Nelson Mandala. A Hero of Our Time

I didn’t know Mandela had died until I read the tributes to him this morning. Just reading how much he was respected and loved says everything. Total homage to him.

He was dearly loved, and is an inspiration to us all.
That’s an important point, too.

Mandela Continues in Us

If we value Mandela’s impact on the world, the best thing we can do is
to try and adopt his good qualities as your own. If everyone who loves him took on even a fraction of Madiba’s qualities, the world would transform overnight.

~ from Kadampa Life, “I am the master of my fate” ~ a tribute to Nelson Mandela.

As the Idealistic Rebel says:

We need to pick up his words and ideals and carry on for him.
If all of us who believe in peace and freedom do one extra act of peace in his memory, he will never be forgotten.

~ from “The World has lost Nelson Mandela”

Mandela Quotes

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Reiki Heidi once asked on hereWhere are the people like him [MLK] today?? We still need heroes…

Maybe the answer to this question lies in Mandela’s

“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”

After all, it is within all our capabilities to develop these, don’t you think…?

Our Deepest Fear

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. 
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. 
It is our light, not our darkness
That most frightens us.

We ask ourselves
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? 
You are a child of God.

Your playing small 
Does not serve the world. 
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking 
So that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine, 
As children do. 
We were born to make manifest 
The glory of God that is within us.

It’s not just in some of us; 
It’s in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine, 
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. 
As we’re liberated from our own fear, 
Our presence automatically liberates others.

By Marianne Williamson
(often mis-attributed to Mandela, but I’m glad he made it famous.)

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I like that they’re smiling and singing in celebration of his life,
rather than sad and mourning his death.

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Perseid Meteor Shower ─━★ Images & Information

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Perseids meteor shower, Stonehenge

Perseid Meteor Shower

Peaks on Sunday and Monday nights, after 12pm. 

A celestial light show, with lots of shooting stars to wish on – — ─━★

In the UK we should be blessed with a new moon and clear-ish skies **
But wherever in the world you are, s
ee how best to view the meteor show in the Huffington Post. 

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Just in case your weather is all light polluted and cloudy (like it was here last night), NASA will be streaming the celestial light show.
Just for you ;~)

* 12th Aug, 12.30am EDIT: NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center Ustream channel isn’t live until around 9pm EDT, 3am GMT. Before that it’s just a blank screen; or  a box with clouds in it and dodgy pop music.
After that it’s high speed sparkly space dust :~)

Homage to patiently accepting everything unwanted and unhelpful
with a mind that’s OK with things not going as planned.

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Perseid meteor shower visible in the night sky above Glastonbury

Where is the Meteor Show?

Perseus’s lights streaking across the sky can be seen with the naked eye, and although they’ll be all about, they’ll be radiating from his constellation. This is found between the tip of Cassiopia’s ‘W’ and the Pleiadies.

Looking up at the Pleiadies does feel kinda’ special to me ♡
And the beauty of the night sky puts everything back into perspective when you come back down to earth again.

Really, I only saw a few shooting stars between the clouds last night. But I’ve just realised how very much better I feel for it, despite a serious lack of sleep. (Hence the last-minute decision to share, in case you feel like experiencing some cosmic joy too :~)

❤.¸¸.✧ Cosmic magic!. . • *


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Perseus constellation etc

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radiant of meteor shower

radiant of meteor shower

☆ * •. ¸ A podcast of my thoughts after the Perseid Meteor Shower,
and stargazing up at the Pleiadies. The universe is so big and special and we’re not separate from it, so we’re  all special too. Which is a humbling thought.

