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"Think Kindness" Website

Think Kindness inspires measurable acts of kindness in schools and communities around the world. Click here for stories about kindness and to check out this amazing website!

"UPWORTHY" Inspirational posts

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Stories of Kindness from Around the World

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A Bug’s Love-
Dog with special needs teaches preschool children acceptance and kindness 11/8/13

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Lodi City Council in California opened with Hindu mantras 1st time in 106 years - 6/6/12

Lodi City Council in California (USA) had its reportedly first Hindu invocation on June six evening since it was incorporated in 1906, containing verses from world’s oldest existing scripture. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed delivered the invocation from ancient Sanskrit scriptures before the City Council. After Sanskrit delivery, he then read the English translation of the prayer. Sanskrit is considered a sacred language in Hinduism and root language of Indo-European languages.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, recited from Rig-Veda, the oldest scripture of the world still in common use, besides lines from Upanishads and Bhagavad-Gita (Song of the Lord), both ancient Hindu scriptures. He started and ended the prayer with “Om”, the mystical syllable containing the universe, which in Hinduism is used to introduce and conclude religious work. Reciting from Bhagavad-Gita, he urged councilmembers to keep the welfare of others always in mind.

Rajan Zed presented a copy of Bhagavad-Gita to Mayor JoAnne Mounce who welcomed and thanked Zed. Zed sprinkled few drops of water from river Ganga of India, considered holy by Hindus, around the podium before the prayer. Zed stated before beginning the invocation: It is a historic moment of pride for the community when the prayers from ancient Sanskrit scriptures are being read in this great hall of democracy of this great city of Lodi.

Zed has been awarded “World Interfaith Leader Award” and is Senior Fellow and Religious Advisor to New York headquartered Foundation for Religious Diplomacy, Spiritual Advisor to National Association of Interchurch & Interfaith Families, etc.

Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.

Lodi, which claims to be committed to “quality growth”, is being marketed as “Northern California’s hottest new wine country destination” as about 40% of California’s premium wine grapes are said to be grown in this region. Female majority town (male 48.8%, female 51.2%), whose about 30% residents speak a language other than English at home, houses “The Serpentarium”, which has "bearded dragons" and where one can learn about snake breeding process. Prominent people associated with Lodi include baseball player Jason Bartlett, basketball player Bill Cartwright, soccer player Patrick Ianni, actress Mary Castle, model Bridget Marquardt, vintner Robert Mondavi and post-hardcore band A Skylit Drive

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Details of the picture above: Before the historic Hindu invocation at Lodi City Hall, from left to right are—Councilmember Bob Johnson, Councilmember Phil Katzakian, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, Mayor JoAnne Mounce, Mayor Pro Tempore Alan Nakanishi, and Councilmember Larry D. Hansen Picture by: Jeff Hood

Food for thought!

"Life is easy" says Jon Jandai. "Why do we have to make it so difficult?" After pursuing "success" in Bangkok for several years, Jo dropped out of university to return to village life. There, he went back to the life he knew as a child, working 2 months of the year to grow rice (with an additional 15 minutes a day to grow vegetables), dug a couple of fish ponds, built his own homes using earthen bricks, and gave up buying clothes (he has so many clothes from friends and visitors that he has to give them away). Jo contends that to be happy, we cannot just rely on money; we have to reconnect with each other.

 

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Watch this video if you want to be moved and inspired...

Of all the folks that spoke for the 2010 graduating class in the US and beyond, Eric Duquette may have been the least likely. After being diagnosed with autism at birth, and being told he'd never amount to anything, Eric excelled to the point of acceptance to every college he applied to. His story is an inspiration to parents and students alike.

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2011 Chamber Awards and Pandoras Auction: Nov 9th 2011

Heartfelt congratulations to all the community members who were nominated and awarded the following awards at the 2011 Chamber Awards and Pandoras Auction held on the 9th November at the Resort at Squaw Creek.

