Why don’t poets and seers give up on the ineffable? – 3 answers 1 Buddhist, 1 Portuguese, 1 Welsh

 

I’ve learned to still all the common states of mind. 
Only the devil of poetry I have yet to conquer –
let me come upon a bit of scenery and I start my idle droning

~ Po Chu-I ~

 

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I don’t have ambitions or desires. 
Being a poet isn’t my ambition, 
it’s my way of being alone.

~ Fernando Pessoa ~

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Poetry is that
which arrives at the intellect
by way of the heart.

~ R S Thomas ~

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Just look at how R S Thomas enjoyed having his photo taken!

His definition reminds me that the shortest journey in the world is from the heart to the head, and the longest is from the head to the heart!

These three wonderful quotations are from the exquisite The Green Leaf – http://thegreenleaf.co.uk/files.htm

Mindfulness – TinyBuddha style

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MINDFULNESS

53. What you think is what you become. (Diego Felipe Villa, Serna and Ray Hung and 
Omer Toledano)
54. Just let go. (Emma Audsley, Tiffany Flowers, Astrid Ramge and Kim Power)
55. Relax. (Amari Mara Fey Bella and Hayley Mousley)
56. Breathe. (Slovydal O'Brien)
57. All we have is this moment. (Linda Biery Wickelhaus)
58. Remember the past fondly, plan the future with anticipation, and live now.
(Maryanne Dell)
59. Every person you encounter, every situation that arises, and every setting you find 
yourself in—these things are reflections of your state of mind/being. (Brooke Burgess)
60. The point of power is now. (Kathi Ledesma Palmer)
61. Nothing lasts forever, so if it’s good, enjoy it whilst you got it; if it’s bad, something 
good is around the corner, so don't worry about it. (Ben Crushcov)
62. Never ever take life for granted and savor every moment. Tomorrow is never a 
guarantee. (Christine Rabbath)
63. It is what it is. (Tammy Risher)

The secret of the universe – you’ll kick yourself when the penny drops – I did! (52 Meditations)

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The secret of the universe, your life-secret – also called ‘the geddit factor’ – got it? – you’ll kick yourself when the penny drops!
The secret of life and your way to it can’t be contained in words.
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Great teachers like Zen masters point.  As in this haiku by Basho;
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The clouds come and go,  
providing a rest for all  
the moon viewers
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The word ‘moon’ does convey the magic of the experience of moon-ness – so great masters point to the moon, but don’t label.
No name is sufficient – in fact labels stop us seeing, stop us experiencing full reality.
It’s like
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Pause the video to give yourself longer on each photo.  Don’t worry if the 3d magic eye stuff doesn’t work for you.
It doesn’t mean you haven’t or won’t ‘geddit’ spiritually!  But the 3D Magic Eye photos and videos are good as an analogy.
We stare at what we think is the real world.
But its an illusion.
There’s something deeper – something at least 3 dimensional – and it contains ‘a secret’ – the secret of the universe.
MANTRA:
In-breath:      Relaxing
Out-breath:   I see more deeply
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In-breath:      Trusting my intuition
Out-breath:   I see more deeply
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Adyashanti on ego – scintillating words in ‘Selling water by the river’

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There is so much inspiration in the article 'Selling water by the river' by Adyashanti.  For example in the full-length version Adya says;

Maybe I can point you to the great Reality within you. 
Maybe you will awaken to the direct experience of Self-realization. 
Maybe you will catch the fire of transmission. 
But there is one thing that no one can give you: 
the honesty and integrity that alone will bring you completely to 
the other shore.

These are wise and cautionary words given that teachers are popping up like mushrooms.  Would-be devotees need some criteria to sort the wheat from the chaff – a sort of Guru Standards Institute charter!  

This verse from Adya will certainly be included in my Guru Standards Institute charter!

Below is an extract and a link to the full piece

EXTRACT:

Selling Water by the River

 

In speaking regularly with spiritual seekers, it dawned on me one day how 

addicted so many of them are to the power of charisma. They swap stories 

about how powerful this or that teacher is and compare experiences. They get 

a charge from it, many mistaking charisma for enlightenment. Charisma 

attracts at all levels: political, sexual, spiritual, etc., and it feeds the ego's 

desire to feel special. The ego loves getting hits of power—it's like a form of 

spiritual candy. The candy may be sweet but can you live on it? Does it make 

you free?

