Today’s Goodness: Remember the old saying “Give a man a fish he’ll eat for a day, teach a man to fish, he’ll eat for a lifetime?” Well, Heifer International is helping fight hunger and poverty by using just that concept. “By giving families a hand-up, not just a hand-out, we empower them to turn lives of hunger and poverty into self-reliance and hope.”
Learn more about Heifer International.
Have a wonderful Tuesday. ~The SBNR Team
“If spiritual practice is relaxing, if it gices us some peace of mind, that’s great-but is this personal satisfaction helping us to address what’s happening in the world? The main question is, are we living in a way that adds further aggression and self-centeredness to the mix, or are we adding some much-needed sanity?”
From: Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears
By Pema Chodron
“I see you.”
Sometimes we all just need to be acknowledged. This video is a bit longer than the ones we normally post, but stick with it, the pay off is worth it.
1. Frank Raj: People are People, not Christians, Jews, Hindus, Muslims, etc.
“God did not impose the divisive religious labels that mankind has adopted unthinkingly. They were foisted on us by earthly rulers and power seeking institutions with middlemen herding people around like expendable sheep to consolidate their power and gain.”
2. Jeffrey Small: Moving Beyond a Human Image of God
“The common view of God as a supernatural being like us, only more powerful, is one of the principal reasons behind the rise of atheism in the Western world and the spiritual apathy of many young people today.”
3. Krista Tippett:
A Necessary and Vital Moment for Jon Kabat-Zinn and Being Mindful in All of Our Senses
“I’m listening with new ears this week to Jon Kabat-Zinn’s practical approach for calming ourselves, and also being a nourishing presence in the world.”
Top Spirituality News:
1. The New York Times: Mubarak’s Grip on Power is Shaken
“The government of Egypt’s authoritarian president, Hosni Mubarak, shook Monday night, as the Egyptian Army declared that it would not use force against protesters demanding his ouster and, in an apparent response, Mr. Mubarak’s most trusted adviser offered to talk with the opposition.”
2. The New York Times:
A Chicken Chain’s Corporate Ethos is Questioned by Gay Rights Advocates
“Nicknamed “Jesus chicken” by jaded secular fans and embraced by Evangelical Christians, Chick-fil-A is among only a handful of large American companies with conservative religion built into its corporate ethos.”
3. The Washington Post/AP: Funeral Pyres an Option in Colo. Mountain Town
“Funeral and cremation industry officials say they are unaware of any other place in the nation that conducts open-air cremations for people regardless of religion.”