The Hospitality Award was given to 101.5FM Truckee Tahoe Radio. Other nominees: Allen Highfield, The Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe; California Welcome Center; Cedar House Sport Hotel; Dan O'Gorman, Truckee Donner Recreation & Park District; Granite Peak Management, James Woodruff, Crux Events; Kevin Steele, Resort at Squaw Creek; Mike Blide, Cottonwood; Mike Preseau, Cooking Gallery; Norma Jean Bowers, Resort at Squaw Creek; Pacific Crest Grill at Bar of America; Sam Okamoto, Drunken Monkey; Stefanie Olivieri; The Richardson House and The Rock Garden.
The New Business of the Year award went to CoffeeBar. Other nominees: Artisan's MarketPlace, Avec Wine + Food, Best Pies Pizzeria & Restaurant, Bluebird Designs, Dorinda's Chocolate Café, Grow Massage + Wellbeing, Mo Jo & Zoe, and Trokay Café.
The Revitalization Award went to Taco Station. Other nominees: Boreal Mountain Resort, Carmel Gallery, Holliday Development, Mountain Home Center, Northstar California, Squaw Valley USA, Truckee Donner Lodge, and Truckee River Winery.
The Large Business of the Year award went to Squaw Valley USA. Other nominees: Boreal Resort, Clear Capital, Granite Peak Management, Kelly Brothers Painting, Mountain Hardware & Sports, Northstar California and Sugar Bowl Resort.
The Excellence in Government award went to Ted Owens. Other nominees: Judy Price, Town of Truckee; Tahoe Forest Hospital District; Truckee Donner Public Utility District; Truckee Donner Recreation & Park District; Town of Truckee and the Truckee Tahoe Airport District.
The Volunteer of the Year award was given to Alyssa Westenburg. Other nominees: Chelsea Walterscheid, Emily Farrell, Erin Winter, Hillary Jacobson/Hill, Jackie Thomas, Kim Pier, Laurie Martin, Linda Holman, Liz Bordner, Phyllis McConn, Sandy Madigan, Stefanie Olivieri, and Steve Wallace.
The Non-Profit Organization of the Year was awarded to High Fives Non-Profit Foundation. Other organizations nominated: For Goodness Sake, Girls on the Run, Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe, KidZone, Mickey's School of Grooming, Project MANA, Rev. Janis Kathleen Day, Sierra Senior Services, Soroptimist International of Truckee Donner, Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation and Truckee Donner Land Trust.
The Small Business of the Year (11-49 employees) award went to Burger Me! Other nominees: Cottonwood, Drunken Monkey, Pacific Crest Grill at Bar of America, Rock & Rose, SnowTech, Squeeze In, Tahoe Dave's Skis & Boards, The Office BOSS, Thin Air Motor Sports, Villager Nursery, Wild Cherries Coffee House and Zano's Family Italian & Pizzeria.
The Small Business of the Year (1-10 employees) award went to Truckee River Winery. Other nominees: Alpine Skills International, Cabonas, Carmel Gallery, CoffeeBar, Cooking Gallery, Crux Events, Dorinda's Chocolate Café, Full Belly Deli, Mane Attraction, Moonshine Ink, Tahoe Adventure Company, Tahoe Blooms & Floral Designs, Tourist Club, and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Ron Farrell.
The Chamber awarded the Ambassadors of the Year to the Truckee California Welcome Center Concierge Staff.

For the Sierra Sun Article with details on this well attended, fun and entertaining evening please
click here!

 

Ways To Be Grateful and Help Your Neighbors This Holiday Season -
By - karen fabian

Tips you can use to help connect to the spirit of the season.

This time of year, things can go either way for many of us: we’re either excited for the holiday season or we feel a sense of dread.

This depression can be related to financial troubles getting in the way of buying the gifts you want to share, to missing someone in your life who's died or from being single and not having someone special with whom to celebrate.