 

Freedom is not necessarily exciting; it's just free. Very peaceful and quiet, so 

very quiet. Of course, it is also filled with joy and wonder, but it is not what 

you imagine. It is much, much less. Many mistake the intoxicating power of 

otherworldly charisma for enlightenment. More often than not it is simply 

otherworldly, and not necessarily free or enlightened. In order to be truly 

free, you must desire to know the truth more than you want to feel good. 

Because if feeling good is your goal, then as soon as you feel better you will 

lose interest in what is true. This does not mean that feeling good or 

experiencing love and bliss is a bad thing. Given the choice, anyone would 

choose to feel bliss rather than sorrow. It simply means that if this desire to 

feel good is stronger than the yearning to see, know, and experience Truth, 

then this desire will always be distorting the perception of what is Real, while 

corrupting one's deepest integrity. 

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Enlightenment has nothing to do with states of consciousness. Whether you 

are in ego consciousness or unity consciousness is not really the point. I have 

met many people who have easy access to advanced states of consciousness. 

Though for some people this may come very easily, I also notice that many of 

these people are no freer than anyone else. If you don't believe that the ego 

can exist in very advanced states of consciousness, think again. The point isn't 

the state of consciousness, even very advanced ones, but an awake mystery 

that is the source of all states of consciousness. It is even the source of 

presence and beingness. It is beyond all perception and all experience. I call it 

"awakeness." To find out that you are empty of emptiness is to die into an 

aware mystery, which is the source of all existence. It just so happens that 

that mystery is in love with all of its manifestation and non-manifestation. You 

find your Self by stepping back out of yourself. 

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Go HERE to read this excellent article

Beautiful approach to Christian meditation

WCCM LogoAn excerpt from John Main OSB, MONASTERY WITHOUT WALLS: The Spiritual Letters of John Main (Norwich: Canterbury, 200), pp. 127-28.

The gift of vision is the wonder of creation. We are empowered to see the reality within which we live and move and have our being. It is not a gift we can ever possess because it is one we are continuously receiving.

In returning it, in letting go, we receive it again even more fully. That is why, the longer we have been meditating the more we do so without demands or expectations. Knowing that God has created us to share in being takes possession of us without our knowing it. Yet the light of consciousness we expand into is complete in ways that the ego’s dim self-consciousness never can be. [. . . .]

For those humbly treading the pilgrimage of prayer into light, this is the essential knowledge we need. Knowledge is experience. It is also the Word that once uttered makes conscious whoever hears it. It summons us out of the old fixed pattern and inspires us to breathe more deeply into the expanding reality and to place our centre of consciousness beyond self-preoccupation. It is to discover that our centre is in God. How we may come to this journey is less important than that we do begin it. To begin, it is necessary to enter somehow into real commitment. That moment of self-giving, of surrendering the ego, is the hole in the wall of the ego that, however fleetingly at first, allows in the light. Light will flow in more and more powerfully until it overcomes whatever blocks translucence.

This moment of commitment is always available to us. It is not an absent ideal, a theoretical possibility, but always a present reality accessible through faith. The question is, are we sufficiently present to ourselves to see it, to hear the invitation and respond? Every moment is the moment because all time has been charged with divine meaning. “Now is the acceptable time.” All time is the “moment of Christ.” Like a lover, like a gardener, God patiently awaits our response, our growth.

Meditate for Thirty Minutes. Remember: Sit down. Sit still and upright. Close your eyes lightly. Sit relaxed but alert. Silently, interiorly, begin to say a single word. We recommend the prayer phrase “Maranatha.” Recite it as four syllables of equal length. Listen to it as you say it, gently, but continuously. Do not think or imagine anything spiritual or otherwise. Thoughts and images will likely come, but let them pass. Just keep returning your attention – with humility and simplicity to saying your word in faith, from the beginning to the end of your meditation.

After Meditation, an excerpt from Andrew Harvey, A JOURNEY IN LADAKH (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2000), pp. 92-93.

To take this river, these rocks, this light, these mountains changing in the light, “for granted,” and to revel in them—I am learning that slowly here. I am learning not to fling names at things. Even when I write or think simply rock, river, light, mountain, I begin to see through the word to the thing, to be along with the thing, the rock, this light on my hands, without fear or need to speak.

Things exist in the unnameable. Sometimes I am free, or freed by this landscape, to see them as they are and not wish to name them. Sometimes, as the rocks glow in the late sun, or the river flashes suddenly between boulders, or two birds hide in a burst of light above me, I understand that all names fall short of the shining of things. And that understanding, while it lasts, is peace.

