President & former General Dwight Eisenhower: Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who are hungry and not fed, those who are cold and not clothed.'
Nazi Herman Goering, 'Of course people don't want war...That is understood. But the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell they that they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists...
for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.'
The irritation grows. Needing to apply the healing balm of forgiveness to the anger spreading in my heart every time I scratch the thought of divorce.
Very interesting and poignant metaphor! I'm fascinated with the idea of thoughts dominating us, when we should control them, cultivate the good and let the bad go...so difficult not to scratch that itch! Short-term pleasures...
You agree with its evaluation and condemn yourself as unworthy & unloving. You cannot be happy. It's pointless to look to the ego to escape from a misery it has produced & must maintain for its existence.
Your a very wise person Love 1. One can learn alot from you
You cannot evaluate an insane belief system from within it. You can go beyond it, looking from a point of clarity, stillness, sanity to see the contrast. ACIM
The grandeur of God, or of Nature if you don't believe in a Higher Power, is in you. Don't confine yourself to littleness.
It's borrowed wisdom, Stephen, from A Course in Miracles.
Meditation 1: tonglen. Feeling mood and atmosphere
of mind. Breathing in-absorbing whatever is unwholesome; breathing out, giving out calm, clarity.
Meditation 2: insight. Acknowledging feelings, experiencing what is felt without reacting to it. Simply aware whether feeling is deep or shallow, pleasant or unpleasant. Letting emotions unfold w/o judgment or struggle. Neither resisting nor indulging
Mindful of feelings and states of mind. Careful not to interpret past, present, future when painful feelings arise. They distort & filter experience. Teasing these apart.
Noting mind states-whether calm/distracted, grounded/flighty, clear/cloudy, alert/dull, positive/negative. Nothing to want. Nowhere to be. Abiding in the Here and Now.
Sometimes alert, observing thoughts arise, sometimes lost in thought. Times of pure observation w/o judgment, times of wandering.
Regarding all states as opportunities for self learning & deep exploration of mind. Like this, mind remains equanimous, for even disturbance affords insight. Witnessing thoughts, emotions, judgments, opinions just as that.
Learned resilience and how to overcome adversity. Learned how to set & achieve goals. Learned gratitude and the joy that comes from serving my brothers & sisters.
I'm living in the suburbs now. Ho-hum. Mow the lawn, sign the kids up for summer camp, chlorinate the pool, shop & consume, ignore the suffering of others. No, can't do that.
There is a different kind of poverty in the suburbs. There's the povery of spirit, of fulfillment, of peace, of contentment. I see soulless zombies in need of purpose.
You are amazing, you make me wanna be a better person , thank you!
You sure do got the poverty thing figured out.
Thanks for the gift, Asya & Manda. Thanks for the hugs, pandas.
defecating, not defectating... can't help myself. I'm a teacher. Edit povery to poverty.
What do you teach, Love?
I taught all subjects k-5. Now it's primarily tech (programming, 3D modeling/printing, vector/bitmap art, digital music, video, electronics) & mindfulness. I LOVE what I do.
Very impressive! BF teaches 5th & 6th grade Gifted Math & Science. It's funny because he's not really a big 'kid' person, but loves the actual teaching them. He hates the rest of being a teacher though!
except, I presume, the vacations.
Ah, yes, those. I was just thinking an hour ago that I wished he didn't get summers off. We've had a bit of a spat today.
During WW2, a captured Japanese soldier said to US captor, 'I was once a Christian.' 'Why did you give up Christianity?' Puzzled, the man asked, 'How can I be a soldier and still be a Christian?'
O Jesus, son of David, guide us to love as you love and to forgive as you forgive.
Then Jesus said, 'You say, Peace, Peace, but have you checked the holdings in your retirement portfolio? You're invested in weapons and alcohol and environmental destruction.'
Jesus said, 'You say I love you, but when I came disguised as a beggar you told me to get a f*cking job. I came disguised as a black man. You called me N***er! BTW, you do know all races descend from Black Africans?'
'Somewhere in your family tree are beautiful, dark skinned, nappy haired Africans. My Father in Heaven has a playful sense of humor. But you take your little selves so seriously.'
'You say you follow me, but you look the other way when the drones strike and the tanks roll through Palestine where my disciples and I did walk. Am I making you uncomfortable?' Leave me alone, Jesus.
Jesus leaves. 'I never did like Jews anyway.'
LOL GOOD ONE :) Thank you, dear :)
A little satire to point out the inconsistencies, racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, contempt for the poor and warmongering still found in Christian circles. #Third railing
That I am being judgmental and hypocritical is the real irony.
Enjoy your weekend, Love.