A personal blog by a graying (mostly Anglo with light African-American roots) gay leftist leaning liberal progressive fit married college-educated former Baha'i NPR-listening Professor Emeritus now following the Dharma from California to Minas Gerais, Brasil.
or enlightenment is like awakening from a dream in which we believe we
are our story or a character from this story. In order to de-identify
from this story it is necessary to awaken the virtues of the soul that
are dormant within us. These virtues contain the aspects of love that
have the capacity to release all the shackles that bind us to the past.”
can be true to our own basic insight of what we see as true, but we can
embrace other people, knowing that they also may have their truth too,
and we try to find where we can join together in common effort.
a very delicate task to interpret things like ego and fear because we
tend to interpret from where we’re sitting, and we’ve developed these
structures around it.
The root of fear is the feeling of separateness that can exist within
oneself. The root of fear is within the model one has of oneself. That’s
where fear starts. Once that feeling of separation exists, then you
process everything from either inside or outside in terms of that model.
Then it keeps reinforcing the feeling of vulnerability, because there
are incredibly powerful forces moving both inside and outside of you.
The transformative process of spiritual work is reawakening to the
innocence of going behind that model of separation that one has, that
cuts you off, that made you a tiny little fragile somebody. A lot of the
power comes from a freeing of our own fragility.
are at the height of a profound planetary transformation that has been
marked by a major environmental crisis. Within this context, the waters
have been our greatest messenger. The waters of the world have shown us
where we are on this evolutionary journey as well as the next steps that
should be taken. Although many people are awakening as individuals, in
collective terms, we are still very primitive. Our awareness is very
low, so we do not hear the message that the waters have been trying to
give us through droughts, storms, floods and tsunamis. Archetypically,
the waters, like all of nature, represent the Universal Mother; which
also includes our biological mother. What causes us to destroy nature
and treat it as an object to be exploited? What happens when we don't
see the spirit that inhabits all living beings? Behind this blindness
lies a deep hatred for the mother.”
Como você pode fazer a sua parte no processo de despoluição das águas
que somente uma pessoa espiritual de fato, ou seja, uma pessoa com um
coração verdadeiramente amoroso, é capaz de promover mudanças
significativas no mundo, já que todas as atitudes que nascem do medo
geram mais reações negativas, enquanto as ações que nascem de um coração
amoroso podem contribuir para uma transição rumo à união e ao amor. Por
isso mesmo, não posso falar de sustentabilidade sem
falar sobre a cura da dor que você ainda carrega e mantém o seu coração
fechado, porque é ela quem está destruindo o planeta. Melhor ainda: é a
inconsciência dessa dor que está destruindo o planeta.
get stuck for decades with the same problems over and over. Focusing
expands you. Then you live in more ways and have new problems. Somebody
once asked me what I thought mental health was. I said, “New problems!”
"Why should coal miners pay for PBS"? This was an actual question asked
by the Trump administration yesterday. Obviously a blatantly stupid
question. We have questions too. Why should a poor black family in
Detroit pay for the President to go golfing? Why should a single mother
of 3 who's working 2 jobs in Louisiana be denied health-care so that the
CEO of Aetna can get a tax-break? Why is the guy washing dishes in
Baton Rouge paying for the President's wife's secret service protection
so she can live comfortably in NYC? We could do this all day. But here's
the real question the Trump administration and the Republicans who
empower him need to answer: Do you have a heart? Did no one teach you to
care about your neighbors? Do you know what "empathy" means? Did no one
ever teach you to "share" when you were in kindergarten? Have you never
heard the phrase "do unto others"? I can't think of a group of people
who need to watch Sesame Street MORE than the Republican party. Perhaps
they would learn some common decency."
Not sure whose brilliance this is but I was instructed to copy and paste.
times, the compulsion for sexual variety, contrary to what it may
appear, is a symptom of isolation. Even though you may be relating with
many different people, you remain isolated. You only relate
superficially because there are pages from your book of life you prefer
not to show. There are pages that even you have not yet read. In this
case, what is sustaining lust is fear in the form of shame. This is the
wall that prevents you from going deeper in your intimate
compulsion for food, just like any other addiction, creates resistant
neural webs that transform into deeply-rooted patterns of behavior that
are difficult to transform. Oftentimes after undergoing a healing in
which we are able to liberate denied feelings that were feeding a
destructive behavior, we are able to free ourselves from some symptoms.
But when we least expect it, often during moments of stress and
emotional vulnerability, gluttony comes back in through the back door
and we fall again. Certain neural webs need more time to be
deprogrammed. In this case, it is necessary to use the sword of
willpower. When gluttony comes back to get you in the same way, you
affirm: ‘Enough! I am in charge of this body! I will no longer feed this
addicted self inside of me.’ ”
only permanence is the permanence that I cling to in my mind: my ideals
of how to live; how to be happy; how to raise my children; how to
furnish my home; how to better the world; how to fill my time.
Recently, I've noticed an uptick
in the number of people who are suffering from depression, anxiety, and
stress. Many people are experiencing
fear, anger, sadness, guilt, shame, and grief. Some of these negative
feelings and emotions can be attributed to Trump, Republicans, and our
geo-political situation. A variety of factors contribute to our mental
health and it is important that we employ daily self-care.
I'm not qualified to give anyone advice with respect to mental or
emotional health and well-being. However, I do validate you as an
individual, and I can empathize with your situation.
I'm angry (at Trump et al). I'm ashamed of my fellow countrymen. I'm
anxious about the future, and I feel grief and sadness for what could've
Here are some rudimentary coping mechanisms that I
incorporate to keep myself sane, healthy, productive, and happy. We all
know the benefits of the following and sometimes a reminder helps.
may or may not agree with my wellness philosophy, which is fine. Please
share your wellness philosophy.
