Spread the Love NOW! Group Writing Project

Spread the Love NOW!

The Three Monks present Spread the Love NOW!

Christmas is a time for giving. It’s a time for love, and a time to spread some Christmas loving cheer. Read on to see how you can participate, have some fun and be in the run to win a prize value of ~US$50, along with some really beautiful stories shared.

All you have to do is to write something on compassion. It could be anything you want, for example your definition of compassion. Still, in the spirit of Christmas, extra points will be awarded if there is a personal touch – because we want to connect in compassion.

Some ideas could be what you have done or will do for someone. Or perhaps the best kindness anyone has ever shown you.

With thanks to The Now Watch, we’re able to give some christmas gifts to the best story and reaction. We’ve got a total of 6 watches to give away, so the top 6 stories will each be sent a watch, as our thanks for sharing.

Why the Now Watch?
This is one of the most important lessons one could ever learn, one that we are glad is going spreading across the planet. The vast majority of our unhappiness is caused by dwelling in the past, or trying to anticipate the future.

Most of our mental suffering is caused by thoughts such as:

The past: “I wish this never happened / they never did that.”
The future: “I hope that doesn’t happen.” “When I get this, then I will be at peace.”

This is absurd, because the only time is Now. When the future gets here, it will be Now. The past only exists as memory. Being in the Now – that is the path towards the end of suffering.

This watch is a tool towards being in the Now – every time you check the time, you’ll realise that the present moment is all we have. And our painful mental habits begin to unravel.

The Rules of the Game
This is a joint effort by the Three Monks – Wade of The Middle Way, Kenton of Zen-Inspired Self Development, and Albert of Urban Monk.Net. The watches are kindly provided by the coolest timepiece company ever – The Now Watch.

To participate –

1) Write a post as described above. You’re encouraged, although not required, to link to all three of the judges.
2) Contact any one of us, either by emailing, or leaving a comment in one of the judge’s posts.
3) You’re encouraged also to spread the word, tag your friends, and ask them to participate.
4) On 5 January 2008, the three judges will look at all the entries, pick the winners, and publish a list, so we can all share the links and traffic.
5) The results will be posted on 10 January 2008 on all three judge’s blogs. Winners will be contacted for mailing address details so we can send them to you!

Spread the Love NOW!

Entries in Spread the Love NOW!

Now the judging has begun, it’s time to post all the final entries that entered before the competition. There were 1 or 2 entries that didn’t make the deadline, and we feel really bad about having to cut such beauty out. We are in talks about running another competition in a few months, in a less busy time of year, with a longer cut off, as our way of saying sorry.

All 3 monks have been blown away at the amount of entries and the compassion shared. Our tissue boxes haven’t worked this hard in a very long time. THANK YOU ALL. I’d also like to say thanks again to The Now Watch for motivating us to get this GWP started. Now is the time.


Below are the winners, in no order;-

A Sense of Equinity
Are some things too hard to forgive?
Compassion Begins with Myself
Compassion so Subtle it’s Sublime
The essence of compassion
Cultivating Compassion Through “I Am That” Thinking

Again, thank you all. Below is the full list of entries, some of which will be featured again on The Middle Way soon. I’ve discovered some great blogs as part of this GWP.


Ben Lumley at The New Horizons Project.
Kris Vockler at Beyond Zen.
Corinne Edwards at Personal Growth with Corinne Edwards.
Isabella Mori at Change Therapy.
Paula Kawal at Journey Inward Coaching.
Liara Covert at Dream Builders.
David Bohl at Slow Down Fast.
Deb Estep at Deb_Inside.
Swami Nirmalananda Giri and ReddyK at the Atma Jyoti Blog.
Mary Jaksch at Goodlife Zen.
Takuin Minamoto at Daily Action and Natural Expression.
Robin at Reflections on Compassion, posted at Yogini Myspace Blog.
Karen Zara at Abaminds.
Jenny Mannion at Heal Pain Naturally.
Evan Hadkins at WellBeingAndHealth.Net.
Shawn Williamson at do you LIVE or simply EXIST.
Patricia Singleton at Spiritual Journey of a Lightworker.
Alex Blackwell at The Next 45 Years.
Akemi Gaines at Gratitude Magic.
Vitor Bosshard at The Fractal Forest.
CG Walters at Into The Mist.
John Torcello has also contributed an entry by email, I’ve included it in the comments below.
Brightdays at Brighter Days for you and me!
Karen at Loving Awareness.
Krista at Lucid Amphibology.
Karen Lynch at Live The Power.
Andrea Hess at Empowered Soul.
Waters at Waters: The Last Thing I Wanted To Give.
Eric Grey at Deepest Health.
Stephen Hopson at Adversity University.
Em Dy at Pulse: Intention to Treat.
Iain Hamp at Follow Your Passions.
Rahul at Raw Speak.
Stephen Miracle at AltNoise.Net.
Pearl at Interesting Observations.
Mark at My Tropical Escape.
Matthew at Loving Awareness.
Daylle Schwartz at Lessons from a Recovering Doormat.
Charities Link at Charities Link.
Mihaela Lica at Pamil Visions eWritings.
David at Virginia Breeze.
Jerry Summers at Nothing Like Now.
Wishbone at Wishbone.
Arvind Devalia at Make Things Happen.
Jacob Share at JobMob.
Samir Bharadwaj at Samir Bharadwaj dot com.

