Tuesday, June 30, 2020

What you see is what you get, Flip Wilson most of time anyway depending on...

For what you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing: it also depends on what sort of person you are.
C.S. LEWIS




Monday, June 29, 2020

COVER YOUR FREAKIN' FACE! - A Randy Rainbow Song Parody

Meditation saved my life, J. Balvin

Renew Yourself: Body, Mind & Spirit
Chopra Meditation (experience@chopracentermeditation.com)
Welcome to our 21-Day Meditation Experience, Renew Yourself: Body, Mind & Spirit. We are honored you’re joining our global community as we seek to create a new version of our lives and our shared world. You can learn more about our daily mantras here. Meditations will be available through August 31, 2020.

Connected with my body, I feel joyful and energetic.
I bring my body into healing and balance.
I am accepting and receptive in the present moment.
I welcome change with joy and gratitude.
My body and mind are balanced, content and at ease.
My body and mind are aligned in awareness.
I align my body through lightness and coolness.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Byron Katie teaches this...being in the now is reality, the past and future can only be in the imagination

When we are willing to be intimate with what actually is here now, to look directly at all of our experience, we might recognize that this is our life, however different from our thoughts and ideas about it.
ROSHI PAT ENKYO O'HARA






Saturday, June 27, 2020

At the center of the universe,

At the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit (God). And that center is really everywhere. It is within each of us." Black Elk
 Black Elk  was a medicine man or holy man of the Oglala Lakota people. He was a second cousin of the war leader Crazy Horse. He is noted for his wise words. 
Black Elk Speaks is a 1932 book by John G. Neihardt, an American poet and writer, who relates the story of Black Elk, an Oglala Lakota medicine man. Black Elk spoke in Lakota and Black Elk's son, Ben Black Elk, who was present during the talks, translated his father's words into English.
Author‎: ‎John G. Neihardt
Publication date‎: ‎1932 (original cover)



Friday, June 26, 2020

Thursday, June 25, 2020

How did the rose ever open...

How did the rose ever open its heart and give to this world all of its beauty? It felt the encouragement of Light against its being; otherwise we all remain too frightened.
HAFIZ,
TRANSLATED BY DANIEL LADINSKY

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Compassion is an action word with no boundaries.

Compassion is an action word with no boundaries.
PRINCE
I do grow weary at all the charitABLE APPEALS ON EMAIL ESPECIALLY:

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

4 Things We Must Realize About Happiness

 
The pursuit of happiness seems to be the ultimate goal in our culture. So, why does it often feel like joy manages to slip through our fingers? Here, past SuperSoul Sunday guests share their personal aha! moments about happiness.
 
 

Be Home Where You Are

For many years, at great cost, I traveled through many countries, saw the high mountains, the oceans. The only things I did not see were the sparkling dewdrops in the grass just outside my door.
RABINDRANATH TAGORE







Monday, June 22, 2020

Me, it depends on whether I have a dream or a nightmare?

At night our fear is strong. . . but in the morning, in the light, we find our courage again.
MALALA YOUSAFZAI

WHICH ONE PRODUCES NIGHTMARES?

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Saturday, June 20, 2020

HOW IS OUR MIRROR IMAGE LOOKING TODAY?

Oh would some power the gift give us, to see ourselves as others see us!
ROBERT BURNS

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Easy or not, be a true rep of the goodness of your heart

Be a true representative of the goodness in your heart, and don’t expect it to be easy or even noticed.
ADYASHANTI

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Five Mindfulness Trainings, New Paradigm for Racial Justice and the Global Pandemic

Five Mindfulness Trainings, New Paradigm for Racial Justice and
the Global Pandemic
By Marisela Gomez and Valerie Brown


Let us open to a new and deeper way of understanding the Five Mindfulness Trainings, guiding principles for mindful and ethical living, which call us toward individual and collective awakening, compassion, and peace. We are aware that we are interconnected. What happens in Wuhan, China affects people in New York City. We are called forward.

