Lisa E. Papp

Greetings! Thank you for visiting our site.

Jim and I have known each other since college, are best friends, and have been married over 25 years. Over the years we have enjoyed working together on various artistic and business ventures. Years ago in Seattle, we even had our own musical group with some friends. We had lots of fun composing and performing original, melodic pop/rock songs with positive messages and lyrics. We were still playing melodic, upbeat music when Grunge took over the Seattle…and beyond…music scene. But, I digress… :-)

Jim and I work on various projects under our Planet Papp LLC company. I am the Marketing Director…and I wear a few other hats too.

I am passionate about sharing the importance of Kindness, Gratitude and Compassion.

I am honored to help Jim share and promote his book Inquire Within. Jim frequently speaks in public (and on YouTube soon…with videos also posted on our site soon) on Kindness and Compassion.

I also call myself a Gratitude Coach. Remember when your mother would remind you to send your relatives and friends thank you notes after holiday and birthday gifts received? Well, as a Gratitude Coach, I might do a little reminding like that. We all know how wonderful it is to receive a card in the mail…something other than a bill…a thank you, message of encouragement, thinking of you card…whatever. I also offer a tool to quickly get those greeting cards out…real cards…not e-cards. I work with an incredible company that allows individuals, businesses and non-profits to easily send out gratitude to their friends, family, clients, donors etc.. You can learn more about this fun, memorable, time and money-saving gratitude sending tool here: www.lisaepappbiz.com. Ask me how you can try it for free.

Our website is still being developed. Thanks for visiting. I’ll write more soon…

Many Blessings, Lisa

Sugar is Making Us Sick. Are You Fed Up?

Sugar_Fed_UpI’ll be honest…I’ve had issues and challenges, an almost addiction, to sugar in the past. It’s a tough craving or habit to break because sugar makes many foods taste so delicious and it lights up the pleasure centers of the brain. However, studies that show that too much sugar (in the form of natural sucrose and high-fructose corn syrup) not only makes us fat, it damages our liver, messes up our metabolism, impairs brain function, and may leave us susceptible to heart disease, diabetes, even cancer.

Not only is sugar harmful for our health, the new documentary Fed Up calls the effects of sugar a public health disaster. The film is narrated by news anchor Katie Couric and executive produced by Laurie David, who also produced An Inconvenient Truth. The film clearly shows the link between sugar and our most urgent health problems, but especially targets the substance’s effect on childhood obesity, which has more than doubled in the past 30 years.

Writer Erin Sagen for YES Magazine reviews Fed Up and includes this…”If people out there still doubt sugar’s destructive effect on our bodies, Fed Up will definitely change their minds (and eating habits). Especially when they learn that sugar is eight times more addictive than cocaine, or that it takes a 110-pound child 75 minutes of bike riding to burn off the calories in one 20-ounce bottle of soda, a fact also found on the film’s website.”

Fed_Up_MovieI look forward to seeing the film but, thanks to excellent information sources on health and wellness including Dr. Mercola’s site www.mercola.com, I have already eliminated a great deal of sugar from my diet. I do enjoy a little organic dark chocolate but the cookies, cupcakes, prepared salad dressings, and breakfast cereals have been long gone from my diet. Luckily I have never been a soda drinker. Giving up most sugar was tough at first but got easier as I went along and I feel better and better…and have lost weight too. Read Erin Sagen’s full review of Fed Up in YES Magazine. 

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It is Better to Pray for Peace

“I am a Beautiful Flower in God’s Garden” by Lisa Papp

Please join Pope Francis’ call
for a Worldwide Day of Prayer
for Peace in Syria –
September 7, 2013

If you like, you can listen to
The Shift Network’s free prayer meditation
at 12:00 noon PT/3:00 p.m. ET
http://theshiftnetwork.com/PrayerForSyria
More information below.

