Thich Nhat Hahn, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist, died in January 2022. My friend, Beth, gifted me his last book, Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet. How fitting his last lesson for humanity is how we can unite to save the planet.
I know who Taylor Swift is, not because Carole King is one of her role models. It's because my granddaughters "love" her. I'm not one of Taylor's admirers, but I am one of her 90 million Twitter followers because I'm curious to read what she's communicating with her fans.
All mammals have two separate brain hemispheres, each with an emotional and thinking module of cells. The Left hemisphere processes from the external... Am I safe? .... The Right brain thinks in the present moment. Do it now. It's me having a second glass of wine, ignoring the past (how it ruins my sleep) or future (how will I feel tomorrow)?
Ram Dass said, "If you think you're enlightened, spend a week with your parents." We know what he was talking about. If we stay in the present and resist an escape plan, the experience helps us grow. Next time we are less likely to break.
The bad news cup is overflowing. Consequently, fear of disaster is swarming our thinking hours. That's bad for our health and cost us time. Making time to read how businesses are responding and millions of people are working to reverse the danger becomes a salve for our anxieties.