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7 reasons why kindness matters

kindness“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” Dalai Lama

Does kindness matter?

I think so, and there are compelling reasons to make it a priority in our lives, for the world needs it now more than ever.

A few months ago, while watching television in a hotel in the Midwestern United States, I saw a commercial for a local program which mentors the elderly.

I heard the narrator say, “One of the ways we mentor the elderly is take them out and teach them how to shoot squirrels.”

Seriously? Mindless killing of animals just to pass the time? That really breaks my heart.

Even more amazing was that this aired less than one week after the uproar over the killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe.

“The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that is wrong with the world.” Paul Farmer

7 reasons why kindness matters

Research shows that repeated acts of kindness:

Why sedentary workaholics need a healthy diet

workaholicsGuest post by Vaileria Dennis.

A workaholic is a person who works for longer hours than the average person. A sedentary lifestyle is a type of lifestyle with no or irregular physical activity.

A person who lives a sedentary lifestyle may colloquially be known as a “couch potato.” Sedentary activities include sitting, reading, watching television, playing video games, and computer use for much of the day with little or no vigorous “no-equipment physical exercise.”

A sedentary lifestyle and lack of physical activity can contribute to or be a risk factor for:

The History of the U.S. Constitution we weren’t taught in school

us constitutionThe U.S. Constitution outlines the government of the United States, but very few know it’s actual origins. This post originally appeared on this blog July 2, 2012. It seems worth re-posting every year.

 

If you’re like me, I learned in grade school that the U.S. Constitution was based on ancient Greek democracy. Which was a creative stretch of the truth, since ancient Greece was not a democracy.

My research as to what children are taught today about the origin of our government is also disappointing.

Apparently the Founding Fathers simply created it out of thin air, or were influenced by European governments even though there was no democracy anywhere in Europe at that time.

The True History of our Constitution

The truth is that the U.S. Constitution is modeled in both principle and form on the Great Law of Peace of the Native American tribe known as the Iroquois.

This is absolutely, unequivocally historical fact.

Reincarnation: how to know if you lived before

reincarnationDo you believe in reincarnation?

Were you here before?

How will you know?

Does it even matter?

Reincarnation is the spiritual belief that when we leave our physical body, our souls eventually re-enter another physical body and we live another life. Possibly over and over.
But perhaps we don’t need to reenter a physical body to live again, because consciousness may very well survive death, the brain and the body!

The Roman poet Lucan summarizes the Celtic attitude to death as follows: “Death is the middle of a long life.”

I once asked my Muskogee Creek teacher, Bear Heart, if Native Americans believe in reincarnation.

This was his one word answer: “Yes.”

Moon time teachings: why they’re not for women only

moon time

This posts takes a look at the traditional indigenous teachings around the moon time [menstruation]. I used to share moon time teachings with women’s groups, but I’ve decided that men need this information, too. 

For my women readers, this is information that has been lost in our society, but it can help us in achieving the life balance we all seek.

To my male readers, please read this in the spirit of gaining a better understanding of female mysteries! Learn to appreciate the women in your life as energetic beings in tune with the cycles of nature.

When I started attending Native American ceremony 30+ years ago, there was one guideline that caused me considerable confusion:

Women were not permitted to participate in most Native American ceremonies if they were on their moon time [that is, menstruating].

No other explanation was given other than that women were “sacred” at this time.

This taboo was a great mystery to me. My first reaction was the same as that of most women: anger, suspicion and indignation. — it was hard for us to see this prohibition as anything other than one more example of men excluding women from the cool stuff.

But wait! What if there were more to it than that?I’m a researcher at heart and I like to know the why, what and how of things. I’m like a cat that way – always curious.

So I undertook the task of learning everything I could about moon time teachings and what I found surprised, enlightened and transformed me.

It was life-changing, really – a glimpse into the world beyond the mundane. A look into the magical realms of the energy of the natural world.

“Part of aligning with Divine Order is aligning with the natural cycles of the earth and the cosmos.” Christiane Northrup, M.D. in Goddesses Never Age: The Secret Prescription for Radiance, Vitality, and Well-Being

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