Friday, November 26, 2010
YES -- taking good care of this body I've been entrusted with is vital! We learn more and more about basics of proper food with portion control and the variety of exercise which supports that here on SparkPeople, with myriad resources to help us in our journey.
And the flip side of loving self-care is reaching out in kindness to others.
This is Yoovie, in her professional role!
Yoovie, a dynamic young SparkWoman, is leading many SparkFriends to success in taking care of the body. But this week she posted another amazing blog, "Operation Brooklyn Lighthouse Part Uno" --
-- about her intention to open her home to friends through the holidays instead of just being glum and depressed about being alone. THAT'S what I mean!
Stephanie, the professional!
SparkFriend Stephanie, also knows a lot about reaching out. Among other service, she manages a local food supply outreach at her work site and helps to support a youngster in Chile. She hopes to visit this child there next summer.
And I KNOW without a shadow of a doubt that these two SparkFriends represent the smallest tip of the iceberg in terms of how the SparkCommunity reaches out to others and "pays it forward" in myriad ways!
Steph will be especially engaged by this global example of reaching out from a favorite site, KarmaTube, which touched me deeply. It shows how a small act can have an amazing ripple effect.
When Hilde Back, a Swedish woman, sponsored a young, rural Kenyan student, she thought nothing of it. She certainly never expected to hear from him, but years later she does. Now a Harvard graduate and a Human Rights Lawyer for the United Nations, Chris Mburu decides to find the stranger that changed his life. Inspired by her generosity, he starts a scholarship program of his own and names it for his former benefactor. Using a strong narrative, the film interweaves seemingly separate lives into a cohesive whole. With clarity and grace, A SMALL ACT, bears witness to the ripple effect a single action can create:
HERE is the short video:
Two options for reaching out:
Educating bright Kenyan children from poor families
Global loans for youth desiring college/vocational education
Hmmmm...just $25 can help???
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
I've been going through some rough patches as we all do on this earth plane, doing this and that to remedy the malaise...the lethargy...the lack of enthusiasm. This morning I got, by way of my daily poetry subscription, a "message from the universe" so to speak. And I share it with you as my wish to you for a Day -- and LIFE -- of Thanks Giving, in ALL ways and in ALL things!
Baby golden mole
STARTING WITH LITTLE THINGS
Love the earth like a mole,
hold close the clods,
their fine-print headlines.
Pat them with soft hands --
Like spades, but pink and loving; they
break rock, nudge giants aside,
Fields are to touch;
each day nuzzle your way.
Tomorrow the world.
~ William Stafford ~
(The Way It Is)
William Stafford, 1914-1993
"Stafford's poems are often deceptively simple. Like Robert Frost's, however, they reveal a distinctive and complex vision upon closer examination. James Dickey, writing in his book Babel to Byzantium, notes that Stafford's 'natural mode of speech is a gentle, mystical, half-mocking and highly personal daydreaming.'" From:
Friday, November 12, 2010
Always be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle.
In honor of World Kindness Day on Nov 13th, Karma Tube offers this video by Humanity Healing Network...a journey through the teachings of kindness.
With a soundtrack by Enya, mesmerizing photos and wide ranging quotes from an Arabian proverb to Mother Teresa to Marianne Williamson, this photo essay asks:
What does it really mean to be kind (including to ourselves)?
Saturday, November 06, 2010
I shared the video of Birke Baehr with various friends yesterday, and decided that it needs a wider audience! Birke is an extraordinary home-schooled child, 11 years old, ranting about what's wrong with our food system on TEDx(*) in Asheville, NC. It's a MUST-WATCH!
I just found a blog, OUR NATURAL LIFE: Provocative Discussions About Leading A Holistic, Sustainable, and Healthy Life, that featured Birke and how he inspired his own family:
I also think this sweet comment from Birke's mom to someone who had criticized him on the YouTube site was worth sharing here:
"As this 11 yr. old's mother I can assure you Birke plays outside more than most kids and he doesn't sit in front a computer 24/7. He also reads more than just about organic foods -- he is quite the historian, knows aï»¿ lot about geography, sports and other subjects. His 'soul' is quite intact and isn't lost or pitiful. He has a mind of his own and is curious about the world around him and is allowed the freedom to follow his interests. He is also much better at spelling than you are."
(*) BTW, for those of you who are familiar with TED, here's the scoop on TEDx:
Created in the spirit of TEDâs mission, "ideas worth spreading," the TEDx program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis.
(TED: www.ted.com/ )
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