Thursday, 29 August 2013

FEAR~ A very interesting perspective from Sadhguru



Sadhguru, birth name Jaggi Vasudev, is an Indian Yogi and mystic whose roots are in the Hindu religion. Sadhguru founded the Isha Foundation, a non-profit organisation. He is clearly a very wise man and his take on fear is defined, encouraging you to think about it in a different way. We do create a great deal of fear for ourselves, often about relatively unimportant things, burdening ourselves with needless worry.

When you stop to think about it, danger is a fact and fear is the correspondent emotion. We create fear from our knowledge and understanding taking from the past and projecting it into the future. As Sadhguru tells us, it is best to live in the present moment and put all thoughts of fear aside.

Jaz McKenzie

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Be Braap~Be Inspired!!! Real Quotes From Real People!! #31

'Children don't see the rust, they only see the roller coaster!'~ Sara Cox Radio one DJ

 
 
 
Yesterday, as I was in the car driving to the seaside and listening to Radio one, Sara Cox was talking about a recent trip with her children to an amusement park. Sara said she was looking around at the general state of the place and thinking how run down it had become but of course the children didn't notice. She commented that her children were very excited because, 'children don't see the rust, they only see the roller coaster.'
 
Sara Cox
This struck me as such a fantastic comment for two reasons:
  • children are constantly filled with the excitement of life. They live life instead of analysing it all the time. Children are constantly on the look out for new experiences living and learning.~ If only we could take this approach we would enjoy ourselves much more.
  • children rarely notice flaws and are not as judgemental as adults
There is a huge lesson here called, 'looking past the faults and seeing only the love.' If we can do this in both our everyday experiences and communications with others we would improve our quality of life and also other people's, helping to build them up instead of knocking them down.
 
I love the fact that Sara was speaking about roller coasters. A roller coaster gives us exciting experiences and fills us with the thrills of life~ I definitely think that children have the right idea! Why not start to living more like a child looking beyond the faults for the best life has to offer and drawing our strength, hope and joy from the positives.
 
Jaz McKenzie
 
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Monday, 26 August 2013

'Sunshine on my shoulders'~ John Denver

 
A lesson in how to give a gift whilst appreciating a gift! There are many songs mentioning sunshine but this one is special. You really feel the benefits of sunshine and the uplifting effect it has.

 
John's true song writing skills are at play here conveying basic emotions in a simplistic way- very clever lyrics. After all, what more can you really wish for in this life than a beautiful day and a beautiful song when you are with someone you love? Beautiful days are of far greater value than diamonds and are highly individual, creating special memories. John Denver was an artist who painted pictures with his words, a great contributor to the lives of many with his special gift.

Just imagine having a life of sunshine with the person you love meaning that every day is as perfect as possible! We can try to do this by applying a new perspective and putting 'self' away. This is not being a doormat, it simply means we are not the centre of our universe therefore things do not have the same ability to annoy or upset us. It if you need a reminder about your self worth, check this link!
It's All About The 'I'!! One of ~IB~'s top reads.

Today was sunny and beautiful. The sea was warm despite the wind so that was a perfect day! Let's enjoy the sunshine and give thanks for life, love and all good things!

Have a beautiful and blessed new week.

Jaz McKenzie

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Snapshots From The Bible Week 34~ Romams12 v16- Live together iin harmony



Week 34~ Romans 12:16

‘Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.‘

Living in harmony with one another is clearly our ideal- or is it?
There are a great many people who do not appear to really want peace and harmony in their homes. We witness them constantly arguing with their partners, friends or shouting at their children. We also see this depicted in countless soap operas and for those who remain glued to their TV sets, sadly, they may believe this to be normal.
A lack of harmony is equally likely to stem from a lack of communication, especially if one or both partners are working long hours spending little time with each other or being too tired to enjoy one another’s company. Working long hours also includes time dedicated to housework and childcare!
To be harmonious you usually have to be on the same wavelength as the other person, which makes the suggestion of associating with people from another class very interesting/challenging. Obviously in some jobs we are called upon to interact with all types of people, however socially we choose our friends who in general reflect our own lifestyle.
The text above refers specifically to people who are lower than us on the social ladder but sometimes it is equally difficult relating to people who are in a higher income bracket, especially as their social skills  tend to reflect their status.
Sometimes it is very difficult to relate to others. Earlier this year I was out with friends when a young woman followed us into the bar and then proceeded to try and make conversation. Her efforts were very clumsy, in fact she had a ‘text book’ approach.  It was a difficult situation, however we spoke with her for a while and eventually she attached herself to someone else, ending up following them when they left! It was obvious from the outset that this woman was mentally ill, especially as she kept informing us that there was nothing wrong with her; but at least we didn’t alienate her.
The best approach in these situations is usually the humble approach, taking time to listen to people, ask questions and see whether we can be of assistance in any way. Pride can definitely prevent us from reaching out or socialising with people whom we might be able to help. In fact pride and a lack of understanding are the two main barriers that we need to overcome if we are going to follow the command given here in Romans.
Next time you feel uncomfortable about another person for the wrong reason, think about this verse and do your best to overcome natural inhibitions and rise to the occasion!
 