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This is the most recent Weekly Readings newsletter from The World Community for Christian Meditation – to go to their site click HERE

‘No love, no intellect’ or Rumi rocks – parenting divinely

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“Reason is the shadow cast by God; God is the sun.” – Rumi
It is always wonderful to discover ancient truths that bear out more recently discovered ones.  

If we take the 'sun' as warmth (love) and light (intellect), and that God is love, in the line from Rumi we can conclude that, amongst other things;

love precedes and gives birth or form to reason, 

reason is limited, the sun, that through us can shine, is not limited.

reason is second to love

reason in the civilized person is the servant of right feeling

This is borne out in research.  

The first research that I knew about was that of John Bowlby  at Teacher Education college – yes 'training' then for a short time was for dogs, one of the first books they gave us was Bowlby's Childcare and the Growth of Love 

Available as I write for 1p on Amazon.co.uk !

What are the possible consequences of poor parenting?

No love, no light, no intellect.

Or sadly twisted intellect.

The good news? – even crushed flowers can unfold!

As the Californian guru said, 'It's never too late to have a happy childhood!" – given will, insight and a few good friends!

Find a good teacher!

Oh joy! – The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

This film is a glimpse into Elisabeth Tova Bailey’s book The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating / A Natural History/Memoir

When a virulent flu changes Bailey’s life, she is confined to bed. Then a forest snail takes up residence on her nightstand. Intrigued, Bailey observes its midnight wanderings and strange anatomy, and learns of its complex courtship. This is the unusual story of her gastropod companion.

“The best [books] of 2010.” —The Huffington Post
John Burroughs Medal Award 2011
National Outdoor Book Award 2010 Natural History/Literature
Finalist, Books for a Better Life Award, Inspirational Memoir

A special thanks to Ken Hotopp at Appalachian Conservation Biology, Tim A. Pearce, Asst. Curator & Head, Section of Mollusks, Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

The sound recording of a snail eating © Lang Elliott and Marla Coppolino

GOT TO THE AUTHOR’S SITE:
http://www.elisabethtovabailey.net/

Exquisite contemplative poem by Thich Nhat Hanh – the essence of ‘Interbeing’

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This poem by Thich Nhat Hanh embodies the essence of what he calls “interbeing,” the innerconnectedness of all things.

Call Me by My True Names
by Thich Nhat Hanh

From: Peace is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life by Thich Nhat HanhIn Plum Village, where I live in France, we receive many letters from the refugee camps in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines, hundreds each week. It is very painful to read them, but we have to do it, we have to be in contact. We try our best to help, but the suffering is enormous, and sometimes we are discouraged. It is said that half the boat people die in the ocean. Only half arrive at the shores in Southeast Asia, and even then they may not be safe.

There are many young girls, boat people, who are raped by sea pirates. Even though the United Nations and many countries try to help the government of Thailand prevent that kind of piracy, sea pirates continue to inflict much suffering on the refugees. One day we received a letter telling us about a young girl on a small boat who was raped by a Thai pirate. She was only twelve, and she jumped into the ocean and drowned herself.

When you first learn of something like that, you get angry at the pirate. You naturally take the side of the girl. As you look more deeply you will see it differently. If you take the side of the little girl, then it is easy. You only have to take a gun and shoot the pirate. But we cannot do that. In my meditation I saw that if I had been born in the village of the pirate and raised in the same conditions as he was, there is a great likelihood that I would become a pirate. I saw that many babies are born along the Gulf of Siam, hundreds every day, and if we educators, social workers, politicians, and others do not do something about the situation, in twenty-five years a number of them will become sea pirates. That is certain. If you or I were born today in those fishing villages, we may become sea pirates in twenty-five years. If you take a gun and shoot the pirate, all of us are to some extent responsible for this state of affairs.

After a long meditation, I wrote this poem. In it, there are three people: the twelve-year-old girl, the pirate, and me. Can we look at each other and recognize ourselves in each other? The tide of the poem is “Please Call Me by My True Names,” because I have so many names. When I hear one of the of these names, I have to say, “Yes.”

Call Me by My True Names

Do not say that I’ll depart tomorrow
because even today I still arrive.

