“Around us, life bursts forth with miracles—a glass of water, a ray of sunshine, a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops. If you live in awareness, it is easy to see miracles everywhere.
Each human being is a multiplicity of miracles. Eyes that see thousands of colors, shapes, and forms; ears that hear a bee flying or a thunderclap; a brain that ponders a speck of dust as easily as the entire cosmos; a heart that beats in rhythm with the heartbeat of all beings.
When we are tired and feel discouraged by life’s daily struggles, we may not notice these miracles, but they are always there.”
~Thich Nhat Hanh
SIMPLY PARTICIPATE WHEREVER YOU ARE at 9.00pm London GMT/UTC on 21 December 2019 by
RINGING A BELL AND ENTERING THE SILENCE to join in one minute of global, potent, cooperative Silence between both sides of the veil to create a better world for all.
RINGING A BELL
Here are links to three beautiful Tibetan bowls:
https://freesound.org/people/arnaud%20coutancier/sounds/47665/ Duration: 16.42 seconds
https://freesound.org/people/Garuda1982/sounds/116315/ Duration: 43.42 seconds
https://freesound.org/people/dersinnsspace/sounds/421829/ Duration: 19.38 seconds
Or, be creative, and tap a glass with a spoon.
TIME AND DATE
Here is a time converter calculator to calibrate your local time to 21 December 9.00pm London GMT/UTC (https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter-classic.html).
FACEBOOK LIVE COVERAGE
The SINE Alliance presents live-coverage of The Global Silent Minute (GSM). The GSM will lead to a 2020 Assembly, led by Ben Bowler of Unity Earth.
The live-coverage will begin at:
8.30 pm GMT (London Time)
12.30 pm PST
2.30 pm CT
7.30 am Sydney, Australia (December 22)
2.00am Delhi, India (December 22)
on The Shift Network FB Page https://www.facebook.com/103992786357969/
join the Facebook group page here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/726040717876690/
On December 21st starting at 8.30pm GMT join the live-coverage. The one minute of silence, the exact same minute everywhere around the globe and on both sides of the veil – is a call for global cooperation, peace, and freedom. That minute will begin at 9.00pm GMT and will be followed by the 2020 Assembly focused on what’s next.
This initiative emerged when three groups: Cygnet Centre for Peace-building, Sydney Goodwill Unit of Service, and The Hill Center USA were inspired by the power, simplicity, and universality of the WWII Silent Minute. Over time they were joined by The Shift Network and numerous organizations to invite citizens everywhere to participate in a Global Silent Minute dedicated to providing an opportunity for global cooperation in our role as custodians of the planet.
It occurred to Pooh and Piglet that they hadn’t heard from Eeyore for several days, so they put on their hats and coats and trotted across the Hundred Acre Wood to Eeyore’s stick house. Inside the house was Eeyore.
“Hello Eeyore,” said Pooh.
“Hello Pooh. Hello Piglet,” said Eeyore, in a Glum Sounding Voice.
“We just thought we’d check in on you,” said Piglet, “because we hadn’t heard from you, and so we wanted to know if you were okay.”
Eeyore was silent for a moment. “Am I okay?” he asked, eventually. “Well, I don’t know, to be honest. Are any of us really okay? That’s what I ask myself. All I can tell you, Pooh and Piglet, is that right now I feel really rather Sad, and Alone, and Not Much Fun To Be Around At All. Which is why I haven’t bothered you. Because you wouldn’t want to waste your time hanging out with someone who is Sad, and Alone, and Not Much Fun To Be Around At All, would you now.”
Pooh looked at Piglet, and Piglet looked at Pooh, and they both sat down, one on either side of Eeyore in his stick house.
Eeyore looked at them in surprise. “What are you doing?”
“We’re sitting here with you,” said Pooh, “because we are your friends. And true friends don’t care if someone is feeling Sad, or Alone, or Not Much Fun To Be Around At All. True friends are there for you anyway. And so here we are.”
“Oh,” said Eeyore. “Oh.” And the three of them sat there in silence, and while Pooh and Piglet said nothing at all; somehow, almost imperceptibly, Eeyore started to feel a very tiny little bit better.
Because Pooh and Piglet were There.
No more; no less.
(A.A. Milne, E.H. Shepard)
🎄HOLIDAY SURVIVAL TIP 🕎
All the festivities in this season can get a little overwhelming. It’s okay to skip the celebrations and hibernate at home.
Treat yourself to some relaxing mindfulness here while you’re at it: https://youtu.be/-2zdUXve6fQ
𝒀𝒐𝒖 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒃𝒆 𝒑𝒖𝒏𝒊𝒔𝒉𝒆𝒅 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒆𝒓, 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒆𝒓 𝒊𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒑𝒖𝒏𝒊𝒔𝒉𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕.
