Your Soul Food for the Summer Solstice, Juneteenth and Intl. Yoga Day 2022 Can WE Live In Peace?

Happy Soul Food Friday!

Can We Live In Peace?

Aretha Franklin – Border Song (Holy Moses) – YouTube

Aretha and Elton Duet Live in 1993:

“Border Song” Aretha Franklin and Elton John duet LIVE – YouTube

This week:

  • The Summer Solstice
  • Better Understanding Juneteenth
  • United Nations International Yoga Day
  • Nurture Your Soul and Open Your Heart: Sunday June 26th, 2022

Summer Solstice 2022-

The Summer Solstice:

Here is wishing you a wonderful summer solstice!

This is a time of changing seasons.

On Tuesday, June 21, summer began in the Northern Hemisphere.

The summer solstice is the longest day and the shortest night in our year.

The sun sets farthest north on the horizon.

At this time of the year, the days are warm, all the plants are energized by the sun, and the land is filled with rich new growth.

Summer is truly a celebration of the primal creative force of nature, fertile, and blooming with abundance.

Humans for many millennia have marked this sacred time in the yearly cycle of life.

Celebrating the solstice can be a beautiful reminder that our lives are part of a larger order, always changing always renewing.

The beginning of summer represents a time for purification and renewed energy.

This is a time of cutting through resistance and obstacles, using the sun energy to illuminate and light your way upon your path.

Fire is especially important, symbolizing the light, heat and power of the sun.

Into a fire, you can throw a piece of paper with written goals to achieve, and anything to release.

Now is a good time to plant seeds for a more intuitive, simpler and natural lifestyle.

Stay in tune with your inner and outer nature!

Juneteenth 2022-

What is Juneteenth, and how is it celebrated?

Celebrated annually since 1865, Juneteenth is considered the longest-running African-American holiday. But as many as 60 per cent of Americans know “nothing at all” or only “a little bit” about the holiday marking the end of slavery in the United States. Here, we explore the history of Juneteenth and explain its significance

Juneteenth: Aims, Meaning, Beginnings, And Historians’ Views | HistoryExtra

In states where Juneteenth is still not a day off, activists see a missed opportunity
It has been one year since Juneteenth became a federal holiday, but in roughly half of the country it is still not an official day off.

In states where Juneteenth is still not a day off, activists see a missed opportunity : NPR

The Modern White Power Movement (2020)

The recent shooting in Buffalo, New York, which authorities are investigating as a hate crime, has yet again highlighted the threat posed by domestic terrorism in the U.S. At the center are violent extremists – the most lethal and persistent of whom are white supremacists and anti-government militias. They’re part of a deeply interconnected movement which, since the 1980s, has pursued a mission to topple the U.S government with guerrilla warfare. Today, this movement is made up of highly-organized groups with paramilitary capabilities, but it hasn’t always been this way. This week, we trace the rise of the modern white power movement.

The Modern White Power Movement (2020) : Throughline : NPR

A racist Juneteenth sign at a Maine insurance agency sparks backlash online
An image of the sign displayed on the front of the business was shared online Monday, gaining the attention of thousands across social media.

Racist Juneteenth sign at Maine insurance agency sparks backlash online : NPR

United Nations International Yoga Day 2022-

June 21st is Also the UN International Yoga Day:

The COVID-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented human tragedy. Beyond its immediate impact on physical health, the COVID-19 pandemic has also exacerbated psychological suffering and mental health problems, including depression and anxiety, as pandemic-related restrictions were introduced in various forms in many countries. This has highlighted the urgent need to address the mental health dimension of the pandemic, in addition to the physical health aspects. People around the world embraced yoga to stay healthy and rejuvenated and to fight social isolation and depression during the pandemic. Yoga is also playing a significant role in the psycho-social care and rehabilitation of COVID-19 patients in quarantine and isolation. It is particularly helpful in allaying their fears and anxiety.

International Day of Yoga | United Nations

Nurture Your Soul and Open Your Heart:

Free Online Live Meditation on Love

Sunday June 26th, 2022

  Nurture Your Soul and Open Your Heart
Join Us Online for a Live Meditation on Love with Sublime Live Music
Sunday June 26, 2022 4:00 – 5:00PM Central Time No Fee, No Registration, Join Online from Anywhere  Click Here to Join
  Open your heart to all of humankind.   Our intention is to activate the power of love, kindness, and compassion to transform individuals, families, communities, states, nations, and the world to address the many areas that so desperately need love and healing.   Through our powerful group focus, wounds will be healed and new paths will be walked. As we join together, we will uplift humanity and strengthen our bonds to our interconnected planetary ecosystem: One world under Love
Featuring a Special Performance by Award-Winning Harpist Isabel Cardenes
Just last week harpist Isabel Cardenes played with the MET Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. We are blessed to be joined by this gifted 18 year-old who is known for her sensitive musicianship and unique self-expression. Isabel is passionate about using music for healing and social change. She is the perfect artist to help us co-create a more loving future. Read More
Simply Click Here to Join Join us online this Sunday from 4:00 – 5:00PM Central Time (2PM Pacific/5PM Eastern)   When the Zoom meeting reaches the maximum number of attendees, you can watch our Livestream on the Love Hour YouTube channel

Welcome to the Love Hour

On A Lighter Note…

Tennis- You have to know when to take a break

This is super cute…

Goran Ivanisevic Gets Ball Girl to Play Tennis In Queen’s Final! 🤣 – YouTube

Thanks this week go to Billy S, Mehrad N, Chris B, and all you peaceful warriors out there!

