Your Soul Food for Friday Dec 2, 2021: Wonder is the Beginning of Wisdom!

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

The Wonder of Nature-

How is This for a Magical Birthday Present?

Paddle boarder’s encounter with curious whales – BBC News – YouTube

Really? A Cloud Avalanche?
This “cloud avalanche” occurred near the Kapuche Glacier Lake in the mountains of Nepal this year. At that time, a group of travel companions were camping by the lake, and they took the risk of taking pictures of this rare visual feast. The white snow clouds rushed down the valley, unstoppable, instantly swallowing the mountains and hitting the lake surface.

Cloud Avalanche – YouTube

The Wonder of Persistence-

Rita Moreno speaks with Bill Whitaker about the turmoil she went through early in her career, her 1961 portrayal of Anita in “West Side Story”, and her new role in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming adaptation of the Broadway classic:

“Perseverance is my middle name”

Rita Moreno on enduring racism and sexism, the scene that won her an Oscar, and the new “West Side Story” – 60 Minutes – CBS News

The Wonder of the Human Spirit-

Make-A-Wish asks boy with a critical illness what he wants. ‘Feed the homeless,’ he says.
Abraham Olagbegi, 13, asked Make-A-Wish to feed homeless people once a month in his hometown of Jackson, Mississippi.

Mississippi teen with rare disorder uses Make-a-Wish to feed homeless (

The wonder of Animals-

Miniature Horse and Great Dane Bond Over Their Similar Size and Spots, and Become Best Friends
Skye the Great Dane and Hot Fudge Sundae the mini horse became friends fast after meeting at their owner’s farm in Texas

Miniature Horse and Great Dane Become Best Friends at Texas Farm |

“And it makes me wonder”…

Thanks this week go to Eric K, Chris B, and all you wonder-filled people that share joy with others.

Please Pay it Forward!



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Your Soul Food for Thanksgiving Week 2021: May Your World Be Full of Both Thanks & Giving!

Happy Soul Food Friday,

This week: May Your World Be Full of Both Thanks & Giving!

Speaking of giving, first, thanks to all of you that supported last week’s campaign for Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week.

Together we raised $111,851 in support of these critical issues facing our community.

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough”:

Gratitude is simply giving thanks for the people and things in your life. Here are the ways gratitude can benefit you:1

  • Lower your risk of major depression, anxiety, phobias and substance misuse
  • Help you sleep better
  • Lower your stress

Gratitude can transform you in the moment. Simply think of three things you are thankful for. For example, “I’m thankful for coffee and I enjoy a cup each morning. Or, “I’m thankful for the beautiful sunset each day. When we think about things we’re thankful for, it focuses our mind on a comforting thought. The brain responds with pleasant signals throughout the body. When this happens, you can stop stress in its path. That’s something worth giving thanks for too. 

The Surprising Benefits of Gratitude:

When facing as much uncertainty as we have over the last year, resilience comes to mind as an increasingly critical skill. Resilience enables us to remain optimistic amidst disruption and destabilization. But what effect does focusing on the positive have on resilience?

Practice Gratitude to Gain Resilience (

Instead of Asking What Are You Thankful For? This Year, Try This
Every year millions of people sit around holiday tables and say what they are thankful for.

That’s great, but here is a proactive question to make the world a little better.

Don’t Ask “What Are You Thankful For?” Try This Instead |

How to Express Your Gratitude (Without Feeling Awkward)
YOU MAY ALREADY have a regular gratitude practice—mentally savoring sunsets and other everyday wonders, or even journaling about your many blessings. But when it comes to communicating your heartfelt appreciation to others, it can feel, well, kind of awkward. What if they get embarrassed—or they think you’re sucking up? What if you start gushing and come off as insincere?

How I Made Self-Gratitude a Habit (And Stopped Feeling Awkward About It) | Shine (

Five Ways to Cultivate Gratitude at Work:

Americans are less likely to say “thanks” on the job than anywhere else, which hurts productivity and happiness. That needs to change.

Five Ways to Cultivate Gratitude at Work (

Champion Gratitude in the Workplace:

Foster civility in the workplace and don’t just engage people but enable them and energize them to create great culture

Champion Gratitude in Workplace! – Marshall Goldsmith

And Last But Certainly Not Least, Be Grateful for our Tiny Blue Planet:

Many moons ago, a NASA space mission was leaving the solar system when, at the request of Carl Sagan, it was commanded by NASA to turn its camera around and take a last series of photos of Earth across a great expanse of space. The attached video’s accompanying words spoken by Carl Sagan are even more relevant and moving today.

