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Take A Knee

Growing up I hated the 49er's  & I am still not a fan of them now. But as a kid they own the Cowboys & that made me sick. Yet one thing you had for a team with class & great talent was respect. When Colin Kaepernick did that sit down then spoke out about social injustice a lot of people loss their mind  and said how could he too many good people died for this country. That went to show you how many people don't listen. He was protest the things that the people fight for and…

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Added by Kevin on October 21, 2016 at 11:47am — No Comments

Helping someone in need!

When Her Son Started Asking for Two Lunches, This Mom Was Blown Away By the Reason http://a.msn.com/0E/en-us/AAjbURh?ocid=st

Added by Jacquitta J Toney on October 20, 2016 at 3:58pm — No Comments

We Can Make a Difference

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Kita’s Gentle Message: Do the Little Things Well (Saturday, October 15, 2016)

It’s the small favours that family and friends ask of you that add up to how you are as a person.  The one-off big things whether a home crisis or health calamity have us whipped up in no time to respond prudently, effectively, even courageously. The incidental sometimes leaves us shrugging our shoulders, wishing it would go away, irritated, calling it a nuisance – an unnecessary interruption in our important lives… Yet these small interruptions are exactly what…

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Added by Kita Szpak on October 15, 2016 at 11:44am — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: Engage! (Saturday, October 8, 2016)

You’ve spent a long time completing the workshops, examining the issues, studying the course, practising the routine, rehearsing the song, memorizing the words, meditating in your sanctuary… Now it’s time to engage with the world where your goodness can make a difference. Like the mother bird that pushes her babies out of the nest to fly – because she knows they can, I encourage you to take a deep breath, take the plunge, and engage – because you…

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Added by Kita Szpak on October 8, 2016 at 8:27am — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: Take the Leap into the Unknown (Saturday, October 1, 2016)

It’s something new that you’ve never done before or perhaps something that you haven’t done for a long while. More daunting – there’s a deadline to completing this activity, task, chore, assignment, duty, objective, desire that unnerves you.  You can feel the butterflies in your stomach as you begin, knowing that it’s now or never. Your mind has all the “what if’s” while your heart urges on with “you can do it”. And which voice will you listen to? I don’t even have…

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Added by Kita Szpak on October 1, 2016 at 11:17am — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: See Others as More Than… (Saturday, September 24, 2016)

See others as more than a woman, a wife, a partner, a sister, a daughter, an aunt, an employee for in splintering who they are, you risk narrowing their life to that of a category missing the rich complexity of all they truly are.  If “ex-con” were added to that list, would that shift your perspective of them to the point of exclusion? Your mind likes things nice and tidy: categories are so appealingly efficient yet your soul may cry out, “Unfair, unfair! Do you not…

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Added by Kita Szpak on September 24, 2016 at 9:32am — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: Think of Yourself as an Orchestra (Saturday, September 17, 2016)

While I was listening to contemporary spiritual teacher Thomas Huebl, he talked about the idea of being an orchestra, and of bringing together all your separate parts: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and energetic. You go to the gym to work out; you take your night course on Mondays; you try to understand that argument with your partner; you commune with Spirit on your daily walk, and you breathe deeply on work breaks to regain your energy.  What if you took…

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Added by Kita Szpak on September 17, 2016 at 3:17pm — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: Why Not Zig Zag? (Saturday, September 10, 2016)

Are you project-managing your life?  Logically starting from situation A and methodically moving to circumstance B then event C and so on?  After all, isn’t this the most efficient and perhaps easiest way to navigate your days as you go through all the occurrences that have happened to practically everybody else on this planet? What if you were to stop in mid-stream and think, “But I want to go that way…

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Added by Kita Szpak on September 10, 2016 at 2:15pm — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: “All the Light We Cannot See” (Saturday, September 3, 2016)

I’ve put quotation marks around the Gentle Message heading “All the Light We Cannot See” because it’s the title of a book by Anthony Doerr I’m presently reading.  One of the protagonists is blind which makes the connection to the book’s title obvious, however, the more I think about the title the more it resonates not only with the other characters but with reality.  Think of it: what don’t you see with your eyes? Are you missing “all the light” because your focus is elsewhere?  Do…

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Added by Kita Szpak on September 3, 2016 at 12:19pm — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: Go Out On the Land (Saturday, August 27, 2016)

It’s been said that nature is “balm for the soul”.  Here where I live, fall is on our doorstep yet the summer is still bathing us with its warmth, sun and blues skies. Not difficult to go outside when conditions are ideal… Wherever you are, go out on the land to soothe yourself, celebrate a personal victory, give thanks for a friend’s recovery, cry over a lost love, laugh at a silly situation, hug a particularly old tree, shout out about the unfairness of life, and…

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Added by Kita Szpak on August 27, 2016 at 11:48am — No Comments

Kita's Gentle Message: Extending Kindness to Yourself and Others (Saturday, August 20, 2016)

"I've come across a charming kindness practice from Mindful Magazine and wanted to share it with you. It goes like this:

May I be safe.

