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Kindness Daily: Thank You For Your Thank You

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Thank You For Your Thank You May 31, 2012 – Posted by pluto178
This morning I received a beautiful hand-made card in the post. The envelope was marked "Thank you!" and I didn’t open it immediately whilst I tried to work out who it had come from. Who could be saying thanks to me?

Happily I had a few choices. When I opened it I discovered it was from a lady I had sent a free gift to on eBay.

She was completely overwhelmed by this random act of kindness from a stranger and has since joined the HelpOthers family.

She had made the card especially for me with pink butterflies on the front. It was lovely! The thing that surprised me the most was that she actually used the words "I love you" to me. How wonderful to be such a positive spirit as to love so freely . Most of us are very cautious when using those three words.

I hope she enjoys the stories she finds on HelpOthers and I am sure she will be finding new ways to spread love and kindness too.

Thank you for sending me your love, which I know will lift my whole day!

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Meditating with Dinosaurs … Really?

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Meditating with Dinosaurs ... Really?

All of the troubles of life come upon us because we refuse to sit quietly for a while each day in our rooms.

– Blaise Pascal –

Meditating with Dinosaurs … Really?

“When I first encountered Pascal’s words, I felt like they were telling me, in a poetic way, to sit down and shut up, and that just felt, well… sort of rude. It also felt a bit insulting, in suggesting that for myself or for others, we bring a chunk of our suffering onto ourselves because we’re too cowardly to sit quietly and face our thoughts and our feelings. Over time, however, the quote grew on me. I began to see its truth based on my own experience and from many years of listening to clients describe the pain that comes from not feeling connected to themselves. Finding time to sit quietly in a room is no easy task for any of us. I know for myself, even before having kids, it was hard to find time for such non-activity.” This thoughtful article describes the insights one woman discovered about stillness amidst a circle of her children’s toy dinosaurs. { read more }

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Kindness Daily: Groceries Bought And Left Behind

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Groceries Bought And Left Behind May 30, 2012 – Posted by PiTeacher
The other day I was in the grocery store. I was hurrying to get a few things I needed in between soccer games.

In the line behind me was the sweetest lady who was quietly searching through her wallet to find the money she needed to purchase the seven or eight items she had in her cart. I imagined she probably lived on a limited income and might benefit, even just a little, from having her groceries paid for her.

I turned to the cashier and said, "Go ahead. Run her items through. I’d like to pay for her groceries."

My children, aged twelve, seven and three, quietly watched what was going on.

"I can’t let you do that," the lady said.

"But I just did," I replied. "Have a great day!" And then, smiling, I walked with my children out the doors.

As I walked away, I heard her ask the cashier, "Did he just pay for my groceries?"

"Yep. He just did."

The act of paying for the groceries wasn’t the best part.

The best part was answering all the questions from my children after my three year old said, "Daddy, why did you buy her groceries and then leave ’em there?"

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WHAT ARE WE PRACTICING?

The painful thing is that when we buy into disapproval, we are practicing disapproval. When we buy into harshness, we are practicing harshness. The more we do it, the stronger these qualities become. How sad it is that we become so expert at causing harm to ourselves and others. The trick then is to practice gentleness and letting go. We can learn to meet whatever arises with curiosity and not make it such a big deal.

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Meet The New Boss: You

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Meet The New Boss: You

Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.

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Meet The New Boss: You

“What do coffee growers in Ethiopia, hardware store owners in America, and Basque entrepreneurs have in common? For one thing, many of them belong to cooperatives. By pooling their money and resources, and voting democratically on how those resources will be used, they can compete in business and reinvest the benefits in their communities. The United Nations has named 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives, and indeed, co-ops seem poised to become a dominant business model around the world. Today, nearly one billion people worldwide are cooperative member-owners. That’s one in five adults over 15 — and it could soon be you.” { read more }

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The Body’s Grace: A Paralyzed Yoga Teacher’s Insights

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The Body's Grace: A Paralyzed Yoga Teacher's Insights

Connecting the mind and body is not just a health strategy. It is a movement of consciousness that can change the world.

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The Body’s Grace: A Paralyzed Yoga Teacher’s Insights

“Matthew Sanford says he’s never seen anyone live more deeply in their body — in all its grace and all its flaws — without becoming more compassionate toward all of life. He’s a renowned teacher of yoga. And he’s been paralyzed from the chest down since a car accident in 1978, when he was 13. He teaches yoga to the able-bodied. He also adapts yoga for people with ailments and disabilities, including military veterans. But Matthew Sanford has wisdom for us all on the strength and grace of our bodies, as we move through the ordinary span of our lives.” { read more }

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InnerNet Weekly: For an Addict

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For an Addict
by John O’Donohue

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On its way through the innocent night

the moth is ambushed by the light,

becomes glued to a window

where a candle burns

its whole self, its dreams of flight

and all desire

trapped in one glazed gaze.

Now nothing else can satisfy

but the deadly beauty of the flame.

When you lose the feel

for all other belonging

and what is truly near

becomes distant and ghostly,

you are visited and claimed

by a simplicity

sinister in its singularity.

No longer yourself,

your mind will be owned

and steered from elsewhere now.

You will sacrifice anything

to dance once more

to the haunted music

with your fatal beloved

who owns the eyes to your heart.

These words of blessings cannot reach,

even as echos, to the shore of where you are.

Yet, may they walk without you

to soften some slight line,

through to the white cave

where your soul is captive.

May some glimmer of outside light

reach your eyes

to help you recognize how you have fallen

for a vampire.

May you crash hard and soon

onto real ground again

where this fundamentalist shell

might start to crack

for you to hear again

your own echo.

That your lost lonesome heart

might learn to cry out

for the true intimacy of love

that waits to take you home

to where you are known and seen

and where your life is treasured

beyond every frontier

of despair you have crossed.

~~ John O’Donohue

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Year of Dancing with Life – Week 34

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Carl Sagan on Balancing Skepticism & Openness

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Carl Sagan on Balancing Skepticism & Openness

What we need is not the will to believe but the will to find out.

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Carl Sagan on Balancing Skepticism & Openness

“Seven years ago this week, David Foster Wallace argued that “learning how to think really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think.” Yet in an age of ceaseless sensationalism, pseudoscience, and a relentless race for shortcuts, quick answers, and silver bullets, knowing what to think seems increasingly challenging. The art of thinking critically is a habit that requires careful and consistent cultivation. In his remarkable essay titled “The Burden of Skepticism,” originally published in 1987 Carl Sagan — always the articulate and passionate explainer — captured the duality and osmotic balance of critical thinking beautifully”… { read more }

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Smile Newsletter: $20 Miracle

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“We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community… Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.” — Cesar Chavez
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178.jpg“Today a young man knocked on my door. He was a door to door salesman. Unfortunately I could not buy what he was selling but I made sure to give him all of the attention that he needed and remained pleasant throughout his short presentation. You see not too long ago I myself was doing door to door sales and I appreciated it when people were pleasant to me so I wanted to extend him the same courtesy I rarely received. I closed the door as he left and I thought of how tired and hot he must have been. So I grabbed a bottle of water and some cold apple juice along with a clean towel and went back outside to find him. He was at the next door by that time but I caught up with him and gave him the items. He was extremely grateful and said it was the nicest thing anyone had done for him all day.” — Hasifa

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