Rejoicing

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Gabriella’s Song

 A Song to Rejoice the Heart

by Helen Sjöholm
With the lyrics translated from Swedish to English
Film “As It Is In Heaven” by: Kay Pollak

It is now that my life is mine
I’ve got this short time on earth
And my longing has brought me here
All I lacked and all I gained

And yet it’s the way that I chose
My trust was far beyond words
That has shown me a little bit
Of the heaven I’ve never found

I want to feel I’m alive
All my living days
I will live as I desire
I want to feel I’m alive
Knowing I was good enough

I have never lost who I was
I have only left it sleeping
Maybe I never had a choice
Just the will to stay alive

All I want is to be happy
Being who I am
To be strong and to be free
To see day arise from night

I am here and my life is only mine
And the heaven I thought was there
I’ll discover it there somewhere
I want to feel that I’ve lived my life!

 

Rejoice:  to be glad; take delight (often followed by in): to rejoice in another’s happiness. And, Rejoiced, Rejoicing: to make joyful; gladden: a song to rejoice the heart.  (Source: online dictionary)

 

Helen Sjöholm singing Gabriella’s Song

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Belonging – The Search for Acceptance

by Catherine DeAngelis

“My vision is that belonging should be at the heart of a fundamental discovery: that we all belong to a common humanity, the human race. We may be rooted in a specific family and culture but we come to this earth to open up to others, to serve them and receive the gifts they bring to us, as well as to all of humanity.”     Jean Vanier, Becoming Human, p. 36.


Jean Vanier
 has been acclaimed as “a Canadian who inspires the world” (Maclean’s Magazine) and a “nation builder” (The Globe and Mail), he is the founder of the international movement of L’Arche communities, where people who have developmental disabilities and the friends who assist them create homes and share life together.


Winner of the 2015 Templeton Prize

 

The 2015 Templeton Prize was awarded in March to Jean Vanier and cited for “his innovative discovery of the central role of vulnerable people in the creation of a more just, inclusive and humane society. The Templeton Prize, which has previously been awarded to Mother Teresa, Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama and others, is one of the most prestigious honors in the world, and is valued at close to 1.7 million USD.”

The John Templeton Foundation serves as a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries relating to the Big Questions of human purpose and ultimate reality.

**The 2015 Templeton Prize Laureate, Jean Vanier, speaks on the Big Question: “What does it mean to be fully human?”

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Jean Vanier is a Canadian humanitarian, spiritual leader, and internationally esteemed pioneer in the field of care for people with intellectual disabilities. Born in 1928, he joined the Royal Navy at age 13 and left it at 21 to begin a spiritual quest and to study for his PhD. Appalled by conditions of institutions where people with intellectual disabilities lived, in 1964 he welcomed two men to share a home with him. Thus began what has become the worldwide movement of L’Arche. In 1971, he co-founded Faith and Light, an international support network for families.

**The Inspiration and Story of L’Arche

Jean Vanier took as his inspiration the biblical passage from the Beatitudes that declares that the poor are “blessed.”

L’Arche believes that every person is blessed with important gifts to offer to others and that we are called to create a society in which each one’s gifts can be given and recognized. L’Arche communities reflect the cultural and religious make-up of the locales where they were founded. Thus, while in France L’Arche drew largely from a Roman Catholic population, Canadian community have welcomed people of various Christian denominations and also sometimes people of Jewish, Muslim or other faiths as well as people with no faith affiliation.

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is the need to belong.~

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About Getting Mindful!

by Catherine DeAngelis

Not listening or paying attention? Finding yourself ‘zoning out’ at work, with family, friends, or clients at meetings? Too busy thinking, planning, worrying?

Are you an artist from writer, musician to dancer or an exercise junkie to a helping professional? It doesn’t matter who you are, as long as you are devoted to being inspired either from helping others or looking after your personal growth and expression. Bringing mindfulness practices into your world offers endless possibilities.   

Bring Mindful Wellness into your Life!

