Monday, October 23, 2017

Harvey Fierstein with Barbara Walters on 20/20 (1983)

Via Scientific American: Homophobes Might Be Hidden Homosexuals

A new analysis of implicit bias and explicit sexual orientation statements may help to explain the underpinnings of anti-gay bullying and hate crimes

Homophobes Might Be Hidden Homosexuals
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Homophobes should consider a little self-reflection, suggests a new study finding those individuals who are most hostile toward gays and hold strong anti-gay views may themselves have same-sex desires, albeit undercover ones.

The prejudice of homophobia may also stem from authoritarian parents, particularly those with homophobic views as well, the researchers added.

"This study shows that if you are feeling that kind of visceral reaction to an out-group, ask yourself, 'Why?'" co-author Richard Ryan, a professor of psychology at the University of Rochester, said in a statement. "Those intense emotions should serve as a call to self-reflection."

The research, published in the April 2012 issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, reveals the nuances of prejudices like homophobia, which can ultimately have dire consequences. [The 10 Most Destructive Human Behaviors]

"Sometimes people are threatened by gays and lesbians because they are fearing their own impulses, in a sense they 'doth protest too much,'" Ryan told LiveScience. "In addition, it appears that sometimes those who would oppress others have been oppressed themselves, and we can have some compassion for them too, they may be unaccepting of others because they cannot be accepting of themselves."

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 10/23/17

“The goal of awakening love in the human being and giving life here on Earth a more spiritual meaning needs to be fulfilled; otherwise, it won’t be possible to sustain the human race here for very long.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Create a Sacred Space

Most of us cannot afford a separate room for zazen [Zen meditation], but all of us can make a corner sacred.

—Robert Aitken, “Setting Up Your Home Altar

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Via Ram Dass / Words of Wisdom - October 22, 2017

One doesn’t have to beat down one’s ego for God. That isn’t the way it works. The ego isn’t in the way. It’s how we are holding the ego. It is much better to just do the spiritual practices and open to God and love God and trust your intuitive heart. As the transformation happens, the ego then becomes this beautiful instrument that’s available to you to deal with the world. It’s not in the way anymore.  

-Ram Dass -

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 10/22/17

“The planet is passing through a whirlwind of transformation. We are having to be accountable for our misuse of power. Unfortunately, before it improves, it looks like it’s going to get much worse. Before the transformation is complete, there will still be plenty of anarchy and chaos until a prepared new generation arrives ready to assume the responsibilities of this power. Being prepared means to be able to act in harmony with the heart, which includes being able to manifest the values of honesty, self-responsibility, respect, humility and compassion.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Buddhism in a Shell

Buddhism is nothing other than a set of practices to open up the mysteries of the human heart.

—Reggie Ray, “Looking Inward, Seeing Outward

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 10/21/17

“The process of purification, inherent in the expansion of consciousness, can be extremely difficult. As we expand our awareness, we illuminate the dark corners of the soul and begin to see what was hidden. Often, we come across such a mess we think we’ll never manage to clean it all up. We try to go back and close the door but are unable to because, having seen all the filth, we can no longer live with it. Perhaps we even manage to live like this for some time, but the suffering becomes so intense that there is no other way out but to face our fears and carry on.” 
Sri Prem Baba

Friday, October 20, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 10/20/17

“I’ve received a comment, ‘The more I dedicate myself to the expansion of consciousness, the more difficult it gets.’ This is an illusion. During this process of expansion, what happens is that all the numbing devices of consciousness stop having any effect and you begin to see and feel things that were previously undetected. Everything seemed much easier because you were asleep. Consciousness is light. It is like opening a door to a dark room that has been shut for a long time. Now, you notice that it is very dirty. Before you can enjoy the state of well-being the light offers, a good house-cleaning is in order.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Don't Confuse Awakening with Bliss

There may be bliss with awakening, because it is actually a by-product of awakening, but it is not awakening itself. As long as we are chasing the byproducts of awakening, we will miss the real thing.

