The Story of the Weeping Camel is an enchanting film that follows the adventures of a family of herders in Mongolia's Gobi region who face a crisis when the mother camel unexpectedly rejects her newborn calf after a particularly difficult birth. Uniquely composed of equal parts reality, drama, and magic, this film is a window into a different way of life and the universal terrain of the heart. We are compelled to witness and may even recognize the choices we too, will have to make. As we witness the worst and the noblest actions by people whose choices and deeds have real consequences, we are compelled to recognize the choices we too will have to make. Do you have the faith in the courage of people to be altruistic and act publicly for their values and the meaning that makes life worth living?
Lost Islands is a story of a large, fun-loving family. But as soon as the naive bliss of childhood seems generations past, the family learns how to navigate some choppy waters through difficult compromise and newfound empathy. We are offered a suggestion as to how the wildly complex difficulties of the Middle East also might be eased, if not altogether resolved.
Mojo is the moment when we do something that's purposeful, powerful, and positive and the rest of the world recognizes it. Mojo is the positive spirit toward what we are doing now that starts from the inside and radiates to the outside. Our mojo is apparent when the positive feelings toward what we are doing come from within and are evident for others to see, so there is no gap between the positive way we perceive ourselves and how we are perceived by others. Marshall Goldsmith.
THE ELEMENT: HOW FINDING YOUR PASSION CHANGES EVERYTHING, the challenges of changing education to value creativity as much as literacy. SIR KEN ROBINSON
The sutras, or scriptures, tell us that we are all bodhisattvas, and our fundamental interconnections are portrayed in the beautiful image of the jeweled net of Indra. It is similar to the holographic model of the universe. In the cosmic canopy of Indra's Net, each of us, each jewel at each node of the net, reflects all the others and reflects the others reflecting back. That is what we find when we listen to the sounds of the Earth crying within us-that the tears that arise are not ours alone ... We find we are interwoven threads in the intricate tapestry of life. By Joanna Macey from Faith, Power, and Ecology
Om That (pure consciousness) is full (perfect); this (the manifest universe of matter; of names and forms being maya) is full. This fullness has been projected from that fullness. When this fullness merges in that fullness, all that remains is fullness. All emanations from this, such as this phenomenal world, are perfectly equipped as a complete whole. Whatever is produced of the complete whole is also complete by itself. And because it is the Complete Whole, even though so many complete units emanate from it, it remains undiminished as the complete balance. Sri Isha UpanishadOm PurnamGayathri Mantra PoornamadahShanti Mantra
Oxfam, a global organization focused overcoming poverty and suffering, identifies the following aspects as the constituent features of a global citizen, who: .is aware of the wider world and has a sense of their own role as a world citizen; .respects and values diversity; .has an understanding of how the world works economically, politically, socially, culturally, technologically and environmentally; .is outraged by social injustice; .participates in and contributes to the community at a range of levels from local to global; .is willing to act to make the world a more sustainable place; .takes responsibility for their actions.
Holden - Madrid (Claude Challet) , From the album Music For Our Friends
Otimism, along with good planning and correct action, is pursued as a way of creating a more desirable future. People want to act now to build a better tomorrow and they want to do so joyfully with hope in their hearts. Inner creation is the immediate creation of our emotions, our personal subjective experience of the present moment that can vary from pure agony to total ecstasy. Each and every human being can experience all of these emotions. And, while we all can create these emotions consciously by choosing our thoughts and attitude, most people unconsciously create them with habitual thoughts and reactions.The seeds we plant on the inside with our thoughts and attitude coupled with our plans and actions create, at least to some extent, the outer conditions that come about as time unfolds.And still no one really knows what the future will bring. The main point is that you honor all beings and work in peace with a sense of active participation, adventure and mystery: "I wonder what will arise!" As dancing with the divine, never knowing what is coming next. Will you be spun around, held close or tossed through the air? The aliveness that comes about from not knowing cannot be matched, especially if you feel safe in the experience, if you feel safe in the hands of God. As mystic realizes that God and creation are the same reality in different forms. It's like water, air and ice. In their essence, water and ice are exactly the same atoms. Ice does not just come from water, it is the water but in a different state. Could it also be true that the Creator and creation are the same reality in different forms? Mystical Optimism: How to Glow with the Flow! by Thomas Razzeto
APPRECIATION VS. GRATITUDE - Esther & Jerry Hicks Esther Hicks explains why appreciation is so powerful in transforming our experience, as well as how we can cultivate appreciation, how we can use it, and why an emphasis ... You Are a Physical Extension of That Which is Non-physical All-That-Is or that which you call God, is not finished and waiting for you to catch up. You are the leading edge of thought, here seeking more: more of all that feels good to you, more of that which is fresh and gloriously uplifting. (You are, in essence, bringing heaven to earth.) You chose the opportunity to experience and to co-create with other joy-seeking Beings, to fine-tune the process of deliberate thought. (What, where, when and with whom you create are your choices, too.) The essence of all that you appreciate is constantly flowing into your reality. As you find more things to appreciate, your state of appreciation opens more avenues to more for which to feel appreciation. (As you think, you vibrate. As you vibrate, you attract.) On your deliberately joyous journey your actions will be inspired, your resources will be abundant, and you will know by the way you feel that you are fulfilling your reason for life.
