Part One Reflections on Life Blue Lotus Enterprises
<ul><li>‘ Reflections on Life’  is a unique approach </li></ul><ul><li>to  Community  Cohesion –  </li></ul><ul><li>an app...
  ‘ Reflections on Life’   explores many of the  timeless themes and great diversities which weave together  to make up th...
'Reflections on Life' Part 1 consists of 220 slides – some are images, others include text.   Viewing time excluding 3 min...
Many of the images in  Reflections on Life  come from our own photographs. Others have been gathered from many sources. A ...
The images have been chosen  to include a great range of ages and races, socio-economic backgrounds,  abilities, cultures ...
<ul><li>The texts come from some of </li></ul><ul><li>the great luminaries,  </li></ul><ul><li>the  ‘Wise Elders’   </li><...
<ul><li>The texts and images together create an  </li></ul><ul><li>atmosphere of reflection –  </li></ul><ul><li>encouragi...
<ul><li>The ideas which emerge from  </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Reflections on Life’  </li></ul><ul><li>serve as an invitation to...
<ul><li>In this way we hope that   </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Reflections on Life’   will enable us to   </li></ul><ul><li>unders...
Note – a few  non-English words  appear on some slides.  Translations can be found  on the website. Reflections on Life Re...
 
“ Music gives soul to the universe  wings to the mind  flight to the imagination  and life to everything&quot;   Plato
… Aum ~   Shanti ~  Shanti ~   Shanti ~  Aum…
 
 
 
 
In the beginning was the Word.  And the Word was with God  and the Word was God….   The Gospel of John ch 1  
 
 
 
“ The unexamined life is not worth living.” Socrates 
 
 
 
 
 
There are two ways to live:  you can live as if  nothing is a miracle;   or you can live as if everything  is a miracle.  ...
 
 
 
 
 
“ If you don't love yourself,  you cannot love others.  You will not be able to love others.  If you have no compassion  f...
 
 
Nothing is more precious  than peace.   Peace is the most basic  starting point   for the advancement  of humankind.   Dai...
 
 
 
 
 
 
Peace may sound simple –  one beautiful word –  But it requires  everything we have,  every quality, every strength,  ever...
 
 
 
 
 
The first peace,  which is the most important,  is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their rel...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Each soul Is a leaf Of God’s  Universal Heart- Tree. Sri Chinmoy
 
 
 
We hold these truths  to be self evident:  that all men are created equal;  that they are endowed  by their Creator with c...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
You can't separate  peace  from freedom  because no one can  be at peace  unless he has his freedom.   Malcolm X (1925-196...
 
 
 
 
There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds  with children.  There is no duty more important than ensuring ...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Treat the earth well. It was not given to you  by your parents, it was loaned to you  by your children. We do not inherit ...
 
 
 
<ul><li>&quot;We must protect the forests for our children, grandchildren and children yet to be born.  </li></ul><ul><li>...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
<ul><li>Rainforests store carbon,  which is lost to the atmosphere  when they burn, increasing  </li></ul><ul><li>global w...
 
 
&quot;Traditional people of Indian nations have interpreted the two roads that face the light-skinned race as the road to ...
Could it be that the road to technology represents a rush to destruction, and that the road to spirituality represents the...
 
 
 
<ul><li>~  the world is now warmer than it has been at any point in the last two millennia, and, if current trends continu...
 
 
The issue of climate change is one that we ignore at our own peril…. what we can be scientifically certain of is that our ...
 
 
Hope and Urgency “Now it is up to us to make moral choices to change the policies and behaviours that would, if continued,...
 
 
 
 
Our lives begin to end the day  we become silent about  things that matter.   Martin Luther King Jr
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
<ul><li>You must be the change you want to see  </li></ul><ul><li>in the world. </li></ul><ul><li>Mahatma Gandhi </li></ul>
 
 
 
 
Peace is the generous, tranquil contribution of all  to the good  of all. Peace is dynamism.  Peace is generosity.   It is...
 
