What’s in a name? The shameful case of the “Washington Redskins”

washington-redskins-logoHow is the “Washington Redskins” team name still in use in this day and age?

Most of us have heard the term, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me?”

Did you ever believe it was true?

Not likely, because we all know words have power and can hurt.

In fact, there is ample evidence that negative thoughts, feelings and words, can be harmful to the body.

It follows that everyone, be it an individual or a national sports team, should be more conscious of their use of words.

THE HISTORY OF THE TERM “REDSKINS”

The Washington team has tried to defend its name choice by saying that the term “Redskins” honors Native Americans. But that view doesn’t hold up under scrutiny.

21 tips for turning negative thinking into positive

positive thinkingI was recently asked by a reader how to maintain positive thinking. He said, “every time I’m positive, or at least I think I’m positive, then negative things happen.”

Having struggled with that very issue, I promised him an answer.

I agree that when stuck in negativity, it can be hard to pull yourself out. But not impossible.

First, accept that we all go through negative thinking some of the time; the trick is to not dwell there. Like driving through a bad neighborhood, you want to get out as soon as possible!

Here are some of the things that have helped me:

Why God rested on the 7th day

take a break for lunch coffee or take a a vacation or leisure daAs we begin a new year, many bloggers are writing about goal setting for 2015.

I have done that before and you can read my previous post HERE.

But aside from setting goals and intentions, if we want to bring about something new in our lives, we have to change what we are doing, or how we are doing it.

If you keep doing the same old thing, you will get the same old results.

Today I’m going to propose one change to your life that may make a surprising difference: more rest.

Why God rested on the 7th Day

We’ve all heard the phrase from the Bible, “And God rested on the 7th Day.” But what does it mean, really?

God is all powerful and probably doesn’t need rest Him or Her self – but there’s a message there for us: that we should get enough rest, too.

What encompasses rest?

Season’s Greetings!

Wishing you peace, love and light now and forever!

Here’s a small gift from me: a link to my 7 minute

guided meditation video: You Are Lightseasons greetings

 

The Winter Solstice – why it’s the true new year

Winter solsticeWinter Solstice is the day when light is reborn out of the darkness of winter. Our days start to become longer and lead us back to the beauty of spring and the warmth of summer, stretching towards their peak at the Summer Solstice.

Most ancient cultures celebrated this return of light and life with feasting, music, light and fire, and for many, it was the true beginning of the New Year.

It was so important to the pre-Celt ancients of Ireland that they spent over 30 years building a monument to the returning sun: Newgrange.

Older than Stonehenge and the pyramids of Giza, it was designed so that on the Winter Solstice, the rising sun shines directly along the long passage into the inner chamber and for 17 minutes illuminates the chamber floor and the symbols etched on the back wall.

What did the Ancients know that we don’t?