Monthly Archives: January 2009

Money, the root of…

 BILLIONS GO POOF AS MONEY-MANAGERS GO BAD

Where do we go from here? The very fabric of capitalism is coming unglued as the dominos continue to fall. Sadly, these financial-gurus-gone-bad have to be just the tip of the iceberg. The SEC was most definitely asleep at the switch, or worse, looking the other way for their bred’ren. Lives have been destroyed by these fakes, and frankly no punishment will fit the crime. 

Some of our “respected pillars of society” that were living the good life have been exposed as frauds or charged with some type of mismanagement…

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The kingpin, Bernie Madoff, who compels us to want to wipe that smug look offf his face. – $50 Billion (see the list of biggest losers here )

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New York financier Nicholas Cosmo turned himself in last night; I am sure he’s sorry. – approx $100 million

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Poor Florida hedge fund manager Arthur Nadel, who went missing for a couple of weeks and left his wife a suicide note – approx $300 million

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Indiana investment banker Marcus Schrenker – approx $1 million + sending an unpiloted plane to crash wherever it ran out of fuel.

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Tao te Ching

Verse 49

Fame or integrity which is more important? Money or happiness which is more valuable?
Success or failure which is more destructive? If you look to others for fulfillment you will never truly be fulfilled. If your happiness depends on money you will never be happy with yourself. Be content with what you have. Rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking the whole world belongs to you.

(Stephen Mitchell trans.)

#44

 Here’s the list until today…… (click on it)

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Today #44 breaks through, rewrites the rules, joins the club, redfines what it means to be an American.

“Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…”

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“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

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There is not a liberal America and a conservative America – there is the United States of America. There is not a black America and a white America and latino America and asian America – there’s the United States of America.

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Bono in D.C.

Inauguration

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Here on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and on the eve of the inauguration, I see this week as a mark that future generations might look back to and describe as the start of a profound shift in human consciousness. I suppose I could be considered a philisophical taoist, and in President Obama I see the possibility of the embodiment of verse 17…in part…
 
The great leader speaks little,
He never speaks carelessly,
He works without self-interest
and leaves no trace.
When all is finished, the people say,
“We did it ourselves”.    
 

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2009

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Happy New Year

A year ago, I decided that my mantra for 2008 would be Dignity & Purpose, and for the most part I kept that formula in my daily meditation and living. 

For this new year I want to go deeper and strengthen my connection to the Source. There is an unmistakable vibration of inspiration, calm and direction that comes in an unlimited supply, when that connection is clear.

One possible mantra would be to “Answer a Higher Calling“, but without that clear signal it could be a wrong number. And just where would I be looking or listening to get that calling?

Gurus, books, movies, etc, all are teachers but none can provide the answers. I want my mantra to be an instruction, a focus, a reminder of where the higher awareness lies.

So I am going to turn it around a bit and draw my direction, my inspiration and my answers from within.  My mantra for 2009 is…

“Look Inward”

The doorway to higher levels of awareness opens inward. We tend to look outside ourselves for the answers, but instead my intention is to look inward to that silent quiet space where the universal intelligence lies.

~namaste~

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