Friday, April 29, 2016

Howard Buffett's "Brown Revolution" for Sustainability




The Atlantic profiles billionaire farmer and philanthropist Howard Buffett and his work to reduce global hunger and preserve vast swaths of African wilderness. The Howard G. Buffett Foundation, built on donations from his father, Warren Buffett, has given away more than $900 million, much of it devoted to improving agricultural methods and increasing food production in the developing world.

In an interview with the magazine, Mr. Buffett is critical of the view that technology can be a cure-all for malnutrition everywhere. He says the “green revolution” approach championed by many big donors — which has utilized new seed strains and chemical fertilizers to significantly reduce hunger in South Asia — would not work in most of Africa. Mr. Buffett favors what he calls a “brown revolution” focused on environmentally sustainable agriculture, using locally bred seeds and techniques that regenerate soil to boost yields over the long term.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Mother's & Father's Day Fundraising Events That Benefit Elderly

C. Coimbra photo
With many charities now soliciting their donors with Mother’s Day appeals, some nonprofit groups hope to raise additional money by combining the special holiday for moms with Father’s Day.

In Newton, N.C., for example, the United Church Homes and Services Foundation, which raises money for nonprofit retirement homes, is holding its first Butterfly Release the weekend after Mother’s Day. Donors who wish to honor their parents (or grandparents) at the event pay $20 per butterfly and the creatures will be released in a brief ceremony, followed by refreshments.

The idea for the event came from a resident in one of the retirement facilities, and it has been popular, the charity’s officials say. So far, they have purchased more than 32 dozen butterflies.

Another facility for the elderly, the Bethany Home, in Ripon, Calif., has created two versions of a direct-mail brochure that it will use in May and June. In honor of Mother’s Day, the first version features women, and asks for a contribution.

It has been mailed to 2,100 households, and another 2,000 copies were distributed to the congregations of eight local churches that founded the home. A similar version of the brochure, featuring multiple generations of men, will be given to the same congregations next month for Father’s Day.

Recipients of the Bethany Home mailings are not being asked to give in anyone’s honor.

“We want to get people to embrace the idea that we have an obligation to seniors,” says Julie Aranjo, director of development.

---From Philanthropy Today

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Women Organize for "Love and Compassion"



Photo from SARAH website
A group of interfaith women in Orange County, Ca, formed SARAH. From their website:

The Spiritual and Religious Alliance for Hope, known as SARAH, is composed of interfaith women committed to making a difference in our communities. We recognize that collaboration is essential to creating miracles and we empower our communities to make a real difference towards peace, understanding which is essential in addressing our mutual goals of social justice. Our practices are dialogue, community service, panel discussions, and guest speakers. We meet to discuss and expand our experiences of women's spirituality in the home, community, and the world. Through these practices we learn about one another’s cultural and spiritual foundations in order to enrich our own lives, and together improve our communities.     








Monday, April 25, 2016

Retail Giant Lends Motel for Homeless Shelter

Former motel in Seattle converted into homeless shelter.(Mary's place photo)


The New York Times reports(Amazon), in partnership with a nonprofit group called Mary’s Place, threw open the doors of an unused building near the heart of its (Seattle) corporate empire, creating one of the largest homeless shelters in Seattle. The 200-bed shelter is taking shape in a former Travelodge that Amazon bought in 2014, a structure that many of the company’s employees walk by every day on their way to or from work. The first handful of families who will sleep there started arriving Monday.

From Mary's Place website:

On April 18, the doors opened to the Mary’s Place Guest Rooms, an old Travelodge hotel in downtown Seattle that Amazon has provided rent-free for one year and converted to shelter for 200 family members. Filling a need in the homeless community, the Guest Rooms will also accommodate extended families and families with pets.

In response to the civil state of emergency declaration on homelessness, Amazon reached out to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s office to find out if their building could be used by Mary’s Place as an emergency family shelter. Construction on the facility isn’t scheduled until Spring of 2017, and Amazon saw a unique opportunity to partner with Mary’s Place to ensure that no child sleeps outside in our community.

Not only has Amazon gifted the building, but the company is also covering utilities and the costs of upgrading and converting the space. Hearing about the project, Seattle’s Fairmont Olympic Hotel donated hundreds of desks, chairs, and tables from the hotel to outfit each of the rooms.

Amazon has also partnered with Mary’s Place to provide an easy way to access our Wish List to donate supplies for the new shelter: www.amazon.com/marysplace.


