Presence

Strobus returns to Sequitur  with the medicine we need to protect ourselves from the intentional attentional hijacking of social media: Personal AI developed by Presence. Elizabeth West is back with a Sunset Windows segment titled Kindness, a decidedly non-tech approach to cultivating presence. The cultural enhancement is a seasonal song by Peter, Paul, and Mary, and Benjamin the Donkey is on hand with more Limericks of Doom. Sequitur theme music is by Zympht. Run time: <65 minutes.

Reference websites:

Presence: http://www.presencetools.com/

B-Corporations: http://benefitcorp.net/

UK Guardian, “Our Minds Can Be Hijacked”  https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/oct/05/smartphone-addiction-silicon-valley-dystopia

Time Well Spent: http://www.timewellspent.io/

Kindness
Elizabeth West

  1. When you get up in the morning, choose one small act of kindness you would like to offer today. It can be to another human being, an animal, the planet, your community, the Divine…. The choices are endless. You might want to make a commitment to greeting someone who doesn’t often get notice, call or write an appreciation to someone who isn’t expecting it, clean up trash in your neighborhood for five minutes, take your dog somewhere she loves to go, feed the squirrels, make a donation of time or money that you have put off, put an offering of food in a foodbank bin at the grocery store, place the most perfect peach on your altar. Let your heart direct you, and try not to pick something that sounds right, but rather choose an act that makes you feel happy, makes your heart sing, when you contemplate it.
  2. Do it.
  3. Before you go out and undertake your day, set an intention to notice any small acts of kindness that you encounter. They may be offered to you, or to the Earth, or to another. They may even be offered BY the Earth or by an animal or a body of water or the sun….. Just decide to keep your heart open to seeing the acts of kindness that are around you during the day.
  4. Before you go to sleep at night, do a quick review. What did YOU do? How did it feel? What did you see others doing in the way of kindnesses? How did it feel to see them? If you forgot all about it, don’t fret. Just wake up tomorrow and start again. It is never too late to be kind, to receive the kindnesses that are daily showered upon you.

06Kindness

Soul-Cake

A-Soulin’
Peter, Paul, and Mary

Hey ho, nobody home. Meat nor drink nor money have I none.
Yet shall we be merry! Hey ho, nobody home.
Hey ho, nobody home. Meat nor drink nor money have I none.
Yet shall we be merry! Hey ho, nobody home.
Hey Ho, nobody home.

A soul, a soul, a soul cake – please, good missus, a soul cake.
An apple, a pear, a plum, a cherry –
Any good thing to make us all merry!
One for Peter, two for Paul, three for Him who made us all.

God bless the master of this house, and the mistress also,
And all the little children that ’round your table grow.
The cattle in your stable, the dog by your front door,
And all that dwell within your gates we wish you ten times more!

A soul, a soul, a soul cake – please, good missus, a soul cake.
An apple, a pear, a plum, a cherry –
Any good thing to make us all merry!
One for Peter, two for Paul, three for Him who made us all.

Go down into the cellar and see what you can find.
If the barrels are not empty, we hope you will be kind.
We hope you will be kind with your apple and strawber’,
For we’ll come no more a-soulin’ till this time next year!

A soul, a soul, a soul cake – please, good missus, a soul cake.
An apple, a pear, a plum, a cherry –
Any good thing to make us all merry!
One for Peter, two for Paul, three for Him who made us all.

The streets are very dirty; my shoes are very thin.
I have a little pocket to put a penny in.
If you haven’t got a penny, a ha’ penny will do.
If you haven’t got a ha’ penny, then God bless you!

A soul, a soul, a soul cake – please, good missus, a soul cake.
An apple, a pear, a plum, a cherry –
Any good thing to make us all merry!
One for Peter, two for Paul, three for Him who made us all.

Now to the Lord sing praises, all you within this place.
And with true love and brotherhood each other now embrace..
This holy tide of Christmas, of beauty and of grace –
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy!

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