Jaz McKenzie
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Saturday, 24 August 2013

London Peace Walk~ What do we want- Peace on our streets!!

What do we want? Peace on our streets!~When do we want it? NOW!!!
SATURDAY 17th~  #VX2BX (Vauxhall to Brixton)
 
Setting out from Vauxhall 12.30pm
The first London Peace Walk was a blessed event as all who took part will testify. For a start the weather was beautiful which encouraged participants all of whom were totally dedicated to the cause with enthusiasm and intensity.
 
Media shots before the peace walk
Before setting out we were introduced to Tracey Coleman from the organisation, The Way To Happiness, who helped co-organise the peace walk. They distributed a FREE booklet 'The Way to Happiness,' giving down to earth advice on how to improve the quality of your life in 21 steps- definitely a true coming of age! This was the group's personal message and you can order  your copy by contacting liferepair19@gmail.com.

Lee Jasper leading the chants!
Passing through Brixton's Angell Estate
Young people want PEACE too!

We made our way through Vauxhall to the honking of horns, past The Oval (wow- amazing place,) Stockwell and finally Brixton- taking a 'water break' in the middle of the notorious Angell Estate. It was great having a few young people turn out to support peace, some of whom took turns using the megaphone to request peace; following the lead of veteran race relations activist Lee Jasper. We discovered that people attended the walk from as far away as Brighton, Manchester and Birmingham, so look out for it next year and let's add more places to the list!
 
The final stretch walking up Brixton Road
Following the last few metres we came to St Matthew's Church Peace Garden at around 2.15pm ready for the afternoon activities. The smell of barbeque lunch drifted across the gardens and was soon in full flow during the recess, a natural opportunity to mingle.
 
Simon (left) and Leo Muhammad
The last part of the afternoon, when the rains finally fell for a short while, was devoted to activities on the stage. Presented by Leo Muhammad - Mr Edutainment, comedian (rising to fame in the TV show 'The Real McCoy.')  and activist. Leo also devotes some of his time to supporting a youth organization in Harlesden. Music and PR were provided by Roger Doubler Russell of Doubler R Media and surprisingly a couple of people were bold enough to dance!
 
Omega Radio Team
Team members from Omega Radio gave a short talk about their weekly show OMEGA RADIO Sun 12-2pm which promotes a positive life style for youth- so encourage your teens to tune in!
 
We were very fortunate to be entertained by Thai The Magician, who at the age of 14 gave a very slick performance. Thai has a natural ability to communicate effectively with the audience and clearly has expertise in his chosen field. It was a treat to see the police participate in Thai's act, adding to the sense of peace and harmony created throughout the day.
 
Thai working his magic to everyone's delight

Sorry I tricked you officer!!
The event was rounded off with us all raising our hands and taking a peace pledge, led by Simon Muhammed, UK Peace Keepers President. Simon shared a message of support received from Captain Dennis, Founder of the Peacekeeper movement which started in the USA. The New York City annual peace walk now has around 1000 participants and like the UK started off small.
 
The timing of the first London Peace walk was brilliant, held on Marcus Garvey's Birthday- what better day could there possibly be for us to rally in the name of peace! Simon raised people's spirits by expressing the belief that world peace is achievable if we as individuals are prepared to make the necessary changes in our own lives, live for peace and share our beliefs and expectations with others.
 
To read Simon's speech and interview, check the following links:
 
We hope you will continue to pray for peace in your own community and the world in general. If you are interesting in setting up a Peacekeepers group in your local area, contact the Peacekeepers UK or USA for further information. It really should be a worldwide organisation!
 
Jaz McKenzie
 
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Thursday, 22 August 2013

Two Minutes of Fun in your Busy Day!?!?!



Let's have a laugh and at the same, raise a point! I was sent this comical piece recently and thought it worth sharing (unedited!) after all, they say you are what you eat but most of all you probably wish to be healthy... here's the guide!!

