13 Ways to Savor & Serve (unity baby unity)

Let’s bring into action, shall we?

1. Love list: write down what you love. Linger over it. Share it on the bus, at work, on Facebook. When you own what you love, nothing can stop you.

2. Talk to a homeless person (or anyone else you would shy away from) with the same care you would someone you truly admire. Connection creates dignity.

3. Take in a news story that makes you want to run away screaming. Instead breath deeply, relax your body, and witness. Alchemize compassion fatigue.

4. Next grocery store trip, bless all the people and resources that put that Fuji apple from New Zealand in your hand, that saffron from Iran. Experience the vast supply chain supporting you and you might get curious about where it’s not supporting the planet.

5. Write a thank-you note to your garbage man or local council person or favorite writer. Focus on what you get from the relationship as you write. Counter intuitive; try it.

6. Delete thoughts of comparsion when they arise about how others are serving or savoring better than you. When you compare, you despair & despair kills change.

7. Write sweet silly ju-ju on sticky notes and plaster them around your office, downtown, library, kid’s school. My Lilly wrote: You smell nice. I wrote: Today will be a better day. We’ve done this many times = fun. My favorite place we stuck them: backdoor of bakery, half way down the outside wall of the bank, post office front door, inside library book drop. The power of love is infinite.

8. Share your soul – teach something you know. Ignorance is not bliss and your wisdom is sorely needed.

9. See yourself as someone who savors & serves. Create a new story that there is enough time, enough resources, enough bliss to go around.

10. Look for things you spend money on that no longer serve you, that you no longer savor. Desire does not acquire, it frees.

11. Go the where the wild things live and lay down there. Rest. Rest some more.

12. Let your wildest dreams about a just and fair world be spoken. Dare to speak a better story. Watch this Pop Talk by Alex Steffen to get inspired.

13. Put your arm around the parts of you that more rather buy another pair of shoes than give money to someone who is starving. Put your arm around the part of yourself that works yourself to death helping. Drench all of you in awareness and love. Refuse to polarize.

14. Bonus: Do something really kind for yourself today. Because that, my darling, is where it all begins.

Photo: My back. Taken by the darling Jason Poole. Because of Jen Lemen and Andrea Sher of Mondo Beyondo fame. At The World Domination Summit.

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Heather Plett - June 11, 2011

What I’m doing right now:
1. Drive your teenagers to the mall that’s not within walking distance from your home because one of them wants to buy the other one a birthday present.
2. On the way there, let your youngest daughter buy a Slurpee for her friend and then drop her off at the friend’s house and see the grin on his face when he sees the Slurpee (and your daughter).
3. While the teenagers shop, sit and savour the chai latte that the oldest teenager bought you to thank you for driving them to the mall.
4. Savour the fact that your daughters are learning the art of gift-giving. 

    jenniferlouden - June 12, 2011

    Love this image of your day friend!

Maia / Liberated Life Project - June 11, 2011

Put money in a parking meter for someone who’s time has run out… save ’em from a ticket…

    jenniferlouden - June 12, 2011


Merrikate - June 12, 2011

Send an affectionate email to someone from whom you haven’t heard in a while.

Tell your son AGAIN how delicious his bean concoction was for supper.

Be warmed by a conversation you ended up enjoying even though you did not want to contribute to it.

Luxuriate in a personal retreat day, because, as Giovanni Cavalieri reminds us, it is essential to put on your OWN oxygen mask first.

    jenniferlouden - June 12, 2011

    These are so sweet esp the one about the conversation, I know exactly what you mean.

Fabeku Fatunmise - June 12, 2011

I just wrote “you are not broken” + “you are made of bigness” on 8 index cards.

I’m taking them to the local bookstore. And leaving them in 8 random books.

    jenniferlouden - June 12, 2011

    That is so cool! Huge grin!,

jenniferlouden - June 12, 2011

Baby this is a great list I love you!

Amy - June 14, 2011

Drop the attitude about making the kindergarten scrapbooks (15 hours and counting) and shift instead to gratitude to the teacher for inspiring the works of art within, and gratitude for this fleeting moment in parenting.



Susan Falcone - June 17, 2011

LOVE LOVE LOVE #7. I WILL do that. Reminds me of Operation Beautiful. http://operationbeautiful.com/

    jenniferlouden - June 17, 2011

    love the link to Operation Beautiful!

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