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Editors note: this document was sent to me by email; it doesn't seem to be a Catholic organization, but there is some really good stuff herein from fellow-travellers on the journey of justice and peace, including 8 actions that you can do to become a "peace ambassador" and the June edition of their internet newsletter which has a lot of inspirational and warm-fuzzy-type stuff. Enjoy and learn!
June 1998 Internet Express Newsletter from Community Peacemakers
Simple Step by Step Actions for Justice and Peace
* Community Peacemakers
* Direct Line: 510-530-1319 * Fax: 510-530-1527 *
* E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org *
WELCOME and GREETINGS of PEACE,
We are honored to announce, you too can be part of the OPERATION: Peace Ambassadors Campaign. All it takes is your willingness to accept this "free" ticket to use our "passport of choices". Well, why a "free" ticket and "passport"? Don't they both have a value attached to it? Sometimes. But, what would you say, if a letter of information was given "freely", with no strings attached and offered as a means to earn the "freedom to be you", then, what would your answer be--a definite YES? So, since we tend not to pass up something that is free, why not say, right now, I am going to use this "ticket" and its "passport of choices" to help myself and others.
Again, all it takes is your commitment to spend at least 15 minutes a day to focus, to think about and to work on something of real value. And in the end, you can, by your real life experiences, know that your efforts will pay off and make a huge difference. Now read on--
WE ENCOURAGE OUR BROTHERS and SISTERS, as well as, your Families, Friends,
Neighbors and Communities, from every corner of the world, to Join Together in this Campaign.
Once you follow some, and we hope, all of these choices, then your efforts will show up in
everything you think, say and do. This campaign is full of useful options that can provide
inspiration, guidance and support to help you in the search for the inner and then, the outer peace
of mind, body and spirit. They are offered in very simple and straight-forward action steps.
Directions are included. With your commitment and dedication to make changes in yourself and
the lives of others, you will see and sense the difference in how we can all live together in peace,
without violence and with equal justice among each other. Finally, when you have used up your
"free" ticket and completed the (8) choices, we ask you to Stand Up and be counted as a
"Personal" Ambassador at home and with your family and a "Community" Ambassador in your
neighborhood or community. Just follow these steps-
COMMUNITY PEACEMAKERS is committed to this Campaign. All we ask is that you
consider extending a hand in peace to those you do not agree with, acknowledge and disavow
violence and hatred around yourself, and honor and work with individuals and community
organizations that strive to balance cultural and racial divisions that are hurting the world thru
social injustice. Since we expect nothing in return, and even an acknowledgment that you are
using your "free" ticket, "passport of choices" or "steps", we ask, that when you have achieved
completion of this Campaign, please pass all of it along to someone else who may be too, also in
need! Yours in Peace from Oakland, USA
NOTE: Before you begin, take a few minutes, relax, clear your mind, and glance over the (8)
choices. There is no rush to complete. Take your time. Each choice has been included or written
to provide you with wondrous opportunities to learn, to grow and to achieve a true sense of inner
peace, while capping these adventures with a renewed friendship of the outer peace from which
you can offer to others. WE honor your answer of YES to use YOUR "FREE TICKET" and
"walk the talk" of the (8) "CHOICES". And for now, Welcome to the Experience--Trust
Yourself, for Peace is Possible!
Contents of this Letter is Copyrighted to Prevent Misuse; When Working for Peace,
Non-Violence and Social Justice, YOU are Encouraged to Reproduce All or Parts of This
Release or Campaign Materials by Using this Source--(c) Community Peacemakers 1997
Your first step here, the middle steps and even the last step will not be easy, nor can it be for anyone. Just take whatever step seems easiest for you, and as you take a few steps, it will be easier for you to take a few more.