Friday, April 22, 2016

10 Easy Ways to Help Save the Earth

Plant a Water Wise Garden

It's Earth Day, and while every day is technically a day to be kind to the planet, this is a day to show appreciation and get into new habits if needed. There are so many little things you can do to celebrate and help save the Earth, and we’ve got 10 super easy ideas below!

Plant something

Trees not only cool things down (collectively, they can help decrease a city’s temperature by up to 10 degrees) but they also clean the air and give off more oxygen, among a ton of other benefits. Plant one in your family’s yard (if Mom or Dad need convincing, tell them that it’s been proven that trees can increase your property value by 15%). Another option is to plant your own fruits and veggies which will benefit your health and reduce the amount of fossil fuel emissions by not having to transport the food to stores.

Ride your bike

If you live close enough to your school, ditch the car and ride a bike to and from classes. It not only reduces your carbon footprint but it’s also great for your body. And if you aren’t nearby or don’t have a bike, carpool or take public transportation. The fewer cars on the road mean less gas such as carbon dioxide in the air that can contribute to global warming.

Let your voice be heard

Feeling passionate about a certain environmental cause or piece of legislation that you believe should be passed? Write an email to your local representative to share your thoughts. Here’s how to find their contact info. You can also start or sign a petition for something you’d like to see changed. Go to change.org to get started.

Attend an event

There are tons of festivals, organized cleanups, and walks to participate in for observance of Earth Day. Some are happening over the weekend, too, so even if you’re in class on Friday, you’ll be able to attend. Check out earthday.org to find local events and invite your friends to join you!

Buy reusable bags

It’s been estimated that Americans use 100 billion plastic bags a year, and just the production alone for those requires about 12 million barrels of oil. Not to mention, they take up lots of space in landfills and cause major problems for marine wildlife. Instead, buy some super cute reusable bags to use when you go to the grocery store. You’ll not only be stylish but eco-friendly as well!

Use a refillable water bottle

Just because you’re tossing your plastic water bottles into the recycling bin doesn’t mean they're not hurting the environment. Besides the fact that it takes over 1.5 million barrels of oil to manufacture all of those bottles each year, there are still over two million tons of water bottles that have ended up in U.S. landfills. Buy a reusable bottle, preferably one that has a filter attached to it, so you’ll be getting fresh water every time.

Get produce from a local farmer’s market

Besides supporting area businesses, you’ll also be helping the Earth by buying your fruits and veggies local. That’s because food in the grocery stores travels an average of 1,500 miles to get to you, and all that shipping can cause pollution plus an increase of fossil fuel consumption and carbon emissions. When you buy locally, it’s transported in shorter distances.

Shop smart for clothes

Want to treat yourself to a new outfit? You can do it in a way that’s environmentally friendly! As with any kind of material good, buying something that’s already been used is great for the Earth because it doesn’t involve new resources. Check out used clothing sites like thredUP to see what kind of cute outfits are available. Bonus: some studies have shown that buying online can actually be better for the environment because it takes about 30% less energy to do so.

Unsubscribe to catalogs

The fact is that over 100 million trees are cut down each year to produce junk mail including catalogs. Plus they usually just end up in the trash anyway. Sign up for the free opt-out service at catalogchoice.org and they’ll help you get your name off the mailing lists for all those unwanted pieces of mail.

Spend time outside

Sometimes we can be so caught up in what’s happening on Instagram or Keeping Up With the Kardashians that we forget how much fun it is to be outside. Earth Day is just a reminder of how beautiful and awesome our planet is. Take advantage of it! Most outdoor activities are free, so it’s a great way to spend time with your friends. Go to the park and swing, taking in deep breaths of the fresh air. Or plan a romantic backyard picnic if you’re looking for a fun date night idea. Just be outside and show some love to the amazing place we all call home.

--From Teen Vogue

Thursday, April 21, 2016

1 Billion People to Participate in Earth Day 2016



Earth Day Network’s mission is to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle to build a healthy, sustainable environment, address climate change, and protect the Earth for future generations.

Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 50,000 partners in 196 countries to build environmental democracy. We work through a combination of education, public policy, and consumer campaigns.

