Saturday, August 29, 2009

Thoughts on Compassion

Thoughts on Compassion
by Jim Donovan

Compassion is the acceptance of how someone is without pre-conceived notions, and without judgment. It is knowing that a person is doing the best they can in that moment, and it involves a general sense of acceptance and unconditional love. Compassion gives no excuses for a person's mistakes, but instead gives them the room to grow and improve at their own pace.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for . . .

A message from our Native American Elders
-The Elders, Hopi Nation, Oraibi, Arizona -

We have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour.

Now we must go back and tell the people this is the Hour.

And there are things to be considered:

Where are you living?

What are you doing?

Are you in right relation?

Where is your water?

Know your garden.

It is time to speak your truth.

Create your community.

Be good to each other.

And do not look outside yourself for the leader.

This could be a good time!

There is a river flowing now very fast

It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid.

They will try to hold on to the shore.

They will feel they are being torn apart and they will suffer greatly.

Know the river has its destination.

The Elders say we must let go of the shore, and push off and into the river, keep our eyes open, and
our head above the water.

See who is in there with you and Celebrate.

At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally.

Least of all ourselves.

For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth

and journey comes to a halt.

The time of the lone wolf is over.

Gather yourselves!

Banish the word “struggle” from your attitude and your vocabulary.
All that you do now must be done in a sacred manner
And in celebration.

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for . . .
-The Elders, Hopi Nation, Oraibi, Arizona -

Monday, August 17, 2009

As you take your next breath...

By Jim Donovan

1. As you take your next breath, resist the urge to think of anything. Just experience the breath in it's fullest form. Try this for 60 seconds. Notice how you feel after 1 minute....

2. Find something in nature, like the sky, the stars at night or a flower. Look at it without classifying it as good, bad, beautiful or anything at all. Just have the experience of taking in the sight without thinking or judging. Notice if you "see" these things any differently when you aren't thinking about them.

3. The next conversation that you have, whomever it is, just listen as if they were telling you the most important information you've ever heard and without thinking of what you'll say next. Notice if your experience of 'listening" is different when you do it this way.