NOW, to begin, We Encourage YOU to:
* WORK FOR PEACE * PRACTICE NON-VIOLENCE * SUPPORT SOCIAL JUSTICE *
* TEACH TOLERANCE * and * HONOR DIVERSITY *
while USING These SUGGESTED THOUGHTS @ Home, Work and School:
* Forget Perfectionism
* Share Responsibility
* Honor Differences
* Maintain Gentle Attitude
* Be Compassionate
* Manage Anger and Conflict with Kind Actions
* Speak with Honest Thoughts and Feelings
* Be Good Listener
* Talk with Respect
* Keep Elevator Doors Open for Next Person
* Try Not to Procrastinate
* Start Day with Most Difficult Task
* Avoid Personal Criticism
* Be a Team Player
* Listen Before Speaking
* Speak Clearly and Simply
* Trust People and Friendships
* Honor All Differences
* Control Anger and Frustration
* Spread Kindness Wherever You Go
* Replace Negative with Positive Thinking
* Stick with Reality and Avoid Judgments
* Forget Perfectionism
* Appreciate Successes
* Release Stress with Fresh Air
* Enjoy Quite Times
* Believe in What You Can Do
* Smile and Be Happy
* Avoid Being Perfect
* Be Good Friends
* Respect Feelings of Others
* Take Chances
* Learn from Mistakes
* Be Honest and Good Listener
* Respect Differences
* Say No When Things are Wrong
* Ask for Help When Sad and Fearful
* Do Good Everyday
* Think from the Heart
(c) 1997, Community Peacemakers, Oakland, California (510) 530-1319
*CHOICE 2* = COMMIT YOURSELF to Personal and Family Pledges of Non-Violence
We suggest these COMMITMENTS be Considered and Used as often as possible, and YES,
PERSONAL PLEDGE of Non-Violence
To lessen the violence and spread the peace, I pledge:
to communicate honestly and listen with care,
to respect one another and nature as well,
to forgive one another and make my amends,
to play without violence and act without fear,
to stop the violence whenever I can
FAMILY PLEDGE of Non-Violence
Making peace must start within ourselves and in our family. Each of us, members of the ___________ family, commit ourselves as best we can to become non-violent and peaceable people:
* To Respect Self and Others -- to respect myself, to affirm others and to avoid uncaring criticism, hateful words, physical attacks and self-destructive behavior
* To Communicate Better to share my feelings honestly, to look for safe ways to express my anger, and to work at solving problems peacefully
* To Listen carefully to one another, especially those who disagree with me, and to consider others' feelings and needs rather than insist on having my own way
* To Forgive -- to apologize and make amends when I have hurt another, to forgive others, and to keep from holding grudges
* To Respect Nature -- to treat the environment and all living things, including our pets, with respect and care
* To Play Creatively -- to select entertainment and toys that support our family's values and to avoid entertainment that makes violence look exciting, funny or acceptable
* To Be Courageous -- to challenge violence in all its forms whenever I encounter it, whether at home, at school, at work, or in the community, and to stand with others who are treated unfairly
This is our pledge. These are our goals. We will check ourselves on what we have pledged once
a month on ________ for the next twelve months so that we can help each other become more
Pledging family members sign below: (c) 1996, Institute of Peace and Justice, St. Louis,
Missouri (314) 533-4445
*CHOICE 3* = STRIVE TO LIVE Simply, w/out Stress & Social Conflict & Search for the Inner Peace
And now for the REAL TEST:
The simplification of life is one step to finding and maintaining inner peace. A persistent simplification will create an inner and outer well-being that places harmony in one's life.
To attain inner peace you must actually give your life, not just your possessions. When you, at last, give your life--bringing into alignment your beliefs and the way you live--then, and only then, can you begin to find inner peace.
(c) Peace Pilgrim, Her Life and Works in Her Own Words, Friends of Peace Pilgrim, Hemet,
PLUS, a Commentary on MEDITATION and SILENCE and How It Can Guide YOU to Living Simply:
Meditation and silence is a means of quieting the mind, so that we allow our mind to rest. By doing so, we become more aware, and can, in our calmness, view things as an impersonal observer and then, we become in charge of them.
As we see more clearly, we make more correct choices, because we choose to let the Spiritual Essence guide our actions. This Power, which is always there, becomes clearer for us to see as we learn how to stop blocking its flow (which we tend to do by keeping our minds busy with the misguided belief that constant thoughts, education, and review will eventually bring desired results). Getting thoughts out of our head requires us to be in the present moment, not yesterday or tomorrow, but today--right now!
By knowing the problems that we've experienced and by trying to remedy our mistakes, it becomes easier for us to recognize the struggle others have, thus making it easier for us to forgive them for their shortcomings, too. It is essential that we examine our own mistakes and be sorry for them, and then forgive ourselves, so we may stop feeling guilty (living in the past) and concentrate on living in today.
