Exploring and Encouraging a Healthy Life Marked with Joy


“What if we … look for the light … and amplify it?”

— Pancho Ramos Stierle of Casa de Paz (House of Peace)

I ran across this challenging and inspiring quote upon looking through yesterday’s posting from the DailyGood.org website ( a wonderful positive alternative news site, btw.  Sign up for their daily emails!).  The video below tells the story behind the quote:

A film by Michelle Moore.

Video from KarmaTube

Oh my goodness, what a better world we would have if we all adopted their five guiding principles:

Shared Values of La Casa de Paz:
 Make a commitment to service, individually and as a group 
 Engage directly with our local community, with no walls between us and them 
 Support and engage directly with the existing activist work of The Canticle Farm 
 Each dedicate ourselves to service in a way that is unique to us, and make it known to the 
 others for community and support 
 Spirituality (spiritual striving) 
 ●Gather for a group meditation practice together each morning and evening 
 Reserve silence and space for spiritual practice in our house 
 Maintain the house as a temple: clean, ordered, free of the energy of alcohol or other 
 Frame our agreements together as being of spiritual benefit, rather than as limitations or 
 ●Live together as a family, making time for relationship and sharing 
 Come together regularly for house meetings/eatings, and we will share a regular meal 
 Use consensus-based decision making; non-hierarchical horizontal decision making 
 Honor Art and Music, Joy and Celebration as essential elements of community 
 Build together, work on our community as a common project, contributing to the reinventing 
 of urban life 
 Participate according to principles of gift-economy: each gives according to her/his ability 
and receives according to her/his need 
Practice kindness/loving kindness with one another 
 Model nonviolent living and contribute to nonviolent energy and structures in our 
 Address our conflicts through restorative practices 
 Assume nonviolence as the foundation in our communication with one another and with 
 Simplicity: Live simply, taking only what we need 
 Trusteeship: Use what we have only in the name of the greater good 
 Permaculture: Learn from and honor its principles –respect the Earth, respect the people 
 and share the surplus– at the house and farm 
 Healthy food: Strive to maintain our food vegetarian, corporate-free, free of suffering, and 
 as local as possible 
— La Casa de Paz webpage
Yes, let’s look for the light and make it brighter!

Comments on: "Sunday Morning Quote (8/24/14)" (1)

  1. Mary Ellen Campbell said:

    thanks Neal for the Daily Good reference….looks great! Look forward to seeing you guys again soon….with love, Mary Ellen and Dwight

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