Soul Food for Friday Sept 16 2022: Antidotes for America’s Rich Death Trap, Moving Pictures, and The Paths to Peace

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

Antidotes for America’s Rich Death Trap, Moving Pictures, and The Paths to Peace

America Is a Rich Death Trap.

It’s not just the pandemic. For citizens of a wealthy country, Americans of every age, at every income level, are unusually likely to die, from guns, drugs, cars, and disease.

America Is a Rich Death Trap – The Atlantic

Antidotes-

A Stanford Neuroscientist Says This Simple Breathing Exercise Is Like a Kill Switch for Stress
A dead simple breathing exercise can help you short circuit stress, according to Stanford’s Andrew Huberman.

A Stanford Neuroscientist Says This Simple Breathing Exercise Is Like a Kill Switch for Stress | Inc.com

A Harvard Biologist Says This is the Worst Myth About Exercise He Most Wants to Debunk
Believing this myth can drastically impact how many healthy and productive years you get to run your business.

A Harvard Biologist Says This is the Worst Myth About Exercise He Most Wants to Debunk | Inc.com

Character Not Just Winning At All Costs!

Casper Ruud admission stuns fans during US Open men’s final (msn.com)

Fall reNEWal and Moving with Grace:

Renewal – Move with Grace by Mary Hendra

Spectacular Images Revealed In Weather Photography Competition:

Dramatic lightning strikes, extreme climate events, icy spectacles and sublime sun scenes are among the stunning images shortlisted for the Weather Photographer of the Year 2022 competition.

Weather Photographer of the Year 2022 shortlisted images revealed | CNN Travel

If you are local-

Why We Fight:

The Joan Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice is hosting acclaimed expert and peace builder Chris Blattman to discuss his new book, Why We Fight: The Roots of War and the Paths to Peace.  Why We Fight shows that war is hard and peace is easier than most people think. The problem is that we only pay attention to the conflicts that happen. In these challenging times, both internationally and domestically, Blattman’s insights are of critical importance for all those who want to bridge divides and keep social and political peace.

The Event  is Thursday, September 22 at 6:30pm in the Peace & Justice Theater at USD. Please   Register for the event. 

September is San Diego Hunger Awareness Month!

In support, Mission Fed is partnering with the Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank for the Food 4 Kids Backpack Program. This program provides food packages to chronically hungry elementary school students for the weekend when free school meals are unavailable.

Did you know that when children participate in programs that provide them with food for a weekend, children experience increased self-esteem, improved behavior at school, better academic performance, and increased interest in their classes and other school activities? Currently, 67 San Diego County elementary schools are enrolled in the Food 4 Kids program which feeds 3,300 students each week at schools throughout San Diego County.

  • The ask is for a donation of $7 which provides a food-filled backpack to a local child for the weekend.
  • Anyone can donate: we encourage everyone to contribute.
  • If you are interested there are several options to donate:

On behalf of Mission Fed, thank you for helping raise awareness and donations for this important cause. Together we can make a difference in the fight against child hunger.

Thanks this week go to Louis L, Mary H, Chris B, Carl L and the Mission Fed Team for this week’s submissions!

Please pay it forward.

Love,

Neville

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“Fear is the darkroom where negatives develop” – Usman B. Asif

Your Soul Food for Sept 9 ’22: Make A Wish & Make It Come True!

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

  • Mission Fed Supports Make A Wish Kids with the Help of The Padres
  • This National Suicide Prevention Week, Learn the Signs Someone’s at Risk for Suicide
  • Why Tween Girls Especially Are Struggling So Much
  • Cause Conference ’22 September 15th – Making San Diego Better
  • DogFest 2022 Sept 17th 11am to 4pm – Bring Your Pup
  • Healing the Grieving Heart- Sept 17th 9:30 to 4pm in Del Mar with Dr. Ken Druck
  • Hypnotic Kinetic Sculptures to Blow Your Mind!

