The glorious diversity of life on earth enriches our lives with wonder and beauty. Especially in times of strife, the grand gathering of the Olympics can serve as a torch bearing the light of global interconnectivity. Colorado fireman Mark Sherman, a co-director of Child In Need Institute - USA and father of Grace Shanti who was adopted from a Calcutta orphanage, is taking his stand as a global citizen. Right now, Mark is at the mid-point of a three week Olympian effort, maneuvering through the slums of Calcutta, India to document the stories of young girls empowered by the award-winning programs of CINI-India. During this week in which the heart is celebrated, take a moment to visit the website of Goodness To Go, a social enterprise that supports CINI through sales of Goodness To Go - A Handbook for Humanitarians. (www.goodnesstogo.org) Many thanks for mobilizing your compassion in action and global citizenship!
This Superbowl Sunday, a firemen-videographer from Colorado is documenting the 40th anniversary celebrations of Child In Need Institute (CINI) in Calcutta, India. Mark Sherman is co-director of CINI-USA, a non-profit philanthropy supporting the World Health Organization-winning programs of CINI-India. For decades in communities living in extreme poverty in West Bengal, CINI's community based child protection, nutrition, and health programs have transformed millions of lives and prevented many young girls from being trafficked into the sex trade. Goodness To Go is a social enterprise that promotes sales of its Handbook for Humanitarians, a uniquely valuable life resource for invigorating self-care, resourcing resilience, clarifying values, and mobilizing our service legacy through compassion in action. Proceeds support CINI's girl empowerment programs. To learn more, view the CINI video on Goodness To Go's Facebook page and watch for upcoming video postings when Mark returns from India. Remarkable films that bring rays of hope to the plight of impoverished children in India are Born Into Brothels, Girl Rising, and The Revolutionary Optimists.
Listen to the interview at: http://www.kgnu.org/connections/1/10/2014 Moving Concerns into Action: How to be a Humanitarian Hosted by Kathy Partridge Guests are Dr. Fran Hamilton, author of the just released book "Goodness to Go: A Handbook for Humanitarians, a personal guide to inspire, mobilize your compassion in action. As a intergartive medical doctor, Dr. Fran will show how self-care can contribute to sustaining your efforts; and Mark Sherman, Dr. Fran's husband, who will talk up his upcoming humanitarian trip to the Child in Need Institute in India, the birthplace of their daughter, and an inspiration for the book.
Four years ago, a team of humanitarians chose October 24th as a day to celebrate the truth that all of life is connected by the genes we inherit, the air we breathe, and the consciousness we share. My first Goodness To Go blog post a few days ago began with a quote by Albert Einstein that recognized the unified energy of creation. Global Oneness Day spreads the message that we are one global family and its intent is to empower us to create cultures of peace and prosperity, creativity and love. How are we to live so that humanity collaborates to thrive, not merely competing to survive? If peace is every step and begins in the human heart, what can you do today to acknowledge and celebrate our true inter-connectedness? Social media can be a tremendous tool that shares information and supports the mobilization of our goodness to go. At the same time, remember to nourish the "real-world" human connectivity that is only possible face-to-face as we engage in meaningful conversations from the depths of our hearts and minds. What is a kind and creative conversation that you could initiate in the next three days? Who might you thank for their support in your life? I appreciate being on the great adventure of the human journey with you! Celebrating integral service, Dr. Fran
The inestimable Albert Einstein observed, "A human being is part of the whole called by us "universe."...We experience ourselves...as something separate from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affections for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty." This October full moon marks the initiation of the Goodness To Go blog. Many thanks for giving yourself time to embark on this journey of self-inquiry as we explore themes woven throughout my recently published Handbook for Humanitarians. You may want to start a new journal or computer file to record your contemplations and any questions that arise. Consider reflecting on the task that Einstein gives us: How could you widen your circle of compassion? How could you free yourself from the prison of dualism that makes you believe that you're separate from the whole called universe? Celebrating the adventure of harmonizing self-care and integral service, Dr. Fran