You Can Spread Peace and Joy Today

A Moment's Peace

A Moment’s Peace (Photo credit: failing_angel)

“Allow yourself to be a torch and allow the flame of our torch to be transmitted to other torches.  Practicing like that, you can help peace and joy grow in the entire world.”

–Thich Nhat Hanh

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I will always be a messenger of peace and can’t ever imagine believing in violence no matter what.  So sad to read the small caption under the picture of Kip Jacoby in today’s newspaper.  Kip went to school with Derek.  He enlisted after school and was killed 9 years ago during “Operation Eduring Freedom.”  The caption under his (the above) picture today read “Mom misses you.”  And forever my heart will break for this woman I never met, because that’s how moms roll.

Let’s light our torches and spread peace and joy wherever we go.  It’s so much better than the alternatives.

Why Can’t We Be Friends?

Everyone knows who Koko the gorilla that speaks sign language is.
For her birthday one year, she signed to her teacher that she wanted a kitten. Koko’s teacher wasn’t surprised, as Koko’s two favorite books were about cats. They adopted one from an abandoned litter and Koko showed it tender care and gentleness.
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Thanks to Don for sending me an email filled with wonderful pictures of unusual animal friends.  Had to share this one.  On this last day of March I hope your day, your month, and your winter goes out like a lamb, but also, hoping we can all learn from the gorilla and show tenderness and caring to all as we move through our day.

Come Monday….

Come Monday

Come Monday (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Good morning and welcome to your Monday.  Hoping you got to enjoy your extra hour of evening sunlight yesterday, and perhaps even leaned into a little unplugging on Saturday.  I found it rather easy to unplug, as did Mitch, although admittedly, during the first couple of hours of Saturday we did have to stop ourselves from looking a few things up on Google as well as in our mail.  But we managed and by mid-day our phones and devices had a lovely rest.  It was a great awareness exercise, realizing how many times we use our devices to fill a need, but more often, simply out of habit.  As I go through the week, I will try to keep some awareness to mindless phone and tablet “checking,” as well as mindless eating!  Neither of them lead to much good….

Modern technology has brought great change to our society and we will never go backwards.  This is something to be celebrated.  But with it comes extra responsibility, always needing to be available, need for immediate response, etc.  We need to balance all this energy with down time and even silence.  It does a body/mind good!

“Within each of us there is a silence- a silence as vast as the universe…

When we experience the silence, we remember who we are.”

–Gunilla Norris

Can You Unplug?

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My uh computer desk (Photo credit: iaintright)

In order to try to lean into what is being called a digital Sabbath, or more formally a National Day of Unplugging, I will be limiting my time spent on my computer, my tablet and my cell phone today.  The Sabbath Manifesto is a creative project designed to slow down lives in an increasingly hectic world.  I am all over slowing down so I will make this my one computer visit of the day, just to remind you all to set your clocks ahead before you go to sleep tonight.

This day, happens to be my favorite day of the year.  Not only because I look so forward to the clock change, but also because it is TODAY.  I will be celebrating it with a little more presence since I will be making sure to NOT be looking at my texts, my Facebook, my email, etc.  Instead, I will be spending human to human time, exercising at the gym this morning, as well as doing some meditation and reflection and hopefully accomplishing the tasks at hand for this afternoon, which include a nice lunch out, strolling beautiful downtown Las Olas and gift shopping.

Whatever you do, remember to enjoy the moment and if you want to participate in the Manifesto, simply UNPLUG and enjoy the quiet.  Much love…