Look deeply: I arrive in every second
to be a bud on a spring branch,
to be a tiny bird, with wings still fragile,
learning to sing in my new nest,
to be a caterpillar in the heart of a flower,
to be a jewel hiding itself in a stone.

NB Click HERE to read the whole poem at the Dharma Writing Workshop

Eckhart Tolle – Stillness Speaks Intro and Chap 1

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Introduction

A true spiritual teacher does not have anything to teach in the conventional sense of
the word, does not have anything to give or add to you, such as new information,
beliefs, or rules of conduct. The only function of such a teacher is to help you
remove that which separates you from the truth of who you already are and what
you already know in the depth of your being.  The spiritual teacher is there to
uncover and reveal to you that dimension of the inner depth that is also peace.

If you come to a spiritual teacher or this book looking for stimulating ideas,
theories, beliefs, intellectual discussions, then you will be disappointed. In other
words, if you are looking for food for thought, you won't find it. And you will miss
the very essence of the teaching, the essence of this book which is not in the words
but within yourself. It is good to remember that, to feel that, as you listen.

The words are no more than signposts. That to which they point is not to be found
within the realm of thought but a dimension within yourself that is deeper, and
infinitely vaster than thought.  A vibrantly alive peace is one of the characteristics
of that dimension. So whenever you feel inner peace arising as you listen, the book
is doing it work and fulfilling its function as your teacher. It is reminding you of
who you are and pointing the way back home.

This is not a book to be read from cover to cover and then put away. Live with it.
Pick it up frequently. And, more importantly, put it down frequently. Or spend
more time holding it than reading it. Many readers will feel naturally inclined to
stop reading after each entry, to pause, reflect, become still. It is always more
helpful and more important to stop reading than to continue reading. Allow the
book to do its work, to awaken you from the old groves of your repetitive and
conditioned thinking

The form of this book can be seen as a revival for the present age of the oldest form
of recorded spiritual teachings, the sutras of ancient India. Sutras are powerful
pointers to the truth in the form of aphorisms or short sayings with little conceptual
elaboration.  The Vedas and Upanishads are the early sacred teachings recorded in
the form of sutras, as are the words of the Buddha. The sayings and parables of
Jesus, too, when taken out of their narrative context could be regarded as sutras as
well as the profound teachings contained in the Tao Te Ching, the ancient Chinese
book of wisdom.

The advantage of the sutra form lies in its brevity. It does not engage the thinking
mind more than is necessary. What it doesn't say, but only points to, is more
important than what it says.

The sutra-like character, of the writings in this book is particularly marked in
chapter 1, Silence and Stillness, which contains only the briefest of entries. This
chapter contains the essence of the entire book and may be all that some readers
require. The other chapters are there for those who need a few more signposts.

Just like the ancient sutras, the writings contained within this book are sacred and
have come out of a state of consciousness we may call stillness. Unlike those
sutras, however, they don't belong to any one religion or spiritual tradition, but are
immediately accessible to the whole of humanity.

There is also an added sense of urgency here.  The transformation of human
consciousness is no longer a luxury, so to speak, available only to a few, isolated
individuals, but a necessity if human kind is not to destroy itself. At the present
time, the dysfunction of the old consciousness and the arising of the new are both
accelerating.  Paradoxically, things are getting worse and better at the same time,
although the worse is more apparent because it makes so much noise.

This book, of course, uses words that in the act of reading or listening, become
thoughts in your mind. But those are not ordinary thoughts: repetitive, noisy, self-
serving, clamoring for attention. Just like every true spiritual teachers, just like the
ancient sutras, the thoughts within this book don't say “look at me", but “look
beyond me.” Because the thoughts came out of stillness, they have power, the
power to take you back into the same stillness from which they arose. That stillness
is also inner peace. And that stillness and peace is the essence of your being. It is
the stillness that will save and transform the world.

Chapter 1
Silence and Stillness

When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. When you
lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world.

Your innermost sense of self, of who you are, is inseparable from stillness. This is
the “I Am” that is deeper than name and form.

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Stillness is your essential nature. What is stillness? The inner space or awareness in
which the words on this page are being perceived and become thoughts. Without
that awareness, there would be no perception, no thoughts, no world.

You are that awareness, disguised as a person.

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The equivalent of external noise is the inner noise of thinking. The equivalent of
external silence is inner stillness.

Whenever there is some silence around you — listen to it. That means just notice it.
Pay attention to it. Listening to silence awakens the dimension of stillness within
yourself, because it is only through stillness that you can be aware of silence.

