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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9 Good Reminders that Will Change the Way You Think – 5

WRITTEN by MARC CHERNOFF

The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts. – The mind is your battleground. It’s the place where the greatest conflict resides. It’s where half of the things you thought were going to happen, never did happen. But if you allow these thoughts to dwell in your mind, they will succeed in robbing you of peace, joy, and ultimately your life. You will think yourself into a nervous breakdown, into depression, and into defeat. You are what you think. You can’t change anything if you can’t change your thinking. A beautiful day begins with a beautiful mindset. When you wake up, take a second to think about what a privilege it is to simply be alive and healthy. Breathe onto the bathroom mirror, just to see how amazing your breath looks. The moment you start acting like life is a blessing, I assure you it will start to feel like one. (Angel and I discuss this in more detail in the “Happiness” chapter of 1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently.)

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Enough

BY DAVID WHYTE

Enough. These few words are enough.
If not these words, this breath.
If not this breath, this sitting here.

This opening to the life
We have refused
Again and again
Until now.

Until now.

                 ~  David Whyte

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9 Good Reminders that Will Change the Way You Think – 4

WRITTEN by MARC CHERNOFF

Those who complain the most, accomplish the least. – It’s always better to attempt to do something great and fail than to attempt to do nothing and succeed. It’s not over if you’ve lost; it’s over when you do nothing but complain about it. If you believe in something, keep trying. Don’t let the shadows of the past darken the doorstep of your future. Spending today complaining about yesterday won’t make tomorrow any brighter. Take action instead. And regardless of what happens in the long run, remember that true happiness begins to arrive only when you stop complaining about your problems and you start being grateful for all the problems you don’t have.

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9 Good Reminders that Will Change the Way You Think – 3

WRITTEN by MARC CHERNOFF

There will always be more tough changes to make. – Growth is painful.  Change is painful.  But in the end, nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you do not belong.  Again, you’re not the same person you were a year ago, a month ago, or a week ago.  You’re always growing.  Experiences don’t stop.  That’s life.  It takes a great deal of courage to admit that something needs to change, and a lot more courage still, to accept the responsibility for making the change happen.  But doing so is worth every bit of effort you can muster.

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9 Good Reminders that Will Change the Way You Think – 2

WRITTEN by MARC CHERNOFF

The way you feel about people and situations will shift, and that’s OK. – Things will seem totally different to you at some point in the future, just as you feel different now than you did in the past. So remember, just because you liked something at one point in time doesn’t mean you’ll always like it, or that you have to go on liking it at all points in the future as an act of loyalty to who you are as a person, based solely on who you once were as a person. To be loyal to yourself is to allow yourself to grow and change, and challenge who you once were and what you once thought. The only thing you ever have to be for sure is unsure, and this means you’re growing, and not stagnant or shrinking. (Read The Untethered Soul.)

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9 Good Reminders that Will Change the Way You Think – 1

WRITTEN by MARC CHERNOFF

Everything that happens helps you grow, even if it’s hard to see right now. – Circumstances will direct you, correct you, and perfect you over time.  Sometimes these circumstances knock you down, hard.  There will be times when it seems like everything that could possibly go wrong is going wrong.  And you might feel like you will be stuck in this rut forever, but you won’t.  When you feel like quitting, remember that sometimes things have to go very wrong before they can be right.  Sometimes you have to go through the worst, to arrive at your best.  Because our most significant opportunities are often found in times of great difficulty.  Thus, you will face your greatest opposition when you are closest to your biggest miracle.

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What Would You Like to Do, If Money Was No Object?

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.”

~ Joseph Campbell

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Nonviolent Education

Unfortunately, it seems that the majority of us are not capable of listening attentively, analyzing dispassionately, thinking rationally, and acting logically. It seems that we don’t take the time to choose the best responses. What we do is to react to the events in our lives too fast, often with emotionally-charged, unbalanced, and violent actions.

It’s time for us to invested massively in teaching how to expand and take control of the gap between stimuli and responses, and how to use this space-time in order to listen, analyze, and choose the best responses. It’s time for us to invested massively in teaching 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 properly and solve conflicts nonviolently. We must keep promoting nonviolence and its advantages, creating conditions for people to realize that violence is destructive, while nonviolence is constructive and creative. We have to remind ourselves that those who resort to violence to solve conflicts seek to defeat, subjugate and segregate their opponents, invariably creating new enemies in the process, while 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 the final analysis, want the same things they want. Nonviolent practitioners seek to listen deeply, feel compassionately, communicate respectfully, and invite others to jointly come up with creative solutions that dispel the tensions, bring the parties together, and make all those involved feel that a fair agreement has been reached.