May I be happy.

May I be healthy.

May I live with ease.

May the people I encounter be safe.…

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Added by Kita Szpak on August 20, 2016 at 10:32am — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: Quo Vadis? (Saturday, August 13, 2016)

Where are you going? To the store, to bed, outside, with you, to the stars, fishing, like a bat out of hell, great guns, for a run, without you, to take my sweet time, to work, once –going twice-sold to the guy in the corner, to put my feet up, to grandma’s house, to the gym, for a spin, out of my way, to school, to the moon and back… Wherever you are going, go with love and you’ll get there easy.

To your…

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Added by Kita Szpak on August 13, 2016 at 1:42pm — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: Staying Power (Saturday, August 6, 2016)

Are you really good at initiating an idea, starting a project, beginning a project but as time, resources, and your energy get used up, the strong motivation dissipates?  You begin to question whether the whole thing is even worth it, as self-talk plants doubt in your head.  And this cloud grows bigger as your ability to get some traction wanes.  Why this happens is life’s mystery.  The best plans can lead to nought.  We all know this.  But what is crucial, is…

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Added by Kita Szpak on August 6, 2016 at 2:20pm — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: Go Fly a Kite (Saturday, July 30, 2016)

It’ll feel quite awkward when you first try it…maybe you haven’t done it since you were a kid – or ever.  And someone holding the kite for you while you ready yourself is a given.  Once you begin running, you realize you have to keep going otherwise the momentum of catching the wind will be lost.  And you run and run some more until the kite meets the wind at just the right moment.  Up it rises like your spirit – both soaring and jubilant- daring anyone to break the…

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Added by Kita Szpak on July 30, 2016 at 3:33pm — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: Tree Talk (Saturday, July 23, 2016)

Now this is pretty cool: in her TED talk (http://www.ted.com/talks/suzanne_simard_how_trees_talk_to_each_other?), ecologist Suzanne Simard explains how trees communicate – via their underground root system.  The older trees known as “Hub” or “Mother” trees not only pass on and exchange nutrients but they also pass on wisdom, warnings, and let others in the network know when they are…

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Added by Kita Szpak on July 23, 2016 at 1:04pm — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: A Simple Act Becomes Complex (Saturday, July 16, 2016)

My mother called to say she could not remove her watch and would I take her to the jeweller’s to have it removed for her.  Initially alarmed that the watch was hurting her, I relaxed once I arrived at Mom’s residence and discovered it was just a question of unclasping the wrist bracelet. This I did in a matter of moments much to the relief of Mom, who had worried herself unnecessarily. The aesthetician, who had done her nails, had put Mom’s watch back on using a…

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Added by Kita Szpak on July 16, 2016 at 2:32pm — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: Be Afraid to Give Up the Good (Saturday, July 9, 2016)

On first glance "Be afraid to give up the good” seems straightforward enough to let you know to stick up for what is good in any situation.  If I add, "Be afraid to give up the good to go for the great", then things get a little more complicated.  The allure of fame and fortune can cause us to bend circumstances a little or a lot to achieve acclaim.  Twisting what is to what is convenient for you may pay off initially but the personal consequences could be steep. Be…

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Added by Kita Szpak on July 9, 2016 at 2:17pm — No Comments

Kita’s Gentle Message: Friends Forever (Saturday, July 2, 2016)

I remember looking out the back window of our car at my friends who were standing in the middle of the road and waving at me as we drove away.  It was the end of school; we were moving to another city; I was seven going on eight and knew I was never going to see them again.  Today I had a last conversation with a girlfriend who is moving across the country. Unlike the eight-year-old, I feel entirely different about this leave-taking.  Though geographically apart,…

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Added by Kita Szpak on July 2, 2016 at 12:46pm — No Comments

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