Despair

April 23, 2010 by  
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memory_thumb_1Just the sound of the word sends chills down my spine.  Despair is when you look around and there seems to be no way out.  Despair is when pain has taken a hold of us and wont’ let go.  I have been there and I know its shape, weight, and smell.  I know it well.

I do Yoga.  Sometimes we get into positions where supposedly a small number of muscles are asked to support our entire body weight for a few minutes and it feels like an eternity.  Our first reaction is to tense up.  Somehow the body thinks that if it tenses up it will make the task easier but instead the tension makes it almost impossible to hold the position.  It is then I tell my body to let go.  To release into the position.  It is then I take deep breaths and engage my entire body in supporting the position.

And so it is with despair.  When pain grabs hold of us we have to release into it.  There is no point in fighting it.  It hurts, so we breathe deeply and release into it.  We acknowledge its existence – trying to run away will only add to its power – and we remind ourselves that we are only in this position for awhile.  Soon life, just like the Yoga teacher, will move us to another position.

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What is Osama Bin Laden Doing About Haiti?

January 23, 2010 by  
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I don’t know but I do know what many people, businesses, organizations and governments are; they are helping.

As I watched Hope For Haiti on January 22nd, I was taken by how we as a people mobilize every time there is a disaster.  I was also taken by the amazing performances that took place all night.  Singer after singer gave one of the best performances of their careers; simple and heartfelt.  I have never been a Justin Timberlake but watching him sing with Matt Morris Hallelujah, I was blown away.  His performance was just of great depth and sincerity.

Performers, without any big sets or costumes, just stood on a stage and delivered something from the heart that I’m sure touched everyone watching.  It was a night of amazing simple beauty and I hope these talented people remember how effective they were by just singing from within and trusting they have something to give and share.

I hope that we as a people also remember how it felt to come together and help, and how it felt to be part of a world community that cares.  I also hope we can continue to do that without having to wait for another crisis to remember to care for each other.

Now going back to Osama and his peeps, they are certainly not helping Haiti.  They are too busy killing and maiming others in the name of god.  He continues to believe that his Muslim world is being poisoned and desecrated by infidels – read us – and has found plenty of firebrand clerics to offer Quranic backing for his belief that terrorism is glorious and that all methods of war are justified in the battle against the infidels.  So he’s probably thinking, just like Pat Robertson (read lunatics) that god gave the Haitians what they deserved.

We live in a world that is full of dissent cause by poverty, dictatorship, and terrorism.  Maybe if we, the people that have more stable governments and economies, could show compassion as part of our daily lives and truly show interest in being a part of the world community, maybe people like Bin Laden would have a harder time portraying us as evil.

I’m not being naïve and recognize that part of being human is to have a certain level of selfishness, my home, my money, my family, and that is okay, we just need to add the caring part a little bit more.

So my hat is off to Shakira, Wyclef Jean, Alicia Keys, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Rihanna, U2 and all the singers for their incredible performance and all the actors and directors answering the phones but mostly to all of us that gave money and showed up.

If we can pull together such an effort in only ten days, imagine what we could do if each one of us spent 10 minutes a day doing something for someone else.  It is in my opinion an idea worth pursuing.

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