Please pay it forward.

Love,

Neville

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I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown,

 for going out,  I found, was really going in

— John Muir

Your Soul Food for June 17th 2022: The Longest Day & Does Your Work Matter?

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

Does Your Work Matter?

Make A Difference Of Consequence-

The Longest Day is the day of the year with the most light — the summer solstice. And it’s the day Mission Fed has committed to fight Alzheimer’s disease! We’re participating in The Longest Day, a fundraising event to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. Mission Fed is also very proud to be the title sponsor for Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month all throughout June in San Diego. Many of our employees, board members and members’ families have been touched by this disease and we want to help.

Did you know that Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in America, and one of the most feared? Left unchecked, it can destroy finances, families and futures.

Today, an estimated 50 million people worldwide are living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias, including more than 6 million Americans. In the United States alone, more than 11 million friends and family members are providing their care. We must take action now, or these numbers will continue to rise.

Stand up to the darkness of Alzheimer’s and join us in making a donation today to help the Alzheimer’s Association support all those facing the disease. Thank you!

Donation Link: http://act.alz.org/goto/missionfed

Humble Bragging In Service Of Our Community-

Mission Fed Just Earned Juntos Avanzamos Designation:

The Only Credit Union in San Diego County and Why It Matters

We recently celebrated this milestone with a Juntos Avanzamos Proclamation Ceremony to support the spirit of what Juntos stands for, a commitment to serving and empowering Hispanic consumers. If you have a few minutos to spare, I encourage you all to watch the video with ceremony highlights, and focuses on how credit union members and our community will benefit from these financial inclusive efforts.

https://vimeo.com/simplerandsimpler/review/717998953/7c40758d48

The Awe and Wonder of Nature-

What’s the oldest tree on Earth—and will it survive climate change?
Bristlecone pines in the western U.S. have been alive for nearly 5,000 years, but an upstart Patagonian cypress challenges that record.

What’s the oldest tree on Earth—and will it survive climate change? (nationalgeographic.com)

Mind Bending Wisdom Traditions-

This woman navigated a 3,000-mile Pacific voyage without maps or technology
Polynesian wayfinding has long been a patriarchal tradition. Lehua Kamalu is breaking the mold—and helping to lead a revival of the ancient skill.

This woman navigated a 3,000-mile Pacific voyage without maps or technology (nationalgeographic.com)

To Fall Seven Times, To Rise Eight Times, Live Starts from Now-

High school hurdler bounces back from a fall to seal an incredible victory
Race favorite, Abby Dennis of Old Tappan High School, NJ, gets up after falling at the Bergen County Championships to win the 100-meter hurdles.

High school hurdler beats the odds to earn a sensational comeback win (usatoday.com)

Thanks this week to all of you that do important and meaningful work, that love and preserve nature, that help humanity way find our journey ahead and model perseverance in the face of overwhelming odds…

Pay it forward with love!

Neville

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“Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.” 

– George S. Patton

Your Soul Food Friday for 6/10/22: Humor, Optical Illusions, Celestial Wonder & The Power of Music

Happy Soul Food Friday!

If you find this blog valuable, please subscribe and share it, as many of us are not ok, and you never know whose life you are going to positively touch with a small act of kindness:

This week

Lightening things up with:

  • Humor and Technology
  • Fun with Optical Illusions
  • Celestial Wonder
  • The Timeless Power of Music

Humor and Technology-

Something to Put a Smile on Your Face:

Amazing what technology can do…

Les plaisirs de la technologie – YouTube

Mind Games and Cool Optical Illusions-

Optical Illusions: What Causes Them? Try Some Out!
Abigail Howell, a biomedical student at Arizona State University, explains that there are three different types of optical illusion, in which the brain incorrectly interprets what the eyes are seeing:

Optical Illusions: What Causes Them? Try Some Out! | Mind Matters

Only 1% Of People Can Spot Second Tiger In This Optical Illusion
Get your eyeballs around this trippy tiger picture, and prepare for your mind to start fizzing as you try to spot the hidden second tiger

Only 1% Of People Can Spot Second Tiger In This Viral Optical Illusion (ladbible.com)

Celestial Wonder You Won’t Want To Miss-

A rare, 5-planet alignment will take over the sky this month
Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will align in the month of June, with the waning crescent moon making a special appearance on June 24.

5 planets will align in the sky beginning this month – CNN

The Timeless Power of Music-

Watch Carlos Santana Re-Record ‘Oye Como Va’ With Musicians From Around The World
The Playing For Change video features Cindy Blackman Santana, Becky G, Tito Puente, Jr., Rubén Rada, and more than 20 others

Watch Carlos Santana Re-Record ‘Oye Como Va’ With Global Artists – Rolling Stone

Thanks this week goes to Bob C, technologists making life better, and musicians playing for joy and change!

