Your Soul Food for Friday July 29 2022: Self Improvement by the Numbers!

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

From dealing with ambient stress through self-care, ingredients for getting things done, books to get unstuck at work, practices to enhance your leadership development, inspiration from an all women rowing team, the most beautiful sights in the US, and funny animal pictures, you should find something here this week to feed your soul!

Feeling Off? It Could Be ‘Ambient’ Stress
It’s everywhere during the pandemic

How Ambient Stress May Be Hurting Your Mental Health | Time

See the 10 most ‘beautiful’ sights in the US, based on more than 450,000 travel reviews
A study of more than 450,000 TripAdvisor reviews identified sights in the U.S. with the most mentions of one adjective: beautiful.

Top 10 most beautiful sights in US found in NYC, Seattle, Boston, DC (usatoday.com)

Self-Care is Not Self-Indulgence, It is Self-Preservation:

7 Pillars Of Self-Care.. Self-care is not self-indulgence, it is… | by Jahnvi Mehta | Axis | Jul, 2022 | Medium

‘I’m a Physical Therapist, and These Are the 7 Things I Do Every Day for a Healthy Spine’
It only takes 10 minutes.

7 Spinal Mobility Exercises for a Healthy Spine | Well+Good (wellandgood.com)

A Neuroscientist Recommends 5 Books to Help You Get Unstuck at Work
Lost your professional mojo? These titles can help.

A Neuroscientist Recommends 5 Books to Help You Get Unstuck at Work | Inc.com

The 4-ingredient recipe for getting things done
Most of us make to-do lists but often find it hard to check everything off. Behavioral scientist Katy Milkman interviews Ayelet Fishbach, author of “Get It Done,” about finding a framework that can help you get through your weekly to-do lists.

How to finally get through your to-do list – CNN

All-female team breaks world record by rowing from California to Hawaii
The 4 person team rowed over 2,400 nautical miles in the historic feat.

All-female team breaks world record by rowing from California to Hawaii | GMA (goodmorningamerica.com)

3 Practices To Add To Your Leadership Development Program
Want to future-proof your team? Implementing a Leadership Development program may be your best bet.

3 Practices To Add To Your Leadership Development Program | Inc.com

Funny animal photos from 2022 Comedy Pet Photography Awards
The Comedy Pet Photography Awards highlight 26 hilarious photos of pets. The contest shared its 2022 photo finalists, and winners will be announced September 15. Notable finalists include surprised-looking cats, playful dogs, and ticklish horses.

Funny Animal Photos From 2022 Comedy Pet Photography Awards (insider.com)

Thanks to You for taking care of yourself!

Please pay it forward.

Love,

Neville

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“I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.” Mark Twain

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 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 Friday for Feb 11 2022: Mind-blowing and Mesmerizing – Choose Joy!

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

Triple Rainbow at Cardiff Beach

All Alone in the Night – Time-lapse Footage of the Earth as Seen from the International Space Station:

Mind-blowing!

All Alone in the Night – Time-lapse footage of the Earth as seen from the ISS – YouTube

Our Solar System in True Color Is Really Something Else:
Venus is white. So is the sun. They’re beautiful anyway.

The Planets Aren’t the Color You Probably Think They Are – The Atlantic

The Incredible Winners of the 2021 International Landscape Photographer of the Year Competition:

Misty valleys and magical woods win prestigious photo contest
The judges chose from 4,504 entries, with photographers from the U.S and Turkey claiming medals. Here are the winning shots and shortlist favorites.

Misty valleys and magical woods revealed as prestigious photo contest winners | Daily Mail Online

This Is The Wildlife Photo of the Year as Chosen by the Public:

An image of a frozen lake and the reflection of willow branches above the water’s icy surface has claimed the top prize in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award 2021.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award 2021 winner | CNN Travel

‘I Didn’t Even Know This Was Humanly Possible’: The Woman Who Can Descend Into the Sea On One Breath:
Scientists once thought humans could swim to a maximum depth of 30m on a single breath.

Amber Bourke has gone deeper than 70m and physiology alone can’t explain why…

‘I didn’t even know this was humanly possible’: the woman who can descend into the sea on one breath | Society | The Guardian

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of a Song that Transcends Time and Space:

Playing for Change- Song Around The World

“The Weight,” features Ringo Starr and The Band’s original member Robbie Robertson, along with musicians across 5 continents. Great songs can travel everywhere bridging what divides us and inspiring us to see how easily we all get along when the music plays. Take a load off and turn it up!!

The Weight | Featuring Ringo Starr and Robbie Robertson | Playing For Change | Song Around The World – YouTube

Thanks this week go to Chris B, Lovers of Nature, Stewards of Our Tiny Blue Planet & Artists of Life Everywhere!

