Happy Soul Food Friday!
Hope you had an inspiring and soul-filled week…
This week I was massively inspired when nearly 800 people came together on the USS Midway to re-energize education in San Diego. With strong representation from both K-12 and Higher Ed teachers and educators, active participation from business, community and education leaders, and national panelists that came in from around the country at their own expense because they felt so passionately about the cause was really amazing and humbling.
It is awesome what we humans can do with our “discretionary energy” ie. The energy you choose to give over and above what is required to keep you job. The energy you’ll gladly give in pursuit of what you find meaningful.
If you are local and want to take those next steps on your own LEAP for Education you may want to connect and engage here:
Here is a crack at the monolithic industrial age model of education and arguable work force value:
As you can tell, this week as I am feeling a bit impish, so an underlying theme is “Monkey Business.”
Become more aware of your attentional blindness with:
The Monkey Business Illusion
Get epically close to a Mountain Gorilla
This will put hair on your chest!
On a more serious note, this week the world mourns the passing of Dr. David Simon long time business partner of Dr. Deepak Chopra here in San Diego.
Dear Chopra Center Community,
It is with a heavy heart that I share with you today the news that Dr. David Simon has passed away. David has been my friend, partner, teacher, trusted colleague, and younger brother for more than twenty years. He has touched my heart, influenced the way I think, and expanded my spirit. David approached life from a place of pure potentiality and unlimited possibilities. His wisdom, courage, and love will continue to inspire all of us for decades to come.
In his books and workshops, David loved to share poems from spiritual masters who lived many centuries ago yet whose beautiful insights into love and our eternal nature continue to resonate with so many people today. David’s favorite poems were reminders that while we appear to be separate, limited individuals, we are all expressions of an infinite divinity. Here are a few beautiful lines from the poet David called “my beloved Hafiz”:
The Sun Never Says
all this time
the sun never says to the earth,
“You owe me.”
with a love like that –
It lights the whole world.
As a talented physician and author, loving father, husband, and dear friend, David shared his unique gifts with the world. Through his dedication and authenticity, he helped so many people go beyond their limited perspective of themselves and reconnect to the love, joy, and peace of their true selves.
I have felt privileged to work closely with David for many years, and I am grateful that we have had the opportunity to develop seminars, retreats, and programs on mind-body healing and spirituality. While David, as he would put it, has now let go of his temporary human disguise to merge again with the unbounded ocean of consciousness, the gifts that he gave so freely during his life will continue to benefit and inspire everyone he touched through his words, wisdom, and heart.
If you would like to share your thoughts, prayers, and intentions for David’s family, please visit lovefordavid.com.
Deepak Chopra, M.D.
I got to know Dr. Simon personally when we explored my teaching traditional martial arts, Dhanurveda to complement Ayurveda for the Chopra Center.
In his last few months he lived life fully and embodied some of his own words memorialized below:
“Since love is all there is, relieve suffering and share joy as much as possible.”
We are all “universal beings pretending to be individuals.”
David frequently talked about the negative impact of the You vs. Me mentality and implored us to regularly ask ourselves, “How can I reduce the boundary between us?”
He went on to say that the entire universal energetic field shifts towards unity just by keeping that question alive in our minds.
He emphasized service to others as a daily ritual.
The last thing that Dr. Simon said, when asked what he learned on this cancer journey was, “Just stop doing things that do not serve you and do more things that bring you joy, right now.”
Today, Friday is world cancer day.
Believing in the Power of Prayer, I would appreciate it if you will forward this one line request:
All you are asked to do is keep this circulating, even if it’s
Only to one more person. In memory of anyone you know Who has been struck down by cancer or is still living with it.
A Candle Loses Nothing by Lighting Another Candle..
Please Consider Keeping This Candle Going
Light the way forward…