Saturday, December 13, 2014

Flower of the Day: 12/13/14

"During a certain phase of the journey, we are not open to understanding the parts of ourselves that play against our own happiness. We are not really willing to get to know ourselves – we just want to get rid of our symptoms that bring suffering. In this phase, prayer and devotion are like a bargain that we use because they meet our needs. It is natural to start off like this, but at some point we must let go of this bargaining in order to continue along the path of love. Devotion is not meant as an occasional practice; only when it is firm and steady can it lead us to the experience of oneness. What builds this steadiness is self-awareness."

Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma

The First Step | December 13, 2014

For white America, [the] systematic undoing of centuries of racial indoctrination, [the] letting go of the 'conceptual paint' it has uncritically absorbed about black Americans, is the necessary first step toward the epistemological humility and egoless listening we are morally obliged to bring to our encounters with all Others. Another name for such selfless, healing listening is love.

- Charles Johnson, "Every 28 Hours"