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

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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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Your Soul Food for Friday April 15, 2022: Finding Zen At Work And Beyond

Happy Soul Food Friday & Happy Easter and Passover!

This week:

Finding Zen At Work

If you can use a little more Zen in your life, register here: https://go.ucsd.edu/3KcFrvn

The Most Important Leadership Skill According to Research:

If you are committed to positive relationships and a compelling organizational culture that drives results, here is the leadership competency that will have a huge bearing on the present and future world of work with constructive effects on:

  • Innovation
  • Engagement
  • Retention
  • Inclusivity
  • Work-Life

The mental health stats cited here from September of ’21 have arguably only got worse in our VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) world.

New conditions call for new responses, in this case maybe just turning up the volume on this important leadership competency.

Empathy Is The Most Important Leadership Skill According To Research (forbes.com)

Why Community Matters So Much- And How To Find Yours:

How are you doing with the 4 criteria of community namely; membership, influence, integration and fulfillment of needs?

How to find your community as an adult — and why it matters – Vox

Harvard Research Finds Serious Red Flag To Watch Out For At Work
If you have a worker that exhibits this trait, you’ll probably agree with the Harvard team’s conclusions

Harvard Research Finds Serious Red Flag To Watch Out For At Work (ladbible.com)

The Case for Taking Naps (Even at Work):

The Autonomy to Decide If and When We Need Rest

The Case for Taking Naps (Even at Work) (hbr.org)

Changing your diet could add up to 13 years to your life, study says
Switching from a typical Westernized diet of red meat and processed foods can add up to 13 years to your life if you start at age 20, but even people in their 60s can add years.

Changing your diet could add up to 13 years to your life, study says – CNN

Plus Advice From Kids-

Press 3 for a pep talk from kindergartners. A new hotline gives you options for joy
What started as an art project at a California elementary school has gone viral. The free hotline offers wise advice and encouraging messages from kids to anyone who calls.

A new hotline offers pep talks from kindergartners : NPR

Thanks this week go to Paula C, Paula T & Marlaine C for your contributions.

If you have inspirational content that makes you think of Soul Food Friday, send it my way!

Please pay it forward and create your own Zen!

Love,

Neville  

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“Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise, seek what they sought” Basho

Happy Soul Food Friday for a Vernal Equinox, Persian New Year & Spring Variety Pack 2022!

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

Remembering a Legend!

Madeleine Albright- The highest ranking women in the history of American government of her time

Madeleine Albright was a force. She defied convention and broke barriers again and again. She was an immigrant fleeing persecution. A refugee in need of safe haven. And like so many before her — and after — she was proudly American.

As the devoted mother of three beloved daughters, she worked tirelessly raising them while earning her doctorate degree and starting her career in American diplomacy. She took her talents first to the Senate as a staffer for Senator Edmund Muskie followed by the National Security Council under President Carter. And then to the United Nations where she served as United States Ambassador, and ultimately, made history as our first woman Secretary of State, appointed by President Clinton. A scholar, teacher, bestselling author, and later accomplished business woman, she always believed America was the indispensable Nation, and inspired the next generation of public servants to follow her lead, including countless women leaders around the world. Madeleine was always a force for goodness, grace, and decency — and for freedom.

Madeleine Albright, First Woman to Serve as Secretary of State, Dies at 84 – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

What a Doll and What an Example!

Opinion | Why Dolly Parton was right to turn down the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
At this point, the country music icon’s personal standards may be higher than the Hall of Fame’s.

Dolly Parton’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame tweet got it right (nbcnews.com)

Self-Care-

The Surprising “Disinhibition” Technique Is a Powerful Way to Stop Overthinking, According to Harvard Research
Sometimes, data-based decision-making can derail you. Maybe it’s time to trust your gut.

The Surprising Disinhibition Technique Is a Powerful Way to Stop Overthinking, According to Harvard Research | Inc.com

We Love Our Pets!

American Kennel Club names U.S.’s favorite dog breed
The not-for-profit organization announced the results of its annual survey of dog breeds.

American Kennel Club names US’s favorite dog breed | Fox Business

If you are local-

TEDx San Diego is Back!

TedX San Diego is happening this Sunday both in person and live streamed, at the Preby’s in La Jolla after 2 years of hiatus due to the pandemic. In person is already sold out, but do join the live stream

The speakers and topics are fantastic!

Mission Fed is proud to support this year’s TedX San Diego event and if you are interested in the livestream experience, sign up. You will really enjoy the content!

Connect. Engage. Transform. TEDxSanDiego Tickets, Sun, Mar 27, 2022 at 1:00 PM | Eventbrite

Thanks this week go to all women leaders, the Mission Fed Community Relations team, Jack A for holding the space for TEDx for all these years, and all of you doing good work in our world!

We need you now more than ever.

