Buy That Guy A Sammy: Week 4 of Feeding NYC’s Homeless

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Hey Zenful Dancers!  As I wrap up my much-needed trip home to see family, I am thrilled to announce that this week’s sammy goes to Kevin.  He is a homeless newspaper vendor for Street Spirit, the homeless newspaper that the City of Berkeley supplies for free to homeless vendors looking to become more self sufficient and earn 100% of what they make for selling the newspapers (recommended donation is $1/newspaper) as an alternative to panhandling.  He still had a pretty good stack left to sell and he was super hungry so all I saw was an opportunity to BTGAS!  Kevin’s missing all of his front teeth, so he opted in for a (soft) chicken burrito and bottle of water totaling just under my weekly $10 sammy budget.  Huzzah!

Pay it forward Zenful Dancers and spread the word!

-Leah Joy, The Zenful Blogger

Buy That Guy A Sammy: Week 3 of Feeding NYC’s Homeless

Hey Zenful Dancers!  Last week on my way home to visit the family I found this in the Denver, CO airport.  $1.50 buys a meal for Denver’s homeless.  I put a little heart in there for some extra love since we can all use a little extra in this world. ❤️

Psssst!  Pass it on!  Who’s with me?

Leah Joy, The Zenful Blogger

BUY THAT GUY A SAMMY: Feeding NYC’s Homeless, One Person At A Time

Hey Zenful Dancers!

I haven’t been doing too well lately.  Lots going on with my health and my home life.  It’s been overwhelming on most days and my meditation practice has been damn near sanity-saving- and at the risk of sounding too dramatic maybe even life-saving.  But nothing snaps me out of a funk more quickly than figuring out how I can be helpful to others who are in a much worse way than I am.

Today I bought Reggie a sandwich.  Reggie was in the Flatiron today and I could tell he wasn’t doing so well.  He was hunched over his walking cane from what he explained was a “bad case of Scoliosis” and he looked pretty parched up.  As most homeless folks (and many con-artists posed as homeless folks do) he asked if I could give him any money.  I explained I don’t give out money but I do give food when I can and that gesture usually weeds out the cons from the people in need. We got to talking.  He’d been homeless for two years and is usually pretty lucky to get into a shelter, but not always.  His back always hurts and he’s always hungry and he can’t believe he is in the situation he’s in at his age (I would guess Reggie is in his early 60’s).  I wanted to help.

I went into the deli shop on the next corner and explained my story.  I told them I wanted to get the best sandwich I could buy and a bottle of water but my budget was $10.  When the lady at the counter rang me up, the total was over budget so she promptly offered me her employee discount and said with a lovely smile, “Hey, pay it forward, right?”  $9.84.

$9.84 made not just 1 but 3 people feel great today!  It was a small gesture but had a positive impact on my, Reggie’s and the lovely shop girl’s day.  Think about that the next time you walk by someone in need on the street and you have 5 minutes and $10 bucks to spare.

Let’s start a movement.  Out of my own pocket I am going to buy one person a meal, once a week for the next year on a $10 budget.  I am going to take the time to at least learn their name and even take a selfie (an “Ussie”?) with them if that’s comfortable for them.  AND I will Tweet/Blog updates. I plan to do this once a week for a year and instead of buying myself a coffee every morning, I’ll pare down to just once a week and make my coffee at home.

If you live in a town or city where homeless folks live in your neighborhood, remember, they’re your neighbors too.

Pay it forward.  Who’s in?

-Leah Joy, The Zenful Blogger

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Counting Down to Day 19 (Day 110 out of 129) of the Middle Path Makeover – Balance

What goes up must come down. What you throw out there will come back to you. What you think most often you will attract more thoughts like that to you. There are (at least) two sides to every story; which side are you? Listen to them both before forming an opinion.

Stand on both feet with your weight distributed evenly and your body will expel less energy than if you stand on only one. But stand on one foot and your other limbs (head, arms, leg of the second foot) will automatically answer the call of the first foot by extending and expelling more energy to balance out the lack of the first. Falling or not, that IS grace. It is the balance of life. And life can be a little off sometimes. How wonderful that we have the opportunity to witness our own unevenness!

One foot or two, or no feet at all. It is all just life working in balance with what we throw out there. Hang on to your sense of humor! 🙂

-Leah Joy, The Zenful Blogger