Nature doesn't need people. People need nature.
Julia Roberts, Harrison Ford, Kevin Spacey, Edward Norton, Penélope Cruz, Robert Redford and Ian Somerhalder all join forces to give nature a voice. Watch the films and take action at
If you don’t already meditate, take my advice:Start. It will be the best decision you ever make.
"I had no idea how powerful and profound this technique could be until I saw firsthand how it was being practiced by young children in inner-city schools, veterans who suffer the living hell of post-traumatic stress disorder and women and girls who are victims of terrible violence. TM is, in a word, life changing for the good."
The David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace focuses on ensuring that every child anywhere in the world who wanted to learn to meditate could do so.
Learn more: https://www.davidlynchfoundation.org/
Grant Dive, Transition Specialist for Global Unity and Cooperation, Author and Humanitarian Expert, shares some key insights into the 'psychology of humanity' and the need for a unified approach to positive global change.
"It's Time for a Truth-Telling Revolution!"
With the US Presidential campaign dominating the news, I am sadly reminded of the pervasive lying in politics and the twisting of facts for personal gain. Professional fact-checker, Angie Drobnic Holan, wrote in The New York Times, “All politicians lie. Some lie more than others.” She cited the percentage of times some candidates lied; it was astounding. Yet even more troubling to me is that so many of their supporters don’t seem to care.
I am exasperated that I can’t trust my country’s leaders to tell me the truth – and that fellow citizens don’t share my insistence on honesty.
Lying is not endemic to the political arena. Indeed it seems to be a cultural epidemic. “We're all liars, but lies are necessary,” writes Lucy Kellaway, Financial Times columnist. “The corporate world demands them. Indeed, it cannot function without them.”
It’s time for a truth-telling revolution! Let us overthrow the acceptance of a culture of dishonesty!Read more
In 1973 I dropped out of college and took a job jockeying a jack hammer in order to study full time under a West Virginia hillbilly, family man, house painter, and Zen Master hovering just above the poverty line in Wheeling, West Virginia. A poster child for the anti-guru, he claimed no lineage, accepted no money, and I was his first student. He cared deeply, lived carelessly, and couldn’t care less, and he died in the same obscurity into which he was born. Yet he remains the most successful and remarkable man I have ever met. Everything that is best in me I owe largely to him.
One day I approached him eager for his secret to success. What was the single most important thing he did in his life?
“It wasn’t what I did,” he replied without hesitation, “it was what I didn’t do.” Then he walked away leaving me baffled and a little miffed at what felt a lot like a rebuff…Read more
By turn hilarious and haunting, poet Shane Koyczan puts his finger on the pulse of what it's like to be young and ... different. "To This Day," his spoken-word poem about bullying, captivated millions. Here, he gives a glorious, live reprise with backstory.
This guy started out as a bully. Where he ended up will surprise you. It surprised the audience too, so they went ahead and gave him a rousing standing ovation. It's worth watching every single inspirational minute of this.
A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY, Ann Cooper has been a chef for more than 30 years including positions with Holland America Cruises, Radisson Hotels, Telluride Ski Resort as well as serving as Executive Chef at the renowned Putney Inn in Vermont. She has been featured in many prominent publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Chicago Tribune and has appeared on many media outlets. Ann has shared her knowledge and experience by speaking at the Smithsonian Institute and the National Restaurant Association among other institutions and conferences. She has been honored by SLOW Food USA, selected as a Kellogg Food and Society Policy Fellow, and awarded an honorary doctorate from SUNY Cobleskill for her work on sustainable agriculture. Ann is the author of four books. She is past president of The American Culinary Federation of Central Vermont, and past president and board member of Women's Chefs and Restaurateurs. She also served on the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Organic Standards Board, a Congressional appointment, and was an Executive Committee member of Chefs Collaborative. In 2009, Ann founded Food Family Farming Foundation (F3) as a nonprofit focusing on solutions to the school food crisis. Chef Ann is happily working overtime as a Chef, Nutrition Services Director, Consultant, Author, Public Speaker, and Advocate because she sees a need for change and has the gifts to help.
Recently I saw Awake, a documentary about the life of Yogananda who is widely recognized as the Father of Yoga in the West. There’s a scene in the film in which Yogananda poses a question to the audience that impacted me deeply. Noticing how busy Americans were, Yogananda compassionately asked (and I’m paraphrasing here), “When do you have time for bliss?”
I could hear nothing else in the movie for the next few minutes as I pondered this question. Weeks later, it is still on my mind.Read more
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.
