I love the idea of Thanksgiving -- a day to remind us to give thanks, and I wish it were celebrated right across the world. Our lives would be transformed if we got into the habit of giving thanks, not just on one day of the year, but every day.
I spent too long on Twitter trying to get CBC News to apologize over the "Jerusalem Police fatally shoot 2 after apparent synagogue attack" headline on their website. Looking back, that time could have been spent much more productively.
Fred Rogers practiced a spiritual vegetarianism grounded in gratitude to God, and in his own subtle and quiet way, he modeled this radical spirituality for his millions of viewers.
I've found that gratitude can be most beneficial when it feels as though there's nothing to be grateful for. In those dark moments, I've gotten better at detecting a deceptive view of my circumstances and focusing on the good instead.
Based on my personal experience, I have come to the conclusion that gratitude, acceptance of the present moment and prayer constitute the the keys to face any challenge that life may throw at us and lead a life of peace and happiness.
Gratitude Speaks creates worlds. Gratitude Speaks brings forth what has not existed before. It's wild, and free, and magical.
What this world has become is something so undefinable and sometimes scary that I don't think anyone would make it without the belief in something bigger than themselves and people in general.
So now I am 29 months sober. I know, right? That seemed impossible 883 days ago, but I must say, life is so unbelievably good today. So, what does life look like for me 29 months sans booze? Well...
Transitioning into galleries, he continues to use wheat paste and paint public space, running his own "ad campaigns" with graffiti and posters to reach as many free minds as possible.
We are grateful to have been able to help in the release efforts of Kenneth Bae. As we worked with the Bae family during this past year, their hard work, dedication, and love were punctuated by Bae's release this past weekend.
If limiting labels, bleak stereotypes, or discouraging first impressions become the thought-model we blindly adopt as our own -- defining who we are and influencing who we will be -- then we need better models.
A Facebook friend recently asked me, "Hey Carl, what are your ten top books on meditation?" So here's my answer. I hope this is a useful list. I've listed the books in the order in which I would recommend them.
It is a sad reality that these drills are part of the world we live in. I will never understand how someone could feel so alone, desperate and be that deranged as to shoot kids. But it happens.
My faith rests in my spiritual connection to my children. In them I find strength and peace. They are what lifts me up and makes me believe there is still good in this world.
The struggle of choice makes us human and an increasing awareness of the nature of our choices, call it free will or not, can become a path to bettering ourselves and the human condition.
Excerpted from Full Moon at Sunrise ...