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dalai lama comes to chicago

We learned recently that H.H. the XIV Dalai Lama is scheduled to give a public talk on non-violence at Loyola University in Chicago on April 26, 2012. Tickets are very limited, but we have sent in our request and are hopefully awaiting a response as the date nears. More information is on this event is available through The Tibet Center of Chicago. Peace.

smiling mindfully

“A smile is the beginning of peace.”

Driving the other day I saw this saying on a sign of a local roofing company that always posts different quotes/sayings. I thought this to be a serendipitous sighting that fit nicely with my life lately. Many of the books that I’ve picked up to read recently focus on mediation and mindfulness, and many of the exercises within these books incorporate the act of smiling.

“A smile is the
beginning of peace.”

IIt is amazing how this act of a simple smile can help bring a sense of peacefulness inside yourself. I have found this especially useful when life’s stresses start seeping in or when my passionate and very spirited seven-year-old challenges me (yes, I’m trying to be positive here). FYI–this also works for situations with other individuals you may come across, such as judgmental, nay-sayer adults. While it is not always easy to “put on a happy face,” I have found that just breathing and thinking of this word “smile” can start a domino effect that brings you back to being more present and mindful, along with filling you with a positive sensation inside.

Try it. Stop. Take a breath in and as you exhale say to yourself the word “smile.” When you think of this word you find that the corners of your lips start moving upward and a smile slowly emerges on your face, and that your face, your muscles, and all your insides just start feeling soft and relaxed and, well, peaceful. It feels good.


jes karper and a life learning anthem

Stumbling through the Internet today while I should have been focused on other things, I discovered the music of Jes Karper and his string-pluckin’ conscious poetry. It’s great uplifting stuff that offers some clarity and perspective on what’s important in life. The first song I heard of his is called “Try On Life,” which to me sounds like an anthem for life learners everywhere. Give it a listen below; then if you like it, go buy it so he can keep making music.

[audio:tol.mp3] Listen to “Try on Life”
Cool tune. If you enjoy it, you also might enjoy the video below of Jes playing another one of his pieces off the same album. It’s called “Time Stood Still.” According to Jes’ web site, he is a singer, songwriter, naturalist, river guide, conservation mapbuilder, and environmental educator. Originally from Pennsylvania, he travels the world full time, but finds his home mostly in Belize. At the moment, he’s in Maui where he recently played the Mother Earth Day Festival. Here’s hoping he makes it to Chicagoland soon.

In the meantime, check out his video.

When I listen to it, it makes me want to go dance with reckless abandon around a campfire with friends. Life doesn’t need to be so complicated. Anything is possible–even the simple things.

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