Don’t Worry

You see, many of us wake up in the morning with the alarm clock and we spend our entire days in a state of alarm. We don’t relax a single moment. We get up, get dressed and get going. We wake up in the morning telling ourselves, “I have to do this and I have to do that.” We create those long and unrealistic to-do lists, with too many things to do and not enough time to do them. Then we go through our days rushing and running, collecting all the scattered pieces and trying to put them together. We go through our days thinking about what we have to do next instead of concentrating on what we have in front of us, be it the work at hand, or the person we may be with. Most of the time, we are not here, now; our minds are elsewhere and elsewhen. We are not enjoying the present.

And as it invariably happens, unexpected things pop up, and there goes the plan we had for the day. When this happens, we immediately tense up. Instead of giving thanks for the unexpected, and accepting what the Forces of the Universe have brought to us, we react against them. We don’t surrender and look for the good in the unexpected. As we don’t look, we don’t find joy. We don’t go with the flow; we swim against it. As a result, irritation, impatience, frustration, anger and anxiety become our companions for the day. And at the end of the day, when we review our to-do list, we tell ourselves, “I have not done this. I have not done that. I should have done this. I could have done that. I am not good enough. I am worthless.” We go to bed feeling tired, guilty and defeated.

Is this your life? What kind of life is this? Why are you going to go through life feeling this way: tired, guilty and defeated? Can’t you see that we are the ones imposing too many demands on our own selves? Can’t you see that we are the ones creating our own stress, the biggest killer of all?

Yes, we begin our days with our plans, and we may end up doing something completely different.  I am here to tell you that this is OK. The Spirit leads us to do what the Spirit wants us to do. We have to accept. We have to surrender. We have to relax. We have to breathe deeply, reconvene, recollect, and be gentle with ourselves. We have to find joy in what was brought to us. At the end of the day, instead of focusing on what we have not done and feeling guilty and defeated, we shall focus on the much that we have accomplished and feel victorious.

How can we do this?

I suggest you use the reframing technique. Reframe your thoughts and emotions. Rewrite the script. Instead of telling a negative story, tell a positive one. Focus on all the positive facts and aspects of the day and tell a tale of victory. “I had a fantastic day, full of unexpected occurrences and new opportunities. I took action and I am moving closer to my goals. I gave a great contribution to the world today!” No more negative stories. No more shouldas, couldas, and guilty feelings. “It was a glorious day. I am grateful. And I am moving on; the past is gone.”

We must learn to surrender and let the Universe take care of the details. We must learn to let go and let God. One good practice is to read this note every morning: “Good morning. This is God. I will be handling all your problems and concerns today. I will not require your help. So relax and enjoy the day. Have fun. I love you. God.”

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I am sure got it, didn’t you?

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The Best Is Yet To Come

Great part of our existences are consumed by fear. But it doesn’t have to be this way. We can come to the comprehension that we are eternal, and if we are eternal, why worry? The great teachers have advised us, over and over again, “Be not afraid,” have they not? Shouldn’t we listen? It is about time, isn’t it?

Here’s an inspiring story…

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There was a woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. So as she was getting her things in order, she contacted her pastor and had him come to her house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes. She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what scriptures she would like read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in. The woman also requested to be buried with her favorite Bible. Everything was in order

“There’s one more thing,” she said excitedly. “What’s that?” came the pastor’s reply. “This is very important,” the woman continued. “I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand.”

The pastor stood looking at the woman, not knowing quite what to say. “That surprises you, doesn’t it?” the woman asked. “Well, to be honest, I’m puzzled by the request,” said the pastor. The woman explained. “In all my years of attending church socials and potluck dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say, ‘Keep your fork.’ It was my favorite part because I knew that something better was coming like velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie. Something wonderful, and with substance! So, I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my hand and I want them to wonder “What’s with the fork?’. Then I want you to tell them: “Keep your fork – the best is yet to come”.

The pastor’s eyes welled up with tears as he hugged the woman good-bye. He knew this would be one of the last times he would see her before her death. But he also knew that the woman had a better grasp of heaven than he did. She KNEW that something better was coming.

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At the funeral people were walking by the woman’s casket and they saw the pretty dress she was wearing and her favorite Bible and the fork placed in her right hand. Over and over, the pastor heard the question “What’s with the fork?” And over and over he smiled.

The pastor told the people of the conversation he had with the woman shortly before she died. He also told them about the fork and about what it symbolized to her. The pastor told the people how he could not stop thinking about the fork and told them that they probably would not be able to stop thinking about it either. He was right.

So the next time you reach for your fork, let it remind you, oh so gently, that the best is yet to come.
Blessings on your heads..

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Thank you Maria, I will never look at my fork the same way…blessings, Penelope

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Thank you, Penelope.Beautiful! I too hope to remember that The Best Is Yet To Come every time I have a fork in my hand.

Much love and peace,

Piero

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Peacemakers: Paradigm Changers

“Peace through nonviolence is possible.”