Please pay it forward this week, as many of us are not ok, and you never know whose life you are going to positively touch with a small act of kindness…

Love,

Neville

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Your Soul Food for 6/3/22 Gun Violence Awareness Day, Wear Orange Weekend & the Launch of Pride Month

Happy Soul Food Friday

This week:

  • Gun Violence Awareness Day and Wear Orange Weekend
  • Pride Month and Graduation Season
  • Why We Need to Keep Every Soul Safe, Alive and Thriving

Gun Violence Awareness Day and Wear Orange Weekend-

Wear Orange June 3-5

In the wake of multiple tragedies, the fight to end gun violence has never been more urgent.

During National Gun Violence Awareness Day and Wear Orange Weekend, we join together to demand a future free from gun violence once and for all.

Wear Orange is June 3-5 | Wear Orange

An Elementary Schooler Told This Child Psychologist Not To Worry About School Shootings, And The Reason Why Is Gut-Wrenching
“I just got done with a session with an elementary schooler who asked me if when I saw the news yesterday, I was sad like her mommy or if I was scared.”

Psychologist Shares How Kids Talk About Mass Shootings (buzzfeed.com)

How to Talk to Children About Violence

Reassure children that they are safe 

Make time to talk 

Keep your explanations developmentally appropriate

Review safety procedures 

Observe children’s emotional state 

Limit television viewing of these events 

Maintain a normal routine

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers (nasponline.org)

Pope Francis and a cardinal say it’s time for the U.S. to act on guns
“It is time to say enough to the indiscriminate trafficking of arms,” Pope Francis said on Wednesday, as he sent condolences to families in Uvalde, Texas.

Uvalde shooting: Pope Francis says gun control is needed in the United States : NPR

‘The Onion’ has republished a grim headline about mass shootings 21 times since 2014
The satirical news site publishes modified versions of the article after major mass shootings, always with the same headline: “No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens.”

‘The Onion’ has reused this satire after more than 20 mass shootings since 2014 : NPR

An ER Doctor’s ‘Third Way’ Approach to the Gun Crisis
Why violence demands not just policy solutions, but public-health ones

An ER Doctor’s ‘Third Way’ Approach to the Gun Crisis – The Atlantic

Australia confiscated 650,000 guns. Murders and suicides plummeted.
It was one of the world’s largest mandatory gun buybacks — and it was a smashing success.

Australia confiscated 650,000 guns. Murders and suicides plummeted. – Vox

San Diego students walk out of class to protest gun violence after Texas school shooting
In the wake of the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Texas, thousands of students from San Diego County and across the country walked out of their classrooms in protest of gun violence.

San Diego Students Participate in Walkouts to Protest Gun Violence After Texas School Shooting – NBC 7 San Diego (nbcsandiego.com)

Comfort dogs have been deployed to Uvalde, Texas, from near and far
At least five organizations in and beyond the state have sent dogs to Uvalde, where they are visiting hospitals, churches and schools. Many have responded to other mass shootings across the country.

Uvalde, Texas, school shooting: Comfort dogs offer support : NPR

Pride Month and Graduation Season-

A Florida class president couldn’t discuss being gay in high school graduation speech — so he talked about his curly hair
The class president at a Florida high school says he wasn’t allowed to share his experience as a gay student in his graduation speech or how the state’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay” law will affect students like him, so he talked about something else that makes him a little different from his classmates — his curly hair.

A Florida class president couldn’t discuss being gay in high school graduation speech — so he talked about his curly hair – CNN

3 books all recent college graduates should read, according to a career expert
There’s no manual for what to do after leaving school, but books can provide practical advice and inspiration on how to succeed in this next chapter.

Career expert: 3 books all recent college graduates should read (cnbc.com)

Why we need to keep every soul safe, alive and thriving-

5-year-old Italian piano prodigy plays astonishing Mozart for competition audience
The young pianist impressed the competition judges with instinctive talent, well beyond his years…

5-year-old Italian piano prodigy plays astonishing Mozart for competition audience – Classic FM

Here is to the prodigy in you!

Please pay it forward with purpose.

Love,

Neville

“Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore, we must be saved by hope.

Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore, we are saved by love.

No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as it is from our standpoint.

Therefore, we must be saved by the final form of love, which is forgiveness.”

Reinhold Niebuhr

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Your Soul Food for May 27 2022: Wonder is the Beginning of Wisdom

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

  • Wonder
  • Self-Care
  • Kid Care
  • Pet Care

Wonder

A Flying Dog?

This guy is amazing!

This Dog Goes Paragliding With His Owner And Loves it! | The Dodo Soulmates – YouTube

Self-Care

A Psychologist explains why negativity dominates your daily thoughts, and what to do about it:

Great practical advice

Why negativity dominates your daily thoughts and what to do about it (fastcompany.com)

Kid Care

The Kids are NOT Ok:

Conclusion. Good Science is not enough. We need Activism!

The kids are not ok. Today I went to give a climate talk at… | by Julia Steinberger | May, 2022 | Medium

Pet Care

2022 Walk for Animals:

Enjoy these cute pets and their caregivers!