At the same time, we all live in a wonderful neighborhood, surrounded by many people who we see on a regular basis, many of whom are our friends as well as our neighbors. It’s a great time of year to do something special for them and to bring a little joy into their life – especially because they won’t expect it. Tapping into a gratitude as well as showing support for those around you is a great way to shift your moodiness this holiday season. Click here for the rest of this article.


Secret Santas Pay Strangers’ Layaway Bills at Kmart
   
DECEMBER 12, 2011 - (Dani Carlson, WOOD-TV) Christmas came early for three people in West Michigan when a stranger picked up the tab on their presents. After that, another generous soul stepped forward and paid off 13 more layawaybills. Click here for the rest of this great story.

Secret Santa Hands Out $20,000 at Random in Poorest US City

A Secret Santa went to Reading, Pennsylvania, reportedly because it was the poorest city in America, with the goal of handing out $20,000 in cash to random people in thrift stores, laundromats and bus stops who look like they could use a helping hand.

He chose to remain anonymous but allowed TV cameras to trail him, providing a rare glimpse into the joy that can be spread by one generous man in red tee shirt and beret.

"I get more out of it than they do," he enthusiastically told the press.

He asked only that the recipients pass on a little kindness to someone else.

It was clear that the Secret Santa had done this before and encouraged more people who are fortunate to take up his vocation.

Click here for the full article.

Volunteers aim to end litter

October 02, 2011 • Anthony S. Bush
Topeka Capital-Journal, Topeka, KS

A small group of volunteers are making their way across the nation, picking up litter and spreading the word about zero waste along the way.

They are part of Pick Up America, which is the nation’s first coast-to-coast roadside litter pickup project, according to the group’s website. The group’s mission is to collect trash across the country, while educating and encouraging a transition toward zero waste. Volunteers, dubbed Pick Up Artists, encourage alternatives to “our nation’s throwaway mentality,” the website states. Nine volunteers stopped in Topeka on Sunday to pick up trash along Topeka Boulevard, N.W. Lyman Road and other areas. They said they will be in town as long it takes.

“We have a long way to go in America,” said Greg Katski, Pick Up America’s public relations director.

Pick Up America started off the coast of Maryland at Assateague Island in March 2010. The group on its trek to Topeka has picked up 136,322 pounds of litter thrown out of car windows and dumped along the roads of America. The group consists of six full-time volunteers and three interns. “We call them Trashturns,” Katski said. For more info visit the website www.pickupamerica.org

The Power of Forgiveness
JUNE 22, 2009

Susan Scholl, Certified Professional Life Coach
C. S. Lewis said, “Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea until they have something to forgive.”
We all come to a place where we need to practice forgiveness — either of others or of ourselves. Let’s explore what forgiveness is and why practicing it is essential so we can live our best lives.
A Gallup Poll determined that 94% of those polled thought that forgiveness was essential, but 85% said they would need outside help to do so. Click here for a link to the full article.

One good deed repaid with another -Call it a twist of fate.....

Victor Giesbrecht, 61, of Winnipeg, stopped his pickup along an interstate highway in western Wisconsin to help two stranded women change a flat tire. Minutes later, his life was in their hands.

Sara Berg, of Eau Claire, Wis., and her cousin, Lisa Meier, were headed home Saturday night on Interstate 94 when they "heard an awful noise." They were somewhere between Menomonie and Eau Claire when they pulled to the side of the road with a flat tire -- something neither knew how to fix. Meier's husband was on his way to help when Giesbrecht, who was driving by with his wife, Ann, showed up and asked whether they needed help.

"We were so grateful," Berg said. "Nowadays, nobody ever really stops to offer their help. It's kind of scary sometimes, because you really don't know what you're getting into."

Giesbrecht is the type who always wants to stop to help a stranded motorist, his wife said. "He's the type of person who gives you 100 percent and worries about himself later," she said.

When Giesbrecht finished, Berg thanked him and they shook hands. Berg recalled Giesbrecht's farewell words to her: "Someone up above put me in the right place at the right time.'"

And then they parted. Giesbrecht and his wife pulled back onto the interstate. Seconds later, Berg followed.