Sleep - "Sleep plays an
important role in your physical health. For example, sleep is involved
in healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels. Ongoing sleep
deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney
disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke." - National
Institute of Health. Naps are wonderful!
Exercise - The Mayo
Clinic reports that regular exercise combats diseases, controls weight,
improves mood, boosts energy, better sleep, better sex... Health
conditions can limit or inhibit exercise. (Talk to your medical health
Stress Reduction - Mayo Clinic: Meditate, breathe
deeply, be present in the here and now, slow down, reach out and talk
to others, laugh, listen to music, exercise, enjoy nature and the
environment, unplug, yoga, join a community, create ART, get a massage,
take daily walks, journal...
Eating well - "Eating vegetables
provides health benefits – people who eat more vegetables and fruits as
part of an overall healthy diet are likely to have a reduced risk of
some chronic diseases.
Vegetables provide nutrients vital for health and
maintenance of your body." US Government Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention - Balanced diet.
Alcohol & Tobacco - Be smart with the substances and chemicals that you put into your body. Moderation.
Vitamins - I take a multivitamin daily. I see my doctor regularly and keep my vaccinations up to date. Hydrate - I drink at least 1 gallon per day.
Massage - Get a regular massage if this is possible.
Support - We all need a supportive community of family and or friends.
I consider myself a life-long learner, and I'm always enrolled in
courses continuing education.
Professional help - if you find
yourself suicidal or depressed, seek out help from medical professionals
who are qualified to help you heal. If medical help is not possible,
talk to someone. Avoid the temporary diet-mentality - we must
strive to do these thing for life. When we fall, and we will, get back
in the saddle at your earliest convenience.
1 My God, whom I praise, do not remain silent, 2 for people who are wicked and deceitful have opened their mouths against me; they have spoken against me with lying tongues. 3 With words of hatred they surround me; they attack me without cause. 4 In return for my friendship they accuse me, but I am a man of prayer. 5 They repay me evil for good, and hatred for my friendship.
6 Appoint someone evil to oppose my enemy; let an accuser stand at his right hand. 7 When he is tried, let him be found guilty, and may his prayers condemn him. 8 May his days be few; may another take his place of leadership. 9 May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow. 10 May his children be wandering beggars; may they be driven[a] from their ruined homes. 11 May a creditor seize all he has; may strangers plunder the fruits of his labor. 12 May no one extend kindness to him or take pity on his fatherless children. 13 May his descendants be cut off, their names blotted out from the next generation. 14 May the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the Lord; may the sin of his mother never be blotted out. 15 May their sins always remain before the Lord, that he may blot out their name from the earth.
16 For he never thought of doing a kindness, but hounded to death the poor and the needy and the brokenhearted. 17 He loved to pronounce a curse— may it come back on him. He found no pleasure in blessing— may it be far from him. 18 He wore cursing as his garment; it entered into his body like water, into his bones like oil. 19 May it be like a cloak wrapped about him, like a belt tied forever around him. 20 May this be the Lord’s payment to my accusers, to those who speak evil of me.
21 But you, Sovereign Lord, help me for your name’s sake; out of the goodness of your love, deliver me. 22 For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me. 23 I fade away like an evening shadow; I am shaken off like a locust. 24 My knees give way from fasting; my body is thin and gaunt. 25 I am an object of scorn to my accusers; when they see me, they shake their heads.
26 Help me, Lord my God; save me according to your unfailing love. 27 Let them know that it is your hand, that you, Lord, have done it. 28 While they curse, may you bless; may those who attack me be put to shame, but may your servant rejoice. 29 May my accusers be clothed with disgrace and wrapped in shame as in a cloak.
30 With my mouth I will greatly extol the Lord; in the great throng of worshipers I will praise him. 31 For he stands at the right hand of the needy, to save their lives from those who would condemn them.
The question is, how do you awaken out of the illusion that you are separate?
The doorway out of that is through the heart. We say, “My heart goes out
to you.” The heart keeps a doorway into the unitive nature of the
universe, and it’s the love that flows through it. Love doesn’t know
boundaries. The mind creates the boundary of separation between me and
you. The heart just keeps embracing and opening out, so that when
you open your heart you open into the universe to experience the
preciousness, the grace, the sweetness, and the thick interconnectedness
of it all.
It’s even more than interconnected. It’s all one thing, and it just
keeps changing its flow and patterns, and you’re just a part of it.
is the psychological matrix of the ego that manifests through voracity.
It manifests not only through the compulsion for food but for any other
addiction including sex, money, shopping and so on. These compulsions
serve to numb our awareness. Voracity serves to buffer pain created by
negative feelings that arise from the unconscious mind. There is an
intimate connection between anything oral and the muladhara chakra, the
subtle energy center situated at the base of the spine. This energetic
center, commonly known as the root chakra, works in relationship with
the sexual glands. As such, gluttony is always showing us signs of an
issue related to sexuality.”
step may seem to take forever, but no matter how uninspired you feel,
continue to follow your practice schedule precisely and consistently.
This is how we can use our greatest enemy, habit, against itself.
body is an alchemical lab where we can experiment with expanding our
consciousness. This is why it is of great value to study the
relationship between the subtle and physical bodies as well as the
deeper role of the endocrine glands in the relationship between the
nervous system and the chakras. It is important to understand how the
psycho-emotional and physical processes are triggered by these
relationships. Nowadays science has begun to prove what the yogis have
long known and practiced. It is only through pranayamas (breathing
exercises), asanas (physical postures) and meditation that it is
possible to completely transform an unfavorable energetic or physical
condition and to even cure diseases. This is the ancient knowledge of