Friday, September 19, 2014

Love Quest Day 5

It is our fifth day.  Love yourself.  It sounds like a simple thing, doesn’t it?  If it were, most of us would be there.  Like riding a bike.

We learned about bike riding and self love around the same time.  We were very young.  When learning both, there was this gentle period of acclimation where someone – mom, dad, big brother, big sister, uncle or aunt – held you until the right moment.  It was that moment when you were on your own.  Your balance, speed and success were each self determined.  You were heading out into the world – solo. 

What you gleaned from the lessons they gave very much decided how you approached both self love and bike riding.  Did they hold on a little too long out of fear?  Did they push you away too soon?  How they reflected both for you is evidenced in your style.  We are associative beings.  We watch, listen and decide for ourselves what will work.  Typically, we mimic.

It is time for a new approach.  We are all grown up now.  We no longer “need” to be held; although some days it feels like that.  On those days we comfort ourselves with any one of our addictions.  We may blame someone for cutting off our supply, self-medicate or decide to be stoic.  Each approach ends with a hollow spot.  This is not Agape (self-love).

It can be scary to decide to love anyway.  Despite what you may have learned from your elders or any internal objection – you are absolutely lovable.  There is no fear in self-love.  You don’t need make up, great abs or a large bank account.  Whatever you have right now is enough.  You hold a spark of eternity.  You are love embodied.  Today. 

There is no fault that separates you from being worthy of this love.  Its discovery is sort of like that moment when you realize no one is holding on to the bike (or to you) and you are moving on your own; shocking and thrilling all at once.  When it happened for me, I opened my mouth to yell with joy and a bug flew in.  Not what I expected and sort of gross.  I kept on riding.

The thing is, you can keep going with your mouth shut worried about the bug possibility or you can keep going screaming with joy anyway.  Both will get you there.  One way sounds like fun; the other sounds like work.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve got enough to do.  I’m not looking to give myself any more jobs.  Self-love is not something you have to earn.  It is free and equally available.  No one else is counting how much you take or worrying about you getting theirs.  No one is keeping score.  You are the only one who actually knows how much you’ve got.

Sometimes you see people and they arrive full out.  Nothing is missing with them and as a result they expect nothing from you.  They are not asking you to support their anxiety or fill up their empty spots.  They are present. Whether you like them or not, you can’t help but appreciate their lack of dependence.  It is refreshing.

Agape is not something that was on the to-do list of those who came before us.  If you were shown how to love yourself as a child, you are quite fortunate.  If not, doing so now will bring up all sorts of anxiety.  It will feel “wrong”.  It is not.  It is just different.

You are okay, all by yourself.  You are good enough to shower with love.  Treat yourself tenderly, this is new ground and you may want training wheels.  Go ahead, be good to yourself.  Give yourself whatever you need.  Smile.  This is one thing you have to do alone.  It is time. 

You are the One you’ve been waiting for.

See you tomorrow.

 
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Love Quest Day 4

Welcome to day 4! At the midpoint of our Quest today, we are “just as far in as we’ll ever be out”. (Anna Nalick)

There have been some times I’ve seen with my heart and some times I’ve seen with my head.  My buttons are still there, waiting to be pushed.  The difference now is that rather than being swallowed up by them, I know where they are.  I recognize them and feel when they are being pushed before I respond. At that point, I am more in charge of my responses than I’ve ever been.

Agape is power.  It takes control of your life and adds order to it.  Until now, you may feel somewhat pushed around by the events, people and even the places of your days.  The ups and downs of your moods are dependent on what or who you run into.  This can change.

Unconditional love is a force.  It is already running through the very heart of you.  It has just been camouflaged with judgment and blame; with failure and defeat.  These emotions are not truth.  They are markers.  They point out places where love is hiding.

There are no parts of you imperfect.  Loves imprint has marked you permanently.  You are love.  Nothing you can think, say or do changes that.  At your very core is acceptance without condition.  To live this way is not something you’ll have to learn, it is something you’ll have to remember.