Jason Mraz, I'm Yours: Before the cool done run out, I'll be giving it my bestest. And nothing's going to stop me but divine intervention. I reckon it's again my turn to win some or learn some. But I won't hesitate no more, no more. It cannot wait, I'm yours. Well open up your mind and see like me. Open up your plans and damn you're free. Look into your heart and you'll find love love love love. Listen to the music of the moment. People dance and sing, we are just one big family. And It's our God-forsaken right to be loved love loved love loved
Maria: Perhaps I had a wicked childhood; Perhaps I had a miserable youth. But somwhere in my wicked, miserable past; There must have been a moment of truth. For here you are, standing there, loving me; Whether or not you should, So somewhere in my youth or childhood I must have done something good. Nothing comes from nothing; Nothing ever could. So somewhere in my youth or childhood I must have done something good. The Sound of Music - Something Good
Rulers including judges had been playing God for millennia. They'd been deciding who lives and who dies from the beginning. A thumb turns, a head nods, an eyebrow rises, and you too are history: your livelihood, your loved ones, your reputation, your life swept away in a second. That's the way it was-and is. The gods decree, and you are gone. So, like us, John and his cousin, Jesus, died subject to the de facto deities whose word was-and is-the law.It comes down to this tough turf where the reigning gods number our days. Yet another message and word to humanity came from an unlikely place and from an improbable source. It came from a wild and wooly man who lived in the deep of the desert, on the fringes of society rather than in its corridors of power, at the periphery rather than at the epicenter. No doubt he had to straighten the paths within himself and smooth out all that was rough in his interior landscape before he had the courage to do the work that God had called him to do.He must have known his message was radical - on the fringe. He must have had an inkling there would be consequences to disturbing the status quo. The readings of the Advent season call us to attend to and prepare our inner terrain.There is preparatory groundwork for a pilgrimage toward peace. And so in this season of preparation, consider this challenge: amidst the complexities and complications of our lives, is there something we need to do to make it easier? Is there some path through our souls that need to be straightened; smoothed? Is there some mountainous obstacle that needs to be lowered? How do we as individuals prepare for a pilgrimage toward peace? What needs to be acknowledged? What needs to be let go? What shapes our movement towards peace, what blocks us from finding the paths of peace within and without? Thus we are reminded that real peace is negotiated by those on the fringe, on the margins, those whose strength is in their song of protest. Year after year we remember the messengers of peace who dared to imagine. After all the healing of the world is at hand, and for that we need to stay awake, stay alert, stay grounded and centered in our daily lives and learn to read the signs of what is ahead,so that we won't be caught unawares in the days to come. Optimism is nothing more than a conscious choice to embrace hope rather than doubt.......A Pilgrimage Toward Peace
On This Day Mend a quarrel. Search out a forgotten friend. Dismiss suspicions, and replace them with trust. Write a love letter. Share some treasure. Give a soft answer. Encourage youth. Manifest your loyalty in a word or deed. Keep a promise. Find the time. Forego a grudge. Forgive an enemy. Listen. Apologize if you were wrong. Try to understand. Flout envy. Examine your demands on others. Think first of someone else. Appreciate, be kind, be gentle. Laugh a little more. Deserve confidence. Take up arms against malice. Decry complacency. Express your gratitude. Worship your God. Gladden the heart of a child. Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth. Speak your love. Speak it again. Speak it still again. Speak it still once again. Unknown
ONE full life time or just a few years of most intense loving and improving to love - or an eternity of separation without ever being one with God. How long it takes you to be ONE with God depends ONLY on you and your sincere desire to love all. Kriya Yoga is for God realization only, its power comes from your concentration and devotion to God to dissolve and end your cycle of reincarnation. It requires the infinite power of true faith in Divine Love from God. You need the readiness to truly and fully open for that Love and let you carry by this Divine Love on your path to God. You need to be ready to make decisions and changes in your life, and finally become ready to pass the door of death into the true life in God. Autobigraphy of a Yogi, Paramahansa Yogananda