The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed. Twenty years later, Earth Day went global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting environmental issues onto the world stage. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

6 Steps to Better Inner Dialogue



Editor's Note: The Daily Prism's posts that list ways to achieve an improved self and planet, are some of the most visited posts on this blog. With that in mind, this abbreviated version of "6 Tips to Master Your Internal Dialogue" comes from the Chopra Center:

Perhaps you’re familiar with the expression, you create your reality. It’s a popular and catchy phrase frequently used in the Human Potential Movement that refers to the way our mind, through attention and intention, structures our experiences and perceives our reality. Dr. David Simon once said, “Reality is a selective act of attention and interpretation.” According to this view, our attention is what we put our mental focus on—but it is during the interpretation that the intellect analyzes and derives meaning. This interpretation takes place in the form of internal dialogue.

But just what is internal dialogue? Put simply, internal dialogue is the conversation our ego is having with itself. It’s the sub-textual voice that applies logic, reasoning, and beliefs to situations, people, and events. It also serves as a filter for those experiences and colors the way in which we see the world. As such, the internal dialogue plays a vital role in deriving meaning from our life and reality. When our internal dialogue is dark, negative, and dismal, we see a world filtered through those qualities. Conversely, when we have positive, uplifting, and optimistic internal dialogue, we perceive those states as the backdrop of our life.

What follows are six steps that can help you to master your internal dialogue and shape your life into one of happiness and fulfillment.

1. Spend Time in Silence

2. Cultivate Gratitude

3. Actively Avoid Negativity

4. Harness the Power of Affirmations

5. Practice Impeccable Speech and Behavior

6. Remember Your True Nature







Monday, April 18, 2016

Boston Marathon Runners Bring In Big Bucks for Charity



The Associated Press reports that Boston Marathon runners are expected to raise more than $16 million to benefit numerous charities on Monday.

Last year’s event raised $28.3 million for nonprofit groups, according to Runner's World. Roughly 6,000 people are allowed to run who have not qualified for the highly competitive race, with most noncompetitive runners raising a minimum of $5,000 for charity, according to Runner's World.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

7,000 March for Peace in Belgium


At least 7,000 people took to the streets of Brussels in a march "against terror and hate".
Heading the processions were some of those caught up in last month's suicide bomb attacks that killed 32 people.
Those attending the march said they wanted to send a message of peace. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Boating Group Donates Engine for Rescue Center Vessel


Northern Elephant Seal.  C. Coimbra photo

Yamaha Marine Group has donated a 40-horsepower engine to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach, Calif., to assist rescue efforts of marine mammals along the California coast. The center will use the outboard to repower its 16-foot Zodiac rescue vessel.

The PMMC rescues and medically treats marine mammals including California sea lions, Northern elephant seals, Pacific harbor seals and Northern fur seals that are suffering from extreme malnourishment or starvation as well as animals that have been injured by man-caused marine debris, including fishing nets, lines and trash. Last year alone the center rescued 538 sick or injured sea lions stranded along the California coast. Experts speculate that warmer ocean temperatures have moved the mammals’ food sources into deeper, colder water, keeping mothers away from pups for longer periods of time.

“Due to the generosity of Yamaha Marine Group, we will be able to expand the research of our marine mammals, and share vital information with other leaders in our field,” said Keith Matassa, executive director at Pacific Marine Mammal Center. “Additionally, when there is an immediate need for offshore support, such as whale entanglement, we will be amply ready and prepared to respond."
“Yamaha has been involved with the Pacific Marine Mammal Center for several years by providing Yamaha product donations for fundraising purposes, in addition to volunteering man hours for sea lion rescue,” said Martin Peters, Yamaha Marine Group communications manager. “Yamaha Marine is pleased to join efforts with other Yamaha divisions to further support the needs of the PMMC and to assist in alleviating the plight of stranded or injured marine mammals.”

Compassion Games Invitation

C. Coimbra photo
Charting the Games has one primary mission: to cover the global culture of compassion that is emerging around the world, and to invite you and your communities to join the movement in ways that are fun, creative, and deeply meaningful.

The Charter for Compassion ignited a global movement that inspires people of all cultures and faiths to embrace the core values of compassion. Not long after, the Compassion Games emerged as a global expression to make the movement move, bringing the vision of the Charter to life through collective and direct action. In the Compassion Games, people form teams that challenge each other to strive together and make our planet a better place to live through community service and acts of kindness.