Q: Doctor, I've heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true?
A: Heart only good for so many beats, and that it... Don't waste on exercise. Everything wear out eventually. Speeding up heart not make you live longer; it like saying you extend life of car by driving faster. Want to live longer? Take nap.
Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?
A: Oh no. Wine made from fruit. Fruit very good. Brandy distilled wine, that mean they take water out of fruity bit so you get even more of goodness that way. Beer also made of grain. Grain good too. Bottom up!
Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program?
A: Can't think of one, sorry. My philosophy: No pain...good!
Q: Aren't fried foods bad for you?
A: YOU NOT LISTENING! Food fried in vegetable oil. How getting more vegetable be bad?
Q: Is chocolate bad for me?
A: You crazy?!? HEL-LO-O!! Cocoa bean! Another vegetable! It best feel-good food around!
Q: Is swimming good for your figure?
A: If swimming good for figure, explain whale to me.
Q: Is getting in shape important for my lifestyle?
A: Hey! 'Round' is shape!

Well... I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about food and diets. And remember: Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways - Chardonnay in one hand - chocolate in the other - body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO-HOO, what a ride!!" AND...... For those of you who watch what you eat, here's the final word on nutrition and health. It's a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting nutritional studies. 1. The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Brits. 2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Brits. 3. The Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Brits. 4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Brits. 5. The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than Brits.

CONCLUSION: Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills you.

Now you know, eat whatever you like, there's an appropriates excuse for everything!!

Jaz McKenzie

  • Wednesday, 21 August 2013

    This day In 1987 Dirty Dancing Opened in Hollywood!~ Let's check those moves!


    Now a timeless classic, Dirty Dancing hit the stage in 1987 across the USA. As we all know, this was the film that brought Patrick Swayze into the public eye; the beginning of his fame and stardom. Funnily enough Patrick first danced professionally for Disney on Parade!


    The other major film we remember Patrick for is definitely Ghost, however he had a career spanning 30 years and a great deal of history, including some very heavy personal issues. Today we are definitely very up-beat, so let's have a little nostalgic journey and enjoy Patrick at his best.

    Jaz McKenzie

    Tuesday, 20 August 2013

    Pause For Thought!- Music a moral law?


    Music is many, many things but I have never thought of it as a moral law. Music gives soul to the universe~ or has the universe created music to enhance our souls? We need music to help express our feelings, to lift our moods and sometimes to help create an atmosphere that reflects a common goal. Here we witness the power of the anthem, music claimed by a particular country , school or alternative group representing a special bond.

    There are so many different types of music, all of which may accompany different forms of activity. We move to the beat of life, are inspired by natural rhythms and will take rhythm and move to it- sometimes in formalised ways such as choreographed works and at others, in pure free-flow. Music is a common bond that can unite- alternatively, music can divide.

    Our souls are inspired by music, sometimes resulting in a tears of joy or despair when a particular vibe is perfectly tuned to our emotions. Music is also connected with Angels and Heaven, giving it a life of its own beyond our imaginings.

    How is music a moral law? Maybe in that it's a human right to be able to enjoy music in the same way we that we meet other needs. Music is a basic need- to appreciate this comment think of a world without notes, beats, rhythms; almost an impossibility.

    Once music becomes a song we are moving on to a whole new level. The power of words combined with the power of music is an awesome combination permitting maximum expression- as in music and dance. Most of us who cannot sing (HMMMMMM LOL) have still dreamt of having this gift and are a mite envious of all you nightingales!!

    We speak about soul music but maybe we should stop to consider that all music has soul, whether we like a particular genre or not. The reason is that it touches something within the people who do appreciate it. Music is an integral part of our lives creating special memories or marking milestones. It is universal yet may be claimed by a particular generation, interesting don't you think?

    I guess we can say music is and was and ever shall be the food of life!  Music is immortal~ AMEN

    Jaz McKenzie

    Monday, 19 August 2013

    ~IB~ BABY EVERYBODY DREAMS DOCUMENTARY PART 3


    Here we have the final part of the Everybody Dreams Documentary. 2012 was definitely a great year for Gladesmore Community School pupils & staff team, entirely devoted to this successful campaign.


    It is great to see the positive impact such a project can have on the community- local and nationwide. A huge congrats to all involved and a quick mention to Mark Galloway who instigated a number of the initiatives that helped shape the project. Excellent work by all involved and we hope the effects will continue to be far reaching.

    Jaz McKenzie

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    Sunday, 18 August 2013

    Snapshots From The Bible WK33~ Romans 12:14, Forgive and Bless



    Romans 12 v14
    ‘Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.’

