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For anything new to emerge there must first be a dream, an imaginative view of what might be. For something great to happen, there must be a great dream. Then venturesome persons with faith in that dream will persevere to bring it to reality.
Some ideas whose time has come will spread as in a forest fire. But most need the help of a teacher. I had the good fortune to have an extraordinary one. He dreamed a great dream of how servanthood could be nurtured in the young, and he spent his best years in bringing it to pass (page 9-10).
Where I work at Kaplan University they encourage not only the students to volunteer and make a difference in their communities but they encourage all faculty to do so as well through The Virtual Difference Makers. Here is a list of some of the things they did in 2016: ran a Spring Virtual Serve-A-Thon, hosted a Stress Management Series, a Virtual Celebration of Rio, sponsored their first annual Health and Wellness Fair, held a Fall Serve-A-Thon and more!.
I have been invited to Lynn University to participate in an interfaith dialog and will be back there again in April for another interfaith dialog. The hall was jammed with students! Standing room only! They asked wonderful questions of the panel.
These were the words on the Flyer for the event: Healing the Divide: Interfaith Dialogue.
In a world where religion so often is the cause of hate and intolerance, we stand together at Lynn to create a world where our religious differences are not simply tolerated but celebrated. This event is precisely that; where religious leaders from the Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, and Atheist traditions will come together in celebration of our diverse faith traditions. Come and be amazed!
Imagine the great education the students are receiving at both Kaplan and Lynn and many other colleges around our country when their faculty and administration support such events.
If you are able to create similar events on your campuses I encourage you to do so. Create a Virtual Difference Makers club for students and faculty, run interfaith dialogues, offer training for faculty on meditation and mindfulness. Be the change you want to see in our world! Be the catalyst for peace, love, and kindness spreading around your campus and beyond! The time has come to spread the message of servant leadership at all levels. Change has always come from the bottom up not from the top down! Be the change you want to see in the world!
Good luck with that! Let me know how it goes!
 Greenleaf, R.K. (1987) Teacher as Servant: A Parable. The Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership: Indianapolis, IN
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Emerson: “Where but in the intuitions which are vouchsafed us from within, shall we learn the Truth? (page 58)”
Zen Bhante Gunaratana: Meditation sharpens your concentration and your thinking power. Then, piece by piece, your own subconscious motives and mechanics become clear to you. Your intuition sharpens. The precision of your thought increases, and gradually you come to a direct knowledge of things as they really are, without prejudice and without illusion. (page 10)”
Just another great reason to start 2017 off with a meditation and mindfulness practice. How would you like to be more intuitive about things in your life—relationships, job opportunities, health, healing, and wholeness? Well, if you believe what both Emerson and Bhante Gunaratana offer in their teachings you have the power to enhance and grow your intuition through meditation and mindfulness.
Ratnaghosa says in his talk The Angel in the Rock: So the first level of Faith in Buddhism is based on intuition. Then comes reason and finally experience. So what these various teachers are saying to us is that it is important that we sharpen our intuition and one of the best ways to do that is through meditation. Or as Emerson said going “within.”
As we develop a good meditation practice we begin to see our lives change in dramatic ways. Our health improves, our relationships improve, and we can depend on our “intuition” more and more to ensure our actions are in alignment with what is best for all concerned in any situation. Everyone has had an occasion in his or her life where you did something and you did not know why. You might have said, “I just had a gut feeling about this.” And you were right! If you had not gone with your gut things would not have turned out as well as they did, that’s for sure.
So get ready to be amazed in 2017 at how powerful your intuition will become in all areas of your life. This is a great time to open yourself to meditation, to mindfulness, and to trusting your intuition! Go within and watch what happens!
Keep me posted!
I wish you all a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!
 Dillaway, N. (1949) The Gospel of Emerson. The Montrose Press: Wakefield, MA
 Gunaratana, B. (2011) Mindfulness in Plain English. Wisdom Publications: Boston, MA
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