The five annual Compassion Games focus on:

:: Earth Stewardship ::
:: Social Equity ::
:: Interfaith Peace ::
:: Youth Empowerment ::
 :: Global Unity ::

You and your communities are warmly invited to play with countless others around the world who are working to bring a global culture of compassion to life. In unprecedented, unified action, we can and will live into this vision of our world, together. Game on!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Gratitude in 15 Short Films



Acclaimed filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg’s TEDx talk on gratitude was a viral sensation, reaching tens of millions of viewers who shared and responded with their own stories of increased gratitude. The results were happier, healthier and more productive lives.

We’re now taking the next step in this journey and need your help. Gratitude Revealed will be an unprecedented journey into the science, mystery and pursuit of the building blocks of gratitude. Increasing gratitude is a proven pathway back from the disconnection we feel in our lives; disconnection from ourselves, our planet, and each other.

In a series of 15 film shorts, we explore what gratitude is, why it’s important and what we can all do live more gracious lives. From wonder and curiosity, to courage and generosity, we’ll examine different components of emotional wellness as we connect our community with tools and resources to help them along the way. Some of these tools will go from leading experts, some will come from the community itself. But all of us will benefit from this shared experience.

We look forward to going on this journey together, and would love to have you with us.


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Functional Medicine: Health Without All the Pills

Fresh Juice. C. Coimbra photo
Do you feel that taking pills doesn’t solve the underlying issue, and want to work with a practitioner who thinks the same way? Fortunately, a growing number of clinicians are practicing functional medicine (FM): an evidence-based clinical approach that addresses the environmental influences and imbalances that underlie disease—with the idea that when these are addressed, the body can return to its natural state of health and balance. The following content delves into FM’s guiding principles and general approach, to help you determine whether partnering with a FM practitioner is what you need on your journey toward healing and maintaining health.

Principles at-a-Glance

  1. The Textbook of Functional Medicine defines FM as the “prevention, early assessment, and improved management of complex, chronic disease by intervening at multiple levels to correct core clinical imbalances and thereby restore each patient’s functionality and health to the greatest extent possible.” FM is based on six core principles:
  2. Recognizing the individuality and genetic uniqueness of each human being
  3. Supporting a holistic, patient-centered—rather than disease-centered—approach to treatment
  4. Searching for a dynamic balance between body, mind, and spirit
  5. Acknowledging the interconnectedness of all internal body functions
  6. Seeing health as a positive vitality—not just the absence of disease
  7. Striving to enhance the health span, not just the life span, of each patient

- See more at: http://www.chopra.com/ccl/functional-medicine-whats-all-the-hype?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=CCL+160412&utm_campaign=Newsletter2016412#sthash.ZyJr0PjF.dpuf

Monday, April 11, 2016

Positive Business Conference Slated

Editor's Note:  As a former business owner, it has always been my belief that if the business's staff is happy, the business will prosper.  As a very small business, it was not always easy to manage profitability and serve the employees. As in the video posted below, in the long term, it made a difference.  This is contrary to the business philosophy of profits over all other things.

--From Stephen M Ross School of Business website

With greater resources and influence than ever before, business leaders have an unprecedented opportunity to enact positive change and realize the true potential of individuals, organizations, and society.

Positive business isn’t just about doing the right thing — it’s also about doing the right thing for your business. According to a recent Gallup poll, 51 percent of workers are not engaged, and an alarming 17.5 percent are actively disengaged. We believe this presents a valuable opportunity for organizations to increase purpose, passion, performance – and profit – through positive business practices that energize and engage workers.

...The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan is a vibrant and distinctive learning community grounded in the principle that business can be an extraordinary vehicle for driving positive change in today’s dynamic global economy. Michigan Ross’ mission is to develop leaders who can solve global problems and contribute to the betterment of the world. Through thought and action, members of the Ross community drive change and innovation that improve business and society.

Michigan Ross Positive Business Conference
May 12-13, 2016

...At the conference, you’ll engage with thought leaders and the latest research on positive business approaches that yield extraordinary results. You’ll network with like-minded individuals from diverse industries and participate in practical hands-on workshops. Finally, you’ll leave with a plan to translate inspiration into action when you return to your organization.

Attendance is limited to ensure high-quality experiences for all, so early registration is recommended. We encourage group attendance to experience the most content and to help enact positive initiatives coming away from the conference. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please email pbconference@umich.edu.


A Righteous War

St. Baldrick's, April 10, 2016!  A proper war.  Raising funds against the enemy--childhood cancer.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

5 "Stop Worrying" Tips


C. Coimbra photo
--Excerpted from Vibrant Nation

Some worry is natural, and even healthy. For example, worrying can help when you need to plan, prepare, and problem solve. Healthy worry is the kind that lasts for just a brief time, then subsides when the situation has passed or the problem is solved. Healthy worry does not get in the way of your daily activities.

