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Posts Tagged ‘inspiration’
Veteran journalist Howard Gleckman has written the definitive book about the crisis of finding, providing, and paying for long-term care services. He takes us from “the phone call” to the personal stories of people struggling to care for their loved ones to a clear understanding of the problems and their possible solutions. I am taking the book to Omega this weekend to read, along with some books by Pema Chodron—more about her later.
Things You Must Know About Caring for Your Parents (from Gleckman’s web site) (more…)
Whether it is me (and it was), or you, or someone you know, 1 of every 6 women in the United States has been the victim of sexual violence. Writing today in the New York Times, Nicholas Kristof alerts us to a web initiative to call attention to the global issue of sexual violence.Â In many war-torn countries,Â rape is used as a weapon; it has only recently been declared a “crime against humanity” by the world Court.Â Â Click here to read about “Silence is the Enemy” and to find out what you can do to help stop mass rape.
An important “first alerter” and ongoing advocate for women is Eve Ensler. Â Click here to explore the Global Movement to End violence Against Women and Girls.
It’s been a spectacular spring—everywhere I turn I see the magic.Â Nature surprises me every year with color and shadow and shape and movement and I am stunned anew into submisson.Â I surrender to the mystery of such beauty.Â It is wonderful practice for surrendering to my life.
I love devotional music, specifically Sanskrit and Sikh chants, and this past Thursday I went with a friend to New York to hear and chant with Snatam Kaur and Guruganesha Singh. It was two hours of bliss, alternating between high-energy chanting and heart chanting—from dancing in my seat to feeling at peace and at one with all beings. This clip is from her “Live in Concert” DVD featuring Manish Vyas on tabla and Ram Dass on keyboard and clarinet (no, not that Ram Dass!) Be sure to turn up the volume! Click here to listen to more chants.