Non-believers won’t read this

and here’s why;

They don’t believe a problem exists.

If they agree a problem exists; they don’t believe the problem is worthy of attention.

They don’t have time for the so-called “do-gooders”.

This post is for the converted. The believers. It’s for the people who are weary of the status quo.

It’s for the change-agents who aspire to rise above status quo into loftier qualities of compassion, unselfish concern for others, responsibility and decisive action.

Amanda Todd ended her life on October 10, 2012. Amanda was fifteen years old. Amanda could no longer live with the pain of the past three-year’s of cruelty hurled upon her by a blackmailing cyber stalker and her peers.

Amanda Todd could be your daughter or grand-daughter. She could be your niece, cousin, sister, student or class-mate.

Bullying is such a common occurrence that many of us mistakenly believe is normal. Many of us are victims of bullying from our families, relationships, schools and workplaces. Bullying infects every aspect of society.

No one is immune. Some of us project the effects externally onto others; our kids, our spouses, our pets, our relatives, our workmates, the poor, the weak, the vulnerable.

Some of us quietly endure the effects inwardly day after day hoping that others won’t notice our wounded-ness.

Amanda Todd began advocating for victims of bullying in a video she posted in September called, “My Story:Struggling, bullying, suicide, self harm.”

Carol Todd, Amanda’s mother said in an interview that she “has launched a trust fund in Amanda’s memory to raise money for anti-bullying awareness education and for support programs for youth with mental health issues.”

Let us continue the advocacy Amanda Todd began with her video because “we should not rest.”
Be a voice or help support a voice. If there is enough of us, eventually the non-believers will follow.
Related article • Amanda Todd is an Angel
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Learning about Love: Day 7

Peace And Love

“Who, being loved, is poor?” — Oscar Wilde

Today, I’d like to explore the word ‘reverence’.

According to The Free Dictionary.com, ‘reverence’ is a feeling of profound awe and respect and often love; veneration. It’s also an act of showing respect, especially a bow or curtsy.

I’m reading a book titled “A Tree Full of Angels – Seeing the Holy in the Ordinary” written by author and Benedictine Sister, Macrina Wiederkehr.

Macrina writes;

“Today I carried all the images of life that I could hold in my mind’s eye:  trees and flowers, bees, mourning doves and turtles, geese and eagles, deer and rabbits, lions and tigers and bears, men and women, children and angels and of course, God, the Life of all life. Such beautiful memories of life filled my soul. Moments from the past visited the empty places in my heart and renewed my reverence for life.”

As a child, Macrina  experienced a profound reverence for life. She recalls saving the turtles that crossed the road from untimely death by placing them safely across the road.

I think each of us is born with a reverence for life and that most of us are educated away from the feelings of awe and deep respect as we grow up.

Like Macrina, I’m renewing my reverence for life. And…it seems synchronicity would have to agree.

When I was writing this post, I checked my  Facebook account to catch up on recent activity. A friend had shared a link to a TED talk given by Nobel Peace Price recipient Alexander Tsiaras.

Apparently, Tsiaras used the technology he and a fellow inventor created to capture the development of a human life form from conception to birth.

It’s truly amazing and only 9 minutes long.

Suggestions for contemplation: What does reverence for life mean to you? Does society foster reverence for life?

If you are new to this blog and wonder what this is all about, I’ve given myself a 100 day “Learning about Love” challenge. So — for the next 100 days, it’s all about love. My good friend calls it a “love makeover” (hehehe).

Thank you to all who accompany me on this journey. I really appreciate the support and wonderful comments. 🙂

Wishing one and all a reverent day.

A day in a life with rheumatoid arthritis – Part 7- Fat Sick and Nearly Dead – the movie

First off, let me give a big THANKS to all my subscribers and to those who read my blog. I feel very blessed that you liked it enough to click the “follow” feature or “subscribe” in the earlier days.

Blogging helps me to track my experiences as I contemplate and search for a meaningful life. I feel honored when I inspire others with the information I share as it crosses my path. And, the fact that blogging on WordPress makes it so easy, is a bonus.

A few weeks ago, my brother told me about a documentary he watched titled, “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead“. Joe Cross was 100 lbs. overweight and suffered from a rare autoimmune disease. Under medical supervision, Joe went on a 60-day juice fast while he traveled across the United States filming the documentary. Joe spoke to 500 Americans about food and healthy lifestyle. Some took the challenge along with him. One woman found relief from persistent migraines.

According to my brother, the most fascinating part of the video was when Joe Cross found Phil Staples at a truck stop. Phil weighed in at 429 lbs., suffered from the same rare condition and couldn’t stand his situation any longer. According to the descriptive blurb about the trailer, the documentary turned into an inspiring story about two men who realize that “the only person that can save them is themselves.”

Please watch the 5 minute trailer that introduces Joe’s incredible journey. BTW, the doctor you see in the video with Joe is Dr. Joel Fuhrman. Dr. Fuhrman helps patients improve health through nutrition excellence.

If this video intrigued you, I highly recommend a further 2 minute video by Joe on fruit, vegetables and the power of juicing.

I don’t know about you, but after watching the videos, I feel a craving for freshly juiced vegetables and fruits. Joe spreads his message at Join the Reboot.

In a previous post (click here), I mentioned that I noticed a significant improvement in the level of pain and inflammation from RA since I removed gluten and eggs from my diet. In addition, I don’t experience the severe flare-ups as I did before the diet change or the thick heavy achy feeling.

