15 years ago on this day, the largest attack on American soil occurred. In loving memory of all the
02:13am 12 September 2016
Love is indefinable. It can be unplanned, absurd, messy, seemingly pointless at times, and yet Love is in the DNA of every living thing on earth. And it is the most powerful weapon we possess.
Water purifies with love. Plants thrive on love. People live for love.
When all else fails, It is the one element that unites us all.
The need for love is everywhere. Children are starving, our environment’s dying, resources depleting. Gut wrenching headlines and viral videos are revealing daily the anger, fear and devastation taking place all over our world. And it is ‘our’ world. It may look like we are separated by fencers and borders and oceans, but you and I and every other living being on earth are inextricably connected.
Wake up tomorrow morning and ask yourself, what will I do with the next 86,399 seconds left today? Let your mind wander over how many treasures you have in your life. And smile. That is the beginning of your first act of love, and the beginning of a blessed day.
Your act of love can be as small as a smile, or as big as hug; as shifting as the gift of a little cash, or as transforming as a small compliment. Love comes in many simple seemingly insignificant forms, yet from the time man first walked upon this earth, love in action remains the universal change maker.
In this moment and every one that follows, you can do something that can make all the difference in the world for someone.
Love resides in your consciousness. In 1993, Saint Teresa, one of the world’s great #love activists sent out a message to the world saying, “Let us begin a revolution of love.” Known for tending to the poorest of the poor, she saw that food and shelter was not poverty. She saw poverty as a lack of love. She added, “Love begins at home, and it can spread like a burning fire from house to house.” Our ‘home’ the planet and all its citizenry are in dire need of love.
All you need to do is commit to one conscious act of love a day. One act of love can create a chain affect that can impact a family, a community, a city, a country and ultimately, the world. Our home.
For this to truly impact your life and the lives of those around you, you will have to challenge your comfort zone. Man-up and take a risk. Do something you have never done before. Yet, when you do this, all manner of blessings will shower down upon you. And if you are blessed, we become blessed too. Because that is how it works. Here’s how you can do it.
Each month you can love with us. Go to our Journal Page where we will highlight one group, organization, community or individual who is providing links and stories so they may directly receive donations, resources, ideas or inspirational assistance from the #loveactivist community.
Share your love stories as often as you wish. Return here often and check out what others are doing, for another’s love can be inspiration for our own. You can turn the tide of the world around. And together we can make miracles.
I have been sharing the hundredth monkey phenomenon for years because science has already proven how our thoughts and actions can leap across space and time and become activated in the lives of those we have never met.
Long before Google maps shrank our living world, an 18 month old Japanese monkey named Imo, initiated a rather awesome scientific phenomenon.
The Japanese monkey, Macaca Fuscata, had been observed in the wild for over 30 years. in 1952, on the island of Koshima, scientists were providing the monkeys with sweet potatoes dropped in the sand. The monkeys liked the taste of the raw sweet potatoes, but they found the dirt unpleasant.
Little Imo discovered she could solve the problem by washing her potatoes in a nearby stream. She taught this trick to her mother. Imo’s playmates also learned this new way and they taught their mothers, too.
Before the eyes of the scientists, one by one, this cultural innovation was picked up by various monkeys.
Between 1952 and 1958, all the young monkeys on Koshima, learned to wash the sandy sweet potatoes to make them more palatable.
Only the adults who imitated their children learned this social improvement. Other adults kept eating the dirty sweet potatoes.
Then something startling took place. In the autumn of 1958, a certain number of Koshima monkeys were washing sweet potatoes — (the exact number is not known) but let us suppose that when the sun rose one morning there were 99 monkeys on Koshima Island who had learned to wash their sweet potatoes. Let's further suppose that later that morning, the hundredth monkey began to wash its potatoes.
THEN IT HAPPENED!
By that evening almost everyone in the tribe was washing their sweet potatoes before eating them.
That was just the beginning.
To the scientists shock and awe, suddenly the habit of washing sweet potatoes then leapt across the ocean — Colonies of monkeys on other islands and the mainland troop of monkeys at Takasakiyama suddenly began washing their sweet potatoes!
The added energy of this hundredth monkey was the tipping point. It created an ideological breakthrough! Mind to mind. Action to action.
What will be our tipping point? When will we be able to naturally transform fear into love? When will we be able to change the course of our world?
We won’t know until we begin. Mother Teresa was right. Love can spread like a burning fire from house to house. The time has come.
We have only this moment. Now. So let us begin.