I don’t know about you, but in my attempts to promote this idea I hear a lot of, “Don’t be naive. You are being unrealistic. Violence is natural, conflict is inevitable, and peace is impossible. This is the way it has always been and will always be. Attempts to curb violence without using violence will never work. We have to be strong and show strength. We have to be ruthless and eradicate everyone who threatens or is a potential threat to us otherwise they will annihilate us. We have to use violence to protect ourselves and others.”

In such situations, my answer usually is, “One thing we undoubtedly know is that violence will not end conflicts, reduce tensions, or bring lasting peace. We have tried it for millennia and it has already proven its ineffectiveness. Violence may curb violence temporarily, but it does not end conflicts permanently. In fact, it only creates additional ones. Violence begets violence; this we all know for sure. And I am not talking only about direct violence, the one that wounds and kills fast. I am talking also about the indirect violence, the one that through exploitation, oppression and all forms of social injustice, wounds and kills slowly. This widely accepted and often ignored violence is the root of all other expressions of violence. It is time for us to apply nonviolence and bring about equality on a large scale.”

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Nonviolence has already proved its effectiveness. We know nonviolence works and is an effective way of bringing about justice and peace; we have plenty of examples of that. Take a look, for instance, at the evidence presented by Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephan in their book “Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict.” or the compelling historical facts lined up by Mark Kurlansky in his book “Nonviolence: The History of a Dangerous Idea.” Nevertheless, the majority of human beings still is not convinced of its effectiveness. Nonviolence still is not their tool of choice to dispel conflicts. And this is so because people are not aware of what nonviolence is, how it works, how to apply it, and how effective it is. It’s time for us to invested massively in nonviolent education, nonviolent communication, and nonviolent conflict resolution. Although education and training in nonviolent techniques is gaining ground, we still have a long way to go. We need to expand our reach and coverage so every human being can receive training on how to communicate and solve conflicts nonviolently.

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Peacemakers need to understand that changing the prevailing ideas in the world is not an easy task. And that is what we, peacemakers, are doing: we are trying to transform the culture and change the deeply rooted paradigm that violence is inescapable, conflict is inevitable, and peace is impossible. We are trying, in the middle of all skepticism, to bring people to believe that peace is possible. Even more, we are trying to bring people to accept and believe that peace through nonviolence is possible.

Our final goal is to bring lasting peace to the world, but our main job right now is to take people to a place where they can see new possibilities, and by seeing new possibilities they may begin to question their current beliefs and ways, and choose to adopt new ones.

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OK. This is our task, but before we move forward we must have one thing clear: even though we would like people to see as we see, and think as we think, we have to realize that all we can do is to inspire others, and hopefully instill in them the desire to look into new possibilities. That’s it. From that point on it is up to them to embrace new visions and understandings, or not.

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We need to reflect and recognize our own violence. When we talk about violence, we are, the majority of time, thinking about the violence perpetrated by others, but we ignore our own.

In what ways are we violent? In what ways do we contribute to violence in the world?

To begin with, we have to look at history and see how we may have benefited from the historical oppression and exploitation of others. We need to own the fact that some of us have been the beneficiaries of a system built on the lives of others. We have to recognize that we belong to a group that benefits from the unjust ways we have organized ourselves to live in society. We have to realize that the goods we buy may have been manufactured by workers who may be subjected to oppression and exploitation. We have to be aware that we are enjoying freedoms and privileges that others aren’t, and recognize that we are the ones who have put in place organizations, structures, and repressive systems that maintain such privileges, and deprive others from enjoying them. We have to realize that we benefit from this unfair system, and that, in many ways, we contribute to this institutional violence.

We also have to recognize that we live immersed in a highly individualistic and competitive culture that promotes excessive and unnecessary consumption, praises go-getters, and separates winners from losers. We are living in a self-centered culture, where everything is about “me,” and where very few think in terms of “we.” We are violent, demanding a lot from ourselves and others, and we pass this on to our children. This brings about an inherently tense and violent environment of competition for the accumulation of wealth, an environment of division between those who have achieved material success and those who haven’t, a culture that promotes competition over cooperation.

We must also reflect on the violence perpetrated by our groups, the ones we belong to. We must realize how we separate ourselves in all forms of clans, tribes, gangs, countries, nations, ideologies, religions, and so on, and how we use violence to impose our ideas, our ways, and all sorts of arrangements that benefit us. We like to think of ourselves as being nonviolent, but we must recognize that, in a way, we pay for the emissaries who go out and wage violence on our behalf.

We don’t even notice how violent we are, and how we contribute to violence in unexpected ways.