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Mental Fitness is as vital as Physical Fitness! – Being mindful, and various daily practices of gentle yoga, and meditation, have been clinically proven to benefit you emotionally, and make a significant affect on your physical health. Make a commitment to yourself, and confirm your participation in our sessions and learn more about emotional wellness!

Here is a 3-minute video that describes what mindfulness is, and how it can be used. Interest in mindfulness has grown steadily in recent years. Mindfulness is now being used in boardrooms, schools, prisons, courtrooms and hospitals across the world.


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Nature’s Emotions

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“But you see, life is not like that at all; life is not permanent.

Like the leaves that fall from a tree, all things are impermanent,
nothing endures; there is always change and death. 

Have you ever noticed a tree standing naked against the sky, how beautiful it is?

All its branches are outlined, and in its nakedness there is a poem, there is a song.

Every leaf is gone and it is waiting for the spring.

When the spring comes, it again fills the tree with the music of many leaves,

which in due season fall and are blown away.

And this is the way of life.”

– The Krishnamurti Reader – Part II to Youth (p.143)

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Photos of trees taken in moments of stillness and captured by Catherine DeAngelis poetically described as Nature’s Emotions at work while on local walks throughout the year in Toronto, Ontario, Canada — inspired to share Krishnamurti’s reflections to learn more about the benefits of meditative moments and the importance of standing still.

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Mindful and Meditative Prayer

by Catherine DeAngelis

“The best prayer is to rest in the goodness of God, knowing that goodness can reach right down to our lowest depths of need.”

-Julian of Norwich, 14th-century mystic

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Throughout time people around the world have turned to silence and meditative prayer for peace. It is natural during periods  of unrest to pray or meditate to find strength and courage to get away from the upheaval – a pause from the thinking about  it too much.

Emotional pain is gripping. Especially if a loved  one succumbs to fatal effects caused by cancer, AIDS,  and any kind of trauma, mental illness,  grief and loss or financial crisis.

A  Time article by Leon Jaroff, Investigating the Power of Prayer explains how an American doctor, Elizabeth Targ, was awarded substantial grants of $611,516 for one study, $823,346 for another to look at the therapeutic effects of prayer on AIDS and cancer patients.

Jaroff reports that Targ took to examining  “distance healing.” This is where someone offers  prayer, but is not present and it is recited for the patient from afar.  Targ identified  “the prayed-for patients had fewer and less severe new illnesses, fewer doctor visits, fewer hospitalizations and were generally in better moods than those in the control group. The technique, she believes, can even work on nonhuman species.”

Prayer can be a set of affirmations that guide one’s thinking to a positive place.   It can be walking  across a bridge imagining the space beneath it which meets the river  below flowing with the rapids as nature inspiring hope and renewal.

IMG207Many people from diverse ethnic or religious backgrounds, whether e.g. Christians, Buddhists, Jews, and Indian shamans  take time to practice quiet prayer or meditation, more commonly the practice of mindfulness is becoming more and more part of the 21st century among western cultures.

Something as simple as Mindfulness Keeps You Emotionally Fit

Psychology today, as well as ancient Hindu and Buddhist doctrines contend that, rather than mastering our emotions, could we learn to live in equilibrium with them, and use the energy that they give us and mindfully work to free ourselves from the layers of unspent emotional energy that cloud our relationships, both with ourselves and with others.

The property of  mindfulness or prayer belongs to no particular religion or group of people and neither does the practice of daily praying or meditating belong  to only Buddhists. Anyone can sit mindfully under a tree, or kneel on a bench to find a moment to pray for e.g. empathy of others or compassion for ourselves.

More and more scientists are discovering,  there are benefits in the practice of contemplative prayer, silence, or use of mindfulness to create a  state of being and not doing to help manage stress and combat minor to severe illnesses.  Practice is open to all  faiths. It is astounding the rewards people report how prayer and meditation bring balance to  mental health and well-being.

For resilience, recite a prayer, chant a veda or a mantra,  say a blessing, and accompany it by  lighting a candle or some incense,  hold prayer beads to set in motion a formal or informal setting toward a  quiet time for contemplation and thoughtful prayer, or walk a path and be guided by the simple wonders of  our world and the grandness of its intelligent design.