—Adyashanti, “Bliss Is a By-Product

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Via Sri Preem Baba

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 10/19/17

“We are living in a moment where we are being asked to align ourselves with truth. This alignment demands sacrifices. In Brazil, it is very clear that our politics have been a great catalyst for this process of alignment or purification. But this phenomenon is happening worldwide. We are being given the opportunity to become aware of our contradictions which manifest as division, war, fear and selfishness. We are being led to commit ourselves with truth, peace and unity.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Do You Know Where to Look for Spiritual Awareness?

There is always a need for experience and knowledge rooted in traditions, but it is not a spiritual given that these are the places where peace, union, and spiritual awareness are found.

—bell hooks, “Waking Up to Racism

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Via Lionsroar / Buddhist author George Saunders wins Man Booker Prize for “Lincoln in the Bardo”

George Saunders has won the Man Booker Prize — awarded for the best original novel published in the UK — for his novel Lincoln in the Bardo. Saunders is a Buddhist, and his novel is based on the idea of bardo, the Tibetan Buddhist concept of a state between death and life.

The book tells the story of Abraham Lincoln visiting the crypt of his son, William, who died at age 11. In an interview, Saunders told Lion’s Roar editor-in-chief Melvin McLeod:
“I’d been reading some Buddhist texts and was aware of the bardo as a sort of transitional state between the moment when you die and the moment you’re reincarnated. That struck me as an interesting way to destabilize the usual ghost story.”
On announcing the award, Baroness Lola Young, chair of the Man Booker Prize, said, “The form and style of this utterly original novel reveals a witty, intelligent, and deeply moving narrative.”
Young said that Lincoln in the Bardo stood out from the other books shortlisted for the prize, “because of its innovation – its very different styling and the way in which it paradoxically brought to life these not-quite-dead souls in this other world.”

In 2014, Saunders gave a convocation speech at Syracuse University that went viral and was adapted into a book. Shortly afterward, he spoke with McLeod, and explained how Buddhism comes into his writing:
“In my writing work, I’ve noticed that if you do anything with real intensity, and with a real interest in the truth of the matter, then it ends up being dharmic somehow. If you’re really, really interested in the truth, then you’ll end up with something that looks and feels very much like dharma.”
The Man Booker is widely regarded as one of the top prizes in fiction, assuring success and renown for its winners.

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Via Ram Dass / Words of Wisdom - October 18, 2017

When you look back at the suffering in your own life, each time you would have avoided it if you possibly could. And yet, when you look at the depth of your character now, isn’t part of that a product of those experiences? Weren’t those experiences part of what created the depth of your inner being?

- Ram Dass -

Via Daily Dharma: Don't Mix Rigidity with Meditation

Global rules, where you have to do the same thing in all instances, are not as helpful as rules that have specific contexts in which they are used.

—Jason Siff, “The Problem with Meditation Instructions

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 10/18/17

“One of the principles of natural medicine states that sometimes we must get worse before getting better. Before a healing can happen, an illness may get even worse so that its significance may be understood. First, it is necessary to understand what the illness is trying to say to us and what needs to be corrected in order for it to heal. This principle not only applies to physical health, but to other areas of life as well, such as our economic and political systems.”
Sri Prem Baba

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 10/17/17

“Enlightenment begins when imagination ceases. When the mind stops inventing stories about who we are, it is possible to come to know our true identity.”

Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Mind the Gap (between Object and Mind)

Nonself only begins to be clear when the illusion of seamlessness disappears and we experience the gaps in the continuity, when we actually see the mind and its object arising and dying together from instant to instant.

—Cynthia Thatcher, “Disconnected the Dots

Monday, October 16, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 10/16/17

“For many people, food is a symbol of affection. When we’re feeling needy or when we can’t find the solution to a situation in our lives, we start to numb the pain to temporarily keep the discomfort at bay.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Struggle Can Lead to Future Courage

For anyone working to become more courageous, suffering can become an ideal source of growth. An indolent life without hardship of any kind is just like an empty ship, easily overturned by a storm.

—Khenpo Sodargye, “Working through Suffering

Sunday, October 15, 2017

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Via Daily Dharma: Learn When to Quit

Strange as it may seem, stopping is as much an important aspect of practice as starting.

—Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, “The Aim of Attention

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 10/15/17

“The compulsion to eat is related to a need for affection. It is when we project emotions and stories onto food that we hurt ourselves. It is common that when one lives in an environment that is absent of affection and love, food often becomes a substitute.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Ram Dass / Words of Wisdom - October 15, 2017

To see through the veil of what our senses and thinking minds make real, to the true self, feels often like the highest aspiration of humanity. When we do this, it’s as if we find our rightful place in the order of things. We begin to recognize a harmony that’s been waiting for us to feel and once we do this, it’s not only for the life hereafter or some abstract thing for later, it’s for now, and for the way in which we live our lives day by day.

-  Ram Dass -

Via Ram Dass / Words of Wisdom - October 11, 2017

Being peacefully in relationship to everything made me realize that my happiness isn’t based on the situation being 'this way' or 'that way' – my happiness is one which embraces my sadness, and my love is one which embraces my own hate…

- Ram Dass -

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 10/12/17

“Devotional chanting is a powerful instrument in the process of awakening loving consciousness. The mantras are Sanskrit words that have the power to activate the many dimensions of love that inhabit us. Each divine name awakens a dimension in our own Being.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Meditation Off the Cushion

When I put so much stock in formal meditation, I forget that it’s only one way of helping me see the magic that surrounds me and that is me.

—Barry Evans, “I Like It ...but Is It Meditation?

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 10/14/17

“Food is one of the mysteries of nature. It is an important element in the game of human evolution, as it serves as the bridge between both the subtle and material worlds. The body needs nutrients to keep itself alive, but at the same time, these nutrients can be used to numb our consciousness.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Attention Reveals Connection

Paying attention provides the gift of noticing and the gift of connecting. It provides the gift of seeing a little bit of ourselves in others, and of realizing that we’re not so awfully alone.

—Sharon Salzberg, “A More Complete Attention

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 10/13/17

“Food plays an important role in the process of expanding human consciousness. It can be used to promote or hinder this process. Often, we use food to numb ourselves and stop ourselves from feeling. Food becomes an avenue where we project our denied feelings. And in this way, food becomes a compulsion.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Everyone Has a Purpose

Each of us has something to do in this lifetime; we have to find out what it is and do it.

—Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, “No Excuses

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Via Daily Dharma: Forgiving Yourself Be Done

One of the most difficult people to forgive can be yourself. Yet with patience and gentle determination, it can be done.

—Allan Lokos, “Lighten Your Load

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 10/11/17

“The root of all conflict we see in this world is the lack of love in our relationships. Only love can free us. This is why we work to awaken love, which implies we must unlearn hatred.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 10/09/17

“Spirituality manifests in a practical way through human relationships. It is through them that we learn the lessons that bring us to experience real love. Inevitably, the path of liberation includes the healing of relationships.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Resist the Mental Clock

Meditation teaches us to be wary of allowing ideas of time to interfere with our activity. Through experience, we discover how not to lose our self, but instead to be fully engaged in the “doing” of whatever it is we decided that we must do.

—Les Kaye, “The Time Is Now

Via Daily Dharma: Let Go Strategically

The key is not to grasp, or swim against the tide, but to go along and allow the elements to balance. By skillfully and strategically letting go, I can safely reach the shore.

—Kim Larrabee, “Drowning on My Cushion

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 10/10/17

“Oftentimes, what we need can be found where we least expect it. Don’t imprison yourself in beliefs; pay attention to not fall into the trap of preconceptions. Right and wrong are very relative. By labeling something as spiritual or not sacred or profane, we can limit the possibilities of our growth and healing. Everything can be sacred if it comes from the heart.” 
Sri Prem Baba

Friday, October 6, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 10/06/17

“The external is a reflection of the internal. The first step towards eradicating the violence in the world is to become aware of the violence within us.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Inner Simplicity

Our lives may be complicated on the outside, but we remain simple, easy, and open on the inside.