Please pay it forward

Love,

Neville

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“Start by doing what’s necessary;

then do what’s possible;

and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”

-St. Francis of Assisi

Your Soul Food for 3/18/22: Which Wolf Will You Feed?

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week: Self Care, Ukraine, Spring Has Sprung, Daylight Savings and Cute Nat Geo Photos

Which Wolf Will You Feed?

An elderly Cherokee Brave was teaching his grandson about life.

He said, “A battle is raging inside me…it is a terrible fight between two wolves. One wolf represents fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other stands for joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”

The old man looked at the child with a firm stare. “This same fight is going on inside you, and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute, and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The elderly Cherokee replied: “The one you feed.”

Make sure to feed the right wolf this week! 

Ukraine- No Bystanding!

Ready to Die? Why Most People Flunk the Zelenskyy Test.
Tyranny has triumphed in recent years because real courage is rare.

Ready to Die? Why Most People Flunk the Zelenskyy Test. – POLITICO

Opinion | Stop buying from these companies. They’re funding Putin’s war.
Ukraine’s Zelensky is right: Peace should matter more than profit.

Opinion | Koch, Halliburton, Subway, others fund Putin’s Ukraine war. Boycott them. – The Washington Post

“They’re lying to you”: Russian TV employee interrupts news broadcast
Marina Ovsyannikova ran on to the set of the Channel One transmission shouting: ‘Stop the war. No to war’

‘They’re lying to you’: Russian TV employee interrupts news broadcast | Russia | The Guardian

The Ukrainian girl who sang ‘Let It Go’ from a bomb shelter gave us all hope
Every person fighting for Ukraine, every family ripped apart by this war – they grieve because they love. This is the language we all speak.

Russia and Ukraine: Ukrainian girl sings ‘Let it Go’ for all of us (usatoday.com)

The power of the dog and how pets are helping Ukrainians cope with war
Hundreds of thousands of pets are estimated to have crossed into countries neighboring Ukraine since the war began.

Pets have provided Ukrainian owners with crucial emotional and physical support : NPR

Spring is Here & Daylight Savings-

Happy Newroz, Nawroz, Navroz!

Spring is Here So Soak Up the Sun

THIS WEEK: SOAK UP THE SUN – Every Monday Matters

Sleep experts say Senate has it wrong: Standard time, not daylight saving, should be permanent
The Senate voted unanimously Tuesday to make daylight saving time permanent, but many sleep experts argue that the U.S. should adopt year-round standard time.

Permanent standard time is better than daylight saving, sleep experts say – The Washington Post

Bonus!

28 tender photos from the Nat Geo archives that will bring a smile to your face
See a selection of some of the marvelous images stored in our historic photography collection.

28 tender photos from the Nat Geo archives that will bring a smile to your face (nationalgeographic.com)

Thanks this week go to Angelica G-W, Every Monday Matters, & Conscious Leaders that model courage, compassion, and wisdom everywhere!

Please pay it forward

Love,

Neville

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“Your task is not to seek love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it”- Rumi

Your Soul Food for Friday Feb 25 2022: Are You A “RAKtivist”?

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:
Feb 17 was Random Acts of Kindness Day but we should practice this amazing heart-set all year long!

Kindness Pledge

The Health Benefits of a Random Act of Kindness
Random Acts of Kindness Day doesn’t have to be limited to one day a year. A simple act of kindness does much more than help the receiver, studies show, and any kindness you give to others is also a gift to yourself.

Random Acts of Kindness Day 2022: It’s good for your health – CNN

Random Acts of Kindness Day: 6 unique gestures of goodness
Everyday people around the world show how acts of kindness can change lives.

6 inspirational videos to mark Random Acts of Kindness Day (usatoday.com)

Dog Saves Dog After Lab Alerts Owner to Golden Retriever Trapped in Sinkhole for Nearly a Day
Wrigley, a chocolate Labrador retriever, located the other dog stuck inside a hole at Marilla Park on Saturday, according to Streator Animal Control

Labrador Alerts Owner to Golden Retriever Trapped in Sinkhole | PEOPLE.com

Birds are Remarkable and Beautiful Animals – and They’re Disappearing from Our World
In the past half century, North America has lost a fourth of its birds. Earth is now a coalmine, and every wild bird is a canary

Birds are remarkable and beautiful animals – and they’re disappearing from our world | Kim Heacox | The Guardian

Kindness by Mark Twain

Thanks this week go to RAKtivists Everywhere!

Please pay it forward…

Love,

Neville

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“Your own soul is nourished when you are kind; it is destroyed when you are cruel.”

– King Solomon

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

Your Soul Food for Friday Jan 28 2022: The Doomsday Clock & The Antidote

Happy Soul Food Friday

This week:

The Challenge-

The Doomsday Clock Reveals How Close We Are To…Doom
The clock isn’t designed to definitively measure existential threats, but rather to spark conversations about difficult scientific topics such as climate change, according to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, which created the clock in 1947.