We know when we're grasping, gripping tightly, digging in our heels, or clutching something and won't let it go. Why are we holding on so vehemently, and to what? We’re in the midst of unprecedented transformation and miraculous new beginnings on our planet, but we still hold onto our old destructive habits because we’re afraid of what is not familiar. We might fear that we’ll have to give up some conveniences about how we live, even if it’s truly very uncomfortable or unsustainable.
Recently a friend of mine sent me the words of wisdom below that made me laugh:
When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits I dreamed of changing the world. As I grew older and wiser and realized the world would not change I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country: but it too seemed immovable. As I grew into my twilight years I settled on changing only my family and those closest to me, but alas they would have none of it. Now as I lay on my deathbed and I suddenly realize that if I had only changed myself first, then by example I could perhaps have changed my family, and from their inspiration and encouragement to me I would have been better able to help my country and from there I may even have been able to change the world. (said to be Taken from the tomb of a Bishop in Westminster Abbey 1100 A.D. I was unable to verify that).
The words made me laugh because I can remember having that young and free, and might I add naive, imagination.Read more
What will it take to awaken and transform individuals and society at large during this time of uncertainty, potential peril, and rapid change? Ordinary citizens and leaders in every field of endeavor are contemplating this question, sharing their insights, and playing their part in building a more peaceful, compassionate world.
As a student of conscious evolution and proponent of co-creative practices, I believe that the following are some of the principles that are foundational for building this new world and awakening humanity to its full potential:Read more
Transformational New Year Agreements
These times call for Revolutionary Agreements!
Instead of the usual New Year’s Resolutions, consider adopting, adapting, or creating your own conscious agreements that foster greater inner peace. Share them with your family, friends and associates to expand the possibilities for peace in your communities and together co-create greater Peace on Earth in 2016.
Click here to download a free, original art poster of Agreements used by thousands around the globe. Share freely and widely!
This is Revere Dance Studio's Wonders on Wheels Team and their Shadows, located in Cincinnati, OH. They range in age from 6-27. Choreographed by Tracey Burgoon. Dedicated to our dear, Katie Boyle, who loved Celine Dion. Dancers include: Jill, Vivian, Ally, Parker, Kayleigh and Addie. Shadows include: Maddie, Kayla, Emily, Ally, Sydney, Sydne, Madelyn, Kelcie, Nora, Alice, Meggie, Savanna, Camryn, Grace and Meggie.
Enlightenment, whatever it is, must manifest its harvest on Earth, as it does in Heaven. The simple realizations of an expanded and altered consciousness cannot be focused on another dimension alone. After all, if the Source was so disinterested in this fourth dimensional plane, why did It bother to manifest it, create it, make it so painfully beautiful, elegant and integrated?
Evolution - the creative process itself – is an essential aspect of Source. It is not merely change, static transformation without direction. These are bold statements, no doubt, mystically substantiated, recently extracted as a truth by members of the evolutionary intelligentsia.
But if evolution is that intrinsic an aspect of creation, then even the most basic particles of creation-quarks, leptons, the Higgs boson, etc - all these should be evolving as well. The most fundamental units of creation should be evolving towards what and from where? Further, shouldn’t each dimension, however we name it, have its own evolutionary directive, angels into archangels, and so on?
Is Source Itself evolving? Not in terms of Its Manifestation (the endless universes of Creation) but It Itself? Is that a good question? Can one separate Source from Its Creation? Can I separate the evolution of my liver from my evolution?
Gifted with curiosity, the ability to ask fundamental questions, some wisdom traditions instruct us to discover that Place where there are no questions.
Is that the be-all and the end-all? After all, the design of Man is not his own, curiosity is as much an aspect of Source as Love must be, and perhaps, just perhaps, it is that curiosity with its endless dissatisfaction that is the evolutionary driver itself.
Not to worry, I have many more dumb questions!
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At the start of each year, many of us feel compelled to consider personal resolutions. What if this year we stay alert for an opportunity to involve other family members? Might signing a “pact” depicting a more ideal relationship with your children – or your partner, parents, or siblings – create a more fulfilling experience for everyone?
When our son, Michael, was nine years old, he started becoming ornery. It was not pleasant to be around him. To nip it in the bud, my husband, Glenn, and I encouraged Michael to practice being kinder and more respectful, and we promised to do the same.
Together we created our family’s To Love and Respect pact. As we were finalizing it, I said to Michael, “When people sign a contract with each other, it usually has an end date. How long should we make this contract?” He responded, “Fifteen years.” For a nine-year-old to propose such a long-term commitment surprised and delighted me. I marveled at how much our pact seemed to mean to him.
We believe that a compassionate world is a peaceful world.
We believe that a compassionate world is possible when every man, woman and child treats others as they wish to be treated--with dignity, equity and respect.
We believe that all human beings are born with the capacity for compassion, and that it must be cultivated for human beings to survive and thrive.Read more