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Ideas shape our reality. The idea that prevails is the world today is that of scarcity — that there is not enough — and this idea becomes an impediment for living in peace and harmony. Fear of not having enough infects our lives and all our relationships. Fear opens the floodgates for selfishness and greed. Fear leads people to hoard, to accumulate more than what they need, and to get more than what they give. Fear unleashes impulses to compete, fight, conquer, and subjugate. Fear propels people to move ahead at all costs, ignoring the pain and suffering they inflict on others. Fear moves people to oppress and exploit other beings without considering the effects on mankind and the environment. Fear of scarcity unleashes the worst in us, and creates a violent world. Our unconscious acceptance of this “Scarcity Paradigm” brings violence to everything we do.

But if we believed the opposite — that this planet of ours is a place of abundance where there is more than enough for everybody, and that we will always have access to what we need — then we wouldn’t be so afraid of lack. We would be more gentle and generous with one another. We would compete less and cooperate more. We would be less violent.

So, our mission, as peacemakers, is to inspire people to look beyond the prevailing mindset, and take humanity to consider and adopt the “Abundance Paradigm.”

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We have to recognize that, right now, we are violent people living in a violent world.

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Peacemakers and worldchangers must work in two fronts: curbing existing violence and preventing new violence to erupt.

1 – Stopping both direct and indirect violence.

  • Can we use nonviolence to stop direct violence? How?
  • And how can we utilize nonviolence to promote social change and diminish the structural violence, the one brought about by oppression, exploitation and other forms of social injustice?

2 – Preventing the emergence of violence.

  • Utilizing nonviolent methods for resolving disputes and conflicts.
  • Teaching nonviolent methods of introspection and self-awareness.
  • Teaching nonviolent communication, mediation, and conflict resolution to the young population.
  • Promoting widespread social justice, therefore reducing tensions, and the rate of success of indoctrination and recruitment for the perpetration of acts of direct violence by radical individuals.
  • Promoting a new paradigm, a new way of seeing the world and life.

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A day will come when it will be common knowledge that we are not independent, but interdependent, and that the well-being of others enhances our own. We will then understand the value of taking good care of our fellow human beings. In doing so, we will realize that this is a world of abundance where there is more than enough for everybody, and that we are the ones who create scarcity for others, because our fear makes us consume and accumulate more than what we need. We will realize that scarcity only exists when we let our fear dominate us.

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What should peacemakers do, then?

We must keep promoting nonviolence and its advantages. We must continue reminding people that violence is destructive, while nonviolence is constructive and creative. Those who resort to violence to solve conflicts seek to defeat, subjugate and segregate their opponents, invariably creating new enemies in the process. Meanwhile, those who adopt nonviolent means for conflict resolution don’t see opponents as enemies to be defeated, but fellow human beings who need to be heard and understood, human beings who, in essence, want the same things we want. Nonviolent practitioners seek to communicate and integrate.

Let us invest in teaching less violent ways of dealing with one another.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if schools all over the planet taught that we all should work for social justice and peace? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all children learned Mindfulness, Restorative Justice, Nonviolent Communication and Nonviolent Conflict Resolution techniques early in their lives, so they could take those techniques to their homes, to the streets and their communities, and not only apply them, but also teach them to others?

So, let us continue our efforts. Let us teach the new generations that everyone’s highest moral calling must be to end oppression and exploitation. Let us continue pushing for our history books to reduce references to armed conflicts, and give more relevance to those events when social advancement was accomplished through nonviolent civil disobedience. Let us raise humanity’s understanding that those who fought injustices and attained social justice through nonviolent means deserve more praise than violent warriors.

Let us make a concentrated effort on education. Remember that “if we want to leave a better world for our children, we must leave better children for the world.”

“He who opens a school door, closes a prison.” ~ Victor Hugo

A change in the prevailing ideas is what will change the world.

Meanwhile, while we are educating the new generation, we have to find nonviolent ways of curbing the bullies of the world, and reduce the damage they do.

We need to be a voice for the voiceless. We need to encourage and support the oppressed to challenge their oppressors.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

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There is a difference between the use of force to attack and the use of force to protect. Peacemakers must develop a good understanding of the difference between the two. Many times, the use of force to expand influence — to conquer, dominate, subjugate, and even punish others — is presented as force being used to protect. That’s a lie, used all the time, by those who benefit from violence.

I am against violence, but I am not against the protective use of force as a last resort to save lives. Lives must be protected. And we have to achieve the goal of protecting lives without ending other lives in the process, because all lives are sacred. We have to stop people from killing without killing.

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Let us continue our efforts to put an end to exploitation, oppression and poverty, knowing that injustice and inequality are the breeding grounds of violence. Those who are hopeless and desperate — those who feel that they have lost everything and have nothing to lose — are the ones who lend their ears to radicals and their messages of hatred and violence.

Let us recognize that social injustice, inequality, oppression and exploitation are the roots of the social instability we are facing in the world, and that to tackle those problems we need a new consciousness that values life, not only our own and those of our loved ones and tribe members, but all lives, even the lives of our enemies.

A consciousness that, because it values all life, and considers all life sacred, rejects all killing.

A consciousness that cannot stand seeing billions of children around the world living in the dirt, scrounging for their next meals.

