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Be Part of a Harmonious Global Community

Be Part of a Harmonious Global Community

September 23 to October 22 - Zodiac Sign: Libra - Element: Air - Color: Chartreuse

My youngest son Zach called home from college a while ago. He'd spent the weekend at a leadership training seminar, and wanted to share something he'd learned, a story from the closing motivational speaker. Zach said it made him think of me. My heart welled with a mother's love and pride. For me, it validated the message I have always tried to instill in both of my children. Any parent reading this knows that we do our best to teach our children how to live a full conscious life, but it isn't until they are faced with real life situations that we can be sure if they were listening. When all is said and done, events do not create a person's character – they only reveal it. All we can do is pray and hope they were listening to us and not the media.

Here is the story, as told to me by Zach:

A holy man had died and was met by God. God asked him, "Do you have any questions you would like answered?"

"Yes," said the holy man. "I would like to see both Heaven and Hell before I move on."

God took him to a long hallway with many doors. Together, they walked down the hall, and God opened a door. In the center of the room, there was a fire pit with a huge, bubbling pot of stew. The smell was intoxicatingly wonderful. Around the delicious food, a crowd of people sat in comfortable chairs. Each person was holding a soup spoon with a three foot long handle. The spoons were just long enough to scoop stew out of the pot, but too long to get any into their mouths. As a result, the people were starving and miserable. Sunken eyes and swollen bellies, these people were truly suffering.

The man said, "I assume that was Hell."

"Yes," said God.

A second door was opened, revealing the same situation: people in comfortable chairs seated around a pot of beautiful stew, with long-handled spoons attached to their hands. However, in this room everyone was happy – full bellies, rosy cheeks. It was obvious that they were well-nourished, and laughed often.

"I don't understand," began the man. "The rooms are identical, yet in Heaven people are joyous and fulfilled in every way imaginable. Why?"

God replied, "You see, in this room, people have learned to feed each other, and by doing so, they themselves are nourished."

Zach gets an A+ for listening to his mom. That is exactly how I have always tried to live my life, and in doing so, teach by example. In the movie The Secret, Jack Canfield states that he feels his purpose in life is to experience joy. I think that is my favorite part of the whole movie. If we are not here to experience joy, then what are we here to do? Why would anyone choose misery when joy was also an option? I heard a song on the radio the other day and a lyric stuck with me: "Our children are on drugs, our children are dying in a war, our children have forgotten how to laugh and as we rush through our day all we worry about is are we on time". I don't know about you but, damn! Forgiveness, joy, laughter, these are things we should share freely and often with everyone we meet. These are not things that we keep in a jar on the shelf and jealously hoard. A compassionate heart is the healing salve our wounded world needs. The only time we run out of compassion is when we don't practice it every day.

This month, we celebrate the Zodiac sign Libra. The key motivation for Libra is harmony in relationships and surroundings, balance, fairness and justice. The planetary ruler for Libra is Venus, named after the goddess of love. The sign is represented by scales that are balanced, fair-minded, equitable, dispassionate, loving, and neutral understanding of conflicting points of view. Teaching balance is the path I have chosen for a career. It is impossible to achieve balance when one is judgmental, unwilling to compromise, stingy and afraid to love and share. Rigidity in old thoughts, ways and beliefs keep us stuck in patterns that may end in a total toxic nightmare of anguish. Soul nourishment all around us, yet we are unable to take it in because of old antiquated patterns. Not unlike Zach's story describing Hell.

I caught the personal finance expert and motivational speaker Susie Orman on public TV a couple of weeks ago. She had a list of what makes a woman wealthy. At the top of her list was "Harmony and Balance". None of the other things on her list could even be activated without these two attributes. Harmony in thought, word, action and emotion create the balance people need to become truly wealthy. What good is money if we don't have our health? What good are possessions if we have no one with which to share them? And it is impossible to acquire monetary wealth without a working game plan.

One of my favorite books is Being in Balance, 9 Principals for Creating Habits to Match Your Desires by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer. When I first discovered this little book, I couldn't put it down. I have read it at least a half-dozen times. Dr. Dyer, in my opinion, has cut straight to the heart of what needs to be done to be in balance. Nourishment comes from more places than the grocery store. He has a quote that I find haunting. Dr. Dyer uses it to demonstrate that a conscious being doesn't always take the path most traveled. An act of peace and kindness sometimes means not following the norm and takes greater courage than blindly following the pack. After all, hungry wild dogs travel in packs, a well nourished dog will act wisely on its own. The quote is by Hermann Goering, Adolf Hitler's designated successor and is found in the Nuremberg Diary: "Why, of course, the people don't want war.... But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship.... voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

I have said this before and I will say it again: unless the mind is powered by the heart, no good can come of it. My mother used to tell me that if I practiced my manners at home, I would be less likely to forget them when I was out. She was right, but this line of reason goes beyond manners. If we practice compassion and forgiveness at home, we will be less likely to forget them when we are out in the world. The feeling we get when we give from the heart is the ultimate act of self-love . What feels better than to nourish another traveler on planet earth? Giving should not be a thing we do on special occasions and holidays. Smiles and hugs and helping hands cost nothing, yet they come back to us ten fold. So then, how do we become part of a harmonious global community? I will leave you with a poem by Sam Levenson, written for his grandchild. Actress Audrey Hepburn brought it to a larger audience as the poem she would read to her own children. I share this poem often, because I don’t think we can ever hear the message enough.

Time-Tested Beauty Tips

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge you'll never walk alone ...
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed and redeemed and redeemed.
Never throw out anybody. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm.
As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others.