 
 
 
 
Real peace is not just the absence of conflict It is the presence of justice. Andrew Marlowe
 
 
 
 
Oneness is the only need. We can establish oneness Only when we become The soulful life of peace And The fruitful heart of...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.   Albert Einstein  (1879-1955)
 
 
 
 
 
 
“ If not me, who?  And if not now, when?” Mikhail Gorbachev
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
“ I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true.   I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that ...
 
 
 
 
 
<ul><li>&quot;Courage: the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue ...
 
 
 
 
“ I love those who can smile in trouble,  who can gather strength from distress,  and grow brave by reflection.  'Tis the ...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
He said,   “ Sh...  Let silence Tell you  the secrets  of the world.” Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi (1207 – 12 73 ) Secretly we ...
 
 
 
 
<ul><li>&quot;Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.  Life is beauty, admire it.  Life is a dream, realize it.  Life is ...
<ul><li>… Life is a game, play it.  Life is a promise, fulfill it.  Life is sorrow, overcome it.  Life is a song, sing it....
<ul><li>… Life is a tragedy, confront it.  Life is an adventure, dare it.  Life is luck, make it.  Life is too precious,  ...
Continued in Part Two
In  Part One  we have seen some of the pain as well as the beauty that life can bring. The focus is on the need  for peace...
 
 
<ul><li>We thank you for watching  ‘Reflections on Life’   </li></ul><ul><li>and invite you to spend a few minutes making ...
 
<ul><li>By making  Reflections on Life  available as a free download we hope that many people across the planet will share...
 
<ul><li>Contact us to arrange for a customised workshop designed to make a difference - to be effective in improving harmo...
 
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This is a Slide-Show which is used with music in my Community Cohesion workshops. I can provide with music on a DVD from my website.
The slide-show takes 20 minutes and contains over 200 slides. It introduces life on the planet, family and friends before exploring some causes of suffering - war, poverty and global warming.
Some images are disturbing so I would not show this to anyone under 14 years of age. It is really designed for KS4 and older.
Anyone who would like a workshop - and my workshops really do make a difference - can contact me on info@bluelotus.co
see our website - www.bluelotus.co