Mission Fed Supports Make A Wish Kids with the Help of The San Diego Padres:

This week I was honored to join 11-year-old Make-A-Wish kid Julian to ring the bell at the Padres game on the Labor Day holiday.

Julian, who is battling cancer has a big heart, and tackles everything with a positive attitude. He loves singing, animals, painting, and watching Disney movies.

For his wish, he will be going to New York City for a shopping spree. He is so excited to buy lots of toys and explore the city.

Proud to know you Julian!

Destigmatize Mental Health Challenges and Let’s Help One Another!

This National Suicide Prevention Week, learn the signs someone’s at risk for suicide:
Suicide is a leading cause of death among most age groups.

During National Suicide Prevention Week, know the risk factors and warning signs to be able to intervene.

National Suicide Prevention Week: How to help those at risk – CNN

Why Tween Girls Especially Are Struggling So Much:
Mental health issues are on the rise, but tween girls about ages 10 to 14 appear to be struggling more than in the past, a psychologist says.

Mental health problems have grown, but especially among tween girls – The Washington Post

If you are local-

Cause Conference ’22 September 15th:

Make San Diego a better place to live, work and play

Get inspired about what is possible with this podcast featuring Grant Oliphant, CEO of the Conrad Prebys Foundation, Drew the host of the Spotlight in the Community show, Esha a college sophomore, and yours truly getting real about how we can uplift society when we all come together and do small things often

Northeastern University Sophomore Joins Foundation CEO to Chat About the Importance of Community Engagement (spreaker.com)

To register for the Cause Conference on Sept 15 and for more info:

Cause Conference 2022 (causesandiego.org)

If You Always Do What You’ve Always Done, You Will Always Get What You’ve Always Got!

Join Elly and me at this future proofing session as we stand up new models of system thinking and change that can transform your organization and increase your impact:

DogFest 2022 Sept 17th 11am to 4pm:

Hear from Dan (and his beloved dog Van) about Canine Companions for Independence and the profound impact they have had on his life after a devastating injury at 16 turned his life upside down forever.

I Love Dan & Van!

Canine Companions: Changing Lives Since 1975 | Cloudcast Media

Animal Lover?
Bring your pup to DogFest on Sept 17 at Waterfront Park in San Diego

www.Canine.org/DogFestSanDiego

Healing the Grieving Heart- Sept 17th 9:30 to 4pm in Del Mar:

If you, or someone you care about, is working through a painful loss, please consider joining us for a special day of healing. Led by 

Dr. Ken Druck and John Welshons, two of the world’s leading authorities on healing after loss, the workshop will take place in Del Mar, California where you will learn:

✨How to process the fears, sorrows, guilt, anger and trauma that can accompany loss

✨How to understand the stages, seasons and complexities of grief

✨How to manage unanswerable questions and uncertainties

✨How to meet the spiritual challenges and opportunities that arise in the aftermath of loss 

✨How to honor those we’ve lost with the way we live on (“The Six Honorings”)

✨The restorative benefits of mind-body approaches like meditation and yoga

✨Practical strategies for returning to work, relationships, and our everyday lives

✨The power of self-care, music, nature, exercise and self-compassion in helping us find some measure of peace

✨The “Do’s and Don’ts” of grief support for family, friends and co-workers


Where: by the sea in Del Mar, CA (address will be provided upon registration and deposit)


Register: The workshop will be limited to the first 15 people to register by calling 858-863-7825 and paying the workshop fee


Fee: $175. paid preferably by Venmo, Zelle or a check made out to Druck Enterprises Inc.

Please call us if you have any questions at (858) 863-7825. 

Looking forward to hopefully seeing you soon,

John and Ken

On a lighter note-

Hypnotic Kinetic Sculptures!

Anthony Howe creates the world’s most mesmerizing kinetic sculptures. His wind-powered, curved-metal designs tower up to 25 feet high, and are on display in public spaces around the world. Take a break from reality as you stare at Howe’s artwork and prepare to be transfixed.