★ Please turn your volume up! I get even quieter later on ❤.¸¸.✧ 

* the 1st line:
Perseid Meteor Shower – didn’t see many, but the Pleiades looked sweet.”
** this is a Buddhist take of why we’re all one ~ not as separate as we normally think we are.
♡ Thanks for watching :~)

─━★ nb. We pass through the comet Swift-Tuttle’s tale annually, so the Perseid meteors are a regular event – – ─━🙂

Image References:

* Stonehenge, Glastonbury (and more) – The Telegraph
* Tree – totallycoolpix.com
* Meteor shower radiant (and more info) – Jodrell Bank
* Perseus image – StarWalk App

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** Technically, everywhere will be experiencing a new moon the now, not just the UK. Unless whoever created the moon and its cycles really screwed things up…

Peace at Home, Peace in the World

World peace starts here ♡

Peaceful Minds

   make for

     Peace at Home

        leading to Peace on Earth

resulting in Peace throughout the Cosmos.

and all of us here at Home

   can make Peace on Earth

     and even throughout the Cosmos

       just by holding Peaceful Minds

           all of the time.

                                       (* or just when we can)

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“Each human being exists within the context of interrelationships that include other human beings, all living beings and the natural world. In other words, each person is sustained by the interdependent web of life. By awakening to this principle we are able to expand instinctive self-love into an altruistic love for others; we are able to nurture the spirit of tolerance and empathy for others.”

Dr. Yoichi Kawada, From inner peace to world peace, a Buddhist perspective.

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• DUENDEARTPRODUCTIONS : World Peace Starts At Home (pt2).wmv,
beautiful images (like the photo above!) and audio.

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Related Posts:

• the everyday gurus Monthly Peace Challenge: Peace at Home
by Kozo Hattori
• theINFP : Peace at home
“Perceptions and assumptions behave like clouds and dirty windows, they distort reality.” Home Truths.

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  • Rarasaur: Sara Teaches The Thud,
on brilliantly silly duck communication; and proper, diplomatic, proactive, flexible-solution-oriented, truthful communication.
• I am Grayson:  What’s important, right now?
a personal view on communication.
• the living light: Aura of Redemption,
“We will never be protected, By the walls that we’ve erected…”

• Monthly Peace Challenge: Peace at Home,
for lots of other Peace at home posts!

Inner Peace ☮ World Happiness

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Proper Peace Tanks
Bring Peace

If we are Peaceful, 

We are Happy.

“We can blossom like a flower,
and everyone in our family,
our entire society,
will benefit from our peace.” 

Being Peace, Tich Nhat Hanh 

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Without inner peace,

outer peace is impossible.

“We all wish for world peace, but world peace will never be acheived unless we first establish peace within our own minds. We can send so-called ‘peacekeeping forces’ into areas of conflict, but peace cannot be oppossed from the outside with guns. Only by creating peace within our own mind and helping others to do the same can we hope to achieve peace in this world.”

Transform Your Life, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

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By creating peace in our own mind
we create peace between nations.

“The only work that will ultimately bring any good to any of us
is the work of contributing to the healing of the world.”

M.Williamson

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Related Posts:

everyday gurus: Monthly Peace Challenge: Art Thou Peaceful?
by Kozo Hattori
KM Huber’s Blog: The Art of Peace
Thoughts of yaussiechick: Art Thou Peaceful

theseeker: Peace is like a river….
Laurie’s Notes: Finding Healing and Peace Through Art
 Kozo Hattori: A Peace of Picasso

 Su’eddie in Life n Literature :
INNER PEACE (A Performance Poem) by Ode Attah
The Panama Adventure:
Monthly Peace Challenge: Art Thou Peaceful?

My Life In Color: Stand up for Peace
We hold the power. We, the people of this planet.

Click on the above links for more inspiring links on Art Inspiring Peace.

Credits:

All images created / adapted by Shanti,
except the Blog 4 Peace logo, via Everyday Gurus
and
Earth with Co-ordinate Grid via cyber-world1010 on  Tumblr

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Earth with Co-ordinate Grid

Art 4 Peace

Imagine Peace, and it will Happen

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Blessed are the peacemakers,

for they will be called children of God.

Matthew 5:9

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Blessed be the children,

for they are the peacemakers of the future.

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Imagine Peace

Child’s sign:

“When the power of love

overcomes the love of power,

the world will know peace.”

Sri Ghose

“Reality calls for change

The fruit of awareness is already ripe

And the door can never be closed again.”

Written by a young Tich Nhat Hanh in war torn Vietnam.

Film trailer: Planting Seeds: The Power of Mindfulness
Tich Nhat Hanh’s students discuss the magic of mindfulness.