(c) Peace Pilgrim II, Blue Dolphin Publishing, Nevada City, California, (800) 643-0765
*CHOICE 4* = GIVE AWAY Simple Acts of Smiles, Hugs and Handshakes
For every time the word "HUGGING" is used, EXCHANGE IT for SMILES or HANDSHAKES --it's all the same! KEEP SMILING, because yours hugs and handshakes are worth an expression of love and peace.
A Dear Abby Response, 1988 (c): Hugging is healthy: It helps our body's immune system, it keeps you healthier, it cures depression, it reduces stress, it induces sleep, it's invigorating, it's rejuvenating, it has no unpleasant side effects, and hugging is nothing less than a miracle drug.
Hugging is all-natural: It is organic, naturally sweet, no pesticides, no preservatives, no artificial ingredients and 100% wholesome.
Hugging is practically perfect: There are no movable parts, no batteries to wear out, no periodic checkups, low energy consumption, high energy yield, inflation-proof, no monthly payments, no insurance requirements, theft-proof, non-taxable, non-polluting and, of course, fully returnable.
p.s. For hugging only, hug yourself today and the next and the next, then give some one else a big
hug, and so on and on
*CHOICE 5* = WRITE Letters & SEND E-Mails to News Editors, Government Officials, News Groups. It's TIME to GET INVOLVED, Privately or In Public (Part 1)
When anger, fear, resentment, or the lack of response to public issues starts to take hold of your
being out of inner peace, take these concerns and frustrations and turn them into action.
EXPRESS YOURSELF by writing letters to Newspaper Editors or a government official,
including the USA President, or send a comment to an Internet newsgroup or listserve. Names
and addresses are listed in the newspaper, are available in the white pages of a phone directory or
by doing a search engine review of newsgroup and listserve names and commands. Be sure that
your efforts are from the heart, simply stated, and correctly addressed. Formats for writing letters
are also available in libraries and on the "net".
*CHOICE 6* = ATTEND and TAKE a STAND in Community & Open Forum Discussion Groups. It's TIME to GET INVOLVED, Privately or In Public (Part 2)
Keep your eyes and ears open for opportunities to attend and participate in neighborhood and community forums on any issue that is either taking control of your life, the geographical area where you live or ones that can make a difference, including children, safety and cultural and racial harmony.
Before attending an event or discussion, check out the "scene", what is the topic and how will it be covered, will there be an opportunity for your input, it is conducted by responsible community leaders or trained facilitators, and what will happen after the meeting.
When you are ready to commit yourself to making a change because you attended a
neighborhood or community meeting, volunteer your time and efforts with its leaders, either
those you support in the audience or with its facilitators. NOW, STAND UP, GET INVOLVED
and BE ACTIVE!
*CHOICE 7* = PARTICIPATE in Community Walkabouts for Peace, Non-Violence & Social Justice. It's TIME to GET INVOLVED, Privately or In Public (Part 3)
Again, be aware of what's happening around you. If a community forum and open discussion
suggests a public stand by attending, or even organizing a unified walk around the neighborhood
or community, then get involved. Whatever you do, be sure that it has clear support of others on
your side, community officials and leaders and the police department. Your action can make a
difference, however, safety and public awareness, is also the key to a successful walk.
*CHOICE 8* = VOLUNTEER with Community Groups, Organizations that Support Children & Families. It's TIME to GET INVOLVED, Privately or In Public (Part 4)
A multitude of volunteer opportunities are open in all communities. Check out your local phone directory or volunteer centers. Your contribution of time, energy and experience will be appreciated as it can go a long ways to help others!
We RECOMMEND these Annual and Ongoing Programs and Events:
Make a Difference in One Day--Co-Sponsored by USA Weekend and Points of Light Foundation, (800) 416-3824
Make a Difference is a choice to spend an hour--or a day--changing your corner of the world thru volunteerism and social action. Ideas of what you can do to help and where to call are available. You, too, in just one day, can inspire a child, feed the hungry, comfort the sick, wipe out graffiti, clothe the poor, clean a park, and unite a community and your world.
