NEIGHBORCARE NEWS #26 DECEMBER '03
"No service is too small when given mindfully, with
good intention and an open heart."
THANK YOU, BONNIE
SCHOFIELD, FOR TIME SPENT GENEROUSLY AND WILLINGLY, WITH GENUINE
||WHY I DO THIS: I enjoy it . . . The
people I meet through Neighborcare are interesting and wonderful.
FRIENDS: Please .
. . in these days that mark the return of the sun and more abundant
light, let us remember to see the light in one another. Times we feel
small and dark and lost, often the only light we have is that brightness
radiated when some friend or stranger is loving who we are. Each personeach
beingdeserves this good wash. Often it is felt during the most
modest acts: A KEPT PROMISE, no matter how seemingly
unimportant. MOMENTS OF COMPLETE PRESENCE offered
generously and eagerly, despite inconvenience to the giver. However
these gifts are delivered, they remind us of the light within us which,
when (re)kindled, we are inspired to pay forward.
In the end, this is all we truly have, isnt it, how we care for
one another. We are angels to each other more than we know. No matter
how much family we enjoy (or how alone we feel)no matter how many
possessions that surround us (or how few), all can be takensomething
always is sticking out and being vulnerable. We protect ourselves
best, then, but protecting others. At once, this is our
most selfish and our most generous act. When this understanding pervades
our life, we see differently and act as if we do, and the practice heals
every one of us within arms reach.
NEWS In the beginning, we hoped people from each peninsula town
would step forward to help coordinate satellites of caregiving around
neighbors in their communities needing assistance. More and more, this
is happening organicallywithin each town, also crossing town and
state lines. Always there has been neighboring on the peninsula, but
now, increasingly, to benefit people we dont know. We are glad
to be making new family.
brother used to ask the birds to forgive him; that sounds senseless
but it is right; for all is like the ocean, all things flow and touch
each other; a disturbance in one place is felt at the other end of the
world. It may be folly to ask forgiveness of the birds, but the birds
would be happier at your sidea little happier anywayand
children and all animals, if yourself were nobler than you are now.
Its all like an ocean, I tell you. Then you would pray to the
birds, too, consumed by an all-embracing love in a sort of transport
and pray that they will forgive you your sin. Prize this ecstasy, however
senseless it may seem to men.
The Brothers Karamazov/Dostoyevski
COME LIFT YOUR
thanks to a spirited, caring friend from Nova Scotia who told me this
true story in brief then sent along the full version (Healing Touch
Newsletter March 2003). Space constraints prevent my including that
version in this newsletter. With all due respect, here is my version.
her review of the 2003 Healing Touch International keynote address by
Dr. Mimi Guarneri, Cheryl Hardy wrote, We know the heart loves
and feels, but the heart also thinks and remembers. Through her
research and experience, Dr. Guarneri proved that the heart communicates
with other hearts.
18-year-old boy named Danny was killed in an automobile accident and
his heart was transplanted into the body of an 18-year-old girl. For
a year Dannys family couldnt bring themselves to touch his
room and it was only at the end of this stretch of time his identical
twin brother found a diary called Heart Thoughts Danny had
written unbeknownst to anyone. One of the entries in the diary left
the family shaken. It was written when Danny was fourteen years old
and entitled Dannys Heart.
Danny wrote: I dont know you, but I feel your heart in mine.
One day I think my heart will be yours and we will live forever as one.
I dont know you, but I love you and know that you love me. I dont
think I will live to be old but my heart will be yours and we will live
forever together. Finding this entry prompted Dannys family
to visit Nadine, the recipient of his heart. In Nadines eyesand
mannerisms (new since her transplant)her family saw Danny. When
shown a picture of Danny and his identical twin brother Nadine picked
out Danny right away and was shocked to learn his name. Nadines
mother explained: Ever since her transplant, Nadine told us she
dreamed bout her donor and that she had fallen in love with him years
before he died. She said her lover came to save her life, and his name
her address, Dr. Guaneri quoted Healing Touchs Janet Mentgen,
saying: Healing with the heart is allowing the hearts memory
of healing that has occurred to resonate within you, being still enough
to allow ones own heart to fall into a shared coherence with other
hearts in a form of compassionate prayer beyond words.
lives by joyous faith in living. When everything curls up and prepares
to wait, or die, the chickadee is out in the middle of it . . . even
in the middle of a blizzard . . . . His voice comes out of the cold
silence like the last voice in the world, singing that everything that
has gone under the snow is neither lost nor dead and that life survives
beautifully somewhere else and will return. There is joy in its song
that says everybody who is hiding from the storm is missing the best
part. The Tracker/Tom Brown, Jr.
FROM THE KITCHEN
Tuna-Olive-Artichoke Vegetable Marinara over rice pasta. While pasta
is cooking, sauté onion and garlic and broccoli in a bit of organic
canola oil, adding in the spice garam masala. Turn down heat. Add sliced
Kalamata olives, chunks of marinated artichokes, and drained canned
tuna. Stir in a jar of low sodium marinara (Amys is nice), adding
a touch of water if too thick. Add sea salt or Braggs amino acids, to
taste. Serve over drained pasta, sprinkling on grated parmesan or grated
soy parmesan. Add red crushed hot peppers, if youd
RECOMMENDED the video, The Stone Boy, starring Robert
Duvall and Glenn Close. By mistake, a young boy shoots his older brother
while duck hunting. This is the story of how the family was struck,
divided and healed from that death..
