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Celebrating the Life of Ram Dass (1931-2019)              

"What Will You Do With This Year?"

One of the biggest challenges we often have, with moving forward in life, is knowing what to do. Whether it’s in our work, volunteering, retirement, or relationships, how do we know what would be best for us, and others? 

This newsletter is about that:  Ways of preparing ourselves. Listening to our inner wisdom. Bringing our work, life or gifts out in ways that feel right. Growing
 hope, and seeing the signs of change around us. 

Whatever you do this year, may it be a healing and life-enriching path for you...
and for our world. 

Namaste / Shalom / God bless.
Preparing Ourselves:  Online
1. The Goddess Within, quote from Marianne Williamson
"The Goddess doesn't enter us from the outside; she emerges from deep within... She is conceived in consciousness, born in love, and nurtured by higher thinking..." 
~ from A Woman's Worth, by Marianne Williamson   (read the full quote here)
2. Love Yourself First, from a Goalcast video: "What I wish I knew as a little girl"
"I had spent my entire life letting other people's perceptions, choices, behaviours, decisions dictate my life... Self love is about believing deep in the core of who you are that you are worthy of love. Instead of trying to fit in; instead of trying to be who everybody else wants you to be, it's up to us to stay true to our own path."
3. On Kindness, a video by Peter Russell, on
“In any interaction with this person, how can I do my best to make sure that they feel better, as a result of this interaction? That they feel more loved, respected, understood...”
4. Four Ways to Calm Your Mind in Stressful Times, by Emma Seppala,
from Greater Good magazine

Life throws chaos at us on a regular basis—whether it’s our finances, relationships, or health. In the work world, around 50 percent of people are burned out in industries like health care, banking & nonprofits, and employers spend $300 billion per year on workplace-related stress...
5. Work is love made visible, from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
"All work is empty save when there is love... And what is it to work with love?
It is to weave the cloth with threads drawn from your heart... It is to build a house with affection... It is to sow seeds with tenderness and reap the harvest with joy... Work is love made visible."
Inner Listening:  Online
1. Prayers for Wisdom and Guidance
Sometimes, as we begin a new day or consider what to do next, it's helpful to have some words to take us deeper into our knowing...
2. Your Intuition Will Whisper To You by Ye Chen, from
"Intuition is a 'knowing' that cannot be explained by fact or thought, but through a deep inner feeling... How often have you ignored that knowing little voice because it just didn’t make sense?"
3. 11 Ways to Know Your Intuition & How To Listen by Raven Ishak, 
(Note: Do NOT click on "Skip all ads". But DO scroll down to the 11 tips - they're quite insightful)
4. Can we trust our feelings, and intuition?, video by Eckhart Tolle
The conditioned mind will often create feelings out of fear, and these should not be the guiding force in your life. Eckhart urges us instead to discover the deeper feelings that arise from Presence—the source of true intuition—and to let that guide your actions.
Taking A Step Forward:  Online
1. We all face demons of doubt, by Cate Laurier
"As creative souls we all face demons of doubt. We may question whether what we have to offer is “good enough” or if anyone will even care or notice..." 
(For more from Cate on facing our doubts, click here:  "I feel the first impulse of creation, but then hesitation draws me back...")
2(a)  How to Put Your Ideas into Action, a video by Gabrielle Bernstein, (first 4 min. of 7 min. video) -- Think it, feel it and take action from spiritual alignment

2(b) Putting Ideas into Action: Leadership from Within, by Peter Urs Bender
Every one of us has an idea or dream of something we want in our lives. Here are five basic steps to help you get there...
3.  7 Keys to Waking Up at Work, by Tami Simon, Founder/CEO of Sounds True 
"Our mission (at Sounds True) is to wake up the world." But how? One key place is at work... 
"The more you bring awareness and open-heartedness to the workplace—which means bringing your full presence, your authenticity, your compassion, your willingness to listen and take another person's perspective to your interactions at work—the more your organization will thrive and flourish..." Tami personally wrote this free mini-course, and her 7 Keys include:

Key 2:  Take off Your Mask... & Reveal Your Heart
Key 3:  Honour Your Body's Intelligence
Key 5 : Take Other People's Perspectives, with Humility
Key 7:  Surrender... and Follow the Thread

Register here to receive her 7 emails.
4. Transforming Business from the Inside Out and the new Inner MBA program, a video from Sounds True, LinkedIn, Wisdom 2.0, and NYU
“Our level of inner development is a major factor when it comes to success at work and in life. We need a new type of inner education, so that we can transform our lives and our businesses from the inside out.” This video includes:
1) a fascinating panel conversation among Tami Simon, Founder/CEO of Sounds True; 
Scott Shute, Head of Mindfulness and Compassion at LinkedIn (former VP of Global Customer Operations); and Soren Gordhammer, CEO/Founder of Wisdom 2.0 (consciousness & technology conference organizer) - listen from 6:20 to 19:40 of video

2) a description of the new "Inner MBA" 9-month certificate program which these organizations have created - (watch at start and end of video)
5. What Would Jesus Do About Inequality? by Molly Worthen, New York Times
This article explores the growing U.S. faith and work movement, "the intersection of Christianity with the demands of the workplace and the broader economy," which focuses on economic justice, inequality and spiritual impoverishment. “Can we, as a community of believers, work toward the flourishing of all people — and what does that mean? It means giving kids of all stripes access to affordable health care, quality education, affordable, livable housing and all those amenities that are basic to the flourishing of human beings.” 
Inspiring Examples: Online
1. Here Goes Nothing, an original song by 14-year-old Benicio Bryant, on America’s Got Talent 2019
"What if I'm not good enough? What if I run when it gets tough? No matter what they say, my worst enemy is me... I'm dreamin' of another life... I'm on the edge, about to take the leap....
Here goes nothing........."
     (The full version of this song, with lyrics, can be found here.)
2. The spiritual biography of John E. Fetzer - available for free
John Fetzer was a successful businessman, and one of the 400 wealthiest people in the United States when he died in 1991. Yet he was also a spiritual pioneer, whose searching took him from evangelical Christianity to the study of Freemasonary, Theosophy, Life and Teachings of the Masters of the Far East, parapsychology and much more.
As part of his legacy, he created the Fetzer Institute, whose mission is "Helping build the spiritual foundation for a loving world"; the Fetzer Trust, which seeks to advance integrated views of reality through exploring scientific frontiers and universal spiritual practices; and the Fetzer Franklin Fund, which supports work at the frontiers of physics, biology, and consciousness research.
This biography is now available, free of charge, from the Fetzer Trust.  (Click here to receive)
3. 9 Good News Stories you probably didn't hear last year,
excerpted from 99 Good News Stories in 2019, by Future Crunch 

Watching animal videos can be fun. Seeing people care for others can enrich the heart. But are you looking for some real, tangible examples of how we 're making progress on our planet?
Take a look at these 9 stories, and see what you think...
4. Firms of Endearment: How World-Class Companies Profit from Passion and Purpose, 2nd Edition, by Rajendra Sisodia, Jagdish N. Sheth, David Wolfe
As people increasingly search for higher meaning in their lives, not just more possessions, it is transforming the marketplace, the workplace, the very soul of capitalism. Increasingly, today's most successful companies are bringing love, joy, authenticity, empathy, and soulfulness into their businesses: they are delivering emotional, experiential, and social value-not just profits. (Note: The companies featured in this book out-performed the S&P 500 by 1681% over a period of 15 years.)  More about the book and these companies in this review from
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