Tuesday, August 16, 2011

When prosperity catches up to you

My brother, Terry, and I have discussed how prosperity without caring is empty. Unless you care about another's prosperity, your own well-being will be limited. So we asked each other this question:  "What would you see me doing when my prosperity catches up to me?" And then we gave each other the vision on which to focus.  Here is what I asked him to see when I'm regaining prosperity:

I'm standing in the airport looking at departures to Europe, traveling light and light-hearted. I hear the announcement of my flight boarding.  I lean down and pick up a small carry-on care and walk toward my gate.  Just as I get to the security stop, I look over my shoulder at the person I'll be traveling with.  "Hey, just in time.  Let's rock and roll."

So we're using these shared visions to care about each other's well-being. Try it.  Exchange your vision with someone for whom you wish the best of what you will be doing when your prosperity catches up to you -- that is, not a vision of paying your bills, sighing that you saved your home or that you can pay your car payment, but what you would do as a prosperous person.  Let it be a vision of doing something fun and joyful that clearly represents ease, comfort and security.

And share that vision today!


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Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Fresh Air Experience - the Fund is almost there

The Fresh Air Fund, an organization established to help New York City children from the toughest neighborhoods have a life-changing experience by spending some time with host families in the northeast section of the U.S.

So far, the Fresh Air Fund has managed to find 650 host families and they have one week left to find 200 more host families for the remaining children to be placed.

I work with Rotary International in Rotary Youth Exchange and Rotary Youth Leadership programs.  I can tell you that when you give a child a chance to see a different view of the world, one that is not only different, but perhaps one that gives them a new hope that there is nothing they cannot accomplish, the world is changed by one more person whose future is positive.

Be the change you want to see in the world. Those were Gandhi's words. You can be the person who gives another person a better view of life. Step out of yourself and step into providing someone a life-changing experience.

Tsunesaburo Machiguchi, a Buddhist educator in Japan who founded SGI in 1930, believed that our children should be taught to be world citizens with a focus that expands beyond their local and national focus. This belief is one that will help to make the world a better place for everyone.

Help these children have an experience that is outside of the world they know and provide them with the vision that the world is theirs to conquer.

Visit their website:  www.freshairfundhost.org and realize today that the Power of One begins with you.


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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Words matter....

I really like this one....


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Fresh Air Fund - looking for host families

As a Big Sister in the Big Brother/Big Sister program, I am well aware that many children just don't have simple advantages that some families take for granted. Children living in New York City often cannot imagine what it is like to be in the open air of the countryside -- their restricted circumstances just don't provide them that perspective on life. I have now been made aware of a program that helps New York City children enjoy the experience of the country and suburbs in the Northeastern part of the U.S.

The host families who join the program will open their homes for a few weeks in the summer and children growing up in New York City's toughest neighborhoods will have an experience -- probably life-changing -- to enjoy the Fresh Air Experience.

This program has been so successful that more than 85% of these children are re-invited to stay with their host family, year after year.

You may think that this is a small event in a child's life - but I can assure you that children who have not been exposed to life outside of an inner city environment, will open their eyes to new understandings of life and the excitement of opportunities that never crossed their minds before.

To find out more about becoming a host, call 800.367.0003. Or go to the FreshAirFundHost.org website for more information.

The story of Brandon Mendoza and the McKnight family:

After all, if we want the future to be reflected in a more humanistic way than we sometimes witness today, never forget that the Youth are Our Future.


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

10-year-old BC girl offers song of anti-tanker sentiment in video

A 10-year-old girl from British Columbia, Canada, of the Sliammon First Nation, has written a song that protests plans for west coast oil tanker traffic.


Friday, December 17, 2010

Full Moon/Total Lunar Eclipse on December 21, 2010

Not since 1703 has this event occurred where on a full moon, there is also a total lunar eclipse at this time of the year.  While it is the short day of the year (for those in the Northern hemisphere), it could be an opportunity to join with hundreds of thousands in shaping the future with out intentions.

So why not make it a time to join others around the world in a meditation/focus on a bright, positive, hopeful future?  This video in its simplicity puts forth the idea:

Honestly, is there anything more important than the human race surviving? Growing positively? All people realizing their best potential? Simple, yet deep happiness?  Really, what is more important?


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Thursday, December 16, 2010

And to all a good .....

I just want to send out a message of good will and cheer to anyone who drops by to read this blog.  So many people are in the throes of suffering with the touchy economic conditions.  I would like to encourage you to make a difference -- in your life and in the lives of others.  How?  By breaking the fear-based economy and social viewpoint that is so prevalent right now.

I get it that our unemployment rate is high -- probably close to 20% in some states because those off the unemployment roles are not being counted.  But without sounding like a PollyAnna, this also means that there is 80% employment. But don't you see and feel how the fear of loss is hampering everyone. Spending is down. People and businesses are holding tight. This only serves to prolong the down cycle.  If there is no investment or opening to the awareness of cash flow, change cannot and will not occur.

I'm not suggesting that you spend yourself silly or in a foolish way.  But please - know that all cycles comes to an end.  For every down position, there is a replacing up position on it way.  Let go of the fear, people!  Trust in your ability to survive and survive well.  Think and act with compassion and kindness to everyone around you. As we trust each other more, trust ourselves more, and with a knowing, proceed through these times, we will all be better for it.

Happy, happy holidays. Be safe. Enjoy your friends and family. Stretch. Live. Laugh. Release the fear.


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Animated viewpoint 200 countries growth over 200 years

This is really a fascinating presentation of the growth of 200 countries over the past 200 years by Hans Rosling. Check it out:

I love the hopeful perspective.  How many people with this access to the data of societies and trends speaks so positively?


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Monday, December 13, 2010

Face your shame

I have just watched a video by Brené Brown, a researcher and profession at the University of Houston who gave a presentation on shame and how overcoming this lack of worthiness can impact not just your own life but the lives of others. It is a little long, but well worth the watch:

It's all about courage, really.

Chesa Keane

Monday, November 29, 2010

Meditation Sites filled with meditation tools and products

I am always interested in finding the latest and greatest meditation tools and products. To showcase these findings, I have created the following websites:

You can find techniques, tips, tools and products to support your efforts in meditation.  You already know the value -- these sites help you enhance your focusing and concentration skills so your meditations produce the results you are seeking.

I'm adding new products every day -- come back often and visit.


Chesa Keane

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Tuesday, November 09, 2010

First Nation soldiers - reminds me of my father, aunts and uncles

My father was proud to have served in WWII and to the end, he was a soldier. This video makes me think of him, his courage, his fears and his contribution to my life.