Less than a quarter mile down the road, Berg noticed Giesbrecht's red truck pulled over. She passed it and then pulled over herself, figuring the couple may have forgotten something.

No sooner had she gotten out of her car when she saw Giesbrecht's wife waving frantically at passing motorists.

When she saw Berg, she called out: "I think he's having a heart attack."

Berg, a certified nursing assistant trained in CPR, jumped into the truck. Giesbrecht had no pulse and wasn't breathing. Berg began chest compressions. Meier called 911.

Emergency personnel arrived in about five minutes, "but it always feels like forever at a time like that," Berg said.

Wisconsin state trooper Kate Sampson arrived first, and gave mouth-to-mouth resuscitation while Berg continued the chest compressions. When two Dunn County sheriff's deputies arrived, they helped move Giesbrecht out of the truck and to the shoulder, using the vehicle as a buffer from passing traffic. Sampson, along with Meier's husband, who had just arrived, and the deputy resumed CPR while the second deputy used an automated external defibrillator to deliver shocks to his heart.

One of the lucky ones

More than 400,000 people die in the United States each year from cardiac arrest, said Dr. Regis Fernandes, a cardiologist with Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. The survival rate for someone who suffers a cardiac arrest out of the hospital ranges from only 1 to 6 percent, he said.

"Not performing CPR contributes to poor outcomes," he said.

And Giesbrecht, who had stopped to do a good deed along a stretch of interstate, was one of the lucky ones.

"It was a nice twist of fate," said Fernandes, who is treating Giesbrecht at the Eau Claire hospital. "We know for sure that the CPR the woman did increased his chances for survival."

Berg pointed out that it was a team effort by several people.

The last few days have been a bit emotional for her and her cousin.

"We both have felt kind of guilty that having helped us caused his health issue," Berg said. "But people keep telling us that maybe it put us in the right place at the right time when he was going to need help."

Ann Giesbrecht, who was also part of her husband's good luck when she guided their vehicle to the shoulder during his heart attack, is grateful. According to a statement issued by Mayo Clinic Health System, she talked to Berg on Sunday and told her, "You actually saved his life."

Free-hug man speaks out - 2006-09-28, Sydney Morning Herald (Australia's leading newspaper)

The man behind the latest YouTube sensation has spoken out for the first time about his global cuddling controversy. Serial hugger Juan Mann describes the free hugs he hands out...as fast-food emotion. His cuddling campaign received an international dose of publicity today, after a clip showing his public displays of affection won a coveted front page spot on the video sharing website. An American television audience of millions also watched him at work, when the video was broadcast on the prime-time breakfast program Good Morning America yesterday. Today, the hugger was at it again, brandishing his "free hugs" sign in the busy pedestrian thoroughfare, and having quite a few people take him up on his offer. "It's a way to make people smile," Mann said. "For every person who gets a hug, you see five walk past with a smile on their face." But his efforts to spread the love became a little too popular for some people's liking, according to a blurb on the YouTube video, which said: "As this symbol of human hope spread across the city, police and officials ordered the Free Hugs campaign BANNED." Undeterred, Mann collected more than 10,000 signatures on a petition he presented to the City of Sydney council. Demands for a halt to the hugs petered out shortly after, and the end of the clip shows Mann hugging an official. City worker Elly Mitchell, who handed out a few free hugs on her lunch break today, said she was inspired to organise [an] event after seeing the video online. "We're going to hug the city," Ms Mitchell said.

Note: If you haven't seen this powerfully inspiring four-minute video clip, join the over 10 million who have by clicking here. The free hugs movement is rapidly spreading around the world!

Jon Bon Jovi opens 'pay what you can' restaurant

Jon Bon Jovi is opening a new "pay-what-you-can" restaurant, hoping to give low-income families an alternative to unhealthy fast food. The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen opened on Wednesday in Red Bank, New Jersey, near the singer's hometown of Sayreville. After two years of serving meals in various locations, the "community kitchen" has set up a permanent location in a 1,100 sq ft former garage. While customers are welcome to pay for their meals, those who are, er, living on a prayer may instead work as volunteers. "Picture the coolest brasserie in your hometown, that's what this is," Bon Jovi told New York magazine. "It's the hottest-looking restaurant in this town."

