This week Awesome Stories brings you peaceful communication, compassionate nursing, feasting on flowers, and happiness.
I love this idea of feasting on flowers. Lucia Ferrara Bettler talks about feasting on flowers with our senses to absorb their beauty on a deep level. This feasting can nourish our mind, body, and spirit. I know that flowers feed me on many levels and the most fulfilling project I ever did was to create, nurture, and appreciate flower gardens in my yard. Flowers teach us to love and live in the present moment, accepting the beauty that comes into our lives, but not holding too tight. Bon appetite!
The work of Marshall Rosenburg and Non-Violent Communication (NVC) continues to grow and touch lives through its many volunteers and centers around the country. Their mission is to help transform the world with more peaceful communication. This article explores the story of Thom Bond and how meeting Marshall Rosenburg changed his life. One essential tool in NVC is more intentional listening to bring real dialog and understanding that can help change the conversation from who is right to how do we both meet our needs. The goal is to understand people’s needs and feelings to then find creative ways to meet their needs. NVC’s mission is to spread peace through better communication.
Arlene Samens has been saving lives her whole career. After a productive career as a nurse practitioner for 37 years, Arlene met the Dali Lama and was encouraged to go help the people of Tibet. She found a passion for teaching better natal care in remote areas. She was in Tibet during the uprisings and eventually relocated to Nepal to start another clinic. Read the article to hear the touching story of how Arlene and One Heart World-Wide are teaching and empowering better natal care around the world, from Nepal to Mexico and Ecuador. What I find refreshing is their focus on learning the local customs to adapt and work within the cultural framework. They’ve had amazing success in reducing both maternal and infant mortality.
The measure of your life is the amount of beauty and happiness of which you are aware.. ~ Agnes Martin
When I read this quote, something inside me opened up as if a block had been removed. I instantly relaxed and felt happy, whereas the previous moment I was stewing about something my mind considered a problem. As Maria wrote in the opening paragraph to this article, happiness is elusive and more we try to attain it, the more it eludes us. I wrote a similar post called Chasing Happiness. Agnes Martin’s approach to art and life was simply to become aware of the beauty and happiness around us. Read this insightful and inspiring post called Our Greatest Obstacle to Happiness. Agnes became an artist late in life after many odd jobs and went on to teach young artists. Her best advice was to ask “How can I best step into this state of mind (exalting life) and devote myself to the expression of life?” She also believed that great art was created by putting our mind aside to become aware of life and allowing inspiration to move us.
May you notice the beauty around and let inspiration move you. Blessings, Brad