Saturday, February 14, 2015

Flor do Dia - Flor del Día - Flower of the Day - 14/02/2015

“Quando o buscador chega, inicio um trabalho de cura para tratar das suas feridas emocionais e purificar seu coração das mazelas do passado. Esse trabalho continua até que ele possa se harmonizar com seu passado e se libertar dele, ou seja, até que ele possa olhar para trás e verdadeiramente agradecer por absolutamente tudo que aconteceu na sua vida. Nesse momento, ele estará pronto para renascer no espírito. Na verdade, é nesse ponto que a jornada espiritual realmente inicia. Porque até então era um trabalho psicoespiritual de cura e transformação da natureza inferior.”
“Cuando el buscador llega, inicio un trabajo de cura para tratar sus heridas emocionales y purificar su corazón de los males del pasado. Ese trabajo continúa hasta que pueda armonizarse con su pasado y se libere de él, o sea, hasta que pueda mirar para atrás y verdaderamente agradecer por absolutamente todo lo que sucedió en su vida. En ese momento, estará listo para renacer en el espíritu. En verdad, es en ese punto que el camino espiritual realmente inicia. Porque hasta entonces era un trabajo psicoespiritual de cura y transformación de la naturaleza inferior.”

"When the seeker arrives, a healing work begins to address one’s emotional wounds and to purify the heart’s ailments from the past. This work continues until one can be in harmony with one’s past and be liberated from it; until one can look back and truly be thankful for absolutely everything that has happened in one’s life. At this moment, one is ready to be reborn in spirit. In fact, this is when the spiritual journey actually begins. Everything up until this point was merely a psychospiritual work of healing and transforming one’s lower nature."
- Sri Prem Baba

Via JMG: From Alabama's Largest Newspaper

The Birmingham News has been absolutely relentless in their supportive coverage of Alabama's marriage battle and one of the stars of that coverage has been cartoonist JD Crowe. Hit the link for a slideshow of Crowe's work about Judge Roy Moore.

Reposted from Joe Jervis

Via JMG: Antonin Scalia: Don't Paint Me As Anti-Gay

"The issue of gay rights, on abortion, on many of the issues in which Ruth’s opinions and mine differ does not pertain to the substance. It doesn’t pertain to whether gay people ought to have those rights or whether there ought to be a constitutional right or a right to an abortion. That isn’t the issue. The issue is who decides. That’s all. I don’t have any public views on any of those things. The point is who decides? Should these decisions be made by the Supreme Court without any text in the Constitution or any history in the Constitution to support imposing on the whole country or is it a matter left to the people? But don’t paint me as anti-gay or anti-abortion or anything else. All I’m doing on the Supreme Court is opining about who should decide."  
- Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, speaking last night at the George Washington University event where Ruth Bader Ginsburg made her "not 100% sober" comment.

Reposted from Joe Jervis

Via JMG: March Issue Of Texas Monthly

Reposted from Joe Jervis

Via JMG: OREGON: Democratic Gov. John Kizhaber Resigns In Scandal Over His Fiance, Successor Kate Brown Is Openly Bisexual

Via Bloomberg:
Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber’s almost four-decade political career fell apart Friday, as he heeded calls from fellow Democrats to resign after a scandal involving his fiancee’s use of his office to generate business for her energy-consulting firm. Kitzhaber, a 67-year-old re-elected to a fourth term in November, announced his departure in a news release. Secretary of State Kate Brown, also a Democrat, will assume the office until 2016.
Oregon's now governor-to-be Kate Brown is married to a man and is openly bisexual, which will make her the first openly LGBT governor in American history. Unless you count former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevy, which you shouldn't.

Reposted from Joe Jervis

Via Daily Dharma

Dharma Dating | February 14, 2015

As human beings, we’re hardwired for connection. Of course, our practice helps us dissolve the illusion of a separate self and know that we are supported in every breath by the whole universe. But at the same time, it’s also good to feel supported by a real live person who actually cares that we had a bad day, that the kids were brats, that the boss was a tyrant, that the computer kept crashing, that we failed to solve our koan.

- Anne Cushman, "Fifteen Weeks of Dharma Dating"