But worry can take on a life of it’s own, and once it does it can be nearly impossible to break free from a spiral of negative thoughts. Constant worry can keep you from living a full life. Instead of enjoying time with your friends and family, you’re trapped in a vicious cycle of negative thoughts and emotions. Further, constant worry is not only hard on your mental state, but your physical well-being as well. Anxiety triggers our “fight or flight” response releasing cortisol, a body “fuel” that boosts blood sugar and triglycerides (making it a barrier to weight loss!). When that fuel isn’t released properly, it can wreak havoc on your body...

... So what is the solution? There are some proven ways you can break this negative worry-cycle. Luckily, we have found five really great strategies to help redirect your thoughts when you start to worry. Here are 5 strategies to help you get a handle on worry and get back to living.

1)  Set asside a designated worry time.

2)  Understand the difference between “solve-able” vs. “what if” worries.

3)  Accept uncertainty.

4)  Spend more time in the present moment.

5)  Talk about your worries

To read the complete article click here:  How to Stop Worrying: 5 Strategies to Help You Redirect "Over Thinking" and Negativity.



Thursday, April 7, 2016

Coalition Seeks End to Child Labor on Cocoa Farms

Public domain photo by X posid


"1.8 million children work in the cocoa fields of Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire," according to Slave Free Chocolate, a coalition to bring an end to child slavery and the worst forms of child labor in the cocoa industry.

From the website:
Mission statement: Bring awareness through campaigns and education to aid in the eradicate the use of Worst Forms of Child Labor (ILO 182) and child slavery in the cocoa farms of West Africa. We promote going back to Eliot Engel's original idea of a "No Slavery Here" stamp on all appropriate chocolate sold in the United States. 

Who we are:  We are a grassroots organization founded in 2007 by the director, Ayn Riggs along with Paige Hahn and Bridget El Khayati. Originally with a goal of simply bringing awareness to a concern that was little known in the US, SFC has grown to be a thought leader on this subject by conducting campaigns, speaking engagements and aiding other groups in creating and executing their own campaigns.   


Ethical Chocolate Companies

Aldi

Alma Chocolate

Alter Eco Chocolate

Amano Chocolate

Askinoise Chocolate

Caribeans Chocolate

Charm School Chocolates

Chocolate Cartel

Chocolat Celeste

Choconat

Compartes Chocolates

Chuao

Dandelion Chocolate

Denman Island Chocolate

Divine Chocolate Co.

El Ceibo

The Endangered Species

Equal Exchange

Forever Cocoa

Fresco Chocolate

Fruition Chocolate

Gayleen's Decadence

Giddy Yo Yo

Grenada Chocolate Company

Green and Black's

Grocer's Daughter Chocolate

Health by Chocolate

Honest Artisan Chocolate

Ithaca Fine Chocolates

L.A. Burdick Chocolates

La Siembra Cooperative

Lillie Belle Farms

Madecasse

Malagasy

Max Havelaar

Mayordomo

Montezuma's Chocolates

Nayah Amazon Chocolates

Newman's Own Organics

Purdy's Chocolate

Omanahene Cocoa Bean Company

Original Hawaiian Chocolate

Montevérgine

Patric Chocolate

Plamil Organic Chocolate

Pure Lovin' Chocolate

Rain Republic

Rapunzel Pure Organics

Ritual Chocolate

Samaritan Xocolata

Seed & Bean Chocolate

Shaman Chocolates

Sibú Chocolate

Solkiki Chocolate

Sweet Earth Chocolates

Sweet Riot

Sun Eaters Organics

Taza Chocolate

Terra Nostra Organic

Terror Chocolate

TCHO

Theo Chocolate

The Original Chocolate Bar (Houston, TX)

Tobago Estate Chocolate

TONY'S CHOCOLONELY

Vivani Chocolate

Vosges

Wei of Chocolate

Zotter


























Wednesday, April 6, 2016

We "must respond to the voices of fear..."



In a statement, Lee Sherman, (the new CEO of the National Human Services Assembly, a coalition of more than 80 nonprofits), noted key challenges he expects to grapple with as head of the coalition: a growing demand for social services coupled with limited resources and a pervasive lack of political support for aiding the needy.

The group, he stated, "must respond to the voices of fear and recrimination that are all too prevalent in our public discourse."