Carl Sagan – Pale Blue Dot – YouTube


Thanks this week go to Paula M, Bob C, and all of you that practice an attitude of gratitude!

Pay it forward and here is wishing you and your loved ones a joyous holiday season!



“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder”Gilbert K. Chesterton

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Your Soul Food for Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week November 19 2021

Happy Soul Food Friday

This week: Equity is Bottom Up Healing & Self Care is Critical Especially for the Care Givers + Insights from Educators & Some Animal Comedy

Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week:

It is Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week across the United States.

Locally, 1 in 3 San Diegans are nutrition insecure.

Here is what we are doing about it, with your help. We made a $25,000 matching grant to help our brothers and sisters most in need.

If you are so inclined, just scan the QR code in the flyer below or use the link to make a donation. No amount is too small…


Here is a news clip that ran on KPBS and ABC News featuring Deacon Jim and Yours Truly:

Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week brings local businesses together – YouTube

And an Op/Ed we penned together…

Opinion: We all have a part to play in addressing hunger and homelessness. Here’s what you can do.

For our cherished Caregivers:

Health Care Professionals’ Spirituality and COVID-19

Meaning, Compassion, Relationship

The pandemic has been extraordinarily taxing for health care professionals. Now more than ever they need to take care of themselves.

This fantastic article shares both what they and we can do!

For our beloved Educators:

“I Will Never Do That Again”: Teachers Share Incidents With Students That Caused Them To Change Their Policies
“This realization shook me, and I still think about that student often.”

Teachers Are Sharing Experiences With Students That Compelled Them To Change Their Teaching Policies (

For our animal lovers:

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 Winners

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 winners (

Thanks this week go to the Father Joe’s Villages & Mission Fed teams, and to Dr. Bill A. for the exceptional article.

Please pay it forward!



“The day will come when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides and gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, we shall have discovered fire!”–Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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Your Soul Food 11/12/21: Preserve and Protect That Which Matters Most!

Happy Soul Food Friday!

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Gratitude to our Veterans!

“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.”- G.K. Chesterton

This week:

While we invest a great deal of time trying to optimize our inner climate, as the COP26 Climate Change Conference is winding up in Glasgow, Scotland with world leaders from more than 120 countries gathering to respond to our emergent climate catastrophe, this week’s Soul Food is about helping us understand the predicament we have put ourselves in, and our role in navigating the path forward…

If time is short, just read the first article to reframe the issue and the last to have a personal plan of action.

“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”

How attenuated is your survival instinct?



Hidden Brain Reframes the Climate Issue Brilliantly!

We Broke the Planet. Now What?

We’ve grown accustomed to viewing climate change as an enemy we must urgently defeat. But is that the right metaphor for the greatest existential problem of our time? This week, we consider how to reframe the way we think about life on a changing planet. 

Hidden Brain Podcast | Hidden Brain Media

Two Articles that Speak to the Unsustainable Economic Burden of Unsustainable Climate Issues

With $1 billion disasters rising in the US, a FEMA administrator weighs in on Climate Change:

The U.S. has had 18 natural disasters in 2021 costing over $1 billion, and the country is on record to break 2020’s record of 22 disasters.

With $1 billion disasters rising in the U.S., FEMA administrator weighs in on climate change | Here & Now (

Capitalism is killing the planet – it’s time to stop buying into our own destruction:

When faced with an impending or chronic threat, such as climate or ecological breakdown, we seem to go out of our way to compromise our survival. We convince ourselves that it’s not so serious, or even that it isn’t happening. We double down on destruction, swapping our ordinary cars for SUVs, jetting to Oblivia on a long-haul flight, burning it all up in a final frenzy. In the back of our minds, there’s a voice whispering, “If it were really so serious, someone would stop us.” If we attend to these issues at all, we do so in ways that are petty, tokenistic, comically ill-matched to the scale of our predicament. It is impossible to discern, in our response to what we know, the primacy of our survival instinct.

Capitalism is killing the planet – it’s time to stop buying into our own destruction | Climate crisis | The Guardian

What Can We Do?

Solutions to Climate change by sector that can be taken TODAY

Project Drawdown:

Our mission is to help the world reach “Drawdown”— the point in the future when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline, thereby stopping catastrophic climate change — as quickly, safely, and equitably as possible.

