My 1000 Small Steps – January 20, 2020

Posted on: January 20th, 2020 by Kathie England | Time for Success No Comments

Three Minutes a Day

by Kathie England

On this fourth anniversary of launching My 1000 Small Steps journey, I share the perspective of Richard Davidson, the Founder of the Center for Healthy Minds based at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Davidson’s work has demonstrated the neuroplasticity of the human brain – a cause for hope.

The goal of My 1000 Small Steps journey is to prevent the results of the presidential election on November 3, 2020 from leaving so many of us with the same feelings of disbelief, despair, and doom we experienced on the morning after the 2016 presidential election.

It is ironic that this anniversary of my first post on January 20, 2017 coincides with the week that the impeachment trial of the president begins in the Senate.

This month’s post was inspired by Davidson’s October 2019 TEDx Talk in San Francisco where he explains how three minutes a day can begin to help each of us create a healthier mind. He begins by identifying four challenges facing society today: distraction, loneliness, depression, and low-life purpose. Each of these challenges affects our well-being. (I wonder how these challenges facing so many people in this country impacted the results of the 2016 election.)

Emphasizing the power of neuroplasticity, Davidson’s work has identified four pillars of a healthy mind: awareness/attention, connection, insight, and purpose. He explains that it is possible with just three minutes a day to begin to establish daily habits that nourish our minds.

I invite you to step into this realm of possibility by watching Davidson’s recent TEDx Talk.

https://www.ted.com/talks/richard_j_davidson_how_mindfulness_changes_the_emotional_life_of_our_brains_jan_2019?utm_campaign=3b359861f4-Jan2020_TEDx1D&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Center+Members&utm_term=0_4a32dc39b4-3b359861f4-9744669

You can even begin your own practice of developing a healthier mind by downloading this app: https://tryhealthyminds.org/ That small step will nourish your mind and change our world.

“Everything that is done in the world is done by hope.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

My 1000 Small Steps – December 20, 2019

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How Do We Want to Live?

by Kathie England

Throughout this year I have continued to find inspiration and solace in the On Being podcast by Krista Tippett. This podcast (www.OnBeing.org) explores what it means to be human. It asks: How do we want to live? Who will we be to each other?

The On Being podcast has inspired me to translate the Prayer of St. Francis, the Prayer of Peace, into a loving kindness meditation with the goal that this meditation is more inclusive and might connect with individuals of diverse beliefs and cultures.

For the past two years I have shared the Prayer of St. Francis in its original form as my December post. I share my new version with the hope that it will provide perspective – on the past year and the year ahead as we begin the third decade of this century.

I hope the monthly posts of My 1000 Small Steps have offered examples of small steps we can consider to answer those questions asked by the On Being podcast: How do we want to live? Who will we be to each other?

May this Loving Kindness Meditation inspire us to what is possible!

Make me an instrument of peace.

  • Where there is hatred, let me bring love.
  • Where there is offense, let me bring pardon.
  • Where there is discord, let me bring union.
  • Where there is error, let me bring truth.
  • Where there is doubt, let me bring faith.
  • Where there is despair, let me bring hope.
  • Where there is darkness, let me ,bring light.
  • Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.

May I not seek as much to be consoled, as to console.

May I seek not as much to be understood, as to understand.

May I seek not as much to be loved, as to love.

May it be in giving that I learn to receive.

May it be in pardoning that I allow myself to be pardoned.

May I be happy, may I be healthy, may I be at peace.

May you be happy, may you be healthy, may you be at peace.

May we embrace this message to help us find the courage to take many small steps in 2020!

My 1000 Small Steps – November 20, 2019

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“I wonder if…”

by Kathie England

At the beginning of November I attended the International ADHD Conference in Philadelphia. The keynote address by Ross W. Greene, PhD inspired this month’s post.

Titled “Collaborative & Proactive Solutions: Moving from Power and Control to Collaboration and Problem Solving,” Greene’s keynote introduced the CPS (Collaborative and Proactive Solutions) model that has transformed thinking and practices in families, schools, inpatient psychiatric units, and residential and juvenile detention facilities throughout the world. This model is as applicable to adult-adult interactions as it is to adult-child interactions.

Greene explains that power doesn’t work! Collaboration does work. The goal is to shift from power and control to collaboration and problem-solving – with children and with adults.

Problems are highly predictable and by the time they show up, it’s too late. Punishment doesn’t teach skills. Incentives don’t solve problems or teach skills. Developing skills creates the opportunity for collaborative problem-solving.

“I wonder if there is a way…” is language that provides an opportunity to find a solution that works for both parties.

I wonder if you would take a small step to learn more about the work of Ross Greene. Visit these websites and explore how his work could impact your life.

My 1000 Small Steps – October 20, 2019

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Reason for Hope

by Kathie England

“Only if we understand, will we care. Only if we care, will we help. Only if we help, shall we all be saved.” (Jane Goodall)

TIME magazine’s September 23, 2019 Special Climate Issue included an article by Jane Goodall that reminded me of her book, Reason for Hope. Published in 2000, Reason for Hope talked about how we are destroying our planet, yet she still had hope.

Few people have traveled more widely to raise awareness of this destruction that is even more imminent today. In 2000 Goodall stated, “If we truly care about the future of our planet, we must stop leaving it to ‘them’ out there to solve all the problems. It’s up to us to save the world for tomorrow: it’s up to you and me.”

In 2019 Goodall believes we can slow the climate crisis by solving four problems that seem unsolvable: eliminate poverty, change the unsustainable lifestyles of so many of us, abolish corruption, and manage our growing human population.

Her reasons for hope today are: the resilience of nature, the human brain, social media, and the power of young people. Just as many young people are working to end gun violence in America (March for Our Lives), many others like Greta Thunberg are rallying the entire world to take action about climate.

In 1991, Goodall launched Roots & Shoots, a program where young people from kindergarteners to university students create projects to make the world a better place for animals, people, and the environment. https://www.rootsandshoots.org/take-action/ This program now exists in more than 50 countries.

Perhaps this crisis still feels too overwhelming, so I want to close with the words of Malala Yousafzai, another young person who is making a difference.

“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful!”

How will you use your voice today?

Posted on: September 20th, 2019 by Kathie England | Time for Success No Comments

My 1000 Small Steps – September 20, 2019

Hope and Courage

by Kathie England

“Vulnerability is courage. It’s the willingness to show up and be seen in our lives. And in those moments when we show up, I think those are the most powerful, meaning-making moments of our lives even if they don’t go well. I think they define who we are.”

Those were the words of Brené Brown, a research professor at the University of Houston and presenter of one of the top five most-viewed TED Talks in the world, during her interview by Krista Tippett for her On Being podcast.

https://onbeing.org/programs/brene-brown-the-courage-to-be-vulnerable-jan2015/

Last month in writing about hope I quoted Vaclav Havel, “Hope is an ability to work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed.”

I also shared definitions of hope by Jonathan Rowson and Roberto Unger – “It’s not just so much about thinking things will be better, but actually seeing a place that’s worth going to and orienting your will towards that.”

Brené Brown believes – “Hope is a function of struggle.”

Are you willing to engage in the most existential struggle we face on our planet – the climate crisis?

Are you willing to show up and join young people throughout the world in climate strikes September 20-27?

https://globalclimatestrike.net/

I close by paraphrasing Albert Schweitzer – we often don’t know how our lives impact others, but it is the courage to keep trying.

To face the climate crisis we must allow ourselves to be vulnerable, find the courage to keep trying, and remember that “hope is a function of struggle.”

Who knows how our showing up can impact the future of our planet?