Where did you come from baby dear? Out of the everywhere into here. Where did you get those eyes so blue? Out of the sky as I came through. What makes the light in them sparkle and spin? Some of the starry spikes left in. Where did you get that little tear? I found it waiting when I got here. What makes your forehead so smooth and high? A soft hand stroked it as I went by. What makes your cheek like a warm white rose? I saw something better than anyone knows. Whence that three-cornered smile of bliss? Three angels gave me at once a kiss. Where did you get this pearly ear? God spoke, and it came out to hear. Where did you get those arms and hands? Love made itself into bonds and bands. Feet, whence did you come, you darling things? From the same box as the cherub's wings. How did they all just come to be you? God thought about me, and so I grew. But how did you come to us, you dear? God thought about you, and so I am here.
Cruelty has a human heart, And Jealousy a human face; Terror the human form divine, And Secrecy the human dress. The human dress is forged iron, The human form a fiery forge, The human face a furnace sealed, The human heart its hungry gorge.
"The single largest pool of untapped resource in this world is human good intentions that never translate into action. Rarely has an idea managed so neatly to fuse the do-gooder instinct that appears when an individual is frustrated by a disagreeable reality, companies' corporate social-responsibility and marketing budgets, and worthy causes." By Cindy Gallop
How many times have I failed to take the time to identify my true feelings about a situation, tried to ignore what was happening and why. There is something I really need to do right now; but this evening I will think this through. I tell myself. Come evening, other possibilities shove my promised self-examination aside. And so the unresolved situation continues, hidden but casting its shadow over the inner life, influencing behaviour and state of mind.
That is one of the great uses of the labyrinth. Walking the labyrinth regularly becomes an appointment with oneself. It is a time set aside for the care, feeding and house cleaning of the inner world. Open the windows and let light shine into the cluttered dark corners.
Sometimes the unacknowledged fear, the suppressed anger, the hidden pain and denied sadness pop to the surface as if they had only been waiting to be seen. At other times we may sense at last what truly gives us joy and pleasure instead of merely distracting us or occupying our time. Then we can move in a better direction. By Jo Anne Tharalson
The meal I am invited to is the world in which I was born. The three kinds of food my father gives me are the earth, the water and the air. My hand can take the earth, but I can't eat it. My hand can take water, but can't hold it. My mouth can take in air; I have to blow it back out. The one called my father is the sun that I cannot look at directly. The servant that dances for him is my shadow. The one called my mother is the night and her hair is very black and her face is white like that of the moon. Hazaran by Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio
My name is Claireece Precious Jones. I don't know why I'm telling you that. Guess 'cause I don't know how far I'm gonna go with this story, or whether it's even a story or why I'm talkin'; whether I'm gonna start from the beginning or right from here or two weeks from now. Two weeks from now? Sure you can do anything when you talking or writing, it's not like living when you can only do what you doing. Some people tell a story 'n it don't make no sense or be true. But I'm gonna try to make sense and tell the truth, else what's the use? Ain' enough lies out there already? Precious (Push Movie Tie-in Edition) Written by Sapphire
As the mind was moved by an inward principle to love God as an invisible, incomprehensible Being, by the same principle it was moved to love him in all his manifestations in the visible world. That as by his breath the flame of life was kindled in all animal and sensible creatures, to say we love God as unseen and at the same time to exercise cruelty toward the least creature moving by his life or by life derived from him was a contradiction in itself. ...and as far as his love influences our minds, so far we become interested in his workmanship and feel a desire to take hold of every opportunity to lessen the distresses of the afflicted and increase the happiness of the creation. Here we have the prospect of one common interest, to turn all that we possess into the channel of universal love becomes the business of our lives. The produce of the earth is a gift from our gracious Creator to the inhabitants, and to impoverish the earth now to Support outward greatness appears to be an injury to the succeeding age. John Woolman (1720-1772