Indeed, this is hardly a soup kitchen. The bistro's opening menu includes rainbow beet salad, pork chops with fig and apple chutney, and homemade carrot cake with lemon cream cheese frosting. Everything is "organic, healthy, good-for-you food", Bon Jovi said, but don't expect to find him behind the stove. "I'm an expert at washing dishes, but I can cook less than zero."

"At a time when one in five households are living at or below the poverty level, and at a time when one out of six Americans is food insecure, this is a restaurant whose time has come," Bon Jovi said. "This is a place based on and built on community – by and for the community."

A Change of Heart Changes Everything

Jun 26, 2011-- Did you know that briefly re-experiencing a cherished memory creates synchronization in your heart rhythm in mere seconds? It increases the release of healthy, energizing hormones, while decreasing levels of damaging stress hormones, and strengthening the immune system. HeartMath, an emotional physiology research institute, has also discovered that if someone has a coherent heart rhythm, it has a demonstrably positive effect on other people in close proximity. Their cutting edge research establishes the physical heart as central to human health, success and fulfillment. But how do you 'change your heart?' According to their research, "If you consciously shift your attention to a positive emotion, like appreciation or care, or if you allow your thoughts to return to the feeling of a cherished memory, your heart rhythm changes immediately." Click here for the full article.

A Time to Give

Even if you are feeling like you don't "have enough" to "give enough", there are ways to help, share and give this season. Click here and you will be directed to a site which gives you 5 ideas!

Appreciating what you have may be the key to Happiness

We are all in the search of happiness, but the failure of finding it can cause us all kinds of frustrations and psychological issues. First of all, it is tricky to even define happiness: is it having what you want or wanting what you have? A new research published in the Psychological Science tested this. The results point that people can grow accustomed to their possessions, which in the end bring them less happiness.

 Nevertheless, people can keep wanting the things they have and it is precisely this category that experiences the highest level of happiness.

The team, made by Texas Tech University psychologist Jeff Larsen and Amie McKibban of Wichita State University, asked undergraduate subjects to fill in a questionnaire assessing if they possessed 52 different material items, like a car, a stereo or a bed.

"Simply having a bunch of things is not the key to happiness. Our data show that you also need to appreciate those things you have. It's also important to keep your desire for things you don't own in check," said Larsen.

In the cases of subjects who owned a personal car, they were asked to rate how much they had wanted the car they possessed. In the case of subjects devoid of a car, they had to rate how much they wanted this item. Based on their answers, the researchers assessed the extent to which subjects desired what they possessed and possessed what they desired.

It clearly showed that wanting what you have and having what you want do not automatically generate the same happiness levels. Persons possessing what they wanted seemed to generally appreciate those items, but the link presented significantly various happiness outcomes. Subjects who appreciated more what they possessed were much happier than those who were more indifferent to what material things they had.

Another possession and happiness correlation was that subjects having more of what they wanted had reached higher levels of happiness compared to those who had less of what they targeted.
Click here for the full study.

Jeremy Gilley - One Day of Peace
Here's a crazy idea, persuade the world to live in peace for just one day - September 21st. Watch this video on TED to hear the story of how this was made a reality: Click here.

