Today’s Goodness: Did you see Monday’s article about the U.S. Institute of Peace’s new building? Were you curious about what they do? According to their website they “provide the analysis, training and tools that prevent and end conflicts, promote stability and professionalize the field of peacebuilding.” In order to reach those goals, they provide a variety of programs and activities that include research, training, education, and operating on-the-ground in zones of conflict.
Learn more at USIP.org.
Happy thoughts are headed your way! ~The SBNR Team
“The only way the world can make a quantum leap, from conflict and fear to peace and love, is if that same quantum leap occurs within us. Then and only then will we become the men and women capable of solving the problems that plague us. As we leap into the zone of our most authentic selves, we enter a realm of infinite possibility.”
From: The Gift of Change: Spiritual Guidance for Living Your Best Life
By Marianne Williamson
All good things are wild, and free.
~ Henry David Thoreau
A truly amazing display of affection from a wild animal.
1. G. Jeffrey MacDonald: Americans Search for Ways to Infuse Daily Life with the Sacred
“A new year brings renewed efforts, not only to lose weight and save money but also to tend the “inner life,” where a deeper sense of meaning can quietly emerge, even in busy lives… raising spiritual awareness may not necessarily require extra time — just extra mindfulness and intentionality in day-to-day activities.”
2. Trent Gilliss: It’s an Honor to Watch Your Truth Stand Up
“Although many of us may not fully understand the political and social circumstances or ramifications of the demonstrations in Egypt, we’re heartened by the steadfastness and assured nature of the protesters. This magnificent post from Erica at beenthinking captures the sentiment I think many Americans are experiencing as we watch the protests from afar…”
3. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite: Egypt’s Facebook Revolution: Is it Spiritual?
“To some extent, the role of social media in the lives of young people today is itself a form of spirituality–your “face” on “Facebook” is a way to express that you exist, that you matter, that you are not alone in your hopes and dreams. It’s a way to connect, and yes, to organize.”
Top Spirituality News:
1. Yahoo News/AP: Muslim Dignitaries Pay Their Respects at Auschwitz
“In a bid to fight anti-Semitism and bridge cultural rifts, a large delegation of Muslim dignitaries visited Auschwitz on Tuesday to pay tribute to the millions of Jews and others who were systematically killed in the Holocaust.The group of some 150 people included representatives from Morocco, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq, as well as rabbis, Holocaust survivors and Christian representatives.”
2. Reuters: Italy Blocks EU Religious Persecution Text Ignoring Christians
“The European Union failed to agree on a statement against the persecution of religious minorities on Monday after Italy objected to the omission of any reference to the protection of Christians.”
3. The Wall Street Journal: Opposition Unites in Egypt
“Egypt’s opposition groups lined up behind a moderate leader comfortable on the world stage as their best chance to oust President Hosni Mubarak Sunday, while the nation’s military closed ranks with the government leadership but allowed protests to continue raging in the streets.”