February Proclamation on Love and Listening

2021’s #ValuesProjects continue with Love and Listening for February.

Share your efforts to connect through acts of unity and peace with the individuals and communities in your life. Email by ValuesProjects@CompassionatePomona.org by February 28.

A Proclamation for February

A PROCLAMATION BY COMPASSIONATE POMONA, A CONSORTIUM OF CARING INDIVIDUALS AND AGENCIES IN THE CITY OF POMONA, PROCLAIMING FEBRUARY 2021 AS “LOVE AND LISTENING’’ MONTH  IN THE CITY OF POMONA

WHEREAS, as a Compassionate Pomona—in concurrence with the Charter for Compassion which the City of Pomona proclaimed on April 2nd, 2018—we continue to focus on thoughts and actions that promote compassion and inner and outer peace; and 

WHEREAS, in alignment with the goal of compassion, Compassionate Pomona has identified “Loving and Listening” as actions and values which support the Charter for Compassion; and 

WHEREAS, during the month of February, hearts and minds typically turn toward visions of sweetheart romance, neighborly and familial love, as well as the message of caring which is presented in every Valentine’s card, bouquet, and sweet offering; and

WHEREAS, in 2021, as we struggle with pandemic, we turn more urgently toward hopeful images of healthy hearts and bodies able to share life with love, care, and concern for the human family and for the whole of creation; and

WHEREAS, listening is one of the ways we express and receive love; and we can intentionally choose the way we hear each other, and whether we embrace the spoken word as well as the natural sounds of  our planet-home; and

WHEREAS, listening requires a quiet mind; and Compassionate Pomona promotes contemplative breathing as a tool to enhance inner tranquility and therefore our ability to experience connection to our neighbor; and

WHEREAS, when Father Gregory Boyle remembered Cesar Chavez’s lazer-like attention,  “Nothing and no one else existed in that moment but you and whatever you were going on about”,  he was speaking about the power of listening and the focus of a quiet mind; and    

WHEREAS, “Loving and Listening” can create unity of vision and collaboration toward healthy and restorative actions to change in our families, our churches, our schools, and our entire community; and

WHEREAS, engagement via school youth projects, business programming, and governmental and non-profit services to encourage creative expressions of our human connection as we love and listen to each other will bring renewed strength to our community; and     

WHEREAS, Compassionate Pomona does hereby encourage all Pomonans to “Love and Listen” and to use “#valuesPomona” to share this movement on social media, thus integrating “Loving and Listening” into the daily life of our community. 

NOW, THEREFORE, COMPASSIONATE POMONA does hereby proclaim the month of February 2021 as the month of

LOVE AND LISTENING

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