    This is a very direct command and extremely clear when it stands alone from the rest of the verse.
    We tend to think forgive and forget, and as I have mentioned on previous occasions, forgiveness does not necessarily involve the other person. You can forgive in the stillness of your heart and mind in order to move on. Even when you tell someone that you have forgiven them, if the situation is such, it might be best to continue going your separate ways. Obviously this is in the extreme and the majority of things we need forgiveness for are relatively minor, daily life continuing as normal. 
    This verse speaks about blessings and clearly we need to be able to forgive before we can bless people.  It is not possible to bless whilst full of anger. This really applies to us and the attitude we hold towards our own flaws. If we feel angry, guilty or ashamed it makes us feel unworthy and not fit to be forgiven. Fortunately this is not the case in God’s eyes as we are all worthy of forgiveness despite our sins. The effect of a lack of self-forgiveness is actually devastating, holding us in bondage to the past. We need freedom; we have to let go of the past in order to claim our future.
    A good premise to work from is to ‘do unto others as you would be done by.’
    We are often tempted to curse people who have wronged us, often making it a central part of our thoughts and conversation for a short while, yet here we are told to bless them.  I imagine that we don’t have to go around telling people that we bless them- I would think it’s more a state of mind, asking God to bless them so that we can move on. We don’t know what form God’s blessing might take and it might be something that causes our ‘enemies’ to change their attitudes!
    One of the best aims in life is to be filled with love, love encompassing blessings. You cannot give pure love to others when you have some form of blockage within. The good thing is that we don’t have to do everything by ourselves, we can pray for help when the demands on us are stronger than we can cope with. Forgiveness is hard and it might take time to be able to do this, likewise adding blessings may seem phenomenal, but this is the recipe to help us towards a fulfilled life. It is not easy to change our thinking and takes understanding and self-discipline, however it is something we should prioritize as we feel genuinely better when we release the negativity within us, and everything that requires forgiveness is shrouded in negativity!
    Once we understand this we can change the way we think from ‘forgive and forget’ to ‘forgive and bless.’

    Jaz McKenzie 
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    Saturday, 17 August 2013

    For all the Movers & Shakers!!!~ Stevie Wonder-'For Once In My LIfe'


    This is a nice cheerful song for a Saturday dedicated to all the people who have found their true course in life and have the made the decision to live life to the max!!! It also coincides with the London Peace Walk- love makes a difference so join us if you can: London Peace Walk Details If you can only pop down this afternoon for the events in the peace garden that would be great! Ends 5.30pm.


    We all have good times and hard times along the way but if you sort your life out, all the right elements will fall into place. One of life's major lessons is that we need to let go before we can move ahead. Scary - YES, but the rewards are huge. Mental freedom is truly the key to living the life you want, being who you feel you are destined to be. Once that happens you will draw to you all that is yours through your vibrations. The right people, the right projects, the right locations, the right use of your precious time. All will come with perfect timing and you will see the difference.

    Have a beautiful Saturday and here's to peace!!!

    Jaz McKenzie

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    Thursday, 15 August 2013

    'Portrait of A Legend and Other Folks' - CONGRATULATIONS Lindsay Donald!!

    Uncle Sid, Lindsay Donald, The Honourable Aloun Ndombet-Assamba


    Wednesday, August 14, 2013, in the presence of Her Excellency, The Honourable Aloun Ndombet-Assamba (High Commissioner of Jamaica,) we were thrilled to attend the launch of Lindsay Donald's amazing book Portrait of a Legend and other Folks. This prestigious event took place at the Jamaican High Commission, London.

    Having interviewed Lindsay last year  ~IB~ Interview with Lindsay Donald, I can only congratulate him on his monumental achievement. Twenty years of work have gone into producing this beautiful black and white photographic record depicting some never before seen footage of Bob Marley and other famous people- a grand total of 300 pages!


    Last year Lindsay was working extremely hard in the belief that his book would be published, yet he had no idea where the money to achieve his dream could possible come from. Yet, here we are with a finished product to hand. Definitely need to interview Lindsay again and discover the latest story behind the book!

    The Honourable Aloun Ndombet-Assamba gave an excellent speech highlighting the fact that not enough Jamaican history has been preserved by the people therefore Lindsay's work is extremely valuable and adds to the country's heritage. With that in mind, we'll finish with a very apt quote from her speech which summarizes the value of, 'Portrait of A Legend and Other Folks.'

    'A huge book not only in its size but in its importance.'

    For more information on how to order your copy contact Lindsay here.

    Jaz McKenzie

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    Tuesday, 13 August 2013

    Walk For Peace~ Interview with Simon Muhammad- UK Peacekeepers President



    ~IB~ are thrilled to have the opportunity to interview Simon Muhammad,  founder and  president of the UK Peacekeepers, prior to this key event in the history of the UK ‘s predominant Peacekeeping Initiative. ~IB~ has been out on the streets with the Peacekeepers previously and witnessed the dedication of this team who are committed to achieving peace in troubled areas.