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

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all children were exposed to the practice of Mindfulness, Restorative Justice, Nonviolent Communication and Nonviolent Conflict Resolution early in their lives? Wouldn’t it be wonderful is they took those techniques to their homes and communities, and not only applied them, but also taught them to others? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if schools all over the planet taught programs that enhanced empathy and compassion, taught more cooperation and less competition, and taught children that we all should work to end violence through the attainment of social justice and peace?

So, let us continue our efforts. Let us teach the new generations that everyone’s highest moral calling must be to put an end to the systemic, indirect violence. Let’s work to put an end to 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 advancements were accomplished through nonviolent resistance and civil disobedience. Let us raise humanity’s understanding that those who fought injustices and attained social progress through nonviolent means deserve more praise than violent warriors.

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Let us teach mindfulness, introspection, meditation, concentration, and all those gentle techniques that allow people to find answers to the most essential questions within themselves. Let us develop a great love for the silence, and demonstrate the advantages of cultivating it. Let us practice and teach how to properly listen to one another. Let us make a concentrated effort on education, teaching what is really important, what really needs to be taught.

Let us remember that if we want to leave a better world for our children, we must leave better children for the world.

The world needs nonviolence. Humanity needs nonviolence. Every person needs to learn nonviolence.

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

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We are on a Sacred Journey

“We, all of us, are sacred children of God. We, all of us, are on a Sacred Journey, and on this journey we are at different points physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. By recognizing these facts we can heal our wounds. We can accept and respect one another, reconcile, and become friends, no matter how different we may think we are.”

~ Wally Dale

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Heaven is here, if we want it to be!

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I Will Not Kill

All life is sacred.

We are spiritual beings having human experiences, and I will not deprive anyone from having the experiences they are meant to have, and learning what they need to learn during their passages through the Earth, including the pain and suffering of carrying the regret and remorse of killing someone.

I may be killed, but I choose not to kill.

Physical life is temporary and transient; it will eventually end. Once we understand who we really are — that we are, at the same time, mortal and immortal, human and divine, separated and united, many and one — then we can fully understand the greatest saints and sages, and we can let ourselves be killed, without ever killing, because we have realized that “life is more.”

Once we experience a spiritual awakening, we become able to see beyond what we were able to see before, and then we see that the mystery many of us call God is in everyone and everyone is in God; God is the ground in which we exist. This realization makes violence, aggression and killing inconceivable and unacceptable.

The other realization is that since we are in God and God is in us, we are protected by God; therefore, we don’t need weapons for protection. And if we are to face abuse, suffering, and even experience physical death, we understand that this is all part of the human experiences we, spiritual beings, have to live in order to learn the lessons we are meant to learn during our passage as human beings through this physical dimension.

It may sound that I am advocating the cowardly stance of remaining passive when facing injustice, threat, and aggression, and allowing the violent ones to walk all over the defenseless. This is not the case at all. I am advocating that we should be bold, stand up, resist, defend ourselves and others, speak truth to power, and engage in the work of creating a just society, and do all this and a lot more without ever using violence, and without ever being afraid of bringing our physical life to an end.

Whenever I witness the loss of lives through war, crime, and other senseless acts of violence — that many times are motivated by lack of justice, by despair, and by the compulsion to take justice in one’s own hands as the only resort — what comes to my mind is this scene of the movie “Gandhi.” Here’s a description of that scene: a meeting is taking place in a large auditorium and some participants start to advocate the use of violence as a means to stop the abuse and discrimination they are being subjected to by the authorities and the police. The idea begins to gain adepts, and people in the room begin to raise their voices and express their desire to use force and lash out against the government that passed unjust and discriminatory laws, and the law enforcement agents. This goes on for a while until Gandhi stands up and says, “In this cause, I, too, am prepared to die, but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill.”

I guess he had reached a higher understanding. I think he spoke as any enlightened being would. For this cause I am prepared to die, but there is no cause I am prepared to kill for.”

