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Focusing on the Positives
Posted October 21st, 2012 - 5:15 pm from Ottawa, Canada
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Posted October 21st, 2012 - 6:37 pm from Oaxaca de Juarez, Mexico
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Posted October 21st, 2012 - 11:14 pm by from Langley, United States (Permalink)
About 3 weeks ago I showed up for a work shift with my client (she's 18 years old and has Down Syndrome).

Her mother, without ANY conversation, etc., out of the blue, said "God, I hope you're not voting for Obama!!!".

I was EXTREMELY offended: we (in the US) kind of have the attitude that voting is our given right and we're free to exercise that right any way we see fit.

I replied, "I'm going to vote for whomever I want!!!"
Then added, "God, I hope you're not going to vote for Romney!"

She got it!!!!! She started laughing and apologized for trying to corner me.

Cherie

Posted October 22nd, 2012 - 12:46 am from Sydney, Australia
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Posted October 23rd, 2012 - 3:28 am from Walla Walla, United States
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Posted October 24th, 2012 - 9:34 am from Tacoma, United States
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Posted October 24th, 2012 - 12:44 pm by from Curitiba, Brazil (Permalink)
Hello George, that´s what I and my guest Mica from Germany were talking about last night, drinking beer in a bar...

I told her about a previous young german guest, who said: "Compared to Brasil, Germany has everything: richness, organization, education, welfare state, less violence, etc... but it lacks one thing: happiness."

Mica protested. Of course there as here there are people in all kind of states.

But I notice that people in rich countries tend to complain a lot, about small things, when they don´t have big things to complain about - like they are object, the victim, reactive.

I know, world is not ready. Everywhere and every time, I have things to do (and make), to improve myself and my world, as a participant and creative subject.


Hugs.

Emi.

Posted October 24th, 2012 - 12:58 pm by from Curitiba, Brazil (Permalink)
Maybe I should add: not only a matter of focusing on positives, but creating it.

Posted October 24th, 2012 - 2:49 pm from Sydney, Australia
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Posted October 24th, 2012 - 3:15 pm from Oaxaca de Juarez, Mexico
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Posted October 24th, 2012 - 4:43 pm from Ottawa, Canada
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Posted October 26th, 2012 - 2:08 am by from Curitiba, Brazil (Permalink)
David, in contrast to your experience in Japan, last month I went to Acre state, a remote place even for us, brazilians.

I took my folding bike on the plane and it was my vehicle to visit the capital city. Once, I stoped in a bar to ask directions and a young men kindly drew a 3-page-map!

It was such a rich experience, because of people´s warmth and spontaneity.

Posted October 26th, 2012 - 5:06 am by from Asmara, Eritrea (Permalink)
Being positive means to me is being slow to judgement, being in control of myself by keeping EGO at bay. For myself, this is easier said than done. By being positive, I attain this by living in the present. During the summer, I meditated daily and this did a world of wonder. As school started, I put meditation aside and became less in the moment, I find myself judging my colleagues. Thanks for posting this George, I am reminded to meditate! Over the years, I have scores of books on spirituality, many of them helpful, but found a true gem:

http://www.amazon.com/Awareness-Opportunities-Reality-Anthony-Mello/dp/0385249373/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1351227203&sr=1-1&keywords=anthony+de+mello
I will be re-reading this book for the umpteenth time as I have a week off.
There have been a few remarkable or rather amazing people, like Christ, Buddha, and Gandhi who have achieved greatness by tackling the EGO and lived truly in the moment.
There are miracles all around us, we just have to wake up!

Posted October 26th, 2012 - 5:46 am from Portland, United States
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Posted October 26th, 2012 - 6:46 am from Walla Walla, United States
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Posted October 26th, 2012 - 7:58 am from Sydney, Australia
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Posted October 26th, 2012 - 12:38 pm by from Curitiba, Brazil (Permalink)
Scotty, Cadence, thank you for introducing me DeMello.

I am reading and enjoying greatly Awareness.



"You know, all mystics—Catholic, Christian, non-Christian, no matter what their theology, no matter what their religion—are unanimous on one thing: that all is well, all is well. Though everything is a mess, all is well. Strange paradox, to be sure. But, tragically, most people never get to see that all is well because they are asleep. They are having a nightmare."


All is well.

Posted October 26th, 2012 - 2:06 pm from Portland, United States
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Posted October 26th, 2012 - 2:25 pm by from Langley, United States (Permalink)
I know that they're vegetarians and associated with Loma Linda University.

