Before announcing this week's winner, I have something I wanted to share...

Posted by Maitri Libellule | Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,
committed citizens can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

~ Margaret Mead ~

Dear Friends,

It has taken me three days to read roughly 130 blogs, and it is such a delightful job. It may take longer as time goes along, to give each blog its just due, to read with care, but in doing so, I have deleted three blogs from the list tonight. I have chosen this week's winner and will put it up tomorrow, but I wanted to put this little note up tonight.

Deleting a blog from the list is not something I do lightly and sometimes it is with sadness, but it is important to me that the blogs in our circle fulfill the tenets I set up, with care, when starting this list.

The things I cared about were that the blogs were blogs of compassion, that showed compassionate thought and/or acts, and had an overall message that would help and inspire others, and also that they be blogs that contained mainly original content, not blogs filled with ads and nothing else. Certainly I am not against ads as we have wonderful artists, mothers trying to make a little extra money for their families, and more, but some blogs are nothing more than ads for the most part, and that really doesn't fit what I was hoping to achieve. I take this seriously and spend quite awhile reading through the blogs, and almost every one of them fits the bill beautifully. And there is room for a vast expanse of differences in the type of blog. Cooking blogs nurture their families and readers; artists touch down on the soul of the infinite and share beauty and glory; writings that help others survive difficulties are a blessing, and some, from art to others, help support and promote charities, and so much more, but those that are for self-gain only and/or don't show compassion and non-judgment don't belong on this list.

It is not realistic, nor possible, nor necessary that everyone thinks/feels alike about all issues, but if we are compassionate people we can agree to disagree kindly, and not strike out against those, whether in words or deeds, that feel differently than we do. I celebrate diversity whether it is about gender identity, spiritual path, color of skin, country of origin, or any other. A kind person is a kind person and the expression of such on blogs can be a powerful message to those reading them.

To that end, I want everyone to understand that I will remove blogs that I deem inappropriate or not fitting with the intent of being a compassionate blogger, or simply being completely unrelated whatsoever. I do this with a heavy heart and not without giving it a great deal of thought. Others may disagree, as I am one person with good intent trying to preserve what I had in my heart when I started this list of blogs and I am sincere in my efforts. I feel that this is an important part of my ministry as it is an outreach ministry that can touch others around the world, and our positive loving messages send waves of compassion around the world. We've all been surprised by receiving comments from someone on the other side of the world who has been touched by something on our blogs. Our words carry great weight and the content of our blogs has great impact. With that in mind I will carry forward all that I have said here each week as I choose the blog that moves me the most in the moment, after reading it carefully. I hope that I can do service to all.

Again, all winners will have a full week even if it takes me awhile to read through the blogs which starts to put us off the beginning schedule, because if I am to do justice to everyone's blogs, I have to take time to really do that. I'm sure you can all understand.

So happy blogging, and again, I want to thank you so much for being here, and sharing from your heart your lives and thoughts and the things that are important to you. It is a feast of riches here and I consider myself blessed to be among you. Thank you so much for being here.

Each One, Reach One, as we continue on...

With Love, Warmth, Gratitude, and Admiration,

My religion is simple.
My religion is kindness...

~ The Dalai Lama ~

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 ~

About Me

My photo

Maitri is a writer, artist, and teacher. She lives at Dragonfly Cottage on the coast of NC with her rescue pugs. You can find Maitri at: