Libya: A Story Forgotten.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King Jr

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Libya. A story forgotten. In Bedtime Reading for the Unborn Child, Libyan poet Khaled Mattawa writes: “Night girl, night girl/your book is full now/You have drawn all the pictures/You have seen many weepers.”

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Unfortunately, it seems like it is still not time for dawn in Libya. The country was destroyed by a war prosecuted by NATO, and the wreckage is now more visible than ever. I went through the photos Magnum’s photographer Michael Christopher Brown took during the Libyan civil war in 2011. The paradoxes and ironies of these photos are so bitter and obvious, as I am reading news from Libya now, four years later.

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Gaddafi’s death (the killing of Gaddafi) didn’t bring freedom. And it didn’t bring peace. NATO’s intervention in Libya was not, as many have praised it, a humanitarian success. It wasn’t, as it was hailed, a ‘model intervention’. It was a boomerang that came back to…

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“When you don’t know how to say no, your body will say it for you.” – Dr. Gabor Maté

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“When you don’t know how to say no, your body will say it for you.” – Dr. Gabor Maté. “When we have a symptom, or an illness, it’s not enough to say ‘How do I get rid of this? How do I wage a battle against this?’.

There’s another way to look at it.

…Your conflicts, all the difficult things, the problematic situations in your life are not chance or haphazard. They’re actually yours. They’re specifically yours, designed specifically for you, by a part of you that loves you more than anything else.

The part of you that loves you more than anything else has created roadblocks to lead you to yourself. You’re not going in the right direction and there’s something pricking you on the side that says, ‘Look Here. This way.’

The part of you that loves you so much, that doesn’t want you to lose that chance, will go…

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“When you don’t know how to say no, your body will say it for you.” – Dr. Gabor Maté

“When you don’t know how to say no, your body will say it for you.” – Dr. Gabor Maté. “When we have a symptom, or an illness, it’s not enough to say ‘How do I get rid of this? How do I wage a battle against this?’.

There’s another way to look at it.

…Your conflicts, all the difficult things, the problematic situations in your life are not chance or haphazard. They’re actually yours. They’re specifically yours, designed specifically for you, by a part of you that loves you more than anything else.

The part of you that loves you more than anything else has created roadblocks to lead you to yourself. You’re not going in the right direction and there’s something pricking you on the side that says, ‘Look Here. This way.’

The part of you that loves you so much, that doesn’t want you to lose that chance, will go to extreme measures to wake you up. It will make you suffer greatly if you don’t listen.

What else can it do? That’s its purpose.

…Most of the stress of human beings are emotional ones. And the biggest stress of all is trying to be who you’re not. 

So the maintenance of health really depends on knowing who you are, getting in touch with your body, getting in touch with your self, being mindful of all that, and honoring who you are.” 

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“Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours.”- Swedish Proverb

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Moving Mondays: The Power of Choice

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We spend so much time reminding ourselves that we don’t have control over everything that happens to us in our life that sometimes we forget what we can control. We have the power to control how we react to people and circumstances in our life. We have the power to choose what our response will be. It’s important to cultivate a daily mindfulness practice to remind ourselves that we always have the power of choice.

While learning to let go of what we can’t control is vital for our physical, mental, and spiritual well-being, it’s vital to remember that we do have control over our choices. We will never be able to control the people around us — there will always be people who anger us or hurt us or annoy us — but we do have the power to choose how we let other people affect us. Each day we can…

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L-O-V-E is not just for the lucky few. It’s for Everyone. Happy Valentine’s Day.

What better time to get reconnected with what LOVE is, than Today? And Everyday ‘ever after’ that!

My favourite definition of LOVE is my favourite because it’s so practical:

“4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” – 1 Cor 13:4-7 (NIV)

Truth be told. I used to look at this definition of love and think, “When I get to heaven, maybe!” But in 2010, when my life got Shaken up to Awaken me, I began to realise something. It’s impossible to Love others in this way, only if I haven’t learned how to apply this definition of Love to myself.

Start with YOU.

GET CONSCIOUS of the way You Love You.

Love is patient, love is kind: Are you patient, with you? Are you kind, with you?

Love does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud: SELF-LOVE, my lovers. When we learn SELF-LOVE, we begin to see that it’s not about Compete and Compare, it’s about Complete and Complement! (I got schooled on these AMAZING 4Cs by my spiritual mentor Rinda. Thanks RINDA!)

