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Spreading the Love

on April 13, 2013

This week’s post is about living from the heart. There are 3 ideas I’ve seen or heard about lately that I think are wonderful and if we were all to adopt more of these into our lives, the world would surely be a better place.

love letterGlobal Love Letters

In an article in March 2013’s Natural Health magazine entitled Spread the Love, Rose Rouse reports on this fantastic global movement started by Simon Paul Sutton. I was amazed to find Simon had actually started this phenomenon in Brighton, where I live, and I’m quite keen to help continue his work!

Basically, you write an anonymous love letter addressed ‘For You’ filled with positive intentions and flowing with love, for example sentiments like ‘I may never meet you, or kiss you, but I will always be there for you’. It should be “a gorgeous declaration of love in the most delicious heartfelt way”. End it with ‘I love you’, not your name.

Then you go and find an exciting place to leave your letter: on a bus, at a train station, on a supermarket shelf, tucked into someone’s shoes at the gym, by a cash machine or on a bench. You’ll probably never know who gets to read it, but that’s part of the joy – giving love unconditionally, without any agenda or expectations. Just feel the love!

Find out more at globalloveletters.com

hiSbe logohiSbe ethical supermarket

hiSbe stands for ‘how it Should be’ and is a social enterprise started by Ruth and Amy Anslow who “want to make good, sustainable food affordable and accessible”. They have plans to open the first ethical supermarket in Brighton and there’s a great buzz building around the idea.

You can support their plans by tweeting with the hashtag #hisbe4brighton and spreading the word on Facebook. You can also sponsor the venture by pledging via Buzzbnk, which will then award you money-off vouchers and tickets to their 1st birthday party in return.

I’ve already made my pledge and am looking forward to the grand opening in the summer.

Suspended coffee donations cup of coffee

This was posted on Facebook via Amazing Things in the World and I think it’s brilliant!

This story will warm you better than a coffee on a cold winter’s day:

We enter a little coffeehouse with a friend of mine and give our order. While we’re approaching our table two people come in and they go to the counter: “Five coffees, please. Two of them for us and three suspended.”

They pay for their order, take the two and leave. I ask my friend: “What are those ‘suspended’ coffees?”

“Wait for it and you will see.”

Some more people enter. Two girls ask for one coffee each, pay and go. The next order was for seven coffees and it was made by three lawyers – three for them and four ‘suspended’.

While I still wonder what’s the deal with those ‘suspended’ coffees I enjoy the sunny weather and the beautiful view towards the square in front of the café. Suddenly a man dressed in shabby clothes who looks like a beggar comes in through the door and kindly asks “Do you have a suspended coffee?”

It’s simple – people pay in advance for a coffee meant for someone who cannot afford a warm beverage. The tradition with the suspended coffees started in Naples, but it has spread all over the world and in some places you can order not only a suspended coffee, but also a sandwich or a whole meal.

Let’s try to embrace this tradition at our local coffee shop/cafe. If you can, donate a suspended coffee or meal to someone in need. Maybe someone will be inspired by your actions and pay the good deed forward.

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