See that in the moment of noticing the silence around you, you are not thinking.
You are aware, but not thinking.

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When you become aware of silence, immediately there is that state of inner still
alertness. You are present. You have stepped out of thousands of years of collective
human conditioning.

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Look at a tree, a flower, a plant. Let your awareness rest upon it. How still they are,
how deeply rooted in Being. Allow nature to teach you stillness.

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When you look at a tree and perceive its stillness, you become still yourself. You
connect with it at a very deep level. You feel a oneness with whatever you perceive
in and through stillness. Feeling the oneness of yourself with all things is love.

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Silence is helpful, but you don’t need it in order to find stillness. Even when there
is noise, you can be aware of the stillness underneath the noise, of the space in
which the noise arises. That is the inner space of pure awareness, consciousness
itself.

You can become aware of awareness as the background to all your sense
perceptions, all your thinking. Becoming aware of awareness is the arising of inner
stillness.

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Any disturbing noise can be as helpful as silence. How? By dropping your inner
resistance to the noise, by allowing it to be as it is, this acceptance also takes you
into that realm of inner peace that is stillness.

Whenever you deeply accept this moment as it is — no matter what form it takes
— you are still, you are at peace.

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Pay attention to the gap — the gap between two thoughts, the brief, silent space
between words in a conversation, between the notes of a piano or flute, or the gap
between the in-breath and out-breath.

When you pay attention to those gaps, awareness of “something” becomes — just
awareness. The formless dimension of pure consciousness arises from within you
and replaces identification with form.

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True intelligence operates silently. Stillness is where creativity and solutions to
problems are found.

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Is stillness just the absence of noise and content? No, it is intelligence itself — the
underlying consciousness out of which every form is born. And how could that be
separate from who you are? The form that you think you are came out of that and is
being sustained by it.

It is the essence of all galaxies and blades of grass; of all flowers, trees, birds, and
all other forms.

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Stillness is the only thing in this world that has no form. But then, it is not really a
thing, and it is not of this world.

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When you look at a tree or a human being in stillness, who is looking? Something
deeper than the person. Consciousness is looking at its creation.

In the Bible, it says that God created the world and saw that it was good. That is
what you see when you look from stillness without thought.

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Do you need more knowledge? Is more information going to save the world, or
faster computers, more scientific or intellectual analysis? Is it not wisdom that
humanity needs most at this time?

But what is wisdom and where is it to be found? Wisdom comes with the ability to
be still. Just look and just listen. No more is needed. Being still, looking, and
listening activates the non-conceptual intelligence within you. Let stillness direct
your words and actions.

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SOUL MATTERS The Spiritual Needs of Older People


Cathy Beer reports on a unique conference which looked at the care of the elderly from the point of view of their spiritual needs.

Britain, like the rest of Western Europe, has an ageing population, and our free market economy does not find it easy to accommodate those in our society who are apparently ‘non-productive’. One often senses that the old are regarded as a burden on society, and often they are treated as such, if some of the recent media reports on homes for the elderly are to be believed. On top of all this, the debate about euthanasia has come to the forefront.

But the elderly are simply the young of a few years ago, brothers and sisters with all the normal needs for love and care that the rest of us have.

‘Soul Matters’, a day conference organised by the New Humanity section of the Focolare Movement, brought together a wide variety of people, experts, carers and the elderly themselves, to offer some positive experiences and ideas on this very important subject.

‘A rich tapestry where love was the thread running through it all,’ was how someone described the day on the spiritual care of older people, held on 11 February at the Centre for Unity, Welwyn Garden City. Anne Horsman, a local GP, explained how the idea was born of an experience with her mother who had been suffering from dementia: ‘I was determined to do the things we had always done – meals out, church…. Her short-term memory was short indeed and I thought to myself “Why am I concerned about doing this? She won’t remember”. And then I heard in my mind: “But her soul knows”.’

To read article go to HERE

Beautiful article about Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh (Thầy)

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One of the best known and most respected Zen masters in the world today, poet, and peace and human rights activist, Thich Nhat Hanh (called Thây by his students) has led an extraordinary life. Born in central Vietnam in 1926 he joined the monkshood at the age of sixteen. The Vietnam War confronted the monasteries with the question of whether to adhere to the contemplative life and remain meditating in the monasteries, or to help the villagers suffering under bombings and other devastation of the war. Nhat Hanh was one of those who chose to do both, helping to found the “engaged Buddhism” movement. His life has since been dedicated to the work of inner transformation for the benefit of individuals and society.

Click on link to read the article on the ‘Plum Village’ site

When did you last try to define yourself by biting your own teeth?

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Alan Watts said, ‘Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.’

 

Is that my self or Self in the sense of God that through me (or you) shines (attributes not essence) – when, that is, we have sufficiently won the war that Muhammad says is ‘excellent’;

 

‘The most excellent Jihad is that for the conquest of self.’ Muhammad.

 

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Alan Watts – see HERE

What is Nonviolent Communication?

“All that has been integrated into NVC has been known for centuries about consciousness, language, communication skills, and use of power that enable us to maintain a perspective of empathy for ourselves and others, even under trying conditions.”
— Marshall B. Rosenberg, Phd

Nonviolent Communication contains nothing new. It is based on historical principles of nonviolence– the natural state of compassion when no violence is present in the heart. NVC reminds us what we already instinctively know about how good it feels to authentically connect to another human being.

With NVC we learn to hear our own deeper needs and those of others. Through its emphasis on deep listening—to ourselves as well as others—NVC helps us discover the depth of our own compassion. This language reveals the awareness that all human beings are only trying to honor universal values and needs, every minute, every day.

NVC can be seen as both a spiritual practice that helps us see our common humanity, using our power in a way that honors everyone’s needs, and a concrete set of skills which help us create life-serving families and communities.

The form is simple, yet powerfully transformative.

4 Steps of NVC

Through the practice of NVC, we can learn to clarify what we are observing, what emotions we are feeling, what values we want to live by, and what we want to ask of ourselves and others. We will no longer need to use the language of blame, judgment or domination. We can experience the deep pleasure of contributing to each others’ well being.

NVC creates a path for healing and reconciliation in its many applications, ranging from intimate relationships, work settings, health care, social services, police, prison staff and inmates, to governments, schools and social change organizations.

The flash of insight

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A lightning flash:

between the forest trees

I have seen water.

Shiki Masaoka – (1867-1902)

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“All spiritual teachings are about one thing – what it is to be fully and positively human – in the world, with others.

This we do in relation to that Whole – out of which we each are an infinitesimally small, temporary, wave-form.

We live in order to awake to that mysterious Whole, overcome ego and learn to serve better – ‘Awake; De-egotise; Serve’  – That’s it!   But we need to start somewhere.  And simplicity is better than complexity.

We can (re)start right now with Thích Nhất Hạnh Zen Buddhist master’s teaching on mindfulness; ‘Smile: Breathe and Go slowly/consciously’ – try it!  Instant success is built in from the first smile.  Its’ irresistible!

The rest is a matter of cultural clothing & historical accident of birth.  

True religion helps, false religion hinders –  in getting the realizations needed.” – RP

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Share your questions or insights on these or any other issues via ‘comments’

Namaste – Roger

Dr Roger Prentice

PS The secret of life it seems to me is in the haiku above.

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Great sustainable living site

About Global Stewards

 

The goal of Global Stewards, created in 1998, is to provide environmental tips for sustainable living and information about exciting solutions that are speeding the shift toward a sustainable way of life. This site was created and is maintained by Lea Dutton of California.

 

global stewards defined:

 

I view a “global steward” as being someone who, in recognizing their kinship with all living beings, chooses a lifestyle that is sustainable for all life, including future generations. This is a form of conscious stewardship over our own lives vs. stewardship over nature.

Click on link

MEDITATION: take a 60secs time-out

Take a 60  second time – out of the day’s hustle and hassle.

Breath consciously.

At work or home or out and about:-

“Light is light for us all whatever the source.

Every now and then through the day be silent and still, starting with

just a few moments.

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Enjoy three conscious breaths.

BREATHING IN I know that I’m breathing in….Breathing out I know that I’m breathing out….

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Let your breath breathe you – bringing you back home to Wholeness and anchoring you in the now.

Let whatever thoughts or feelings emerge arise to the surface.

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As you breathe see your mind as a movie-theatre.

Witness each thought or feeling that arises

entering onto your inner movie screen, left or right, up or down.

Don’t resist or chase any thought or feeling just witness them.

Say to each thought or feeling that arises

Hello.  Welcome.  Thank-you.  Goodbye.

Then see the thought-feeling exit left, or right, from the movie-theatre.

Smile.

