Serving Life

By , July 26, 2011 10:02 PM

Today’s post is going to be a tiny bit different than most of my others.  What’s different today is that I’m going to write about something I haven’t actually seen or experienced yet.

I’m very excited about a television documentary, Serving Life, that is slated to air on Thursday, July 28, on Oprah’s OWN network.  In fact, even the advertisement for this program is phenomenal.  And incredibly moving.

Forest Whitaker narrated and executive produced this documentary which takes peek into a Louisiana prison.  The inmates in Angola Prison are hardened criminals—over 70% of whom are serving life sentences.  They will most likely die within those prison walls.

And yet, there are a group of prisoners who provide hospice care to their dying fellow inmates.  Care and compassion have blossomed in the most unlikely of places.

I suspect that we’ll all be touched and inspired by the light that continues to shine persistently and brightly, even in the hearts of the inmates at the Louisiana State Penitentiary.

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Whole in One

By , July 12, 2011 9:54 PM

What do you like about getting older?  I’ve heard people talk about the life experience and wisdom they’ve amassed as being things they really enjoy and appreciate as they age.  While I agree that those are wonderful contributions to my quality of life, I can’t help feel that, for me, I’m really loving something else much more.

I feel like I’m becoming whole.  It’s AWESOME!

I never would have guessed that, for me, my childhood and early adulthood were all about fracturing myself into splinters and pieces to meet others’ expectations and requirements.  Of course, there were also all the modifications and critical compromises I made to protect myself.  Oh, and the interpretations I made about how best to participate in and with my environment.  Perhaps it’s a normal part of the socialization process we endure.  “Be this, don’t be that—this is valued, this is not” is a common theme, is it not?  Perhaps I was in a unique situation because of my particular circumstances with my family of origin.  I suspect, however, that, regardless of the whys, I’m far from alone in this experience.

The reintegration started for me around the time I turned 30 and it seems to have consistently accelerated since then.  It’s worth mentioning that it hasn’t always been fun or easy, but I feel like I’m finally now getting the opportunity to really have and live MY life.  That makes it worth the effort.

Some people refer to this transformational journey as their spiritual path.  Certainly, it is for me.

If you are interested in amping up your wholeness quotient, consider adding the following to your daily activities:

  • Be both a participant and an impartial observer of your life.  Use what you observe as fodder for your quest.
  • Get curious about what makes you tick.  Who are you?  Are you living consistently with your values and congruently with what’s important to you?
  • Be courageous in mining those aspects of your life with which you’re not satisfied.  Take responsibility for your experience of your life.  Ditch victimhood.
  • Really listen to what you’re saying about yourself and others.  This’ll provide wonderful clues about what has been neglected within yourself.
  • Go there!  If you find something that needs attention, make it your priority to be the archaeologist of your own soul.

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Oh Pooh

By , July 7, 2011 9:07 PM

I had no idea that Christopher Robin was Jewish.  Ok, it’s not exactly a Jewish name, which may actually be why it took me so long to figure it out.  But I just saw an advertisement for the new Winnie the Pooh feature film and there he was—wearing a yarmulke.  And, of course, we know Pooh is a Taoist.

Recently, I had a friend tell me that she was reading the Twilight series with the perspective that all the main characters depicted in the story were actually all aspects of Bella.  I was so fascinated by that remark that I picked up the books as well.  So far, I’ve read the first volume and the second is in my queue.  At this point, I have no idea if her theory holds, but I feel like this first book was about laying a foundation that will serve as the stage for the real story yet to unfold.

Seeing that commercial about the new Pooh movie and reading some of Winnie the Pooh’s most famous quotes, I can’t help but wonder if Pooh is really a part of Christopher Robin.  It’s especially poignant because Pooh is a toy, perhaps representing Christopher Robin’s inner child or the purest part of his personality or soul.  And then the other characters—Piglet, Owl, Eeyore, Tigger, Rabbit, Kanga, Roo—all represent other unique aspects as well through their unique personalities.

Is this a stretch?  I don’t think so.  Have you heard some of the conversations that Pooh and Christopher Robin have?  Those two are inseparable and they play off each other in the most interesting way.

My favorite piece of conversation is one we should all tell ourselves every single day of our lives, whether we direct that outward hoping it’ll boomerang back to us or whether we can earnestly say it to ourselves.  Says Christopher Robin to Pooh…

“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together, there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart, I’ll always be with you.”

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