MORPH CRISIS INTO OPPORTUNITY - GO WITH THE FLOW, KNOW AND GROW!
Friday, April 30, 2021
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
A TIME FOR "ASKING NEW QUESTIONS: A SACRED ACTIVISM", "A slowing down that knows enchantment is not in short supply."
This is a time for straying, for losing one’s way, for asking new questions. A sacred activism. A slowing down that knows enchantment is not in short supply.
Living as prayer. I think that is when I am at my best. Because seeing through prayer provides a remarkable clarity. Not in the doctrinal sense, but because it is, at best, the lens of a love for every tattered inch of this earth.
Personally, prayer = meditation, Ron Alexander
Monday, April 26, 2021
When we are brave enough to sit with our pain, it deepens our ability to sit with the pain of others. It shows us how to love them.
Suffering is when we cannot ""sit with our pain" - acceptance is the key to not suffering.
Sunday, April 25, 2021
Thic Nhat Hanh on "Birth and death are only doors through which we pass, sacred thresholds on our journey."
This body is not me.
I am not limited by this body.
I am life without boundaries.
I have never been born,
and I have never died.
Look at the ocean and the sky filled with stars,
manifestations from my wondrous True Mind.
Since before time, I have been free.
Birth and death are only doors through which we pass,
sacred thresholds on our journey.
Birth and death are a game of hide-and-seek.
So laugh with me,
hold my hand,
let us say good-bye,
say good-bye, to meet again soon.
We meet today.
We will meet again tomorrow.
We will meet at the source every moment.
We meet each other in all forms of life.
Saturday, April 24, 2021
Friday, April 23, 2021
"Last week we talked about how we have freedom to think as we feel led to with regard to spiritual concepts, teachings, practices, etc" Ed Kosak
I am very grateful for my Unity, Buddhist, Native American, Hindu. Judaism, Bahia and other Spiritual lessons. May all Beings be happy, Ron Alexander
Freedom of thought, part 2. Last week we talked about how we have freedom to think as we feel led to with regard to spiritual concepts, teachings, practices, etc. And how this freedom is deeply embedded in Unity's culture and history. Finally, we mentioned the Buddhist idea that freedom of thought encompasses the following idea: we need to be aware of the suffering that we bring about when we impose our views on another. The word suffering stood out to me. I have long mentioned that our need to be right is a form of violence or suffering that we inflict on others. But after taking the Buddhist wording more deeply into my consciousness, it struck me that when I inflict suffering on another in this manner, the suffering in me is what causes me to do it. Thus the classic case of psychological projection, or what Jesus calls "look at the log in your own eye before seeing the sliver in another's eye." Sooooo....every time I feel the need to be right in an egoic, unhealthy manner, I become mindful of this idea espoused by Jesus and the Buddhist traditions. And I heal my suffering through prayer and meditation, or talking to a friend, or seeing a therapist. Thus, we can be liberated in mind and heart and spirit and allow others to have their opinions and views freely as well.
We cannot have a healed society, we cannot have change, we cannot have justice, if we do not reclaim and repair the human spirit.
ANGEL KYODO WILLIAMS
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Subject: Powerful, inspirational event (ONE NATION...UNITED AGAINST HATE Rally and Candlelight Vigil)
Cal Morrison: (a veteran and new inspirational friend):
"Thank you Thomas Dixon for gathering us who understand the violent realities generated by HATE. But, more importantly, we understand that HATE, like all other diseases, can be mitigated and/or cured with the appropriate response, education, and LOVE.
We must continually engage individually and collectively against HATE!
To go more deeply into it, Here is a take into freedom of thought from the Plum Village tradition of Buddhism, The Third Mindfulness Training. I just love this and use it as an affirmation every day:
Aware of the suffering brought about when we impose our views on others, we are determined not to force others, even our children, by any means whatsoever-such as authority, threat, money, propaganda or indoctrination-to adopt our views. We are committed to respecting the right of others to be different, to choose what to believe and how to decide. We will however, learned to help others let go of and transform fanaticism and narrowness through loving speech and compassionate dialogue.
We open the door of the unknown together. We invite each other to experience the miracle of being.
Monday, April 12, 2021
Each day is an invitation to see the world in a new way, to watch it bloom before our eyes like a flower in time-lapse photography, to feel the curvature of the earth in our bodies, and to become aware that we live on the edge of a spinning ball where anything can happen.
MARV AND NANCY HILES
Planet earth time lapse from space
Chaos = disorder, cosmos = order
ONe of my sailboats was call Kayoss, named by its owner who thought that be sailing away from his large family would bring peace. To; the contrary, as for me, sailing away did not bring peace.
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Friday, April 9, 2021
Day 8 – Let Your Awareness Do the Work
Society teaches us that we need to struggle and strive to overcome obstacles, that to get unstuck we need to push and fight our way through. But struggling never solves the root problem of limited awareness.
In today’s meditation, we learn that our higher self is not only unlimited, it is also creative, powerful, and intelligent. If we learn to abide in our essential being, its organizing power will effortlessly find choices and solutions for us.
Our centering thought for today is:
I am aware of being cared for and supported.
“Because everything happens in the moment of Now we also happen in the moment of Now: continually, effortlessly, truly.” – Joseph Rain