Mickey Cottrell Needs Our Support
Our beloved friend and renowned independent film publicist Mickey Cottrell has suffered a debilitating stroke and needs urgent help from his community of loved ones. He will require 24-hour care for the foreseeable future, and extensive physical therapy for a long time to come. He will not be able to garner any income during this time, and so we beseech you to help him through this difficult time.
A GoFundMe has been set up for Mickey as a way to make it easy for people to contribute to his care. Please click here for more info.May 16, 2011
TPRF Receives Highest Rating
The Charity Navigator rating system includes an analysis of how efficiently organizations use their support and how well they are growing their services over time.
This is the third consecutive Four Stars award for TPRF.
Ken Berger, President of Charity Navigator, wrote to Linda Pascotto, President of TPRF, that "Only 13% of the charities we rate have received at least 3 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that The Prem Rawat Foundation consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way, and outperforms most other charities in America. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator differentiates The Prem Rawat Foundation from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust."
That TPRF consistently receives such a high rating is largely due to the capable and generous donation of time and expertise by volunteers on several continents.
This unusual level of support is key to the Foundation's ability to keep overhead costs at a minimum and efficiency at such a high level.
More and more people are becoming aware of TPRF's unique work of addressing the essential human needs of food, water, and peace and are trusting TPRF to use their donations effectively and efficiently.December 03, 2010
VIDEO: Sorry, It's a No
Fabulous new music video from Tim Hain and Friends. This is a kind of national anthem for anyone rejected from American Idol or X-Factor. If Rumi, Hafiz, and Kabir were alive, they'd be doing background vocals. Time to party!January 25, 2010
TPRF Makes $50,000 Donation to Haitian Relief Efforts
Within days of the earthquake in Haiti, The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) made a donation of $50,000 to provide immediate food aid for survivors.
TPRF teamed up with one of its ongoing partners, Friends of the World Food Program. The World Food Program (WFP) was able to begin delivering food within 24 hours of the disaster, since it has an already-established aid operation in Haiti, long ranked as the poorest nation in the western hemisphere.
With stores of ready-to-eat food and trained staff already in Haiti and in the nearby Dominican Republic, WFP has now delivered rations to over 200,000 people in and around Port-au-Prince.
The initial phase of their six-month recovery plan is to distribute one-week supplies of High Energy Biscuits, which are rich in protein, vitamins and minerals and can provide the immediate energy needed for survival. Now sixteen million Meals-Ready-to-Eat are en route from the US, Italy and Denmark, set to be distributed in the coming week to people who have no access to cooking facilities.
In addition, food kitchens are being set up in strategic locations in hospitals and schools, including in the town of Leogane, which is close to the epicenter of the quake and which suffered 90% destruction. Some are already serving nutritious hot meals to survivors -- for most their first in this very tragic week.
Less than 24 hours after the quake hit, The Prem Rawat Foundation began an ongoing fundraising campaign to help the people in Haiti. TPRF plans to continue its aid for the Haitian people to provide support and hope in their long road to recovery.
WFP Haiti photo credit: WFP/Alejandro Chicheri
Blasts from the (Recent) Past
Dear Lover of Life:
There's a lot more content on this blog than you've probably seen so far (307 postings altogether).
To access what's here, just log on, scroll down, and click on the archives links in the sidebar. (You can also search content by category).
If this sounds like too much work, click on any of the links below for a sampling...December 14, 2008
A Note to Subscribers
If you subscribe to The Heart of the Matter via email alerts, please know that the best way to view each posting is to click on the TITLE of each email alert you receive. This will take you to the blog, itself, where the layout of the text is easiest to read and most complete. Once you're on the blog, you'll have total access to the archives, useful links, and the most recent 30 blog postings (viewable by scrolling). The URL for The Heart of the Matter is www.ideachampions.com/heart. Enjoy!November 26, 2008
Jump Starting Possibility, Creative Ideas, and Forward Movement
I begin this 204th blog posting with a big, fat assumption -- that you, dear reader, are enthusiastically involved in some kind of project, venture, or team that has something to do with inspiration, service, or spreading peace in the world.
Perhaps it has something to do with Maharaji's work. Perhaps not. In any case, I'm guessing that your project, venture, or team, gets in a rut from time to time.
Bold new ideas are needed... a more compelling vision of what's possible... and increased forward momentum. If so, click here. It will take you to an online brainstorming game designed to spark breakthroughs. The whole thing takes about five minutes. Reading about it, however, isn't enough. You actually have to DO it.
If anything useful comes of it, leave a comment here or send me an email. "If not YOU, who? If not NOW, when?"
Welcome to The Heart of the Matter, my recently launched blog about what's really important in this life: love, longing, laughter, letting go, peace, freedom, fulfillment, gratitude, and the realization that NOW is the moment to enjoy it all.
I am writing this blog because I can -- and because I want to celebrate the journey we are all on.
As you poke around, you will notice various references to my teacher, Maharaji, (aka Prem Rawat). I include them for one very simple reason: his guidance and love is the inspiration at the root of all my writing.
Plus, he's absolutely the coolest person I know.
Please note that the content, opinions, perspectives, and musings on this blog are the work of one person and one person only (me). It is not an "official" site. It has not been created or vetted by any organization. It is not intended to represent the perspective of all of Maharaji's students. How could it? The experience of life is a very individual thing.
If you have any feedback, feel free to send me an email or post a comment. Let me know what you like and what you don't. I'll do my best to respond. The Heart of the Matter, you see, like you... and me... and everyone else on planet Earth is a work in progress. Enjoy!April 13, 2008
I Take Requests
Think back a few years. Maybe all the way back to high school. Did you ever call your local radio station to request a specific song?
Pre-iTunes, pre-Google, it might have been the only way you could have heard that particular song at that particular time.
And when they played it -- prefaced by the over-caffeinated, way-too-slick, DJ saying something like, "We're sending this one out to Gino and Maria in Brooklyn," you got shivers up your spine.
Well... I invite you to think of this blog as your local radio station.
In other words, I take requests.
All you need to do is click on "Comments" below and let me know what topics you'd like to see featured in the future. (If you don't want your request to be seen by others, simply click on "Email me" in the sidebar and only I will see it).
I'm assuming, of course, that you have a sense of what this blog is all about. If you don't, take a few minutes to scroll around and read some of the previous postings -- or click on "About this blog" in the sidebar.
By the way, I'm not promising a thing.
Maybe your request will be way over my head. Maybe your request won't be my cup of tea. Or maybe I've gotten 87 other requests and won't be able to get to yours until 2011.
Then again, maybe yours will be the perfect topic pitched at the perfect time. You'll never know unless you try.