Love does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs: Love means, Honor. Are you honouring yourself? Only when you learn to Honor yourself, can you truly Honor others. If you need to know that You Matter, begin by letting others know They Matter. And remember, be easier on yourself. Are you easily angered with you? Are you still holding on to your past mistakes? Be gentle with you. FORGIVE You. Learn what you can, then Let Go.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth: Are you replaying old stories of old hurts and old wounds and old offences and old betrayals and old mistakes, over and over again like a spoilt record–like you’re enjoying it? Pause. Stop. Recognise that this mind-pattern is a soul’s cry for Love. It’s time to Love the hurting, wounded, offended, betrayed, and flawed person in you. It’s also time to recognise that we are are more alike than unalike. For every suffering someone has inflicted on us, we too, may have unconsciously or consciously, caused suffering to others–perhaps in different ways and form. But suffering is still suffering.

Go in a new direction TODAY (and everyday after that). It’s time to be reconnected with the truth of You. The truth is that you’re WORTHY of Love, just as you are, right now. You don’t have to be perfect, to Be Loved. You are SO LOVED. More than you can ever imagine. Pray for your eyes to be opened to this truth, again and again, day after day.  

Love always protects: Are you protecting you? I am not talking about being defensive. I am talking about loving yourself enough to make CARING decisions that takes care of you. Only when you learn to protect yourself, can you do the same for others.

This could mean loving yourself enough to walk out on a relationship that is no longer Honoring you. You don’t actually love anyone, if you can’t even love yourself enough to extricate yourself from a sad and bad situation.

This could mean loving yourself enough to drink responsibly, and never drinking to the point of regretting some things you did when you were drunk. Some things can never be undone. But it’s never too late to learn. ‘When I know better, I do better, that’s all.’ – Maya Angelou.  

Love always trusts: Are you Trustworthy? Can YOU keep your promises to yourself? Everyday is another opportunity to be the kind of person YOU can trust. Learning to Trust You can come from painful outcomes in and out of a relationship. Chances are, your instincts already knew from the beginning this person was not right for you. It’s OK. Consider it as a painful lesson, and therefore a Gift, in learning to Trust You more next time.

And remember, LOVE ‘always hopes, always perseveres’: Don’t lose HOPE on you. Dare Yourself to hope again. DREAM UP good things for YOU and keep growing in that direction. Never give up believing in you. In relationships, someone can walk out on you for their own selfish reasons, but that’s just a reflection of their growth. YOU can choose to never walk out on you. Never let YOU go. Keep GROWING. Grow forward, with you.

That’s LOVE!

I’m a big believer in turning my STRUGGLE into STRENGTH. So I must confess. After all this time, I still get a little nervous come Valentine’s. I still find myself dreading the feeling of Single Awareness Day and feel a little SAD! ;- ) It’s silly, but IT’S REAL. And we know I’m not the only one. WE all struggle with insecurity. The beauty of it is TODAY (and everyday after this) is another wonderful opportunity to remind myself / ourselves:

L-O-V-E is not just for the lucky few. It’s for Everyone! Happy Valentine’s Day, Lovers!  

“The measure of a man, is the measure of his heart, and the measure of his heart, is the measure of his Love… You don’t measure me, like men, they see. You’re looking at my heart, the core of me… Your eyes of Fire, sees differently. Keep me in the gaze of Love… ” – Misty Edwards & David Brymer

With ALL my Love,

Mish

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“Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours.”- Swedish Proverb

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Prayer of the Weak

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Prayer of the Weak

It may look like I am weak, but I am not

I pray to open my heart and mind to possibilities and risks unknown

I choose to risk pain so that love can be found

I am not afraid

I am not going to hold back, yet I am terrified

I will wrangle rings of fire to bring you close to my heart

I will do this because I am love

I am not afraid, but I am terrified

Our shredded hearts will heal to become like branches of a tree

Giving rest to our weakened souls

Nurtured by our tears

I pray for you to come and be yourself with me

Let’s fight our way to each other’s arms

And love without fear

Share the terror that we feel

Opening our hearts

To love as no other

What is love but your heart beating?

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Take that leap of Faith: OWN your disgrace, to experience Real GRACE

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“Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours.”- Swedish Proverb

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