—Tsoknyi Rinpoche, “Allow for Space

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 10/05/17

“Death is an illusion. It is a lie that matter wants to prove.
Everything that exists is life - stages of life. Through this plane, our souls initiate a new life cycle.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via 3 of 7 Daily Dharma: Maintain Clarity by Being Present

Confusion proliferates when we can’t stay present with whatever we encounter.

—Elizabeth Mattis, “Open Stillness

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Via Ram Dass / Words of Wisdom - October 4, 2017

If you want to be in a peaceful world, you damn well better be peaceful, because if you are full of anger you are not going to bring about much peace.

The qualities in yourself determine what qualities are in the world.

- Ram Dass -

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 10/04/17

“The human being spends their entire life denying death, even though it’s the only certainty they have regarding their future. But at some point, facing this becomes necessary. It is only when we can look at death without fear that we are ready to live our lives fully.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Uncover Your Limiting Beliefs

The moment you leave the circumstances you’ve grown accustomed to, you are in foreign territory, and it’s easier to realize how much narrow-mindedness you are carrying around, including all your opinions, judgments, habits, and so on.

—Dawa Tarchin Phillips, “What to Do When You Don't Know What's Next

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Leonard Cohen - Leaving the Table

For more about Cohen’s life and his relationship to Zen Buddhism, read Pico Iyer’s “Leonard Cohen Burns, and We Burn With Him.”

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 10/03/17

“We need to free ourselves from the idea that we have enemies. This can only happen through self-responsibility which allows us to recognize our own inability to love and forgive.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Discipline Is Wedded to Joy

Without spiritual discipline we are never going to wake up or advance on our journey through this life. But our discipline must be wedded to joy, and we must find pleasure in the myriad wonders that this life offers.

—Joan Gattuso, “The Balancing Buddha

Monday, October 2, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 10/02/17

“While we can’t interfere in someone else’s process of transformation, we can pray for them. The power of prayer has been scientifically proven. When we send our energy in the other’s direction by truly praying for them to be happy, we become a channel of love. As a result, the other receives the fruits of our prayer.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: The Heroes Within You

The superheroes we need don’t come from faraway planets or live in secret hideouts on remote islands. Our heroes must be summoned from within.

—Andrew Olendzki, “Guardians of the World

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Via Ram Dass: Words of Wisdom - October 1, 2017

What love has been for me has been the whole ‘heart’ part of my journey. I have gone from having special people that I loved and others that I hated to realizing that everybody I meet is the ‘beloved’ in drag. Everybody is ‘the one’ and my job is to see through the story line their mind is caught in, not to reject the story line, not to judge it, it’s not better or worse than my storyline. It’s about not getting caught in it, and being able to see what is behind it.

It’s behind the soul, and because we can’t talk about it, touch it, smell it, taste it, we tend to think it doesn’t exist, and yet here we are - that’s the beautiful perplexity of it all.

- Ram Dass -

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 10/01/17

“Scientists have performed experiments monitoring people’s brains as they received waves of love through prayer and they have found evidence indicating significant changes. If you doubt this, try an experiment: Pray for someone - and truly give your prayer without wanting anything in return or waiting to see the results. If your prayer is sincere, you will come to understand what I am saying.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Why You Must Accept Who You Are

Understanding and accepting who you really are right now is as important as the commitment to become someone more open and generous.

—Dale S. Wright, “The Bodhisattva's Gift

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 09/30/17

“We are working to awaken the memory of ourselves. Not everything we believe is true because we have seen that our belief system has created a lot of suffering. Essentially, we are looking for freedom: the freedom to be who we are. We don’t know who we are because of the beliefs we carry about our identity. This is the core of human conflict that manifests most directly into destructive relationships.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Why You Should Be Expectation-free

Whatever you might gain from your practice won’t be anything like what you imagine it will be. So just leave those ideas as they are. They’ll pass of their own accord if you let them.

—Brad Warner, “A Minty Fresh Mind

Friday, September 29, 2017

Via Daily Dharma: Why Doubt Can Be Helpful

If seen for what it is, doubt can even be a positive force in practice. Provided we don’t get lost in the negative beliefs that arise with it, it can lead to a deepening of our quest.