During the last few weeks, I’ve had a number of medical appointments that add further testament that I’m on the right track. Here is the latest news in brief;

Naturopath visit –  live blood cell analysis looked more  normal.

Rheumatologist visit – blood-work results show ESR (detects level of inflammation activity) is down to a manageable level 7 (anything under 20 is considered normal). However, according to my rheumatologist ESR isn’t the only test they use to diagnose inflammatory conditions. While RA symptoms have greatly subsided, it is evident I still have a moderate level of disease activity.

Echo-cardiogram – normal.

I still have a way to go yet to get to where I want to be, but all in all, I think this is wonderful news so far. The elimination of gluten, eggs and the increase in vegetables and fruits, I believe, has contributed to a much improved RA condition.

Here is a recap of the foods I consume on a more or less daily basis. Fresh or frozen organic when possible fruits and vegetables, kefir, sauerkraut, salmon and limited gluten-free eggless baked goods. Recently, I tried adding small amounts of bio-dynamic stewing beef to my vegetable dishes. For cooking I use coconut oil and turmeric. I also take various vitamin supplements and nutritional supports like Vega or a naturopath recommended support.

Plans for the future include to resume juicing and stay consistent with a high daily vegetable intake. I have discovered that I have way less food cravings and hunger attacks when I eat an adequate amount of nutrient rich foods daily.

So, what am I learning? Watching videos from people like Dr.Terry Wahls who cured her MS and Joe Cross who cured a rare autoimmune disease is inspiring and validates that hard-core lifestyle changes are paramount to move the body into balance and health.

Thanks again for reading. Have a wonderful weekend!

Disclaimer: This blog is for informational purposes only and is based solely on my own personal experience. No medical advice is given or intended by the owner of this blog. Please consult a health care professional for advice.

Stand Up, Put your Hands Together and Let’s Sing!

A Facebook friend shared the video “Stand By Me Playing For Change Song Around the World“. The video brought tears to my eyes as I listened to the voices and watched people from around the world singing and playing as One.

The video is full of Love. See if you can feel the love too.

Did you feel the Love? If so, please share and invite others to do the same.

Find out more, visit Playing For Change.com.

Hope you enjoyed this inspiring musical interlude. Thanks so much for visiting.

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” Aldous Huxley

One Day Love Will Rule

Today was a day for incredible heartwarming love stories.

A Facebook friend posted an amazing video called “Dog Saves Dog” (click title to view video).

It happened on a busy highway in Santiago, Chile. Homeless dogs running loose. Unfortunately, one got hit by a car. The incredibly amazing thing that happened is that a rescue dog came along and literally dragged the hit dog from the middle of the road to the median. Watch the video to see what I mean.

In “The Story Behind This Video”, Sonny Melendrez writes, “…it is obvious that, for the most part, we are one with our respect for life.” After watching the video, I would include the rescue dog in that statement.

Another Facebook friend shared the incredible love story of Emmanuel Kelly. Emmanuel and his brother were found by their adoptive mum in an orphanage in Iraq. They were born in the middle of a war zone and found in a shoe box by the nuns in the park. Please watch the video to hear their story and hear Emmanuel’s beautiful singing voice.

And the same Facebook friend that shared Emmanuel’s video also shared the 9/11 Boat Lift story during which 900,000 people  were evacuated from Manhattan by boat during the tragic and heartbreaking event of 9/11. Please watch this 11 min. video narrated by Tom Hanks.

The last two video’s are from Dr. Erica Goodstone at Create Healing and Love Now! There is so much good happening in the world.

Support the Middle East

The essential message of a TED talk given by Wadah Khanfar, Director General of Al Jazeera, the Arabic-language news network headquartered in Doha, Qatar is,

support the Middle East.

In a very inspiring 14 min. talk, Mr. Khanfar speaks of

values of democracy and freedom of choice sweeping the Middle East.

 and

a new generation, educated, connected, inspired with universal values and global understanding has created a new reality.

We are seeing,

Middle East countries trying to see and discover how could we imagine a future which is magnificent and peaceful and tolerant.

 
At the end of the talk, Khanfar expresses ways for people in the west to help.

Show you care about their transformation.

I, for one, think this is absolutely magnificent. A grandeur/grander vision of life. A movement done by the people for the people. Lovely!

How about you? Can you imagine a peaceful tolerant world? Let’s all try. Right Now.

Visit Al Jazeera and express support and find out what you can do. Kudos to you, Wadah Khanfar. Very inspiring!

A Demonstration of Unconditional Love

Madurai image from Wikimedia.

How many people would turn down a highly paid position in a five-star hotel to feed and care for the homeless?

Narayanan Krishnan is an Indian chef who did exactly that. He prepares three fresh hot meals daily to feed four hundred helpless, mentally ill, old, sick, destitute human beings in his hometown of Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India.

In addition, Narayanan gives tender loving care to his people while he bathes and shaves them. A 24,500 sq. ft. facility is under construction to provide a safe, peaceful place. Narayanan is an example of love in action.

Please watch this short segment on CNN Heroes where you will see Narayanan’s demonstration of unconditional love. The man is a leader extraordinaire.

How many of us would follow Narayanan’s example? I, for one, have a lot to learn about unconditional love. Please share this post and spread the Love.