27th September 2011 -
Saudi King gives women the right to vote and run as candidates

Saudi King Abdullah on Sunday granted women the right to vote and run in municipal elections, in a historic first for the ultra-conservative country where women are subjected to many restrictions.
The 86-year-old monarch made the unexpected announcement that he had issued a decree to enfranchise women in a speech to the Shura Council broadcast live on state television.
"Starting with the next term, women will have the right to run in municipal elections and to choose candidates, according to Islamic principles," said King Abdullah.
"We have decided that women will participate in the Shura Council as members starting the next term," he added.
Women's rights activists have long fought for the right to vote in the Gulf kingdom, which applies a strict version of Sunni Islam and bans women from driving or travelling without the consent of a male guardian.
Manal al-Sharif, the 32-year-old icon of a campaign in which a group of defiant Saudi women got behind the steering wheels of their cars in a protest against the driving ban, told AFP the king's decision was "a historic and courageous one."
"The king is a reformist," she said of the monarch whose country was spared a wave of protests rocking the region by which autocratic regimes in Tunisia and Egypt were toppled.
Abdullah's move was also hailed by the United States and Britain, which both called it a significant "step forward" for the Saudi people.
"The announcements made today represent an important step forward in expanding the rights of women in Saudi Arabia, and we support King Abdullah and the people of Saudi Arabia as they undertake these and other reforms," said Tommy Vietor, the White House National Security Council spokesman.
British Foreign Secretary Wil-liam Hague said he welcomed the announcement and that "we look forward to examining the full details of the proposed changes and how they will work in practice."
The king's decision means that women will be able to take part in the elections that are to be held in four years, as the next vote is due to take place on Thursday and nominations are already closed.
In addition to participating in the only public polls in the country, women would have the right to join the all-appointed Shura (consultative) Council, he said in the address opening the assembly's new term.
More than 5,000 men will compete in Thursday's municipal elections, only the second in Saudi Arabia's history, to fill half the seats in the kingdom's 285 municipal councils. The other half are appointed by the government.
The first elections were held in 2005, but the government extended the existing council's term for two years.

 

Dear Donors and Friends, 

We are excited to report that Changing Lives Nepal is in its third year of supporting locally driven social change in Nepal and creating direct positive impact on people’s lives!  We hope that through these years you have enjoyed the stories about our two current projects: the Children’s Home and the Tea Farming Project (www.changinglivesnepal.org).  2010 was a positive year with a lot of progress for Changing Lives Nepal, and Nancy and I would like to briefly share our recent achievements.

In 2010 we commenced our status as a 501c3 organization in conjunction with the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation.   This was a very important step for us as the 501c3 status allows us to receive tax-deductible donations as well as provides us with a formal process for issuing grants to our partners in Nepal.  A special thanks to Parasol President Claudia Anderson and her team for their support and facilitation!

In 2010, we raised $1800 in private donations and $7800 through selling Nepali art and jewelry.  Changing Lives Nepal was able to use $5,000 to establish the 501c3 status (and this money will be available to grant out in the future) plus give $3,700 in grants to our partners in Nepal.  Nancy and I work on a 100% volunteer basis, so all of the money we raise goes directly towards the projects we support in Nepal. 

Without you, our donors and everyone shopping with us, our work in Nepal would not be possible.  We are so grateful for your support! In addition, we have wonderful retailers in the Tahoe area who support us through wholesale purchases and an enthusiastic group of shoppers who attend Nancy's home shows. A list of our donors and retailers, as well as a link to make a donation, can be found here: http://www.parahamsa.com/changing-lives-nepal/donate/ .

We also have one other important new donor.... Since 2008, I have been guiding for Mountain Madness, a mountaineering and trekking company. This year Changing Lives Nepal formed a partnership with Mountain Madness.  As part of their social responsibility program, Mountain Madness will donate 1% of their Nepal trek program revenue to Changing Lives Nepal.  I am especially grateful to President Mark Gunlogson for this financial support, as well as the books, bracelets, and fun we shared when he visited the Children's Home in October 2010.

In 2010, we placed our first volunteers at the Children's Home.  The Reber family (parents Garth and Annie, along with their two sons Bowen and Tagish) taught, ate, played, tutored, helped, shared and lived in our small village for three weeks.  It was tremendously rewarding for the family as well as for the Nepali children.  We look forward to hosting more volunteers in the future as this visit was a resounding success!