—Ezra Bayda, “Breaking Through

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 09/29/17

“We have failed in the difficult art of relationship. We have failed to love one another. This means we are not fulfilling our mission here on Earth - the greater purpose of our incarnation on this planet which is to love.”  
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Drop the Old Stories

A powerful mental shift takes place when we stop telling ourselves why something can’t happen. When we can envision a hoped-for future, we strengthen our belief that it is possible.

—Joanna Macy, “Allegiance to Life

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 09/28/17

“We are in a vortex of transformation wherein we need to face the reflection of our past actions. Even today, with all the knowledge we have, the human being is a channel of barbarism. Until quite recently, the abuse of power was manifested in its most extreme form as imperialism, slavery and other distortions of the masculine. There is no escape from karma: until we learn what we need to learn, we will suffer these consequences.
Sri Prem Baba

Via Ram Dass: Words of Wisdom - September 27, 2017

When people say, “What should I do with my life?” the more interesting question is, “How do I cultivate the quietness of my being, where ‘what I should do with my life’ will become apparent?”

Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. The journey is constant, between listening to the inner voice and making the choice to take an action. The minute you make a decision, if you feel it is disharmonious with some other plane of existence, you must go back inside again. The art form of continually emptying to hear freshly. Imagine being in a relationship where the two people are meeting each other anew all the time. Imagine how freeing it would be for you.

- Ram Dass -

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 09/27/17

“The crises taking place throughout all sectors of society indicate that something needs to be transformed. We are being called to take a step in the evolutionary process of consciousness. This step requires assuming responsibility for our own errors and ignorance and forgiving others for their errors. This is the only way that we can awaken the love sleeping within us and free ourselves from the general suffering that is being experienced throughout the human race.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Developing Heartfelt Appreciation

By developing a more heartfelt appreciation of what we have, we also begin to see more clearly what’s missing in the lives of others.

—Andy Puddicombe, “10 Tips for Living More Mindfully

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

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Via Lion’s Roar magazine: Why Buddhism is True

Buddha photo: © Liewluck / Dreamstime. Darwin photo: Paul D Stewart / Science Photo Library.

Darwin and the Buddha agree on the problem, says evolutionary psychologist Robert Wright. The Buddha solved it. From the November 2017 Lion’s Roar magazine.

Melvin McLeod: Your new book, Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment, is getting more mainstream attention than any other Buddhist-oriented book I can think of. Were you consciously trying to reach people who would normally turn their nose up at a book about Buddhism?

Robert Wright: I wanted to show people that the Buddhist diagnosis makes sense from a modern point of view. It is compatible in many ways with modern psychology and evolutionary psychology. It makes perfect sense in light of the modern understanding of the evolutionary process that created us.

There are many people who are resistant to Buddhism — perhaps because they think it’s unscientific. I hope my trying to place the practice, philosophy, and psychology of Buddhism in the context of modern science will help make it more credible in the eyes of people who are currently suspicious of it.

Tell us about your background as a Buddhist practitioner.

Since college I tried to meditate every once in a while, but I never had what I considered success. Finally, in 2003, I went to a one-week silent meditation retreat at the Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts. That kind of flipped the switch. By the end of the week I felt much more appreciative of beauty, much less judgemental, and much calmer. I did another retreat in 2009, and since then I have been pretty consistent in my mindfulness practice.

So what have you discovered that Buddhism is right about?

In 1994, I wrote a book about evolutionary psychology called The Moral Animal. That project convinced me that natural selection did not design us to be lastingly happy. It did not design us to always see the world clearly. In fact, evolutionary theory predicts that if certain illusions help genes get into the next generation, then those illusions — about the nature of the self, and about other people and other things — will be favored by natural selection.

In my study of evolutionary psychology, I came to appreciate three things about the human condition: that, by its nature, happiness tends to evaporate; that in many ways we don’t see ourselves or the world clearly; and that, by nature, we are not always morally good, even though we’re good at deceiving ourselves into thinking we’re moral people.
I see Buddhist practice as, in some sense, a rebellion against natural selection.
Buddhism claims that these three things are connected. It says the reason we suffer, the reason we’re not enduringly satisfied, is that we don’t see the world clearly. That’s also the reason we sometimes fall short of moral goodness and treat other human beings badly. I was naturally interested in this proposition, given my background in evolutionary psychology.

