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A request… February 2, 2008

Filed under: acts of kindness — scriptiasuburbium @ 7:50 pm

I wish I could claim this idea as my own, but I can’t. A very dear friend of mine came up with this and has asked to remain anonymous. So this is cut and pasted from her site…
I’ve been reading a book about positive energy, and although I’d love to write more about that book, it’s an idea that the book sparked in me that is the motivation behind this post.

While I was brushing my teeth tonight (getting ready for sleep), I was reflecting on what I had just read, something about prayer and meditation. One thing that I found interesting and in turn fueled my future train of thought (which I’ll get to in a sec), was that the book mentioned a study done on cardiac patients which found that those patients who had been prayed for “had a higher survival rate, required fewer antibiotics, and had fewer complications than the group not prayed for.” Interesting, no?

Which led me to a little idea, a request. I’m not requesting a prayer for myself, although it’s always welcome, but there are those who need waves of positive energy more than I do. They are everywhere. They are the sad, the lonely, the heartbroken, the angry, the hungry, etc. I thought, wouldn’t it be nifty if we could all pray/wish collectively for peace and love to surround and infuse every being? Not just a passing thought of a prayer, but something where you sit still, in silence, and really focus on your heart expanding, radiating love and compassion. (You can pray however feels right, whether you are saying a certain mantra, or reciting the rosary, or whatever, as long as it’s positive and full of love and right intentions, not discriminating where your prayers and wishes go [like not just to one group of people].)

My idea is simply this: get as many people as you can to dedicate at least two minutes to pray/wish/meditate this St. Valentine’s Day, February 14. (Or, at least five minutes, if you can spare it and stay focused–it doesn’t sound long, but it can feel like it if you’re not used to sitting still!) Why Feb. 14? Well, it’s coming soon, but not too soon, so you have plenty of time to request others to participate. Also, what better day is there that is already focused on love? : )

If you would like to join me in this, *please* post about it on your websites, blogs, etc., but please don’t link me, as I’d like to do this anonymously.

To recap:

What: day of collective prayer (or wishing, meditating)

When: 14th of February 2008 (maybe on the hour or half-hour/sunrise or sunset?)

Why: why not?

How: sit still, in silence, and really focus on your heart expanding, radiating love and compassion. (You can pray however feels right, whether you are saying a certain mantra, or reciting a rosary, or whatever, as long as it’s positive and full of love and right intentions, not discriminating where your prayers and wishes go [like not just to one group of people].)

Who: You and every positive person you can corral into doing this! (And I’ll be doing this, too!)

I probably haven’t written this up as well as I could have, but I do hope you’ll join me in this, and that you don’t think me strange or something! I know some people (esp. people with perhaps too much negative energy going on) will probably wonder “why do this on one day only?” or, “what’s the use?” The first question: well, this would be awesome if this could be done every day, but for some reason, my brain was saying, “Feb. 14 would be fab!” Plus, I’m hoping that there will be enough positive energy on that one day to equal and surpass what energy we could muster every single day for days on end. Does that make sense? I don’t know. In regards to the second question, that would be sad indeed if someone thought that. Hmm. I’m too pooped to even begin to tackle that one. I’m not going so far as to imagine that the world’s woes will cease to exist, or anything miraculous happening (that’d rock!), etc., but it’s the motivation, the intent, behind the hopefully collective prayers that is most vital. It’s not an experiment; it’s just a dream I have, and no, I won’t really know if others are doing this, but I’d like to think so…. Anyhoo, it goes without saying that naysayers, fatalists and pessimists will be prayed for, too. : )

Hope this finds you well, and thanks for reading this!

P.S. I’ll try to post reminders about this if any interest is shown

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Graduation Day August 13, 2007

Filed under: acts of kindness — scriptiasuburbium @ 3:04 pm

My friend Vince has graduated from college! He timed it to graduate exactly 30 years from his dad’s graduation from UM. He was on the 10 year plan as well, so he is especially excited, as he should be. I would very much like to commend him on his persistence and determination! We are all very proud of you! Anyway, we went to the ceremony, which was held in the SAC, and it’s very nice, although not as pictureseque as Palmer. I am quite jealous. The gym when I went to Montevallo was gross and smelly and the one time I went was totally inhabited by super intimidating male atheletes. We were the recipients of an act of kindness that night too. As I was tottering down the large hill (not so good in the heels) carrying a baby and a diaper bag, a UM police officer gave us a ride to the very front door! Very nice. Afterwards we went to a party at Vince & Jennifers and that was nice too. Many people who had not yet met Savannah. Savannah also recieved a gift that night. Jennifer crocheted her the cutest bear, which Savannah really seems to like. All in all, a good evening.