Project Drawdown

Thanks this week go to all preservers and protectors of our tiny blue planet. Special thanks to Dana V and Fab V for sharing Project Drawdown with me.

Please pass it forward for future generations!

Love All,


“We can’t save the world by playing by the rules, because the rules have to be changed. Everything needs to change – and it has to start today!” – Greta Thunberg

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Your Soul Food for Friday November 5, 2021: A Heartfelt Tribute to Dr. Danny Friedland

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

A Heartfelt Tribute to Dr. Danny Friedland: Living Well From Within

With Danny recording an episode of the Community Spotlight Show with Drew Schlosberg on Purpose-Driven Leadership

This past weekend we lost another great soul- the inestimable Dr. Danny Friedland; physician, healer, teacher, founding chair of the largest integrative health organization in the country, author of “Leading Well from Within”, executive coach, loving spouse and father, and so much more after nearly a year long struggle with brain cancer.

About 11 months ago, Danny and I recorded this impactful interview when he was fully dialed in to making every day count.

About halfway in, you can capture the full expression of wisdom and passion.

Full of gems and wisdom, here are some examples:

  • Your suffering right now might well be your gift to awaken your own self compassion and kindness.
  • Beating up on yourself does not serve you or humanity, but in your own self compassion arises the capacity to serve others around you!
  • We claim our personal transformation only for the purpose of giving it away in the spirit of your own self-actualization.

Danny unpacks his Personal Vow: “I vow to live my life from home, and when I get lost, find my way back and to inspire others to live from their homes too”. This is a powerful example of a direct apprehension of reality and a true embodiment of his wisdom and spirit.

Danny also reminds us that the root of the word health is not just wholeness but also holy.

I hope you enjoy this sacred conversation with a great soul I was blessed to know and learn from!

Hug your loved ones…

A Blessed Holy Conversation with Neville Billimoria, SVP of Mission Federal Credit Union | Day 36 – YouTube

Tribute Video:

Here is a tribute vid we put together for Dr. Danny and his family:

Leading Well From Within:

Here is a link to Danny’s book. Leading Well from Within: A Neuroscience and Mindfulness-Based Framework for Conscious Leadership eBook : Friedland MD, Daniel: Kindle Store

Lastly, Danny would want us to celebrate every day and live fully!

This performance should inspire us to do just that…

Sting performing “Brand New Day” live with Stevie Wonder at his 60th Birthday concert in NYC:

Sting with Stevie Wonder – Brand New Day (Sting 60th Birthday) – YouTube

Thanks this week go to Dr. Danny- gone but not forgotten- his beloved family, and to conscious leaders past, present and future touched by his life work.

Remember leadership is not a position, it’s a decision.

Choose LOVE!

Please pay it forward as you live, love, learn and leave a legacy!



“I slept and dreamt that life was joy.

I awoke and saw that life was service.

I acted and behold, service was joy.”

Rabindranath Tagore

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Your Soul Food for Friday Oct 29 2021: The Birth of Halloween, Legit Leadership & the Wonder of Nature

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

The Birth of Halloween, Legit Leadership & the Wonder of Nature

Inside the Irish ‘hell caves’ where Halloween was born
Go in search of the ancient royal capital that spawned our favorite night of the dead.

Inside the Irish ‘hell caves’ where Halloween was born (

What I Learned From Colin Powell by Marc Benioff
In many ways, we came from completely different worlds. Colin Powell was born in Harlem, raised in the South Bronx and, as a young R.O.T.C. cadet in the late 1950s, endured the injustice of the segregated South. I was born in San Francisco and grew up in the 1970s amid the summer of love, marches for women’s rights, and where neighbors proudly flew rainbow flags. Former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Colin Powell at the 1993 Harvard University Commencement.

What I Learned From Colin Powell | Time

Want a Productive Day? Do this 1 Thing, According to Virgin CEO Richard Branson
Forget to-do lists, apps, mornings routines. If you want to be energized throughout your day, fold in some exercise — it even has some surprise benefits.

Want a Productive Day? Do this 1 Thing, According to Virgin CEO Richard Branson |

A neuroscientist shares the 4 brain-changing benefits of exercise—and how much she does every week
Exercise offers many benefits, including more energy, weight loss and stronger muscles. But we rarely consider the effects it has on our brain. A neuroscientist breaks down how physical activity can improve your focus, memory, learning — and even promote longevity.

