A Time To Reflect

June 26, 2009 by  
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What a week!  I feel this vibe that the world is in shock.  Neda, a young woman who lost her life while taking a stance for freedom.  Farrah Fawcett who lost her life to cancer and Michael Jackson whose heart stopped beating when he was getting ready to resume his professional life.

They were also many other losses this week that we don’t know about.  In fact these losses were huge for the people whose lives were affected but we just don’t know about.

Every day all around us our neighbors and distant peoples go through unimaginable things; good and bad.

I remember when my husband was first diagnosed with cancer, walking around the streets of West Hollywood with the sun shinning and the beautiful people walking by me on their phones and in their immaculate outfits without a clue of the desperation building inside of me.

I remember thinking how odd it all was.  I was afraid of losing what was the most precious to me and nobody walking by me knew that.

I’m not blaming or suggesting that we all need to know everything that happens to everyone but I’m suggesting that maybe we don’t know where people are coming from.  What is happening in their lives and so before we react maybe we should be open to find out.  We should all take a pause.

I feel the world is in shock.  Environmental and financial changes, war, death.  I hope all of this will amount to an awakening to our fundamental needs; love, peace and stability and that we come out a little healthier a little happier.


From Iran With Love

June 24, 2009 by  
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Although there are still facts to be clarified, there’s little doubt that there is an overwhelming majority of this world’s Persian populace that publicly demonstrated their blatant displeasure with its recent election results.  No doubt, there is a lot of doubt as to the integrity and fairness exercised by many of the country’s opposition to the present day regime.

The issue is primarily about freedom and justice.  It’s something pretty much about what we, as a new country, fought for and for many, were willing to die for.  It’s pretty much what we, as an established super power now, are still attempting to maintain.  

And so it is with love.  Love does not manifest itself just as a deep affection for two people or a family or a community, but, yes, for a nation, as well.  Whether it’s for Irene or Iran, that undeniable attachment which  mostly only the heart and soul can harbor is existent on so many levels … in this case, one of patriotism and the conduits by which this love can be expressed.  Certainly to starve the flames of a burning desire to love and to be loved by your partner or your government can have disastrous results. 

Risking your job, your way of life, even your life, for what you love commands an immeasurable amount fortitude which can best be augmented by freedom.  To be willing to forfeit your pleasures in life for something held to be more important, more necessary is definitely what the freedom to love is about.   Sacrifice and patience are often the pillars of support by which this objective is accomplished.

By now, you are probably well aware of the overnight popularity and praise for a true martyr in the quest for freedom in Iran. Her name will be forever emblazoned on the millions of hearts and minds that have participated, directly or indirectly, in this display of love for country and for her compatriots.  Her name is Neda and it translates as divine calling.  Think about that a moment more … divine calling … understandably to the ultimate, to be free to love what she believed in.