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Mels Love Land Let Love Lead the Way (6)A little bending of time and space on the continuum of kindness in our commmunities. A few questions to take a moment and embody.

How am I showing up to be of service?

How are my actions creating an unbroken chain of loving kindness expanding across the multi verses?

What if your only job was to show up and meaningfully take care to be of service to each other’s happiness?

When did having more so others could have less become so important that we forgot how to be of service and spend our resources acting with love.

Maybe today’s the day you have an answer to the questions.

How have you helped someone today? How have you been kinder? Where did you forget you are your neighbor?

To any question, love always remains the answer.

Love, Mel

 

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Faeries like to see work filled with joy. They like collaboration and connection, they like a play shop where much merriment takes place.

The other night I took a journey incorporating the Celtic Oran Mor “The Great Melody” unceasingly playing since the creation of the multiverses revealing many insights to the other realms. This song of the universe operates as mechanism for giving and receiving divine blessings. May we enjoy ourselves in everything we do supported by all the many available realms.

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Enjoy the earth magic of summer.

 

Spencer Platt:Getty Images Mario Tama Getty ImagesIn this Child is you. He desires to go home so deeply, so unceasingly, His voice cries unto you to let Him rest a while. He does not ask for more than just a few instants of respite; just an interval in which He can return to breathe again the holy air that fills His Father’s house. You are His home as well. He will return. But give Him just a little time to be Himself, within the peace that is His home, resting in silence and in peace and love.

This Child needs your protection. He is far from home. He is so little that He seems so easily shut out, His tiny voice so readily obscured, His call for help almost unheard amid the grating sounds and harsh and rasping noises of the world. Yet does He know that in you still abides His sure protection. You will fail Him not. He will go home, and you along with Him.

This Child is your defenselessness; your strength. He trusts in you. He came because He knew you would not fail. He whispers of His home unceasingly to you. For He would bring you back with Him, that He Himself might stay, and not return again where He does not belong, and where He lives an outcast in a world of alien thoughts. His patience has no limits. He will wait until you hear His gentle Voice within you, calling you to let Him go in peace, along with you, to where He is at home and you with Him.

When you are still an instant, when the world recedes from you, when valueless ideas cease to have value in your restless mind.

Return him home with your love.

Return the grace of him home

Allow the judgement to fall away

Allow forgiveness to flow

Allow the truth to return to love.

 

 

Excerpted from ACIM

 

Check in with yourself as you find the loving actions your soul desires you make.

Love, Mel

 

Mel Lutz is a writer living in Los Angeles, CA.

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French Minister for Health Simone Veil gives a speech about the campaign she launchs against Tobacco ,16 September 1975, in Paris. / AFP PHOTO

French Minister for Health Simone Veil gives a speech about the campaign she launchs against Tobacco ,16 September 1975, in Paris. / AFP PHOTO

‘Merci, Madame.’ was the tone of waking today as French President Emmanuel Macron honoring the life of Simone Veil, interred in the Pantheon, buried with her husband in a procession from the Shoah foundation that held the memories of the souls murdered by atrocities the worst kind, so horrific, as fallen into a slumber of sorts.

The celebration as remembrance, the words, she fought to embody, I can therefore, I am.

lost to horrors were her parents and her brother in the Nazi camps.

78651 tattooed on her arm when she was imprisoned in what was known as a camp Bergen Belson forever burned into her left arm.

Children often ask ‘What is that?’

What does it mean?

Her answer — a symbol of “untouchable dignity.”

soft tender tones

I owe somebody a gift

it has been received

In the Pantheon of Human History

in spaces close and far

hearts broken

lifted up

weaving light

as the masters foretold.

 

France paid homage on Sunday to Simone Veil, a revered Holocaust survivor who championed human rights. She became only the fifth woman to join the nation’s heroes interred in the Panthéon in Paris.

“France loves Simone Veil and loves her for her struggles,” President Emmanuel Macron said Today.

“We wanted Simone Veil to enter the Pantheon without waiting for generations to pass so that her battles, her dignity and her hope remain a compass in these troubled times.”

The danger is not lest the soul should doubt whether there is any bread, but lest, by a lie, it should persuade itself that it is not hungry. ❤️

20 MINUTE STORIES with Mel Lutz COVER_KINDLE“There is a kind of magic available in a 20-minute writing sprint, sufficient power to unearth a seed that may grow into something larger, or even produce a work that is complete.”