Stand for Children--Sponsored by Children's Defense Fund, (202) 234-0095
Stand for Children mission is to strengthen the growing movement to leave no child behind by
expanding the grassroots base of supporters of children and by encouraging, inspiring, and
coordinating sustained local action for children by the use of CATS Program (Children's Action
YWCA Week Without Violence-International Campaign--Sponsored by Your Local YWCA
YWCA Campaign focus is to achieve a more, honest and inclusive dialogue that acknowledges everyone's responsibility to act against violence, heighten awareness of practical and sustainable alternatives; and generate increased political and financial support in our homes, schools, places of work and neighborhoods.
Campaign programs and events have included days designated to a Day of Remembrance--
Memorials to those Affected by Violence; Protecting Our Children; Making Our Schools Safer;
Confronting Violence Against Women; Facing Violence Among Men; Eliminating Racism and
Hate Crimes; and Replacing Violence with Sports, Recreation and Fun.
Also CONTACT COMMUNITY PEACEMAKERS for more information about our current
* Peace Power Jamborees for Kids, Teens and Youth
* Peace Ambassadors University for Community Non-Violence
* Peace Ambassadors Friendship Clubs for Kids and Adults
* Peace Ambassadors Internet Express for General Reading and Classroom Partners
General Description of our "Internet Express" on the Net (World Wide Web):
The Internet Express is a monthly e-mail where we can work together, for peace in everything we know, say and do. The efforts of this publication, with co-sponsorship of Community Peacemakers and its world-wide subscribers, are to spread the words of peace and its common threads of brother- and sisterhood in ways we can manage and understand according to our sense of heart. Each monthly posting, in digest format, includes uplifting and heart-warming articles, ideas and common solutions for everyday living. Each edition also lists thoughts and action steps on how to extend a hand in peace to those we do not agree with, how to acknowledge and disavow violence and hatred, and how to honor and work with individuals and community organizations that strive to balance cultural and racial divisions thru social justice.
For More Information or to Subscribe to the "Internet Express":
Send an e-mail to email@example.com for an Introductory Copy of our General Reading or Classroom Partners Editions and include "subscribe" in the body of the message to start your monthly mailings (without obligation).
Community Peacemakers of Oakland, California, USA is a grass-roots, community based non-profit that has been organized to partner with schools, spiritual organizations and civic groups in the pursuit and nurturing of our common dreams of a world of peace, without violence and with equal and social justice.
Our vision quest is to offer communities, neighborhoods and families the tools, skills and resources to make a real difference in how we see, deal and work with the issues, causes and solutions surrounding Social Conflict by the way of Education, Activism and Rebuilding Community.
By using our skills and talents of organization, administration and event facilitation, we sponsor, as well as, custom-tailor events and programs using the frameworks described in this publication.
For more information about this campaign, your "free" ticket or how our tailor-make programs can be used by your group or organization, please contact our office at 510-530-1319 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contents of this Letter is Copyrighted to Prevent Misuse; When Working for Peace,
Non-Violence and Social Justice, YOU are Encouraged to Reproduce All or Parts of This
Release or Campaign Materials by Using this Source--(c) Community Peacemakers 1997
JUNE 1998 INTERNET EXPRESS
(c) by Community Peacemakers of Oakland,
California, USA and OPERATION: Peace Ambassadors (a Campaign on the Net Where We Can Work Peace in Everything We Know, Say and Do)
The efforts of this Internet Express, with co-sponsorship of Community Peacemakers and its world-wide subscribers, are to spread the words of peace and its common threads of brother- and sisterhood in ways we can acknowledge and act upon according to our sense of mind, body and spirit. Each monthly posting, in digest format, will include uplifting and heart-warming articles, ideas and common solutions for everyday living. Each edition will also list thoughts and action steps on how to extend a hand in peace to those we do not agree with, how to acknowledge and disavow violence and hatred, and how to honor or work with individuals and community organizations that strive to balance cultural and racial divisions thru social justice.
We also encourage you to share the contents of each edition with friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, spiritual centers, community organizations and anywhere "peace is possible". Just "cut and paste", freely copy, forward and even print. What comes around goes around and we also look forward to your contributions and suggestions for use in future mailings.
Please also note that the contents of each edition are drawn from world-wide resources, are correctly referenced and can be used for multiple purposes, such as in community and social conversations, in personal and public writings and for personal "warm fuzzies" that nuture the heart. Some are heavy in thought and may require a short and quiet reflection, while others can give the reader and even the listener, good feelings for their day's journeys.
