I also think about how I insisted to go to your store, and how following this inner command brought me to encountering you. I also think of you as a long time friend, a messenger, an angel. As I said, what for many could have been a seemingly mundane encounter, was full of meaning to me. Many revelations! I have to tell you that you have been in my mind, and that the crystal is operating in me; I feel the energy. Thank you for listening to your inner voice and following the inspiration to give it to me. I am paying attention. Much love and peace, Piero.

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Spaceship Earth – Part 16

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Spaceship Earth – Part 15

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World of Solidarity – A Better Tomorrow

In the next decades drastic changes are going to take place in the world. The folks at Singularity University – a think tank – are at the forefront of thinking about these changes so we can direct them for the betterment of the world.

What follows is a post on Facebook by Udo Gollub.

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Udo Gollub – April 22, 2016 – Berlin, Germany

I just went to the Singularity University Summit and here are the key learnings.

In 1998, Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85% of all photo paper worldwide. Within just a few years, their business model disappeared and they got bankrupt. What happened to Kodak will happen to a lot of industries in the next 10 years – and most people don’t see it coming. Did you think in 1998 that 3 years later you would never take pictures on paper film again? Yet digital cameras were invented in 1975. The first ones only had 10,000 pixels, but followed Moore’s law. So as with all exponential technologies, it was a disappointment for a long time, before it became way superior and got mainstream in only a few short years. It will now happen with Artificial Intelligence, health, autonomous and electric cars, education, 3D printing, agriculture and jobs.

Welcome to the 4th Industrial Revolution. Welcome to the Exponential Age.

Software will disrupt most traditional industries in the next 5-10 years. Uber is just a software tool, they don’t own any cars, and are now the biggest taxi company in the world. (btw, Airbnb is now the biggest hotel company in the world, although they don’t own any properties).

Artificial Intelligence: Computers become exponentially better in understanding the world. This year, a computer beat the best Go player in the world, 10 years earlier than expected. In the US, young lawyers already don’t get jobs. Because of IBM Watson, you can get legal advice (so far for more or less basic stuff) within seconds, with 90% accuracy compared with 70% accuracy when done by humans. So if you study law, stop immediately. There will be 90% less lawyers in the future, only specialists will remain. Watson already helps nurses diagnosing cancer, 4 times more accurately than human nurses. Facebook now has a pattern recognition software that can recognize faces better than humans. There is an app called “moodies” which can already tell in which mood you are. Until 2020 there will be apps that can tell by your facial expressions if you are lying. Imagine a political debate where it’s being displayed when they are telling the truth and when not. In 2030, computers will become more intelligent than humans.

Autonomous cars: In 2018 the first self driving cars will appear for the public. Around 2020, the complete industry will start to be disrupted. You won’t want to own a car anymore. You will call a car with your phone, it will show up at your location, and drive you to your destination. You will not need to park it, you only pay for the driven distance and can be productive while driving. Our kids will never get a driver’s license and will never own a car. It will change the cities, because we will need 90-95% less cars for that. We can transform former parking space into parks. 1,2 million people die each year in car accidents worldwide. We now have one accident every 100,000 km with autonomous driving. That will drop to one accident in 10 million km. That will save a million lives each year. Most car companies might become bankrupt. Traditional car companies try the evolutionary approach and just build a better car, while tech companies (Tesla, Apple, Google) will do the revolutionary approach and build a computer on wheels. I spoke to a lot of engineers from Volkswagen and Audi; they are completely terrified of Tesla. Insurance companies will have massive trouble because without accidents, the insurance will become 100 times cheaper. Their car insurance business model will disappear.

Real estate will change. Because if you can work while you commute, people will move further away to live in a more beautiful neighborhood. Electric cars will become mainstream until 2020. Cities will be less noisy because all cars will run on electric. Electricity will become incredibly cheap and clean: Solar production has been on an exponential curve for 30 years, but you can only now see the impact. Last year, more solar energy was installed worldwide than fossil. The price for solar will drop so much that all coal companies will be out of business by 2025. With cheap electricity comes cheap and abundant water. Desalination now only needs 2KWh per cubic meter. We don’t have scarce water in most places, we only have scarce drinking water. Imagine what will be possible if anyone can have as much clean water as he wants, for nearly no cost.