A neuroscientist shares the 4 brain-changing benefits of exercise—and how much she does every week (

If You Answer Yes to This 1 Question, Chances Are You’re a Better Leader Than Most People
One question to determine where you stand against the high bar of effective leadership.

If You Answer Yes to This 1 Question, Chances Are You’re a Better Leader Than Most People |

Plus Stunning Photos from NatGeo:

See the winning images from Wildlife Photographer of the Year (

Thanks this week go to authentic leaders everywhere and to the great leader within you!

Please pay it forward



“Simplicity is the key to brilliance.” – Bruce Lee

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Your Soul Food for Friday October 22 2021: Thanks For Nothing

“Time and space are not conditions in which we live, but modes by which we think.”

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

The Zen Awards

Insights Inspired by Albert Einstein:

“I didn’t arrive at my understanding of the fundamental laws of the universe through my rational mind.”

“Concerning matter, we have been all wrong. What we have called matter is energy, whose vibration has been so lowered as to be perceptible to the senses.

Matter is spirit reduced to point of visibility. There is no matter.”

“Time and space are not conditions in which we live, but modes by which we think.”

Physical concepts are free creations of the human mind, and are not, however it may seem, determined by the external world.”

“Time does not exist – we invented it. Time is what the clock says. The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”

“I think 99 times and find nothing. I stop thinking, swim in silence, and the truth comes to me.”

“The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or what you will, the solution comes to you and you don’t know how or why.”

“A human being experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

“Our separation from each other is an optical illusion.”

“When something vibrates, the electrons of the entire universe resonate with it. Everything is connected. The greatest tragedy of human existence is the illusion of separateness.”

“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”

“We are souls dressed up in sacred biochemical garments and our bodies are the instruments through which our souls play their music.”

“When you examine the lives of the most influential people who have ever walked among us, you discover one thread that winds through them all.

They have been aligned first with their spiritual nature and only then with their physical selves.”

“The true value of a human being can be found in the degree to which s/he has attained liberation from the self.”

“The ancients knew something, which we seem to have forgotten.”

“The more I learn of physics, the more I am drawn to metaphysics.”

“One thing I have learned in a long life: that all our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike. We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us. It is entirely possible that behind the perception of our senses, worlds are hidden of which we are unaware.”

“I’m not an atheist. The problem involved is too vast for our limited minds. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many languages. The child knows someone must have written those books.”

“The common idea that I am an atheist is based on a big mistake. Anyone who interprets my scientific theories this way, did not understand them.”

“Everything is determined, every beginning and ending, by forces over which we have no control. It is determined for the insect, as well as for the star. Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible piper.”

“The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It will transcend a personal God and avoid dogma and theology.”

“Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another.”

“Everything is energy and that is all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.”

“I am happy because I want nothing from anyone. I do not care about money. Decorations, titles or distinctions mean nothing to me. I do not crave praise. I claim credit for nothing. A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future.”

How to Express Your Gratitude (Without Feeling Awkward)

YOU MAY ALREADY have a regular gratitude practice—mentally savoring sunsets and other everyday wonders, or even journaling about your many blessings. But when it comes to communicating your heartfelt appreciation to others, it can feel, well, kind of awkward. What if they get embarrassed—or they think you’re sucking up? What if you start gushing and come off as insincere?

How I Made Self-Gratitude a Habit (And Stopped Feeling Awkward About It) | Shine (

Joy Harjo on the Inspiration Behind Memoir ‘Poet Warrior’

NPR’s Michel Martin speaks with U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo about her poetic memoir.

Joy Harjo on inspiration behind memoir ‘Poet Warrior’ : NPR

International Credit Union Day 2021: “Building financial health for a brighter tomorrow”:

This week on October 21, Mission Fed joined more than 86,000 credit unions from 118 countries to celebrate the 73rd anniversary of International Credit Union Day. This year’s theme is “Building financial health for a brighter tomorrow” and speaks to how the COVID-19 pandemic continues to challenge the financial well-being of credit union members around the globe, and how we as credit unions are helping members rebuild their lives financially.  

ICU Day 2021 is a celebration of the impact we have made—and continue to make for our members. It is also a chance to be thankful for the lives and communities that have been improved by our movement.

