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Love the music…love the man

 

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Register today to win free tickets and VIP passes for you and a friend to an upcoming Michael Franti & Spearhead Do It For The Love! Tour show of your choice. Just click the link, like, comment or share to win! Two winners will be announced Wednesday, September 12th.

http://bit.ly/DFLticketgiveaway

 Register today to win free tickets and VIP passes for you and a friend to an upcoming Michael Franti & Spearhead Do It For The Love! Tour show of your choice. Just click the link, like, comment or share to win! Two winners will be announced Wednesday, September 12th. 

http://bit.ly/DFLticketgiveaway

A Meditation on Gratitude and Joy

 

With gratitude I remember the many blessings in my life: the people, animals, plants, and insects — creatures of the sky and sea, air and water, fire and earth;

 

With gratitude I remember the Earth that holds and sustains all life;

 

With gratitude I remember the care and labor of the generations of elders and ancestors who came before me;

 

With gratitude I remember the teachings and lessons I have been given and that I have experienced in my life;

 

With gratitude I hold in my heart my family and friends, my local and global community;

 

With gratitude I accept my measure of health and well-being and the strength I experience of mind and body;

 

With gratitude I accept the gifts I have to give — my presence, my knowledge and wisdom, my talents and resources;

 

With gratitude I am thankful for the life I have been given.

 

*Adapted from Jack Kornfield’s Meditation on Gratitude and Joy in The Awakened Heart, pps. 399-400. Bantam Dell, May 2008.

Do it for the love!

If Michael Franti & Spearhead are anywhere near your town…GO!!!! I’ve been fortunate to see them live a few times and it is always a fun, energetic, loving, inspiring evening. If you like to dance until it hurts then go to a show and go even if you don’t.-Jen
Photo: Do it for the love!

we can become great

A Happy Ending

Sammy…. Bait dog rescued healed by LOVE

by David Hendrickson

This story is a little different then the normal tributes we do for animals. This is one story that ends with a happy ending. This is the story about how a abused, tortured, destroyed bait dog changed my life….His name is Sammy.For those of you who dont know Sammy was a dog I found a few months ago. He was used as a bait dog in Pomona CA. Bait dogs are animals used literally as “bait” for dog fighting rings. They are continually attacked, broken, and tortured every day. When I rescued him off the streets he was completely destroyed. Cover from head to tail in cuts, gaping wounds, bite marks all over and his nose had been broken over and over. His nose was so badly broken it will never look “normal” again. Even that night when I rescued him, through his pain, he still was the sweetest guy ever. He had been like this for quit a while and his wounds were covered in dirt and puss. I took him right into my bathroom and picked him up in my arms and gently cleaned his injuries. I cried because I just could not understand how anyone could do this to animals. Even tho he was clearly in a lot of pain and with blood washing down the shower drain…. he sat there and licked my tears away. He is a true hero. 

That night I held him like a baby. A 60 pound destroyed bait dog pit bull laid in my arms like a newborn and I cuddled him the whole night. He slept so well… as if it was the first time in a very long time he was able to sleep un-afraid and finally loved. Well now a few months later I received an email from his new family the Blaylocks showing me his home and his happy smiles! I am still crying with tears of joy as I write this because seeing Sammy finally with the love he deserves means everything to us at Hendrick Boards. He taught us all just how strong animals are and is yet another reminder of why we fight every single day to save animals just like him. Tonight I will sleep happy holding my rescue dog William knowing our buddy Sammy is loved. I love you Sammy and we will fight every day to save animals just like you. Just shows the power of LOVE!Much Love,
David Hendrickson 

 

Sammy- After

David Hendrickson | August 2, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Categories: Uncategorized | URL:http://wp.me/p2wCJp-95

Survival of the Kindest: The Key to Our Future

Written by Tim Ryan | Print | Email

Survival of the Kindest: The Key to Our Future

Darwin suggested that togetherness and cooperation, like the kind we saw initially on 9/11, is positively adaptive for human beings. So says the evolutionary psychologist Dacher Keltner — a professor at the University of California at Berkeley who studied under the leading researcher on human emotion in our time, Paul Ekman — in his book Born to Be GoodThe Science of a Meaningful Life… “Survival of the kindest” is as important a principle as “survival of the fittest.”

I visited with Keltner and his team from the Greater Good Science Center that he directs at Berkeley. Over dinner he talked about how we have built-in mechanisms that might prioritize the gains of others over those of the self, and transform others’ gains into one’s own. Keltner tells us in his book that this cost-benefit reversal turns our inner compass in the direction of cooperation, of benefiting the other as well as the self. It forgives. It’s willing to cooperate at the first sign of cooperative action on the part of the other, even after long runs of mean-spiritedness.

Which Emotions Promote a Meaningful Life?