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Sept. 7, 2103 ~ I am choosing to take time today to be in quiet prayer and fasting for Peace for Syria and all. I won’t fast all day…and you can choose to follow Pope Francis’ call for a full day of fasting and prayer for Peace…or modify, as you need. I was reminded, in my morning meditation,  that Peace always begins with me. I feel my Peaceful Heart…Peaceful Mind…Peaceful Spirit…Peaceful Thoughts…Peaceful Words…Peaceful Deeds…Every Peaceful Cell in my Body Radiating Peace throughout me…and out into our big, beautiful Earth and Universe. I see and feel Peace for all Beings…for You…for all in Syria, Egypt, every country in the world, and for the U.S…the people of the U.S., President Obama, all members of Congress and Senate, all in government, and for all leaders around the world. We want and need Peace. And so it is. Peace. 

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War, Peace, & a “Sex Strike” was my original post but, over a few days, I changed my feelings and my mind.

I wrote the original post below after watching and reading too much TV and Internet news about the tragedies in Syria. I was furious about President Obama’s reaction to the situation in Syria as he was talking about taking military action.  The media’s crazy, fear-based, war-mongering sensational stories made me even more upset. I was frustrated and got caught up in the negative thinking and it threw me off center…for a day or two. Then, I turned off the news and stopped reading the stories online. I spent some time in quiet and prayer and listened to my heart. I realized it was better to focus on Peace and envision that for all people in Syria and all beings around the world. Read on for the original and updated posts.

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War, Peace, & a “Sex Strike”?

By Lisa E. Papp
August 28, 2013

What if women around the world went on a “sex strike” until men stopped fighting and wars?

About ten years ago, our friend Drue Robinson wrote an updated version of the Greek play Lysistrata. Drue is an incredibly talented writer and director and the founder and artistic director of the Bellingham Children’s Theatre based in Bellingham, Washington state.

Lysistrata: A Woman’s Translation is the only modern adaptation of Aristophanes’ classic comedy written entirely in rhyme. Lysistrata, an Athenian woman fed up with war, rallies together the women of Greece to seize the Treasury, stage a sex strike, and force the men of each warring faction to come home and sign a truce. The play is  fast-paced and memorable culminating with the  Chorus of Old Men and Chorus of Old Women squaring off in a hilarious battle of wits and guts, ultimately resulting in a reunion of genders, ages, and political positions.

What do you think, Women and Men of the World? Would a “sex strike” stop the fighting and wars? Perhaps it is worth a try. 

Over the past ten years, hundreds of theater groups throughout the U.S., Canada, and Australia did readings or performances of Drue’s Lysistrata play. To read or order Drue Robinson’s Lysistrata: A Woman’s Translation < click there. More about the fabulous work Drue does at Bellingham Children Theatre.

 We envision and pray for Peace and Love for all Beings everywhere. 

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Update – Sept. 1, 2013 –
It is Better to Focus on Peace

 

I wrote the above post above after watching and reading too much TV and Internet news about the tragedies in Syria. I was furious about President Obama’s reaction to the situation in Syria as he was talking about taking military action.  The media’s crazy, fear-based, war-mongering sensational stories made me even more upset. I was frustrated and got caught up in the negative thinking and it threw me off center…for a day or two. Then, I turned off the news and stopped reading the stories online. I realized it was better to focus on Peace and envision that for all people in Syria and all beings around the world.

Please join Neale Donald Walsch, Marianne Williamson, and people all around the world in the Global Collective Prayer Initiative, Monday, September 2, at 16:00 GMT. (Keep reading for more information about the September 7 Prayer Vigil for Peace.) We will pray solidly and intentionally for ten minutes that the U.S. will not launch air strikes on Syria, and that the larger Syrian conflict may end, at last, with peace and harmony prevailing.  

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Thank you to Neale Donald Walsch:

IT IS TIME NOW TO PRAY.
All Together and for the Same Thing.

So now it has begun.