A consciousness that knows that a child who was wounded, who lost his father in war, who saw his mother suffering and crying, who lost his home, who went to live in a tent in a refugee camp, who doesn’t have a school to go to, and who was robbed of his innocence and childhood, is a child doomed to choose the ways of violent revenge.

A consciousness that does not allow us to close our eyes to abject poverty any longer.

A consciousness that shakes us from our indifference and moves us to change the ways we organize ourselves to live on this planet, so we can assure that every single person can have a caring family and a dignified life.

A consciousness that will not only say that they value work, but that really show that work is valued by compassionately understanding the needs of their fellow human beings and paying honest wages to all workers, wages that really allow them to live with dignity.

A consciousness that morally compels us to do something so everyone in the world, not just some lucky ones, can have shelter, food, water, health care, and education.

A consciousness that believes that where a person is born should not determine if that person is going to live or die.

A consciousness that is not blind to the military industrial complex and to the interests that move those who manufacture and trade weapons, and profit from conflicts.

We need a new consciousness that non-judgmentally values all life, the lives of the poor, hungry, and homeless, the lives of the less fortunate, the lives of the less able to deal with the complexity and nuances of life, the lives of those who need to label others and make sure they belong to an ‘acceptable’ tribe, the lives of those who find comfort in easy, rushed, primitive “us against them, good against evil, hard-workers against lazy bums, conservative against liberals, capitalists against socialists” explanations…

That’s what we, peacemakers, are talking about.

Yes, you can call us naive and unrealistic, but we will keep saying that we need to move to a higher ground. We need a new consciousness for a new world.

Are we going to succeed?

I believe that eventually we will, since a change in the prevailing paradigm is our only real hope. Let us continue moving forward. We are making progress. Soon we will reach that tipping point — the so called critical mass — when the majority of mankind will accept widespread social justice and nonviolence as the most effective way of solving current conflicts, preventing the emergence of new ones, and manifesting peace. This will be the new paradigm.

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So, let’s be patient and generous.

Let us respond with love to those who scorn us and our peace-promoting efforts.

Let us face the skepticism with serenity and hope.

Let us compassionately realize that those who mock us are operating in a realm where they are unable to envision new possibilities, and that we are the ones who can guide them from the deepest valleys where they are now to the top of the mountains from where they will be able to see the Promised Land.

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” … And then I got into Memphis. And some began to say the threats, or talk about the threats that were out. What would happen to me from some of our sick white brothers… 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! Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!!” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. — I’ve Been to the Mountaintop — delivered 3 April 1968, Mason Temple (Church of God in Christ Headquarters), Memphis, Tennessee — the night before he was assassinated

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Our job is to meet our brothers and sisters where they are. We must listen. We must acknowledge their views of the world. We must allow them to feel that we have heard and understood them. No one will listen to us if we act as if we are better and know better. No one will listen to us if we talk down on them from a pedestal. We must meet them where they are, listen to them, empathize with them, and show that even if we don’t agree, we sincerely understand them. This is our job. We must seek first to understand, because only after they feel that they have been deeply and completely understood is that they will be open to listen to what we have to say. We must lead by example. People will listen to us if they see something different and special in us. If we exude peace they will pay attention to what we have to say about peace.

Finally, we have to understand that because each one of us has different personalities, talents and skills, each one of us will find different ways of contributing to peace. But whatever you may be called to do, I would like to encourage you to put your focus on facilitating opportunities for people to experience inner-peace.

In this violent world of ours, people are always in a fast, competitive mode. We need to create opportunities for people to understand that it is perfectly OK to give themselves time to slow down, to pause, be gentle with themselves, and touch that peace that resides within.

Peace in our hearts brought peace to our families

Peace in our families brought peace to our communities

Peace in our communities brought peace to our nations

Peace in our nations brought peace to the world

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

Let us facilitate opportunities for people to see beauty and abundance.

Meditate, teach meditation, and guide others to places of inner peace where they will have those awakenings that will allow them to realize our oneness, and that life is more than what we are able to see.

Walk in silence in nature, touch your inner peace, and lead a Silent Peace Walk.

Become a more peaceful human being yourself, and spread peace.

Remember:

We must be the change we want to see in the world. We must have peace in our hearts in order to give it. Peace begins with us.

Be peaceful. Be patient, generous and forgiving, always. Give love.

Our job is to keep the possibility of peace alive in people’s hearts and minds. Acceptance of the worst scenario — that violence will never stop and that we will never experience peace — is very dangerous for humanity. Even though the violence and insanity of some desperate individuals push us to places of skepticism, cynicism, and pessimism, we must do what we can to highlight all the good that there is in this world, and do what we can to keep the hope that peace through nonviolent means is possible.

Just do it!

Namaste. ~ Piero

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you will join us, and the the world will live as one.” ~ John Lennon

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You Will Not Stop Me Until Peace Prevails

This is the poem that Sam, a young poet, brought to the 2014 International Day of Peace Celebration in Coral Springs, Florida. I was moved and asked her if I could share it with you. She kindly acquiesced.