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Related Posts:
Pam Tanzey: Peace Picnic (Doggy Cartoon Credit :~ )
Heartflow 2013: How To Live Like A Dog

The most effective way to teach a child something is to break down your lesson into the smallest pieces possible. RARASAUR: Peace, Vignettes, and Metaphor Fails
Bloggers for Peace: Monthly Peace Challenge

Stories for Kids:
Fish of Gold: How The Giraffe Got His Neck
Inspire the Idea: Bartie’s Tail

Click on the above links for yet more links on Children + Peace!

 “I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside”

See also:
Bloggers for Peace on Twitter: #B4Peace
Cosmic Loti: Dream a Better World
Dream lands and the waking world are experientially the same. That’s why they both feel equally real, and why we can influence them far more than we give ourselves credit for. We can literally dream a better world for us all.

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PostScript:
I won the challenge as well 🙂 along with a few of the guys mentioned up there.
It was a veritable challenge, but so much fun to do.
Big hugs all the brilliant people out there in cyberspace who support us Bloggers for Peace.

Click here for all the other winners of the ‘Publish a post on how to teach children about peace‘ challenge. Well worth checking out.

Jas

Beginnings Depend upon Endings

Ostara for the Northern Hemisphere.

A time of Change, Renewal and Re-birth

“Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life…”
~S.D. Gordon

Spring is a natural time of rebirth, renewal, and hope on the physical and spiritual levels
Humans have felt this in their bones since the dawn of time.

EagleEyes, Spiritual Rebirth and Renewal 

In her recent article Do you ever feel discouraged? Luna Kadampa describes this process of change as “Sloughing off our sense of a limited, fixed, deluded self — a self that doesn’t in any case even exist — and arising and identifying ourselves as a wise, peaceful, positive, loving, happy, blissful, free person instead.” 

We can treat ourself with the same loving-kindness we extend to others, and start to mentally shed those unneeded Winter layers to find this rare beauty inside.

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Endings are always beginnings.
Because that’s the way the world goes.

For sunshine and blue skies to come, those snowy grey skies have to go, and our thermals with them. Doesn’t sound like bad thing; but it can be a trick to recognise this in normal life.
Holding onto things we really should’ve let go of already is subtle torture.
This is certainly worth thinking about if letting go is problematic for us.

We have to let go to become. Physically and mentally, even if it’s just a little bit at a time. Otherwise it’s like we’re still wearing our winter woolies even though it’s uncomfortable because the weather’s getter warmer.
Letting old things go and moving onto pastures new can be scary, especially if it isn’t something we planned. But if we’re open to it, we can experience magic in that space we’ve created.

Blessed Be for this wonderful time of renewal.

first buds of SpringTumblr Screenshots:
Images from Cosmic Loti on Tumblr
via YoginiYoda, http://www.sungazing.com
TeaAndTao, SelfAssassin
Lazy Yogi, MindBodyLove
and Y B Ordinary.

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Like this:
Wise word and images on here:
Let go to Become
Kadampa Life on how our mind affects the experiences in our lives: Wherever you go, there you are,
and on how we can do better than our ‘tight grasping at a limited sense of self’  in: Do you ever feel discouraged?  

 

Momma’s Baby Animal Images ❤ =^••^=

Happy Mother’s Day to all,

from us in the UK!

A day set aside to celebrate just how brilliant mums can be.

So here’s some cute n whimsical images for you all ~
coz the love a mother and her children have for one another
is in no way limited to humans…

How can we not respect that?

momma's baby animals

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… my fur baby wondering why does he need a card to say he loves me when he’s got those big brown eyes?

Fur Baby Mum's Day Card

More links!

kadampalife.org: Finding my heart
This video is just too cute ==^ o‿o^ == Cat mom hugs baby kitten
Sad/Happy story from the Mail Online: Dying mare leads her foal from the wilds of Dartmoor to the safety of human care.

Credits
Photos in the collage from
http://amolife.com
Thanks to my Mu for posing with my ma’s mums’ day card and not getting it muddy 😉
He is such a little star ==^•‿•^==

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