42 Responses to “Spread the Love NOW! Group Writing Project”

  1. 1 Krs

    How could I say no to contributing to this great idea! Thanks Wade, here is my story for the project:



  2. 2 ReddyK - The Atma Jyoti Blog


    Albert asked for us to contribute to this project. I have added a blog post by Swami Nirmalananda entitiled Compassion in the Teachings of Jesus.

    I hope you and your readers enjoy it.


  3. 3 Deb Estep

    Hello Wade,

    I’m new to your blog. I arrived by way
    of Kenton’s site.

    The ‘Spread the Love NOW! Group Writing Project’
    is amazing and I am so honored to be a part of it.

    xo xo

  4. 4 Mary Jaksch

    Hi Wade, I’ve posted an entry post for the group writing project here:


    Hope you all have a great festive season!

  5. 5 Wade

    Hi Guys and Girls,

    Thank you all SO much for your entries. I can’t believe the amount of compassion radiating forwards from you all. It’s amazing reading.

    It’s also great to be finding your blogs for the first times, I look forward to more time on your blogs, hopefully with some comments. Also, welcome to themiddleway.net.

    May all beings be happy, may all beings be peaceful.


  6. 6 Patricia - Spiritual Journey Of A Lightworker

    Wade, my article called Compassion, The Ultimate Act Of Love is posted at http://patriciasingleton.blogspot.com/2007/12/compassion-ultimate-act-of-love.html

    Thanks for spreading the love during this Christmas season.

  7. 7 dot.

    I have just posted on the Spread the Love topic of compassion, via my Zaadz blog. I’ve called it “Compassion in the presence of hatred.”

    What a great idea to build a web of writing on a central theme!

    Thank you.

  8. 8 LAWaters

    Hi Wade,

    I am here by way of Albert’s site. I’m looking forward to exploring your blog. My spouse and I have already benefitted so much from Albert’s writings, particularly on the ego.

    My entry, “The Last Thing I Wanted To Give” is posted at http://lawaters27.blogspot.com

    Many thanks!

  9. 9 Stephen Hopson/Adversity University


    Just wanted to let you know that I’ve participated in this project which you can see here:


    Nice blog by the way! Glad to learn of you through my buddy Albert Foong.

  10. 10 Jacob Share

    Hey Wade,
    Here’s my entry:



  11. 11 David

    Hi there. I read about this contest from Pearl and posted something at my blog Virginia Breeze. And I enjoyed coming by here and reading. So I am going to put up a link to this blog. It helps me remember where to go!

  12. 12 David
  13. 13 Jarkko
  14. 14 Samir

    Here is my (hopefully) compassionate stab at this vast and wonderful topic.

    What Relates Swan Lake and Musical Fountains to Compassion?

    Thanks for organising this event, and the best of luck to all.

  15. 15 RennyBA

    I’m hear from my blog friend Pearl who honoured me with a tag. Due to short notice, I was not able to participate but want you to know I think it was a great initiative and wish you all good luck!

    Btw: Since I’m new here: Hello from Norway - you really have an interesting and very readable blog. Keep up the good work :-)

  16. 16 Wade

    Thank you all again for your entries. I’m have a very wonderful, but extremely tough time judging them all.

    @RennyBA, Hello from Australia, thanks for your understanding, and dropping by regardless.



  17. 17 Wade

    This is a submission by John Torcello. Thank you very much, John! Another beautiful contribution.

    Can’t He See?…

    Can’t he see how so many people are already providing for his benefit? Can’t he see, in spite of himself, how he accepts and benefits from their offerings everyday of his life?

    How can he act so bitterly? What’s with this ‘look out for number one attitude’ he repeatedly and defensively professes? How is it he can distort the true nature of others’ compassionate acts to a proof, a tool, that has no value?….no seeming payoff for him?

    Could it be that he mistakenly envisions the world from only this narrow perspective of his own best interest? Can he see the world and his place in it clearly at all? How is it he can fool himself into thinking this apparent narrow, arrogant perspective is the broad and open view?