    Tell us a little about why the peacekeepers started in the UK
    The peacekeepers started because the death toll in the community became too high so my friends and I were looking for a viable way to help the youth. With the biased portrayal of violence in the media, someone had to bridge the gap between what was said and what was happening.
     
    How did you go about this?
    Myself and friends heard that Captain Dennis was doing some work in America so we formulated a copy group. We copied what they were doing in America and had it in mind to invite the Peacekeepers over to help us establish the group. In March 2011 we hit the streets and started to go and talk to people.

    What form does the peace treaty take?
    People really liked the idea of a youth peace treaty and this is coming together in a non-political, non-religious way. What we are looking to establish is that youth in different areas, otherwise known as gangs, actually have a healthy respect for one another. They can still have their colours, their names and their postcodes but not see each other as enemies. In order for that to happen there has to be dialogue and with dialogue we can bring about some kind of peace treaty that can help to stop the escalation of violence, especially in the summer. A peace treaty helps to decrease the violence and ultimately the killings.
    So what you are saying is that you are encouraging the youth to keep their identity within their gangs. How are you going to progress onto the next step? What projects do you have to help youths establish a more individualised sense of identity and better values?
    We have several programmes running at the moment and programmes ready to be established that will take a youth from boyhood to manhood. Wherever a young person is, we can help him to become a man. We will take him through the process as they do in African, where in villages they are taken away for manhood training. We take youth and teach them discipline, hygiene, who they are and what they need to know about women, finance and many different aspects of life.

    Give examples of how your programmes are successful.
    We see them become more responsible, more disciplined and more self-reliant. We have other programmes that help set up social enterprises that take you through the whole process. Another programme helps youths to fill out forms and it is done as part of a discipline process  so we will teach a young person how to hold a pen before writing their CV. It’s not like school and everything has gone digital now so we have the music, media and IT aspects including different software and hardware.

    Can you tell us a bit about your slogan, ’Present For Peace’ and how you are actually present for peace on the streets including Brixton?
    Sure. Every weekend we’re out in the community and we do what is called an, ’hour of power.’ It’s become more than that now. It started as us coming together for an hour in one area to stabilize that area and make sure that no violence happens in the area where we are. We talk to, befriend and share love with the community. That way we bring about a peaceful atmosphere so wherever we are present there is harmony and peace. We are present for peace in Brixton, Croydon, North London and Lambeth estates.
    The Peacekeepers went into 10 of the so-called worst estates in Lambeth and spoke to the youth. We proved how much we are present for peace by rolling up our sleeves. We spoke to the youth and their parents, helping them to bond and build relationships again because some of us just don’t have a relationship with our mother or our father.

    Tell us about your relationship with the media and other forms of external support that the Peacekeepers have been generating
    Working with the media has been very difficult to be honest. We have had a few articles in the South London Press but what we have found is that when people come and want to do interviews they don’t  get off on the , ‘do good’ stuff. They want to speak to a gang member, or ask, ’has anybody been stabbed lately, we want to speak to someone who’s been stabbed?’  We have TV news channels throughout the day and you’re telling me they can’t give three or four hours a day to promoting the good works that people are doing in the community.

    How do you feel that this focus on negativity affects society?
    It’s crazy. How do you expect people to respect and understand that things have to change if you’re not showing them change? Evidently there are a lot of organizations doing good out there because you see some of the youth enjoying a higher level of life. They’re not all involved in violence so why not focus on some of these groups and organizations who are doing good? We don’t get no love from the media.

    Do you have a specific example for us?
    Yes, we did a clean- up of drug waste in the grounds of St Matthews Church.  It’s called, ‘The Peace Garden.’ But how can you call it a peace garden when there are people taking crack cocaine and injecting themselves down there. We found needles, foil, cocaine packets and cellophane with residues of marihuana, Rizzlas and cigarettes in the Peace Garden. Where is the peace in that?
    We’re saying, ‘give us some air time because we won’t disappoint you with what comes out of our mouth.’ We’re saying, ‘put the spotlight on us and other groups and let’s see if people want to take that option.’ I’m afraid that if you just feed the people filth, they’re going to have to wallow in it. I believe that we can bring about peace, more peace, a higher level of peace if we focus on it.

    Do you have many links with schools
    We were approached by a school in Croydon who wanted us to speak down there. They had a few more groups but it will be the first school we get to speak in. All of our guys are CRB checked and trained in conflict management and conflict resolution. We have some wonderful speaking females and young men who could go about the whole country speaking. As a matter of fact,  one of our great colleagues, ‘the investigator,’ they call him, goes into many of the schools teaching and training young people, celebrating young people in their greatness. We’re definitely aiming big on going into the schools because we believe in education. Education means’ to bring out from inside the individual,’ so we’re really big on it.

