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The Classic Pamela Positive: “We’re All Just Walking Each Other Home” – Ram Dass

 

“We’re all just walking each other home.”

- Ram Dass

 

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What a lovely, gentle way of helping, companioning, loving each other on the journey on the way home…. or to anywhere. Where can you be a kind companion? Where can you help someone?   Walk them home, walk them to work, walk them with love… anywhere.

We don’t walk alone in this world. Walk someone home today, with love.

I Am Walking with You,

Pamela


Ram Dass (born Richard Alpert; April 6, 1931) is an American contemporary spiritual teacher and the author of the seminal 1971 book Be Here Now. He is known for his personal and professional associations with Timothy Leary at Harvard University in the early 1960s, for his travels to India and his relationship with the Hindu guru Neem Karoli Baba, and for founding the charitable organizations Seva Foundation and Hanuman Foundation.

During his psychedelic research, Ram Dass traveled to India in 1967 and met his guru, Neem Karoli Baba, affectionately known as Maharajji, who gave Ram Dass his name, which means “servant of God.”  Since 1968, Ram Dass has pursued a panoramic array of spiritual methods and practices from potent ancient wisdom traditions. He has also practiced karma yoga or spiritual service, which opened up many other souls to their deep yet individuated spiritual practice and path. His unique skill in getting people to cut through and feel divine love without dogma is still a positive influence on many people from all over the planet. He now resides on Maui, where he shares his teachings through the internet and through retreats on Maui. His work continues to be a path of inspiration to his old students and friends as well as young people and newcomers.

Bio Sources: Wikipedia, RamDass.org  Fig¹. Brett Jordan on Unsplash  

The Classic Pamela Positive: How You Can Give Back to a Youth- Without Money

 

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Do you know what some of the greatest needs of our youth today are?

Love.

Trust.

Safety.

Kindness.

 

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So many of our youth need tangible, practical support.

Here are three key areas:

1. Emotional Support

That’s having someone who’s there to listen and to support you with whatever you are feeling, or facing.

2. Inspirational Support

This means that you are encouraging them to live their best lives and showing they can take a step forward, they can make a difference in their lives. Eventually, you want it to be not just about them, but about the future world that they’ll help create.

 

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3. High Level Support

These are conversations that help youth understand how the world works and how they can impact the world. This makes them feel like their day-to-day and the world is “navigable”. How in a job they can support their future family. How they can march for freedom. How there is Temporary Assistance for Needy Families to help them get food and day-to-day support.

4. High-Level Attention

Many kids have been neglected. They might have been left on the streets. Or they might have parents who don’t have time for them, or don’t wish to spend time.

So how is it, exactly, that you can help? With your committed, High-Level Attention. Here some of the qualities that you can embody with any youth you encounter.

 

Be nurturing.

Provide friendship.

Give them some love.

Express compassion.

Be empathetic.

Affirm every good decision and every good word they speak.   

Help be a model for caring relationships, by caring for them.

 

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    5. Recognize Any Accomplishment

During your time with them, you can identify their strengths and I would repeat it often. Remember, they missed out on needed, life-giving encouragement.   Everyone needs to hear that they’re good at something and often.

Recognize them for any accomplishment.

 

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Celebrate their accomplishments, and often. Bring it up again and again. You’re essentially saying:

I see you

I See You Too,

Pamela

 


Fig¹.  Photo by Mm Teng on Unsplash
Fig².  Photo by Sue Zeng on Unsplash
Fig³.  Photo by RhondaK on Unsplash
Fig⁴.  Photo by Jeffrey Lin on Unsplash
Fig⁵.  Photo by Jason Leung on Unsplash

The Classic Pamela Positive: “We’re All Just Walking Each Other Home” – Ram Dass

 

“We’re all just walking each other home.”

– Ram Dass

 

 

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Ram Dass (born Richard Alpert) is a Hindu spiritual teacher, and the author of Be Here Now. He was born Jewish, considered himself an Atheist in his early years, and went on a spiritual search to India in the 1960s. There he met Neem Karoli Baba, who became his guru, and gave him the name Ram Dass, meaning “servant of God.” Ram Dass has written more than ten books and founded two foundations, the Seva Foundation and Hanuman Foundation.

The Classic Pamela Positive: How You Can Give Back To A Youth- Without Money

 

 

mm-tey-676919-unsplash.jpg

 

 

Do you know what some of the greatest needs of our youth today are? Love.

Trust.

Safety.

Kindness.

 

 

sue-zeng-531514-unsplash (1).jpg

 

 

So many of our youth need tangible, practical support.

Here are three key areas:

 

    1. Emotional Support

 

That’s having someone who’s there to listen and to support you with whatever you are feeling, or facing.

 

    2. Inspirational Support

 

This means that you are encouraging them to live their best lives and showing they can take a step forward, they can make a difference in their lives. Eventually, you want it to be not just about them, but about the future world that they’ll help create.

