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Dear Lynn-Genna, (click on Lynn-Genna)
I've long had a fascination with "nuggets". When I was a child "Nuggets" were sought by gold miners, recently they are plastic crystals and sometimes they are ideas with special value for which I express them with a quote from someone I respect (and when I find one a good image). These ideas seem to cover most of the dimensions of humanness with the exception of what I call Our Divine Spark. That needs more work. The list will change and grow, but here s what it is today. If you see things I've missed, I'll be happy to add your ideas (or mo-better images).
This is a menu of the topics on this page (click on any): Compassion Energy Faith Forgiveness Kindness Life Love Namaste Tenderness Community Meaning .
Our concern is that when we were young the urban population on our planet was about 500 million but during our lifetime it has grown to 3.5 billion. While our children are still alive it will grow to 7 billion. That is certain to mean lots more need, lots more stress, and maybe lots more anger. There is urgent need to handle this growth and the intelligent effort to do that is often called "Sustainable Development".
In this light, this is a place of love, contemplation, and mindfulness
for Lynn-Genna (And we are reminded that happiness itself cannot be pursued) The truth which Buddha discovered (and modern psychology now provides support for) is that happiness, love and inner peace will arise naturally when we are generous, mindful, compassionate and appreciate the present moment.)
These 14 "nuggets" are selected for you from a much larger list of 219.
"Nuggets" are words or ideas with which we can build new ideas.
These are given life as we connect them.
(updated 7/24/17 09:55)
The "Charter for Compassion" is a 300 word statement urging that we learn and teach peace.
Over 90,000 people have signed it and over 78,000 people have "liked" it's Facebook page.
Please check it out and sign it: webpage:
http://charterforcompassion.org/ or Facebook
and let's live it every day.
"At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.
Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us."
- Albert Schweitzer
What we mean by faith is well stated in Wikipedia.
Faith is the confident belief or trust in the truth or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing. The word "faith" can refer to a religion itself or to religion in general. As with "trust", faith involves a concept of future events or outcomes, and is used conversely for a belief "not resting on logical proof or material evidence." Informal usage of the word "faith" can be quite broad, and may be used in place of "trust" or "belief." For other uses, see Faith (disambiguation).
What people don't realize is how much religion costs. They think faith is a big electric blanket when, of course, it is the cross. ~
Source: Flannery O'Connor's Library: Resources of Being by Arthur Kinney
Forgiveness and Love,
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. It is impossible even to begin the act of loving one's enemies without the prior acceptance of the necessity, over and over again, of forgiving those who inflict evil and injury upon us. Forgiveness does not mean ignoring what has been done or putting a false label on an evil act. It means, rather, that the evil act no longer remains as a barrier to the relationship. Source: Strength to Love
To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.
Spiritual and Political,
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
One of the things about forgiveness you have to remember is that it is not only spiritual. It is part of real politics. In forgiving, people are not being asked to forget. On the contrary, it is important to remember, so that we should not let such atrocities happen again. Forgiveness does not mean condoning what has been done. It means taking what happened seriously...drawing out the sting in the memory that threatens our entire existence.
My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. (The Dalai Lama)
kindness as expressed in BelovedCommunity.info.
I think we grow the lens (or lenses) by which we perceive and experience life.
I think for Melanie it is a flow. Poetry and images flow from her mind and thru her fingers like a river.
While her created work looks like art, she doesn't think in terms of accumulating it or rearranging it.
The image of a river doesn't work for Carl. His work is discrete, is accumulated, and does get rearranged.
So this little presentation of "nuggets" is a wonderful sandbox for him.
And the pieces of his experience show up as
words & ideas,
and for special delight they show up as
or "diamonds from the Amazon river valley" (depending on who is playing with them).
"Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire."
~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
"Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love. Everything is united by it alone. Love is God, and to die means that I, a particle of love, shall return to the general and eternal source..." ~ Leo Tolstoy
"In the final analysis, love is not this sentimental something that we talk about. Its not merely an emotional something. Love is creative, understanding goodwill for all men. It is the refusal to defeat any individual. When you rise to the level of love, of its great beauty and power, you seek only to defeat evil systems. Individuals who happen to be caught up in that system, you love, but you seek to defeat the system." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr ~ Montgomery, Nov. 1957
"When theres someone, one someone, who makes your days brighter, makes your joys greater, makes your heart lighter.. Someone, one someone, you want to share with, do everything with, go everywhere with.. Someone, one someone you want to live for You have something called love." ~ Kahlil Gibran
There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life.
When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance.
We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections.
If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create.
Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.
~ John Lennon
"I honor the place within you where the entire Universe resides;
I honor the place within you of love, of light, of truth, of peace;
I honor the place within you, where, when you are in that place in you,
and I am in that place in me, there is only one of us." (Mahatma Gandhi)
In our culture, we leave the feeling of tenderness in a small pot in the mudroom.
To feel tenderly is to feel vulnerable and vulnerability is not a favorite American dish.
When it comes to the humanizing sentiments, we Americans place placards in public schools and in general harp on the significance of respect.
While I have all the respect in the world for respect, it is a chilly sort of feeling if it is a feeling at all. Respect is a fence that prevents us from harming one another.
But strengthening the ties that bind and make us human requires something more pliant, more intimate. We need to be visited by that weird and neglected angel that is the feeling of tenderness.
In moments of tenderness it is as though the ego and all its machinations momentarily melt away so that our feelings are heightened and we are perhaps moved by the impulse to reach out with a comforting hand. ~ Try a Little Tenderness, by Gordon Marino.
Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet. ~ Plato
When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares. ~ Henri J.M. Nouwen
In community we work out our connectedness to God, to one another, and to ourselves. It is in community where we find out who we really are.
It is life with another that shows my impatience and life with another that demonstrates my possessiveness and life with another that gives notice to my nagging devotion to the self.
Life with someone else, in other words, doesn’t show me nearly as much about his or her shortcomings as it does about my own….
In human relationships I learn that theory is no substitute for love. It is easy to talk about the love of God; it is another thing to practice it.
For Viktor Frankl, meaning is experiencing by responding to the demands of the situation at hand, discovering and committing oneself to one's own unique task in life, and by allowing oneself to experience or trust in an ultimate meaning - which one may or may not call God.
(source: Tracy Marks: The Meaning of Life and Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl (quotes))