Inside each person there is a gift given to them by Creator. Focusing on a person’s strengths and gifts rather than their weaknesses makes our communities whole and our nations stronger.
Shared by “Chantal”
“Love is a simple practice yet it is very beneficial for the individual who practices it as well as for the community in which he lives, for the nation, and for the whole world.”
~His Holiness The Dalai Lama~
Shared by “Lisetwo Jacques “
When we schedule too much in our lives trying to meet our obligations, we only end up draining our energy.
We all encounter obligations in life, from spending time with family and friends to being present at important functions in the lives of the people who form our community. Many times, the obligations are actually fun and fulfilling, and we want to be there. At the same time, we all sometimes experience resistance to meeting these obligations, especially when they pile up all at once and we begin to feel exhausted, longing for nothing so much as a quiet evening at home. At times like these, we may want to say no but feel too guilty at the idea of not being there. Still, our primary obligation is to take care of ourselves, and if saying no to someone else is what we have to do, then we do not need to feel bad about it.
There is a skill to balancing our obligations, and it starts with simply becoming aware of our schedule. We may notice that three invitations have arisen in one weekend, and we know that we will pay energetically if we attempt to fulfill all three. At this point, we can take the time to weigh the repercussions of not going to each event, considering how we will feel if we miss it and how our absence might affect other people. Most of the time, it will be clear which obligation we can most easily let go and which one we simply can’t miss. Sometimes we have to miss something really important to us, and that can be painful for everyone concerned. At times like this, reaching out with a phone call, a thoughtful card, or a gift lets people know that you are there in spirit and that your absence is by no means a result of you not caring.
Meeting our obligations to others is an important part of being human and not one to take lightly. At the same time, we cannot meet every obligation without neglecting our primary duty to take care of ourselves. We can navigate this quandary by being conscious of what we choose to do and not do and by finding concrete ways to extend our caring when we are not able to be there in person.
Shared by “Jarrod”
At all levels of society, whether that involves our family, nation or the international community, the key to a better, happier world is greater compassion. It is not necessary to become religious, or to believe in an ideology to bring this about. The important thing is to develop our basic human qualities as much as we can.”
We all have the universal light within us. Some of us choose to acknowledge and nurture our light, while others walk through life oblivious to the power they hold within them.
I believe that with our awareness of this light, we also have the responsibility to recognize it in others, especially when it’s difficult to do so. If everyone spent a few minutes every day making the effort to be more compassionate toward others, what a wonderful transformation would occur!
Shared by “Veronique” in October 2010
On the path to spiritual maturity we hear the call of selfless service to humanity.
Strengthen your heart’s receptive qualities and let go of the barriers we built to protect our hearts, so we may feel the needs of others.
There is joy in service, find your strength, your skill, that can benefit the community.
The more contact we have with one another and the more we come to understand each other’s values, the greater will be our mutual respect.-
Shared by “White Eagle”
I am grateful for my beautiful family and friends, and all the teachers along the way. It takes a community to feel whole.
“Speaks with Wings”
I’m taking an ecological class at the university and we have many discussions in the class about sustainability. What I have really found interesting is that sustainability seems to be about choices and perspectives within a system that flows so natural. We decide how we move within that system. What each member within my family decides to value is how we link to our community, and it all starts within our home; within ourselves. We make internal choices that includes us into an environment and community.
I consider the families I spent time with in Peru and our lives are quite different externally, but we sustain ourselves, our families and our communities much the same. With our without the same external resources – quality of life has been proven to me to come from the inside of each of us; the quality and well being of our decisions, thus influencing our environment and community.
Below are some thoughts I quickly tried to capture while I was in the moment. It’s just some thoughts put together as I open my eyes to further perspectives about being human. Blessings to you all. Please let me know your comments because we can learn so much for each others stories and perceptions to being.
Speaks With Wings.
Sustainability requires so much more than our physical environment. It is the quality of what we sustain, and this starts with the value of our decisions. Our population can live longer from spare parts and medicinal miracles but how we function and feel inside will be the foundation to sustain ourselves within our environment. We must remember the environment is the natural flowing system and we have been gifted with decision to function within it. The ecological systems may outlast our physical lives but this is when we remember our biological system of generations – it is not about our one being but those that came before and those that have yet to come.
When we feed off pain and discontentment, we nurture the dissection of culture, values and tradition that sustain our generations footprints within the ecological system. Without culture, values and tradition, we are slowly evolving into robotic clones that will require external stimuli to keep us alive and no longer feeding into our ecological surroundings. We separate from the spirit of growth and thus, sustainability.
Sustainability is connecting with the fundamentals of our source and the linkages to our communities. Our communities are existing because of the environment in which we become a part of. When we look internally and become one with our being, we begin to recognize the choices we create for ourselves and our ecological and biological footprint can be appreciated and shared throughout the generations.
Sustainability starts with ourselves and source and it will automatically be drawn to community. Quality not quantity is what sustains us. Honor, strength and appreciation is our tools and reward. And only this can be found within ourselves and each other. It is our lack of personal luster that will will eventually weaken our base for other generations to survive. For us humans, it is the generations that function in the ecological environment; individually we wouldn’t survive to sustain our being for long.
If we want strong generations and to live a healthy life, we need to nurture the quality of our choices and empower others to nurture theirs. We are all community. We all will benefit from this sustainable shift. Capture the strength and release it for others. To fully own something is to give it away. This is the foundation to sustainable living.
Our external resources are simply the choices along the way.