 

rhondak-native-florida-folk-artist-83553-unsplash (1).jpg

 

 

    3. High Level Support

 

These are conversations that help youth understand how the world works and how they can impact the world. This makes them feel like their day-to-day and the world is “navigable”. How in a job they can support their future family. How they can march for freedom. How there is Temporary Assistance for Needy Families to help them get food and day-to-day support.

 

    4. High-Level Attention

 

Many kids have been neglected. They might have been left on the streets. Or they might have parents who don’t have time for them, or don’t wish to spend time.

So how is it, exactly, that you can help? With your committed, High-Level Attention. Here some of the qualities that you can embody with any youth you encounter.

 

 Be

      Nurturing.

Provide a

      friendship.

       Give them

          some love.

    Express

        compassion.

Be

      empathetic.

 

         Affirm every good decision

            and every good word they speak.

   

    Help be a model for caring relationships,

       by caring for them.

 

 

jeffrey-lin-714756-unsplash (1).jpg

 

 

    5. Recognize Any Accomplishment

During your time with them, you can identify their strengths and I would repeat it often. Remember, they missed out on needed, life-giving encouragement.   Everyone needs to hear that they’re good at something and often.

 

Recognize them for any accomplishment.

 

 

jason-leung-479251-unsplash (1).jpg

 

 

Celebrate their accomplishments, and often. Bring it up again and again. You’re essentially saying:

 

I see you.

 

I see you too,

Pamela

 

 

Citations:
Fig. 1: Photo by Mm Teng on Unsplash
Fig. 2: Photo by Sue Zeng on Unsplash
Fig. 3: Photo by RhondaK on Unsplash
Fig. 4: Photo by Jeffrey Lin on Unsplash
Fig. 5: Photo by Jason Leung on Unsplash

Don’t Stop Doing the Right Thing – How Mexico Gained Greater Peace

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Mexico’s People Experience Greater Safety!  It’s a wonderful new headline we are seeing these days.
Its Peace Index has improved nearly 14% in the last five years. That means people are safer. They can walk the streets at night, feel better about their families, and face less corruption in business.
So what happened? The drug war really set Mexico back for a time.  Drug lords could literally “own” a plaza, a neighborhood, a business. So President Felipe Calderon declared war on the drug cartels and brought in armed forces.
But it got worse. In 2011 there were nearly 20 deaths per 100,000 people due to violence.  But after a vigilant struggle, homicide and crime rates have gone down by more than 30%.   That tells us we need to keep at it!
When you take a stand for right, sometimes it gets worse. Don’t stop doing the right thing!  

Believe good will surge again. It will! 

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Vive La Paz en Mexico!  

Learning from Chess: Develop the Habit of not Being Discouraged by Present Bad Appearances

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“And lastly, we learn by chess the habit of not being discouraged by present bad appearances in the state of our affairs; the habit of hoping for a favorable chance…”

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Pamela’s Response to the Rana Question in The Economist

Dear Living and Giving Members,

It’s a challenging situation in Rana, but one that we can be honest about. If we want perfection, then we can only operate within our backyard, up to the neighbor’s fence. It may be safe, but is it Corporate Social Responsibility?

As Corporate leaders, I don’t think we can do everything within a perfect boundary and perfect results. We do have to have quality, and we need to take every element of what we do seriously.

With that in place, we take very, very well-educated risks to serve. But we still can’t have perfection. Excellence and honesty, yes.

Please read below for my response to the Economist article on the Rana Plaza, which has been retweeted much in our CSR realm. A link to the full Economist article is below.

As always, we look forward to serving you with excellence, experience and trust, all over the world.

Warm Regards,
Pamela

Pamela’s Comment in Response to Economist Article: “Disaster at Rana Plaza”

Thank you for some good points on the action that can be taken to improve CSR.

However, CSR doesn’t promise to be utopian. There is no setting of expectations in perfection; no business indeed can be.

Companies sometimes release products that are faulty. They make mistakes. They have to recall them.

In CSR, we do strive for excellence. What CSR’s objective is is to help companies operate with effectiveness, both in building their brands, their products, and in helpful service to the community. We do this every aspect of our business: services, manufacturing, marketing, CEO messaging, sustainability, giving and volunteer programs, product donations.

Sometimes in CSR, we have so many battles to fight. We can’t make it our full-time business to go about rebuilding buildings all across the world.

Or, if we locate to a ‘safer’ country — did we just take away 15,000 jobs from people – the most impoverished, starving people and their families, people who are already dying… the people who need it the most?

Places that have safer buildings have a higher standard of living, more resources, higher building codes.

Losing lives is not acceptable.

We’ll have to do better.

There is no easy answer.
Pamela Hawley

See original article and comment here:
http://econ.st/18yHhNs

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