Health: The Tricorder X price will be announced this year. There will be companies who will build a medical device (called the “Tricorder” from Star Trek) that works with you phone, which takes your retina scan, you blood sample and you breath into it. It then analyses 54 biomarkers that will identify nearly any disease. It will be cheap, so in a few years everyone on this planet will have access to world class medicine, nearly for free.

3D printing: The price of the cheapest 3D printer came down from $18,000 to $400 within 10 years. In the same time, it became 100 times faster. All major shoe companies started 3D printing shoes. Spare airplane parts are already 3D printed in remote airports. The space station now has a printer that eliminates the need for the large amount of spare parts they used to have in the past. At the end of this year, new smartphones will have 3D scanning possibilities. You can then 3D scan your feet and print your perfect shoe at home. In China, they already 3D printed a complete 6-story office building. By 2027, 10% of everything that’s being produced will be 3D printed.

Business opportunities: If you think of a niche you want to go in, ask yourself: “in the future, do you think we will have that?” and if the answer is yes, how can you make that happen sooner? If it doesn’t work with your phone, forget the idea. And any idea designed for success in the 20th century is doomed in to failure in the 21st century.

Work: 70-80% of jobs will disappear in the next 20 years. There will be a lot of new jobs, but it is not clear if there will be enough new jobs in such a small time. Bitcoin will become mainstream this year and might even become the default reserve currency.

Agriculture: There will be a $100 agricultural robot in the future. Farmers in 3rd world countries can then become managers of their field instead of working all days on their fields. Aeroponics will need much less water. The first petri dish produced veal is now available and will be cheaper than cow produced veal in 2018. Right now, 30% of all agricultural surfaces is used for cows. Imagine if we don’t need that space anymore. There are several startups who will bring insect protein to the market shortly. It contains more protein than meat. It will be labeled as “alternative protein source” (because most people still reject the idea of eating insects).

Longevity: Right now, the average life span increases by 3 months per year. Four years ago, the lifespan used to be 79 years, now it’s 80 years. The increase itself is increasing and by 2036, there will be more that one year increase per year. So we all might live for a long long time, probably way more than 100.

Education: The cheapest smartphones are already at $10 in Africa and Asia. Until 2020, 70% of all humans will own a smartphone. That means, everyone has the same access to world class education. Every child can use Khan Academy for everything a child learns at school in First World countries. We have already released our software in Indonesia and will release it in Arabic, Swahili and Chinese this Summer, because I see an enormous potential. We will give the English app for free, so that children in Africa can become fluent in English within half a year.

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Spaceship Earth – Part 13

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Spaceship Earth – Part 12

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An Appeal for Sanity – Part 8 – Stop, Please!

PLEASE, STOP!

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This is my appeal for sanity: PLEASE, STOP! Stop all violence and protect all lives, especially the lives of the most innocent. Stop wounding. Stop killing. PLEASE, STOP! Take care of the children.

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Spaceship Earth – Part 11

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Meditation and Christianity: Calming the Mental Storm

Here’s the story of Jesus calming a storm, and my insights about it:

On that evening, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” So they left the crowd. The disciples got into the boat in which Jesus was already in, and departed. There were also other boats with them. Suddenly a strong wind blew up, and the waves began to spill over into the boat, so that it was about to fill with water. Jesus was in the back of the boat, sleeping, with his head on a pillow. The disciples, who were very agitated and afraid, woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown? Don’t you care that we are about to die?” Jesus got up and commanded the wind, “Be quiet!” and he said to the waves, “Be still!” Then the wind died down, the waves disappeared, and there was a great calm. He, then, asked his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were in awe, and began to say to one another, “Who is this man? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” ~ Mark 4:35-41

Although I don’t have a problem accepting Jesus’s miracle of calming the wind and the waves in this physical realm, I have been inspired to see another meaning in this story. For me, this passage has less to do with actual weather storms, and more to do with the storms of unruly thoughts that take place inside our own heads.