The emotions that promote a meaningful life, according to Keltner, are organized to take an interest in the welfare of others, not merely to look for negative information. One of these is compassion, which makes us feel we are connected to other people. We care about what they care about. They need us and we’re willing to be needed by them. Another such emotion is awe, which “shifts the very contents of our self-definition away from the emphasis on personal desire and preferences and toward that which connects us to others.”

Neurochemicals, like oxytocin, and regions of the nervous system related to these emotions promote trust and long-term devotion. “We have been designed,” Keltner says, “to care about things other than the gratification of desire and the maximization of self-interest.”

Finding Contentment by Cultivating Compassion and Altruism

Survival of the Kindest: The Key to Our FutureAt Stanford University, the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), under the direction of the neurosurgeon Dr. James Doty, is doing studies and conducting courses that show that compassion and altruism can be cultivated through disciplines and practices that extend our mindfulness by asking us to place our increased attention on the needs of others. Paradoxically, that brings about greater contentment and well-being in ourselves.

It turns out that caring for and about others makes us happier. How about that? Maybe that’s why my grandparents were so happy.

Research Discovers What Makes Us Truly Happy

We’ve been led to believe that getting more and greater stuff and territory will make us truly happy. What we are learning from the scientific research on mindfulness and well-being affirms the age-old wisdom that true happiness lies in the strength we have within, not what we collect and acquire.

As Jesus said, in the famous biblical passage, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” We have to become kinder, for the sake of our own survival.

©2012 by Tim Ryan. All Rights Reserved,
Reprinted with permission of the publisher,
Hay House Inc. www.hayhouse.com

Sally Ride

Sally Ride fought for years to help stop this:http://upwr.me/M74exA

The pioneer astronaut passed away yesterday after a long bout with pancreatic cancer. Along with 4 degrees from Stanford, she was the first American woman astronaut in space, a tennis pro, had two elementary schools named after her and spent her later years with her partner, advocating for girls to remain interested in science.

She was smarter than basically everyone. And a staunch advocate for women in science. And a rocket full of awesome.

Sally Ride fought for years to help stop this: http://upwr.me/M74exA

The pioneer astronaut passed away yesterday after a long bout with pancreatic cancer. Along with 4 degrees from Stanford, she was the first American woman astronaut in space, a tennis pro, had two elementary schools named after her and spent her later years with her partner, advocating for girls to remain interested in science. 

She was smarter than basically everyone. And a staunch advocate for women in science. And a rocket full of awesome.

truly comfortable

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Thank you to

letsspreadcompassion  
letsspreadcompassion.wordpress.com

for nominating me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Very kind. Creating this blog has given me more than I could have imagined. It was something I felt compelled to do. It is fueling my creativity, opening my world so I can connect with people who share my passions.  IT has been a blessing and inspiration to find bloggers such as Lets Spread Compassion.wordpress.com

In accepting this award:

1.Thank the person who nominated you.

2. Share 7 things about yourself.

3. Pass the award to 7 nominees.

7 things about myself…

1) I love to travel, read about travel ,watch movies about travel. When I was 18 I did a solo backpacking trip in Europe. After I earned my Bachelor’s Degree I traveled to Nepal and India for 3 months,studying Buddhism at a monastery outside Kathmandu for several weeks.  three years I ago I drove cross country and back after ending a seven year relationship that was very unhealthy. I took the trip to get back to myself..I had lost myself in someone else’s needs and problems.

2) I have 3 nephews that I love dearly and would do anything for.

3)I love animals, especially dogs and especially my rescue pup Gracie.

4) I love, love music. It is a passion. It inspires me, comforts me and moves me. I enjoy all types…lately I am listening to Michael Franti, Xavier Rudd & Brandi Carlile along with a host of others.

5) I love the outdoors and doing just about anything outdoors…hiking, biking, kayaking, backpacking, skiing, snowshoeing, skating

6) I love to learn and try new things. I love adventure. I love meeting new people.

7)I have struggled most of my life with depression and anxiety. It has taken a lot from me. The past year I feel as though it is the first time in my life that I am controlling the anxiety and depression rather than the other way around. I am relearning what love is or maybe it’s rediscovering what love is…maybe we are born knowing deep within the heart and depending on the environment we grow up in love will grow or diminish and hide until it is safe to nurture and expand once again

7 nominations- I find it difficult to just pick 7 but here goes

http://powersistahs.wordpress.com

thestillspot.wordpress.com

http://colourtheday.wordpress.comColour The Day


freedomfrompornculture.wordpress.com

opt4.wordpress.com /  opt4:

cast-light.wordpress.com cast-light.com

makeacrane.wordpress.com
lijiun.wordpress.com
livegrownourishcreate.wordpress.com

Alovinggoodbye.org

 A Loving Goodbye

http://hickersonia.wordpress.com/

hickersonia.wordpress.com