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Intent of the Day: Notice the Needs

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 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.”
-Fred Rogers

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:

  1. 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!
  2. Yoga Gives Back and the work their doing to help women in India build sustainable lives for the price of a yoga class.
    Yoga Gives Back is an LA organization that seeks to mobilize the yoga community to use their practice and their passion to help women on the other side of the world end the cycle of poverty and discrimination. Through sponsored yoga classes, you and your community can pass the goodness on to women whose lives may be forever changed.
  3. 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!

 

Top 5 Ways to Give Back this Holiday Season

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“Peace on earth, and goodwill towards men.” There’s no shortage of life-affirming mantras to throw around come this time of year, but let’s face it. It’s too easy to get preoccupied with the consumerist aspect of the holiday season. And what’s more — it’s all too easy to lose sight of the true meaning of the season: that charity, benevolence, and mankind’s capacity for empathy are our true salvation, and to truly experience a blissful holiday season, we need to be mindful of what we can do to benefit others. 

Here are five ways to give back this holiday season: Continue reading

UNICEF’s I Believe in Zero to Save Children from Preventable Disease

Screen shot 2013-12-03 at 8.50.25 AMMy Conversation with Caryl Stern, President US Fund for UNICEF When I was in college, I wrote my senior thesis on the Convention of the Rights of the Child.  I no longer know where that document is or even remember the details of that in-depth study that consumed my last year of college.  What has stayed with me forever, however, is the belief that children have the right to live, to be protected from abuse and exploitation, and deserve basic human rights.  I was also always inspired by the work of UNICEF, and for my first book, 100 Promises To My Baby, I donated 10% of my proceeds to their programs for children affected by HIV and AIDS. Thus, when I had the opportunity to hear Caryl Stern speak about her new book, I Believe In Zero, I was already convinced of her intent that no child should die from preventable causes.

Currently 18,000 children die every day of preventable causes – from things like unsafe drinking water, malnutrition, and lack of access to immunizations.  This is truly unacceptable, and we, as a global citizens, should not think it is ok. I have met many people doing incredible work for others, but Caryl Stern truly impacted me in a way few others have.  In fact, I was so moved by her book that I decided to buy several dozen books to gift to my daughter’s classmates.

In the book, Caryl shares through her own personal stories the plight of children around the world, as well as potential solutions to many of these problems.  The book is hopeful, inspirational, and yet very real, at the same time. I reached out to UNICEF to see if I could interview Caryl for my book, Living With Intent, as she is someone who embodies passion and purpose in a unique way.  I was honored to have a one-on-one conversation with her about 10 days ago in NYC to talk about her book, her family, her work and her intentions.

The US Fund for UNICEF is in a non-descript office building near Wall Street in NYC.  I was escorted up to a waiting room where, while waiting to be called into her office, I watched a staff meeting in a conference room enclosed by glass walls.  The staff at UNICEF seemed multi-cultural, relatively young, and animated from the peek I had into their meetings.  After a short wait, I headed to Caryl’s office and was welcomed by her friendly staff. In the first few minutes of meeting Caryl, I knew this woman is a both a force of energy and passion, but also incredibly warm and welcoming.   Her desk was full of papers and books, not messy or particularly neat, with photos on the shelves, including those of her two sons.  A packed suitcase stood on the floor by her desk, an obvious reminder that she is a woman who lives on the road (something she talks a lot about in the book – balancing her need to travel with being a mom.)

In listening to my recorded interview with her, I realize I was really nervous, chatting for about 10 minutes about my intent before even letting to her speak!  Once she spoke, I was put at ease by her friendliness, and became totally relaxed. Caryl begins her narrative sharing two powerful personal family stories.  In 1939, her mother and uncle boarded a ship as children to escape from Austria during the Nazi invasion.  An unknown woman, whose name they will never know, made sure they boarded that ship safely to escape the horror that could have killed them.   Through her mother’s story, Caryl knows the power that even one person has to save another’s life. That same year, her grandfather boarded the SS St. Louis on a journey that became known as the Voyage of the Damned because Cuban and US authorities denied entrance to the passengers (mostly Jews) saying that they had fraudulent paperwork.