In the spirit of this International Credit Union Day, let us look beyond our local community to recognize credit unions and other financial cooperatives for the important role they play in many distressed urban and rural areas worldwide. Many people would not have been able to afford to own homes, start new businesses or attend school without the help of their credit unions. In some areas of the world, people would have no access to financial services at all without their credit unions.

Whether members are affluent or less fortunate, from villages or cities, in communities at peace or in conflict, credit unions are present across cultures and languages, helping members turn hopes and dreams into reality. Here in San Diego, we are working to build a stronger community – one member at a time.

Thank you for joining us to celebrate International Credit Union Day!

Drone Photo Award winners capture a dizzyingly fantastic view of the world
This year’s best pictures include two friends sunbathing on giant shards of ice in Kazakhstan, workers at a red chili factory in Bangladesh and a white mangrove forest in Vietnam.

2021 Drone Photo Award winners capture a dizzyingly fantastic view of the world : Goats and Soda : NPR

Special thanks this week go to Dan C for helping me launch Soul Food Friday more than 13 years ago. Dan is retiring this week.

Thanks also to Marcy M and the Bright Lights, Eric K and the Conscious Leaders for their energy & inspiration and to all my credit union brethren working hard for social justice and equity!

Please pay it forward.



“I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.”— Albert Einstein: The father of modern physics

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Your Soul Food for the Week of World Mental Health Day: Be Kind To Yourself!

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” — Buddha

World Health Organization & World Mental Health Day:

October is focused on mental health education and depression awareness. 

Let’s take care of ourselves and one another…

World Mental Health Day (

The Final Act:

When Tony Bennett’s family announced he had Alzheimer’s disease in February, few of the 94-year-old singer’s fans imagined they’d ever see him on stage again. But this summer, with his family’s help, the legendary crooner began rehearsing for two concerts at Radio City Music Hall, with his friend Lady Gaga. No one knew for sure if Tony would be able to pull it off, but his family believed that Tony’s story could give hope to others struggling with Alzheimer’s. And invited us to follow him preparing for, what would likely be, his final act. 

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga prepare for Bennett’s last big concert – 60 Minutes – CBS News

Life Stages Of The Brain:

In each stage of life, our brains morph and change. This hour, TED speakers explore pivotal chapters where the brain can either flourish or decline — and what control we might have over brain health.

Life Stages Of The Brain : TED Radio Hour : NPR

Psychologists are calling upon Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to treat insomnia, so here are the CBT techniques to help you sleep
Simple steps towards better sleep.

CBT for sleep can help treat insomnia, so here are the best cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) exercises to treat poor sleep | Glamour UK (

Thanks this week go to all of us that practice self-care and care for others.

Even the heart pumps blood to itself first!

Love all,


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“If I can stop one heart from breaking I shall not live in vain.”

Emily Dickinson

Your Soul Food for the Fridays of Oct 1 and 8 2021: Positive Mental Attitude, Empathy, Gratitude and the Wonders of Nature

Your Soul Food for the Fridays of Oct 1 and 8 2021: Positive Mental Attitude, Empathy, Gratitude and the Wonders of Nature

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

Your Soul Food for the Fridays of Oct 1 and 8 2021- Positive Mental Attitude, Empathy, Gratitude and the Wonders of Nature

Enjoy it now, or enjoy it later…

The Fastest Man on Two Hands:

Talk about inspiration and positive mental attitude!

(17) The fastest man on two hands – Guinness World Records – YouTube

High School Football Player Goes Viral for Helping Injured Opponent During Game
Senior Mario Hoefer, an Iowa football player, is being praised for his sportsmanship after helping his opponent who had a cramp mid-game

High School Football Player Photographed Helping Opponent in Game |

5 Ways to Instill Gratitude in Your Workplace
Being thankful might be missing in your employee and customer satisfaction strategies.

5 Ways to Instill Gratitude in Your Workplace |

See Stunning Undersea Images That Showcase Our Blue Planet
From reef sharks to bioluminescent squid, the Ocean Photography Award highlights the wonders and perils of life in the sea

See Stunning Undersea Images That Showcase Our Blue Planet | Smart News | Smithsonian Magazine

If you are local-

Full Strength Funk is back!

(20+) Full Strength | Facebook

We are playing at Teo Leo’s 5302 Napa Street in Linda Vista this Saturday at the very reasonable hour of 7pm, if you are ready to get funked up and let your hair down. This outdoor venue makes it both fun and safe to rock out and socialize – all things considered, with San Diego’s #1 rated cover band… Tio Leo’s live music (

My son Arman will be playing keys and I will sit in on percussion, when I am not shake, shake, shaking on the dance floor with my wife Barb!