    Where would you like some sponsorship and funding to come from and if you received it what would your number one project be?
    We received £10,000 last year from the lottery and that enabled us to train over 60 volunteers.  We were very grateful for the simple reason that you can’t do much in a community that has violence in it without volunteers.  What we are finding is that more and more people want to do something but they don’t know what to do and yes we would like to attract some more funds.

    You have a peace walk planned this month. Can you describe it in more detail?
    We have a peace walk planned for Saturday, 17th August which we have literally financed ourselves. We still need finance for a stage and we still need banners, a marque and things like this. We would encourage people to sponsor and help. They can go to the website or email us at info@thepeacekeepers.co.uk or they can go through Its Braap (itsbraap@live.co.uk.) We do need support though, we need help. On Twitter we’re using:  #VX2BX because we’re going to be walking from Vauxhall, the VX to Brixton, the BX. Because this event has the ability to reach so many people we’re asking people to invest.

    What is the aim of the peace walk?
    If we can only help one kid’s life…  Just one kid who is caught in domestic violence or is violent. If we can just turn one kid’s life around it’s like we’ve turned around a thousand. One act of goodness or kindness can really help.
    We can get more people on the streets and more people helping the youth if we only have the finances to do so. If people don’t want to give over finance they can donate. B&Q has a beautiful sized marquee for only £70. Sometimes the slowness to do certain things is because people are suffering. Many artists would give their time to help these causes but they’ve got their management around them, PR people- all these different people who need to approve them. I like the human factor that says things can be easier if you’re willing.

    A huge thank you to Simon and please come along this Saturday and support the London Peace Walk.
     
    Jaz McKenzie

    Monday, 12 August 2013

    LONDON PEACE WALK~ & SPEECH ~ by the UK Peacekeepers President



    JOIN US:  Saturday 17th August @12 noon. Lawn Lane, Vauxhall, leaving at 12.30 prompt. We are walking to Brixton via the Oval, Angel Town Estate and finish at Brixton, St Matthews Peace Garden for music, speeches and more! 
    Details of London Peace Walk
     
    SPEECH BY SIMON MUHAMMAD, PRESIDENT OF THE UK PEACEKEEPERS
    Not everybody wants religion, even though some of us are religious. Not everyone wants politics, although some of us might serve or vote for liberal democrats, labour or whoever.  But if we offer people peace in the right way, the right manner and in the right time, people will accept. Young people and older people will harmonize.
    We say to young people and people in general:
     ’you are not as bad as you are acting, you are far greater. You are acting out something that just isn’t you and we can change all that if we apply ourselves to change.’
    The one thing in life that is guaranteed is that everything must change. I have said before that in a trauma ward you have to look at what is life threatening to the individual who is brought in on a stretcher. We have to look at our community and see what is life threatening and what we should  put our focus on. Right now, if young people are our future and they’re dying at an alarming rate, then we have to do something to stop the killing.
    We’re saying that The Peacekeepers may not be the only solution. Peacekeepers are looking to bring together all organisations, all groups for the common good of stopping the violence. Not just in the black community but in all communities.
    On the walk you will see people from every community getting involved in the peace walk. We will leave Vauxhall at 12.30 and follow our route. When we get to St. Matthews Peace Garden we will have a few speeches to put demands- not on the government because we are not blaming anyone- we will put demands on ourselves, that we MUST change and we WILL change.
    Simon Muhammad. 7th August 2013
    TUNE IN TOMORROW for the full interview with Simon
     Jaz McKenzie

     

    Sunday, 11 August 2013

    Snapshots From The Bible WK32~ Isaiah 40:29-31- The Lord gives strength.



    Isaiah 40: 29-31
    ‘He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.’

    Sometimes we become tired for no apparent reason and at others we have a myriad of reasons. Tiredness is created from physical or mental causes, some of which is necessary and normal.
    Long lasting tiredness is different and may be indicative of an underlying problem. Illness is an obvious cause as is depression or being in a state of emotional conflict. Whatever the reasons, we are reassured of renewed strength if we trust in God.
    This is something that we can easily over look if we are used to tackling everything ourselves. When we go about life under our own strength we are self- limiting. There are short periods when we relax and renew energy and we can assist ourselves positively through various different means including yoga, meditation and other forms of healing and inner renewal. God is promising a kind of renewal that increases our power and ability to pick up life and move on. Interestingly emphasis is put upon the youth whom we would think of as energetic, yet this identification is very real- as those of you with teenagers will relate to!
    Next time you feel tired and weary, remember this promise and claim it for your own. 