Although Jesus could be sleeping while waves were breaking over the boat — what seems highly improbable — what I envision is that Jesus was meditating while everyone else around him was running around agitated and full of fear. I sense that his command, “Be quiet! Be still!” was directed not at the wind and waves, but, first, at himself and the thoughts inside his head, and, second, at his friends and the thoughts inside their heads. “Be quiet! Be still!” His was a simple command to go to a place of quiet and stillness, and experience peace.

I like to think that Jesus was telling himself, his disciples, and all of us, to meditate.

After being baptized by John the Baptist, Jesus spent forty days and nights in the desert. It looks like a long silent retreat for me… silence, solitude, and seclusion.

Many titles have been given to Jesus. I particularly like Wonderful Counselor and Prince of Peace, but now I am giving him a new title: Jesus, the Master Meditator.

Now, going back to those tempests, here, there, and everywhere…

In a boat full of fearful and agitated people, one sane, calm, and steady-minded person can find his way through the fog and storms, and take the boat safely to a harbor.

Be that person. Practice mindfulness. The world desperately needs more steady-minded individuals.


 

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Spaceship Earth – Part 10

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Spaceship Earth – Part 9

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Spaceship Earth – Part 8

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Spaceship Earth – Part 7

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Spaceship Earth – Part 6

It is time for us to start thinking cosmically…

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Beatitudes

We need to pause, look deeply, reflect, and understand what is being said here…

A fantastic double rainbow over Loch Laggan.
A fantastic double rainbow over Loch Laggan.

Blessed are they who are humble, modest, unselfish, and compassionate for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

Blessed are they who mourn for all the injustices and suffering in the world, for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are they who have experienced the epiphany of oneness and understand the sacredness and the impermanence of all, for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are they who hunger for the end of all oppression and exploitation, and thirst for justice, equality, and a dignified life for everybody, for they shall be filled.

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.

Blessed are they who are persecuted for speaking truth to power, for being compassionate, and for doing what is just and morally right, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

Blessed are they who believe that Heaven is here, if we want it to be, for they will live in Heaven, right here on Earth.

On November 1st, 2016, at the end of a trip to Sweden, Pope Francis celebrated a Catholic Mass in a stadium. Saying that new situations require new energy and a new commitment, he offered a new list of beatitudes for modern Christians:

Blessed are those who remain faithful while enduring evils inflicted on them by others and forgive them from their heart.
Blessed are those who look into the eyes of the abandoned and marginalized and show them their closeness.
Blessed are those who see God in every person and strive to make others also discover him.
Blessed are those who protect and care for our common home.
Blessed are those who renounce their own comfort in order to help others.
Blessed are those who pray and work for full communion.

If you want to be blessed and to be a blessing, do what the Beatitudes ask us to do, and be…

gentle, kind and generous

loving, giving and forgiving

pacific, calm and soft

patient, humble and quiet

nonviolent, benevolent and courteous

selfless, modest and mild

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Here are the original Beatitudes as they appear in the Gospel according to Mathew:

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn: for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness: for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

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It’s a Big Club and You Ain’t in It

Heaven is here, if we want it to be!

I believe that we can organize ourselves to live on this planet in such ways that everyone can have a good, thriving life. Our planet is a place of abundance, and everybody can have all they need to live a dignified life, without the fear of not having enough. We only need to change the prevailing ideas and ways we have been operating on Earth.

We need to find a cure to the disease of obsessive hoarding that plagues our minds. There’s no need for some of us to accumulate as much as we do. And why we do it? Mainly because we are afraid of not having enough in times of need. And why? Because we live in a very selfish and individualistic culture, a dog-eat-dog environment where, as we were told since we were young, “only the strong survive.” We are brought up being told that “it’s each man for himself and each woman for herself.” Naturally, we grow afraid that if something bad happens to us, no one will come to our rescue. What we witness in the world today is a lot of competition and greed.

Well, I believe we can use a lot more of compassion, cooperation and solidarity. I believe we can organize ourselves in such ways that everyone can be supported to be the best that they can be, what, in turn, will allow each one of us to give our unique contributions for the betterment of the world.