These Kinetic Sculptures Hypnotize You – YouTube

Thanks this week go to Julian, Cause Conference leaders and volunteers, Dan & Van, Ken & John, and YOU for reading this far and caring!

Resource Yourself Well and Pay It Forward.

Love,

Neville

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“The purpose of life is not to be happy.  It is to be useful, to be
honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have
lived and lived well.”
 – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Your Soul Food for Friday Sept 2 ’22: Being a Force for Good

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

Are You A Force for Good?

Business as a Catalyst for Social Impact:

After co-chairing this conference 3 of the last 5 years that it has been in person, and intentionally pivoting from a focus beyond nonprofits to attending to all purpose-driven enterprise regardless of tax status, it is great to see this year’s conference meeting the moment. Join us and become part of a moment that is aspiring to create America’s kindest and most purposeful region with the social sector doing mission-driven work, businesses as a force for good, philanthropy that is evolvings from generosity to justice- as we all model and mentor conscious civic leadership.

Cause Conference Views Business as a Catalyst – San Diego Business Journal (sdbj.com)

This year’s Cause Conference is Thursday Sept 15th at USD

Note: In the afternoon I will be facilitating a session along with Elly Brown from the San Diego Food System Alliance titled: Identifying Our Unique Roles in the Long Arc of System Change

To see the complete agenda and to register please visit:

Cause Conference 2022 (causesandiego.org)

Modeling good corporate citizenship-

Mission Fed-Cloudcast Media Launch “Spotlight on the Community” Partnership:

Listen to this podcast where I am joined by Courtney Pendleton, Mission Fed’s Public Relations and Community Manager to launch the inaugural broadcast at Mission Fed Studios of Drew Schlosberg’s long-running “Spotlight on the Community” Show. It is a cool chat about Mission Fed’s community engagement efforts and why social purpose matters to us and why it might matter to you.

Mission Fed-Cloudcast Media Launch “Spotlight on the Community” Partnership (spreaker.com)

Can you invest your Time, Treasure & Talent?
I am honored to share that I have been elected to serve on the Board of Directors for Girl Scouts San Diego, joining a committed group of volunteers dedicated to improving the lives of girls who work together to build a better world.

 This is as my 14 years of service on the University of California San Diego Alumni Board of Directors comes to a close.

One door closes, and another door opens…

Power Her Promise- A fundraising campaign to empower Girl Scouts:

You have the power to ensure that thousands of girls in our community have opportunities to discover their passions, develop their talents and seek the future of their dreams.

Your donation is more than a charitable contribution—it’s an investment in society.

Power Her Promise (sdgirlscouts.org)

Self-Care and Play-

Plenty of sleep, healthy meals and exercise are part of your routine. What’s missing?
Daily play activity is a key part of childhood development, but it’s also essential for adults, according to research. CNN spoke with play expert and psychiatrist Dr. Stuart Brown about why incorporating fun in your routine is as important as a good night’s sleep.

Importance of play for kids and adults, according to science – CNN

Animal Love-

Watch a Sea Lion and a Chocolate Lab Race Each Other In an Inter-Species Game of Fetch:

Sea lion joins dog in game of fetch (usatoday.com)

The Beagles Are Coming!

San Diego Humane Society have taken in all 100+ beagles and is giving them immediate care. We have foster volunteers at the ready to help care for many of the beagles. Approximately 50 of the beagles will stay with SDHS fosters until adoption. San Diego Humane Society is also working with local shelters and rescue partners, including Rancho Coastal Humane Society and PAWS of Coronado, to place the remainder of the beagles. This is the second airlift that Greater Good Charities has conducted to help safely rehome the beagles being removed from Envigo. The first flight took place on August 20 and transported 146 beagles to Portland, OR.