Breathe the breathing.

Let the breathing Breath breathe you.

Sense the Whole to which we all belong.

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Invite the quietness.

Be still.

Smile.

Breathe into your stillness.

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Give thanks.

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Return slowly to the here-and-now.

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SHORT COMMENTARY

On returning to our world of dualities we find concepts –

“Concepts are delicious snacks with which

we try to alleviate our amazement.”

( A J Heschel)

As a whole we should fly with two wings – the nonduality of ‘oneness via unitive meditation‘ and the duality of ‘me and my concepts & things‘.

Both wings are needed.

When meditatively, we are in amazement/awe/wonderment we are at-one, nondual, ego-less or ego-quietened.  We rest as Awareness.  I = no-self Awareness.

When we return to thought as in thought-forms ‘I-me’, ‘I-IT’, ‘I-we’, ‘I-thou’.’ In thought-forms – we always have duality, subject and object, twoness.

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Neither is bad, together they are wings though which to fly spiritually.

Work only one wing and we are crippled – flapping on the ground going round and round in circles.

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Nonduality is where we let go and instead let be the Universe, the Source, the Whole, Ultimate Reality, God (choose your preferred term). We rest as Awareness.  “I = no-self Awareness.”

Duality is where we chop wood, carry water, do the laundry, feed the kids, earn a living………………….

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Hooray for our two wings of being!

We are a being with Being.

The core of all Traditions is One.

There are many paths upward but only One Summit.

“Theologians may quarrel, but the mystics of the world speak the same language.” – Meister Eckhart

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Updated 6/06/2017

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Corbett Barr’s Standing Desk Experiment | zen habits

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Corbett Barr of CorbettBarr.com and ThinkTraffic.net.

For the past three weeks I’ve been standing while I work, instead of my usual sitting. I have some interesting results to share with you in a moment, but first let me tell you why I’ve been doing all this standing.

It all started after a couple of tweets came across my radar in the same day about the negative health effects of sitting. It turns out that sitting all day every day for work might not be good for your health and wellness. Who would have thought?

The studies and experiments I found really caught my attention, partly because I’ve been sitting through 40- to 60-hour work weeks every week for the better part of 15 years. Now that I’m in my mid-30s, I’m starting to really consider my current health and habits and trying to do a better job of giving myself the best shot at living a long and active life.

Here’s the evidence about what sitting can do to you:

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Einstein quotations

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Collected Quotes from Albert Einstein

  • "Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction."
  • "Imagination is more important than knowledge."
  • "Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love."
  • "I want to know God's thoughts; the rest are details."
  • "The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax."
  • "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."
  • "The only real valuable thing is intuition."
  • "A person starts to live when he can live outside himself."
  • "I am convinced that He (God) does not play dice."
  • "God is subtle but he is not malicious."
  • "Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character."
  • "I never think of the future. It comes soon enough."
  • "The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility."
  • "Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing."
  • "Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind."
  • "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new."
  • "Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from weak minds."
  • "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."
  • "Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen."
  • "Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at it."
  • "The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources."
  • "The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education."
  • "God does not care about our mathematical difficulties. He integrates empirically."
  • "The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking."
  • "Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal."
  • "Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding."
  • "The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible."
  • "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."
  • "Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school."
  • "The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing."
  • "Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater."
  • "Equations are more important to me, because politics is for the present, but an equation is something for eternity."
  • "If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut."
  • "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe."
  • "As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality."
  • "Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods."
  • "I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."
  • "In order to form an immaculate member of a flock of sheep one must, above all, be a sheep."
  • "The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there's no risk of accident for someone who's dead."
  • "Too many of us look upon Americans as dollar chasers. This is a cruel libel, even if it is reiterated thoughtlessly by the Americans themselves."
  • "Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism — how passionately I hate them!"
  • "No, this trick won't work…How on earth are you ever going to explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love?"
  • "My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind."
  • "Yes, we have to divide up our time like that, between our politics and our equations. But to me our equations are far more important, for politics are only a matter of present concern. A mathematical equation stands forever."
  • "The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking…the solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker."
  • "Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence."
  • "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed."
  • "A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeeded be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death."
  • "The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge."
  • "Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That means nothing. People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion."
  • "You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat."
  • "One had to cram all this stuff into one's mind for the examinations, whether one liked it or not. This coercion had such a deterring effect on me that, after I had passed the final examination, I found the consideration of any scientific problems distasteful to me for an entire year."
  • "…one of the strongest motives that lead men to art and science is escape from everyday life with its painful crudity and hopeless dreariness, from the fetters of one's own ever-shifting desires. A finely tempered nature longs to escape from the personal life into the world of objective perception and thought."
  • "He who joyfully marches to music rank and file, has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action. It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder."
  • "A human being is a part of a whole, called by us _universe_, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest… a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
  • "Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts." (Sign hanging in Einstein's office at Princeton)