The global pandemic is a gateway to suffering worldwide, disproportionately impacting Black people, indigenous, and people of color, who face poverty, sickness, displacement, and death. They, we are not alone. Our lives and livelihood are interconnected. We are called forward.
We cannot exist independent of low wage workers, health care workers, un-housed people, single mothers, undocumented people, the unemployed and underemployed. If one such person lives on the knife edge of racial, ethnic, social, structural, and systemic oppression and discrimination we are all affected. We are called forward.

The practitioner dwells in the now, recognizing equanimity and instability, discrimination and non-discrimination, ill-being and well-being, practicing right view and engaged through compassionate action. Aware of the cycle of racial, ethnic, and social inequities and discrimination, we courageously turn to practice wholeheartedly. We are called forward.
Lighting a stick of incense, listening to the sutras, sitting upright and solid, palms joined, the practitioner looks within and in concentration the path and fruit of skillful action is revealed. We are called forward.

Speak aloud these words with the sangha voice, a true river of understanding.




The First Mindfulness Training: Acknowledging Beauty as Reverence for Life
Aware of the suffering caused by oppression and generational harm based on racial, cultural, social, and ethnic inferiority and superiority and its resultant structures of injustices and harm, I acknowledge the beauty and violence inherent in life. I vow to resist being complicit in systems and structures that continue to perpetuate violence and hatred instead of reverence of life for marginalized groups. I recognize that each person contributes to my individual and our collective awakening, and the co-creation of a world that celebrates and affirms differences and similarities. All living beings can teach me something, when I remember to pause, breathe, listen deeply with a calm and open mind and heart, and ask myself: “is there more” or “what else is here with me?” I honor and respect all life guided by Right View and Right Energy.


The Second Mindfulness Training: Belonging and Connecting as True Happiness
Aware of the suffering caused by ignorance and aversion of my own and other’s racial, ethnic, cultural, and social history, its legacy and how this affects me whether I am aware of it or not, I am committed to connecting to these histories. I know that turning toward these histories with an open heart is my journey of awakening to true belonging. I will take the time to learn the history of the racial and ethnic group with which I identify as well as for other socially constructed racial and ethnic groups. Aware that there is no genetic or biological difference between different racial and ethnic groups, and that these identities were constructed by one group to establish dominance over others, I will turn toward racial and other forms of othering with an open heart and compassionate action. I know that this history has led to fragmentation inside and outside body and mind and brought much suffering to all beings. I vow to transform this suffering through the practice of connecting with an open heart. I will notice when emotions of belonging and othering arise and I will ask myself ‘why’? Whatever feelings, perceptions, or mental formations arise, I will embrace and when needed engage with love in action. I am committed to practicing Right Resolve, Right Speech, Right Action, and Right Livelihood so I can help relieve this legacy of racial and social suffering. I will practice looking deeply to see that true happiness is not possible without true connecting leading to belonging and understanding.




The Third Mindfulness Training: Cherishment as True Love
Aware of the suffering caused by discrimination and oppression, I vow to understand its roots within my consciousness and my body and the collective body of the sangha and larger society. I vow to recognize the ways in which I have benefitted or not-benefitted explicitly or implicitly from systems and structures that foster discrimination and injustice. I am aware of the legacy of violence, especially unlawful police violence, perpetrated against Black people, indigenous people, people of color, differently abled people, people of various gender identities and expressions and sexual orientation, and others who are marginalized. I acknowledge the lived experience of all people to deepen my capacity for understanding and for greater compassionate action. I am aware that narrowly constructed, prevalent interpretations of intimate relationships constrain how we cherish each other in our expression of love, leaving many further isolated and alienated. I am committed to looking tenderly at my suffering, knowing that I am not separate from others and that the seeds of suffering contain the seeds of joy. I am not afraid of bold love that fosters justice and belonging and tender love that seeks peace and connection. I cherish myself and my suffering without discrimination. I cherish this body and mind as an act of healing for myself and for others. I cherish this breath. I cherish this moment. I cherish the liberation of all beings guided by the wisdom and solidity of the sangha. This is my path of true love.