Another escalation in international tensions is upon us as a result of the alleged use of chemical weapons by the government of Syria on its own people, and the possible response of the United States of pinpoint missile strikes against strategic military targets in Syria.

President Obama announced Saturday (Aug 31) that he would not order an intervention in Syria by the U.S. without approval in a vote by Congress. That body is not due to return from its summer recess until September 9 — but it could be called back into session by its leadership on a moment’s notice. It is unclear at this stage how much of a reprieve the world has from the threat of a U.S. military intervention in Syria.

Members of the vast spiritual communities that are spread across our planet are asking today: What can we do? In the face of the possibility of this latest and seemingly never-ending use of violence in the name of bringing an end to violence, what can we do?

The answer is that we now have to use, intently and with passionate and mighty focus, the most powerful force in the Universe — a force more powerful, even, than all the missiles and all the bombs and all the chemical weapons in all the arsenals of all the military establishments of all the governments of the world.

Prayer.

Prayer is intentioned Thought, and Thought is one of the Three Tools of Creation given to us by our Creator. Those tools are: Thought, Word, and Deed. Of these, Thought is the most powerful, because Thought is the least physical. Therefore it is the least dense, and thus the most far reaching, permeating all physical bodies, barriers and constructions.

I believe the prayer of the day should be that Congress votes against a military intervention — even a limited, air-power-only intervention — by the United States. The reasons for my belief are found in the lengthier commentary in the news article to the lower left of this website’s Home Page, under the column title Interpreting Conversations with God.

I hope you will read that article at once, and then I hope you will join me and Marianne Williamson in the Global Collective Prayer Initiative, Monday, September 2, at 16:00 GMT (that is 9 a.m. Pacific Time). We will pray solidly and intentionally for ten minutes that the U.S. will not launch air strikes on Syria, and that the larger Syrian conflict may end, at last, with peace and harmony prevailing.

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The calls and prayers for Peace continue…

 

On Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, the Catholic Church’s Pope Francis declared…

“War never again! Never again war!,” Francis declared Sunday in an Angelus address.Denouncing the use of chemical weapons in Syria, the pope referred to looming “dramatic developments” facing the country and said, “I appeal strongly for peace, an appeal which arises from  deep within me.”

In his address, Francis also called for a global day of prayer and fasting  on Sept. 7, the vigil of the birth of Mary, the “queen of peace,” he remarked,  to pray for Syria and the Middle East.

Without mentioning the United States, Francis said Sunday that he “exhort[s] the international community to make every effort to promote clear proposals for peace in that country without further delay, a peace based on dialogue and negotiation, for the good of the entire Syrian people.”

“Never has the use of violence brought peace in its wake,” the pontiff added. “War begets war, violence begets violence.”

Read full Washington Post article here.

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Support Pope Francis’ call for a
Prayer Vigil for Syria –
September 7, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. PT/3:00 p.m. ET 

 

From:  Stephen Dinan, The Shift Network

If you’re like me, your heart is pained over the war in Syria.  It’s vital that we seek the highest transformation in this situation for the good of all beings.  That’s why we’re inviting you to a special Prayer Call tomorrow:

Prayer for Syria
In support of His Holiness Pope Francis’ call
for a worldwide day of fasting and prayer

Join James O’Dea, Zainab Al-Suwaij, Grandmother Flordemayo, Sister Jenna and Stephen Dinan for a unified prayer for Syria.

September 7, 2013 – 12:00 p.m. PT/3:00 p.m. ET

Register Free – http://theshiftnetwork.com/PrayerForSyria

The violence in Syria is heartbreaking as women, children and elderly alike are dying and over 2 million people are now refugees. It is time for people around the world to stand together and appeal to the leaders of all factions to seek nonviolent solutions.

His Holiness Pope Francis announced he would lead a worldwide day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria on Sept. 7. In solidarity with His Holiness, people of all spiritual traditions are invited to join in a Prayer for Syria. Your heartfelt participation, together with people around the world, will help create a unified call for peace, leveraging our collective spiritual power.