For more information about our program's organizer, Community Peacemakers, please send us an
e-mail and visit our web sitehttp://emf.net/~swaaden/peacemaker/
Items from the Heart in this Edition:
*1* DEALING WITH PEOPLE YOU CAN'T STAND by Dr. Rick Brinkman and Dr. Rick Kirschner, "Changing the Way You Talk to Yourself", McGraw-Hill, San Francisco, 1994, Pages 197-98
*2* HANDLING STRESS EFFECTIVELY, Health Issues with America On-Line, November 5, 1995
*3* SUMMERTIME RANDON ACTS OF KINDNESS, Randon Acts of Kindness, San Francisco, 1997
*4* ATTITUDES by Chuck Swindol as FORWARDED by Ben Rude, Found on a Bulletin Board at Hyman's Seafood and Deli in Charleston, North Carolina, Off the Internet, 1998
*5* THINGS WORTH REMEMBERING ABOUT WORK from FEELINGS--A People Relations Program, by John Tschohl, 1980
*6* PATHS TO PEACE, Edited by John Matthews, "The Power of Love", by Beatrice of Nazareth, Page 200, Charles Tuttle Company, 1992
*7* TEEN SELF-DISCOVERY by Doc Lew Childre, "The Ultimate Dream" written by a friend, Planetary Publications, Page 48, 1992
*8* SIMPLE THOUGHTS FORWARDED BY FRIENDS OF SHREE MA, Off the Internet, 1998
*1* DEALING WITH PEOPLE YOU CAN'T STAND by Dr. Rick Brinkman and Dr. Rick Kirschner, "Changing the Way You Talk to Yourself", 1994
Have you every stopped to listen to the way you talk to yourself with that voice inside your head? Ever said to your yourself, "What a jerk! I can't believe this is happening to me!" or "I don't get paid for this kind of abuse!" How do those thoughts affect your attitude and your behavior? Do those thoughts help or hinder you?
Just as what you think has an effect on what you say, so does what you say to yourself influence what you think. When you change the way you talk to yourself about a problem, you change the way you think about it at the same time. We recommend that you take charge over the thing you say to yourself. Become conscious of the things you tell yourself and substitute positive, supportive thoughts for negative ones. As you listen to your internal dialogue, make sure that your language helps you to get where you want to go.
You must learn to speak purposefully to yourself to change your attitude for the better. You can develop a few quick-draw mental comments that help you to keep your sense of humor perspective around difficulties. For example, here are some great things to say to yourself:
1. I go for what I want, and I want what I get
2. Somewhere in this experience is an opportunity
3. Any experience I can learn from is a good one
4. I can be flexible
5. I know that anything is possible
6. Oh well,
7. All things must pass
8. This used to bother me
*2* HANDLING STRESS EFFECTIVELY, Health Issues with America On-Line, November 5,
Everyone needs stress in their lives. Did you realize that? Stress is a necessary component of our lives on a daily basis. Without stress, life would be boring, unexciting and quite dull. However, on the other end of the spectrum, with too much stress, your health can be seriously affected--both physically and mentally. One of the major challenges that everyone faces in this world in which we live is how to make stress work for you instead of against you.
To use stress in a positive way and prevent it from becoming distress, you should be aware of your own reactions to stressful events. The body responds to stress by going through three stages: (1) alarm, (2) resistance and (3) exhaustion.
When stress does occur, it is important to recognize and deal with it. Here are some suggestions for ways to handle stress. As you begin to understand more about how stress affects you as an individual, you will come up with your own ideas of helping to ease the tensions.
1. Try physical activity when you are nervous, angry or upset
2. Share you stress without someone you can talk to
3. Know your limits and if a problem is beyond your control and can't be changed at the moment, don't fight the situation--learn to accept what it is until you can change it
4. Take care of yourself--you are special and get enough rest and eat well
5. Make time for fun
6. Be a participant as one way to keep from getting bored, sad and lonely--get involved
7. Check off your talks without trying to care of everything at once
8. Must you always be right?
9. Create a quiet scene or space, just for yourself
Finally, the best strategy for avoiding stress is to learn how to relax. Unfortunately, many people
try to relax at the same pace that they lead the rest of their lives. For a while, tune out your
worries about time, productivity, and "doing right". You will find satisfaction in just being,
without striving. Find activities that give you pleasure and that are good for your mental and
physical well-being. Forget about always winning. Focus on relaxation, enjoyment and health.