ALSO, the Rites of Passage website <http://www.ktc.net/ritesofpassage/now_forever.htm>
featuring Between Now and Forever, a multi-media project/video
on loss, grief and transcendence... a celebration of the beauty and
resilience of the human spirit.
PONDERING We can only be happy when we are not self absorbed.
As the great monastic Thomas Merton wrote, Isolation in the self,
inability to go out of oneself to others, would be incapacity for any
form of self- transcendence. To be thus the prisoner of ones own
selfhood is, in fact, to be in hell.
Do not neglect
anything. In neglect lies the cause of most unhappiness. Advise people
to understand how even the greatest manifestation may be the least perceptible.
Cosmic significance does not depend on physical dimensions. The seed
is the best example. . . Now a multiple of manifestations, insignificant
in appearance, traverse the world. The attention must be sharpened.
He who can train his attention to observe the smallest, will also understand
the greatest. Heart/Agni Yoga Society
THE NOT-A-DOCTOR Mid December, a kind neighbor brought me home
following a nine-day hospital stay (the stay, due to removal of a ruptured
gangrenous appendix). We walked in to find my dog, Ozzie, with a raging
eye infection, the worst Id ever seen. After communing with Ozzie,
my neighbor stayed to cut away the solid patch of hair and seeds that
had attached itself, completely covering Ozzies eye. That evening,
and all the next day, I made compresses for Ozzie by including the following
tinctures in a little warm water: echinacea, eyebright, calendula, goldenseal
and a splash of witch hazel. INTERNALLY, I added
droppersful of the same tinctures (EXCLUDING THE WITCH
HAZEL) to Ozzies drinking wateras soon as the water
was gone, more water, plus another round of herbs. Twenty-four hours
after the first application, Ozzies eye was 75% better. In another
24 hours, the infection was gone, except for a touch of redness. The
following day, the eye was as good as new and has remained so. These
herbs have benefited my eyes as well.
TIP No matter if youre a physician, nurse, home health
provider, parent, teacherif someone in your care is in distress
and youre about to ask that person Are you all right?
or Is there anything I can get for you to help you feel better?
do (unless you believe its completely inappropriate), rest a hand
on that persons hand or arm or shoulder or forehead while youre
asking. That way, the person feels your concernyouve
made the moment holy for both of you, which words alone often cannot
cannot be ignorant, for magic implies superiority, mastership, majority,
and majority signifies emancipation by knowledge. The Magus welcomes
pleasure, accepts wealth, deserves honour, but is never the slave of
one of them; he knows how to be poor, to abstain, and to suffer; he
endures oblivion willingly because he is lord of his own happiness,
and expects or fears nothing from the caprice of fortune. He can love
without being beloved; he can create imperishable treasures, and exalt
himself above the level of honours or the prizes of the lottery. He
possesses that which he seeks, namely, profound peace. He regrets nothing
which must end, but remembers with satisfaction that he has met with
good in all. His hope is a certitude, for he knows that good is eternal
and evil transitory. He enjoys solitude, but does not fly the society
of man; he is a child with children, joyous with the young, staid with
the old, patient with the foolish, happy with the wise. He smiles with
all who smile, and mourns with all who weep; applauding strength, he
is yet indulgent to weakness; offending no one, he has himself no need
to pardon, for he never thinks himself offended; he pities those who
misconceive him, and seeks an opportunity to serve them; by the force
of kindness only does he avenge himself on the ungrateful; he leans
with affection on all arms outstretched to him in the day of trouble,
and does not mistake . . . irritable pride . . . for a virtue. He knows
that he helps others by giving them the occasion of doing good, and
he never meets an offer or a demand with a refusal. Eliphas Levy
QUESTIONS If we loved all life, how would we raise our children
differently? What if we planted in the minds and hearts of young people
the understanding that everything is interconnectedthat riding
what seems like the most boring moment, they could end up anywhere?
A NEIGHBORCARE MANY HANDS MAKE
LIGHT WORK POTLUCK took
place in NEIGHBORCARE Lois Locks Surry home on Monday,
Jan 12th. Several of us shared fine food and talk and addressed
NEIGHBORCARE newsletters. Well continue to move the
potluck to various peninsula locations.
Not necessarily the same people will be gathering each time.
As always, dont think for a minute you have to be
a signed-up volunteer to be part of our group.
PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOUD LIKE TO JOIN IN, IN MARCH.
field by the sea, the single mountain peak seen from a mans
door, the island of trees and farm buildings in the western wheat,
must be sung and painted and praised until each takes on the gentleness
of the thing long loved, and becomes an unconscious part of us
and we of it, for we are not yet at ease with our land, and it
is restive and often sullen with us, like a horse which has been
roughly broken to riding, and is left frequently standing uncared
for in the sleet.
Maine Memories /Elizabeth Coatsworth
Blessings all around youthis winter and in every
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