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  1. 1. Part One Reflections on Life Blue Lotus Enterprises
  2. 2. <ul><li>‘ Reflections on Life’ is a unique approach </li></ul><ul><li>to Community Cohesion – </li></ul><ul><li>an approach which works by focussing </li></ul><ul><li>on spiritual and emotional aspects of life – </li></ul><ul><li>and on experience rather than </li></ul><ul><li>intellectual debate. </li></ul>Unique
  3. 3. ‘ Reflections on Life’ explores many of the timeless themes and great diversities which weave together to make up the rich and amazing experience we call life. Reflections on Life
  4. 4. 'Reflections on Life' Part 1 consists of 220 slides – some are images, others include text. Viewing time excluding 3 minute introduction is 20 minutes .
  5. 5. Many of the images in Reflections on Life come from our own photographs. Others have been gathered from many sources. A full list of credits is being prepared. We hope that all whose photographs have been used will be happy and proud to be included in this free download - but should any copyright questions arise we will be happy to make any adjustments necessary. Acknowledgements
  6. 6. The images have been chosen to include a great range of ages and races, socio-economic backgrounds, abilities, cultures and religions etc. – to affirm and embrace something of the glorious variety of life which we all experience here on earth. 'Reflections on Life'
  7. 7. <ul><li>The texts come from some of </li></ul><ul><li>the great luminaries, </li></ul><ul><li>the ‘Wise Elders’ </li></ul><ul><li>of our Human Tribe. – </li></ul><ul><li>They are drawn from a range </li></ul><ul><li>of peoples - historical periods, </li></ul><ul><li>geographical places, cultures </li></ul><ul><li>and belief-systems. </li></ul>The 'Wise Elders'
  8. 8. <ul><li>The texts and images together create an </li></ul><ul><li>atmosphere of reflection – </li></ul><ul><li>encouraging the development of </li></ul><ul><li>empathy and understanding – </li></ul><ul><li>opening up the mind to new possibilities </li></ul><ul><li>and expanding the heart-qualities of </li></ul><ul><li>Love, Compassion and Oneness. </li></ul>Empathy and Understanding
  9. 9. <ul><li>The ideas which emerge from </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Reflections on Life’ </li></ul><ul><li>serve as an invitation to dialogue. </li></ul><ul><li>By seeking to approach life from our </li></ul><ul><li>perspective we hope viewers will be inspired </li></ul><ul><li>to answer, recognising that there are elements </li></ul><ul><li>that we agree are important and others not </li></ul><ul><li>covered here which should not be missed out. </li></ul>An invitation
  10. 10. <ul><li>In this way we hope that </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Reflections on Life’ will enable us to </li></ul><ul><li>understand each other better, </li></ul><ul><li>and - who knows - </li></ul><ul><li>perhaps come to understand a little better </li></ul><ul><li>the eternal mystery of life itself. </li></ul><ul><li>We hope you enjoy watching </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Reflections on Life’ and will be inspired to </li></ul><ul><li>send us some feedback. </li></ul>Mystery
  11. 11. Note – a few non-English words appear on some slides. Translations can be found on the website. Reflections on Life Reflections on Life
  12. 13. “ Music gives soul to the universe  wings to the mind  flight to the imagination  and life to everything&quot;   Plato
  13. 14. … Aum ~ Shanti ~ Shanti ~ Shanti ~ Aum…
  14. 19. In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was with God and the Word was God…. The Gospel of John ch 1  
  15. 23. “ The unexamined life is not worth living.” Socrates 
  16. 29. There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; or you can live as if everything is a miracle. Albert Einstein
  17. 35. “ If you don't love yourself, you cannot love others. You will not be able to love others. If you have no compassion for yourself then you are not able to develop compassion for others.” Dalai Lama
  18. 38. Nothing is more precious than peace. Peace is the most basic starting point for the advancement of humankind.   Daisaku Ikeda
  19. 45. Peace may sound simple – one beautiful word – But it requires everything we have, every quality, every strength, every dream, every high ideal.   Yehudi Menuhin (1916-1999)
  20. 51. The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the centre of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this centre is really everywhere, it is within each of us. Black Elk (1863-1950)
  21. 63. Each soul Is a leaf Of God’s Universal Heart- Tree. Sri Chinmoy
  22. 67. We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Thomas Jefferson
  23. 87. You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.   Malcolm X (1925-1965)
  24. 92. There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children. There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected, that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from fear and want and that they grow up in peace. Kofi Annan
  25. 107. Treat the earth well. It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children. Ancient Indian Proverb
  26. 111. <ul><li>&quot;We must protect the forests for our children, grandchildren and children yet to be born. </li></ul><ul><li>We must protect the forests for those who can't speak for themselves such as the birds, animals, fish and trees.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Qwatsinas Chief of the Nuxalk Nation </li></ul>
