The Transformative Power Of Silence

May 11, 2011 by  
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Below is a lovely piece by Amy Chavez on the significance of silence.

Amy lives in a tiny island in Japan, and because of the nuclear disaster, she is now living through rolling blackouts.  But what she talks about is how much we can learn to hear when we are actually in silence.

I have made my living by being plugged in.  I have spent a great amount of time online, on the phone, or talking.  I have always liked being social and being needed.  All the running around has given me a sense of purpose.  But, some years ago a shift started to take place.  I started to turn loneliness into solitude and reflection. Maybe it was age, loss or maybe even wisdom.  The point is I started to crave the quiet because in it I found myself.

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Building Contentment With Real Values

March 20, 2011 by  
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So much is going on in the world these days.  So many of us loosing so much.  And so many putting their community ahead of themselves.

Fame, money and power are the qualities we have chosen as a people to measure worth and accomplishments.  We read and watch news about celebrities with excitement.  “He is dating her and she is dating him.  She has a baby and he is no longer with her.”  We would take the opportunity to shake the hands of a celebrity and consider it to be a milestone in our lives.  We know nothing about them as people, but we are impressed by what they represent.  And what is that? A film written by a writer in their home and produced by men and women who either believe it to be of critical importance or that will make them loads of money?

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Living In The Moment

March 16, 2011 by  
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The middle-east is in upheaval, Japan is partially destroyed, unrest goes on in Wisconsin, and all of us wonder about nuclear power.  Those are just a few of the major situations going on in the world today.

The world is changing.  Politics, economy, environment, governments are all in flux.  It is hard to predict which direction some of these changes are going to take.  And that makes us nervous.

But we must stay steady (not to be caught in fear) and flexible (to adapt to the changes) and the only way we can accomplish that, is by living in the moment.

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Imagine – Playing For Change

March 16, 2011 by  
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People across the world singing John Lennon’s Imagine. Beautiful!

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To Tell With Pride How One Lived

October 6, 2010 by  
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Angie Rubin

I always watch a little television when I go to sleep.  So last night I got to watch the end of “The Last Samurai”.   Ken Watanabe plays a Samurai who gives up his life for a cause while Tom Cruise learns about love, honor and commitment.  In the last fight in the film, Samurais against Japanese soldiers trained by Americans, Ken Watanabe dies but Tom Cruise who had joined Ken, survives.  Tom then takes the Samurai’s sword and gives it to the Japanese Emperor.  With the sword and the death of the Samurai, the Emperor finally understands he needs to honor tradition and asks Tom Cruise: “Please tell me how he died.” To which Tom responds: “I will tell you how he lived.”

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