We’re so proud to support the San Diego Humane Society’s Walk for Animals

Whose a good dog? You ALL are…

https://vimeo.com/simplerandsimpler/review/711836717/531dbe215b

Thanks this week go to Chris B, Paula C, & the Mission Fed Team.

Please pay it forward

Love,

Neville

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“Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.”

– Greek Proverb

Your Soul Food for May 20, 2022: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Happy Soul Food Friday!

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor

– Archbishop Desmond Tutu

This week:

  • Armani’s Mambo
  • Women’s Rights with Amanda Gorman
  • The latest chapter in our deepening moral and political crisis in the US
  • The American economy is lumbering under monopoly and oligopoly
  • Did you see the Super Flower Blood Moon last Sunday?
  • Student with non-speaking autism gives powerful valedictorian speech
  • Strangers save a woman who had a medical episode while driving
  • Boxer Terence Crawford’s 7 year old daughter loses her shoe, then dominates field in stunning track meet

Armani’s Mambo to Feel From the Soul:

Reset your soul scape with this original composition by my son Arman:

Armani’s Mambo is an original Mambo inspired by Latin legends such as La Sonora Santanera, Poncho Sanchez, Louie Cruz Beltran and more… Vamos a Bailar!

MAMBO.wav – Google Drive

Now that we have opened our hearts.

It’s feeling, feeling, feeling kind of heavy…

Women’s Rights-

Amanda Gorman speaks on US Supreme Court leak on Roe v. Wade decision to ban abortion

Amanda Gorman speaks on US Supreme Court leak on Roe vs Wade decision to ban abortion – YouTube

The latest chapter in our deepening moral and political crisis in the US-

The Numbers Don’t Lie in America’s Gun Violence Problem:

Over the past decade, the Anti-Defamation League has counted about 450 U.S. murders committed by political extremists.
Of these 450 killings, right-wing extremists committed about 75 percent. Islamic extremists were responsible for about 20 percent, and left-wing extremists were responsible for 4 percent.
Nearly half of the murders were specifically tied to white supremacists:
Source: Anti-Defamation League

As this data shows, the American political right has a violence problem that has no equivalent on the left. And the 10 victims in Buffalo this past weekend are now part of this toll. “Right-wing extremist violence is our biggest threat,” Jonathan Greenblatt, the head of the ADL, has written. “The numbers don’t lie.”

Buffalo is part of that unfolding American tragedy:

Events in Buffalo require a response that goes far beyond allyship…

Opinion: Buffalo is part of an unfolding American tragedy – CNN

The American Economy is lumbering under monopoly and oligopoly-

What BlackRock, Vanguard and State Street are doing to the Economy:

Their combined $22 trillion in managed assets is equivalent to more than half of the combined value of all shares for the companies in the S&P 500 (about $38 trillion)

Opinion | BlackRock, Vanguard and State Street Control a Piece of Nearly Everything – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

On a lighter and more heartfelt note-

Communing with nature-

Did you see the Super Flower Blood Moon last Sunday?

South America and much of the continental United States had the best view of Sunday night’s lunar eclipse, which lasted nearly five hours.

See a lunar eclipse turn the moon a stunning blood red : NPR

Celebrating and affirming differences-

“God gave you a voice. Use it,” valedictorian Elizabeth Bonker told the class of 2022 at Rollins College

Student with Nonspeaking Autism Gives Powerful Graduation Speech | PEOPLE.com

The power of community-

Strangers save a woman who had a medical episode while driving

Video shows people saving woman having medical episode while driving (usatoday.com)

Overcoming mishap with persistence-

Boxer Terence Crawford’s daughter loses her shoe, then dominates field in stunning track meet win with a Rich Strike like comeback

Terence Crawford’s daughter loses shoe, dominates field in track win (usatoday.com)

Thanks this week go to Armani B, Isa G, Brad D, & Paula C for this week’s submissions.

Please pay it forward.

Love,

Neville

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor“- Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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Your Soul Food for 5/13/’22: Striving to Be Our Best Selves with Compassion & Care

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

  • Striving To Be My Best Self
  • Nature’s Wonder
  • Good Old-Fashioned Living
  • Pets
  • Art
  • Giving
  • Humor

Striving To Be My Best Self-

MYSELF By Edgar Guest

I have to live with myself, and so,

I want to be fit for myself to know;

I want to be able as days go by,

Always to look myself straight in the eye;

I don’t want to stand with the setting sun

And hate myself for the things I’ve done.

I don’t want to keep on a closet shelf

A lot of secrets about myself,

And fool myself as I come and go

Into thinking that nobody else will know

The kind of man I really am;

I don’t want to dress myself up in sham.

I want to deserve all men’s respect;

But here in this struggle for fame and pelf,

I want to be able to like myself.

I don’t want to think as I come and go

That I’m for bluster and bluff and empty show.

I never can hide myself from me,

I see what others may never see,

I know what others may never know,

I never can fool myself — and so,

Whatever happens, I want to be

Self-respecting and conscience free.

Nature’s Wonder-

Moment of Awwwwww!

Crazy cute photos of animal mom’s and their babies

Moment of Aw! (nationalgeographic.com)

Good Old-Fashioned Living-

The world’s oldest person is a French nun who enjoys chocolate and wine
A 118-year-old nun living in a nursing home in southern France has become the world’s oldest living person, according to the Guinness World Records.