The Beagles Are Coming! | San Diego Humane Society (sdhumane.org)

Thanks this week go to Teachers everywhere, Larry K and all the Cause Conference organizers, Drew S and the Mission Fed CR team, Girl Scouts San Diego and the San Diego Humane Society.

Please pay it forward, backward and sideways.

We need all of us!

Love,
Neville

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“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”— Albert Einstein:

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 for 4/8/’22: From the Great Resignation to the Great Rejuvenation!

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

Many of us have read the story about 3 people doing what looks like the same job, but when asked what they are doing:

  • One says they are laying bricks
  • The second says he is building a wall
  • And the third says he is creating a masterpiece!

Same identical work, but experienced so differently.

How can this be?

This story was made popular in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The story is actually not by Stephen Covey, but because he sold over 15 million copies of the book it is often attributed to him.

Proper attribution notwithstanding, it does draw attention to our relationship to our world of work and invites us to explore if we experience what we do; simply as a job, part of a career, or a purposeful calling?

When we are able to find meaning and purpose in our work, the mundane can become profound and we can turn the usual into extraordinary, often leaving a legacy that lives on well past our lifetime.

Many today are revisiting their relationship to work.

Perhaps we can learn from history…

The Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, designed by the world famous architect Antoni Gaudi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and described as, “the most extraordinary personal interpretation of Gothic architecture since the Middle Ages.”

Construction on the Basilica began on March 19, 1882 which is almost exactly 140 years ago.

Less than 25% of the Basilica was finished during Gaudi’s lifetime, and they are still working on it- though it was scheduled to be completed this year but was delayed due to the pandemic.

I am sure those working on it over the century, also viewed themselves as brick layers, wall builders and masterpiece producers- and they were all right.

It is after all all a matter of your frame of reference and your perspective.

What is often missing in the story, is that everyone focuses on the bricks, but people forget the mortar, and the mortar is just as important as the bricks!

The mortar is the social capital or glue that binds us together, when we know we are working together for a common purpose, when we know others have got our backs, when trust and transparency and even vulnerability become critical ingredients in the mix. As Peter Drucker famously reminds us, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast”.

In a time when our relationship to our work is being seriously revisited, let’s take the time to both find meaning and purpose in our work, as well as, build our bench strength, grow our franchise value, and make sure we are playing together not playing each other by strengthening the glue that binds us.

Turns out the Great Resignation may be followed by the Great Regret as many employees that jumped ship, quickly realized that “the grass isn’t greener on the other side”, the grass is greener where you water it!

So today, let’s all attend to our purpose, invest in our social capital and let’s keep serving our stakeholders with care and consideration.

Here is to the Great Rejuvenation

Live, Love, Learn, Laugh & Leave a Legacy!

Love All,

Neville

Enlightened Self Interest-

How to Handle Stress Situations Better Than Will Smith
Use the S.O.S. method when triggered for better outcomes.

How to Handle Stress Situations Better Than Will Smith | Inc.com

Etiquette expert says we’ve overlooked Lady Gaga’s great kindness toward Liza Minnelli
While Will Smith’s shocking slap of Chris Rock during the Oscars broadcast last Sunday has been big news, one etiquette expert says far too many people missed a beautiful gesture shown on stage that same night by Lady Gaga toward a visibly flustered Liza Minnelli.

Etiquette expert says we’ve overlooked Lady Gaga’s great kindness toward Liza Minnelli | Fox News

Try Something New for 30 Days: (3 minutes)

Is there something you’ve always meant to do, wanted to do, but just … haven’t?

Matt Cutts suggests: Try it for 30 days.

This short, lighthearted talk offers a neat way to think about setting and achieving goals.

Matt Cutts: Try something new for 30 days | TED Talk

How Gratitude Rewires the Brain: (10 minutes)

When a psychologist who studies well-being ends up with a brain tumor, what happens when she puts her own research into practice? Christina Costa goes beyond the “fight” narrative of cancer — or any formidable personal journey — to highlight the brain benefits of an empowering alternative to fostering resilience in the face of unexpected challenges: gratitude.

