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3-Day Retreat

Jul 25, 2020, 8 smiles Thanks to the gifts of so many, I was able to spend 3 full days in solitude. There was much to be learned, and continues to be available to me. I did many hours of silent sits, tested out a few guided meditations, re-read a couple of books, walked, sat in, and observed nature, did some weeding (and not just of my mind!) and journaled. I haven't sat that long since in a span of three days since I did my one and only 10-day a few years back. Hearing Goenka-ji's voice (sometimes tech is good:)) brought it all back home. The mind did what it normally does, as it often wandered into the future or back to the past. But with nothing really there, I just tried to bring it back home. Perhaps what I remember the most was a dream that I had as I rested during the afternoon ... Read Full Story

A Prayer For Self

Jun 11, 2020, 2 comments, 14 smiles A beautiful prayer I had shared last night from Larry Yang's article in this week's Awakin reading. May I be loving, open, and aware in this moment; If I cannot be loving, open, and aware in this moment, may I be kind; If I cannot be kind, may I be nonjudgmental; If I cannot be nonjudgmental, may I not cause harm; If I cannot not cause harm, may I cause the least harm possible. I love how Larry has scaffolded these values in which he strives to live, yet understands that at times he may come up short in one, so he moves onto something more doable. And if that doesn't work, he works his way to something that he can do. As I read it over and over, it reinforced in me how imperfect I am. And yet, at each moment, I am exactly the being I am supposed to be.

I Listened To A Live Q&A ...

Apr 10, 2020, 1 comments, 4 smiles I listened to a live Q&A on YouTube, hosted by Timber Hawkeye last Sunday. In it, Timber offered his take on Hope vs Faith. I haven't thought much about Hope, and what it means when I say, "I hope ___________." Timber reminded me how that statement is rooted in ego, self-centeredness. While Faith is rooted in the Universe; the Divine; for some, God. Or, whatever you might call "it." I have Faith that whatever is supposed to happen, will happen; whatever does happen, is what's best for the Universe. The line that Timber reflected on is from Fight Club; Losing all hope is (was?) freedom.

Luna Y Sol

Mar 11, 2020, 6 smiles It's amazing to watch seeds of service bloom in unexpected ways. A few students at the high school where I teach have started a company making bracelets and donating all the proceeds to worthy and uplifting causes. The first cause they decided to support made me smile. The description on their website reads: The first organization we picked to donate to is a church sanctuary for migrants in Tijuana, Mexico that is run by Pastor Gustavo Banda, who opens up his space to migrants from all over the world. The organization is staffed by many volunteers who dedicate their time to helping refugees. One example is Pancho Ramos Stierle, a community leader who previously walked 95 days across California in support of migrant families seeking asylum. Feeling very grateful for Pancho, Pastor Gustavo, and so many love warriors around the world, and all the seeds you sow!

Innocent, But Not Ignorant

Nov 28, 2019, 4 comments, 14 smiles At the Awakin Circle last night, someone spoke of their equating of ignorance and innocence. Today, that hit me in a profound way. Above is a picture of Andy. I had made some cinnamon rolls this morning, as well as a potato dish, with the intention of offering it to anyone experiencing homelessness during this time. Andy was the first person that I met. I sat down with him and just listened as he told me his story, which included his mother and brother passing away; how his sister Susan had arranged for him to live in a trailer and how he left it, which made her none too happy. He just couldn't afford it anymore, though. I decided to ask Andy if he'd like me to help find his sister. He said he's tried but has been unsuccessful and hasn't seen her in a few years. After giving me her name ... Read Full Story

From A Conversation At A Gas Station

Nov 09, 2019, 10 comments, 25 smiles A few months back, I drove down to Tijuana to visit Pancho and spend time with the community at the US-Mexico border, where he has been volunteering. In the spirit of connecting with others, and cultivating trust, I had wanted to see if I could make it down without using any of my own money. At a gas station, one young man, Isaac, offered, "All I can do is $40, but I really want to help you." It was amazing. As we got talking, I learned that he makes short documentaries and is all about communities and connections! Couple months later, he had made this 10-min film -- featuring some familiar faces (:

Here Is A Touching Story Posted ...

Sep 21, 2019, 8 smiles Here is a touching story posted by BlissForgive on Kindspring: https://www.kindspring.org/my/feed/index.php?sid=181257 Our 14-year-old dog Abbey died last month. The day after she passed away my 4-year-old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey. She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. I told her that I thought we could so, and she dictated these words: Dear God, Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much. I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick. I hope you will play with her. She likes to swim and play with balls. I am sending a picture of her so when you see her you will know that she is my dog. I really miss her. Love, ... Read Full Story

Inspiring Link

Sep 09, 2019, 2 comments, 8 smiles Going from no-where to now-here is a beautiful journey. Fresh off of an amazing 4-day (week?) retreat, I awoke this morning to an email from our ONEderFULL sistahhh Thu! This is the message I received: I went down to see Panchito yesterday and met Isaac Rosenbaum who told me how he got connected with your experiment in kindness ;) Yesterday they took all the kids to the beach to get baptized! It was such a special time and I was there for such a short time because I brought some co-workers (we are at a company retreat in SD for the week) but so incredible to see what's possible when we act with our heart and head and mind. I'm blown away by the smallness of our world and the hugeness of our collective heart! Click on the picture to get a glimpse of Thu's time in Tijuana.

Video From A Visit To Pancho

Aug 17, 2019, 8 comments, 20 smiles Video from a visit to Pancho in Tijuana ... about his description of what occurred when he orchestrated a trip to the beach with many of the migrants in their community. Words cannot convey how much this has touched me<3.

Connections En Route To Tijuana

Aug 01, 2019, 6 comments, 19 smiles It's been a day now since I've returned from SoCal and (my) thoughts have had time to marinate. The trip to Tijuana was about connecting with the other. On that front, I'd like to share a few stories. One intention was to drive from Fremont to Tijuana using none of my own money, of which I had plenty. After resting overnight in Bakersfield, I as off. With a quarter of a tank of gas and a couple hundred miles to go, I pulled into a gas station. I walked up to a couple of men filling up their tank and just asked, "Do you think we trust each other enough?" That ignited a 10 minute discussion. I told them where I was going and what I was doing and then asked if they'd fill up my tank and I'd mail them a check when I returned to Fremont. The trust just ... Read Full Story