Hope to see you there..



Mentorship 2.0, Fostering a Community of Practice:

Most of us intuitively know we can learn and grow with the help of experienced mentors and/or peers who share our same values and are committed to our success. The value of mentor and peer relationships are arguably even more critical in a post-COVID environment with uncharted seas and frequent storms we have not experienced before. Since no one of us is as smart as all of us, and we are all striving to make sense and create new ways to grow and improve our results, those who can tap the collective wisdom of the group might find themselves at a clear advantage.

North County Philanthropy Council (NCPC) is planning to unveil Mentorship 2.0, Fostering a Community of Practice, in November 2021. This new mentorship model creates cohorts of experienced and caring peer learning communities to help professionals grow and maximize their value for the causes that matter most to them.

We are conducting focus groups with community leaders like you to obtain feedback on Mentorship 2.0, prior to its launch. Each focus group will consist of approximately 10 participants on a one-hour Zoom conference call.

Focus group times – you will choose ONE:

Wednesday, Oct. 13 from 9 am to 10 am

Thursday, Oct. 14 from 3 pm to 4 pm

We invite you to attend one of these sessions to share your thoughts abouts this new NCPC mentor/peer development program. Space is limited.  You may sign-up HERE if you are able to join us. Please let us know by October 11 if you are able to participate in this exciting new offering from NCPC.  

Thank you for all you do for our community!

Sandra Alston, Managing Director

Alex Goodman, Mentorship Committee Chair

North County Philanthropy Council

The mission of the North County Philanthropy Council is to promote and strengthen philanthropic impact on our communities.

Thanks this week go to Chris B, Sandra A, Alex G and all you soulful folks out there!

Play it forward with love and compassion…


“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” -Plato

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Your Soul Food for Friday September 24 2021: The Week of the Fall Equinox and International Day of Peace -Unleashing YOUR Inner Magician

Happy Soul Food Friday for the Week of a Full Moon, World Peace Day and the Fall Equinox!    

This week: Attention, Intention, Attitude & Energy

‘What do we need to let go of to achieve more balance in our lives?

Earth’s Population  Statistics  in Perspective So We Can Count Our Blessings:

The population of Earth is around 7.8 Billion. 
For most people, it is a large figure. 
However, if you condensed  7.8 billion into 100 persons, and then into various percentage statistics the resulting analysis is relatively much easier to comprehend.       
Out of 100: 
11 are in Europe 
5 are in North America         
9 are in South America 
15 are in Africa 
60 are in Asia 
49 live in the countryside 
51 live in cities 
12 speak Chinese 
  5 speak Spanish 
  5 speak English 
  3 speak Arabic 
  3 speak Hindi 
  3 speak Bengali 
  3 speak Portuguese 
  2 speak Russian 
  2 speak Japanese 
62 speak their own language. 
77 have their own dwellings. 
23 have no place to live. 
21 are over-nourished. 
63 can eat full. 
15 are under-nourished 
  1 ate the last meal, but did not make it to the next meal. 
The daily cost of living for 48 is less than 2 USD (US Dollars). 
87 have clean drinking water. 
13 either lack clean drinking water or have a water source that is polluted. 
75 have mobile phones 
25 do not. 
30 have internet access 
70 do not have the availability to go online 
  7 received university education 
93 did not attend college. 
83 can read 
17 are illiterate. 
33 are Christians 
22 are Muslims 
14 are Hindus 
  7 are Buddhists 
12 are other religions 
12 have no religious beliefs. 
26 live less than 14 years 
66 died between 15 – 64 years of age 
8 are over 65 years old. 
If you have your own home, 
Eat full meals & drink clean water, 
Have a mobile phone, 
Can surf the internet, and 
Have gone to college, 
You are in the minuscule privileged lot. 
(in the less than 7% category) 
Amongst 100 persons in the world, only 8 live or exceed the age of 65. 
If you are over 65 years old, be content & grateful.  Cherish life, grasp the moment. 
If you did not leave this world before the age of 64 like the 92 persons who have gone before you, you are already the blessed amongst mankind. 
Take good care of your own health. 
Cherish every remaining moment.