What I’m arguing in this book is that looking at Buddhism through the lenses of modern psychology — and evolutionary psychology specifically — tends to validate Buddhism’s claims. When we look at the subtle ways natural selection has built illusion into us, that tracks the two most fundamental Buddhist claims about our illusions, namely that we fail to see the truths of not-self and emptiness.

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 09/26/17

“Love is the access code for the celestial dimensions. As we expand our consciousness, we are able to access these dimensions or quadrants of consciousness that have previously been closed to us. We continue to expand until we recognize ourselves as the Being that goes beyond both body and mind. Then we have access to life’s great initiations, transforming ourselves into healers that work for the entire planet to awaken.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Rule No. 1

Just do your best. This is the whole of practice, the whole of our life.

—Elihu Genmyo Smith, “Do Your Best

Monday, September 25, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 09/25/17

“We are co-creators of absolutely everything that happens in our lives. If we look with the eyes of the spirit, we will see that even the crimes against us are karmic schemes. They are divine games. There is always a victim on both ends of the gun. We are where we are so that we can account for our karma and learn what needs to be learned.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Do What Feels Right

Find one thing that makes you feel good and put it into practice. It is through this kind of action that we learn to live in harmony.

—Nikkyo Niwano, “A Cheerful 'Good Morning'

Sunday, September 24, 2017

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"When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it--always."

- Mahatma Gandhi

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 09/24/17

“We are experiencing a great transition—a period of redemption and harvest. We are reaping that which we have sowed. This is the deeper meaning of what is known in the East as karma, a law of nature that essentially means we will inevitably have to deal with the consequences of our actions.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Ram Dass / Words of Wisdom - September 24, 2017

You and I are in a situation of very dramatic change, and the interesting question is how you respond to change, whether it’s in your own body, or it’s in the social structures you’re in. What happens when the family breaks down? What happens when the government isn’t functional? What happens? What happens when your IRA isn’t as good as it was? Feel the chills run through you.

It’s interesting to look at whether change is your friend or you enemy, and whether you can find a place in yourself from which you can see phenomena changing without being trapped in the fear that is generated by being identified with that which changes. That’s what the issue is.

- Ram Dass -

Via Daily Dharma: A Practice for When You're Suffering

You can reverse the normal habit of turning to each new arising and instead turn to each new passing. Micro-relief is constantly available.

—Shinzen Young, “The Power of Gone

Saturday, September 23, 2017

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Via Daily Dharma: The Journey through Grief

With awareness, the journey through grief becomes a path to wholeness. Grief can lead us to a profound understanding that reaches beyond our individual loss.

—Mark Matousek, “A Splinter of Love

Friday, September 22, 2017

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Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 09/22/17

“Happiness has been held hostage by our belief system. We believe that we need to be treated a certain way in order to be happy. But just as beliefs were created, they can be dis-created - because they are made up of thoughts. So ultimately, we are held hostage by our thoughts.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Helpful Habits

Each 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.

—Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, “Tortoise Steps

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 09/21/17

“Often, it’s easier to accuse the other for our own unhappiness because it allows us to find excuses for continuing to not act on a situation. The belief that happiness depends on the other is, in fact, the thing that keeps us from being happy. Question this false belief. Can it really be true that we can only be happy when the other does things the way we want? Asking this provokes self-responsibility.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Defining Freedom

What is freedom? It is the moment-by-moment experience of not being run by one’s own reactive mechanisms.

—Ken McLeod, “Freedom and Choice

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 09/20/17

“One of the most deeply rooted beliefs in the human being is the idea that the other is responsible for our unhappiness. As long as we don’t realize that we are the ones generating our own upset, we won’t be able to do anything about it. When we don’t take responsibility for what happens, we put our lives in someone else’s hands.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: The Fear in Love

The most wrenching fear that one experiences is the fear one feels for others. Love is like that. When one loves, one fears for the other.