Unfortunately, we are immersed in a very greedy and selfish reality. George Carlin describes it in his own George Carlin’s way…

WARNING: George Carlin’s way is full of words that you may find offensive.

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Fortune and Misfortune

Listen to Alan Watts tell the The Story of the Chinese Farmer, and reflect about fortune and misfortune.

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The Nonviolent Jesus

April 12, 2015 – Tonight, we were blessed by another opportunity to listen to John Dear, now in a more intimate setting. Thanks Maryann and John Schmidt for hosting.

John emphasized that his message is very simple: respond to the challenges of life as Jesus would. Learn the ways of the nonviolent Jesus. Study and apply the teachings contained in the Beatitudes of the Sermon on the Mount. Imitate Jesus. Follow Jesus.

My take: Committed inner work leads to a deep personal transformation. Persistent and diligent inner exploration leads to a higher degree of awareness, which leads to the experience of oneness, which leads to empathy and compassion, which leads to selfless living and nonviolent activism to establish justice and peace.

If you feel that you are not there yet, please consider cultivating mindfulness in silence and solitude. This will inevitably awaken in you the desire to serve others and lead you to work nonviolently for justice and peace. The world needs your contribution. We need each other’s help to bring about a more peaceful and just world.


 

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I don’t think that’s how life should be

We better pause and think… What are we doing here? What is life? Did we come here to work, make money, buy, consume, and accumulate? Is this the main purpose in life? Is this what life is supposed to be? Apparently it is, since human beings — the vast majority, at least — spend more time working and acquiring stuff than in any other activity.

Well, is this, then, the right way to spend our lives?

What do you think?

I believe we can live better lives by engaging in the process of exploring and trying to figure out what the ultimate purpose of life is. I believe we can live better lives by organizing ourselves to live on this planet in gentler ways. I believe that, to begin with, we must learn to be mindful of the world around us, and notice the beautiful garden and wonderful playground in which we live. By doing so, we will be constantly amazed by the magic, mystery and miracles that surround us, and this will develop in us a sense of immense appreciation and gratefulness for these gifts that were freely given to us. This awareness will open up the doors for a new realm where we will live much more joyfully.

But in order for us to manifest this new way of living, we will have to abandon some of the old ideas that we have always accepted. We will have to take a good look at those beliefs that are deeply ingrained in our minds and that we have never questioned, such as our beliefs about work and success. So, let us do that for a few moments.

We were brought up to believe that we must work hard and accumulate material wealth. Unconsciously, we feel that if we are not working hard, we are violating some sort of sacred or moral principle, and are, therefore, committing a transgression, a highly reprehensible offense.  But is this so? Should we feel as if we have sinned because we haven’t worked really hard? Should we feel that we have failed in life if we haven’t amassed great wealth? We have to pause and question our obsession with hard work, consumption, and accumulation. We have to ask ourselves, “Do I really need to work as much and as hard as I do? Do I need to consume and accumulate as much as I do? Do I need to have so many possessions? Is it right to generate so much waste as I do?”

It is also important to consider some fundamental questions, such as, “Who am I? Is my individual value determined by what I do and what I have? Am I what I do? Am I what I have? Am I a human-doing and a human-having, or am I a human-being?” These are important reflections because they can lead us to rethink who we are, what we do, and the ways we have organized ourselves to live on this planet.

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“Our excessive possessions (and obligations) are not making us happy. Even worse, they are taking us away from the things that do. Once we let go of the things that don’t matter, we are free to pursue all the things that really do matter.”

“Sometimes, minimizing possessions (and obligations) means a dream must die. But this is not always a bad thing. Sometimes, it takes giving up the person we wanted to be in order to fully appreciate the person we can actually become.”

~ Joshua Becker, The More of Less

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Consider the following: we don’t even think about it, but today we are conditioned to work, make money, and exchange that money for goods and services. But what will happen when the demand for labor dwindles? As we all know, technology and machinery are replacing human labor, and if the need for human work shrinks down considerably, or even eventually disappears, the possibility of exchanging work for money may also shrink and disappear. What will happen then? Will the reduced need for human labor create a situation where a vast contingent of human beings will find themselves unable to find work, and, therefore, unable to earn money, unable to provide for themselves and their loved ones, unable to survive?