“Twenty Minute Stories” explores the magic of the writers room to support the creative writing process. In this collection curated from ’20 minute’ writing sessions Edited by Linda Gabriel 20 Minute Stories opens the door to an active and productive process that connects to the possibility available in each moment to allow the stirring of spirit to produce wonderful work on the page. The work collected in Twenty Minute Stories ranges in topic and feeling as diverse as the authors in the book and remain connected via the device of the prompts as spark divining wonderful work. The book reminds anything can happen in the pure presence of the heart, it suggests you always begin where you are.

Twenty Minute Stories NonaTwenty-Minute stories and poems is a collection of works that were written in 20 minutes or less. They have been edited for grammar and spelling, but other than a word added here or removed there, they are presented as written, fresh on the page. The book reminds anything can happen in the pure presence of the heart, it suggests you always begin where you are.

Now available for order on Amazon.

 

 

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Twenty-Minute Stories and Poems | Available on Amazon

 

Edited by

Linda Gabriel

Written by

Merry Elkins

Linda Gabriel

Therese Gilardi

Marcela Grad

Nona Grancell

Mary Elizabeth Holmes

Megan McGuinness

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7th Annual Mels Love Land All Systems Love Next100 | Why We Speak of Love Start Something LovingToday is the day to start something loving, to ignite the flame of truth and restore the hearts beat attuning to the sounds of the giving universe. Inspire, inform, entertain and deliver deep wisdom by starting something from the eternal loving beat of the heart.

Michael Jackson was a recognized genius of his time who died way to soon, in every way his legacy continues to inspire, inform, entertain and his lyrics delivered deep wisdom, his “wanna be starting Something. Got to be starting something” melody is the heart beat for love activism.

In Mr. Jackson’s spirit, the spirit of  his collaborators and the dream’s he ignited, the space he held for so many today is a reminder to take a look at the man in the mirror and make a change.

I‘m starting with the man in the mirror

I’m asking him to change his ways

And no message could have been any clearer

If you wanna make the world a better place

Take a look at yourself and then make a change

Today is the day to start something loving, to ignite the flame of truth and restore the hearts beat attuning to the sounds of the giving universe.

Next 100 | Day 90 | Start Something Loving

Inspire, inform, entertain and deliver joy, practice deep wisdom and always be starting something loving

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Affirm It | Day 90

I gotta be starting something kind, got to be starting something peaceful, gotta be starting something awesome, right now.

May you start something profoundly loving.

Love, Mel
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May blessings flow and flourish,

May you rise up today and everyday to a new world full of love and joy and connection.

May you know the fullness of God in your hearts.

May today and everyday represent a new day and a new way to begin again.

Happy Easter!!

Love,

Mel

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With Love Market and Cafe Mels Love Land Melanie LutzFood with Love wrapped in community. When the With Love Market and Cafe opened its doors two years ago it did so with a mission to bring compassion and food justice to an underserved Neighborhood in South LA.

A husband and wife team  with digital marketing experience and huge hearts worked hard from idea to execution to transform the space near the West Adams neighborhood. Their idea was to provide fresh food, delicious meals and community programs served up with love.

 

Every day of the week they are open for business, providing space for the neighborhood to gather and talk about things that matter.

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Open your heart in this moment and take a deep breath. As you exhale…. Lean into the experience of extending more love, more kindness, and more light into our worlds our interactions. Extend that loving energy, allow it to embrace our communities, allow it to blanket the ever moving and changing earth. Allow it to enlighten those in darkness, those stuck in patterns that hurt themselves and others. Enjoy the moments of full and complete loving-ness.
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“Manifestation begins with the willingness to make room in our beliefs for something that doesn’t exist. We create that “something” through the force of consciousness and awareness.”  Gregg Braden
Take a moment to drift into that deeply personal space of your heart. Take this moment to say, “Yes!” to supporting your neighborhood, say “Yes!” to loving 21st Century hearts.
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One of my friends works with NADCP | Justice for Vets as Senior Director of Justice for Vets, a division of the National Association of Drug Care Professionals (NADCP) that advocates for Veterans rights, restoring lives and hope in our communities through Drug and Veterans Treatment Courts. She is an inspiration to me and many others who are lucky enough to know her. With a background as a social justice warrior, professional actress, activist and advocate she has a lot of depth, understanding, global communications expertise of communities in crisis, a 360 degree vantage point around every issue and a true spirit of inclusion to bring to her work. Many of her friends and coworkers are inspired by her.

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Justice for Vets connects veterans in crisis with Veterans Treatment Courts that save lives, restore families and rebuild communities. The work they do across is the most successful justice innovation in American History.

