Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Today's Daily Dharma: Abandoning Preconceptions

Abandoning Preconceptions
It is good to remember that a new or an old way of considering and dealing with life is not false just because it surprises us or contradicts our theories. A sincere seeker should compare ideas for the purpose of gaining a closer fix on truth.
Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano, "Selective Wisdom"

Via The Easier Softer Way Meditation / FB: Daily Mindfulness 7/6/15 - Actions

The Easier Softer Way Meditation's photo. 

"Whatsoever you do with awareness is meditation. Action is not the question, but the quality that you bring to your action. Walking can be a meditation if you walk alertly. Sitting can be a meditation if you sit alertly. Listening to the birds can be a meditation if you listen with awareness. Just listening to the inner noise of your mind can be a meditation if you remain alert and watchful."

Mindfulness Practice for the Day: Today, bring awareness to your actions throughout the day. Take one action (such as walking, listening, or speaking), and make the effort to bring mindfulness to the action.

Via Portal Brasil (March 20):

Ministra do Supremo Tribunal Federal (STF), Cármem Lúcia, manteve decisão que autorizou a adoção de crianças por um casal homoafetivo do Paraná. Para a ministra o conceito de família não pode ser restrito por se tratar de casais homoafetivos. 

Leia aqui: http://goo.gl/896ZEb

Marriage Equality: Bring Your Family With You

Via HuffPost Live / FB: Jesus would approve of same-sex marriage, former President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday.

"I believe Jesus would approve gay marriage, but that's just my own personal belief," the Democrat said in an interview on HuffPost Live. 

"I think Jesus would encourage any love affair if it was honest and sincere and was not damaging to anyone else, and I don't see that gay marriage damages anyone else," he added.

Supporters have hailed the Supreme Court's June 26 decision to strike down state bans on same-sex marriage and legalize it across the country, while opponents have blasted the 5-4 decision as judicial overreach.

Carter, 90, has stepped out for several interviews to promote his new book, which was published Tuesday.

Make the jump here to see the  full article

Via Tricycle:

Via Sri Prem Baba: Flor do Dia- Flor del Día - Flower of the Day 07/07/2015

“Quando começa a compreender e a se afinar com a prática do silêncio, você percebe um grande barulho interno, muita agitação e ansiedade, um turbilhão de sentimentos. No início, essa prática exige esforço, mas aos poucos você vai aprendendo a lidar com o tumulto até que consegue atravessá-lo e começa a entrar em estado de comunhão com o Ser. Quando isso acontece, o silêncio pode tomar a forma de muitas coisas belas, como uma música ou uma poesia.”

“Cuando comienzas a comprender y afinarte con la práctica del silencio, percibes un gran ruido interno, mucha agitación y ansiedad, un torbellino de sentimientos. Al principio esta práctica exige esfuerzo, pero, poco a poco, vas aprendiendo a lidiar con el tumulto hasta que consigues atravesarlo y comienzas a entrar en estado de comunión con el Ser. Cuando esto sucede, el silencio puede tomar la forma de muchas cosas bellas, como una música o una poesía.”

"When we begin to understand and align ourselves with the practice of silence, we perceive a vast internal noisiness, a lot of agitation and anxiety. A whirlwind of feelings emerges. At first, this practice takes effort, but gradually we will learn how to deal with the turmoil until we are able to navigate through it. Then we begin to enter into a state of communion with our Being. When this happens, silence can take the form of many beautiful things, such as music or poetry."

Via Blue Nation Review: Thank you, President Obama. We appreciate your support!

On June 26th, 2003, the Supreme Court struck down sodomy laws in Lawrence v. Texas.

On June 26th, 2013, the Supreme Court gutted the Defense of Marriage Act in United States v. Windsor.

On June 26th, 2015, the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage across the nation in Obergefell v. Hodges.

And now, President Barack Obama says he plans to make June 26th “Equality Day.”

According to OUT.com, President Obama told Marc Maron on his podcast, WTF With Marc Maron, that he feels June 26th should be a holiday:
“These folks are heroes and deserve to be recognized for their courage and sacrifice. I can’t think of anything more deserving of a national holiday than the fight for equality. Our nation was founded on a bedrock principle that we are all created equal.”

He promised action:
“I will be urging congress to honor the LGBT community with a federal holiday, until then I will issue by executive order declaring June 26th, 2016 National Equality Day.”

Thank you, President Obama. We appreciate your support.