Christina Costa: How gratitude rewires your brain | TED Talk

Protect Our Planet-

The deceptively simple plan to replenish California’s groundwater
The state pumps too much groundwater, especially during droughts. Now, it’s learning to refill the overdrawn bucket. “It’s the simplest math in the world,” says one scientist.

The deceptively simple plan to replenish California’s groundwater (nationalgeographic.com)

1,000-year-old oaks used to create ‘super forest’
Could an experimental forest hold the answers to meeting the UK’s big tree planting ambitions?

1,000-year-old oaks used to create ‘super forest’ – BBC News

Eight Endangered Places We Can Still Save
Half a degree Celsius will make all the difference for these famous and far-flung destinations.

8 Endangered Places We Can Still Save From Climate Change | GQ

The Silver Years:

My doctor asked if anyone in my family suffered from mental illness and I said, “No, we all seem to enjoy it.”

Just once, I want a username and password prompt to say, “Close enough.”

Being an adult is the dumbest thing I have ever done.

I’m a multitasker. I can listen, ignore and forget all at the same time!

Retirement to do list: Wake up. -I Nailed it!

People who wonder if the glass is half empty or half full miss the point. The glass is refillable.

I don’t have grey hair. I have wisdom highlights.

Sometimes it takes me all day to get nothing done.

I don’t trip, I do random gravity checks.

One minute you’re young and fun. Next, you’re turning down the car stereo to see better.

I’d grow my own food if only I could find bacon seeds.

Some people are like clouds, once they disappear it’s a beautiful day.

Some people you’re glad to see coming; some people you’re glad to see going.

Common sense is not a gift. It’s a punishment because you have to deal with everyone who doesn’t have it.

I came. I saw. I forgot what I was doing. Retraced my steps. Got lost on the way back. Now I have no idea what’s going on.

If you can’t think of a word, say “I forgot the English word for it.” That way people will think you’re bilingual instead of an idiot.

I’m at a place in my life where errands are starting to count as going out.

I don’t always go the extra mile, but when I do it’s because I missed my exit.

I don’t mean to brag, but I finished my 14-day diet food supply in 3 hours and 20 minutes.

I may not be that funny or athletic or good looking or smart or talented. … I forgot where I was going with this.

Having plans sounds like a good idea until you have to put on clothes and leave the house.

It’s weird being the same age as old people.

When I was a kid, I wanted to be older… This is not what I expected.

Life is like a helicopter. I don’t know how to operate a helicopter either.

It’s probably my age that tricks people into thinking I’m an adult.

Never sing in the shower! Singing leads to dancing, dancing leads to slipping, and slipping leads to paramedics seeing you naked.  So, remember… don’t sing!

I see people my age mountain climbing. I feel good just getting my leg through my underwear without losing my balance.

We all get heavier as we get older, because there’s a lot more information in our heads. That’s my story anyway.

Thanks this week go to Alan D, Jack A and TedX SD, Marlaine C and Parenting 2.0, Larry H,  and Rejuvenators Everywhere!

Please Pay it Forward

Love,

Neville

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“Talent hits a target no one else can hit.

Genius hits a target no one else can see.”

–Arthur Schopenhauer

Your Soul Food for 3/11/22: Green Lights, Strong Backs, Soft Fronts & Critical Foundations

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

Did You Notice The Green Lights?

Whether it is the global pandemic, the war in Ukraine, or other challenges that seem to keep rearing their ugly heads, it sure seems tough to stay in a positive frame of mind.

I am telling you, if it’s not one thing, it’s another…

Now that traffic has picked up, have you noticed that if you are running late and trying to get to your destination on time, every red light can get in your head and make you stressed?

You feel your pulse racing, anxiety rising, frustration building…

Now replay the tape…

If you think back, how many of the green lights did you notice?

