I lay awake at 2:20 am this morning after going to bed at 8 pm. I was feeling a bit forlorn and I've had a really rough, homeless several months. Things are calming down now and I have a place to live for now but the chaos lingers in my body as it continues to... Continue Reading →
By Charles Eisenstein first published on his site and offered freely via a creative commons copyright. Thank you, Charles. - Normal is coming unhinged. For the last eight years it has been possible for most people (at least in the relatively privileged classes) to believe that society is sound, that the system, though creaky, basically works, and that the progressive deterioration of everything from ecology to economy is a temporary deviation from the evolutionary imperative of progress.
Therapists and psychiatrists: your patients and clients need love. Can you give them that?
Someone in the comments said, that no, they do not offer their clients love because it breaks ethical codes. My response to her was this: love doesn't break, indeed, cannot break, any ethical code...that is a misunderstanding of what love is. If love breaks a rule on the other hand, perhaps it needed to be broken!! Love is the highest ethic there is! … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Two legendary teachers shine a Buddhist light on a classic Christian teaching: love of enemies. Robert Thurman and Sharon Salzberg are working together on how we relate to that which makes us feel embattled from without, and from within. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Learning to love. We must learn to love, learn to be kind, and this from earliest youth; if education or chance gives us no opportunity to practice these feelings, our soul becomes dry and unsuited even to understanding the tender inventions of loving people. Likewise, hatred must be learned and nurtured, if one wishes to become a proficient hater; otherwise the germ for that, too, will gradually wither. … [click on title to read and view more]
Our planet is dying. It's dangerous to be in any sort of denial about this.
The most important question we can ask ourselves is "what am I doing to serve the planet, humanity and all of life?"
I'll repeat what the person who passed this onto me said, "PLEASE take time to watch this and turn up your speakers. Allow it to soak into your soul." … [click on title to read and view more]
Even if there was a gun in my hand and he was standing in front of me, I would not shoot him [referring to the member of the Taliban that shot her in October of 2012].
This is the compassion I have learned from Mohamed, the prophet of mercy, Jesus Christ and Lord Buddha. This the legacy of change I have inherited from Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Mohammed Ali Jinnah. This is the philosophy of nonviolence that I have learned from Gandhi, Bacha Khan and Mother Teresa.
And this is the forgiveness that I have learned from my father and from my mother. This is what my soul is telling me: Be Peaceful and Love Everyone. - Malala Yousafzai … [click on title to read more]
I'm not a big fan of the "if I can do it anyone can do it" squawk. All too often what fuels that idea is an incapacity to recognize one's own privileges.
And then also, it's not just privilege, it's the fact that we're all endlessly diverse...and there is no telling what is different about another...everyone's path is unique. … [click on title for the rest of the post]