A Message From The Creator

A Message From The Creator

A Message From The Creator

“According to Vedanta, there are only two symptoms of enlightenment, just two indications that a transformation is taking place within you toward a higher consciousness. The first symptom is that you stop worrying. Things don’t bother you anymore. You become light-hearted and full of joy. The second symptom is that you encounter more and more meaningful coincidences in your life, more and more synchronicities. And this accelerates to the point where you actually experience the miraculous. – Deepak Chopra

Inspirational Woman Of The Day

Inspirational Woman Of The Day

Inspirational Woman Of The Day

hope powell top 100 women

Hope Patricia PowellCBE (born 8 December 1966) is an English former international footballer who is the coach of the England women’s national football team and the Great Britain and Northern Ireland women’s Olympic football team. Powell is an ‘A’ License coach and in 2003 became the first woman to achieve the UEFA Pro Licence – the highest coaching award available.

As a player, Powell won 66 caps for England, mainly as an attacking midfielder, scoring 35 goals. She made her England debut at the age of 16, and went on to play in the 1995 FIFA Women’s World Cup, England’s first World Cup appearance. She was also vice-captain of her country. At club-level, she played for Millwall Lionesses for nine years and won the FA Women’s Cup three times, including a league and Cup double as captain of Croydon in 1996.

She was appointed as the first ever full-time national coach in 1998 and has led England to the 2001 European Championship, the quarter-finals of the 2005 European Championship, the 2007 World Cup Finals and the final of the 2009 European Championship. As well as managing the England Senior team, she oversees the whole set-up from Under-15s to the Under-21s, a coach mentoring scheme and The FA’s National Player Development Centre at Loughborough University.

In 2003 Powell became the first woman to be awarded the UEFA Pro Licence, studying alongside Stuart Pearce. She had become England coach in 1998, and led the national team to the final of Euro 2009 where they lost to Germany. It was speculated that Powell would become the first female manager in men’s football when she was linked with the vacant managerial role at Grimsby Town F.C. in October 2009, however caretaker manager Neil Woods was appointed on a permanent basis.

Powell was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2002 and Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2010 Birthday Honours.  In 2003 she was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in recognition of her talents.

Powell was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of East London in 2011.

Powell is a lesbian. In August, 2010, she was named in 68th place on The Independent newspaper’s Pink List of influential lesbian and gay people in the UK.  During her playing career she had embarked on heterosexual relationships with men, who were “intrigued” to discover that she was a footballer.

Women In The News

Women In The News

Women In The News

By David Morgan | Reuters

U.S. women see assault on reproductive rights: poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – About one-third of American women believe there is a broad effort under way to limit their access to reproductive services including contraception, family planning andabortion, according a poll released on Thursday.

After months of election-year culture wars over Planned Parenthood, abortion and President Barack Obama’s policy on contraceptives, researchers said 42 percent of women have felt strongly enough to take some sort of action including trying to influence another’s opinions or donating money.

But the survey of 1,218 adults, conducted by the nonpartisanKaiser Family Foundation, said reproductive rights have not become a hot-button presidential campaign issue for women, who see the economy and jobs are far more important topics for Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney.

The data found that 31 percent of women believe there is a wide-scale effort to limit reproductive services. That includes about one-quarter of Republican women, 36 percent of Democrats and 31 percent of independents.

About 25 percent of men agree.

But a larger number of women — 45 percent — believe the effort against reproductive rights is limited to some groups but is not wide-scale, the data showed. Seven percent said no such effort exists.

The results follow a series of high-profile clashes between social conservatives, the Obama administration and women’s rights supporters.

The issue of contraception surged to the forefront of America’s culture wars after the Obama administration said it would require the employees of religiously affiliated hospitals, universities and charities to have coverage for women’s contraceptives.

Forty-three Roman Catholic institutions including the University of Notre Dame have sued to block the policy, despite administration promises of a compromise.

A national debate over abortion also engulfed leading breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen for the Cure this year, after the organization bowed to anti-abortion pressure by temporarily cutting grant money for Planned Parenthood, which performs abortions.

Kaiser said 36 percent of Catholic women believe there is wide-scale opposition to reproductive rights vs. 20 percent of Evangelical women.

Fewer than one in five conservative women perceive a broad movement, compared to 43 percent of liberals and 30 percent of moderates.

But only a tiny fraction of women — no more than 5 percent — want to hear from Obama or Romney about abortion, women’s health or other women’s issues.

That compares with 60 percent who want to hear the candidates talk about the economy and jobs, and 23 percent who view healthcare generally as a top issue.

The polling data has a 5 percentage point margin of error for women’s responses.

(Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

Moms Making A Difference

Moms Making A Difference

Moms Making A Difference

They work tirelessly to make our community better, working on behalf of others to improve their lives. They are champions of Best Start Metro LA, who generously give their time and energy serving on the Community Guidance Body. And, they’re moms — committed to the well-being of their children and families. 

Growing up in the Pico-Westlake section of Los Angeles, Guisela Gutierrez says she has seen many people make promises to improve the neighborhood, but real change seldom occurred. Yet, when she learned about Best Start Metro LA’s plans to bring together parents, community leaders and others to work as partners in transforming neighborhoods where young children can thrive, she knew it wasn’t an empty promise.

“I thought, ‘Wow, how organic — where parents and others diagnose a problem and prescribe a solution. It was important for me to join the initiative and offer my help,” says Gutierrez, who heard about Best Start Metro LA in her job as a social worker at San Pedro Street Elementary School.

She began attending community meetings and was soon elected chair of the Community Guidance Body, a group of 17 members comprised of parents, community stakeholders and leaders, whose role is to guide and direct Best Start Metro LA activities.

 As chair, she leads the group’s monthly meetings, works on funding and budget issues with Para Los Niños, the lead convener for promoting positive change within the first Best Start community, provides support to the group’s task forces, and more.

Of her work with the Community Guidance Body, Gutierrez says, “We represent the community. We are their voice. As members, we come from different areas and sectors and have a genuine voice to represent our community.”

Dedicating about 5 to 10 hours a week on Best Start Metro LA activities, she manages to find time to work, pursue a second master’s degree at USC to become a licensed social worker, and raise her four-year-old daughter, Arianna.

While she says it can be tough being a single mom, Gutierrez feels fortunate to have the support of her parents and Arianna’s father, and have her mother as a positive role model. “My mom worked all day and was exhausted, yet she still took care of the family and helped me with my homework. She gave me an example, that if you have kids, you need to be a hard worker and be an asset to your family.”

A Message From The Creator

A Message From The Creator

A Message From The Creator

“By choosing your thoughts,
and by selecting which emotional currents you will release
and which you will reinforce,
you determine the quality of your Light.
You determine the effects that you will have upon others,
and the nature of the experiences of your life.”

~ Gary Zukav

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