Moments of remembering are announced with happiness.  Joy is the companion we seek.  Until now she has arrived unbidden.  We can call Joy forth in every moment with unconditional love.  This is the power of Agape.

In order to utilize this power, you’ll have to change your operating system.  You’ve engaged the world as if it has control and determines your mood.  It has looked like this: You are walking along, singing a song and someone approaches.  You stop, look at who they are and feel however they make you feel.  The options are many.

Your new operating system has been designed in reverse.  You are walking along singing a song and you feel grateful, loving, happy, abundant and peaceful.  Someone approaches.  You stop and look.  Your feelings can no longer be manipulated by your environment.  You’ve set them to run on self-love 24-7. 

What happens now?  You can predict the outcome of every encounter.  You are in control; dependent on no one to fill you up or push your buttons to get you going.  This is a powerful place in which you stand.  It is a place of sovereignty.  It is where you are home.

Your operating system can be changed regardless of your age or history.  New hardware is not required.  This is not an upgrade.  It is more like a removal of a malicious virus.  Once accomplished, you are ready for whatever and whoever you walk into. 

Power comes from knowing the answer.  You do.  It is resting in your heart and available for every question, encounter and seeming setback.  Life happens.  Sometimes we are broke, broken or broken hearted.  These feelings do not define you, they are landscapes.  Backdrops for the unique and gentle stroke of your hand, your heart, your light.  The answer is Agape. 

Love your self in every encounter, circumstance and moment.  There is a part of you that does you know.  He or she has been waiting a very long time for you to get with the program.  YOU are the One you’ve been waiting for.

See you tomorrow.


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Groundbreaking Research Offers Concrete Evidence of Widespread Forced Labor Among Foreign Migrant Workers in Malaysian Electronics




http://www.verite.org/research/electronicsmalaysia

Groundbreaking Research Offers Concrete Evidence of Widespread Forced Labor Among Foreign Migrant Workers in Malaysian Electronics 

New Verité Study Finds Forced Labor in Malaysian Electronics Industry

You might think about debt bondage in relation to making bricks in South Asia or building skyscrapers in the Middle East, not putting together the pieces of your newest mobile phone or laser printer in Malaysia. But if you are reading this on a tablet, smartphone or computer monitor, then you may be holding a product of forced labor. Verité’s two-year study of labor conditions in electronics manufacturing in Malaysia found that one in three foreign workers surveyed in Malaysian electronics was in a condition of forced labor. Because many of the most recognizable brands source components of their products from Malaysia, this means that virtually every device on the market today may have come in contact with modern-day slavery.

Verité interviewed more than 500 male and female workers across all major producing regions, electronics products, and foreign worker nationalities. Malaysian nationals were also surveyed. The results of these extensive interviews indicate that forced labor is present in the Malaysian electronics industry in more than just isolated cases, and that the problem is indeed widespread.

“Verité’s study is the most comprehensive look at forced labor in the Malaysian electronics sector to date,” Dan Viederman, CEO of Verité, remarked. “Our report provides a clear sense of the scope of the problem in the industry, as well as the root causes underlying this egregious form of abuse, which center on unlawful and unethical recruitment practices.”

The report identifies the top factors responsible for making this sector prone to human rights abuses. According to Verité’s study, the widespread reliance on third-party agents for the recruitment, management and employment of foreign workers limits their protections and blurs accountability for labor conditions. Other top factors identified by the research as contributors to forced labor include unlawful passport retention, high and hidden recruitment fees resulting in widespread indebtedness that can trap workers in their jobs, deceptive recruitment practices, highly constrained freedom of movement, poor living conditions, fines and other penalties that prevent workers from being able to resign, and inadequate legal protections. [For a minute there I thought I was reading about America! -AK]

Read the press release here. Click below to read the Executive Summary or full report:

Executive Summary

Forced Labor in the Production of Electronic Goods in Malaysia: A Comprehensive Study of Scope and Characteristics [Full Report]

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Shanghai gold trading platform given surprise launch date



http://www.resourceinvestor.com/2014/09/16/shanghai-gold-trading-platform-given-surprise-laun

Shanghai gold trading platform given surprise launch date
BY MARK O'BYRNE
September 16, 2014 • Reprints

Tuesday the Chinese government backed Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE) brought forward the launch date of its international gold trading platform which is hosted in the city’s free trade zone (FTZ). The gold trading platform will be known as the ‘international board.’

In a surprise announcement, the SGE said today that the international board will go-live this Thursday September 18, eleven days ahead of its original launch date of Monday Sept. 29.

Forty members of the Exchange including global banks UBS, Goldman Sachs, HSBC and Standard Chartered, will participate in gold trading on the SGE’s international board, trading 11 yuan denominated physical gold contracts including the large 12.5 kg (400 oz) bar, the ever popular 1 kg bar and a 100 gram contract.

The location of the SGE international board in the Shanghai free trade zone is symbolic in that this location has been earmarked by the Chinese government as part of financial sector internationalisation strategy.

The SGE is also opening a precious metals vaulting facility in the free trade zone with a 1,000 tonne capacity limit.

In a related development yesterday, the Hong Kong based precious metals trade organisation, the Chinese Gold and Silver Society (CGSE) announced that they have been given permission by the Chinese government to construct a precious metals storage vaulting facility in a special economic zone in Shenzhen in China.

The CGSE is the the first non-mainland entity to be given such permission. The CGSE’s vaulting facility will have a 1,500 tonne capacity and will be completed by late 2016 or early 2017.

Developments in the Asian precious metals markets are continuing to advance at a rapid pace. The pace of developments changes daily as illustrated by the acceleration this week of the Shanghai Gold Exchange’s international board.

Indian buying has remained strong throughout the period of weakening prices and the period of artificial demand constraints imposed by the Indian financial authorities.

In Asia gold demand remains an overall structural phenomenon, and is not purely cyclical.

Cocaine and cannabis in a Vatican car



Drugs and Dealers seized in Vatican diplomatic vehicle linked to Pope's adviser and friend, Argentine Cardinal Jorge Maria Mejia

Google translated from French https://fr.news.yahoo.com/coca%C3%AFne-cannabis-voiture-vatican-104228272.html

LeMonde.fr 
September 16, 2014

Cocaine and cannabis in a Vatican car

Four kilos of cocaine and 200 grams of cannabis were seized by customs officials at a toll near Chambery, Savoie, Sunday, Sept. 14. The decision is important, and "coverage" found by smugglers presumed original: they were traveling in a diplomatic car Vatican .

According to two reliable sources, the car belongs to the Argentine Cardinal Jorge Maria Mejia, 91, retired librarian of the Holy See. According to RTL, his private secretary would have given the car a few days earlier, to have it serviced, to two Italians aged 30 and 41 years.

The latter would have the opportunity to make a return trip to Spain and buy drugs, thinking that no one would stop them with a diplomatic plate.

NO CRIMINALIZATION VATICAN FOR NOW

The two Italians, who had initially presented as simple drivers during routine check had initially claimed that the drug was not theirs. Being neither one nor the other in possession of a diplomatic passport, there is no evidence at this stage to challenge the Vatican, said a judicial source.

The Holy See recognized that one of his diplomatic car was arrested with drugs on board by French customs, but has formally stated that no employee or member of the small state was directly involved in the case, according to the agency I.MEDIA specializes in the Vatican.

The two Italians were arrested and taken into custody, and must be referred to the public prosecutor on Thursday morning from Chambery to be brought before a magistrate. A criminal investigation should be opened for "drug trafficking" . The judicial police in Lyon has been conducting the investigation by the prosecutor of Chambery.