Today’s Goodness: Have you heard of Citizen Effect? It is an organization that gives citizens the opportunity to become citizen philanthropists by providing us with the tools and networks we need to work directly with communities in need around the world. So how does is work? A woman sells baked goods to provide enviro-friendly solar lanterns for salt farmers in Jogad, India; three friends organize a happy hour to repair a well in Devki, India; a couple uses their wedding registry to raise money for a childcare center in Sedla, India. Not a bad idea, right?
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Have a happy sun-shining day! ~The SBNR Team
“Loving-kindess is not only the desire to make someone happy, to bring joy to a beloved person; it is the ability to bring joy and happiness to the person you love, because even if your intention is to love this person, your love might make him or her suffer.”
From: True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart
By Thich Nhat Hanh
Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.
~ Anthony J. D’Angelo
A short, beautiful commercial by ITV1 about brightening your own sky.
1. Judith Johnson: A Spiritual Interpretation of Greed
“A spiritual perspective on greed assumes belief in something greater than the identification of ourselves as merely bodies with personalities. It necessitates belief in something transcendent with which we ultimately reconcile our thoughts and behaviors.”
2. Swami Satyananda Saraswati: Strike the Right Chord
“Material existence and spiritual life always coexist. Body, mind and spirit should evolve together. A few individuals are able to develop spiritually without material advancement, but this is not the path of the millions.”
3. Krista Tippett: A Linguistic Resurrection for Reconnecting with Compassion
“Krista’s presentation at the United Nations to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Karen Armstrong’s Charter for Compassion was posted as a TEDTalk.”
Top Spirituality News:
1. Reuters: Irish Archbishop Washes Feet of Sexual Abuse Victims in Dublin
“The archbishop of Dublin has washed the feet of victims of clerical abuse in one of the most visible acts of contrition for the systemic mistreatment of children that has shattered the Irish Catholic Church.”
2. The New York Times: Next Question for Tunisia: The Role of Islam in Politics
“The Tunisian revolution that overthrew decades of authoritarian rule has entered a delicate new phase in recent days over the role of Islam in politics. Tensions mounted here last week when military helicopters and security forces were called in to carry out an unusual mission: protecting the city’s brothels from a mob of zealots.”
3. The Washington Post:
Anglican Parish in Va. Settles Property Dispute with Episcopalians
“A tiny, 133-year-old conservative Anglican parish near Leesburg has agreed to settle its part of a bitter, costly land dispute with the Episcopal Church. The case drew national attention in 2006 when a cluster of like-minded parishes in Virginia voted to leave the denomination over disputes about scripture and sexuality.”