So here it goes.

Read her poem and feel the mighty power that emanates from those who desire justice and peace. Read her poem and feel the vigorous energy that moves those who want to make the world a better place. Read her poem and understand that even the smallest frames can host gigantic hearts, huge minds and enormous spirits. Sam is the living proof of this.  IMG_0792-XL

I am one out of many.

When I speak, my voice does not project for miles,
covering the land of my nation.

My voice does not change people’s lives.

It does not bring a woman to tears or a man to his knees.

5 feet high, I cannot stand as tall at the statue of liberty
and speak the words she yells at all who visit her.

People do not beg for my picture or line up at my door.

My voice does not cause goosebumps.

I am one out of many.

But that will not stop me on my journey.

I will scream and stretch and run and fly.

I will cover every inch of this Earth until my heart runs dry.

I will continue to fight and plead and wish
and you will not stop me until peace prevails.

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My voice does not project for miles.

It does not bring a woman to tears.

My voice does not cause goosebumps.

But
I refused to think this world cannot be rid
of fear and hate.

I am one out of many

But I will change this world.

Let peace grow.

~ Samantha Fiore

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International Day of Peace

September 21, 2014, International Day of Peace…

Today was a good day.

I was joined by many peacemakers at daybreak and we walked in silence for peace.

Peace-loving people all over the world did something to expand awareness about Peace Day and demand a better world for all. The People’s Climate March, the Campaign Nonviolence, and the Global March for Peace and Unity are examples of actions that took place today involving millions of individuals.

I sent a message to fellow peace-seekers all over the world encouraging them to meet more often: “Meeting once a year to celebrate peace is good, but meeting every month is better!!! Meeting once a month to walk in silence for peace creates a strong group of Peace Builders that will plan and implement many peace initiatives. Initiate a monthly Silent Peace Walk where you live. The Peace Walk will be the beginning of your peace movement.”

I wrapped up my day watching “You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train,” a tribute to Howard Zinn, a great man who dedicated himself to promote justice and peace, and was not afraid to speak truth to power. He is an example of courage and an inspiration to me.

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Like so many people in the world, I want the end of violence, both direct and indirect. I wish we stop fighting, hurting and killing one another. I wish we use our creative energy to put an end to poverty. We can do it! We have more than enough resources to achieve peace. We just need to organize ourselves in a new way and everyone will be able to have the necessary to live with dignity, and this will bring an atmosphere of tranquility to the entire world.

I am happy that the Forces of the Universe brought me to this place where I feel compassion for the oppressed, the exploited and the downtrodden, and compelled to help create a more just and peaceful world for all.

I know that what I do is not much, but today I am happy for the little I have done… I am happy that I have done something.

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So, here are my wishes on this Day of Peace:

May we, one day soon, wake up from the sleepwalking state we find ourselves immersed in, and realize that we have all that is necessary to manifest Heaven right here on Earth.

May we realize that we can create a world where everyone can be loved and nurtured to give his or her best contribution to make everyone else’s lives better.

May my sons, one day, live in a more just, less violent and more peaceful world, and may they be able to say that their father did something to make the world a better place.

Justice! Peace! Unity!

September 21, 2014, International Day of Peace… Today was a good day.

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Why Are You Here?

Alicia Keys talks about her song, “We Are Here.”

Here’s Alicia Keys speaking and singing the truth.

The day I wrote this song, I was sitting in a circle of people of all ages and we were asked, “Why are you here.” Why am I here?? This really hit me on a deep level. I realized no one had ever asked me that question before.

As I prepare to give birth to a new child, I can’t help and think about the world I’m bringing my baby into. No matter where we come from, when we see the state of the world today, we can all feel the growing frustration and desire to make a difference. And we all have a voice – we just need to know how to make it heard.

I have a vision that I believe is more than a dream, that I know can be our reality.

I believe in an empowered world community built on the true meaning of equality – where we are all considered one people, regardless of race, religion, gender, zip code, belief system or sexual orientation.

I believe all of our voices should be heard, so that our representation reflects our population. We need our leadership to reflect an equal balance of the gifts that both men and women have to offer.

I believe in a world where every child born receives a quality education – where their unique gifts are nurtured so that they may be a beneficial presence in this world.

I believe in mutual respect and cooperation among all peoples and all nations. It is time to end all forms of racial injustice for our black brothers and sisters and all people of color.

I believe in an end to the prison industrial complex in America and a renewed justice system that is based on fairness and truth.

I believe in universal global health care based on Integrative Medicine, so that our bodies are acknowledged and treated as one system, and we can help control the spread of diseases like AIDS, Malaria, TB and Ebola.

I believe we have an ability to end poverty, oppression, and hopelessness that often breeds despair, terror, and violence.

I believe in common sense gun laws that serve to protect children and families and society from unnecessary violence.