Justice for Vets | NADCP honored Martin Sheen for his lifetime service to social justice. In his acceptance speech Mr. Sheen shared an Irish story of a man who arrives at the gates of heaven, and he asks to be let in and St. Peter says, “Of course. Show us your scars.” When the man says, “I have no scars.” St. Peter says, “What a pity. Was there nothing worth fighting for?”

Melissa Fitzgerald Justice for Vets Actor Oscars Weekend

One heart with courage is a majority. “Compassion is the most powerful medicine we have” and everyone who works with NADCP and all the communities they impact and work tirelessly for is medicine for the times we find ourselves in.  fighting for our Veterans and justice for all. Everyday in every way Justice for Vets fights for our Veterans in a system to transform and tackle complicated issues with the help of community. The care and work of NADCP is an example of what transformation looks like.

Justice for Vets connects veterans in crisis with Veterans Treatment Courts that save lives, restore families and rebuild communities. The system of support, treatment, mentorship, volunteerism, community integration of all  work they do across is the most successful justice innovation in American History.

In 2016 Congress passed a historic addiction bill in 2016, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) that also authorized funding or Veterans Treatment Courts and Drug Courts. As discussions on how to handle the critical opioid crisis unfold there are talks of a ‘CARA 2.0.’ While our nation suffers under a weight of addiction and how to solve it, NADCP | Justice for Vets quietly and with great courage has a solution that is working to reintegrate, rehabilitate our Vets. Every day they organize, train, advocate and implement solutions that work creating just, healing outcomes in the lives of Veterans across the country.

One thing heard in courtrooms across the country — Veterans Treatment Courts and Drug Courts work and they need our support. Let us all awake. Let us celebrate this momentous achievement and continue to work together, to support organizations that work, to change lives.

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The work for all of us in the 21st Century is activation. We have limitless possibilities with the evolution of our consciousness, into the new spaces of the heart, while, and as, we transition from systems that have grown old and tired, to new systems that recognize all with a love of peace, not a love of guns, a love of nourishing each other, not destroying each other, with a love of educating, of connecting and ultimately bridging a new order for the ages. When Parkland students end their cries from the front lines of the war in our classrooms ‘we will outlive you and fix the systems you allowed to destroy our world.’ You have a choice. restoring and returning each citizen that all of us have ahead of us is to continue to support this important work in our communities and clean up what needs to be cleaned up, to be gentle with our old systems and at the same time increase our capacity to evolve new systems aligned in love to create restorative outcomes, to shift POV’s and find deeper ways to connect to our collective heart. Some efforts will succeed others will not, the tenor of which we fight, we hold space, we join in the conversation and we contribute to the whole will be the story. We hope the story is full of love and kindness and compassion and support for all that needs to be included and returned healed and whole. Remember the lessons of the heart and put love into action today and every day, like the wonderful folks at Justice for Vets.

If you want additional information on how to get involved check out their website.

The Justice for Vets challenge coin is a symbol of our shared responsibility to leave no veteran behind. Take the Challenge and tweet @justiceforvets with your support.

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We took the challenge in our office. Show some love and tweet @justiceforvets with your support.

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Notes from the Field New York City Backstage

Notes from the Field New York City Backstage

If you’ve seen Anna Deavere Smith performing her work on stage you understand the grace of a soul in harmony with her gifts. Ms. Smith embodies the real life characters she painstakingly crafts into an emotional, stunning, essential human performance. Using 250 interviews told through 18 Voices, she inhabits her subjects. One person shows are unique in the theater, when done well there is nothing like it as you settle into a journey into the soul of the artist. The experience of watching Anna Deavere Smith becomes a powerful distilled notebook on the state of affairs in our education, justice and prison systems in HBO’s elegant and powerful production of  Notes from the Field.

‘Poverty fritters away peoples lives’ caught in the inescapable birth to prison pipeline that drones on, tragedy after tragedy. Her “We’re going to keep demanding justice.” and “I’ve got a message for black America, don’t expect elitists to make it better, WE gotta make it better” pack the necessary gravitas for the wake up call needed in our systemic thinking.

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It felt like the pacing of a well constructed performance the way Chris Rock talks of the comedian as truth teller, likening an on stage delivery as that of a boxer in a fight delivering merciless setup and punchlines, round after round, until the audience is knocked out in the final moments of the fight. Ms. Smith lands her punches in every round as she moves around the issues, breaks through stereotypes to the humanity beneath. A transcendent TKO performance offering so much insight and pain and reality set against a stark light of societal malaise in the face of injustice, hatred, preconceptions and everything unjust institutions fall prey to and prey  upon.

