Marti Beddoe, founder of Designs for Peace, SoulCollage Facilitator, Peer Spirit Circle Practitioner, Meditation Teacher is deeply grateful for the the many teachers who are listed.
"Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu."
(A person is a person because of other people.)
- Zulu Proverb
The Practice of Okagesamade
In modern Japanese, “Okagesamade” means, “Thanks to you.”
In the ancient Japanese mystical tradition, Okagesamade (oh-caw-kaw-saw-ma-day) means, “Thank you, because of you this moment exists." It’s a simple way to recognize the truth of our inter-relatedness to all of existence in any given moment. You can do this practice at any time, in any place.
The following practice of Okagesamade was taught by Goswami Kriyananda, the founder and spiritual preceptor of the Temple of Kriya Yoga:
Pause and take a breath. Observe your surroundings. Become curious, in an open and friendly way as you ask, “Who made it possible for me to experience this specific moment?” As you reflect, be sure to include all the known and anonymous people...
Who designed and built the structures around you.
Who designed, built, and delivered the furniture you sit upon or the floor you stand upon.
Who gathered and delivered the materials for the building and furniture.
Who built the roads you traveled on to be where you are at this moment.
And before that, those who pioneered and cleared the land around you.
Who grew, delivered, cooked and served your last meal.
Who invented, built, and delivered the technology you may be using in this moment.
Who cleaned and beautified your environment.
Who designed, made, and sold your clothing.
Who nurtured and educated your body, mind and soul.
Whose thoughts, words or deeds may have saved your life—physically, emotionally, or spiritually.
Who befriends, encourages and loves you despite your shortcomings.
And who gave you life, starting with your parents and including the thousands of love stories before your parents.
It is an enriching spiritual practice to contemplate our connection to all those who have made it possible to experience this specific moment.
Regardless of current challenges, it soon becomes apparent how incredibly blessed each of us has been and is in our lives. My life has been blessed by a multitude of teachers who have enriched my life beyond measure. Because of them, this moment of connection with you, dear reader, is possible.
May any merit that comes from sharing this practice of Okagesamade go to my teachers in the Kriya Yoga lineage, particularly Swami Pranananda and Sri Goswami Kriyananda. Because of these two souls, this moment exists.
Click this button for a 15 minute guided meditation of the Okagesamade Practice.
My Family: My Greatest Teachers
My greatest teachers have been my three sons and two daughters, their partners, my seven precious grandchildren, and my great grandson born December 25, 2017, exactly 100 years after my father! In the course of daily life, they have challenged me how to walk my talk in concrete and mundane ways. Among many things, they have taught me about the power of forgiveness, the need for humor, the value of positive thinking, the wisdom of keeping my mouth firmly shut, and the utter joy of the present moment.
I am deeply grateful for my husband and primary teacher, the rock n' roll kid, the nature lover, the Renaissance man--the beloved soul known as Harry H. Hitzeman, Jr., who shows me his love and care in practical and romantic ways. Harry has always seen the best in me even when I could not. He translated my vision for Designs for Peace into reality through this website and has helped me learn more about technology. A Boy Scout at heart, Harry has a reverence for life and embodies courage, patience, self-discipline, persistence, ingenuity, loving-kindness, and a joyful spirit.
Because of Harry, I am a better person in all ways.
Other Life Teachers
The following incomplete list of my life teachers is a start in practicing Okagesamade. Though I have grouped them, many of my teachers have taught me in each category listed. If you are curious about certain teachers, please contact me. I will be very happy to tell you more!
The Spiritual Practice of Kriya Yoga
Sri Goswami Kriyananda
Swami Pranananda Mahaswami
Eric and Devi Klein
Walking The Spiritual Path
Thich Nhat Hanh
M. Scott Peck
Rachel Naomi Remen
Dying, Death, and Rebirth
Elizabeth Kubler Ross
Alan D. Wolflet
Michael Ortiz Hill
June Purcell Beddoe
Hal Beddoe, M.D.
Corean Shoffner Beddoe
Sr. Brigid Molloy
Larry and Mary May
PeerSpirit Circling / The Circle Way
Anne Marie Bennett
Mary Ann Reed
Cheryl Finley Goggins
Jeanne Marie Merkel
Mary Agnes Twomey
Feminine Wisdom and Spirituality
Marie McFadden Purcell
Patricia Beddoe Bernardello
Judy Beddoe Crocker
Suzie Beddoe Robinson
Louise Guenther Webber
Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Jean Shinoda Bolen
Carol Lee Flinders
Sue Monk Kidd
Sr. Virginia Mary Barta
Helen van Dongen
The Heartland Council of Grandmothers
The Arizona Council of Grandmothers
The Gulf Coast Council of Grandmothers
The Texas/Oklahoma Council of Grandmothers
Marshall B. Rosenberg
Career / Life Counseling & Coaching
Isabel Briggs Myers
Community Organizing and Intellectual Methods
Institute of Cultural Affairs
Joseph and Lyn Mathews
Joe and Carol Pierce
Gene and Ruth Marshall
Mary Ann Wainwright
People’s Resource Center
Mary Ellen Durbin