The Doomsday Clock reveals how close we are to…doom – CNN

And

The Bad Guys Are Winning
If the 20th century was the story of slow, uneven progress toward the victory of liberal democracy over other ideologies—communism, fascism, virulent nationalism—the 21st century is, so far, a story of the reverse.

Autocracy Is Winning – The Atlantic

The Antidote-

The Power of Love, Interconnectedness & Nature

Honoring Thich Nhat Hanh and His Teachings:


Plum Village, France 10:30pm 21st January, 2022   Dear Beloved Community,   With a deep mindful breath, we announce the passing of our beloved teacher, Thay Nhat Hanh, at 00:00hrs on January 22, 2022 at Từ Hiếu Temple in Huế, Vietnam, at the age of 95.  
Thay has been the most extraordinary teacher, whose peace, tender compassion, and bright wisdom has touched the lives of millions. Whether we have encountered him on retreats, at public talks, or through his books and online teachings–or simply through the story of his incredible life–we can see that Thay has been a true bodhisattva, an immense force for peace and healing in the world.
Thay has been a revolutionary, a renewer of Buddhism, never diluting and always digging deep into the roots of Buddhism to bring out its authentic radiance.   Thay has opened up a beautiful path of Engaged and Applied Buddhism for all of us: the path of the Five Mindfulness Trainings and the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings of the Order of Interbeing.

As Thay would say, “Because we have seen the path, we have nothing more to fear.” We know our direction in life, we know what to do, and what not to do to relieve suffering in ourselves, in others, and in the world; and we know the art of stopping, looking deeply, and generating true joy and happiness.   Now is a moment to come back to our mindful breathing and walking, to generate the energy of peace, compassion, and gratitude to offer our beloved Teacher.

It is a moment to take refuge in our spiritual friends, our local sanghas and community, and each other.   We invite you to join our global community online, as we commemorate Thay’s life and legacy with five days of practice and ceremonies broadcast LIVE from Hue, Vietnam and Plum Village, France, starting on Saturday January 22nd. Please see our website for more details coming shortly: www.plumvillage.org/memorial  

Let us each resolve to do our best over the coming days to generate the energy of mindfulness, peace, and compassion, to send to our beloved Teacher.   Over the coming hours on the Plum Village website, we will publish some inspirational chants, texts, and mindfulness practice resources, to support you to come together with your local sangha to generate a collective energy of mindfulness and compassion, and create your own ceremony or session in tribute to our Teacher.
As Thay has always taught, nothing is more important than brotherhood and sisterhood, and we all know the power of collective energy.

We invite you to share your messages of gratitude or personal transformation and healing on our website: plumvillage.org/gratitude-for-thich-nhat-hanh   With love, trust, and togetherness,   The Monks and Nuns of Plum Village.

 

The Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation | 2499 Melru Lane, Escondido, CA 92026  

  “This body is not me; I am not caught in this body, I am life without boundaries, I have never been born and I have never died. Over there the wide ocean and the sky with many galaxies, All manifests from the basis of consciousness. Since beginningless time I have always been free. Birth and death are only a door through which we go in and out. Birth and death are only a game of hide-and-seek. So smile to me and take my hand and wave good-bye. Tomorrow we shall meet again or even before. We shall always be meeting again at the true source, Always meeting again on the myriad paths of life.” – Thich Nhat Hanh




Learning Leadership from a Great Master Courtesy of Moshe E and the Amare Wave:

Last week, Thich Nhat Hanh died peacefully at 95 years old. Thầy, as he was known, was a Zen Master, global spiritual leader, and peace activist, renowned for his powerful teachings on engaged Buddhism and bestselling writings on mindfulness and peace.

Thầy was also a model for modern day leadership, one who made love the center of his being and work. Love-centered leadership (the essence of The Amare Wave) believes, as Thầy did, in promoting nonviolent solutions to conflict and raising awareness of the interconnectedness of all beings.

His passing invites us to clarify our own guiding beliefs and principles.
What are your core leadership principles?
Are you willing to commit your company to total non-violence?
Will you integrate the fact of our interconnectedness into your business vision?

“True self is non-self, the awareness that the self is made only of non-self elements.

There’s no separation between self and other, and everything is interconnected.

Once you are aware of that you are no longer caught in the idea that you are a separate entity.”

– Thich Nhat Hanh

And-

The Profound Power of Nature:

Arizona Monsoons that will reset your state!

Thanks this week go to beloved Master Thay, Moshe E, Killu S, Nicole K, Catherine G and Bob C.

Consider paying it forward…

Love,

Neville

“We will be more successful in all our endeavors if we can let go of the habit of running all the time,

and take little pauses to relax and re-center ourselves.

And we’ll also have a lot more joy in living.”

– Thich Nhat Hanh

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