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You have the power to tolerate anyone and any situation. But tolerance is not just suffering in silence.

It means going beyond any personal discomfort you may feel, and giving a gift to whom ever you would tolerate. Give your time, attention, understanding, compassion, care - all are gifts, which paradoxically, you also receive in the process of giving.

And, as you do, you will experience your own self esteem and inner strength grow. In this way you can turn tolerance into strength.

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A Day and a half yet again with calls and much to do. Not for me to do, but trying to support others and see a way forward. And knowing also sometimes we cannot possibly help as another might wish.

And having suggested actions and outcomes sometimes people want more and more. And the answer is to gently show them where to get the help they feel they need. One element of being helpful is not doing everything oneself.

There is also something I do which others may not do, that is listen.


As people listen, they are half a moment in the know and relating what is heard to their own story, their own experience and their own ways of living. Which is why most people are rubbish when it comes to listening at all to anything!

Listening is not knowing and is suspending judgment long enough to hear the truth of another’s thinking and feeling. We are so often driven by our own ways of understanding the world we neither understand or care too much what others are saying.

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Yes most people are so driven to make their days work their way, or to follow as they are led, or to be ok and e left alone. And often fearful of what they don’t understand. The process of listening can either be enlightening or frightening as we get to understand what is in others peoples minds, or that bit we show others.

Words and dictionaries

If there is a word for it, and its in the dictionary, then its ,most likely happened a lot of times. And when people fear their truth about certain matters like alcoholism, or any ism, they are fearful and often driven by shame and guilt. This applies to behaviour which others don’t agree with or have phobias or prejudice against.

Listening then is also about trying to find out what is behind the words people speak so they fit in and don’t often share the truth, as the speaker often is ashamed to be the way they are.


If there is a word for certain behaviour, its common, even the bad stuff that goes on. Otherwise there would be no word for it, like for example, email. Email is a common word now, but 25 years ago it did not exist.

Language and listening

Often we hear people speak in the same language, for example English, yet we do not understand. So common and so true, as each generation changes and new words come along for old behaviour.

So listening is an art, I have studied listening for years and become adept to an extent. And this helps me, as does suspending judgment and not accessing prejudice. Listening is one of the hardest and most difficult jobs we all have become less clever at utilising in our fragmented living.

Actually these days the art of listening is made scientific as we process and change who we hear and how we express feelings and thoughts.

Nothing is easy as the world seems to spin ever faster. We are best served sometimes to slow down and wait and then have patience and time to listen.

Try it, it may make you realise what is being missed in everyday living more than words will ever inform. Listening - the art of conversation and sharing. Empathy and all those good words which lead to the riches of connection, peace and tranquil and shared understandings…

The thirst for life and living can kill the very thing we seek most, peace and harmony, love and well being. Our rapacious natures unable to process and find acceptance in being in the moment of now, the true spiritual gift of reality in this one day we experience best without filters or denials. Elusive and ephemeral, the spiritual connection is always right now…

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Terror leaks: both Home Office and police implicated April 26 2007

Guardian told that Reid aide and senior officer involved

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The row over allegations that lives were endangered by leaks about major anti-terrorism operations deepened last night as it emerged that there were a series of disclosures about one highly sensitive investigation.

As Tony Blair rejected calls for an inquiry, and Liberal Democrats called upon the police to investigate, it emerged that journalists received up to three separate briefings about an allegation that a group of men was planning to abduct and behead a Muslim British soldier

The Guardian has been told that an aide to John Reid, the home secretary, was responsible for one of those leaks, and has also learnt that there is strong suspicion among the highest-ranking police at Scotland Yard that one of their own officers also briefed the media.

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First designer babies to beat breast cancer April 26 2007

Mark Henderson, Science Editor

Two couples whose families have been ravaged by breast cancer are to become the first to screen embryos to prevent them having children at risk of the disease, The Times has learnt.

Tests will allow the couples to take the unprecedented step of selecting embryos free from a gene that carries a heightened risk of the cancer but does not always cause it. The move will reignite controversy over the ethics of embryo screening.

An application to test for the BRCA1 gene was submitted yesterday by Paul Serhal, of University College Hospital, London. It is expected to be approved within months as the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has already agreed in principle.

Opponents say that the test is unethical because it involves destroying some embryos that would never contract these conditions if allowed to develop into children. Even those that did become ill could expect many years of healthy life first.