Register Free – http://theshiftnetwork.com/PrayerForSyria

Please join us in the collective power of prayer.

 

 

3 Responses to “It is Better to Pray for Peace”

  1. Penny says:

    What a great idea! I think it could work. I’ll be sharing this. Thank you.

  2. Chas says:

    Hilarious… A SEX STRIKE! Perhaps a ploy that could be utilized by either of the sexes to get an outcome that they desire. I’m just saying, women have needs too!

    What comes to mind is the natural result of withholding sex. Ummmm, that would be the suspension of procreation. Brilliant solution really in so far as the lack of a next generation would certainly bring an end to man made war or woman made for that matter.

    I certainly have to validate the underlying emotional feeling here. Yes, enough with the conflict already. It’s beyond “getting old.” It’s gone well beyond the “being fed up” stage.

    Mankind is the Universal Laughing Stock when it comes to giving in to our anger and aggressive tendencies. And for what? Just to get a leg up on feeling a sense of empowerment (read that control) in a world that conspires to separate from that very sense.

    Somebody, PLEASE STOP US!

  3. admin says:

    Thank you, Chas, for taking the time to post and ask such thought-provoking questions. I am certainly going to give them more thought. My post was originally written in frustration and, if I’m honest, with some fear. Your comment “Yes, enough with the conflict already. It’s beyond “getting old.” It’s gone well beyond the “being fed up” stage.” was how I felt. Now, can I move beyond that frustration and fear to a most productive Visualization of a Peaceful World? I’m going to try. Blessings to you ~ Lisa

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Valentine’s Day and a Lesson from the Mayans on Balance

Hearts - original painting by Jim PappOn this Valentine’s Day, we wish you love.

And we wish you Balance.  Balance of male and female energies is the way of the New Era.  On December 21, 2012, the Mayan calendar did not end. A long Mayan calendar cycle of just over 5,125 years finished and on the next day a new great cycle of 5,125 years began. (You can read Jim’s entire December 21, 2012 Mayan Calendar article by clicking here).  The breathtakingly harmonic Mayan calendar works as wheels within wheels within wheels that keep turning. The great cycle that ended on Winter Solstice 2012 began in 3,114 BC and is called the Fourth Sun by the Maya. There were three Suns before the Fourth Sun and now we have entered the Fifth Sun.

The Fourth Sun was governed by male energy. On December 22, 2012 the Fifth Sun was born, a new 5,125 year era that will be governed by a balance of male and female energies. And, it’s about time. We need balance in many aspects of our lives.

This Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2013, has been chosen as a day to highlight a worldwide problem…violence against women. Playwright of “The Vagina Monologues” and author Eve Ensler created One Billion Rising because “One in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime and one billion women violated is an atrocity.” The One Billion Rising Mission says that “One billion women dancing is a revolution”. On 14 February 2013, One Billion Rising invites “ONE BILLION women and those who love them to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to this violence. ONE BILLION RISING will move the earth, activating women and men across every country”. The organization V-Day wants the world to see our collective strength, our numbers, our solidarity across borders. V-Day is a global movement to end violence against women and girls.

All around the world, including our hometown of Bellingham, WA, women and men are gathering and dancing to support One Billion Rising and demand an end to violence against women. Click here for the Bellingham, WA event.

There are also feminists who do not agree with One Billion Rising and will not support the cause. Natalie Gyte’s piece on Huffington Post “Why I Won’t Support One Billion Rising” says that “The primary problem with One Billion Rising is its refusal to name the root cause of women’s inequality; its outright refusal to point the finger at a patriarchal system which cultivates masculinity and which uses the control and subjugation of women’s bodies as an outlet for that machoism.”