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Those four words form the basis of my pacifism, “I will not kill.” It is amazing to me how many people respond to that with questions/arguments presenting me with hypothetical situations where I should/would/could/must kill for some “higher” reason. I always respond, “I will not kill.” And it makes them angry. ~ Pat Carrithers

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I face similar questions as the ones described by Path Carrithers. When asked about what I would do in such hypothetical situations — for instance, someone threatening the lives of my loved ones — I say that I would try to stop the attacker from killing using as much nonviolence as possible, or using the minimal amount of violence possible. In an extreme situation I would sacrifice my life if this could save another life, but I would not kill. In all honesty, it is a difficult question and I hope never facing such a situation. All I know is that these words impacted me profoundly: “For this cause I am willing to die, but there is no cause I am willing to kill for.” These, for me, are words coming from someone who has reached a higher ground, someone I admire. ~ Piero Falci

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Here’s my desire and my vision:

I would prefer to live in a world without weapons, without violence, without terrorism, without aggression, without retaliation, without revenge, and without war. I would prefer to live in a world without fear, without greed, without poverty, without oppression, without racism, without slavery, without discrimination, and without exploitation.

My world, the one I am creating, is a nonviolent world, where compassion, solidarity, and cooperation reign, and where everybody can live with dignity and thrive.

I know this is possible.

Join me in creating a whole new world!

Heaven is here, if we want it to be!

Know that you are loved. ~ Piero

Pope Francis gives his thumb up as he leaves at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter's square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)
Pope Francis gives his thumb up as he leaves at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

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The Light of Unity and Peace

Maybe, one day in the future, we will go beyond the need to display flags and national colors. Maybe we will go beyond the need to identify ourselves as members of this or that clan. Maybe, one day, we will evolve beyond the need to pledge allegiance and loyalty to this or that nation, and we will present ourselves simply as human beings, all brothers and sisters who inhabit the same planet.

One Planet United

Unity and peace are already here, and will always be, as long as we want them to be.

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The Peace Poem

We are peaceful!

All beings be peaceful!

We are happy!

All beings be happy!

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.

One world

One community

One family

One heart

One love

One Planet United

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Planting Seeds of Mindfulness

Planting Seeds of Mindfulness is a movie based on a book by world renowned Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. Here’s the trailer of the movie.

And here’s a link to the website:

http://www.plantingseedsofmindfulnessmovie.com/#plantingseeds

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The Buddhist monk, peace activist and promoter of mindfulness, Thich Nhat Hanh, was once asked, “Do you meditate every single day?” He answered, “Not only every day, but every moment, while drinking, while talking, while writing, while watering our garden. It is always possible to practice living in the here and the now. That’s what we call meditation.” Well, that’s what I call mindful living, a practice that enhances the quality of our lives.

“Mindful moments, brief moments, many moments.” These six words instruct us how to practice the art of living mindfully. We are called to have many moments of mindfulness, however brief they may be, during our days. We enhance the quality of our lives by bringing the same awareness we develop during formal meditation to the other moments of our lives, the moments when we are not formally meditating, the so-called moments of informal meditation.


 

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What Is the Purpose of Being Human?

What is life? What is this place where we live?

This is our garden, our playground, and our school.

This is our garden. We are here to notice the beauty of the garden. We are here to learn to see beyond what we see, and develop the ability to see all the Magic, the Mystery and the Miracles that surround us. We are here to enjoy this wonderful place, this gift that was given to us, and to make it more beautiful, if we choose to do so.

This is our playground. We are here to have fun with our fellow playmates in this amusement park, this gift that was given to us. Having noticed that we have more fun when our friends are having fun, we are here to learn to share our toys. We are here to make the playground more enjoyable for all, if we choose to do so.

This is our school. We are, at the same time, students and teachers. We are here to learn and to teach.

This is our garden, our playground, and our school, and we are here to be mindful, amazed, grateful and happy for all the gifts and opportunities that were given to us.

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Guidelines for a Good Life

THE 8 Ls

Look, Listen, Learn, Lead, Laugh, Love, Live, Leave

Look deeply.

Listen attentively.

Learn unceasingly.

Lead compassionately.

Laugh unboundedly.

Love profusely.

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

Live fully, and

Leave an honorable legacy.

~ Thanks to John Shelby Spong, Stephen R. Covey, and Thich Nhat Hanh

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1 – Look deeply. Look with the eyes of your body, and see with the eyes of your heart. See beyond what you see, and see all the beauty and all the Magic, Mystery and Miracles that surround us.