In every heart there is a room A sanctuary safe and strong To heal the wounds from lovers past Until a new one comes along I spoke to you in cautious tones You answered me with no pretense And still I feel I said too much My silence is my self defense And every time I've held a rose It seems I only felt the thorns And so it goes, and so it goes And so will you soon I suppose But if my silence made you leave Then that would be my worst mistake So I will share this room with you And you can have this heart to break And this is why my eyes are closed It's just as well for all I've seen And so it goes, and so it goes And you're the only one who knows So I would choose to be with you That's if the choice were mine to make But you can make decisions too And you can have this heart to break And so it goes, and so it goes And you're the only one who knows
On the way back home we sang a song But our throats were getting dry. Then we saw the man from across the road With the sunshine in his eyes. Well he lived all alone in his own little home With a great big gallon jar. There were bottles too, one for me and you. And he said hey! there you are. Oh, the water, Oh, the water, Oh, the water Get it myself from the mountain stream. Van Morrison - It Stoned Me
They've been spending most their lives Living in a pastime paradise. They've been wasting most their lives Glorifying days long gone behind. They've been wasting most their days In remembrance of ignorance oldest praise. Tell me who of them will come to be? How many of them are you and me?
Dissipation Race Relations Segregation Dispensation Isolation Exploitation Mutilation Mutations Miscreation Confirmation...to the evils of the world
They've been spending most their lives Living in a future paradise. They've been looking in their minds For the day that sorrow's gone from time. They keep telling of the day When the Savior of love will come to stay.
Proclamation Race Relations Consolation Integration Verification of Revelations Acclamation World Salvation Vibrations Simulation Confirmation...to the peace of the world.
Let's start living our lives Living for the future paradise Praise to our lives Living for the future paradise. Shame to anyones lives Living in a pastime paradise. STEVIE WONDER - PASTIME PARADISE
Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, Ancient Chants Nam means to devote oneself (enabling all people to put their lives in harmony or rhythm with the law of life, or Dharma, by correct action and attitudes one needs to take and develop). Myoho means the Mystic Law, and expresses the relationship between the life inherent in the universe and the many different ways this life expresses itself. Renge means lotus flower. The lotus blooms and produces seeds at the same time, and thus represents the simultaneity of cause and effect. The circumstances and quality of our individual lives are determined by the causes and effects, both good and bad, that we accumulate (through our thoughts, words and actions) at each moment. This is called our karma. The law of cause and effect explains that we each have personal responsibility for our own destiny. We create our destiny and we can change it. Kyo means sound, rhythm or vibration. Also symbolizing the continuity of life throughout past, present and future. In a broad sense, kyo conveys the concept that all things in the universe are a manifestation of the Mystic Law.
"Mama Africa" A: This is for all the love, And the life took away F: Don't forget we were bought and trade R: Ripped from the land and shipped away I: Is the inspiration we use to survive C: Have to see it with your own cries A: No play add it up and arrive
Still you don't know, The land is so gold and green The place is so fresh and clean, And everyday I water my garden Tell me if you feel it deep in your heart, Visit once, guaranteed to visit twice And if you just believe in the most high, I know you'll be all right
A: Is for ambition our dream we envision F: Is for the fear we gon provoke when we vicious R: Your smart enough to recognize my plan A mystery become some history then change it damn C: how we Don't 4get how could we 4get Africa da motha land Damn I thought you spanned Had a peice beyond average for her I'm a savage Property to lavish my life style is iight now
Can someone at the same time be both proud and authentically humble? I think so. As a virtue, humility is often misunderstood. It's not about self-loathing, having a low opinion of oneself. Healthy humility includes an element of realistic pride, or self-confidence as well as looking out for others. Excessive pride (also known as arrogance, contempt or even snobbery), on the other hand, can make us feel vain; in a separate class from other members of the essentially lesser human race. Unhealthy pride does not recognize that others outside our immediate circle are of equal worth. By Douglas Todd
Abraham Maslow defined self-actualization as an ongoing process in which one's capacities are fully, creatively, and joyfully utilized. Most commonly, self-actualizing people see life clearly. Maslow found that all self-actualizing people are dedicated to a vocation or a cause and committed to something greater than oneself. According to Maslow basic psychological needs are safety (stability, order), love (belonging), esteem (self-respect, recognition), and self-actualization (development of capacities).