Cherie

Posted October 26th, 2012 - 2:28 pm by from Asmara, Eritrea (Permalink)
It has been a while since I have visited this website, but beoiefnet.con always comes in handy with (hopefully) unbiased views of faiths. Adventists:
http://www.beliefnet.com/Faiths/2001/06/What-Seventh-Day-Adventists-Believe.aspx

Posted October 26th, 2012 - 2:36 pm by from Asmara, Eritrea (Permalink)
An old friend of mine back in Ottawa is a devout SDA. They fallow closely the Book of Leviticus and avoid meats like shell fish and hooved animals, but I have sat down with him many times eating over a plate of chicken wings. They have dietary restrictions, but I believe they can still eat meat.

Posted October 26th, 2012 - 8:46 pm from Ottawa, Canada
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Posted October 26th, 2012 - 9:14 pm by from Langley, United States (Permalink)
Thank you.

After introducing vegetarian "meat" (bacon, sausage, ground meat,meatballs, chicken, beef chunks, etc.) to one of my client's family, they don't understand why anyone would go back to meat.

The health benefits alone are worthwhile.
But why make an animal suffer a miserable and heartbreaking life, then be murdered for its body?

The ultimate of being used and abused.

Cherie

Posted October 27th, 2012 - 10:00 am from Victoria, Canada
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Posted October 27th, 2012 - 3:50 pm by from Langley, United States (Permalink)
Lovely!

Welcome home!

Cherie

Posted October 27th, 2012 - 8:05 pm from Seattle, United States
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Posted October 28th, 2012 - 6:07 am from Sydney, Australia
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Posted October 28th, 2012 - 11:14 pm by from Langley, United States (Permalink)
Once you really look at what you're eating, when you eat flesh, usually seared with heat (ah, the smell of burning flesh!), you realize how barbaric the practice is.

Add to that the health benefits of not eating dead animals.
And how much pollution and harm it causes the planet.
And the sorrow and grief of brutally ripping lives from the animals: our fellow creatures who we're suppose to be taking care of here on earth...

There really is no choice!!!

I LOVE to cook, and currently cook for three families every week. I'm paid well, mostly by the state, because these are people with severe health issues: heart disease, diabetes, drug addictions (aka brain imbalance from ALL kinds of chemicals). I'm here to provide solid nutrition, feeding them fresh, nutritious, and delicious food to "heal" them.

I cook "real" food like beef and mushroom stroganoff with egg noodles; Swedish meatballs and gravy with red potatoes, peas and lingonberry jam; Mandarin chicken with stir fried vegetables, egg rolls, and fried rice; beef and vegetable shish kabobs on a bed of rice pilaf; roasted vegetables and beef with Yorkshire pudding.

And NONE of it has any flesh in it!

I also make killer hamburgers, BLT's, breakfasts with sausage links, patties and bacon: still NO flesh. No killing. No suffering. No artery clogging animal fat!

Wake up! The future is now..please join me in a cruelty-free guilt-free world.

It's easier to do than not.

Cherie


Posted October 28th, 2012 - 11:24 pm by from Langley, United States (Permalink)
LOL!!!!!

Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has just just selected a new campaign slogan for the coming season:

"Bury Dead Animals, Don't Eat Them."

Perfect!!!!

Cherie

Posted October 28th, 2012 - 11:33 pm by from Langley, United States (Permalink)
I have to ask anyone in that situation if they don't value their mental and ethical state of mind more than killing the animals?

Everyone (except serial killers, child molesters, domestic abusers, animal hunters, etc.), instinctively KNOW it's wrong to cause such harm on others.

Most of us would NEVER murder an animal, or feel kind and loving and happy if we did so.

LOOK at it: there's nothing good about it: it's unfair cosmically, it's sad, it's a horror to go through for the animals, it's irresponsible for us to knowingly terrorize the helpless and stupid (a chicken has the brain the size of a pea: how can you look her in the eye, realize how innocently dumb she is, then ring her neck and eat her???? ).

Thanks for listening.

Cherie

Posted October 29th, 2012 - 10:23 am from Sydney, Australia
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Posted October 29th, 2012 - 1:47 pm from Portland, United States
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Posted October 29th, 2012 - 9:16 pm from Sydney, Australia
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Posted October 30th, 2012 - 2:53 am from Ottawa, Canada
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Posted October 30th, 2012 - 8:08 pm from Portland, United States
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