The ship was sent back to Europe, and most on board perished from Nazi persecution.  Her grandfather, one of the few survivors of that journey, taught her “what happens when the world turns its back, ignores the facts, and allows innocent people to die.” In I Believe In Zero, Caryl shares her travels to witness the plight of children around the world, and the work that UNICEF is doing to alleviate their suffering.  From the rainforests of Brazil to Mozambique, Darfur, Bangladesh, and post earthquake Haiti (just to name a few), she shares intimate moments, putting names and faces to the mothers and children whose lives seem so unjustly marred by war, famine, ecological devastation and disease.  But the power of her stories are in the details and emotions she has witnessed – from holding the hand of a woman whose child is dying of tetanus (a preventable disease) in Sierra Leone to sharing an apple with a woman in the desert during the food shortage in Kenya, just 48 hours after Caryl excitedly (and nervously) meets Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Its Caryl’s ability to make everything personal that I realize makes her so authentic and relatable.  During the talk I attended, a young boy asked her, “What is the most difficult part of your job?”  I expected her to answer with a story about witnessing famine, the death of an infant, or meeting children of war, but instead she replied that it was being separated from her two sons.  In the book, she shares the story of being at a refugee camp in Darfur, and getting a phone call from her son in NYC who needs help with his English homework.  Any mom can relate to this feeling.  As a mom, Caryl is constantly figuring out the balance of serving both her children and the world! During the interview, when I applaud Caryl’s belief the no child should die of preventable causes, she responds that her hope is that others will adopt this intent to make it a rallying cry of their own – that it is the ones who stand on her shoulders who will convince others that no child should die of preventable causes and do something about it.  As she speaks, I am reminded once again of the Convention of the Rights of the Child, and how the mandates in that charter need constant re-affirmation, communication, and action.

I am inspired that there are people like Caryl Stern who are leading a global community of individuals who truly believe that we can help one another. I strongly recommend Caryl’s book, I Believe In Zero.  It is entertaining, hopeful, and a first step to educating oneself about issues affecting our children.  Caryl has generously donated profits of the book US Fund for UNICEF.  I also encourage you to check out www.unicef-usa.org to learn about the programs and important work that UNICEF is doing daily to help children around the world.

To Give Is To Generate Goodness

 Tuesday, June 28th

 

“To give is to generate goodness.  When you are giving, you create in your energy field a positive vibration.  It is like a magnet of goodness, bringing benefits to you as well as to the receivers.  Even if only one person receives what you give, that one person touches countless others.”

 

Selacia, The Council of 12

Steve Farrell

Humaniy’s Team World Wide Coordinating Director

 

Hope, Faith and Love

When we look at the world
Do we like what we see?
Do we think about others
Or think about “me”?
 
Do we take without giving
And consume what we must,
Ever heeding the motto:
“In consumption we trust”?
 
If we stopped for a moment
And thought about ‘how’
We could make our lives better
Beginning with ‘now’.
 
We would realize we share
So much more than divides us:
Letting hope, faith and love
Be that which inspires us.
 

HOW DO YOU SPELL — GIVE

How do you spell the word ‘give’?

It’s spelled as … c-o-m-p-a-s-s-i-o-n.

When you give, it simply means that you —

— clearly see, can understand, can relate, do sympathize, do care, do love — the other person

…..who may not be as bright, as well-positioned, as educated, as rich, as healthy, as well-dressed, or as beautiful as you are.

You give because you see the other person’s need to receive.

And you respond as God so responds.

Giving straight from the heart….. is the blueprint of GIVE… and of giving.

