A Letter to My BBFs (Blogging Best Friends)

Kozo Hattori BowDear Blogging Best Friends,

I don’t know much about you. For all I know you might have voted the exact opposite I did in November, or you might have been rooting for the American athletes to fail in the London Olympics.

You also don’t know me. For example, many of my blogging best friends are women who don’t know that being a Japanese American male, I am Patriarchy’s uber child. I have not always treated women the way they deserve to be treated. If you talked to my ex-girlfriends and even my wife, they would tell you that, at best, I am a work in progress. Although my life’s work centers around peace, I have not always been a peaceful person in thoughts, words, or actions.

The one thing I do know from being your blogging best friend is who we want to be, who we strive to be. I know what is in our souls trying to get out, even if our consciousness is not in accord with that spirit. Continue reading

Biggest Hypocrite Blogger Award

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I am such an ingrate. Even though I post five things to be grateful for each day, I still take things for granted. Case in point, blogger awards. I have been so busy with Bloggers for Peace that I have not reciprocated on no less than 10 blogger awards. Thanks to Rarasaur for hitting me in the head of how important blogger awards are. It’s hypocritical to try to recruit members of Bloggers for Peace while ignoring these special awards and the amazing bloggers who nominated everydaygurus (EG). I am going to adjust the rules, however, so I don’t bore you to death. Continue reading

Bloggers for Peace–Learning to Fly

bannerBloggers for Peace is growing so fast that we have created its own page. Thanks to the incredible web skills of Cheri Roberts, I am pleased to present to you the Bloggers4Peace web site. We also have two URLs–Bloggers4Peace.org and B4Peace.org. The new site is a static instructional site that will give people information about what we are all about. If you want to tell someone what Bloggers4Peace is about, just send them to the site or give them one of the URLs which are connected to the site. Continue reading

Promote Peace

Woot Woot. We have 71 Bloggers for Peace after the first week of January. That is close to 1000 peace posts that will circulate world-wide this year. The number grows everyday, but I would like to make a push to get everyone on board as soon as possible.

1. Tweet for Peace

Above are two tweets that I have sent recently. If you have a twitter account, please hit “retweet” in the lower right corner of the tweet above and it will immediately retweet this message.

Notice that the second message is sent to Freshly Pressed. It includes a link to Grandmalin’s post on peace (If you have not read Grandmalin’s post, stop reading, click on the link, and put a pillow on your desk to protect your jaw when it drops to the floor.). Continue reading

Monthly Peace Challenge: Acts of Kindness

bannerIn a few hours, we officially start the Bloggers for Peace 2013. At this point, we have 40 bloggers committed to publish at least one post a month on/for/about peace. That is 480 peace posts, more than a post a day, that will uplift the internet throughout the year. If you want to join Bloggers for Peace click on the badge to the right. From this tiny seed, how big a tree of peace can we grow? What about a multinational forest of peace?

To help inspire the Bloggers for Peace (B4Peace), we will have a Monthly Peace Challenge. To participate, tag your post with B4Peace or leave a link to it in the comments. Anyone who completes all twelve Monthly Peace Challenges will receive a Free B4Peace T-shirt. Continue reading

A Means to Survive: A Justification for Blogging

I love my wife to death. She is part of an inner circle club that has only ever had two members: me and her. She loves and accepts me with all my flaws, inadequacies, and mistakes. She is quite literally a part of me.0062

Maybe it is because of the tragic events that occurred earlier this month. Maybe it is because I study Buddhism (Bad Buddhist joke: Why did the Buddhist doctor get fired? Because he put down “birth” every time he had to answer “Cause of Death.”). Maybe it is because I am trying to be more empathetic with those who are grieving, but I have been thinking about what it would be like to lose the most significant bond I have made.

What would I do? Who would I turn to? How would I survive? Continue reading

(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding

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Once again, thanks to Rarasaur for teaching everyone how to Wordcloud our blogs. It should come as no surprise that in my blog’s Wordcloud “Rarasaur” is one of the biggest words. Can you say, “Blog Crush”?

I really like this tool, because like Rarasaur said it gives us a pulse on our site. This picture is a pretty accurate representation of what Everyday Gurus is all about–Happiness, Mindfulness, Lovingkindness, and Hugs. Continue reading

We Can Make a Difference–Right Here, Right Now

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“Peace is not something you wish for, it something you make, something you do, something you are, something you give away.”–Robert Fulghum

In an effort to actively do something to create more peace in the world in 2013, I am dedicating a number of my posts specifically to peace. I invite you to join me. We can call ourselves “Bloggers for Peace.” Everyone is invited to join. The requirements are simple and flexible.

  • Devote at least one post a month to/for/about peace. If you write poems or fiction, write a piece about peace. If you take photos, post a photo or gallery that reflects, symbolizes, defines, or creates peace. If you write rants, rant at something that disturbs the peace or rant about something that promotes peace. If you are into zen, post a blank white page. If you are an artist…you get the idea. Feel free to be creative. Peace has no boundaries. There are no mistakes. We have no enemies. Continue reading

Cancer as a Guru: 5 Life Lessons from a Remarkable Guest

Breast-Cancer-istockphoto134127959A few days ago, I received the best Christmas gift I have ever gotten. Tracy’s post “What makes Christmas exciting” on FEC-THis made me appreciate Christmas, fatherhood, and life in a way I’ve never experienced before. I wanted to share this post with everyone, but rather than creating a link or a re-blog, I realized that it wasn’t so much the post that I wanted to share, but Tracy herself. Continue reading