The Fourth Mindfulness Training: Vulnerability as Loving Speech and Deep Listening
Aware that vulnerability is the essence of our true nature, our humanness, I vow to risk listening and speaking non-judgmentally with understanding and compassion to alleviate suffering and support peace in myself and others. I vow to live with empathy, compassion, and awareness and to listen for understanding rather than disagreement. When I’ve hurt others through my unskillful action or speech, I vow to practice making a good apology that acknowledges what I have done and offers sincere regret, knowing that this supports the other person and me. I am committed to speaking that aligns with my highest aspiration and encourages honesty and truthfulness. I am committed to generous and courageous listening that bridges differences and supports understanding of others who may be different from me. I am committed to taking meaningful steps to become a true instrument of peace and to help others to be the same. When I am not able to understand the experiences of others, I vow to come back to my breath and my body, and to offer myself gentle patience while learning to support myself in developing greater awareness and skill. I vow to practice awareness of my beliefs, perceptions, and feelings, aversions, and desires and to take refuge in mindful breathing and in the sangha to support greater stability, peace, and understanding. Through my practices of vulnerability, patience, forgiveness, and deeply listening, I know that my speech will be guided by love and understanding. Practicing in this way supports Right Speech and Right Action and guides me to Right Insight.


The Fifth Mindfulness Training: Welcoming as True Nourishing and Healing
Aware of the suffering caused by the consumption of an inadequate history of racial and ethnic forms of social segregation, I am committed to healing myself and the world by welcoming, and practicing with this awareness. I will notice how my thoughts, perceptions, feelings, words, and actions may have been influenced by this inaccurate history. I will look deeply to understand how both physical and mental health, for myself, my family, and my society have been influenced by embracing and denying this racial, social, and ethnic history of inferiority and superiority and its legacy of inequities and injustices. I will cultivate joy to support me toward individual and collective wholeness. I will practice mindfulness of the Four Kinds of Nutriments to become aware of how edible foods, sense impressions, volition, and consciousness are all influenced by this history. Practicing with Right Energy and Right Resolve, my Right Action of consumption will include awareness of certain websites, electronic games, TV programs, films, magazines, books, and conversations and how they continue to foster wrong perceptions of racial, ethnic, and social injustices. My understanding of interbeing supports my conscious consumption that sustains a healthy understanding of differences, one that does not oppress or discriminate. This Right Insight will preserve peace, joy, and bring healing in my body and consciousness, and in the collective body and consciousness of my family, my society and the Earth. To assure that my descendants do not live in a racially, ethnically, and socially unjust world, I commit to diligently practicing with true welcoming on this path to nourish and heal myself, the sangha, and society.


The Five Mindfulness Trainings keeps us centered in life’s storms and joys and reminds us that life is a precious gift. The Trainings are a path to liberation and transformation. Practicing these Trainings supports us toward racial and ethnic reconciliation and social change and heals deep suffering. The Five Mindfulness Trainings helps us cross this shore of suffering and brings us to the side of true awakening and love.

TREASURE "MOST" ENCOUNTERS....

Each encounter is unprecedented; each encounter is unrepeatable. Treasure each encounter.
EIDO TAI SHIMANO ROSHI

Monday, June 15, 2020

Wipe It Down #coronavirus Rap Parody #stayhome - Raven the Science Maven

Independent Counsel of Funk - Lift Me Up

Go deep enough and there is a bedrock of truth

It always comes back to the same necessity: go deep enough and there is a bedrock of truth, however hard.
MAY SARTON











 Did he know my Brother CWO Barry Alexander KIA in Vietnam in 1969, YouTube Body Bags and Dogtags, a tribute to CWO Barry Alexander?   
Mon, Jun 15, 2020 10:41 am
Ronreunite (ronreunite@aol.com)
Thanks again for your response.
Hi, This is Viking CPT Brian Reiss
Could you confirm the date? I flew in Vietnam in early 68 to early 69. . Sorry, the credit took so long to be recognized. I had a DFC chase me for almost 3 years. Sometimes the wheels of progress move slowly.
Brian Reiss, CPT, USAR, FA, Ret.
CWO Barry Alexander was killed June !969, thanks for replying. And trained with  Lt. Col. Larry Dandridge, who includes him in his book. Watch YouTube Body Bags and Dogtags, a tribute to CWO Barry Alexander (a short but powerful story). Sincerely, Ron Alexander.
Barry was at Trai Ha Thanh. He had just celebrated his 22nd birthday, had only 2 weeks left, and having already been wounded did not want to go out, however since it was a rescue operation, he went anyway. I think it is an injustice

