Sadly, there will be no more awards because my life is too hard just now...

Posted by Maitri Libellule | Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Dear Ones,

I believe in this project with my whole heart and soul just as I did when I started it over five months ago, but little could I see at the time the direction my own life would take, and now my mother is being taken off the last of her meds and her time is coming soon. I can barely breathe at times when I think about it. Also, I, like many others, am feeling a hard financial pinch and the hours upon hours it takes me to try to go through all of these blogs, now 150, I just do not have. I hated to see entrecard leave my life but even the hours I no longer have to spend dropping changed a lot of things for me, and it made me look across the board at my life.

After long thought I will leave this board up to see if it can still serve a number of people who are interested in connecting and building on this group of compassionate bloggers, which I always hope to be myself. I do not believe in throwing the baby out with the bathwater, so to speak, so in this way people can continue to join and from time to time I will go through the list to delete those that are no longer active and delete immediately, as I have in the past, those who have entered the list and either didn't meet our criteria or contained material that I think most of us wouldn't approve of which is the opposite of whatwe were trying to do.

Next, I don't have time to answer people on this board. I am thinking about having all boards removed except this one, for the time, simply because I hate to see lovely people writing in that I don't have time to answer. I've done dreadfully poorly of late answering and can't even handle the lovely comments after posts on my blogs. If I can't do something well then I simply won't do it. BUT, I am going to leave this one up so that you can communicate with each other. Perhaps band together for a greater good, or compliment each other on your own work. Give each other awards and tell why!

I am going, then, to leave this up for awhile to see if it gets used or falls flat. I hope so much that it can keep going in some form for the good of all, but I have to use my time, for the most part, on maintaining the other two blogs and then taking on more and more paid work online. I just started a new blog Daily Enchantments, the first of my paid blogs. I will also be doing other freelance work online as well as working seriously on my book. I really need the money now and so I must take care of the practical.

I wish you all love, success, blessings, joy, and strength to get through these hard times ahead. I will, most assuredly, be with you in spirit.

Welcome Friends,..

Thoughts on Compassionate Living...

"How are we ever going to change anything? How is there going to be less aggression in the universe rather than more? We can then bring it down to a more personal level: how do I learn to communicate with somebody who is hurting me or someone who is hurting a lot of people? How do I speak to someone so that some change actually occurs? How do I communicate so that the space opens up and both of us begin to touch in to some kind of basic intelligence that we all share? In a potentially violent encounter, how do I communicate so that neither of us becomes increasingly furious and aggressive? How do I communicate to the heart so that a stuck situation can ventilate? How do I communicate so that things that seem frozen, unworkable, and eternally aggressive begin to soften up, and some kind of compassionate exchange begins to happen?

Well, it starts with being willing to feel what we are going through. It starts with being willing to have a compassionate relationship with the parts of ourselves that we feel are not worthy of existing on the planet. If we are willing through meditation to be mindful not only of what feels comfortable, but also of what pain feels like, if we even aspire to stay awake and open to what we're feeling, to recognize and acknowledge it as best we can in each moment, then something begins to change."

~ Pema Chodron ~

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