    Why does he feel the pain he feels?

    Could it be the internal conflict he’s suffering;…through his denial…his missing the point…his constructed ego’s issues of self-interest and self-definition…is simply colliding with the interests of the general good; of which he is an unwilling member and participant too?

    Why won’t he see?…that every seemingly negative experience he feels and obstacle he currently accepts as real only fills his life with more feelings of nervousness, anxiety, expectation, and fear?

    Why can’t he recognize this pain and suffering he is feeling is really of his own creation?…in his mind…in the obstacles he creates for others?…for himself?…because of his persistent actions motivated toward his on-going egotistical manners and beliefs?

    Why won’t he accept; just by changing his perspective in thought and action, from a focus on his ego to his truly unique existence in this time and place amongst the masses; that the supposed harm and suffering he claims to feel, experience and rebel against; would have no objective existence for him at all?

    Why does he let this self-constructed and self-imposed ‘Frankenstein’, this monster, he has so carefully crafted and constructed, and he so falsely identifies with and clings to for ‘dear life’, remain as the shallow definition he mistakenly understands and clings to?

    When will he finally conjure up the courage and faith to destroy this Frankenstein image of himself; recognizing it and letting it dissolve away within him?

    Why can’t he see the far greater and superior truthful value that’s already there, always has been, inside his heart; which would naturally lead him to expressions and actions for the benefit of others from a perspective of the greater whole, the greater good?

    Can’t he see that the resultant, actually non-existent, obstacles and negativities he presently envisions, feels and beats himself up with would hold no control or influence over him anymore?

    If he were to try…to commit…to practice…this new way of thinking and acting…

    Would the results of this true test…this discovery of the non-existence of his constructed obstacles and negativities…

    demonstrate to him finally, at last, he has nothing left to fight against, nothing to fear and no one to attack?

    Sadly…He is me…

    He is you…

    He is WE…He is all of us…

    I am he as you are he
    as you are me and
    we are all together…I’m crying.
    John Lennon

    Why can’t we see?

  18. 18 Patricia - Spiritual Journey Of A Lightworker

    John, thanks for sharing this. I have not seen it before. Really mind-blowing or should I say ego-blowing?

  19. 19 CG Walters

    Thank you, Wade, for providing an opportunity for me to be a part of such a worthy focus. I was blessed immediately. From applying my focus on compassion, I received compassion–from within and without.
    Peace and wonder,

  20. 20 David

    I just had a great idea for improving my blog. And a little voice is saying it happened because I happened by here. Isn’t that strange?

  21. 21 CG Walters

    What a great honor, Wade…to join in with such spirits coming together to hold our focus for a moment on compassion.
    Many blessings to you, Albert, and Kenton for giving us all this opportunity to come together,

  22. 22 CG Walters

    Hello Wade…sorry for the delay…sent addr via kathmandau @ cgwalters dot com. Mistakenly sent it to Kenton before.
    Peace and wonder,

  23. 23 Adam from The Now Watch

    I’m pleased to announce that I sent out the prizes earlier this week wrapping up the Spread the Love NOW! Group Writing Project. It was a rewarding experience for me as I hope it was for everybody involved. So congratulations to our six winners. I hope you enjoy your Now Watches. I also want to thank all of you for participating in the project and express my gratitude to those of you who came to visit http://www.thenowwatch.com. I appreciate your support and the opportunity you all gave me to continue spreading the news about The Now Watch around the globe. And finally, a special thank you to Wade, for getting me and The Now Watch involved in such a cool project.

    So I’ll leave off with something I shared recently with our Three Monks. A virtual cheers, as I have my hand raised holding my imaginary glass up to my computer screen, to living in the NOW and the compassion that flows from it.

    Peace - Adam

  24. 24 Patricia - Spiritual Journey Of A Lightworker

    We were all blessed by participating and reading all of the wonderful articles on compassion. Thanks to the 3 Monks for doing this.

  25. 25 Deb Estep

    Although my entry was not chosen to receive a
    watch through this writing project, I sent my
    dear hubby to the web site and said….
    THIS is what I would like for my birthday. :)
    On that day in February, he will be traveling
    so… I got the watch NOW. LOL

    I LOVE IT !!!!!!!!!!! Normally I prefer the
    face of the watch to have numbers, but I’ve
    adjusted very quickly to this.
    The silver edge is a brushed metal finish that is
    just lovely. The black background and the bold
    white letters of NOW are a great contrast.
    The thin sweep hand is red and just enough of a hint
    of color.

    THANKS Adam for being onboard with this project.!

    xo xo

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