Please pay it forward.

Love,

Neville

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“The ship of my life may or may not be sailing on calm and amiable seas. 

The challenging days of my existence may or may not be bright and promising. 

Stormy or sunny days, glorious or lonely nights, I maintain an attitude of gratitude. 

If I insist on being pessimistic, there is always tomorrow. 

Today I am blessed.”  –  Maya Angelou

Soul Food Friday: Life on the Edge

Happy Soul Food Friday!

I am with full and unqualified FAITH intending these things to come true this year and sending them by special envoy to be seeded, nurtured, energized and released into the Universe:

  1. Health, Healing and lots of Pure Loving Energy for my whole family and myself and for your whole family and yourself
  2. Positive Self Esteem, Acceptance of Unconditional Love, and a year of Rich Educational Success for my children and all children
  3. Genuine Encounter Moments and a Rich Satisfying Intimacy for my wife and I, and for you and your partner/significant other
  4. Career Stability and Advancement leading to Abundant Wealth and Prosperity for all the breadwinners in our family and yours
  5. Deep Meaning, Value and Fulfillment in ALL our a-vocational passions
  6. Continued Success in Living, Loving, Life-long Learning and Leaving a Legacy for my loved ones, for myself, and for YOU.

We are grateful for making this come true.
We are grateful for making this come true.
We are grateful for making this come true!

And it is done…

Today marks my 53rd trip “trucking’” around the Sun.
Looking back, “What a long, strange trip it’s been”
Looking forward, “Here comes the sun”

Reflecting now, “Crossroads”…

Sometimes it has felt like life on the edge as I try to reach escape velocity
Other times it has been in the wilderness of human values where I have found my center of gravity
It’s always been interesting and mostly filled with love, spirit and energy. These are the soul fuel have sparked ignition on both inner and outer journeys

Enjoy some samplers of these themes and tribulations but be forewarned…

“We appreciate frankness from those who like us. Frankness from others is called insolence.” –Andre Maurois

THE ROYAL PIGEON

Nasruddin became prime minister to the king. Once while he wandered through the palace, he saw a royal falcon. Now Nasruddin had never seen this kind of a pigeon before. So he got out a pair of scissors and trimmed the claws, the wings and the beak of the falcon. “Now you look like a decent bird,” he said. “Your keeper had evidently been neglecting you.

Moral: Don’t buy into the notion that, “You’re different so there’s something wrong with you!”

Be Yourself. There is only ONE You!
The Journey Continues…
Love,
Neville

Taking ‘bout my Generation:
They say you either pass it forward, or pass it back
Experience this extreme Father/Son communication
Watch the non-verbal handoff at the 2 minute mark and the final note as the world says goodbye to Maestro Bebo Valdes one of the greats
Great musicians are Great listeners!

A little Yang Spirit…

It can be tough out there
“Business is a combination of war and sport”, said Andre Maurois, and as a martial artist, I have appreciated this notion…
Expect to battle heatedly but fight fairly.
Focus on excellence not success because success is about how you measure up to others whereas, excellence is how you compare to yourself!
Be your own yardstick
Look your friends in the eye and know you didn’t let them down.
Can you live in that moment?
How Great Can You Be?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6xLYt265ZM

Life on the Edge
Aggravated or Acrophobic-
It is lonely at the top but it is scary as hell on the edge!
You better hang on to something before you look at these pics…
Click here!

On Perspective:
Sometimes you need a Long View
On the one hand, from 30,000 feet, all water looks drinkable
On the other hand, without perspective you wouldn’t have this incredible viewpoint!
Click here!

Speaking of perspective…

A little Yin Spirit
The Earth’s Prayer is something I wrote in 2009 after an inspirational trip to Europe.
It is scary to share it, but here goes…
Click here!

Up Close and Personal:
That which is most personal is most universal
This deck captures a world view and the diversity of human spirit
Click here!

It takes Energy to Grow!
This deck inspired by the Happy Planet Index is dedicated to mobilizing a global movement towards Your health, happiness and well being
Click here!

Crackpot Friends:
An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her shoulders.
One of the pots had a crack in it:  the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.
At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.
For two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water.
Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.

But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do.  After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream.
“I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.”
The old woman smiled, ‘Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side?’  ‘That’s because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them.’
‘For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table.  Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.’

Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it’s the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding…  Just accept each person as they are and look for the good in them.
SO, to all of my cracked-pot friends, have a great day and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path!

Thanks to ALL of you that have contributed to the quality of my life!

Love,

Neville

“There are two educations: the one that teaches how to make a living

and the other that teaches how to live”

—Anthony DeMello