Thursday, April 2, 2020

Weekly Resources for Resilience from Ram Dass & Be Here Now Podcast Network

Audio Teaching: Ram Dass Shares the Antidote to Fear (3:37)
How can we balance fear with equanimity? Ram Dass shares the antidote to fear, and the ways that we can allow our own humanity in order to extricate ourselves from the web of thought forms that create our own suffering.

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Weekly Practice: Rain Meditation with Tara Brach (8:48) 
“In the moments that you really trust the purity of your heart, you really trust the wisdom and awareness that’s living through you, there’s no other, there’s nothing outside you, you are that field of awareness. Trust frees us.” – Tara Brach

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Featured Podcast: The Road Home with Ethan Nichtern – Ep. 36 – Practicing In The World As It Is (37:57)
How can we continue practicing in the midst of this world in the grasp of a global pandemic?

On this episode of The Road Home, Ethan offers some thoughts on working with anxiety and fear, and how we can continue practicing in the world as it is during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ethan explores how we can look at our quarantine experiences as a kind of retreat on managing our relationships. He talks about how hard it can be to meditate at a time like this, and offers some tips for those who are not comfortable with a sitting meditation practice right now.

Featured Podcast: Trudy Goodman Kornfield on the BHNN Guest Podcast – Ep. 55 – Working With the Mind (39:03)
How can we work with the neverending flow of thoughts, emotions, and sensations as they arise in the mind?

Trudy Goodman Kornfield shares a meditation and words of wisdom around cultivating the ability to work with the thinking mind.

Trudy looks at how we can work with overwhelming thoughts and emotions. She speaks to what the Buddha’s teachings on the three universal truths can teach us about working with the mind without getting swept up in what arises.

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Via White Crane Institute / This Day in Gay History April 02 Born - HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN,

Hans Christian Andersen
1805 -
HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN, born, (d: 1875); Forget the silly Danny Gay, movie of yesteryear in which Hans sings to inchworms and measures all the marigolds. Anderson was an odd duck, all right, but odd in ways not even hinted at in that Technicolor monstrosity.
The real story, on the contrary, might actually make a good film. One can already see the scene between his poor parents as they realize something is a little strange about the lad. When the other kids are out doing masculine things, like circle jerks and pulling wings off flies, all he wants to do is sew clothes for his dolls. 
Then we can have the scene where he decides to leave his place as an apprentice to a tailor to try to make it as an opera singer. He’s really torn about leaving, because he just loves being surrounded by all those clothes to sew. Then there’s his time of starvation on the road until he’s taken in by two Gay musicians who see to it that the hunky young man is plenty stuffed.
Passed on to a middle-aged poet, and getting a little wiser, he decides it’s much more fun being kept than taking dancing lessons, as he had originally wanted, in return for services rendered. Eventually he makes it big as the greatest fairy tale writer in Europe and the entire cast joins in the great production number, “It Takes One to Write One.”

Via Daily Dharma: Restoring Order During Painful Times

Realizing one is simply part of the machinery, or the music, of the universe, with its resonating structure of wave patterns: this one giving rise to this one, giving rise to this one … to hear this music, piercing as it is, restores a measure of order in the havoc of pain.

—Noelle Oxenhandler, “A Streetcar in Your Stomach