The world’s oldest person is a French nun who enjoys chocolate and wine – CNN

Pets-

There’s a reason humans melt when they see ‘puppy dog eyes,’ new research reveals
Researchers compared facial movements among wolves and dogs, finding that the domestication and the desire to be chosen has shaped dogs’ muscles.

‘Puppy dog eyes’ are real, study says. Is your pet manipulating you? (usatoday.com)

Art-

Mission Fed ArtWalk Celebrates 14 Years!

There is no great civilization without great art and here is a fun 2 minute highlight reel of San Diegans and their pets loving art in Little Italy:

https://vimeo.com/simplerandsimpler/review/707959206/90c46b29d9

Giving-

Do UCare?

#Tritons. @UCSanDiego, ucare is finally here!

1,960 minutes to support UC San Diego student success, particularly during this crazy time.

Support what matters most to you, with a gift of any size on May 12- 13, 2022

Give to UC San Diego | Gift Details (ucsd.edu)

#UCSDCares

Humor-

HERE’S HOW BAD INFLATION IS:  

Inflation is so bad that…

My neighbor got a pre-declined credit card in the mail. 

CEO’s are now playing miniature golf.   

Exxon-Mobil laid off 25 Congressmen. 

I saw a Mormon with only one wife. 

McDonald’s is selling the 1/4 ouncer. 

Angelina Jolie adopted a child from America.   

Parents in Beverly Hills fired their nannies and learned their children’s names.   

A truckload of Americans was caught sneaking into Mexico. 

A picture is now only worth 200 words.  

The Treasure Island casino in Las Vegas is now managed by Somali pirates. 

Called to get Blue Book Value on my car. They asked if gas tank was full or empty.   

And finally… 

I was so depressed last night thinking about the economy, wars, jobs, my savings, Social Security, retirement funds, etc., I called the Suicide Hotline. I got a call center in Afghanistan, and when I told them I was suicidal, they got all excited, and asked if I could drive a truck.

(Suicide is no joke. If you are struggling please call 800-273-8255.)

Gratitude-

Thanks this week go to Starla L,  UCSD Alumni everywhere, Bob C, & The Mission Fed ArtWalk Team with help from Simpler and Simpler

Please Pay It Forward, Share with your Social Network and Subscribe to make it easier to get this to you…

Love,

Neville

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life”– Pablo Picasso

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Your Soul Food for 5/2/22: What’s YOUR Commitment to Protecting Our Planet Before We Run Out the Clock?

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

What’s Your Commitment to Protecting Our Planet?

Global and local implications of looming climate catastrophe continue unabated. What will it take for us to attend to this perilous condition without denying reality on the one hand, or awfulizing it on the other?

Here are some powerful examples of what is happening that are worth our attention, and some positive responses both from indigenous traditions as well as from modern science…

Outside the Supreme Court, A Life of Purpose and Pain Ends in Flames:

Wynn Bruce, whose life was shaped by a devastating car accident and Buddhism, set himself on fire on Earth Day in what his father believes was a climate change protest. If the world ignores Bruce’s death and disregards the warnings from scientists about the actions needed to curb the world’s warming, they argued, millions more people will die by fire.

Why Wynn Bruce, climate activist, set himself on fire at Supreme Court – The Washington Post

“We See the Storm Coming”: U.S. Struggles to Contain a Deepening Global Food Crisis:
Biden officials are scrambling to limit the damage from fast-spreading food shortages sparked by Russia’s war in Ukraine, but they face an array of complex political and logistical challenges.

‘We see the storm coming’: U.S. struggles to contain a deepening global food crisis – POLITICO

Think Global-

An Ice Shelf the Size of Rome has Collapsed in Antarctica
Nasa scientist says complete collapse of Conger ice shelf during unusually high temperatures is ‘sign of what might be coming’

Satellite data shows entire Conger ice shelf has collapsed in Antarctica | Antarctica | The Guardian

It’s Also Local-

As Lake Powell hits landmark low, Arizona looks to a new agency, a $1 billion investment and Mexican seawater
Gov. Doug Ducey hopes to solve the state’s water woes during his last year in office as decades of drought strain water supplies from the Colorado River.

As Lake Powell Hits Landmark Low, Arizona Looks to a $1 Billion Investment and Mexican Seawater to Slake its Thirst – Inside Climate News

Lake Powell officials face an impossible choice in the West’s megadrought: water or electricity
Lake Powell, the country’s second-largest reservoir, is drying up.

Lake Powell water officials face an impossible choice amid the West’s megadrought – CNN


Birds are laying their eggs a month earlier than normal
Eggshell evidence points the finger at our changing climate.

Birds are laying their eggs a month earlier than normal – The Washington Post

An Ocean of Noise: How Sonic Pollution is Hurting Marine Life:
Today’s oceans are a tumult of engine roar, artificial sonar and seismic blasts that make it impossible for marine creatures to hunt or communicate. We could make it stop, so why don’t we?