Since we are moving to a new reality where the demand for human work will diminish, we better start thinking of new ways we can collaborate to create a new world society where everyone will have all their basic needs met, independent of work. Let us envision a new global social arrangement where everyone will work less and enjoy life a lot more. Let us bring about a new society where  everyone will have more time to pursue their dreams, do what they love, and help others.

I believe this is possible.

I believe that there is great abundance in this world, and that there is more than enough for everybody to live good lives. I believe that if we develop new social arrangements based on a deep sense of solidarity, we will bring about a new reality where everyone will be able to live with dignity and without the fear of not having enough. In fact, I believe we can, for good and forever, completely eradicate this damaging fear.

I believe that if we reach a deep understanding of the real purpose of life, we will develop the ability to control our selfishness and greed. This will allow us to create a whole new world where all sentient beings will be properly taken care of. I believe we have all the means and resources necessary to take care of all people in the world, and for everyone to have dignified and thriving existences. I believe we have all the means necessary to support every child and young adult during their formative years, and that we can mentor them to follow their dreams, engage in careers that match their talents, and do what they love. I believe we can support them to be the best that they can be, so they may be able to give their best contributions to the world.

I believe that if we remain open to consider new possibilities, we can create a better world for all. I believe that we will find out that Heaven is here, if we want it to be!

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What are we doing here? What are we being here? Which is the right question?

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GLO – Gratitude, Love, Optimism

WRITTEN by PENELOPE ARANGO

Thank you Piero for using the lake I live on as a calming influence.

George & Eugenie visit

And thank you also for sharing with us as to how to deal with the madness of this world.

We all know there is a problem, but what to do about it?

I totally agree that there is much we can do through and with ourselves…

Imagine, especially if we also use the three words you shared with us a long time ago:

G = gratitude, L = love and O = optimism.

God bless you this sad Saturday of Holy Week, but tomorrow He is risen and we can begin anew.

Penelope

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9 Good Reminders that Will Change the Way You Think – 9

WRITTEN by MARC CHERNOFF

You are not alone in feeling weird and alone. – I used to think I was the strangest person in the world, but then I thought about how there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels weird and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine him or her, and imagine that he or she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and reading this, you now know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you. I often feel and think and struggle much like you do. I care about many of the things you care about, just in my own way. And although some people do not understand us, we understand each other. YOU are not weird and alone!

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9 Good Reminders that Will Change the Way You Think – 8

WRITTEN by MARC CHERNOFF

Everyone you meet serves a purpose in your life. – We meet no ordinary people in our lives. If you give them a chance, everyone has something amazing to offer. They may not be what you expected or wanted, but their presence is important. Some people will test you, some will teach you, and some will bring out the very best in you. So be thankful for everyone in your life. Yes EVERYONE! It’ll be hard sometimes, but do your best to be grateful for the rude, difficult people too. They serve as great reminders of how NOT to be.

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9 Good Reminders that Will Change the Way You Think – 7

WRITTEN by MARC CHERNOFF

You can best serve yourself and others by giving yourself what YOU need. – That’s right, your needs matter more than you can imagine. Don’t ignore them. Sometimes you have to do exactly what’s best for you and your life, not just what seems best on the surface for everyone else. Decide this very minute to never again beg anyone for the love, respect, and attention that you should be showing yourself. Today, look at yourself in the mirror and say, “I love you, and from now on I’m going to act like it.” Because the truth is, when we practice self-love and self-respect, we give ourselves the opportunity to be happy. And when we are happy, we become better friends, better family members, and better lovers. (Read Loving What Is.)

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9 Good Reminders that Will Change the Way You Think – 6

WRITTEN by MARC CHERNOFF

You were born with the ability to change someone’s life. – Don’t ever waste it. Be kind. Be present. Be someone who makes a difference. In a gentle way, you can shake the world. Truth be told, the purpose of life is not just to be happy in your own little bubble; it is to be helpful, to be honorable, to be compassionate and kind, to have your life make some kind of difference that you have lived and lived well. Go ahead; leave the world a little better than you found it.

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– “Silent Peace Walk”

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