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How We React Is The Secret To Our Freedom

Only those thoughts can enter my mentality which I allow to enter
SOM pp. 518

The seven blind men who gave seven different descriptions of the elephant were all right from their respective points of view.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

            We are subject to an avalanche of raw information every moment of our life.  A barrage of stimuli which evokes reactions of different kinds from each of us.  If we were to pause in life to examine those things which elicit in us a “negative” reaction, we would undoubtedly find that we have transferred much of the meaning from within ourselves, onto the subject in question.

            Surely this does not mean that we are responsible for the state of the world we perceive?  In the sense we are.  For we are free to react to the information that we receive any way we wish.  Every moment, we interpret, organize, and store our experiences and out of that field of experience, our lives are projected.

            Being able then to react any way we desire is then the secret to our freedom in life.  We are able to name an event good, bad or anything else.  However, the true nature of our experience is easy to determine when we ask of the Divine Intelligence withing, “How is God present in this thing before me?”

I open my heart to the experience of Life.  I inquire deeply into all that transpires in this day, looking to see the evidence of God’s hand on my affairs.  I declare with each breath that all is well in my world and I embrace the Truth in that affirmation in all my affairs. I give thanks for my life and all that is in it.
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Take Action or Take None?

[Humankind's] mind should swing from inspiration to action, from contemplation to accomplishment, from prayer to performance.

SOM pp. 477

Today’s world seems to be hurried, busy with much to do, many actions to perform and choices to make. So much so, that when we most need to take action, we often cannot. Paralyzed by lists of tasks, responsibilities, decisions and difficult and weighty challenges, we are sometimes unable to do what is before us.

Perhaps at such times, inaction is the appropriate response. Perhaps at times of difficulty, stress and confusion, the very best choice is to pause, wait and become re centered.

To return to the world with a sense of joy and commitment that transcends the challenges of ordinary everyday life, we must surely set aside time daily to make known our choices and desires to the Spirit within. This, followed by a time of quite meditation and a willingness to be the instrument through which the Mind of God expresses, transforms our every action into a celebration of God as us.

Indeed, regular time spent in silence prepares us to stand firm and confident in such times when the weight of the world seems to bare down.

Today I enter into each activity with the quiet confidence that Spirit is expressing as me by means of my thoughts, words and deeds. I choose wisely, therefore, because I know that nothing can hinder the pure activity of Life through me. I give thanks for my life and all that is in it.

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Blog Writing Suggestions

Here are some thoughts about writing blogs, with search engines in mind.

Let the title of your blog resemble a phrase that someone might type in a search engine.  When I think of my own habits using search engines, I often type out a whole questions.  "What is the time in Bangkok?"  "How do I forgive?," or "What is the difference between a dream and a fantasy?" Or, I'll use a short phrase to describe what I'm looking for, such as "Blog writing suggestions."  So when I'm choosing a title for a blog, I try to think with a searcher's mind.

Title and Content Matching

The next thing I pay attention to is to make sure that the title text actually appears in the body of the post somewhere.  It doesn't have to be at the top of the article, and not necessarily word-for-word.  The idea is that using the title in your text makes sure that the post and title are related.  I don't enjoy searching for and finding articles that are not about the headline attached to them!

Relevant Labels

Next I pay attention to the labels (or tags) and I make sure that I use labels that actually relate to the content of the article.  For example, for this article I might enter the label "writing blogs" because the article is exactly about that, and someone searching for the phrase, if they find this article, will not have been lured here under false pretenses.  I could use the label "how to forgive" because the words actually appear in the text, however, would someone searching for that phrase be happy to land on an article about blog titles and labels?

Help Your Readers Decide to Stay

So much content and so little time.  Many people land somewhere and quickly scan the content.  They make a decision very quickly about staying and reading more or going back to the search results.  To help the scanners among your readers, you can separate ideas with headlines as I have here. A scanner will browse through the headlines and that will help her decide whether or not the page has what she wants much more easily than if she has to wade through a lot of text.

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World Aids Day - December 1, 2014 - Remembering

World Aids Day, December 1, 2014, and I'm remembering the young men and women I watched die - so many of them, often rejected by their family and society, and often surrounded by people who were afraid to even touch them.

Their feelings of isolation and despair have never left me. It was difficult in those times to maintain faith in goodness. But I have not given up because of the generosity and ordinary goodness of so many people who are working together to bring relief and compassion to a world hungry for it.

Thank you for your support.

On October 15, 2014, I asked my AIDS Lifecycle mentor, Dr. David Bruner, when I should start fundraising. I received a text back saying "TODAY," along with my first donation from him and Mauricio! Thank you! I'm going, and I am officially started and have received so much more than the dollars (which I'm grateful for) but also the expressions of love and support, the threats (you better complete the ride or I want my money back, you know who you are!) and the compassion.

Seven Days Through California

AIDS/LifeCycle is a fully supported, 7-day bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise money and awareness in the fight against HIV/AIDS. AIDS/LifeCycle 2015 will take place May 31st through June 6th, 2015. Every year, this landmark ride through beautiful California delivers a life-changing experience for thousands of participants from all backgrounds and fitness levels united by a common desire to do something heroic.

This will be my first ride and my thighs already think I'm crazy.

Creative Ideas to Inspire

One of the riders this year, Dave Nugent, has a creative and inspiring approach to suggesting donations.  (He even accepts Bitcoin...what!!?  so awesome.)  Here's what he suggests:
  • $1,981 The year AIDS was first clinically observed in the US
  • $545 One dollar for every mile in the LifeCycle ride
  • $250 can help provide ten Rapid HIV Antibody test to test ten people at Magnet, Stop AIDS, or other SFAF sites.
  • $175 can help provide case management for 15 HIV-positive clients who are homeless or at-risk for homelessness.
  • $100 can help provide the travel cost for a Stop AIDS Treatment Advocacy Coordinator to attend the medical appointments of 25 clients, providing moral support and to help clients advocate for themselves.
  • $54.50 10 cents for every mile in the LifeCycle ride
  • $35 One dollar for every million of the 35m HIV-infected individuals worldwide
  • $10 can help provide 143 condoms that the Stop AIDS Project will distribute.
We’re working together to make HIV/AIDS a thing of the past.

Thank you for your support to my ride or to any of the riders in this project.
Edward Viljoen
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