Be good to yourself!
*3* SUMMERTIME RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS, Random Acts of Kindness, 1996
Setting aside the actual "National Random Acts of Kindness Week" that happens in February, less we not forget that kindness can be given on any day and at any time. Provided below are suggested ideas for children and family participation:
1. Donate time at a soup kitchen or day-care center
2. Visit hospitals and nursing homes with smiles, treats and friendly conversations for patients
3. Help people load their groceries into their cars at local supermarkets
4. Give free car washes
5. Clean graffiti off neighborhood walls and buildings
6. Bring home-cooked meals, blankets and socks to the homeless
7. Drop off cookies at the police or fire department station house or at a Senior Center
8. Have a tree planting party
9. Pick up trash at a local park
10. Offer to mow an elderly neighbor's lawn, weed their garden or wash their windows
*4* ATTITUDES by Chuck Swindol as FORWARDED by Ben Rude, Off the Internet, 1998
The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.
Attitude, to me, is more important than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do.
It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill.
It will make or break a company, a church, a home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day.
We cannot change our past; we cannot change the fact that people act in a certain way.
We cannot change the inevitable.
The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.
I am convinced that life is ten percent what happens to me and ninety percent how I react to it.
And so it is with you.
We are in charge of our ATTITUDES.
*5* THINGS WORTH REMEMBERING ABOUT WORK from FEELINGS, by John Tschohl, 1980
1. Each of us, every single day, needs the help and support of other people as we go about life's diverse activities.
2. The opportunities we have for interaction with others are anything by humdrum or routine. Dealing with customers is always a special occasion.
3. Our feelings are easily telegraphed to others--just as we quickly pick up the attitudes and feelings other people signal to us. We can't hide how we feel.
4. It is essential that if we are to deal successfully with other people, we first must deal successfully with ourselves.
5. People are not objects ore inconveniences to be pushed aside. People are real persons and need to be treated that way.
6. The most successful people have perfected the skills of doing things to the best of their ability. They meet their own high standards. They have the right to take pride in their work.
7. If we can achieve that sense of "goodness" about ourselves--and take time to reward ourselves for it--we'll increase our value, worth and effectiveness with other people.
8. To achieve success at something our commitment must be complete.
9. We owe it to ourselves to choose a job we can commit ourselves to doing--and then do it as well as we possibly can.
10. Working should be a challenge to our powers of invention, creativity, originality and skill. If
we embrace our work, that choice will make us do our work better.
*6* PATHS TO PEACE, "The Power of Love", by Beatrice of Nazareth, 1992
"Sometimes it happens that love is sweetly awaken in the soul and joyfully arises and moves in the heart of itself without us doing anything at all. And then the heart is so powerfully touched by love, so keenly drawn into love and so strongly seized by love, and so utterly mastered by love and so tenderly embraced by love that is entirely yields itself to love.
And in this it experiences a great proximity to the divine, a spiritual radiance, a marvelous bliss, a noble freedom, an ecstatic sweetness, a great overpowering by the strength of love, and an overflowing abundance of immense delight.
And then she feels that all her senses are sanctified by love and her will has become love, and that she is so deeply immersed and so engulfed in the abyss of love that she herself has stunned entirely into love.
Then the beauty of love has bedecked her, has submerged her, the grandeur of love has consumed
her, the nobility of love has enveloped her, the purity of love has adorned her, and the sublimity
of love has drawn her upwards and so united herself with her that she always must be love and do
thing by the deeds of love."
*7* TEEN SELF-DISCOVERY, "The Ultimate Dream" written by a friend, 1992
is the ultimate dream.
It makes life full
of the ultimate dream.
It is your deepest heart's true gift,
if you care for others
and you make that shift--
from the analyzing,
to the deepest core heart
that you feel instead.
The real payoff--
life's true essence--
when you really get smart
will give you streetsense.
Your heart's right there
to give you what you need.
Just listen real deeply
and you'll get the seed.
So the fun in life
is up to you now.
