Wednesday, September 14, 2016

For Reflection: Before you move on to Mission #3, reflect on yesterday's mission. How did it feel to realize you are a creative genius? Did you feel more confidence in yourself and your gifts? How is it an act of self compassion to nourish your gifts, and how can your gifts be a blessing for others, as well?

It felt good to share an idea and see it implemented with aspects of collaborative wonder. I do not know if I will call it creative genius, but it had some originality.  It made me smile when others found it "darling"

  Share your reflections on the Compassion Report Map!
“[They] who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe,
is as good as dead; [their] eyes are closed."
 -Albert Einstein


Our third mission, Agents, is to re-cultivate a sense of wonder for the benefit of our lives and the One Human Family.
 
It is estimated that there are over 100 billion stars in our galaxy, the Milky Way Galaxy. This is an unbelievably VAST number of cosmically giant balls of gas and light, as we could fit 1.3 million Earths into the largeness of our sun alone. Yet there are over an estimated 100 billion galaxies in our universe, each with hundreds of billions of stars within them, too. Each with their own planets, their own mysteries, and potentially, their own life...

For some perspective, Agents, this number of stars in the universe dramatically outweighs the total grains of sand spread throughout every beach, ocean, river and lake on our Earth. Every grain in a handful of sand is but a minuscule fraction of real, burning stars somewhere out there in the night sky.
 
Sit with all of this for a moment…

These numbers of awesome scale and vastness are so large that they are incomprehensible to the human mind. We literally cannot wrap our rational, logical minds around something so incredible.
 
And what we are left with is... wonder.

Yet sadly, when we look into the night sky from within a city, we can only see about 100 stars. Why so few? Because the nearby light of the city blocks out the subtle light of countless stars who are so far, far away.

And so, our sense of wonder is lost. We forget to look up and fathom how cosmic and wonderful our universe truly is.

In the same way, our everyday lives can make us forget to look at the wonder that exists all around us. Because we are so busy, we form habits that allow us to move automatically throughout the day. And as we do, we lose touch with the power of wonder, the mysteries from every turn of life that call our name...

In the following video, Agents Oprah Winfrey and Louie Schwartzberg will guide us through the mystery and science behind wonder.
 

Champions of Compassions

 
Tune into the Global Unity Telesummit hosted by the Shift Network for the third day of the 11 Days of Global Unity!

Today’s Telesummit features JANE GOODALL around the third theme, the Environment!

Register to join in on the Telesummit for free here!

Tomorrow’s Telesummit features speaker Tavis Smiley around the theme of Economic Justice.
Today marks Day 3 of the Compassion Relay!

Team Stanford and CCARE (Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education) has received the Compassion Torch from Compassionate Silicon Valley. CCARE at Stanford is a game-changer for the movement to bring a global culture of compassion to life through the power of science and outreach.

Read about the incredible work of
CCARE at Stanford here!

UN's Sustainable Development Goal:

Protect Life on Land and In Water
 
The SDGs aim to conserve and restore the use of terrestrial ecosystems such as forests, wetlands, drylands and mountains by 2020. Halting deforestation is also vital to mitigating the impact of climate change. Urgent action must be taken to reduce the loss of natural habitats and biodiversity which are part of our common heritage. 

Protecting Life on Land and In Water is two of 17 Global Goals that make up the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to achieve the global unity that we seek.

Learn more about the targets for this Goal here.

Agents, It's Your Turn!


Agents, our mission is to engender gratitude for our lives by allowing wonder to find us and grab hold of us today. Look at everything with fresh eyes, just like you are seeing a night sky full of stars for the first time. Prevent yourself from trying to rationalize or label your experiences.

For example, when you see an animal or plant, don't say its name and move on... observe its life. Imagine what it must be like to be that form of life. You can sit and marvel at the beauty and usefulness of your hands and body, which you can move at will. Literally everything has the power of wonder to enchant your awareness!

As you reveal the power of wonder in your life, remember to report your experiences on the Compassion Report Map to inspire others around the world!
 
Good luck, Agents!

P.S. If you wish to do so you can support the work of CCARE at Stanford, our featured Champion of Compassion, to spread their remarkable work toward global unity with others!