It's easy to forget that we are all perfect in our own design. Sometimes we muck it up with habits and choices that do not serve us.
The subject line of the email was “An omen from God.”
It was from my brother Bobby, who was in Morocco for a board meeting of the organization ONE and (Red), which he co-founded with Bono. ONE and (Red) both work to save lives. Saving lives has, in fact, been my brother’s life’s work. (It has actually been the life’s work of all of my brothers — Timothy as chairman of the Special Olympics International, Mark as president of the Save the Children Action Network, and Anthony as the founder and chairman of Best Buddies. But today, this story is about Bobby.)
What do speaking up, showing up, standing up for what you believe in, and giving hugs all have in common?
Turns out a lot.
This past week, I joined thousands of other Alzheimer’s advocates in Washington D.C. for the Alzheimer’s Association’s annual Advocacy Forum. These men and women came from all over the country to knock on the doors of their elected officials and let their voices be heard.
If you want to amp up and enhance your manifesting powers, I suggest having a daily practice of affirmations. Your thoughts and words are literally declarations of who you think you are and how you perceive the world to be.
Why do we give away our personal power over to money? So many of us in this world are trapped by our lifestyles and the debt we chose to take on. All this does is keep us in a cycle that is never ending, a cycle that completely disempowers us from the greatness that we are and came here to be.
“I am ready to come out of the woods and to shine a light on what’s already happening around kitchen tables.”
That’s what Hillary Clinton said last Friday night at a St. Patrick’s Day gathering in Pennsylvania. Mrs. Clinton said she was ready to come out of the woods after some time away from the spotlight. (A young woman famously posted a photograph of Mrs. Clinton literally walking in the woods days after the election.)
As Abraham Hicks say, “Your happiness is the single most important thing in your life.” This might sound selfish or like an ego-centric statement, but when you look at the meaning that supports it, it makes a lot of sense. If you’re not happy, what’s the point? Typically most are not motivated by sadness, anger or boredom. It’s hard to preserve self-joy and happiness. Certainly we can all agree that the world is a much better place with your smile and your happiness! Because joy is a state we live in and not a spur of the moment feeling, it merits some introspection right? If we’re not feeding our joy center, how can we love others optimally? How can we teach love if we don’t have a full reserve of love for ourselves? What makes you calm? Smile and daydream? What makes your lungs want to breath in deeper? What do your hands long to touch? What is your soul primed for? Clearly I can only answer those questions for myself. However I encourage you to attempt them for yourself. Why? Because your happiness makes the world a better place.
A woman came in to see me up in New Hampshire some years ago. She said, “My daughter’s using drugs. I don’t know why I’ve come to see you, but you seem to have an understanding of young people and all that, and the minister said I should come.” It gets very far out. So I said, “Well do come in and sit down. I’m sorry I don’t have a chair, but you can sit on this, I’ll make these cushions higher so you can be more comfortable. I’ll give you this, it’s an interesting tea, it’s made of 17 spices which include…” and I listed them.
“This ruling makes us look weak, which, by the way, we no longer are.”
One of the most surprising survivors in our society, long counted out as either moribund or dead, is philosophy. The "love of truth," as the Greek term describes, was defeated by science and its love of facts. So it was unexpected when the New York Times ran an op-ed piece titled "If We Are Not Just Animals, What Are We?" (March 6, 2017) by the veteran English philosopher Roger Scruton.
Striking, isn’t it?
And maybe a bit unsettling?
I came upon this figure at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. Bob and I and our friend Brian spent several days in Mexico City before starting our Maya Temples of Transformation tour with Sacred Earth Journeys. Our time at this museum—one of the world’s greatest—gave us an invaluable background for what we would later see on our Maya trip.
Self-expression is a profound gift you give to both yourself and the world. What you have to say matters, but it can be daunting to speak your truth.
All of your fears of what others will think bubble up and stop you from expressing yourself in a dynamic way. When you break through from your fear of self-expression, you set yourself free and you create an outlet to inspire others.
I love this advice from one of the smartest minds on the planet.
You can get out of a black hole, Hawking wrote, but you must look up. Be curious and don’t give up.
Hawking was speaking about the black hole of depression, but this advice can be applied to anyone who feels hopeless and scared, whether that be about their own lives or about the state of our country.
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