Be your own buddy--
your dream-come-true, wow!
The ultimate you
is just waiting to be.
Keep your heart open--
self-esteem is the key.
And that is to be.
*8* SIMPLE THOUGHTS FORWARDED BY FRIENDS OF SHREE MA, Off the Internet,
Be true. Say what you mean and do what you say. If you are true you will be without fault. If your conscience is clear, your heart will be silent. That is peace, no matter what the result.
Be simple. Many words are a burden to the soul. The real message of your heart will be communicated by your actions. The words will only explain the actions.
Be free. Leave your selfishness behind. The people whose opinions are valued will love us for what we are, not for what we have. The respect which can be bought is as useless as a tree which bears neither flowers nor fruits. When the leaves will fall and the trunk wither, none will come again.
Cultivate wisdom. Learn from everyone, everywhere. Then use that knowledge which will bring you into harmony with the universe.
Develop discrimination. Pursue only those desires which will make you free. Leave the ones which will get you into trouble. Know the difference and remind yourself daily.
Remember that the Divine you seek resides in every atom. You can offer respect to every atom, even while you maintain your own self inside. That you are a seeker is not something that you need to show outside. It will manifest in your behavior; without your having to try. If we are gentle, loving, kind and honest in our dealings. Similarly, if one is full of fears and trying to hide ones inner emotions such a person is not full of spirit. That is only ego.
Let all our actions manifest our love. Work is visible love, the expression of love that we can see. People want realization, liberation, to become enlightened. Do not think it is something different from doing for others as you would have them do for you. A spirit life is very simple. "I am everywhere," says the sage. "I exist in every form of creation. If I hurt any form, I hurt myself. If I raise any form to a higher level, I myself find progress." It is easy.
FOR COPIES of Past Editions, please e-mail us with your requests.
Our current library includes the following with representative examples of the last (3) editions;
also note that a complete listing of every article, suggestion or quote that has been included in
each monthly edition, since May of 1997, is available by e-mail.
*HOW TO STAY WELL by Dr. Bernie S. Siegel, "Peace, Love & Healing", Powerline
*COURAGE from Lloyd Rubin in Panama, Author Unknown
*MAKING A DIFFERENCE from Lloyd Rubin in Panama, Author Unknown
*WHAT IS COMPASSION?, Off the Internet--Openness Mind, Tarthang Tulku,
Dharma Publishing, 1978
*64 WAYS and 64 DAYS for Families--Suggestions for Respecting Nature (FAVAN)
*FORGIVENESS by Powerline, 1991
*FORMULA FOR MAKING ANY DAY GOOD by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, Fawcett Crest
*LISTEN! FOR THE VOICE OF LOVE, Off the Internet, by In Loving Service,
*PROMISE YOURSELF, Off the Internet, by Unknown
*HAVE YOU HUGGED A FRIEND TODAY?, Off the Internet, by Alan Hirsch
*WHERE DO YOU LIVE?, Off the Internet, by Bill Menza, July 1997
*DO IT, NETWORK!, Off the Internet, by Robert Muller, Ph.D., Assistant
Secretary General, UN
*OM PEACE, Off the Internet, by Unknown
*UNCONDITIONAL LOVE, Off the Internet, by Sandy Stevenson, England
*YESTERDAY, Off the Internet, by Unknown
*MARCHING ON THE CHILDREN'S CRUSADE, Off the Internet, by C. Clark Kissinger
*ANGER, Off the Internet, by Bill Menza, 1997
*SEVEN TRAITS SUPERACHIEVERS SHARE from the Ben Franklin Super Print
*BEGIN AGAIN, Off the Internet, by Collin McCarty
*CREATION BEGINS WITH IMITATION, INITIATION and IMAGINATION--GOAL SETTING
TIPS by Powerline, 1991
*THE MEANING OF PEACE, Off the Internet and Forwarded by Tween
*PEACE PILGRIM'S WISDOM, A Very Simple Guide, Complied by Cheryl Canfield, Chapter Eight, "Bringing Your Life into Harmony", Blue Dove Press, 1996
*ALL ABOUT NERDS from the Secret of Charisma by Doe Lang, New York, Healing Unlimited, Page 358, 1997
*A STORY TO LIVE BY, Circulated on the Internet, by Ann Wells (Los Angeles Times)
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