    Jaz McKenzie
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    Saturday, 10 August 2013

    Three Little Birds~ Bob Marley- Working on the re-mix!!

     
     Something a little different today which is interesting and fun to watch. Play and enjoy! Have a beautiful weekend.
     
     
    Jaz McKenzie
    

    Friday, 9 August 2013

    ~IB~Baby! Everybody Dreams Documentary Part 2/3


    Continuing the documentary series telling the story of Everybody Dreams~ Gladesmore Community School project. Check out part 1 to be tuned in!!This episode features Boris Johnson and Dave Stewart and the song of course!
    Jessica Ennis supporting Everybody Dreams

    Jaz McKenzie

    Thursday, 8 August 2013

    Be Braap~Be Inspired!! Real Quotes From Real People #30

    'expectation becomes reality in order to satisfy the subconscious' ~ Jaz McKenzie

     
    How many times have you heard the expression, 'be careful what you wish for?'
     
    There is a great deal of truth attached to this, beginning more with the how rather than the what! How we wish is important, and by stating exactly what we want whilst really believing that we have already achieved the desired outcome, our dreams reach fulfilment.
     
    Words are powerful. Your subconscious mind starts working like a computer with the power of the universe generating people and circumstances to surround you and help bring your beliefs in. If you expect the worst~ you will get the worst. If you expect the best~you will get the best.
     
    Your daily aim should be to make every thought count! Once you get the hang of it, blessings abound. You may have to go through serious trials in order to reach your desired outcome, during which time we are stretched and learn many valuable lessons.
     
    If you want to make that change, start now!
     
    Jaz McKenzie
     
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    Tuesday, 6 August 2013

    ~IB~ BABY! Everybody Dreams Documentary - Part 1 of 3



    For the first time we have the story of the Everybody Dreams campaign in an easy to follow documentary.
     

    We can really witness the extent of interest created as this seed of an idea took off and grew wings! You will see for yourselves how passionately staff and children felt about Tottenham, rejecting the new public image forced upon it by the riots. You will also appreciate the dedication and quality of performance demanded from the children as each new step unfolded. Top celebrities were involved in different ways throughout the journey creating a success story of the best kind.

    Just press play and tune in. Parts 2 and 3 to follow shortly.

    Jaz McKenzie

    Monday, 5 August 2013

    ~IB~ BABY!!!! Everybody Dreams Documentary Trailer~ COMING TOMORROW



    A quick preview of the documentary scheduled for release on Youtube tomorrow.

    ~IB~ supported this project very early on and it has been an exciting journey. A Tottenham secondary school have helped revive the community spirit in troubled Tottenham a year after the riots... and the process continues.

    We have the CD's, the cups, the T-Shirts but the one thing that we cannot touch yet it touches us is the firey spirit of the youth, ignited in Gladesmore School. This project garnered support from huge names so check out the trailer!!

    Today the school continues to strive forwards with passion, focusing on empowering their pupils and making a difference within the local community and beyond. It is so true that little acorns grow into huge oak trees!! Tune in tomorrow for the full documentary  2 years after the riots!!

    Jaz McKenzie

    Snapshots From The Bible Week 31~ Numbers 6:24-26 God's blessings



    Numbers 6 V 24-26

    ‘The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
    the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.’

    Yesterday we posted Sanchez’s version of, ‘Amazing Grace’ on ~IB~ which speaks about the way God views us in easy to understand terms whilst projecting the core of the Christian message. This verse epitomises God’s attitude towards us regardless of race, religion or any other discriminating factor. It speaks of God’s love for us through the reassurances projected within the vision of God’s face shining on us. You cannot imagine God’s face shining unless He is smiling, welcoming us into His world.

    The word gracious is rarely used these days yet it is very descriptive with its essence in grace, very apt as God is all about grace and mercy. No wonder this is used as a blessing, a powerful affirmation stating God’s intentions towards us, His people.

    This is a great verse to learn by heart and call to mind in challenging times. It contains all the reassurances we need to face any situation. God is not just watching us, He is turning towards us, helping us and giving peace in the midst of all things. This can be hard to grasp at times but the bottom line is, we struggle to get ourselves out of difficult situations instead of asking God to help and following through by accepting His leads. When we trust, amazing things happen and life moves in ways we could not have predicted.

    We looked at fear earlier this week and the fact that it is not a reality. If we allow God to work in our lives we really have nothing to fear. Understand that we have the power within can change our whole approach to life.

    Peace is always within us but sadly we can shut the door on it inadvertently whilst we torment ourselves with thoughts and feelings instead of switching on the inner core of calm. We would do well to pay more attention to this verse and the blessings it brings, being a source of comfort and reminder that God is with us at all times.
     