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Another sacrifice for us all to remember April 26 2007

Kingsman Alan Jones was killed, aged 20, in Iraq this week, just one of the 145 British soldiers who have died in this ill- conceived conflict. His death went largely unnoticed in the bloodiest month endured by British soldiers - another grim statistic, another coffin sent home, another grieving family, another young man who died in vain

By Kim Sengupta and Ian Herbert

There has been no fanfare for Alan Jones, a young British soldier who set off for Iraq with determination and purpose five months ago, but who is now to be flown home in a coffin.

There were pockets of grief yesterday in his home city of Liverpool, where friends and family mourned the man they called "the soul of the platoon" . There were the thoughts of a mother who had been preparing for her son's 21st birthday party, but who instead must now bury him.

To the rest of the world, Kingsman Jones, who was killed during a " routine" patrol in Basra, will be just one more coffin in a long procession. His death takes the British toll in the conflict to 112 since President George Bush officially declared victory in Iraq. Eleven soldiers have been killed in April alone, the heaviest toll since the invasion in 2003. The country has not the time to mourn them all as they deserve.

Major-General Julian Thompson, the officer who led the Royal Marines in the Falklands, said the muted response to his death was asign that the British people were becoming sanitised to the now-commonplace deaths of UK soldiers .

"I am afraid it is the case that people are becoming numbed by what is happening in Iraq," said Maj-Gen Thompson. "The forces were sent into a war which a lot of us disagreed with and a lot of those serving in Iraq have deep reservations about. They have been sent into an unpopular war by this government, but it would be a terrible shame if the public forgot what they are going through."

Admiral Sir Alan West, the head of the Royal Navy at the time of the Iraq invasion, echoed his concerns. "The sheer scale of what is going on in Iraq does mean that it becomes 'yet another death' in that country. Our soldiers are doing their duty under the most difficult of circumstances. But whatever the rights or wrongs of how the war started, pulling out too quickly would probably lead to even more violence."

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Migrants 'deceived and exploited' April 26 2007

Migrant workers are being lured to Britain by deception and are forming a new exploited underclass, a BBC investigation has discovered.

Undercover Lithuanian journalist Audrius Lelkaitis discovered a new form of people trafficking, systematic underpayment and exploitation.

Human trafficking experts said the conditions suffered by some migrant workers was "modern-day slavery". All companies targeted by the investigation deny exploiting workers.

Mr Lelkaitis, working as part of the BBC News investigation, posed as a migrant worker seeking a job in the UK.

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April 26 1962: First US rocket lands on Moon

The American Moon rocket Ranger IV has landed on the far side of the moon but has failed to send back pictures due to a technical fault.

It is the first time an American spacecraft has successfully reached the Moon - the Russians achieved the first ever lunar impact in 1959.

However, the main aim of the mission - to take television pictures of the lunar surface - was not achieved after all internal power on board the spacecraft failed two hours after launch.

The Ranger IV Atlas-Agena rocket, which took off from Cape Canaveral on 23 April, is one of the most sophisticated space machines ever developed.


It was specifically designed to crash-land on the Moon after capturing a series of images of the lunar surface on its approach.

The television pictures on board were designed to begin operating when the rocket came within 2,500 miles (4,023km) of the lunar surface - 40 minutes before impact - and then send an image of the Moon back to Earth every 13 seconds.

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There come to us moments in life when about some things we need no proof from without. A little voice within us tells us, 'You are on the right track, move neither to your left nor right, but keep to the straight and narrow way.

A person falsely claiming to act under divine inspiration or the promptings of the inner voice without having any such, will fare worse than the one falsely claiming to act under the authority of an earthly sovereign. Whereas the latter on being exposed will escape with injury to his body, the former may perish body and soul together.

You have to believe no one but yourselves. You must try to listen to the inner voice, but if you will not have the expression"inner voice", you may use the expression "dictates of reason", which you should obey, and if you will not parade God, I have no doubt you will parade something else which in the end will prove to be God, for, fortunately, there is no one and nothing else but God in this universe.

For me truth is the sovereign principle, which includes numerous other principles. This truth is not only truthfulness in word, but truthfulness in thought also, and not only the relative truth of our conception, but the Absolute Truth, the Eternal Principle, that is God. There are innumerable definitions of God, because His manifestations are innumerable. They overwhelm me with wonder and awe and for a moment stun me.

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