Review One Billion Rising’s website – http://onebillionrising.org – and read Natalie Gyte’s Huffington Post article, if you like, and come to your own conclusions. There IS a terrible problem with violence against women and children worldwide and any effort to highlight and change that is  important and needed. Patriarchal systems may certainly be part of the problem. But blame and anger against men or a system will only get you so far. Looking for differences will only get you so far.

Love…we need more of this. Balance…we need more of this too. We can learn to better love and honor the balance of male and female energies within our self. We can do a better job respecting, valuing, and loving all people just for Being…regardless of gender, race, nationality, occupation, or any other perceived difference. We can do a better job respecting, protecting, and loving animals and all of the beautiful natural elements of our Earth.

We support the message and work of One Billion Rising and thank Eve Ensler and all participating.

Happy Valentine’s Day. We wish you love and balance.

~ Lisa (and Jim)

 

One Response to “Valentine’s Day and a Lesson from the Mayans on Balance”

  1. I absolutely agree that we need more balance on this planet, along with a shift to values like love, respect and a willingness to help one another. Thank you for a Valentine’s Day post with an important message. May you and Lisa have a wonderful day!

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An Act of Peace by Cat Zavis

I love this beautiful post by my friend, Cat Zavis. I agree with everything she has written. Let’s redefine 9/11 forever! Please join us by focusing on healing, transformation, and peace for a moment or two (or as long as you like) of silence at 12:00 noon Pacific time on 9/11…and beyond. Take some quiet, prayer, envisioning time for peace every day. If you can’t join us at noon Pacific, choose any time that works for you. Please feel free to share.

Peace and Blessings ~ Lisa

Update – September 21 is the International Day Peace and Gratitude Day each year. The Peace America Intention Experiment runs this Friday, Sept 21 at 1 pm Eastern US DST in honor of the International Day of Peace. Lynne McTaggart will be your host and guide you through the 20 minute experience. To join us, Register TODAY. Even if you have registered for Intention Experiments before or you are part of Lynne McTaggart’s community, you will have to register on http://www.gaiamtv.com/experiment Gaiam will then send you a link to view the experiment. www.facebook.com/lynne.mctaggart ~ www.theintentionexperiment.com

 

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September 6, 2012

An Act of Peace by Cat Zavis

www.parentingwithyourex.com

Peace ~ An Act, Not Simply a Practice
“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”

~ Jimi Hendrix

 

While many of us remember 9/11 as the bombing of the World Trade Center, I’d like to offer a different historical memory. I offer this perspective because I want us to focus on the possibility of healing and transformation rather than on terror and war.

On September 11, 1906, Mohandas K. Gandhi launched the modern nonviolence movement. On that day, at a gathering of 3,000 Indians in Johannesburg, South Africa, Gandhi called for Satyagraha – “the force that is born of truth and love.” His message of “non-cooperation” has inspired countless civil disobedience actions for justice and peace.

9/11 has always been special to me because it is my birthday. When I tell people I was born on September 11th, they always apologize (I’m not sure if they are apologizing for my birth or simply the date of my birth!). Since the infamous 9/11, I have often struggled with how to celebrate, but in 2006 I had an idea that I have repeated every year since.

This yearly ritual is my way of honoring Gandhi and all the brave women and men we know by name and those whose names we will never know who face violence with nonviolent resistance and persistence, those who are willing to speak the truth even when it is dangerous to do so, and those whose lives have been taken through violent actions.

I invite you to join me, on this day, in an act of peace. For one day, please put down your weapons of choice, whether that be your thoughts, words, your guns, your knives, you drone weapons, your bulldozers or other weapons that create destruction and suffering for any being on this planet.

Instead, try placing your focus on healing and transformation. If you are a teacher or parent, can you appreciate all that you find challenging in your students and children as an expression of their humanness? Can you imagine responding to that challenging behavior with curious compassion?

If you are divorced or have a former partner, can you put aside your anger and resentment and focus on forgiveness and healing?

