Saturday, February 29, 2020

Via Be Here Now Network / Mindrolling – Raghu Markus – Ep. 330 – Cultivating ‘We’ Consciousness with Deborah Eden Tull

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Zen meditation teacher Deborah Eden Tull drops by Mindrolling for a conversation around turning towards pain and suffering, processing fear, and cultivating ‘we’ consciousness.

Deborah Eden Tull, founder of Mindful Living Revolution, teaches the integration of compassionate awareness into every aspect of our lives. She is a Zen meditation and mindfulness teacher, public speaker, author, activist, and sustainability educator. Her latest book is called Relational Mindfulness: A Handbook for Deepening Our Connections with Ourselves, Each Other, and the Planet. Learn more about her at
Psychic Numbing
Raghu welcomes Eden to the show and asks about her path to Zen Buddhism. They talk about how sensitivity can be a great strength, and how we can turn towards our pain and suffering rather than numb it out. In a world filled with psychic numbing, we all have a choice to stay present.
“It’s very true – how we treat ourselves and how we treat our world is the same. One’s personal practice has an impact that is transpersonal, interpersonal, societal, and global.” – Deborah Eden Tull
Addicted to Drama (25:33)
Raghu asks Eden about her experiences with Zen meditation, which he considers the most uncompromising form of meditation. Eden leads a short practice on processing fear, turning towards it with a gentle curiosity. Raghu talks about the boredom that can arise with practice, while for Eden it was an addiction to drama that kept coming up.
“The teaching really is to meet everything in our human experience with gentle curiosity and kindness.” – Deborah Eden Tull
Cultivating ‘We’ Consciousness (38:20)
Raghu reads from Eden’s book about making the shift from I to we. Eden discusses cultivating ‘we’ consciousness, especially in these difficult times. Raghu talks about moving away from self cherishing behaviors, and the practice of deep listening. After all, attention is the most subtle form of love.
“Being present is powerful in itself, but shared presence is wildly powerful. Shared presence is even bigger – dropping into spaciousness with another human being. Intimacy arises from spaciousness.” – Deborah Eden Tull
Ram Dass, Trudy Goodman, Jack Kornfield, and Duncan Trussell talk about the ‘movie of me’ on Mindrolling Ep. 269

Via White Crane Insitute / This Day in Gay History

Today's Gay Wisdom
It’s February 29th, which means, it’s Leap Year, the odd day of the quadrennial year, and by that very token, this is a Gay day, a “queer” day, an “in between” place. In between places and times are traditionally connected to same-sex/Gay people who, in numerous cultures are considered to be “not-male, not female” i.e. a third (and possibly fourth) gender; in between the sexes. The crossroads is a widely understood example of this “sacred space” traditionally held by same-sex people. The middle ground. The bridge. All are traditionally Gay archetypes.

Although the modern calendar counts a year as 365 days, a complete revolution around the sun takes approximately 365 days and 6 hours. Every four years, an extra twenty-four hours have accumulated, so one extra day is added to that calendar to keep the count coordinated with the sun's apparent position.

There was a tradition that women may make a proposal of marriage to men only in leap years, further restricted in some cases to only February 29. There is a tradition that in 1288 the Scottish Parliament under Queen Margaret legislated that any woman could propose in Leap Year; few parliament records of that time exist, and none concern February 29. Another component of this tradition was that if the man rejects the proposal, he should soften the blow by providing a kiss, one pound currency, and a pair of gloves (some later sources say a silk gown). There were similar notions in France and Switzerland.

A similar modern American tradition, Sadie Hawkins Day, honors "the homeliest gal in the hills" created by Al Capp in the cartoon strip Li'l Abner. In the famous story line, Sadie and every other woman in town were allowed on that day to pursue and catch the most eligible bachelors in Dogpatch. Although the comic strip placed Sadie Hawkins Day in November, today it has become almost synonymous with February 29.

A person who was born on February 29 may be called a "leapling". In non-leap years they may celebrate their birthday on February 28 or March 1.

Via Daily Dharma: Train Yourself Toward Compassion

With mindfulness, we see that the heart is the ground from which our speech grows. We learn to restrain our speech in moments of anger, hostility, or confusion, and over time, to train the heart to more frequently incline towards wholesome states such as love, kindness, and empathy.

—Beth Roth, “Right Speech Reconsidered