Being the Change you wish to see in the World: The Vision and Mission of Mindful and Compassionate Communities.

I started this blog years ago to write about Law of Attraction which is the basis for my life coaching.  I love studying Universal Laws, watching how things play out in this time-space reality we call Life. Basically, everything we see around us is a manifestation that started with thought. This post is about a thought that a colleague, Jan Fielder, and I have been discussing: how to bring about positive change: one person at a time, one family at a time and one community at a time.  I do believe that we are the creators of our own reality. I believe that our life is a result of what we focus on. I believe meaning comes from living authentically. I believe that each person that walks this earth has a purpose that only they can fill. I believe that radical acceptance is what relieves suffering. I have a vision where diversity is not just tolerated, but embraced, individuals are supported to live meaningful and purpose-driven lives, the basic human rights of  people are respected: freedom, honor and dignity is accessible to all, suffering is met with compassion and the earth is nurtured and cared for. That is some vision, huh?  When I wrote down my vision, my first thought was that it may be too grand! But hey, we are not meant to live quietly and small; we are meant to live OUR unique greatness. As Marianne Williamson reminds us,  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?…We are all meant to shine, as children do.”

If Marianne Williamson is right, why are so many people not “shining” in this life?  Why are they hurting others, dumping on the environment, being racist, and just plain cruel? Humans live based on their conditioning, unless they choose to be deliberate. We are all conditioned by our parents, teachers, society, neighbors, workplace, etc. If we are functioning on auto-pilot, the thoughts and actions are going to be the ones that we were conditioned with and not ones we are deliberately choosing. Each of us have an inner light that we can live from instead of living from our conditioned selves and it is the mission of Mindful and Compassionate Communities to help individuals connect with their inner light. This in turn affects the families and communities that the individuals live in. When we live from a mindful, compassionate and deliberate place, we have more choices, choices about the kind of life we want to live, and choices about the kind of world we want to live in.

Every day that I see a news clip or snippet of the most current political decision, I could cry. There is much going on currently that seems broken. I believe we need a Mindful and Compassionate Movement. The movement I am referring to does not include protests. It is first and foremost an inner movement. From this inner work, outer change is manifested. Personally, I do not participate in protests. I do not focus my energy fighting things I do NOT want. As a Law of Attraction practitioner, I believe I create by focusing on what I WANT to manifest, not by focusing on what I DO NOT WANT. So how can I achieve the vision of a Mindful and Compassionate Communities? I have started by being Mindful and Compassionate myself. This change ripples out to my family and my community. The more individuals that participate in the “Mindful and Compassionate Communities” movement, the more of a ripple it will make out into the world. If you are interested in this movement and in learning more, please like us on Facebook at  “BE the change you want to see.”  Help us to deliberately create a Mindful and Compassionate world.

September 11, 2012

September 11th was always a meaningful date in my life. It was the day in 1954 that my parents got married.  So, today I want to give a shout out to Mom and Dad, otherwise known as Eileen and Gene, who started out 58 years ago amidst a category 3 hurricane, Hurricane Edna. My mother’s veil was blowing in the wind in the picture in her wedding album taken outside the church.  And from that  day of Hurricane Edna til present day, one would not say the 58 years was completely smooth sailing. There were more hurricanes to be had, a couple of earthquakes and one would even venture to say at times it seemed like a tsunami hit! However, being the Deliberate Creator I am now, I spent this morning contemplating my appreciation for the union of my parents that produced my four sisters who double as my best friends in life, twelve grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. One could definitely say that amidst the storms there has been plenty of sunshine. It is up to us what to focus on. For today it is the sunshine I want to bask in.

For the last 11 years, unfortunately, my parent’s anniversary has taken a back seat to another event. Now 9/11 is significant to every American and especially significant for those that lost someone. My next shout out is to my nephew Brendan’s wife Jeanne who lost her brother Greg that very sad day. Jeanne, sending you lots of love today! I am also thinking of Debbie Doyle Palmer, a high school friend of mine today. She lost her husband Orio, a Battalion Chief in the New York City Fire Department, while rescuing people from the World Trade Center. As Americans, we have all shared in some of the sadness deeply felt by these and other family members.

Today, I chose to spend time appreciating the people who so believe that we are all ONE that they lay their lives down so that we can live. I have appreciated New York City which is the place on Earth where I feel the most alive. I have appreciated that Jenn Gorsuch, a friend of mine, walked out of the South Tower 11 years ago today with her life intact. I have appreciated America with all its diversity and absolute beauty. I have appreciated our flag that stands for the freedom we all want. I see all these things that I appreciate as being born out of other desires of people who came before us and I firmly believe that as we continue to want peace and freedom these will also manifest more widely.  The most important thing for each of us to do is to be aligned with our own Inner Being. Our power lies in our choices and for today, I choose appreciation.

I recently heard a woman speak who spoke about the power of appreciation. She has written in a gratitude journal every day for the last 18 years! I started my own practice of writing at least 5 things every day that I am grateful for.  The more I look for things to be grateful for, the more those things seem to pop up in my experience. Every day we live we are given that choice: appreciation or regret, appreciation or condemnation. Which will you choose today?