If you are like most of us, we have a form of attentional blindness to the green lights and seem to miss all of them, while we perseverate on all the red ones.

Humans brains seem to be wired to be velcro for the bad stuff and teflon for the good stuff.

Just recognizing this default setting, and choosing to attend to the green lights, both literally and figuratively can be a powerful tool in dealing with the day to day challenges we all face.

So here is a thought for the week:

Take some time everyday to focus on the green lights in your life.

When you find yourself thinking about all the things you don’t have, consider all the things you don’t have that you don’t want!

Focusing on the green lights is a form of practicing an attitude of gratitude.

It is hard to be hateful and grateful at the same time.

May you have a week filled with green lights both personally and professionally, and maybe share your evergreen attitude with others.

Joy shared is doubled. Misery shared is halved…

You’ve got this!

Love,

Neville

Celebrating International Women’s Day Week:

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.

“Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women’s equality. Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.”

Strike the Pose!

IWD: IWD 2022 campaign theme: #BreakTheBias (internationalwomensday.com)

200 classical musicians join London orchestral flashmob in solidarity with Ukraine
Musicians took part in a flashmob in London’s Trafalgar Square, to show solidarity with Ukraine.

With no rehearsal time, the musicians gathered for an outdoor flashmob described as “spine-tingling” by spectators walking past the square.

200 classical musicians join for London orchestral flashmob in solidarity with… – Classic FM

Compassion IT-

We need to keep a “strong back and a soft front”

Yes pay attention to what is happening in Ukraine, but also pay attention to what is happening within you…

How can you ‘compassion it’ for Ukraine? (mailchi.mp)

5 Simple Acts Of Kindness Giving Ukrainians (And The World) Some Hope
The world is coming together to help Ukrainians – on the borders and at home.

5 Simple Acts Of Kindness Giving Ukrainians (And The World) Some Hope | HuffPost UK Life (huffingtonpost.co.uk)

CRITICAL FOUNDATIONS: The Thirty Questions Anyone Must Answer to Build a Meaningful Life:

 By Scott Schimmel

What are the step-by-step ingredients someone needs to build a meaningful life?
The current school system is a sprint to gain the knowledge necessary to pass tests and be ready for the academic challenges in college. There’s little room for reflection, integration, or building relevant self-awareness.

Through years of research and work with tens of thousands of students, educators, transitioning veterans, and parents, we’ve developed a keen perspective- a meaningful life has to be intentionally constructed. It doesn’t work to give answers—you have to ask questions. You have to create the circumstances for people to discover their own answers to life’s most critical questions.

In this book, Scott walks through each one of the thirty critical questions—why they’re so essential and how to go about answering them. With vulnerable storytelling, these foundational concepts become accessible and relatable to someone of any age. The second half of the book delves into common sense skills to help guide young people to find their answers to these critical questions.

Get the book on Amazon

Thanks this week go to Sara S, Scott S, Trailblazing, Game Changing Women everywhere, and You for being Soul-filled!

Please pay it forward

Love,

Neville

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world;

indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”— Margaret Mead

Your Soul Food Friday for Feb 18, 2022: Lovers of Humanity Come in Many Flavors!

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week: Lovers of Humanity Come in Many Flavors!

“I’m no longer interested in any forms of spirituality, self-mastery programs, success mentors, coaches, healers, spiritual thinkers,

or activists that don’t ultimately lead their communities back to responsible association to tending the Earth.

The never ending quest for self-realization, personal brand mastery, self-success “soul”-preneurship all strike me as bypasses

 that have only served to keep us disassociated from what’s actually going on here.

Which requires us to exit the cult of individual success, whether seen through foggy spiritualized goggles or not,

and get our hands dirty in the immediacy of our grounded environmental issues around us.

The world dies while we buy in to yet another charismatic voice telling us how to heal some yet unmastered part of ourselves even more deeply into narcissistic individual “success.”