To that end, he expressed enthusiasm for the organization’s Reframing Initiative, an effort launched last year to help human-service providers and advocates explain their work and the complex issues it addresses more effectively.

The Reframing Initiative, he said, "is the single best tool today for changing the conversation."

--Excerpted from Philanthropy Today

The National Human Services Assembly, a Washington, D.C.-based organization comprised of nearly 80 national human service nonprofits, is focused on shaping public dialogue and building capacity for the human services sector while facilitating a robust learning community among nonprofit professionals. The Assembly’s members include such national organizations as AARP, the American Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the USA, The Salvation Army, United Cerebral Palsy, United Way Worldwide, YMCA, and YWCA. In aggregate, members and their local service networks and affiliates collectively touch, or are touched by, nearly every household in America—as consumers, donors, or volunteers.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Non Violent Communication Efforts



Bay Area Non Violent Communication (Bay NVC) is home to a number of projects and groups working under the same umbrella to apply and promote the principles and practices of Nonviolent Communication. Most of these are operated and run by BayNVC staff and trainers and include private sessions, classes, organizational services, retreats, and a variety of projects designed for social transformation. In addition, BayNVC provides fiscal sponsorship and financial services to other relevant projects by request.

MISSION:
Personal Growth:  We support individuals and families in experiencing inner peace, greater choice, integrity, and satisfying relationships by offering classes, individual coaching, and intensive programs. We work in-person as well as through phone and Skype.

Leadership & Collaboration:  We support organizations and leaders to respond to growing global challenges with effectiveness, creativity, and care for all stakeholders by offering consulting services, facilitation, coaching, and training.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

7 Steps to Becoming a "Love Activist"


--From the Shift Network

In a conversation with The Shift Network, author and activist Alice Walker, shared her seven keys to being a "Love Activist" who committed to healing the world through peace and an open heart. The original post from January 2016, has been shared over 3, 500 times.


1) Recommit Every Day

When you're on a mission of peace, your commitment to nonviolence is tested daily. So every day, you’re called to recommit to who you are, to keep your heart open and to stand your ground as a peacemaker.  


2) Protect What Matters Most

Know what you’re defending: What’s within you that’s worth protecting so you don’t become just like the people who are trying stop you? Guard it dearly and use it as your inspiration for nonviolence.



3) Embrace Your Joy

Peace is not just the cessation of war. It’s also the act of embracing JOY. To have peace is to be fully awake and vibrantly alive! Find the small joys in daily acts of peace.


4) Stand for Truth

When you stand with, and for, the marginalized and abused, bring a kind heart, an open mind and a good conscience. This  can only be achieved by acknowledging what has truly happened. The suffering must be seen and the wounded must be embraced.


5) Be Courageous

Women in particular have a  key role to play in bringing peace into our homes, communities, spiritual circles and world. So be courageous, even audacious, speak up and share your unique gifts. The world needs your leadership!


6) Spread Forgiveness

When you forgive, others feel it deeply. Alice loves the Tonglen practice of breathing in pain and disaster as far as you can, and breathing out peace, prosperity and joy... spreading these good feelings out into the world.


7) Love the Earth

Nature is a vital life-giving source that we cannot take for granted. Be a conscious steward of the Earth. Treat Her with respect and nature will keep us happy and healthy in return.

Daily Practice: Bring Joy & Peace Wherever You Go

Look into the eyes of those you come into contact with. Smile when you're on the street and be aware of feelings of defensiveness and fear. Breathe in resistance, exhale ease.

Once you begin to practice being fully present in this way, you can see how much sadness and pain there is in the world. You’ll become less concerned about your own stuff and available to the present moment, so you can bring more joy and peace to others.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Laughter for All Fools Day & 11 Steps to Peace



A Free Virtual Event
With 
Swami Beyondananda
Friday, April 1, 2016
5:30pm Pacific / 8:30pm Eastern

Are the daily headlines weighing you down? Are you giving up hope that the world will 
ever change?

Then it’s time for some levity that lifts
you back up!

During this virtual rally you’ll learn how to rise up (and keep yourself up!) through the transformative power of laughter. ..at your job, in your home and everywhere you go.

Swami will show you how to lighten up through the perspective of heart-opening humor. He’ll offer a “God’s-eye-view" of the circumstances we’re currently immersed in — including our challenges with electile dysfunction :)  ---From The Shift Network



Here's a sample of Swami Beyondananda humor for peace.