If you are a soldier or freedom fighter, can you look in the eyes of your enemy and see their humanity? Can you remember that they cry just as you do, they love and care just as you do, their blood flows the same red as yours?

 

My birthday invitation to you is as follows:

Please join me at 12:00 pm PST (or anytime if this time doesn’t work for you) on September 11th,and stop whatever you are doing and sit in SILENCE for at least ONE full MINUTE.

Then imagine looking into the eyes of those who cause you suffering or for whom you harbor anger and resentment… and remember that they, too, are human beings on this planet, doing the very best they can, just as you are.

Breathe IN any pain, sorrow, grief, fear, anger and desire for revenge. Then Breathe OUT compassion for all beings, peace, healing and the possibility of TRANSFORMATION.

Stay present in this energy until you feel peaceful and can imagine bringing that quality of peace into the rest of your day.

It is my goal that for one minute (if not for a full day), everyone will not only envision the possibility of peace but also experience it in their hearts and bodies.
Will you join me?

It would be a huge gift to me if you passed my invitation along to others around the globe, invited your congregations to join in a moment of silence, and shared it with friends and family members. I would love to see this go viral so that everyone around the globe will experience one moment of silent prayer for peace – where no guns are drawn, now words are spoken, no hearts are closed.

The idea of many people breathing in pain and breathing out compassion gives me hope and helps me stay connected with how I want to live and how I want our world to be. I hope you will join me.

I look forward to celebrating my birthday with you wherever you find yourself at Noon (PST) on Tuesday, September 11th (or anytime that day).

Please pass this along to as many people as you imagine would enjoy joining us – the more the merrier!!

Thanks for celebrating with me in the most joyous way I can imagine.

 

With hope and prayer for healing and repair for all ~ Cat

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Cat J. Zavis is an Attorney, Mediator, Child Advocate and Coach for Parents co-parenting their children after divorce.  As a divorced mother of 2, she deeply understands the challenges, trauma and opportunities divorce provides. She has been practicing Nonviolent CommunicationSM, Mediation and Collaborative Law for 7 years. She conducts workshops and trainings in Nonviolent CommunicationSM for parents, lawyers, teachers, students, spiritual centers and professionals. In 2009, she was awarded a Peace Builder Award for her business.  Her combination of personal experience and professional expertise give Cat a unique perspective and ability to help co parents learn to communicate effectively and powerfully to transform their relationships and interactions with their former after divorce so they and their children can thrive.

She can be reached at clientcare@parentingwithyourex.com ~ www.parentingwithyourex.com

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Coldplay Concert Connects…Musically and from the Heart.

Can a band perform in a 16,000+ person arena and make it feel intimate? Yes, Coldplay did just that.  Jim and I and our dear friend Lorraine were fortunate to see Coldplay perform in Seattle at the Key Arena on April 25th. We love their music! We saw them a number of years ago at the Coachella Festival in Indio, California and were definitely looking forward to this show.

Coldplay concert

Coldplay concert in Seattle

At the start of their set, Chris Martin commented on the challenges of creating intimacy in a large venue and said that he wanted to connect with each and every one of us. And off they went…performing old and new hits like “Yellow”, “In My Place”, “God Put a Smile Upon Your Face”, “Warning Sign”, “Mylo Xyloto”, “Paradise”, “Clocks”, “Fix You”…and more. The band gave it all they had….powerful vocals and talented musicianship, positive energy and great stage presence, fun, and a sensational light and effects show!

Does it look like Lisa enjoyed Coldplay?

I have never heard so many people singing along in a concert! Singing, dancing, and waving our special computer-controlled Coldplay wrist bands around…we all had a great time. The wristbands lit up in different colors and pulsed on and off to the rhythm of certain songs and included the twitter hashtag #coldplayfilm on the wristband. It was a magical and heart-warming night of music and connection.

Coldplay show with our lit-up wristbands #coldplayfilm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coldplay’s Chris Martin

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