 We are pleased to announce our goals of 2011 which include:

--Grant out $7,500 to our partners in Nepal
--Continue to effectively support the children and farmers of Nepal
--Support a new project on cultural conservation and Buddhism in Nepal
--Continue to professionalize our organization 
--Tell our story better and wider

Towards these ends, we welcome Katie Safar to our volunteer team. After trekking in Nepal and Bhutan, Katie has decided to focus some of her energies on helping Changing Lives Nepal. She has a strong commitment to making a positive contribution in the world, and we welcome her donation of time, energy, and organization!

We will be reaching out again soon to share more information about our ambitions and plans for the upcoming year and beyond.  We want to thank you in advance for your continued support and interest in Changing Lives Nepal!  Please feel free to contact us with any comments or questions regarding our organization or projects: info@changinglivesnepal.org

Warm regards,

Deana and Nancy 

Christian Science Lecturer Marceil DeLacy was featured in the Sierra Sun. Click here to read the article.

Our own For Goodness Sake Director, Andy Hill, is featured as a guest in the Living With the Bible section on BibleWise.com.

Read Andy's interviews entitled: 'Seeing that God is the One Responsible' and 'Encouraging Spiritual Exploration'. Also view Andy's healing message where he shares how letting go saved and transformed his life when he was mountain biking in the Alps! Andy

A few questions taken from Part Two of Andy's interviews on BibleWise.com:
What helped you succeed, and what did you learn in the process?
My reliance on God, prayer, and trust that there is always a solution to everything got me through. I learned that in the end, the solution is always peaceful. It’s not a compromise; it’s all-embracing and includes everybody. Quite often we don’t like the solution because it doesn’t fit in with our preconceived idea of what the solution should be. But if we let the problem go, the solution is already there.
What did you learn about dealing with people who are angry?
I learned not to take it personally. They had no reason to be angry at me; they didn’t know me. Most people are angry because of a misunderstanding and don’t really know the facts. If you know all the facts, you can make a decision. This was true of our situation. As I immersed myself in constant study of the Bible, I gained inspiration. I learned not to assume responsibility for the problem or the solution. Rather, I handed everything over to God who is truly responsible.
Anger and fear go together. Anger is an expression of helplessness – the feeling that we can’t do anything about what’s happening outside of us. But we can always do something: we can either feel helpless, or we can dig into our innate wisdom, which is really the wisdom of the Holy Spirit that guides us, and gain a sense of peace. The wisdom of the Holy Spirit is very different from the wisdom we try to get from our own intellect and experience, which is limited.
Follow this link to see more: http://www.biblewise.com/living/guest_month.htm

Spiritual Adventures in the Snow
Skiing & Snowboarding as Renewal for Your Soul

This is a new book written by Dr Marcia McFee and Rev. Karen Foster, debunking the myth that your body has nothing to do with your spiritual life. They demonstate how spirituality is fed by play and challenge and how your snow-filled adventures can serve as a metaphor for seeing life's ups and downs as part of a sacred rhythm. The book features a conversation with Truckee local, Alex Heyman. Alex is an avid skier, ski instructor and author. In the book Alex shares the issues he sees people facing during instruction and also his love of the mountains.

imageAn Excerpt from the book:
A Conversation with an Adventurer, Alex Heyman, Ski Instructor

Question: How do you talk to adults about getting past their heads?
Alex: I will often start by saying, "Let's not focus on anything particular right now. I just want you to notice what is going on in your body. Notice how your body is moving down the hill." It is about getting the focus in your body before you start to pick everthing apart. And maybe also not getting too overly technical, because you can get overloaded. Take one thing and incorporate it into your body awareness. I say," Don't try to tell yourself to tell yourself what to do or tell yourself that you are not doing it well. Just put awareness in your body. Just notice." I use the term "soft focus": We are not concentrating hard; we are just noticing. There is a focus, but it's an awareness focus instead of trying to get it done at all costs.

The book can be purchased here online or come and see us at For Goodness Sake. We have it here!

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