~ 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑩𝒖𝒅𝒅𝒉𝒂 ~
𝑨 𝑫𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒎𝒂 𝑮𝒊𝒇𝒕 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒀𝒐𝒖 𝑨𝒍𝒍 𝑾𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝒘𝒆 𝒂𝒄𝒕 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒅𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒔, 𝒑𝒖𝒓𝒆 𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒅𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒄𝒆𝒓𝒏 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒂𝒏𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓, 𝒘𝒆 𝒎𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝒂𝒍𝒘𝒂𝒚𝒔 𝒌𝒏𝒐𝒘 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒂𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒑𝒖𝒓𝒆. 𝑾𝒆 𝒎𝒂𝒚 𝒓𝒖𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒖𝒓𝒑𝒓𝒊𝒔𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒓𝒊𝒔𝒌 𝒐𝒇 𝒃𝒆𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒎𝒊𝒔𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒔𝒕𝒓𝒖𝒆𝒅 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝒕𝒊𝒎𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒊𝒎𝒆. 𝑯𝒐𝒘𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓, 𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒂𝒍𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒐𝒘𝒏 𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒕, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒂𝒔𝒌 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓𝒔𝒆𝒍𝒇 𝒉𝒐𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒕𝒍𝒚, “ 𝒘𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒎𝒐𝒕𝒊𝒗𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒎𝒚 𝒂𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔,” 𝒊𝒇 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒄𝒂𝒏 𝒂𝒏𝒔𝒘𝒆𝒓, 𝒃𝒆𝒚𝒐𝒏𝒅 𝒂𝒏𝒚 𝒅𝒐𝒖𝒃𝒕, 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒅𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒄𝒂𝒖𝒔𝒆, 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝒏𝒐 𝒂𝒎𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒕 𝒐𝒇 𝒎𝒊𝒔𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒆𝒓𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒄𝒂𝒏 𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒕𝒓𝒖𝒕𝒉. 𝑬𝒗𝒆𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒖𝒈𝒉 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒕 𝒎𝒂𝒚 𝒃𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒌 𝒂 𝒍𝒊𝒕𝒕𝒍𝒆 𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝒂𝒄𝒕𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒅𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝒃𝒆𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒆 𝒕𝒓𝒊𝒈𝒈𝒆𝒓𝒔 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒑𝒂𝒊𝒏 𝒐𝒇 𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒔, 𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒑𝒓𝒂𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒄𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒑𝒂𝒔𝒔𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒂𝒕𝒆 𝒂𝒃𝒊𝒅𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒔𝒆𝒍𝒇 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒔. 𝑰𝒕 𝒊𝒔 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒚 𝒃𝒆𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒉𝒖𝒎𝒂𝒏… 𝒏𝒂𝒎𝒂𝒔𝒕𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑩𝒘𝒆𝒍𝒍
“𝑺𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒕𝒊𝒎𝒆𝒔 𝒇𝒂𝒕𝒆 𝒊𝒔 𝒍𝒊𝒌𝒆 𝒂 𝒔𝒎𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒔𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒎 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒌𝒆𝒆𝒑𝒔 𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒅𝒊𝒓𝒆𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔. 𝒀𝒐𝒖 𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒆 𝒅𝒊𝒓𝒆𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒃𝒖𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒎 𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒔𝒆𝒔 𝒚𝒐𝒖. 𝒀𝒐𝒖 𝒕𝒖𝒓𝒏 𝒂𝒈𝒂𝒊𝒏, 𝒃𝒖𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒎 𝒂𝒅𝒋𝒖𝒔𝒕𝒔. 𝑶𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒑𝒍𝒂𝒚 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒐𝒖𝒕, 𝒍𝒊𝒌𝒆 𝒔𝒐𝒎𝒆 𝒐𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒐𝒖𝒔 𝒅𝒂𝒏𝒄𝒆 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒅𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒉 𝒋𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝒃𝒆𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒅𝒂𝒘𝒏. 𝑾𝒉𝒚? 𝑩𝒆𝒄𝒂𝒖𝒔𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒎 𝒊𝒔𝒏’𝒕 𝒔𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒃𝒍𝒆𝒘 𝒊𝒏 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝒇𝒂𝒓 𝒂𝒘𝒂𝒚, 𝒔𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒉𝒂𝒔 𝒏𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒐 𝒅𝒐 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒚𝒐𝒖. 𝑻𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒎 𝒊𝒔 𝒚𝒐𝒖. 𝑺𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒊𝒏𝒔𝒊𝒅𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒚𝒐𝒖. 𝑺𝒐 𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒄𝒂𝒏 𝒅𝒐 𝒊𝒔 𝒈𝒊𝒗𝒆 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒐 𝒊𝒕, 𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒑 𝒓𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒕 𝒊𝒏𝒔𝒊𝒅𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒎, 𝒄𝒍𝒐𝒔𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒆𝒚𝒆𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒑𝒍𝒖𝒈𝒈𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒖𝒑 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒔 𝒔𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒅𝒐𝒆𝒔𝒏’𝒕 𝒈𝒆𝒕 𝒊𝒏, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒘𝒂𝒍𝒌 𝒕𝒉𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒈𝒉 𝒊𝒕, 𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒑 𝒃𝒚 𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒑. 𝑻𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆’𝒔 𝒏𝒐 𝒔𝒖𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆, 𝒏𝒐 𝒎𝒐𝒐𝒏, 𝒏𝒐 𝒅𝒊𝒓𝒆𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏, 𝒏𝒐 𝒔𝒆𝒏𝒔𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒊𝒎𝒆. 𝑱𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝒇𝒊𝒏𝒆 𝒘𝒉𝒊𝒕𝒆 𝒔𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒔𝒘𝒊𝒓𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒖𝒑 𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒌𝒚 𝒍𝒊𝒌𝒆 𝒑𝒖𝒍𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒊𝒛𝒆𝒅 𝒃𝒐𝒏𝒆𝒔. 𝑻𝒉𝒂𝒕’𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒅 𝒐𝒇 𝒔𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒎 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒏𝒆𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒊𝒎𝒂𝒈𝒊𝒏𝒆.
𝑨𝒏𝒅 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒚 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒎𝒂𝒌𝒆 𝒊𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒈𝒉 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒗𝒊𝒐𝒍𝒆𝒏𝒕, 𝒎𝒆𝒕𝒂𝒑𝒉𝒚𝒔𝒊𝒄𝒂𝒍, 𝒔𝒚𝒎𝒃𝒐𝒍𝒊𝒄 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒎. 𝑵𝒐 𝒎𝒂𝒕𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝒉𝒐𝒘 𝒎𝒆𝒕𝒂𝒑𝒉𝒚𝒔𝒊𝒄𝒂𝒍 𝒐𝒓 𝒔𝒚𝒎𝒃𝒐𝒍𝒊𝒄 𝒊𝒕 𝒎𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒕 𝒃𝒆, 𝒎𝒂𝒌𝒆 𝒏𝒐 𝒎𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒌𝒆 𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒊𝒕: 𝒊𝒕 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒄𝒖𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒈𝒉 𝒇𝒍𝒆𝒔𝒉 𝒍𝒊𝒌𝒆 𝒂 𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒖𝒔𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒓𝒂𝒛𝒐𝒓 𝒃𝒍𝒂𝒅𝒆𝒔. 𝑷𝒆𝒐𝒑𝒍𝒆 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒃𝒍𝒆𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒃𝒍𝒆𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒐𝒐. 𝑯𝒐𝒕, 𝒓𝒆𝒅 𝒃𝒍𝒐𝒐𝒅. 𝒀𝒐𝒖’𝒍𝒍 𝒄𝒂𝒕𝒄𝒉 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒃𝒍𝒐𝒐𝒅 𝒊𝒏 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒔, 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒐𝒘𝒏 𝒃𝒍𝒐𝒐𝒅 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒃𝒍𝒐𝒐𝒅 𝒐𝒇 𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒔.
𝑨𝒏𝒅 𝒐𝒏𝒄𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒎 𝒊𝒔 𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒘𝒐𝒏’𝒕 𝒓𝒆𝒎𝒆𝒎𝒃𝒆𝒓 𝒉𝒐𝒘 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒎𝒂𝒅𝒆 𝒊𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒈𝒉, 𝒉𝒐𝒘 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒎𝒂𝒏𝒂𝒈𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒔𝒖𝒓𝒗𝒊𝒗𝒆. 𝒀𝒐𝒖 𝒘𝒐𝒏’𝒕 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒏 𝒃𝒆 𝒔𝒖𝒓𝒆, 𝒊𝒏 𝒇𝒂𝒄𝒕, 𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒎 𝒊𝒔 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒚 𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒓. 𝑩𝒖𝒕 𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒊𝒔 𝒄𝒆𝒓𝒕𝒂𝒊𝒏. 𝑾𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒆 𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒎 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒘𝒐𝒏’𝒕 𝒃𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒂𝒎𝒆 𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒔𝒐𝒏 𝒘𝒉𝒐 𝒘𝒂𝒍𝒌𝒆𝒅 𝒊𝒏. 𝑻𝒉𝒂𝒕’𝒔 𝒘𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒎’𝒔 𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒕.” 𝑯𝒂𝒓𝒖𝒌𝒊 𝑴𝒖𝒓𝒂𝒌𝒂𝒎𝒊