Strangers tend to tell me their life stories (and problems) within minutes of meeting me. Friends can do the same and I used to give them advice but a wise person told me, “words don’t teach, life experience does.” So now I listen (sort of) and say I’m sorry to hear that…then I am on my way. As an empath, I can absorb their energy and leave the conversation feeling zapped. while the other person feels better. (The same thing happened when I was a massage therapist. My client felt great and I had their aches and pains. I learned to ground myself before each session and that problem was solved). As for what some call “holding space” I learned that I need to take care of myself first and the best thing for me is to listen and remain detached (Buddhism taught me this). If someone sees me as someone to constantly vent to, I learned to stop spending time with them and not feel guilty. It’s normal to have problems from time to time but there are those whose lives are nothing but continuous drama. I do think drama can become a form of addiction.
A few weeks ago I decided to share good news stories every Sunday, but doing it every Sunday wasn’t working. Trying to keep up with everything going on in my life was making me stressed out and Inge being stressed isn’t good for anyone. So, I am changing that idea and still sharing good news stories (because there’s enough negative news) but I’m sharing whenever I can.
This past week Hurricane Harvey was in the news and social media almost nonstop. I managed to find stories about compassion in action of humans helping others in need. These people remind me of all those sentient beings (and there are many) who live their lives with compassion, without looking for recognition. They restore my faith in humanity. Click the titles and you will be connected to the story.
“Flooding trapped workers at a Mexican bakery for two days. They spent it baking for Harvey victims.”
Actually this one I found on Twitter. The tweet and picture tell the whole story.
“This is Houston. Wanna know what this line is for? Food? Water? Housing? Nope. These people are waiting in line TO VOLUNTEER. #Harvey“
The owner of Gallery Furniture says he’s welcomed 400 Texans with hot food and a place to rest.
Here’s a couple videos:
I’m reading “The Book of Joy” and got to the part where the Dalai Lama says he meditates/prayers five hours a day! It took me some time to grasp what he said. I mean five hours a day! I am happy when I get in 20 minutes a day. I can’t imagine doing anything for that long everyday and that includes snooping around the Internet.
Photo credit: Josh Bulriss
The secret of Buddhism is to remove all ideas, all concepts, in order for the truth to have a chance to penetrate.
— Thich Nhat Han
Photo credit: Josh Bulriss Gallery
How this amputee model overcame bullies, rejections to live her dream: Reposted from “Today” online newspaper.
For Shaholly Ayers, who was born without a right arm, “no” is something she’s used to hearing. Read more here.
My friend Rod, likes to find and share good news stories at least once a week in his weekly emails to his friends. We hear enough bad news in social media all day long, so I decided to share his posts here on Sundays. This is the latest good news story from SF Gate: Read story here.