Copyright: Kevin Harris 1995 (may be freely distributed with this acknowledgement)

Fetzer Survey of Love and Forgiveness in American Society

Fetzer Institute Survey Reveals America’s Shared Perspectives on Love, Forgiveness and a Connection to the Global Community

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KALAMAZOO, MI, October 28, 2010 – At a time when significant emphasis is placed on the issues that divide Americans, the Fetzer Institute’s “Survey of Love and Forgiveness in American Society” reveals the commonalities that bind us together.

The report uncovers the deeply held beliefs and attitudes individuals have about love, forgiveness, and their connection to the world beyond our borders. The Fetzer Institute commissioned the research in an effort to explore these complex topics that are central to its mission and to learn more about where love and forgiveness are present in American life. 

The survey’s findings reveal insights about how people feel about their own lives, their communities, and the world. The data points to a shared interest in improving our human condition, not only at the personal level, but on the global level as well.

Americans express a near-universal desire for a more loving and unified world. For example, most (61 percent) claim that if they better understood the values of people in other countries, there would be less conflict in the world, which indicates a need for better understanding of foreign cultures and values and how those values align with our own. Additionally, nine in ten Americans agree that the world is too divided and apart, and 95 percent agree that we need more meaningful love in the world. 

“This research will help guide the Institute and its work in the world to expand awareness of the role that love, forgiveness, and compassion can play in improving the human condition,” said Lawrence Sullivan, president and CEO of the Fetzer Institute.

American adults also recognized a personal need for more meaningful love and forgiveness, with 68 percent agreeing (strongly or somewhat) that they need more meaningful love in their personal lives. Sixty-two percent agreed (strongly or somewhat) that they need more forgiveness in their personal lives.
 
The online survey, conducted with a nationally representative sample of 1,000 US adults ages 18 and older, asked respondents to share their perceptions and opinions on the state of these values in America and in their personal lives. The full report, conducted by StrategyOne, a Washington-based market research firm, is available for download.

Key Survey Findings:

A Growing Desire for Love and Forgiveness
American adults recognize a need for more meaningful love and forgiveness. Sixty-eight percent of Americans agree (strongly or somewhat) that they need more meaningful love in their personal lives, and this number increases to 89 percent in their communities, 94 percent in America, and 95 percent in the world. Sixty-two percent of Americans agree (strongly or somewhat) that they need more forgiveness in their personal lives, and this number increases to 83 percent in their communities, 90 percent in America, and 90 percent in the world.

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Click here for 60secs Meditation Time-out

Take a minute out of the hustle and hassle.

Be still – starting with a few moments.

Light is light for us all.

Let your breath breathe you – now.

Imagine your mind as a movie-theatre.

Witness each thought-feeling that arises

enters on the movie screen, left or right, up or down.

Say to each thought-feeling that arises’

“Hello.  Thank-you.  Goodbye.”

See the thought-feeling exit left, or right, from the movie-theatre.

Smile.

Breathe the breathing.

Let the breathing breathe you.

Sense the whole to which we all belong.

Invite the quietness.

Be still.

Smile.

Breathe your trans-form-ationn.

Give thanks.

Return to the here-and-now.

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On returning we find there are only concepts –

“Concepts are delicious snacks with which

we try to alleviate our amazement.”

(A J Heschel)

We fly with two wings the nonduality of ‘oneness via meditation’ and the duality of ‘me and my concepts’

Both wings are needed.

When we, meditatively, are in amazement/awe/wonderment we are at-one, nondual, ego-less.

When we return to thought as in ‘I-me’, ‘I-IT’, ‘I-we’, ‘I-thou’, ‘I-me’ thought-forms – we have duality, subject and object.

Neither is bad, each is a wing though which to fly.

Nonduality is where we let go, and let the Universe, the Source, the Whole, Ultimate Reality, God (choose your preferred term).

Duality is where we chop wood, carry water, do the laundry………………….

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