An ocean of noise: how sonic pollution is hurting marine life | Whales | The Guardian

On a more positive note-

Whale Takes Tourists for Ride Near Mexico By Lifting Boat on Its Back and Swimming Away:
A passenger aboard the boat said the playful whale “gently” lifted the boat and swam with the vessel on their back “twice” before swimming away

Whale Takes Tourists for Ride By Lifting Their Boat on Its Back | PEOPLE.com

For the First Time, Wind Power Eclipsed Both Coal and Nuclear in the U.S.:
For a single day at the end of March, wind was the second-largest source of electricity generation, the Energy Information Administration says. Natural gas is still the nation’s largest power source.

For the first time, wind power eclipsed both coal and nuclear power in the U.S. : NPR

Learning From the Ingenious Wisdom of Our Ancestors-

Why Did the Ancient Maya Abandon Their Cities?

As we face an uncertain future of our own amid a climate crisis, are there any lessons we can learn from the Maya about how to live sustainably on this planet?

The ancient Maya flourished in modern day Mexico and Central America for millennia. They built incredible cities and they had sophisticated knowledge of astronomy, architecture and the natural world. But although Maya culture continues to exist today, around 900 AD, many of their great settlements collapsed, and today they lie in ruins. CrowdScience listener Michael wants to know – how did the Maya sustain their populations successfully for so long? And what happened 1000 years ago that led them to abandon their cities? To find out, presenter Melanie Brown travels to the forests of Western Belize. She visits the archaeological site of Xunantunich to learn about what life would have been like for the Maya living in what was once a prosperous city. She hears about the importance of water to the Maya way of life in this region, and their ingenious methods for capturing and storing rainfall. She meets archaeologists using lasers and drones to map Maya settlements that have lain hidden by jungle for centuries. And she discovers what material from the bottom of lakes can tell us about how the Maya faced a changing climate, which may have had huge consequences for their society. This episode was released on Earth Day 2022.

CrowdScience – Why did the ancient Maya abandon their cities? – BBC Sounds

Spring Time: Why an Ancient Water System is Being Brought Back to Life in Spain:
A project to restore a 1,000-year-old network of water channels is helping farmers in the Sierra Nevada adapt to the effects of the climate crisis

Spring time: why an ancient water system is being brought back to life in Spain | Spain | The Guardian

MIT Engineers Created a Portable Device that Zaps Seawater to Make Drinking Water:
It’s the size of a suitcase—and could save your life.

MIT Engineers Created a Portable Device that Zaps Seawater to Make Drinking Water (thedailybeast.com)

The Surprising Afterlife of Used Hotel Soap:

Hotel guests leave behind millions of half-used bars of soap every day. A nonprofit is on a mission to repurpose them.

The surprising afterlife of used hotel soap (thehustle.co)

And some chuckles to take you out on-

If Cute Babies Competed in the Olympic Games:

Honestly, this may be one of the cutest, most hilarious 2-minute videos ever.

If Cute Babies Competed in the Olympic Games | Olympic Channel – YouTube

Thanks this week go to Graham B, Climate Stewards everywhere, and Chris B for the cute Baby Olympics vid!

Please pay it forward

Love,

Neville

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        When the Heart weeps for what it has lost, the Spirit rejoices for what it has found.’

– Sufi saying

Your Soul Food for April 28, 2022: The Most Important Story is the Story You Tell Yourself, About Yourself!

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

The most important story is the story you tell yourself, about yourself!

Warning- Adult Content

This Poem was shared with me recently-

This Be the Verse by Philip Larkin:

While I appreciated the sentiment, I also felt a compelling urge to offer up a counter-narrative, and composed this alternative rejoinder in about 10 minutes:

This Be The OTHER Verse

(Philip Larkin In Reverse)

We all have a mum and dad.

You would not be here if they weren’t.

Generations survived when others died.

Paranoid, hoarders, but yes they thrived.

With their history comes some baggage.

It’s inevitable, like rotten cabbage.

That over time will surely decay.

But it’s what we make of it on the way.

Take the good. Improve the bad.

Pass it forward or pass it back.

Evolution means we change.

For the better- not victims of the deranged.

We all have a story, a script, and a state.

Change your story or own your fate.

Turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones

Warrior mind in ancient bones.

Women passes on life to all.

Each one special, large or small.

Make every moment count and matter.

For better pancakes use better batter!

Yes some will try to “fuck you up”.

Choose your mindset, say enough!

Then Philip Larkin will eat his words.

And cast his poem to the birds.

What is the story you tell yourself about yourself?

  • Your story is what happened- objectively
  • Your script is how you choose to interpret what happened to you- subjectively
  • Your state is what you are doing in this moment, to move you closer to your purpose or alternatively away from it

Manage your state in this moment, and if you don’t like the script that was written for you, rewrite it!

“Don’t Believe Everything You Think!”

Too much pleasure can lead to addiction. How to break the cycle and find balance:

Radical honesty promotes intimacy

Be it sugar, social media or sex, the response in our brain is the same: It produces the “feel-good” neurochemical called dopamine, which brings on feelings of pleasure and motivation. “It may be even more important for motivation than for actual pleasure,” says Dr. Anna Lembke, a Stanford Medical School psychiatrist, researcher and author of the new book, Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence.