Quiet Nights by Diana Krall Quiet thoughts and quiet dreams, quiet walks by quiet streams And a window looking on the mountains and the sea, how lovely This is where I want to be, here with you so close to me Until the final flicker of life's ember I who was lost and lonely believing life was only A bitter tragic joke, have found with you The meaning of existence, oh, my love.
None of the books or photographs studied before leaving home had even slightly prepared me for such majesty. Truly this is something that does have to be seen to be believed, and that once seen must be continually yearned for when left behind, becoming as incurable a fever of the spirit as malaria is of the body. Dervla Murphy upon seeing the Himalaya.
Triumph, all ye joyous voices, Soaring into heaven, ris! Praise God in his holy shrine And exalt ye his great fame; All his kindness, His forgiving heart of mercy, Shall at no time ever cease!
Wake, thou beloved linden town, Come, fall before thy master humbly,Acknowledge how he thee, In all thy splendor's state, So fatherly. Supports, protects, and guards, And doth his hand of love Still over thee steadfastly hold. Rise up, And pay thy solemn pledges, which thou the Highest now hast vowed, And sing thy songs of thanks most humble! Come, pray now that he town and land Unending wish e'en more to foster And this its honored government, Today with seats and vote renewed, Through many splendors wish to favor.
Health and blessing Shall and must at ev'ry hour Bide with our high government, In their proper fullness dwelling, So that faith and justice shall be Led as friends to kiss each other.
O Lord, so consecrate this government with thine own blessing now, That ev'ry malice may flee from us, And that true righteousness within our dwellings flourish, That thine own Father's seed unspotted And thy most blessed name's due honor With us in glory ever reign!
Now help us, Lord, these servants thine, Whom with thy blood thou hast redeemed! Let us in heaven have a share With the saints forever saved! Thy people help, Lord Jesus Christ, And bless them, thine inheritance; Guard and tend them at ev'ry hour And raise them high forever more!
ON THE SEVENTH DAY On the first day God said Let there be light.And there was light. On the second day God said, Let there be light, and there was more light. What are you doing? asked God's wife, knowing he was the dreamy sort. You created light yesterday. I forgot, God said. What can I do about it now? Nothing, said his wife. But pay attention! And in a huff she left to do the many choresa wife must do in the vast though dustless rooms of heaven. On the third day God said Let there be light. And On the fourth and fifth (his wife off visiting his mother). When she returned there was only the sixth day left. The light was so blinding, so dazzling God had to stretch and stretch the sky to hold it and the sky took up all the room - it was bigger than anything even God could imagine.Quick, his wife said, Make something to stand out! God cried, Let there be earth! and a thin line of soil nudged against the sky like a run-over snake bearing all the blue in the world on its back. On the seventh day God rested as he always did. Well, rest wasn't exactly the right word, his wife had to admit. On the seventh day God went into his study and wrote in his journal in huge curlicues and loops and large crosses on the t's changing all the facts, of course, even creating Woman from a Man's rib, imagine that! But why be upset? she thought. Who's going to believe it? Anyway, she had her work to do. Everything he'd forgotten she had to create with only a day left to do it. Leaf by leaf, paw by paw, two by two, and now nothing could be immortal as in the original plan. Go out and multiply, yes, she'd have to say it, but there was too little room for life without end,forever and ever, on that thin spit of earth under that huge prairie sky. Lorna Crozier