The world dies while charismatics make millions on their self-help platforms.

Sure.. and for that matter, Please: do your personal healing.

But if my healing only keeps looping back to myself, and doesn’t ultimately lead to reassociation with the Earth and my work to be part Of It,

then I’m just a casualty of healing-themed consumerism.

And still contributing to the problems that are destroying the planet.”

– Adrianne Tamar

All Are One

This man’s dying words changed my life:
After he was stabbed and lay dying on a train, Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche said, ‘tell everyone on this train I love them.’ I will never forget his words

‘Tell everyone on this train I love them’: the meaning of a hero’s final words | Maeve Higgins | The Guardian

Here’s the story behind Black History Month — and why it’s celebrated in February
Black History Month grew from a weeklong celebration that started nearly 100 years ago — and it’s not random that it’s in February.

The story behind Black History Month — and why it’s celebrated in February : NPR

Albert Cleage: Founder of The Shrine of the Black Madonna:

Albert Cleage: Founder The Shrine of The Black Madonna – Black Mail Blog (blackmail4u.com)

A Nazi officer’s housekeeper hid 12 Jews in the basement. All of them made it out alive.
“Without her, I wouldn’t be alive,” said Roman Haller, who was conceived while his parents were in hiding.

A Nazi officer’s housekeeper hid 12 Jews in the basement. All of them made it out alive. (nbcnews.com)

These vintage photos show the timeless allure of travel
Find inspiration for your next journey in these images from National Geographic’s archives.

These vintage photos show the timeless allure of travel (nationalgeographic.com)

Thanks this week go Kurt C, for the Adrianne Tamar quote, Manuelita B for the Albert Cleage link, and to lovers of humanity everywhere.

Please pay it forward with love!

Love,

Neville

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“Love is misunderstood to be an emotion;
actually, it is a state of awareness, a way of
being in the world, a way of seeing oneself and others.”

–Dr. David Hawkins

Your Soul Food for the week of Lunar New Year 2022: Connecting with Our Lunar Nature

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

Happy Lunar New Year 2022!

How the 1,000-year-old lion dance has moved with the times:
Innovations from Chinese communities across the world have created ever-more daring performances, enthralling audiences.

How the 1,000-year-old lion dance has moved with the times | Arts and Culture News | Al Jazeera

I Stole the Moon!

Great Photography…

(20+) Cris Froese Pics – Posts | Facebook

Brother Sun, Sister Moon:

Brother Sun, Sister Moon (with lyrics) – YouTube

What an Astronaut Could See from Space that Changed Him for Good:
This week, gain an astronaut’s perspective of our changing world, spot hybrid camels in ancient artwork, uncover more about the Tonga volcano explosion, spy a beaming celestial lighthouse, and more.

What an astronaut could see from space that changed him for good – CNN

When Is The Next Full Moon? Your Ultimate Guide To 2022’s Full Moons, ‘Super Moons,’ New Moons And ‘Black Moons’
Here’s everything you need to know about our Moon in 2022—from its phases to the dates of full Moons, New Moons, super moons and even a couple of rare total lunar eclipse “blood moons.”

When Is The Next Full Moon? Your Ultimate Guide To 2022’s Full Moons, ‘Super Moons,’ New Moons And ‘Black Moons’ (forbes.com)

9 Must-see Stargazing Events to Watch in 2022
The year ahead offers many heavenly delights for sky-watchers, including two blood moons, a pair of partial solar eclipses, and multiple planetary meetings.

9 must-see stargazing events to watch in 2022 (nationalgeographic.com)

How the Earth’s 23.5-degree Tilt Gives Us Seasons:
When it’s winter in Idaho, it’s summer in Curaçao. Why?

Why do we have seasons? | Popular Science (popsci.com)

Connections by Mission Fed Newsletter:

Let’s all make a difference of consequence in our community…

Connections by Mission Fed Newsletter | Mission Federal Credit Union, San Diego

Thanks this week go to Kurt C, and the Mission Fed Family!