I believe in Peace & Love & Unity.

I believe that this vision can be a reality.

And, it’s not about me. It’s about WE.

Together we can give birth to a kinder and more peaceful world for ALL children.

Our souls were brought together so that we can love each other sister, brother. We Are Here. We are here for all of us.

That’s why #WeAreHere.

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~ Alicia Keys

Well said, Alicia. I make your words mine.

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Fearless

Be not afraid.

You are a child of the Universe. You were brought here for many reasons. You came here to teach and learn, and you will have plenty of chances to teach and learn during your lifetime. No matter how young or old you may be, you always have more than enough opportunities. Every day is a new day.

Since we came here to teach and learn, we need to protect life. We should not kill and should oppose all killing. We should learn and teach the value of life, its purpose, and the reasons why every life should be protected. We should not kill because we don’t have the right to deprive others of learning and teaching opportunities. Life is sacred.

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You came here for a limited time, but your time as a spiritual being is unlimited. So, do not rush. Take your time. Take time to ponder. Remember to ask yourself often, “What am I supposed to learn here? What am I meant to teach here?” We have all the time in the Universe, so do not rush. Be gentle with yourself. Take your time.

Be not afraid.

Don’t fear death. Think about eternity. Think of yourself as a manifestation of something much bigger, something that is eternal and never ceases to exist, something that only changes form. We are eternal spiritual beings having temporary human experiences. Bring God into the picture and the fear of death will surely vanish.

Never regret getting old. Remember, it is a privilege denied to many. Accept the inevitability of aging and dying but don’t let fear of death impact your present life. Death is a great counselor; it provides the best advice on how to live a good life. Death will tell you that what really matters is the love you make. Since we cannot know how long we will stay here, let us give as much love as you can right here, right now.

Be not afraid.

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Be Positive Anyway

Thank you for teaching me about the getting and giving attitudes, and for taking me to reflect on the truth contained in the words of the Prayer of Saint Francis, “It is in giving that we receive.”

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“How ungrateful you are! This is a free event, with free food and drinks, and a free venue with air-conditioned, table and chairs. You didn’t pay anything to attend. Why do you complain? Why do you criticize? Why, instead of focusing on what you consider wrong, don’t you choose to look at everything that is right? Why, instead of uttering words of criticism, don’t you choose to praise and thank the organizers who have put their own resources, their time, work, effort and money into creating the event? You are a guest, invited to someone else’s home. How dare you criticize the hosts? How ungrateful you are! Show some gratitude. If you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything.”

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Come with an attitude of gratitude, grateful to those who have offered a beautiful and comfortable venue to be used for free, grateful for the work others have done to organize the event, and for the time and money they have spent. Don’t complain. Don’t come to criticize and find fault. Come with a desire to help. And if you feel that things aren’t good enough — if you see something that can be improved — take it upon yourself to do it. Think about the work others have done, and volunteer to do something yourself. Give your contribution.

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Thank you for teaching me about the getting and giving attitudes, and for taking me to reflect on the truth contained in the words of the Prayer of Saint Francis, “It is in giving that we receive.”

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When you feel the urge to react, take a deep breath and let go. Recognize that the need to fight, the need to defend and attack, the need to prove that you are right, all those needs stem from the ego. You don’t need to engage in any battle. Let go.

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The verses below reportedly were written on a wall of Mother Teresa’s home for children in Calcutta, India, and are widely attributed to her. Some sources say that the words below were written on the wall of Mother Teresa’s own room. In any case, their association with Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity has made them popular worldwide, expressing as they do, the spirit in which they lived their lives. They seem to be based on a composition originally by Kent Keith, but much of the second half has been re-written in a more spiritual way. Both versions are shown below.

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1. This is the version that was found written on a wall of Mother Teresa’s home for children in Calcutta:

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.
Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.
Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.
Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.

~ this version is credited to Mother Teresa

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2. The Original Kent M. Keith’s Version:

The Paradoxical Commandments

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.
People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

~ Kent M. Keith

“The Paradoxical Commandments” were written by Kent M. Keith in 1968 as part of a booklet for student leaders.

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I Am Here to Give -11

Put your gifts to good use. Make them produce good fruits that will bless many people. Do that, and more will be given to you. Simply put, don’t bury your gifts. Make sure you give what was given to you.

We came to this world with some unique features, talents and skills. We are called to put them to good use. We must share what was given to us with others, because when we do so, we inspire others, and they too start to share their unique gifts. In other words, giving creates more giving. What we give multiplies.

Here’s the story of the three servants…

“At that time God’s kingdom will also be like a man leaving home to travel to another place for a visit. Before he left, he talked with his servants. He told his servants to take care of his things while he was gone. He decided how much each servant would be able to care for. The man gave one servant five bags of money. He gave another servant two bags. And he gave a third servant one bag. Then he left. The servant who got five bags went quickly to invest the money. Those five bags of money earned five more. It was the same with the servant who had two bags. That servant invested the money and earned two more. But the servant who got one bag of money went away and dug a hole in the ground. Then he hid his master’s money in the hole.