2 – Listen attentively. Listen deeply. Give of yourself, and listen compassionately to alleviate someone else’s suffering. Listen to the whispers beyond the sounds. Befriend silence and solitude. And by looking deeply and listening attentively, remember everything you forgot about yourself; remember who you really are and what you were brought here to do.

3 – Learn unceasingly. Keep growing. Remain curious. Be like a child who is discovering everything. Approach everything with a beginner’s mind. Remember that you don’t grow old; you get old when you stop growing. Keep growing!

4 – Lead compassionately. Be that person you needed when you were young. Be to others that leader, that mentor, that boss, that teacher, that parent you wished you had at your side, helping, supporting and loving you, when you were young.

5 – Laugh unboundedly. Don’t take things too seriously. Nothing is permanent. Laugh often. Smile. Relax. Have fun. Have a good time in this amazing playground that was given to us.

6 – Love profusely. Just love, all the time. Connect, communicate and commune with other human beings. See yourself in everybody, remembering that others are reflections of yourself. Love everything you like and also everything that you don’t like.

7 – Live fully. Feel that you are alive and be grateful for that. Live authentically, freely, and mindfully in order to live fully. Pay attention! Be alert! Breathe! Be here, now! Have dreams, but don’t condition your happiness to their achievement. Be happy now! Be here, now! Happiness in the future is a promise that may not come true. Seek and find happiness right here, right now. Forgive and move on. Let go of all resentment, remorse and regret, and live fully. Remember that at the final moments of your life you will regret much more what you didn’t do than what you did do.

8 – Leave an honorable legacy. Leave a legacy that you and your loved ones can be proud of. Leave a contribution to the world. Leave the world better than you found it. Take good care of this planet, of this Universe, and of everyone and everything in it. Promote understanding, peace and unity. Express yourself. Create. Co-create. Follow your bliss.

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Be gentle with yourself. Receive all the love and peace I am sending you. Godspeed! Namaste ~ Piero

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A Powerful Form of Activism

The diligent inner work that transforms us in gentler human beings is a powerful form of activism for justice and peace.

When we become more mindful, we reduce our sense of self and experience oneness, a feeling of unity and connection with all sentient beings that propels us to engage in the work of alleviating other people’s suffering, and that of preserving the planet and all life in it. We become less selfish and more devoted to the welfare of others, not thinking as much as we did before about ‘me,’ but thinking much more in terms of ‘we.’

As we go about doing this inner work — that, by the way, has no end — we feel drawn to stand side by side with the poor, the weak, the exploited, and the oppressed. This alignment is natural and inescapable. Once we reach a deeper understanding of life, and of the ‘inter-beingness’ of all, we find ourselves naturally engaged in the work of promoting social justice, defending the powerless, and speaking truth to power. And we choose to do all this through nonviolent means because nonviolence germinates spontaneously in the hearts of the mindful.

Once we go through this deep personal transformation, our increased peace, kindness, patience and generosity will not only touch other people’s lives, but will also be noticed, and this will attract more people to engage in the work that transforms from the inside out, brings about an expanded consciousness, and affects the entire world in a positive way. And once a large number of human beings on this planet undergo this transformative work, reach this broader understanding of life, and embrace this gentler way of being, we will reach a tipping point that will bring about a stupendous shift in the world, with the emergence of a new culture of solidarity and cooperation, unity and peace.

The truth is that every little thing we do to become more peaceful adds to the culture of peace that one day shall prevail on Earth. Working on our own selves to cultivate mindfulness, and inspiring and helping others to do the same, is one of the most powerful forms of activism. 

Our inner work and personal transformation is not, by any means, a selfish endeavor. When we take care of ourselves, we are taking care of others. When we take care of ourselves, we are taking care of the world. When we grow in peace, then we have peace to give. Cultivating inner peace may be seen as a selfish act, but in reality, it isn’t. We don’t do this for ourselves alone. Our dedicated inner work benefits the entire creation. Believe it, and don’t let anyone convince you otherwise.

I am concentrating my work on changing myself and one person at a time, on producing “bringers of peace,” on training people to be that “peaceful presence,” that type of person whose sole presence can bring harmony to discord, peace to disturbance. I am concentrating my work in becoming more peaceful myself and in helping people do the same, and in helping them go to that place inside themselves where we can realize that we are all in this together and that when we help others, we are, in fact, helping ourselves.