Break the cycle of addiction with these strategies to keep dopamine in check : Life Kit : NPR

When Doing Right Feels Wrong:

Have you ever been in a position where you had to choose between someone you care about and a value that you hold dear? Maybe you had to decide whether to report a friend who was cheating on an exam, or a co-worker who was stealing from the tip jar. This week, we tell the story of a Detroit police officer who found himself in this sort of dilemma, forced to choose between people he loved and the oath he swore to serve his community. What happens in our minds when we have to decide what is right and what is wrong?

When Doing Right Feels Wrong | Hidden Brain Media

At 21 I Have No Regrets: I Just Got An Email From Myself, A Decade Ago…

‘At 21 I have no regrets’: I just got an email from myself, a decade ago | Life and style | The Guardian

Finally, Some Naturally Induced Zen:

WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE BENEATH A CRASHING WAVE – YouTube

Here is to you owning your story, script, and state to tell the greatest story ever told- YOURS!

Thanks this week go to Tom S,  Aysha S-B, Ron M, Matt N, Chris B, & Mehrad N. for contributing to this week’s content.

Please pay it forward.

Love,

Neville

“Preach the Gospel at all times. And if you must, use words if necessary.”

– St. Francis of Assisi

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Your Soul Food for Earth Day 2022 + Navigating Mental Health in the Workplace- “No More Suffering in Silence & Running Away in Shame”!

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

The Earth’s Prayer

Champion of the Earth

Mental Health Awareness Month is just a few days away. Let’s do our part to help ourselves and one another

Witticisms

Mission Fed ArtWalk 2022

The Earth’s Prayer for Earth Day- A 21st Century Complement to the Lord’s Prayer (written on a trip to Europe 13 years ago in 2009)

Rather than even attempt to outdo perfection, given a world view that extends beyond Christianity, coupled with current Eco-Consciousness, could one take the essence of the Lord’s Prayer and extend its reach and impact to a larger audience?

Our Mother, who is here on Earth,

Timeless may you reign and may we never take your compassion for granted.

The time is now, your spirit be served, with our full intention and energy to create a Planet Earth as abundant and blessed as Heaven.

Give each person today, their daily grain so no one goes hungry, and affirm our inherent goodness to care for one another,

as we give thanks for those who today in their actions put the collective good ahead of personal self-interest and remind us to do the same.

And inspire us in all things to maximize our potential for the greatest good as we preserve and protect the legacy we leave for future generations.

For this is our planet, with problems and possibilities, to do with what we can in the time we have got.

Now is forever. Aum, Peace, Amen

Champion of the Earth!

Sir David Attenborough has been named a Champion of the Earth by the UN’s Environment Programme

The prestigious award recognises the 95-year-old’s commitment to telling stories about the natural world and climate change.

Accepting the award, Sir David said the world must take action now to protect nature and the planet.

Sir David Attenborough named Champion of the Earth by UN – BBC News

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

Mental Health Awareness Month is just a few days away. Let’s do our part to help ourselves and one another

First apologies to all the people experiencing mental health challenges at work.

A global study by Qualtrics found 42% of people have experienced a decline in mental health.

67% of people are experiencing increases in stress while 57% have increased anxiety, and 54% are emotionally exhausted.

53% of people are sad, 50% are irritable, 28% are having trouble concentrating, 20% are taking longer to finish tasks, 15% are having trouble thinking and 12% are challenged to juggle their responsibilities.

Other data suggests that 67% or 7 out of 10 people’s  feel that no one checked up on their mental health in the workplace. This is a travesty and unconscionable…

Using the indigenous wisdom traditions of Polynesia and the Ho’oponopono framework, please accept my apologies. As a system we have failed you!

We are very Sorry

We Love & Value You

Please Forgive Us

Thank You!

Authentically Navigating Mental Health in the Workplace is powerful and very relevant work arguably a meta-competency for 21st century leadership and culture and portends the future of HR Leadership!

In a post pandemic environment, Pandora’s Box is opened and there is no stuffing everything back in. Sunlight is the greatest disinfectant.

This might mark the beginning of the demise of a command and control model of running organizations, with the power imbalances and systemic disenfranchisement that goes along with it.

Hell bloodletting was a best practice for over 1,000 years and we got rid of that. How is this any different? We are sucking the lifeblood out of people just using bigger leeches!

If empathy is the #1 leadership skill according to research Empathy Is The Most Important Leadership Skill According To Research (forbes.com)

and communication is the most powerful socio-emotional learning tool, then it is time for a new model that girths all the work we do in stakeholder-centric systems to meet the moment, as well as to counter the great resignation/great migration with the great rejuvenation.

Note: I use stakeholder not employee because all the people in the ecosystem (not ego-system) matter!

No more “othering”…

This is a systems thinking problem not an individual human capital deficiency. People are disengaged and unwell not because they are bad or sick people, but because we have built maladaptive systems.

Think of all the lost potential in every organization ☹

“At the heart of a learning organization is a shift of mind – from seeing ourselves as separate

from the world to connected to the world, from seeing problems as caused by someone or

something ‘out there’ to seeing how our own actions create the problems we experience. A

learning organization is a place where people are continually discovering how they create their

reality. And how they can change it.” — Dr. Peter Senge

Renormalizing “its ok to not be ok” and destigmatizing stigma and shame around mental health is a cultural and paradigm shift in dire need of an intervention.