International Peace Day or World Peace Day 2021:

The 2021 theme for the International Day of Peace is “Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world”. We invite you to join the efforts of the United Nations family as we focus on recovering better for a more equitable and peaceful world. Celebrate peace by standing up against acts of hate online and offline, and by spreading compassion, kindness, and hope in the face of the pandemic, and as we recover.

International Day of Peace | United Nations

The Autumnal Equinox with Billy S:

The Equinox reminds us about the passage of time, the motion of the Earth, and the changing of the seasons.

It marks the start of Autumn for us in the Northern Hemisphere.  For our friends in the Southern Hemisphere, Spring has just begun.

Translated literally, equinox means “equal night”.  On the equinox, the length of day and night is nearly equal in all parts of the world. Twelve hours of each, because the sun is positioned above the equator. It’s one of two times a year that the day and night are about the same length.

After the Autumnal equinox, the days become shorter and the air cooler. 

On this day, the Sun rises directly in the East, and sets directly in the West.

Wishing you a special day, symbolic of balance in our life and with the environment.
Stay in tune with nature and wellness!

Unleashing Your Magician for the Equinox:

Each of us is a “magician”, and our predominant thoughts are the magic spells that produce the life we are experiencing.

All the situations you see in front of you can be changed, but first you must change where you mind is fixated.

The Magician is in complete control of his/her environment. S/he represents the power of your mind’s focus, which creates the reality you are living in.

You don’t have to believe in tarot cards or magic, but you DO have to believe in yourself!

The Card of the Day: The Magician — Elliot Oracle – Tarot Card Readings

 The Best Fall Equinox Ritual To Practice, According to Your Zodiac Sign
Even if your back-to-school days are behind you, there’s just something about September that ushers in an energy of a fresh (and cozy) start. Astrologically speaking, this new beginning energy is credited to the autumnal equinox, the official first day of fall, happening on September 22. And since every sign is different, learning the best fall equinox ritual for your zodiac sign can help you maximize the energy to its highest potential.

The Best Fall Equinox Ritual for Your Zodiac Sign | Well+Good (

Taking Laughter, the Best Medicine, Seriously:

Are you a master of laughter?

If you have lived well, you have laughed a lot!

Hidden Brain : NPR

How Music Can Literally Heal the Heart:
In a maverick method, nephrologist Michael Field taught medical students to decipher different heart murmurs through their stethoscopes, trills, grace notes, and decrescendos to describe the distinctive sounds of heart valves snapping closed, and blood ebbing through leaky valves in plumbing disorders of the heart.

How Music Can Literally Heal the Heart – Scientific American

The Secret Way Sitting Can Extend Your Life, Say Experts
Health experts agree that sitting too much every day is far from good for your body in the long run. When you sit too much every day—and rob yourself of many of the basic movements that can bolster your health and your body—you’ll find that your brain isn’t as sharp, your mood is worse, you develop tight muscles and poor posture, and, if you’re a woman, it may in fact affect your ability to conceive a child. Also, you’ll be essentially shaving years off your life.

The Secret Way Sitting Can Extend Your Life, Say Experts | Eat This Not That

Looking for Fulfillment at Work? Here’s Why Following Your Curiosity (Not Your Passion) Is Essential
In fact, dropping the concept of a passion career can be incredibly freeing.

Finding Fulfillment in Work Is Possible Without a Passion | Well+Good (

3 Tips to Help You Develop the Mindset to Adapt to Change
The ability to consistently see change as an opportunity, not a threat.

The past 18 months have been a crash course in change and uncertainty. Almost overnight, we reimagined what an office can look like. We redefined workplace rules and communication norms. You may have experienced waves of uncertainty about your own job, your colleagues, or your company’s future. You may have had your dreams dashed, or had new dreams emerge. Collectively, we learned that we can adapt. But, by and large, we were forced to adapt. A pandemic flipped our world upside down, and we had little choice in the matter. Nevertheless, I reckon you’ve been thinking: I can’t wait for all this change to end. And yet, change isn’t ending. Quite the opposite: It’s accelerating…

3 Tips to Help You Develop the Mindset to Adapt to Change |

Thanks this week go to Billy S, Uncle Nate B, Bob C, and Magicians everywhere!

Remember, it is not magic to the magician…

Manifest it forward!



Every totalitarian regime is frightened of the Artist. 

It is the vocation of the prophet to keep alive the ministry of the imagination,

to keep on conjuring and proposing alternative futures

to the single one the King wants to urge as the only thinkable one.
–Walter Breuggemann

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