Welcome to the Sunday Interview and the theme is The Ultimate Bucket List.
In this interview series I would love to know what your top TWO items are on your bucket list and if you have not written one yet, then perhaps it is time to get your thinking caps on.
Here is more about how you can participate here:https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/05/new-sunday-show-interview-series-the-ultimate-bucket-list-a-test-run-with-sally-cronin/
Today author Steve Costello shares his two top bucket list items and I am sure that you will find very interesting. Steve has a blog where he shares writing tips and also encourages other writers to submit guest posts to be shared with his followers.
Here are the top two items on my Ultimate Bucket List.
1. Spend 24 hours (or longer) with the Dalai Lama. Chatting, meditating, learning.
2. Go on a world tour speaking to and motivating community groups about the power of the human spirit and how working together we can achieve peace.
I’m not known for setting myself easy goals but where there is a will, there is often a way so I have started the process by writing to the Dalai Lama outlining the reasons why I am asking him for a private audience.
Dear Your Holiness the Dalai Lama,
It is very clear to me that my spiritual path places me in your vicinity. Indeed for many years I have read your books and books about you and your spirituality that I might be better informed.
It will not come as a surprise to you that there are occasions when as human beings we simply ‘know something.’ It is to this that I refer when I say that my spiritual path places me in your vicinity, not merely as a reader and disciple but as somebody with whom I personally connect. I am not a Buddhist, Christian or Muslim, I am as I am, a child of the universe and I pray for peace and understanding in the world.
I would very much like to meet you and if I am exceptionally blessed, to spend a day with you to share thoughts and meditation, leaving with a boost of joy in my heart to share with the world. Of course there are thousands in this world who deserve your company and I am but a grain of sand. I must however be honest, we both know that we all as human beings are connected and therefore I can gain much from you here at my keyboard that I can in person. That said, the human element is often what is missing from our connections and I would be extremely honoured to meet you if the demands on your time allow.
Second on my list – Go on a world tour speaking to and motivating community groups about the power of the human spirit and how working together we can achieve peace.
I believe that all good things start with people. That sounds so obvious but I am talking about the people who go about their daily lives with peace and love in their hearts but do not hold the power that some see as essential to affecting the ways of the world. I am talking about those who are usually labelled ‘ordinary,’ not those who hold the majority of political power and wealth.
I wish to see peace in this beautiful world and a positive way forward is to use the power of peace. When people feel disaffected they often feel powerless and focus on their smallest denominator, their most basic needs. It might be argued that this keeps them quiet while the ways of the world continue.
What can I, the grain of sand I mentioned to HH the Dalai Lama do? Travel, meet community groups and talk to them, motivate people about their personal power, enthuse them and leave in place local motivators to keep the momentum going after I leave. To use the words of John Lennon, “give peace a chance.” People may not be able to control what’s happening in the world but they can control the way they respond to it.
“Let us learn to let go, to not allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by the circumstances and conditions of this world. Let us constantly remember that at the heart of ourselves, as at the heart of all human beings, there forever stands a silent and watchful guardian: the Master Within.” Christian Bernard
My thanks to Steve for sharing his top two personal aims on his Ultimate Bucket List and I am sure like me you wish him every success in both meeting the Dalai Lama and also in his journey to meet with people and promote peace.
Books by Steve Costello
About recently released Beyond the Pyre
When Catharine and Ben go to their French home in Carcassonne, they meet a woman who looks just like Catharine, with whom she shares an instant affinity. Catharine’s spirit guide, Michael, connects her to ancient Carcassonne and the spirit of Elionor, whose thirteenth-century life entwines with Catharine’s modern one.
Ben is concerned, but a journey of his own leads him to realise that not only Elionor’s and Catharine’s lives are interlinked, but his own and those of a whole group of people they know in the present world.
A terrifying encounter with two false friends from the past – centuries past – and meetings with their age-old selves pull Ben and Catharine into the ancient crusades against the Cathar faith, to unearth a long-hidden secret. Can they defeat the evil twins, Les Deux, rewrite history and save their present, or will history repeat itself, 800 years in the future?
Available in print and ebook formats, buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Pyre-Steve-Costello-ebook/dp/B073LFDF57
About Steve Costello
Steve was born in the north-west of England in the early summer of 1959. He remembers nothing of the swinging sixties except wondering what he was doing in a buggy one day amidst thousands of screaming people and rather a lot of fuss about a group called The Beatles.
He is a double degree graduate with a string of post-graduate qualifications who enjoyed his work until an accident forced him to retire prematurely. With outstanding support from his family, his first book, ‘Horando,’ grew from the ashes of that broken career when all felt lost.
Steve lives quietly (ha, ha) with his partner and their six children in the south of France where he writes mostly fiction.
When asked, ‘Will there be more from Horando?’ Steve said that he was already working on other stories and didn’t plan on a follow-up to Horando unless demand sent him back to that particular keyboard!
On June 30th, 2017, Steve’s latest novel, Beyond The Pyre was published in paper and digital formats by Austin Macauley. He has almost finished the novel to follow BTP. Both novels follow a historical fiction thread with aspects of Spirit and the tenacity of humanity to make sense from chaos.
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Thanks for dropping in today and if you would like to share the top two items on your bucket list please read this submission post and contact me. Thanks Sally