“After a long time the master came home. He asked the servants what they did with his money. The servant who got five bags brought that amount and five more bags of money to the master. The servant said, ‘Master, you trusted me to care for five bags of money. So I used them to earn five more.’ “The master answered, ‘You did right. You are a good servant who can be trusted. You did well with that small amount of money. So I will let you care for much greater things. Come and share my happiness with me.’

“Then the servant who got two bags of money came to the master. The servant said, ‘Master, you gave me two bags of money to care for. So I used your two bags to earn two more.’ “The master answered, ‘You did right. You are a good servant who can be trusted. You did well with a small amount of money. So I will let you care for much greater things. Come and share my happiness with me.’

“Then the servant who got one bag of money came to the master. The servant said, ‘Master, I knew you were a very hard man. You harvest what you did not plant. You gather crops where you did not put any seed. So I was afraid. I went and hid your money in the ground. Here is the one bag of money you gave me.’ “The master answered, ‘You are a bad and lazy servant! You say you knew that I harvest what I did not plant and that I gather crops where I did not put any seed. So you should have put my money in the bank. Then, when I came home, I would get my money back. And I would also get the interest that my money earned.’

“So the master told his other servants, ‘Take the one bag of money from that servant and give it to the servant who has ten bags. Everyone who uses what they have will get more. They will have much more than they need. But people who do not use what they have will have everything taken away from them.’”

~ Jesus in Matthew 25:14-30

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I Am Here to Give – 10

“You see, I grew up in Ireland, when Ireland was divided along religious lines, sectarian lines. Young people like me were parched for the vision that poured out of the pulpits of black America and the vision of a black reverend from Atlanta… A man who refused to hate because he knew love would do a better job…

We need the community that taught the world about civil rights to teach it something about human rights. I’m talking about the right to live like a human. The right to live, period…

This is not about charity. This is about justice. It’s about justice and equality… 

True religion will not let us fall asleep in the comfort of our freedom. Love thy neighbor is not a piece of advice; it’s a command… 

Where you live should not decide whether you live or whether you die…

Whatever thoughts we have about God, who he is or even if God exists, most will agree that God has a special place for the poor. The poor are where God lives. God is in the slums, in the cardboard boxes where the poor play house. God is where the opportunity is lost and lives are shattered. God is with the mother who has infected her child with the virus that will take both their lives. God is under the rubble in the cries we hear during war time. God, my friends, is with the poor. And God is with us, if we are with them.

This is not a burden; this is an adventure! Don’t let anyone tell you it cannot be done. We can be the generation that ends extreme poverty.”

~ Bono

These are selections from Bono’s acceptance speech upon receiving the Chairman’s Award at the 38th NAACP Image Awards, on March 2, 2007.

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Paul David Hewson (born 10 May 1960), known by his stage name Bono, is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, businessman, and philanthropist. He is best recognized as the frontman of the Dublin-based rock band U2.

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I Am Here to Give – 9

We should give without expecting anything back.

God instructed us to be generous with everyone, especially those in direst need, the poorest of the poor, the ones who cannot give us any material thing back. When performed disinterestedly, charity brings about friendship; it changes hearts and creates friends.

We should not be selective and only give to our friends and those who treat us well. We should give to everyone, including our enemies. What is wrong with giving generously, even to our opponents? We should give to those who need and also to those who don’t. We must even greet greed with openhandedness.

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I Am Here to Give – 8

If we want to get out of our misery and pain, we should give. We should help and serve.

The fail-safe formula for true happiness is to make others happy. We do good and we end up feeling good. And because we feel good, we end up doing more good, and feeling even better.

To love is to get to a stage where the only selfish desire we have is the desire to feel good by doing good. To love is to reach that stage where we give freely, willingly, not only what we have, but also what we don’t know we have until the moment we give. Even without having, we give, just to discover that we always have more than enough to give.

We must share what we have, as well as what we don’t have. Not sharing what we have is selfish, but not sharing our needs is also selfish, because we deprive others of opportunities to give.

Again, the fail-safe formula for true happiness is to make others happy. We make people happy by doing something for them, but we can make them happier by allowing them to do something for us.

It is a dynamic process.

Once we evolve and become better human beings, we feel called to serve, and because we serve, we become better human beings.

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I Am Here to Give – 7

The richest person is not the one who has the most, but the one who desires the least.

The richest person is not the one who accumulates ceaselessly, but the one who gives generously.

The richest person is the one who fears the least and enjoys the presents she bestows and receives.

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Fear leads to accumulation, and restricts our willingness to give and share. To enter the kingdom of Heaven, one must have no fear of leaving everything behind. Conscious that, in the end, we can’t take anything material with us, we give generously, and in the process of giving we experience immense freedom. We relinquish our material possessions as a preparation for the transition from this life to the next.

