Create Harmony by Focusing on Strengths

We often have an unconscious tendency to make judgments about ourselves and others. Sarah-Singer-Noire, in her High Impact Trainings, says "We are judgment making machines."  Within ourselves, it seems that we have an invisible scale from 1-10 whereby we make judgments  and unconsciously “put a number on the head of ourselves and others.”  Some people get a “1,” while others may get a “10,” or a “4.”  The only problem is that when we put a number on someone's head, they know it and so do we.   It tends to separate and divide us.  The standard by which we make these unconscious judgments often is some idealized image in our minds from childhood or the TV.  For example, we may make judgments on the basis of beauty.  Because we are not aware it, this process often is not discussed.

The "Blessed Unrest" - From Independence to Interdependence

With the celebration of the Declaration of Independence, America celebrated its deepest values - Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.   At the time America declared its independence from England, it faced formidable odds. The colonists had no organized militia, no monetary system, no established country,-- and no conveniences as electricity or cell phones.  They were ordinary people, -- farmers with turkey muskets, facing the English military -- at that time, the strongest in the world. Still, they rose to victory.

Weight Loss: Shifting to a More Holistic View

was talking with a lady today who shared how she was shifting to a more holistic view to create a simpler and more rewarding life. One of her challenges had been losing weight and feeling overwhelmed with all of the work around the house.  Previously, when she felt she had too much to do, she simply gave up and snacked in front of the TV. Does this sound familiar?

Winning in 2009: Keys to a Winning Mindset

We all like the experience of playing on a winning team.  If we want to create change, a key component is knowing the keys for playing a winning game.  The first key is to know the difference between a win-win, and a win-lose mindset.  A win-win strategy is very different from a win-lose strategy of winner take all. Win-win games are based on positive emotions, such as love, happiness, and joy. A win-lose game is based on negative emotions, such as fear and anger. Negative emotions signal danger and constrict our attention to obstacles that need to removed. 

From Wall Street to Main Street - Look Around

As our financial system continues to crumble, a new economy is taking form. It is an economy that focuses on restoring the environment, increasing the well being of people, and building sustainable wealth in our local communities.  Rather than relying on Wall Street, it is one that places our future on Main Street. Rather than relying on relying on a Wall Street illusion that money is wealth, the new economy is built on new forms of democratic finance and business, more emphasis on local banks rooted in the communities they serve, on worker-owned cooperatives, and even new means of exchange.  The latest issue of "Yes" Magazine describes many of these efforts.

The Wake-Up Call Inspires Many

0ne of my favorite magazines is "Yes" Magazine. The latest issue has focused on the financial crisis as our best chance for a more positive future.  David Korten, an economist, one of the founders of the magazine, states  ". . . We should give thanks that financial collapse hit us before the worst of global warming and peak oil . . . It buys time to build a new economy that serves life rather than money.  It lays bare the fact that the existing financial system has brought our way of life and the natural systems on which we depend to the brink of collapse.  This wake-up call is inspiring unprecedented numbers of people to take action to bring forth the culture and institutions of a new economy that can serve us and sustain our living planet for generations to come."

The New Heroes and Heroines

What challenging times!

As the old economy is fading, those who are clear about what is important are having an increasing impact. Moving forward with courage and purpose, these new heroes understand the big picture. They are aware and care.

Wake Up Call: Kids in Crisis

Childhood is seen by many as a period of protection for the development of our youth. It is an important social investment in our future.  For example, we have laws against child abuse and child labor.  Because of this one might assume that corporate America also would have the best interests of our youth at heart.

Enjoy Your Life, Enjoy Your Kids

Often our lives are anything but joy! It is more like a tizzy, managing ten things at a time. Kids need to be brought to school, reports need to be completed for work, and then the children are asking for the latest videos and toys. Meanwhile, the house is full of clutter and you can't find your keys.

With all these demands, little is thought about the hassle for you.  When the kids make demands for new videos and toys, little thought is given to the cost, whether they are really beneficial, or the time needed to purchase and store them.  As with many adults, we have been riding on the waves of thinking that this frantic materialistic lifestyle is going to make us happy!

Wake Up Call: Well Being of Children

Childhood is seen by many as a period of protection for the development of our youth. It is an important social investment in our future.  Some countries view the well being of their children as a measure of the well being of their society.  For example, in a country as Bhutan, the well being of children is a factor in the country's Gross National Happiness policy.  Bhutan's Prime Minister, Jigme Thinley, says "Happiness is a very serious business."  Basing their views on Buddhist principles, they believe that true development, is not merely economic or material, but spiritual as well.

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