everything has a purpose

… Everything on the earth has a purpose, every disease an herb to cure it, and every person a mission. This is the Indian theory of existence. —Christal Quintasket
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” If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other” – Mother Teresa
 
 

Real men

 

The Dream….

THE DREAM OF CONSTANT OKAYNESS

It’s not impermanence per se, or even knowing we’re going to die, that is the cause of our suffering, the Buddha taught. Rather, it’s our resistance to the fundamental uncertainty of our situation. Our discomfort arises from all of our efforts to put ground under our feet, to realize our dream of constant okayness. When we resist change, it’s called suffering. But when we can completely let go and not struggle against it, when we can embrace the groundlessness of our situation and relax into its dynamic quality, that’s called enlightenment, or awakening to our true nature, to our fundamental goodness. Another word for that is freedom—freedom from struggling against the fundamental ambiguity of being human.
(From Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change)
And thanks to our friends at Shambhala Pubs for the always insightful Heart Advice of the Week!)

One Rescue At A Time

Introducing our “RESCUE” tee with DOUBLE the donations sent to your local animal rescues, shelters, and sanctuaries.
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One simple tee can feed one local rescue animal for one month! Show your love for rescue with this limited (one week only) tee and save animals today! http://www.hendrickboards.com/shop/square-it

Introducing our "RESCUE" tee with DOUBLE the donations sent to your local animal rescues, shelters, and sanctuaries. 
http://www.hendrickboards.com/shop/square-it

One simple tee can feed one local rescue animal for one month! Show your love for rescue with this limited (one week only) tee and save animals today! http://www.hendrickboards.com/shop/square-it

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One Rescue At A Time

For a while, I’ve been preaching the importance of networking shelter dogs. The more we share, the greater the chances of a shelter dog being saved.

In theory, you probably think, that makes sense. But maybe you need to see real proof to really believe it. Nico is all the proof you need.

The incredibly sad photo above is Nico, a 6 year old deaf Dogo Argentino who was in a Los Angeles animal shelter in the summer of 2009. The photo paints such a heartbreaking picture of a dog’s life on the inside. Nico was broken. Defeated. Done. He had given up and lost all hope, as so many shelter animals do.

It’s a hard photo to look at, isn’t it? But this photograph changed Nico’s life.

When the photograph hit the internet, it broke the heart of everyone…

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Let Your Light Shine

 

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.

It is not just in some of us, it is in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

– Marianne Williamson (Nelson Mandela’s 1994 Inaugural Speech)

 

one of my favorite poems

SWEET DARKNESS

When you eyes are tired
the world is tired also.

When your vision has gone
no part of the world can find you.

Time to go into the dark
where the night has eyes
to recognize its own.

There you can be sure
you are not beyond love.

The dark will be your womb
tonight.

The night will give you a horizon
further than you can see.

You must learn one thing.
The world was made to be free in.

Give up all the other worlds
except the one to which you belong.

Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet
confinement of your aloneness
to learn

anything or anyone
that does not bring you alive

is too small for you.

– DAVID WHYTE –

“I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.” — Mother Teresa

Elie Wiesel

“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation.” — Elie Wiesel