A recent trip to the Japanese Garden with my family. We walked the paths together and separately. Wandered around looking at flowers, Coy, hummingbirds, trees and spent time being in this calm place. There were a lot of people there, yet it felt spacious enough to sit on a bench and meditate. It was nourishing.
Dwelling in Peace
We already have sufficient conditions to be happy today. We have to pray in such a way that we can be in touch with the conditions of happiness that are in us and around us. They are all there, available. ~ Thich Nhat Hahn, “The Energy of Prayer”
“The brain takes its shape from what the mind rests upon” Rick Hanson
Rick Hanson talks about resting the mind on pleasant experiences continually for lasting resilience, inner strength and cultivating a positive outlook.
When we are busy at work, taking care of family, achieving goals, we get caught up in getting it all done. Taking a pause is important. Its being mindful of the work being done and the experience being created.
Whether you decide to do a stretch, a breathing exercise, find an image to gaze upon, bring up a joyful memory, pauses of 1 to 3 minutes can replenish you for long periods of time.
A Moment of Joy
Pauses are not frivolous, instead they are an act of kindness.
Eddie S. Glaude Jr. points out in a frank and passionate voice of all the ways the “value gap” contributes to racial inequality in America. He calls for a Revolution in Values where we start viewing the government differently, change how we view black people, and change what matters at the core of being an American. In order to make changes, we have to be able to address concerns and question why things are the way they are currently. A revolution of values should change what constitutes success and express genuine connectedness that the well being of African Americans is interwoven with the well being of the nation.
It is imperative to have open discussions about racial inequalities. These open discussions can shed light on the habits that perpetuate racism and create a shift in cultural and political lives in America. Glaude says that first steps to undo our racial habits are by changing policies and addressing structural racism.
In his assertions Glaude includes how black leaders too have disappointed African Americans. In his chapter on President Obama and Black liberals, Glaude emphasizes how lack of effective leadership has led to increased racial inequality. He states that during Obama’s presidency, racial inequality got worse. He holds Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton equally responsible for the continued deterioration in Black Americans economic, political and social standing.
We simply need to align our practices with our stated principles and values. This view enables us to hold simultaneously that the principles of freedom and liberty are already a part of American life, while we experience, over and over again, habits and practices that suggest otherwise – Eddie Glaude
I chose to read this book to be more informed about the racial divide that exists and seems to be growing and festering. When we ignore something that is deeply rooted in our history and is blossoming in present times, we only make it worse. We don’t need to accept inequities as they are, and our democratic principles actually urge us to advocate for all. I would reccommend the book to anyone interested in gaining more insight into politcal and social aspect of the value gap. Eddie Glaude invites us to be bold and daring in creating a democracy that truly represents liberty and justice for everyone. I received this book from bloggingforbooks.com and my review is based on my opinion.
Awaken To Spring
And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.
—Percy Bysshe Shelley
After months of incessant rain, its a delight to see what is springing forth. I can’t help but marvel at how everything blooms just about the same time year after year.
Most people, at some point or another have had to revise their personal financial budget. Those who have lived on tight budgets, know how challenging it can be to have nutritious food, shelter, clothing, and healthcare.
Those who have never lived on a tight budget, can learn to have empathy. They can help to create an economy that supports others in their difficult times.
Presently, proposed budget cuts by our current administration look to eliminate funding for meals provided to old adults and young children. At all levels, be it moral, social or ethical, these actions are inherently misguided.
Reducing and eliminating the budget, of larger programs that support local agencies, impact the individuals affected, their community, the nation and the world. When it comes to eliminating access to nutritious meals, the consequences are dire. We cannot choose to ignore the vulnerable.
Compassionate choices support the wellbeing of others.