Open yourself up to intuition, to the natural release of energy – both positive and negative – and to self-awareness.

mountain_pose1PRACTICE DAILY

  1. Check in mindfully each day, the moment your feet hit the floor next to your bed – it is as vital as the air you breathe.
  2. Simply take a few seconds by taking yourself to a calming yet brisk awareness of the ‘here and now.’
  3. Begin this mindful check in, by feeling into the body and mind, simply allowing waves of thoughts, emotions and physical sensations to just be.
  4. Breathe, Inhale, Exhale — No need to judge.
  5. Just let it be.
  6. Breathe, Inhale, Exhale.
  7. Breathe!
  8. Formal breathing practice can be done anywhere anytime.
  9. Listen to all that is around you!

Enjoy one of the traditional core practices of Mindfulness meditation and be thankful to yourself for having taken the time to participate in your health and well-being.

Peace

from: Atharva Veda XIX. 9. 1 & 9:2
(Veda is Sanskrit for knowledge)

May the earth be free from disturbance,
May the vast atmosphere be calm,
May the flowing waters be soothing,
And all the plants and herbs  prove beneficial to us.
May all the foretelling signs of coming events  be free from turmoil and
May all that has been done and that which has not been done prove the source of happiness to all.
May our past and future be peaceful and may all be gracious unto us.
May the atmosphere be peaceful,
May the medicinal herbs be peaceful,
May all my shining objects be peaceful for me,
May all enlightened persons be peaceful for me,
May all the peaceful actions be peaceful by me.
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“Kicking at the Darkness…”

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Peace – An Act of Mindfulness

by Catherine DeAngelis

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Peace.
It does not mean to be in a place
where there is no noise, trouble
or hard work. It means to be in
the midst of those things and still
be calm in your heart unknown

The Web dictionary defines peacefulness as the state of being peaceful, a peacefulness in the mind, body, spirit, that is calm and tranquil. Being in peace is the absence of mental stress or anxiety, and a quality to describe society or relationships operating in a harmonious manner.

Thich Nhat Hanh is author of more than 40 books, including “Being Peace” and “Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life.” In his book, “The Sun My Heart,” he states “peace can exist only in the present moment. It is ridiculous to say “Wait until I finish this, then I will be free to live in peace.” What is “this”? A diploma, a job, a house, the payment of a debt? If you think that way, peace will never come.  There is always another “this” that will follow the present one. If you are not living in peace at this moment, you will never be able to. If you truly want to be at peace, you must be at peace right now. Otherwise, there is only “the hope of peace some day.”

Standing Up for Peace

It may be beyond comprehension how many organizations and people are working locally, nationally, and globally for peace.  We may all want to imagine a world that we live in to be at peace and without war.  Although it may seem “altruistic” to stand up for peace globally when war has  been so much a part of our planet since prehistoric times.  Within our world there is conflict, however populations have learned to find peace within relying on many religions for example from Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism to Islāmic and Buddhism. It may be impossible to kill the beast of collective inhumaneness that creates war and causes spending of billions and billions of dollars, making human atrocities unforgivable, yet undeservedly relevant for some reason or another.

We praise Nobel Peace Prize Winners for their peace efforts. Nobelprize.org reports prizes awarded 91 times to 121 Nobel Laureates between 1901 and 2010 – 98 times to individuals and 23 times to organizations. Since International Committee of the Red Cross was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1917, 1944 and 1963, and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1954 and 1981, that means 98 individuals and 20 organizations have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.  If you want to find out the motivation behind the Nobel Peace Prize Winners from 1901 to present day – Visit >>Nobelprize.org

Mindfulness for Peace

Mindfulness means learning to pay attention intentionally to what is occurring in immediate experience in a nonjudgmental, caring and discerning way. One technique, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), was developed by Zindel Segal, Mark Williams, and John Teasdale, based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction program. Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. is a scientist, writer, and meditation teacher engaged in bringing mindfulness into the mainstream of medicine and societies.  Read At Home in Our Bodies An Interview with Jon Kabat-Zinn.