Give Life What it Seeks





Give Life what it Seeks

 

 Cheerfulness

Give Life the Smile it seeks

 

Meaningfulness

Give Life the Meaning it seeks

 

 Purposefulness

Give Life the Purpose it seeks

 

Responsibleness

Give Life the Responsible Attitude it seeks


Due Diligence / Prudence

Give Life the Due Diligence and Prudence it seeks

 

Love

Give Life the Admiration; Appreciation; Consideration; Gratitude and Love it always seeks

 

God Bless

Give prayer the devotion it always seeks; Thank God always; Always and Always whilst ensuring to attending to your respective assignments; agendas; duties; employment and studies promptly with a perspective of Discipline; Meaningfulness; Purposefulness and Responsibleness;Be grateful to God always, always and always utmost thanks to God; God Bless

 

Happiness

May One and All be Blessed with a Vision of Good Health; Happiness; Prosperity, Progress and Wisdom always

 

World’s Happiness

When the World is Happy, We are all Happy; In one another’s Happiness is our true Prosperity, Development and Greatest Happiness

 

Universal Appreciation; Happiness; Gratitude & Wisdom

May Universal Appreciation; Good Health & Wellness; Happiness; Consideration; Compassion; Respect; Peace; Love; Cooperation; Inspiration; Gratitude; Economic Development, Stability; Prosperity, Progress & Wisdom prevail always

 

Love & Light;

 

God Bless,

 

Vashi

 

©2009 Vashi Ram Chandi

 

 

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Help Yourself to a Wonderful Summer!

Life is wonderful! When we are able to ~give and take~ we experience the balance that comes from doing for others while we also take care of our own needs. This summer, let’s focus on the ways we can give to our loved ones, our community and our world and still take the time we need for ourselves.

 Here are some great give and take activities that will bring more happiness this summer. Real happiness comes from doing the things that make us feel good deep inside the soul.

 Give time to your loved ones and family. Let go of some of your usual routines. If you don’t do your regular workout or get all of the laundry done as usual, so what? This is a great time to spend more hours with those you love. Give the gift of your undivided attention. The more relaxed months of summer only come around once a year. Whether your focus is summer romance or romping on the beach with the kids, be with the people you love. Summer will be over before you know it.

Take time for yourself.
Take a day or two off this summer that are "just for you." Schedule "time for me" on your calendar as if it were the most important event of the whole year. What would YOU like to do? Get your nails done or go to a museum you have wanted to visit all year? Or perhaps you have not been able to practice your guitar or the piano, and you want to spend a day with your music.
Give away the things you do not need to others less fortunate than you. In our world today there is plenty to eat and enough clothing to wear, if only we can distribute the goods to those in need. On a summer evening, clean out a closet and send those clothes off to charity organizations so that someone else has the opportunity to wear the clothes just hanging in your closet. And if you have a garden, give some of the fresh produce to your local food bank. There are always too many tomatoes to eat at one time. Remember the tomatoes last year that nobody ate? Give some of your homegrown food away when it is still fresh.

Take yourself shopping for one new summer outfit.
You do not need to fill up all the space in the closet you just cleared. But you do owe yourself a new outfit for being willing to give up so many of the clothes you have not been wearing. What would you like to buy? Do you want a new bathing suit, a smart pair of slacks? Have a great time shopping on a summer afternoon or during those hours just after you get out of work, while it is still light out. Get out there because those long hours of daylight are not going to last all year.

Give a day of your summer to someone in need. This is the time to go visit a neighbor who is not able to leave her home or take the drive to visit a relative who is ill and not able to take a trip to visit you. When we are able to move around, we can often forget that there are many who are stuck inside most of the time, and some who cannot even leave their beds. Take a day this summer to give to those less mobile than you. And if you are not mobile, perhaps you can take the day to make phone calls to those in need or if you have a computer, send emails to those who would love to hear from you.

Take a day for yourself and take care of one of your own needs: something you may have been putting off. This day may not be spent romping on the beach, but if you get the basement cleaned out that you looked at all year long, you will feel great after you clean up the mess. Or if it has been too long since you have seen your dentist, find a way to go. This is a day to do something important for yourself.