The practice of mindfulness meditation and mindful living creates activists who through their wisdom, equanimity, and selflessness, are capable of bringing about long-lasting change for the betterment of the world, without doing anyone any harm.

The practice of mindfulness meditation and mindful living transforms our worldview from one of isolation, selfishness, and competition to one of connection, compassion, and cooperation.

By working on our own selves we become sensitive to all the suffering in the world, and begin to understand the real causes of all this suffering.

Mindfulness is a path that leads to a new conscience and the envisioning of new possibilities for ourselves and for life in this planet. As we continue practicing, we expand our ability to see the enormous abundance that surrounds us. We realize that there is more than enough for everyone to live thriving and dignified lives, and that what is needed in order for this to take place is a change in mindset that will lead to new ways of organizing ourselves to live on this planet, ways through which everyone can prosper, develop, and give their best contributions to the world.

The realization that this is a place of inexhaustible abundance tames our fears, brings us contentment, a sense of gratefulness, and the realization that we can organize ourselves to live together in ways that can make the lives of everyone immensely better.

We realize that practicing and teaching mindfulness is a powerful way of bringing about a gentler world, by changing, from the inside out, the one thing that really needs to change.

Why is mindfulness so important? How can it benefit the world? Ourselves? In this video, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Kristin Neff, and Jack Kornfield address these questions. How has mindfulness impacted your worldview?

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“As I reflect on it now, from the very beginning there was for me one primary and compelling reason for attempting to bring mindfulness into the mainstream of society. That was to relieve suffering and catalyze greater compassion and wisdom in our lives and culture.”

~ Jon Kabat-Zinn, Some Reflections on the Origins of MBSR

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Diligent inner work allows us to see the Divine in every person, and experience a sense of splendor that makes us treat one another with great reverence.

“Then it was as if I suddenly saw the secret beauty of their hearts, the depths of their hearts where neither sin nor desire nor self-knowledge can reach, the core of their reality, the person that each one is in the eyes of the Divine. If only they could see themselves as they really are. If only we could see each other that way all the time. There would be no more war, no more hatred, no more cruelty, no more greed . . . I suppose the big problem would be that we would fall down and worship each other.”

~ Thomas Merton

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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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“Here’s an ancient truth about being human: we cannot give gifts to others that we are unable to give to ourselves! That’s why “inner work” done well is never selfish. Ultimately, it will benefit other people.”

~ Parker j. Palmer

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Eli Weisel Must Take Sides

And while we are doing the work necessary to become more mindful, and grow the contingent of mindful people in our world, we still need to remain vigilant and denounce oppression and exploitation. No matter how difficult and dangerous it may be, we cannot remain silent. We cannot be mere bystanders. We cannot look the other way. As Eli Weisel said, “We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” 

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“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”

~ Martin Niemöller, German Pastor (1892–1984)

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In the middle of a giant storm, in a boat full of fearful and agitated people, one sane, calm, and steady-minded individual can navigate the vessel through the colossal waves of the sea, and endure the challenge of the howling winds, the torrential rain, and the impenetrable fog, to find a way out and take the boat to a safe harbor, saving not only her life, but everyone’s lives. Practice mindfulness. The world desperately needs more steady-minded individuals.

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Check this article by Sharon Salzberg: Fierce Compassion

Check the work of the Engaged Mindfulness Institute.

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“It all starts in our own hearts. Changing our hearts is where it all starts” ~ Elizabeth Velez

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Know that you are loved!

~ Piero


 

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Piero Falci loves to observe, reflect, write, and teach. 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 works to advance the idea that Heaven is here, if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation and mindful living, and organizes Silent Peace Walks.

10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace

10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace
by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

1. Have a Mind that is Open to Everything and Attached to Nothing.
2. Don’t Die with Your Music Still in You.
3. You Can’t Give Away What You Don’t Have.
4. Embrace Silence.
5. Give Up your Personal History.
6. You Can’t Solve a Problem with the Same Mind that Created It.
7. There are No Justified Resentments.
8. Treat Yourself as if You Already Are What You’d Like To Be.
9. Treasure Your Divinity.
10.Wisdom is Avoiding All Thoughts that Weaken You.