The piercing pain of the first arrow is hard enough. We don’t need the second arrow.

The parable of the second arrow is a well-known Buddhist story about dealing with suffering more skillfully.

It is said the Buddha once asked a student,

‘If a person is struck by an arrow, is it painful? If the person is struck by a second arrow, is it even more painful?’

He then went on to explain, ‘In life, we can’t always control the first arrow. However, the second arrow is our reaction to the first. This second arrow is optional.’

Let’s equip each other not to create self-inflicting wounds with that darned second arrow!

The Old model of mental health DSM-5 with all its controversies typically focuses on symptomology and severity

The New model must both look at symptoms (low to high) and languishing v. flourishing on another axis

One can have symptoms of “dis-ease” and still be flourishing.

Most of us have symptoms as the data indicates…

The old model of stress was “can I cope”?
The new model recognizes that when demands exceeds resources we experience stress

Now, more than ever, we need to resource our individuals, teams, and organizations better to meet the deep stack of demands that are thrust upon us.

Note: If your organization is looking to up level your resources and apply real world experience to meet the demands of navigating mental health in the workplace, reach out to:

Deborah Urbanik Co-Founder of D.Whitney Consulting durbanik@dwhitneyconsulting.com;

and Jamie Jacobs Co-Founder of Gig Talent jamie@gogigtalent.com

They expanded my understanding and were powerful positive forces of good for me!

Kevin Hines Survived a Jump Off The Golden Gate Bridge- Now, He Is Helping Others Avoid Suicide:

This suicidal person “needs to hear what I needed to hear. That we care about you, your life does matter, and that all we want is for you to stay,” he says. “If someone had looked at me on that bridge or on that bus and said that to me, I would have begged for help.”

Kevin Hines Jumped Off the Golden Gate Bridge, and Survived (psycom.net)

Note: Anyone struggling now with suicide ideation, before you take that action, please call the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

Here are a couple of articles in the news lately that speak to the implications of not attending to employees mental health needs:

Man told employer not to celebrate his birthday. He was awarded $450,000 after unwanted party. (nbcnews.com)

John’s colleague told him he didn’t belong. It was just what he needed to hear : NPR

Self-Care is Not the Solution for Burnout — The Beautiful Truth

And one that speaks to what we can do about it:

Showing That You Care About Employee Wellbeing (gallup.com)

Maybe we can all be “that one person” to borrow from the Kevin Hines story, and all be “psychological safety spreaders” at work and in our community.

“No More Suffering in Silence & Running Away in Shame”!

Love,

Neville

On a Far Lighter Note: Witticisms

These insults are from an era before the English language got boiled down to 4-letter words.

What’s your favorite?

“He had delusions of adequacy ” -Walter Kerr

“He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.”- Winston Churchill

“I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure. – Clarence Darrow

“He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.”-William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway)

“Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?”- Ernest Hemingway (about William Faulkner)

“Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I’ll waste no time reading it.” – Moses Hadas

“I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.” – Mark Twain

“He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.” – Oscar Wilde

“I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend, if you have one.” -George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill

“Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second… if there is one.” – Winston Churchill, in response

“I feel so miserable without you; it’s almost like having you here” – Stephen Bishop

“He is a self-made man and worships his creator.” – John Bright

“I’ve just learned about his illness. Let’s hope it’s nothing trivial.” – Irvin S. Cobb

“He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others.” – Samuel Johnson

“He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up. – Paul Keating

“He loves nature in spite of what it did to him.” – Forrest Tucker

“Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?” – Mark Twain

“His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.” – Mae West

“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.” – Oscar Wilde

“He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts… for support rather than illumination.” – Andrew Lang (1844-1912)

“He has Van Gogh’s ear for music.” – Billy Wilder

“I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening. But I’m afraid this wasn’t it.” – Groucho Marx

The exchange between Winston Churchill & Lady Astor: She said, “If you were my husband I’d give you poison.” He said, “If you were my wife, I’d drink it.”

“He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know.” – Abraham Lincoln

“There’s nothing wrong with you that reincarnation won’t cure.” — Jack E. Leonard

“They never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge.” — Thomas Brackett Reed

“He inherited some good instincts from his Quaker forebears, but by diligent hard work, he overcame them.” — James Reston (about Richard Nixon)

If you are local-

MISSION FED ARTWALK 2022 – CONNECTING CREATIVE COMMUNITIES:
For 38 years, Mission Fed ArtWalk has celebrated both visual and performing arts in San Diego. We believe art has the power to connect communities, cultivate new artistic talent and create a better quality of life for all through cultural enrichment.
On Saturday, April 30 (11am – 6pm) and Sunday, May 1 (10am – 5pm), artwork will fill the Little Italy neighborhood. Attendees come to view and purchase artwork, enjoy music and dance performances, and participate in interactive art experiences.

Thanks this week go to Deborah and Haley U, Jamie J, Dan L, and the Mission Fed ArtWalk Team for your contributions!

Please pay it forward and be a Champion of the Earth…

Love,

Neville

“I’ve realized that worry is the product of a future that we cannot guarantee, and guilt is the product of a past we cannot change” – Shailene Woodley

 

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