 Give to those who are in dire circumstances.
Look around and realize how much more fortunate you are than most people. Even those of us who have very little have a great deal more than millions of people around the world with no place to live and little food to eat. Take whatever you can afford and give it to charities that help those in drastic need. Even if you do not have a lot to give, every dollar that you give to help others, adds up.

 Take time to evaluate your financial situation. Go through your checkbooks and charge account statements so that you can take an honest look at the ways you are spending your money. For most of us these days, spending our money wisely is a priority. You will sleep better every night during the beautiful summer evenings, if you know that you are putting your financial life in order. While you may not be able to buy everything you want, and you may have to tell the kids you are all going to take a less expensive vacation, you will have more fun knowing that you are taking a vacation you can afford, and won’t have to spend the next five years paying for. Overspending leads to unhappiness and WE are looking for happiness.

As we give and take we find true happiness. Summer is a time to enjoy all the beauty our wonderful world has to offer. Step outside in the evening and gaze at the moon and stars. Swim in the lakes, rivers and oceans. Hug the ones you love and be grateful for all the blessings that have been given to you in this life. And as you experience the special qualities of your life, let your love flow out to others. Give to those in need and you will be taking a huge step towards your own personal happiness this summer, and all year long.


©2009 Carole Lynne, author of Cosmic Connection: Messages for a Better World
 

Author Bio
Carole Lynne is the author of Cosmic Connection: Messages for a Better World. She is also the author of the award winning book Consult Your Inner Psychic, and To learn more about Carole Lynne visit www.carolelynnecosmicconnection.com or www.carolelynne.com

 

 

 

Call Of The Heart

Here’s the call you are never quite prepared for,
or at least I was not.

6:30am
Wed. May 27, 2009. 

"Hi honey, we are at the hospital. 
Your father has had a heart attack".

I actually felt my mind and body unable to process the information at first, so I gave the typical response, "What?!" 

Are you talking about MY Dad?

I remained present in the conversation with my mother and allowed myself to shed the natural tears that were forming. 

I want to start by telling you that my Dad is not only fine now, but is already home and healing beautifully. 

And here is what I found remarkable in this situation.

I was once again amazed at the natural inclination of people to give.  And I mean truly give of themselves.  Within a few hours of hearing the news of my Dad’s heart attack (and before we even had a full report of what was going on), I reached out to some friends and even posted a note on Twitter about the experience.

Now, I believe it was a total of perhaps a minute or two (due to the transit time of email and such) that I began to receive note after note from people, some of whom I did not personally know from Twitter, sending their blessings to my Dad and our entire family.  People offered help in any kind of way and, in my opinion, were completely available to be involved.

And noticeably, every single person mentioned that they would pray for my Dad and our whole family, and I am certain they did.

Marianne Williamson states in The Course of Miracles:
"When the Holy Spirit is involved, it’s a win/win situation". 

This is a wonderful example of that in action, and it was stunning.

The last 48 hours were such a reminder to start each day in service. 

Ask yourself:
1. (God), how can I be of true service today?

And as Marianne states, ask:

2.  Where would you have me go?
3.  What would you have me say and do?

In that space, you will be guided.  And that is certainly a win/win.

Thank you again for all your blessings.  My family and I are grateful.

May you continue to prosper and grow in your own life,

Sahara
 

Practice it!

 


"However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do if you do not act upon them?" ~ Buddha

This quote is a profound reminder.  I think it safe to say that most of us have acquired pretty sufficient knowledge to live high-energy and happy lives.  Yet even with this spiritual knowledge at times we can become lazy in our practices.  This isn’t supposed to provoke any guilt at all, but more to ask the question: if there are any things you could be doing right now that you know would enrich your life more, then why not act on them?  Just make the shift!  Smile more, meditate more, give more, accept more, serve more, love more!  The more positive energy you give out, the more you will receive and the more vibrant and beautiful your life will be.  Immersing yourself in inspired literature and teachings is important and necessary, but actually practicing them is much more powerful! 

 

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