Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Via Daily Dharma: What Can Inspire Your Practice?

Experience is the seed of aspiration, the deeply rooted commitment to know. That aspiration then drives one into the difficult and transformative realm of spiritual pursuit, into the realm of practice.

—Adam Frank, “In the Light of Truth

Via White Crane Institute / RACHEL MADDOW

Rachel Maddow
1973 -
Today is the birthday of American television anchor and political commentator RACHEL MADDOW. Her syndicated talk radio program, The Rachel Maddow Show, aired on Air America Radio. She was also a guest host of Countdown with Keith Olbermann and Race for the White House.
Maddow now hosts a preeminent nightly television show, The Rachel Maddow Show, on MSNBC and she was the first out Gay anchor to be hired to host a prime-time news program in the United States.  Rachel (don't you feel like you can call her by her first name even if you haven't actually ever been introduced?) earned a degree in public policy from Stanford University in 1994. At graduation, she was awarded the John Gardner Fellowship.
She was also the recipient of a Rhodes Scholarship and began her postgraduate study in 1995 at Lincoln College, Oxford. In 2001, she completed her Doctor of Philosophy degree (DPhil) in politics from Oxford University. Her doctoral thesis is titled HIV/AIDS and Health Care Reform in British and American Prisons. She was the first openly gay American to win a Rhodes scholarship.
Maddow wrote Drift, which examines attitudes toward and policies about war. It was hailed by every critic as a concise and well thought out treatise of the subject. Her analysis is on point at every turn. 
In these troubled days she is must-watch television (even if she is annoyingly repetitive and pedantic from time to time…Rachel…hire a good editor!...we love you!)

Via Ram Dass - Love Serve Remember Foundation / Words of Wisdom - April 1, 2020 šŸ’Œ

"The path to freedom is through detachment from your old habits of ego. Slowly you will arrive at a new and more profound integration of your experiences in a more evolved structure of the universe. That is, you will flow beyond the boundaries of your ego until ultimately you merge into the universe. At that point, you have gone beyond ego. Until then you must break through old structures, develop broader structures, break through those, and develop still broader structures. "

- Ram Dass -

Via Daily Dharma: Notice the Truth of the Moment

Noticing what is taking place—as opposed to what one wishes would take place, or what one fears might take place, or what one grieves over as having already taken place—is a way of life that is completely free of all self-imposed restrictions and conflicting states of mind.

—Diana St. Ruth, “The Way