sending Thanks again for your response. Barry was at Trai Ha Thanh. He had just celebrated his 22nd birthday, had only 2 weeks left, and having already been wounded did not want to go out, however since it was a rescue operation, he went anyway. I think it is an injustice sending out a pilot with only 2 weeks left. He was beloved in his company and of course was a Training Officer by then. The Army declared to my naturally furious Father, that there was no survivors left, however 27 years later his co-pilot appeared on TV shooting a million dollar 3 pt. shot at NCAA BB finals. He was grievously wounded but maintained he was only survivor. I asked him to call my Mom, and let her know the truth, as she had been holding out he was MIA all these years. It was good for her to finally deal with her grief.                                                      Anyway, thanks again for your response, Ron Alexander   Did you watch my short YouTube Body Bags and Dogtags, A Tribute to CWO Barry Alexander?  I was in the Army Medical Corps at same time NOT in Vietnam, because he was, and begged me not to come. I received a commendation medal, however was plagued many years with Survivors Guilt and Grief.


-----Original Message-----
From: BRIAN REISS <bluediamond1683@gmail.com>
To: Ronreunite <ronreunite@aol.com>
Sent: Mon, Jun 15, 2020 6:29 am
Subject: Re: Did he know my Brother CWO Barry Alexander KIA in Vietnam in 1969, YouTube Body Bags and Dogtags, a tribute to CWO Barry Alexander?

I was the aircraft commander who broke Larry into Soc Trang!  The world keeps getting smaller.  I'm sorry I did not get to know your brother, as I rotated back to the States in early 1969.  The Delta was an unforgiving place at times. As a Viking, we routinely placed our gunships between the treelines and the slicks. This gave them the best cover. We never liked losing any pilot and it felt like we had not done a good enough job to protect the troopships.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

What if 2020 is not cancelled?




Nourish it then, that it may leaf and bloom and fill with singing birds.

It may be that some little root of the sacred tree still lives. Nourish it then, that it may leaf and bloom and fill with singing birds.
BLACK ELK

Trees

 - 1886-1918

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the sweet earth's flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
Joyce Kilmer was born on December 6, 1886, in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The author of Main Street and Other Poems (George H. Doran Company, 1917), he was killed while fighting in World War I.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

LIVE LIKE YOU WERE DYING, LOVE...LEARN...





Work on our self is work in the world.

Ultimately, work on self is inseparable from work in the world. Each mirrors the other; each is a vehicle for the other. When we change ourselves, our values and actions change as well.
CHARLES EISENSTEIN
RACISM IS KILLING THE PLANET

Friday, June 12, 2020

Bringing Down A Dictator - Bringing Down A Dictator - Non violent resistance working!

Corona Virus in the style of The Beatles Sing Along Lyrics

3 DEADLY VIRUSES KILLING AMERICA:

add TRUMPISM as third deadly virus.

The true miracle lies...

The true miracle lies in our eagerness to allow, appreciate, and honor the uniqueness and freedom of each sentient being to sing the song of their heart.
AMIT RAY
Dr. Amit Ray is an Indian author, and spiritual master. He is known for his teachings on meditation, yoga, peace and compassion. He is best known for his Om meditation and integrated yoga and vipassana meditation techniques. He is author of several books on meditation and other spiritual topics. Wikipedia



Thursday, June 11, 2020

You Can Never Cross the Ocean until....

You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.
ANDRÉ GIDE
So much to explore in the world, your world!
never lose that sense of wonder
as a child, i looked across the horizon
and wondered what was there?
it led to an awesome career as a sailboat capt.
now, retired, I look within with inquiry, and
it was even more exciting.