Sitting down to talk about the project on Bill Maher she offered the idea that schools may become community centers as we shift our POV from the past traumas and systemic abuse to a future filled with new 21st Century systems. Each persons heart is lovingly expressed by Ms. Smith warts and all, as demonstration of the truth and stands in the breach for what is unloving to fall away.

Loosely paraphrased ‘If we don’t do something, take the necessary fearless moral inventory, if we don’t address and confront and shift our points of views, our perceptions and our work flows’ She notes “schools are going to look like prisons.”

Over the course of this powerful one woman tour de force She portrays, both men and women, “roughly breaking down to half and half, men and women.” Ms. Smith’s lifetime of character work raises the roof in Notes from the Field laying bare a tapestry of race and the isms clogging our system, the experience of participating in her field work is so complete, by the end of the show, there is no Ms. Smith, it is only, and illuminatingly, the person she is portraying and the resonating beat of a heart sharing an experience of hope and light in the darkness. She gets within the skin, and body, and mind and soul of her subjects with no missteps in her nuanced movements and distilled dialogue. This is truth held up for review, to bare witness along with her, but not of her, this is a great genius at work. This is an artist whose life’s work is on display, in a unique and graceful process, full of beauty, and for the audience is like a painting of possibility with each person portrayed on her canvas a portrait of love in action and we are all the better for it.

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After sharing troubling stories, Ms. Smith “wanted to build toward an ending with acts of courage, like the story of the woman climbing the flagpole to bring down the confederate flag…. it reflects the voices of many people not just one race, one gender.”

Th ending with Congressman John Lewis transcends witnessing a performer on the stage. She became the essential John Lewis, the man, the activist and a legend, whose life represents his work, standing before a funeral audience with all his powers underlying his words, all the years of walking, and marching, of speaking out, and showing up, with a broken but powerfully beating radiating heart full of the necessary tragedy to understand the territory. It filled the audience with fire and fuel for the work ahead.

“It is impossible to talk about the criminal justice system without talking about education.”

Further on Bill Maher Ms. Smith posed the question of Notes from the Field “What are we going to invest in… Education or Prisons?” To extrapolate even further Are we going to invest in mental health? How are we going to order our society? How are we going to set up humanities most precious commodity for a future free of the past? How are we going to set up the 21st Century to account for the abuses and transform a system that is failing? Great questions we will have to live with as we march, and disagree, and confront and shift and change and develop and co-create 21st century concepts of healed and whole restorative justice.

Grateful for the work of Anna Deavere Smith in laying bare these self evident truths for inspiration to flow.

As her final John Lewis monologue hits home, you are left informed with insight through his/here/their eyes and POV as a passing of the torch, that expression of ideas whose time has come with clear fresh new healed eyes looking onto a people ready to take action and birth new systems with true justice for all. In a time when, as Baltimore artist Amy Sherald shared recently “the black body is a political statement in itself” Anna Deavere Smith delivers a portrait and a political statement in full revolutionary color that screams the time for change is now. Thanks to Ms. Smith for delivering a message to awaken the inner giant in all of us to tackle the root causes of emotional pain by celebrating our collective heart, and our collective power.

The world is a miraculous place filled with miraculous people. I am grateful to the stages of New York City, the hearts of artists everywhere who roll up the sleeves and go deeply into the work of sharing from the heart of this nation to expand and bring healing light outcomes for the future of our collective heart supporting systems.

When you stand and deliver truth, stay open and simply love, the world opens up in ways you can’t imagine.

“It’s a movement and it is not going to stop.”

Amen.

Notes from the Field Premieres February 24th at 8 PM. Take the time to watch her work on HBO. Write the network a note and thank them for the space to broadcast these important portraits of the end of the 20th Century and thank them for being open for the business of the arts in action.

From HBO Notes from the Field website.

Tony and Pulitzer Prize nominee Anna Deavere Smith brings her acclaimed one-woman show of the same name to the screen. The HBO Film presentation dramatizes accounts of students, parents, teachers and administrators caught in America’s school-to-prison pipeline, which pushes underprivileged, minority youth out of the classroom and into incarceration.

Drawn from interviews with more than 200 people living and working within a challenged system, Notes From the Field shines a light on a generation of American youth being pushed into incarceration through Anna Deavere Smith’s stimulating mastery of diverse real-life characters.

Notes From the Field is executive produced by Anna Deavere Smith, Gary Goetzman; co-executive produced by Steven Shareshian; produced by Frank Garritano; directed by Kristi Zea and written by Anna Deavere Smith.

 

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