Friday, September 18, 2020

Power of Prayer

"I used to believe that prayer changes things, but now I know that prayer changes us, and we change things." - Mother Teresa 


I believe in the power of prayer:

  • prayers as we remember the lives lost on 9/11/2001
  • prayers for all victims of COVID-19
  • prayers for all those treated unjustly because of the color of their skin, their gender, their sexual orientation, their religion
  • prayers for casualties of the west coast fires
  • prayers for all victims of wars and acts of violence
  • prayers for all that the world has lost - people, wildlife, natural beauty - due to global warming and climate change
  • prayers for you and your loved ones
  • prayers that the power of prayer can change us and that we can change the world


Saturday, July 25, 2020

Building Joy

Global pandemic, impending recession, protests in the street, violence, hate, and anger everywhere - in a world gone mad, is happiness even possible?   When increasing levels of stress, anxiety, and depression are the natural consequence of uncertainty, unrest, and disquiet, is happiness possible?  When so many people are suffering on so many levels, it almost feels wrong to feel happy, if happiness is even possible.

Joy may be a better option.  It has been suggested that happiness occurs at the macro level - "I am happy in my work, relationships, home, with the state of the world " - and therefore is harder to achieve and sustain.  Joy, however, is found in the little moments.   Joy is more sensory in nature.  Smelling flowers, petting kittens, listening to birdsong or hearing a child's laughter - the little delights that occur everyday.  This "bottom up" approach to building joy - noticing, appreciating, reveling in, and recalling these little moments - can, in fact, lead to happiness.  A happiness rooted in the here and now, choosing to be satisfied with what you have rather than yearning for more, becoming more accepting of life's trials, and approaching conflict from a calm and more reasoned perspective.

Joy, it has been argued, is better than happiness.  And, in a world gone mad, our well-being depends on the belief that little moments of joy are still possible.

Listen to Ingrid Fetell Lee's TED talk on "How To Notice and Build Joy Into Your Life."

Monday, June 22, 2020

Harmony Moon Manifesto: We Believe in Love. Always.

My heart is hurting, as I know yours is too, for the unrest we see in the streets, and for the systemic injustices and hatefulness that has led up to this time of civil protest.  Harmony Moon was founded, 24 years ago, on the principles of inclusivity, fair wages, respect for our differences, and speaking up for those who have no voice. We stand against racism, bigotry, discrimination, and social injustice in all its many forms.  Enough is enough.  We must work together to create the kind of world that we want our children to inherit.