MBCT practice helps thousands manage depression, stress, anger and addictions to chronic illnesses, including:

– to become familiar with the workings of your mind

– to explore ways of releasing yourself from those old habits and, if you choose, enter a different way of being

– to put you in touch with a different way of knowing yourself and the world

– to notice small beauties and pleasures /in the world around you instead of living in your head

– to be kind to yourself instead of wishing things were different all the time, or driving yourself to meet impossible goals

– to find a way so you don’t have to battle with yourself all the time

– to accept yourself as you are, rather than judging yourself all the time

If you are new to mindfulness for peace, Lisa Layman Tiernan, Artfulmeditations.com offers insight on this topic. Tiernan believes everyone wants a peaceful world. So how do we get there? One person at a time. If every being were at peace, there would be no war, no violence and the world would be peaceful. Sound too simplistic? It is. But it is also true.  Tiernan shares a simple exercise to allow you to explore what peace means to you > read Artfulmeditations.com.  You may agree with Tiernan, that the best thing that you can do to bring peace into the world is to practice being peaceful.

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A Path Less Travelled

 

The Road Not Taken
by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveller, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

 Robert Frost has been recorded to be one of the most famous and popular poets in American history. During his lifetime (1874-1973), Frost published numerous books of poetry, and won the Pulitzer Prize four times — a record unsurpassed by any other poet.  He was known to have struggled with depression, but managed to transcend this and left a legacy that to this day, schools use his verses to inspire millions of students.

 

Gratitude

“…One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, and with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.”   
                    Carl Gustav Jung (1875 – 1961)

Gratitude is a positive emotion. It comes with an ability to be grateful, thankful, appreciative – a life skill that can be learned and offered simply daily throughout our life.

Psychologist Dr. Robert Emmons, has demonstrated in his research and related in his book, Thanks!: How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier, “the evidence that cultivating gratefulness is good for you is overwhelming… Specifically, we have shown that gratitude is positively related to such critical outcomes as life satisfaction, vitality, happiness, self-esteem, optimism, hope, empathy, and willingness to provide emotional and tangible support for other people, whereas being ungrateful is related to anxiety, depression, envy, materialism, and loneliness.”  For a summary of Dr. Emmons findings on gratitude read>> Gratitude and Well-Being.

What Am I Thankful For?

Dr. Emmons explains it only takes a few minutes a day to practice gratitude. Making “what am I thankful for” part of a daily practice will not only benefit you psychologically but physically, and interpersonally.  He implies to simply begin thinking about 5 things we are thankful for everyday – we may choose to think, sing, write, email, text or voice message it – the key is to associate with gratefulness or being thankful and we have ignited the flame to gratitude.

Five Things I Am Thankful For today…

1. __________________________________

2. __________________________________

3. __________________________________ 

4. __________________________________

5. __________________________________

 

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A Poet Speaks Poetry

Poetry

by  Pablo Neruda (1904-1973)

And it was at that age … Poetry arrived
in search of me. I don’t know, I don’t know where
it came from, from winter or a river.
I don’t know how or when,
no they were not voices, they were not
words, nor silence,
but from a street I was summoned,
from the branches of night,
abruptly from the others,
among violent fires
or returning alone,
there I was without a face
and it touched me.
 
I did not know what to say, my mouth
had no way
with names,
my eyes were blind,
and something started in my soul,
fever or forgotten wings,
and I made my own way,
deciphering
that fire,
and I wrote the first faint line,
faint, without substance, pure
nonsense,
pure wisdom
of someone who knows nothing,
and suddenly I saw
the heavens
unfastened
and open,
planets,
palpitating plantations,
shadow perforated,
riddled
with arrows, fire and flowers,
the winding night, the universe.
 
And I, infinitesimal being,
drunk with the great starry
void,
likeness, image of
mystery,
felt myself a pure part
of the abyss,
I wheeled with the stars,
my heart broke loose on the wind.
 
 

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