    Jaz McKenzie

    Sanchez/ Amazing Grace



    Amazing Grace~Amazing version!!

    Let's bless Sunday with some real deep Gospel vibes. It doesn't get any better than Sanchez and his beautiful rendition which almost brings tears to the eyes! Sanchez was a great singer, known pre-dominantly for his reggae songs, who really has the ability to make you take notice of the words.


    Let's take a look at the line, 'He looked beyond my faults and saw my needs,' which has the ability to speak directly to us. If this is what God does for us, we need to follow His example and look beyond one another's faults. Every person ever born has needs. Sometimes their needs are obvious but very often they lie hidden from public view. This is a good reason to refrain from judging one another. If you haven't walked in someone's shoes you really have no idea about their challenges, experiences, sorrows or joy!

    The greatest need of all is for love, with many people seeking love inappropriately, which leads to even greater needs. Imagine if we were all confident that we are deeply loved- how different the world would be. Children would be born into loving homes because when we have love we can share love. Our work environments would be great places as would our circles of friendships: true love does not sit well with back-stabbing and gossip! Love is basically encourages us to accept all situations as a starting point meeting people in the present and helping them to a new and improved future.

    Click for more info on Sanchez

     'Snapshots From the Bible' will be with you tomorrow- it's good to mix up the usual order a little and keep us on our toes!

    Have a blessed new week & move with joy & thankfulness~ the highest vibrations!

    Jaz McKenzie

    Saturday, 3 August 2013

    How to keep going when the going gets tough!!




    Don’t you hate it when life’s just great and all of a sudden you appear to spiral downwards?

    It can happen out of the blue for no apparent reason. Nothing has changed except your feelings or perceptions about a person or situation. This can be hard to deal with because at that moment in time you feel low, question yourself and in some instances self- esteem can be affected.

    How futile is this?
    Actually, it’s not because there is always something to be learnt. When life appears to go wrong on any level we need to ask ourselves two specific questions.

    What made me feel good?
    Think about the reasons you were feeling good and consider all contributing factors. Usually we have achieved a desired outcome or experienced a significant moment. A project you have been working on has reached a satisfactory conclusion; you have mastered a new skill or completed a piece of work; maybe you went to a fantastic concert. All of these produce the feel-good factor and we need to hold that sense of happiness, joy or achievement strongly in our consciousness.

    What is happening now to make me feel bad?
    We are human and as a result can be very hard on ourselves. Usually bad thoughts and feelings occur because of past patterns that are well established in our neural pathways.  We learn our behaviours and if we have been unsuccessful/ embarrassed or hurt in the past, start to expect more of the same in a similar new situation.  

    The reasons ‘lows’ are not futile is because they are our learning curves. When faced with a difficult situation in life we have to challenge ourselves as to how we will overcome it. Changing our behaviour is never easy. It takes grit determination and we will slip up, but when we slip up we need pick up!

    The minute unwanted thoughts enter your head the best action is to replace them with positive thoughts, the thoughts you want to have. If you feel self-aware and afraid tell yourself: ‘I am strong and confident and handle everything well.’  Alternatively, when facing a new situation or relationship, expect it to go well. Kick out the doubts and state what you want but always in the present: ‘ this is a great relationship and we appreciate and respect one another.’ Or,’ I love my job and do it competently.  My co-workers value my opinions.’ Once you start thinking like this and feeling the satisfaction and reality attached to what you are saying, you empower yourself and everything will fall into place.

    Everything takes time.

    Life is a series of challenges throughout which we grow even more mentally than physically. The mind is far greater than the body and has many more lessons to learn. Not everything can be learnt quickly! Teaching the mind is the same as it is with any new experience. Look at babies learning to feed themselves. They start using their hands, often ‘fisting’ food into their mouths. Iit takes a long while before they can eat cleanly with a knife and fork or chopsticks. Food is often dropped and picked up again during the learning process- which can even happen once the skill is mastered on the odd occasion! So be patient and allow yourself to slip up from time to time.

    The key to keeping going is living in each moment. Try and focus on enjoying the now and if you feel unhappy think of something to do or think about  that makes you feel good. Once you feel better you become stronger and your determination to tackle a situation is re-ignited. It might be a good idea to look back and see how far you have come- great for the ego! Another good thing to try Is to be quiet and listen or meditate. Prayer is good for many people as is speaking with the right person who genuinely loves, helps or supports you. This can help you gain understanding.

    Finally, as always, we come back to thanks and praise! Give thanks for the good and look for the hidden good in the bad! It might be a simple lesson or a major change, either way if you keep going you will keep on growing and move into a new exciting future rather than slipping backwards into unsatisfying aspects of your past.
     
    Jaz McKenzie
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