One morning as I was leaving for work, my mom and I had a very special interchange.
We live in Menlo Park, and I was headed north to San Francisco. My parents were headed south to Carmel for a bit of rest. “Have a great day, Mom! Thank you for having me… and now we’re going in different directions!”
We can live consciously and thoughtfully about how we use paper. When you write a note, could you also reuse it again, and use the other side? When you receive a card, is there a portion of it that’s not written on, that could be used for a casual note to a roommate, spouse or friend? Or perhaps you could even use it for a to-do list. When you receive a box of a recent book or item of clothing, you can save it for holiday gifts. Let’s think creatively about our trees…
There are so many things that are packaged within paper, and the waste can be enormous. I think about the time, manufacturing costs, the transport, the packaging, when we look at individual salt packets. My guess is, forty granules of salt are contained within a tiny salt packet. And we’ve got to enclose it with paper, and then put it in another big package to transport it. There are so many ways that we use paper that are not allowing us to be effective stewards of our environment. Continue reading →
“When the child welcomes the mother, the mother rushes off to her” – Deborah Santana
I am not someone who cancels meetings or dinners very often, simply because it’s something to reschedule and I like to stay committed. And yet the main reason I will cancel — as would one of my cherished friends, Deborah Santana — is for family.
Deborah emailed me that she needed to move our dinner, because her daughter invited her to a weekend together in Seattle. I love what she said, and it warmed my heart… “When the child welcomes the mother, the mother rushes off to her.” A mother should go to her child first.
“Turn the other cheek” — that’s the teaching that we should carry with us. All violence and all the mayhem and badness in this world will disappear as we all adopt that ancient teaching and wisdom just in our everyday activities and our choices.
For me it’s become very important to meditate two to three hours a day. That’s the only way I’ve gotten answers and returned to the wisdom I experienced during my journey.
Consciousness is the thing that exists. It is the support, the basis on which all of the universe is based. Consciousness is our oneness with the Divine. It is pure God-given love and power.
Our attitude, our mind, our consciousness has tremendous power over our health.
To me, so much of the badness in our world has to do with the fact people don’t love even themselves enough. They don’t realize they are divine beings. This of course is not about being selfish and greedy.
Our infinitely powerful Creator loves us infinitely no matter what. We are here to learn lessons, so its all about love and forgiveness — showing love to strangers, showing love to our enemies.