—Dharmavidya David Brazier, “The Gift of Fear

Via Ram Dass /

You and I are not only here in terms of the work we’re doing on ourselves. We are here in terms of the role we’re playing within the systems of which we are a part, if you look at the way change affects people that are unconscious.

Change generates fear, fear generates contractions, contraction generates prejudice, bigotry, and ultimately violence. You can watch the whole thing happen, and you can see it happen in society after society after society.

The antidote for that is a consciousness that does not respond to change with fear. That’s as close to the beginning of that sequence as I can get.

- Ram Dass -

Tuesday, September 19, 2017



A Aliança Nacional LGBTI é uma entidade que atua em rede e cuja missão é contribuir para a promoção e defesa dos direitos humanos e cidadania de Lésbicas, Gays, Bissexuais, Travestis, Transexuais e Intersexuais.

Neste sentido, vimos a público manifestar nosso imenso descontentamento com a decisão do Juiz Federal Waldemar Claúdio de Carvalho, da 14ª Vara Federal, que em caráter liminar, acatou parcialmente a ação popular que requeria a suspensão da Resolução 01/1999 do Conselho Federal de Psicologia, deferindo que este não impeça os psicólogos de promover estudos ou atendimento profissional, de forma reservada, pertinente à reorientação sexual, sem nenhuma possibilidade de censura ou necessidade de licença prévia.

Entendemos que o deferimento da liminar é um passo retrógrado, violador dos direitos humanos, que contraria mais de quatro décadas de decisões de órgãos cientificamente qualificados que consideram que a homossexualidade não é doença e, logo, não é passível de processos de “reorientação sexual”:

- em 1973, nos Estados Unidos a American Psychiatric Association retirou a homossexualidade da lista de desvios sexuais, reconhecendo que não se trata de um distúrbio mental;

- em nove de fevereiro de 1985, o Conselho Federal de Medicina aprovou a retirada, no Brasil, da homossexualidade do código 302.0 (desvios e transtornos sexuais) da Classificação Internacional de Doenças; sendo o Brasil o 5º país do mundo a tomar essa decisão;

- em 17 de maio de 1990, a 43ª Assembleia Mundial da Saúde adotou, por meio da sua resolução WHA43.24, a 10ª Revisão da Lista da Classificação Internacional de Doenças (CID-10), sendo que nesta versão da CID a homossexualidade foi excluída como categoria;

- em 2012 a Organização Pan-Americana da Saúde publicou um documento com a seguinte introdução: “‘CURAS’ PARA UMA DOENÇA QUE NÃO EXISTE: as supostas terapias de mudança de orientação sexual carecem de justificativa médica e são eticamente inaceitáveis”.

Assim, proferir decisão judicial que permite “estudos ou atendimento de reorientação sexual” é referendar a submissão das pessoas homossexuais à condição de cobaias, em patente contradição da Declaração de Helsinque sobre os princípios éticos que regem a pesquisa com seres humanos. É promover o crime de charlatanismo e curandeirismo.

Abre precedente para que ocorram atos que venham a ferir a Constituição da República, já que nos remete a um cenário de retrocesso, haja vista ser notória a prática de tortura e até mesmo “exorcismos” ocorridos, principalmente, em face de jovens homossexuais, onde a própria família, por inconformismo com a orientação sexual dos seus filhos, os leva a profissionais dispostos a praticar a “reversão sexual”.

Solidarizamo-nos com o Conselho Federal de Psicologia e respectivos Conselhos Regionais de Psicologia e pedimos que a Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil, a Defensoria Pública da União, o Ministério Público Federal e demais autoridades competentes se posicionem e tomem as medidas cabíveis para derrubar a referida liminar.

Recorreremos dessa decisão em todas as instâncias jurídicas nacionais e internacionais. Inclusive, através do email
gostaríamos de receber denúncias sobre psicólogos/as que estejam atuando profissionalmente na tentativa de realizar a “reversão sexual” para que possamos dar os devidos encaminhamentos éticos e jurídicos.

Curitiba, 18 de setembro de 2017

Presidente da Aliança Nacional LGBTI

OAB/PR 74.812