  27. 121. <ul><li>Rainforests store carbon, which is lost to the atmosphere when they burn, increasing </li></ul><ul><li>global warming. </li></ul><ul><li>The life they support </li></ul><ul><li>cleans the atmosphere of pollutants </li></ul><ul><li>and feeds it with moisture. They help regulate our climate and sustain the lives of some of the most vulnerable people on this Earth. </li></ul><ul><li>Prince Charles </li></ul>
  28. 124. &quot;Traditional people of Indian nations have interpreted the two roads that face the light-skinned race as the road to technology and the road to spirituality. We feel that the road to technology.... has led modern society to a damaged and seared earth……
  29. 125. Could it be that the road to technology represents a rush to destruction, and that the road to spirituality represents the slower path that the traditional native people have travelled …? William Commanda, Mamiwinini, Canada, 1991
  30. 129. <ul><li>~ the world is now warmer than it has been at any point in the last two millennia, and, if current trends continue, by the end of the century it will likely be hotter than at any point in the last two million years. ~ </li></ul><ul><li>Elizabeth Kolbert </li></ul>
  31. 132. The issue of climate change is one that we ignore at our own peril…. what we can be scientifically certain of is that our continued use of fossil fuels is pushing us to a point of no return. And unless we free ourselves from a dependence on these fossil fuels and chart a new course on energy… we are condemning future generations to global catastrophe. Barack Obama  
  32. 135. Hope and Urgency “Now it is up to us to make moral choices to change the policies and behaviours that would, if continued, leave a degraded, diminished and hostile planet for our children and grandchildren and humankind.” Al Gore
  33. 140. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. Martin Luther King Jr
  34. 148. <ul><li>You must be the change you want to see </li></ul><ul><li>in the world. </li></ul><ul><li>Mahatma Gandhi </li></ul>
  35. 153. Peace is the generous, tranquil contribution of all to the good of all. Peace is dynamism. Peace is generosity. It is right and it is duty. Bishop Oscar Romero (1917-1980)
  36. 159. Real peace is not just the absence of conflict It is the presence of justice. Andrew Marlowe
  37. 164. Oneness is the only need. We can establish oneness Only when we become The soulful life of peace And The fruitful heart of love. Sri Chinmoy (10,000 Flower-Flame series 1418)
  38. 172. Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding. Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
  39. 179. “ If not me, who? And if not now, when?” Mikhail Gorbachev
  40. 190. “ I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.” Abraham Lincoln
  41. 196. <ul><li>&quot;Courage: the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.&quot;   </li></ul><ul><li>Maya Angelou </li></ul>
  42. 201. “ I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death”  Leonardo da Vinci
  43. 211. He said,  “ Sh... Let silence Tell you the secrets of the world.” Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi (1207 – 12 73 ) Secretly we spoke, that Wise One and me. I said,  “ Tell me the secrets of the world.”
  44. 216. <ul><li>&quot;Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.  Life is beauty, admire it.  Life is a dream, realize it.  Life is a challenge, meet it.  Life is a duty, </li></ul><ul><li>complete it…  </li></ul>
  45. 217. <ul><li>… Life is a game, play it.  Life is a promise, fulfill it.  Life is sorrow, overcome it.  Life is a song, sing it.  Life is a struggle, </li></ul><ul><li>accept it….  </li></ul>
  46. 218. <ul><li>… Life is a tragedy, confront it.  Life is an adventure, dare it.  Life is luck, make it.  Life is too precious, </li></ul><ul><li>do not destroy it.  Life is life, fight for it.&quot;  </li></ul><ul><li>Mother Teresa </li></ul>
  47. 219. Continued in Part Two
  48. 220. In Part One we have seen some of the pain as well as the beauty that life can bring. The focus is on the need for peace, justice and environmental balance. In Part Two we focus on questions such as – How can we find peace in this fractured world? – and Faced with all the complexities of life, what is the best way to respond?
  49. 223. <ul><li>We thank you for watching ‘Reflections on Life’ </li></ul><ul><li>and invite you to spend a few minutes making a note of your responses – do send us your feedback. </li></ul>Response
  50. 225. <ul><li>By making Reflections on Life available as a free download we hope that many people across the planet will share in our vision - sharing the inspiration offered by its message in ever increasing circles, circles of harmony that will spread out like ripples, expanding and expanding until they embrace each and every soul - and every corner of this amazing and beautiful </li></ul><ul><li>planet which we all call our home. </li></ul>An Offering
  51. 227. <ul><li>Contact us to arrange for a customised workshop designed to make a difference - to be effective in improving harmony and understanding in your own unique community today. </li></ul><ul><li>www.community-cohesion.com </li></ul>Blue Lotus Enterprises

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