I am a big Beatles fan.In fact, right after the 2016 election, when people immediately starting forming “resistance” groups and gathering in protest outside of Trump Tower shouting obscenities at him, I half-jokingly told friends and families that the only way I’d be standing out there would be if I were with a group singing, “All You Need is LOVE!”
During the weeks prior to the election, like many Americans, my anxiety became so intense that I hardly slept. I could do nothing but obsess over the news, feeling in my gut that everything was going absolutely wrong. The only way I knew how to calm myself down was by offering nightly loving-kindness meditations toward Donald Trump.I thought that his suffering must have been so intense in order for him to be such hateful, spiteful, bitter, angry man.And he desperately needed more love and compassion.
I am a firm believer in the ideal of Ahimsa – Sanskrit for non-violence in word, thought and deed — and the idea of “resistance” or even just the term itself has triggered an inner conflict. I’m in awe of and absolutely grateful for the resistance groups and incredible activism that has emerged during this very troubling time in our world history.Yet, although I firmly believe there are evil forces struggling to retain power, I have been conflicted about being part of a “resistance” when I fear it will only cause more harm and violence in the end. Continue reading →
The concept of living with intent, with a sense of purpose, can be taught to children at a young age. Parents lead by their own example, but great teachers can have a huge impact.
Carlthorp School, my daughter’s school in Santa Monica CA, has developed an incredible program with KidUnity, an organization that combines 21st Century learning concepts with service learning to create empathy, empowerment, and skills for children to engage in our world. My daughter is incredibly lucky to have participated in a year long program on civic engagement that culminated with a visit to Washington DC where the students heard from and made presentations to congress, media and organizations on subjects they had studied for during the academic year.
Here is a a reflection from my 12 year old daughter, Leela, on how the program worked and her experience: Continue reading →
What is your Wellfie? Jiyo is the new wellness site that is ask you to share your wellfie- an image that picture that captures the best version of who you are in an effort to spread more love, joy and gratitude.
Perhaps that is in the midst of working on a passion project.
Maybe it is over dinner with your family.
Maybe it is when you are exercising or teaching or connecting in general.
Deepak Chopra shares the motivation behind the wellfie here:
Black History Month has been a time of celebration and appreciation for less than 50 years. Prior to that, Negro History Week had only been in effect since 1926. It’s amazing when you realize that this means we have less than 100 years of highlighting the contributions of an integral group of Americans but we are excited that we live in a time where we are better able to know our heroes. Heroes who innovated, who saw a bigger vision, heroes who persevered. Our intent is to know our heroes and here are 3 ways you can do the same: Continue reading →
In the light of all the breaking news and unrest in the world, we are all finding the opportunity to examine what matters to us. Last night at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, we were able to see what happens when an industry comes together to celebrate their work-related accomplishments and have a dialogue about how they will respond to current events happening in a world outside their industry.
What will you stand for? What will you and your peers unite to make better? Safer? Stronger? Right now, you may not realize the great power that is the willingness to have an open and patient conversation. You may not realize the bravery that is saying “this is important to me!” You may not understand just how much sacrifice it requires to make a change, but show up anyway. Our intent is to decide what we will stand for and we hope you will join us. Whether that is education, health, children, our environment, really an endless number of things could use your care at any given moment, we hope you will do so boldly and graciously!
Here are some of our favorite SAG speeches and encouragement to be unified, to be love and the be someone who calls out the greatness in others. Continue reading →
The holidays are officially over! Where did the year go?
This time of year is also when charities and other non-profit causes need extra help. There are many ways to engage with your community. With all the choices available, how do you choose?
Look for opportunities that align with your values and have a clear purpose. Things that get my attention relate to animals and children. Another aspect for me is health advocacy. Doing something that has importance to you will provide a better experience also. What’s important to you?
You don’t have to be privileged, have special advantages, or have a lot of money to make an impact. It’s really in your mindset. Choose to be a role model.
Here are 5 simple ways on how to make a positive impact in your community: Continue reading →
My intent tomorrow, Jan 21, is to participate in the Women’s March in Los Angeles. I am so inspired by the travels of so many of my family and friends to Washington DC, as well as those who are marching in their cities and neighborhoods.
While I have been despondent about the turn of events in our political leadership, my two daughters, Tara and Leela, remind me every day that we need to #StandUp. It is a time to know our values and to find our voice. Our world, our children, our planet need our participation.
When I was a boy and I would see scary things
in the news, my mother would say to me,
“Look for the helpers.
You will always find people who are helping.”
In a time that can feel so unsteady, it can also feel difficult to focus on anything beyond ourselves and what is right in front of us. Managing the chaos in our own homes or offices might be overwhelming enough, and we understand that, but sometimes the key to alleviating some of that anxiety is finding a place where we can help. We don’t have to or want to feel paralyzed. Instead, we want to notice the needs and get going, whether they are inside our home or somewhere still unknown to us. Our intent of the day is to notice the needs.
Here are some needs you might not know about that could use some helpers today:
UNICEF and the work their doing for children around the world.
Most of us are already familiar with the name, but did you know that UNICEF raises money and works on behalf of the rights of children in 190 countries and territories? This includes everything from education, healthcare to meeting basic human needs. How can you help? Of course, it takes funds to make all this happen you can certainly give. You can also give! Find out about giving or going with UNICEF here!
The ASPCA and their work to end animal cruelty and find a home for every homeless pet.
The ASCPA does work for a group of individuals who can neither speak up for themselves nor do anything to repay you. Dealing with both cases of cruelty and homelessness, the ASPCA rescues, restores and relocates animals who deserve much better than they have known. This organization is looking for volunteers, for donations, for your story and even for you to add a pet to your family! Want to get connected? Here‘s how you can!
2016 was a particularly stressful year for many of us. Families and friends were divided politically, socially, geographically and that can force us to reconsider all we took for granted and expected from our relationships. What if we don’t agree? What does that mean for all of us? While this can feel scary, we want to consider a different and more empowering question. What will love look like when it’s full of intent?
We are excited about the opportunity to take an active role in deciding what love will look like for us. We are excited to be purposeful when it comes to loving those around us and beyond. To love with intent is to give our best effort at making a difference. Today our intent is to decide what love will look like for us.
You too? Consider what it’ll look like to love these 3 groups of people in your life: Continue reading →
Our intent is one built on the desire to move and do. What needs to be done? And how will we do it? All great questions and we don’t want the thought of seeking answers to be so intimidating that we never get started. So today our intent is to be moved to do good.