Saturday

The Director of Action for Happiness came visiting

- he was hoping to find a formula to copy the success of the local Action for Happiness group, and wider St Leonards Sharing Consortium, both of which I had founded. Before leaving he told me that he put the success down to “the Paul Crosland effect”. Over seven years later and I’ve still not been asked to begin a self-cloning operation!
At the time I was funded by a credit card & a benefactor who became that because of seeing how I handled criticism. May at least one of the half dozen projects alighted upon in this diverse group discussion relate to what you do for others ...and stimulate constructive dialogue between us (Text first please on Zero7807 066 202).
Anyhow, here’s the film from the heyday of my innovative version of Community Development Work (self-appointed!) in Hastings and St Leonards on Sea:

http://CommunicatingNeeds.org



Thursday

1st Fruitful Haiku:,Wild Strawberry Pip, Lodged in Molar Regions, Eviction Next Week.


How to get to a better life (for all) Choose breath, long, satisfying and curiously searching; especially when instant reaction serves no one Choose to unpack the bag with the kindest kind of rummaging that can be mustered when flustered* Choose vulnerability and "staying in discomfort long enough to figure out what's really going on"** Choose compassionate enquiry and count our blessings; being loved and/or able to love is a wonderful world Deepen same-sex friendship through acceptance and appreciation of difference, revealing dialogue and pregnant pauses Choose meaning, mystery and myth; finding the holy grail in the home hearth*** Take heart and choose the weather that's actually happening, rather than fight the storm Identify with the sky-like nature of our min d rather than identify with the passing clouds of anxiety or depression or envy**** Only at the very end, choose death. *And jettison some flotsam and jetsam **Brene Brown, Woman's Hour, 4th November, 2015 ***A number of stories have this theme, the earliest I remember and can reference is at the end of this, to me, wonderful Arthurian talk: http://www.freebuddhistaudio.com/audio/details?num=OM584 ****Sarvananda, Meaning in Life, p73 [default email footer] Paul Crosland Director, Mediation Support Ltd Tel Zero7807 066 202 [Tshirt:] Is The Pope Catholic? Do Buddhists Sit In The Woods?  [Reverse:] #FreeRange #Buddhist Woodland Sculpture Park -nature, art, community (108 shares available)