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my prayer – my intentional actions of living as a human, being . . .

SunriseMake me a channel of peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where t
here is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony;
that where there is error, I may bring truth;
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by surrendering that one awakens to the great mysteries of life as a human being.

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When you plant …

When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce.

Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument.

That is my experience.

No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding.

If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change.

Thich Nhat Hanh

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July 2, 2013 · 6:59 am

with profound love we are saddened by this tragic loss of life

 

This morning we awoke to the news that 19 firefighters of the Granite Mountain Hot Shot Crew, out of Payson, AZ, tragically lost their lives on Sunday, June 30, 2013, while fighting the Yarnell Hill fire, northwest of Phoenix. It is the deadliest wildland fire since 1933, according to a list from the U.S. National Wildfire Coordinating Group. 

“Our entire crew was lost,” Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo told reporters Sunday night. “We just lost 19 of some of the finest people you’ll ever meet. Right now, we’re in crisis.”

Arizona columnist E.J. Montini wrote:

The experts will examine the evidence and attempt to figure out what went wrong and how, or if, it can be prevented from happening again.

One thing that does not need to be explained is the bravery of those who died.

A fire broke out and threatened a town and they answered the call.

Heat and wind and uncertainty did not deter them.

They were called upon and they went.

Some years back the author Norman Maclean wrote a book called “Young Men and Fire” which told the story of 13 firefighters lost in the Mann Gulch fire in Montana in 1949.

The firefighters lost in the Yarnell Hill Fire are part of a tradition of  hard work and sacrifice and loss that has long been a part of fighting forest fires.

But just as we needed them, and they answered, their families will be needing us.

And we must answer.

No explanation for what happened will be good enough.

Ever.

The loss is too much.

It will always be too much.

 It has been my experience that when people walk on they leave a powerful legacy. When our lives are the least bit touched by those who walk on and we choose to identify a thread of their legacy and make the conscious decision to carry that thread of the legacy forward, our lives become blessed and we are able to bless the lives of so many as we continue on our journey of bringing light into darkness.

 The piece of their legacy that i personally understand and relate to is – “They were called upon and they went.” i will carry this forward in my daily life – i will make myself available and when I am called upon I will go where I am needed.

 With deep love and appreciation i send heartfelt condolences to the friends and families of those who lost their lives.

Thank you for the extraordinary life lesson and legacy. 

Authorities believe lightning sparked the Yarnell Hill fire on Friday. On behalf of the FUSION Foundation and the Peace Walkers Sangha we extend our hearts and send prayers to the family and friends of the 19 firefighters – we mourn the loss of such brave men and women -for more information: http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/01/us/arizona-firefighter-deaths/index.html

http://www.thefusionfoundation.org/index.php/fusion-events/102-news/newsflash/399-with-profound-love-we-are-saddened-by-this-tragic-loss-of-life

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What the World Needs Now . . .

is love sweet love

i so loved the song from years ago

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may i be a channel of peace

may i be a channel of peace;
that where there is hatred, i bring love;
that where there is wrong, i bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, i bring harmony;
that where there is error, i bring truth;
that where there is doubt, i bring faith;
that where there is despair, i bring hope;
that where there is darkness, i  bring light;
that where there is sadness, i bring joy.
may i seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by surrendering daily that one awakens to eternal life.

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What is Your Life Insurance Policy

Life Insurance PolicySince the beginning of the year, our FUSION community has experienced many deaths. These highly human, emotionally deep and rich lessons have brought up the topic of Life Insurance Policies on several occasions.

What a fabulous metaphor for living life! I believe there are two very different life insurance policies – one is the policy that we most commonly think of  – the policy is purchased and paid for with cash year to year and will pay out when the policy matures and or upon the death of the one insured. Continue reading

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