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I Am Here to Give – 6

We are sent forth to be the presence of the Holy Spirit in the world.

Let us consent to be used by God whenever, wherever, and however God wants to use us.

Let us develop the habit of saying yes to the call.

Let us be God’s presence in the world.

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“Use me, dear Lord. Use me to touch hearts with your love. Use me to show the abundant life and love you give. Use me to promote your healing peace and unity. Use me to make this world a better place. Here I am, Lord. Use me.” 

Let us remember that while we are giving, we are receiving.

Let us be thankful for the gifts others are giving us.

Let us make sure that they know that they are giving us a gift, just for allowing us to be there for them, to listen to them, to serve them.

Let us make sure that they know that they have impacted our lives, and that they have planted seeds in us that will be with us forever.

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I Am Here to Give – 5

The people that really impact our lives are the people that show that they care. They are the ones who make themselves available to be used by God.

In every interaction, even the ones that last just a few seconds, we plant some seeds. Every time we meet someone we have a choice regarding the type of seeds that we will plant. If we are unselfish, mindful of other people’s needs, and present to listen and to love with a soft heart, we will be planting good seeds. But if we are caught in the “us versus them” illusion, if suspicion, prejudice, judgment, fear, and greed make us retreat to selfishness, we will be bringing the fast growing  seeds of the hardened-heart weed to the heart fields. Don’t do that! Choose to plant only the good seeds. Every time you meet other people, take the time to plant the seeds of kindness, love and peace in their hearts. These seeds will produce healthy plants that will last a lifetime.

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Let us give our time and attention, make ourselves totally available, and show that we care. Let us be present, listen deeply, and speak gently, softly, with love.

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Be present
Be the present
Be the presence

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I Am Here to Give – 4

The best exercise for a healthy heart is to reach down and lift others up.

We are here on Earth, to reach out and touch hearts with love and kindness, only to have our own hearts touched and transformed in the process. At the end of our physical existences, it will not be what we have gotten, but what we have given that will matter. We will be remembered not by the assets we accumulated but by the impressions we left on the hearts we touched.

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It is by giving that we receive. It is by bestowing love, compassion, forgiveness, patience, and kindness that we receive the same gifts back. In all relations, be them among individuals or nations, it is by making others feel safe and at peace that we experience the same safety and peace.

The more we give, the more we receive. The measure we use to give will always be the same measure used to give back to us. If we want to receive more, we must give more.

“And, in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.” ~ The Beatles

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I Am Here to Give – 3

We were given the gifts that we were given to give them away.

We must not interrupt the flow.

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We must keep giving our time, talent, treasure and touch to those in need.

We must combine our strengths with our passions, combine what we are good at with that we feel called to do, and use our gifts to make this brokenhearted world a better place.

We must reach a point in our lives where we don’t desire anything for ourselves, except the opportunity to look at others, see their needs, and give completely, without conditions, and without reservations.

We must reach a point where we don’t have any selfish desires besides the desire to connect, communicate and commune with all.

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I Am Here to Give – 2

The prayer of Saint Francis contains a powerful reminder: ‘It is giving that we receive.”

Although I have known this for a long time, I have not made “giving” my main job. Now that I am more aware of the universal flow of giving and receiving, I have decided to be more proactive in my giving.

I feel that a lot was given to me, and that it is my duty to give the gifts that I was brought here to give. I feel that I must not hold anything back, because giving my gifts is my mission in life; that’s what I was brought here to do, and my job is to find ways of giving.

So, I am now paying more attention. I am actively looking for opportunities to give. I am trying to be more generous. I am trying to go around with the firm intention to give.

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Receiving is inextricably connected to giving, and we should be careful not to interrupt this flow. We all want to receive, and in order to receive, we must give. The more we give, the more we receive.

So, share your gifts, whatever they may be. Bless others with your creation. Share your smile, your art, your music, your laughter, your generosity, your optimism, your lessons.

Be patient. Be kind. Be loving. Be giving.

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I Am Here to Give – 1

This has been a lot in my heart lately. It is not a new idea for me. I have embraced it before. But, recently, it came to me again, with greater power this time. I felt it deeply, and it made much more sense to me. I feel I am beginning to understand it more completely now.

I am here to give.

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I am here to give.

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We are here to give.

We are here to give the gifts that we are meant to give, the gifts that we were brought here to give.

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The Child – 2

Look who I met when I arrived at the beach this morning!

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“… this little child, about two or three years old, came running to me with his arms open and a smile on his face.”

The Forces of the Universe took me directly to someone’s artistic creation that was left there, I am convinced, just to remind me of what had already been revealed to me:

“Everything is and will always be OK. Never worry about anything. Just be grateful, and give the gifts that you were brought here to give. Don’t hold them back. And know that you are loved.”

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Thank you, Grand Mystery, for the many messages, and for guiding me to pay attention to them. Thank you for opening my eyes and ears, and allowing me to understand.

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