Please pay it forward.

Love,

Neville

“What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone” –Bertolt Brecht

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Democratizing Nirvana-Stealing Fire and Hacking Non Ordinary States of Consciousness

“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

This week:

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Galvanizing Our Democratic Privileges and Responsibilities & Standing Up for What We Believe
Please vote on June 5 and vote every day with your conscious choices June 1 is National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Santa Fe, We Will Stand Up With YOU! Wear orange June 1 and turn the ballot box orange on June 5!

If you are local:

VOTE!

June 5 is Election Day. Here is an online voter guide to make voting easier for you.
Just plug in your zip code and voila
VOTE! No excuses…
http://www.kpbs.org/news/election/voterguide/

Don’t Curse the Darkness, Light a Fire: Let’s Democratize Nirvana
As we raise consciousness both personally and societally be it through mindfulness training, meditation, yoga, martial arts, or even electronic dance music (EDM), burning man sojourns, base jumping, & micro-dosing psychedelics in Silicon Valley, some are making a cogent argument that striving for non-ordinary states of consciousness (NOSC) is a 4th drive akin to our innate drives for food, water and sex!

The risk reward ratios are different; meditation takes months or years to cultivate and the benefits can be shorter term with no side effects and counter-indications v. base jumping where the risk is imminent death but the “high” lasts for weeks!

Recognizing the neurobiology behind these endeavors, humans are trying to hack NOSCs, getting to states north of “happy” and the emergence of this trend is evident in popular culture with recent books and podcasts.

Are ecstasis & flow, mystical states of being accessible to you?

If you are striving for something beyond happy and seeking that flow state of wellbeing, connection and purpose, you might enjoy http://www.stealingfirebook.com/

The vid on this site sets the tone for STER:

  • Selflessness
  • Timelessness
  • Effortlessness &
  • (Information) Richness all consistent with the highest states of consciousness aspired to by seekers of every time, tradition and culture

Note: I am not proposing we all go out and micro-dose or base jump. I am suggesting we pay attention to how we are getting closer to our own promethean drive to expand our consciousness and contribution to humanity…

On the same day as the passing of Tom Wolfe last week
https://www.nbcnews.com/video/tom-wolfe-dead-at-88-the-right-stuff-bonfire-of-the-vanities-author-1234504259557?v=a

I heard Terry Gross interview Michael on NPR (Fresh Air)…
‘Reluctant Psychonaut’ Michael Pollan Embraces The ‘New Science’ Of Psychedelics:
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/05/15/611225541/reluctant-psychonaut-michael-pollan-embraces-the-new-science-of-psychedelics

His comments at the very end of the interview about enhancing the wellness of ALREADY well people struck a chord and might with some of you too…

If you found Michael’s experiences with the plants “out there” and you think plants don’t have feelings/spirit…IKEA Asks People To Bully This Plant For 30 Days To See What Happens, And Results Are Eye Opening
https://www.boredpanda.com/ikea-experiment-bully-a-plant-jessica-ones/

More on NOSCs…

The Blog of Tim Ferriss: Experiments in Lifestyle Design
Michael Pollan — Exploring The New Science of Psychedelics
His most recent book, How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence, might be my favorite yet. This is the first podcast interview Michael has done about the book, the science and applications of psychedelics, his exploration, and his own experiences. It is a wild ride.

June 1 is National Gun Violence Awareness Day from Students Demand Action
Wear orange June 1 and turn the ballot box orange on June!

Thanks this week go to the conscious leaders collective band of brothers, mama Marlaine and Parenting 2.0, and KPBS San Diego for the Voting guide to galvanize our other democratic privilege and responsibility- voting!

Don’t Curse the Darkness, Light a Fire & Pay it Forward
Love,
Neville

“The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make
ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy.
The amount of work is the same.”–
Carlos Castaneda