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

Via Toni Reis‎LGBT Brasil / FB: NOTA OFICIAL PÚBLICA DE DESCONTENTAMENTO DA ALIANÇA NACIONAL LGBTI SOBRE A DECISÃO LIMIAR MONOCRÁTICA QUE ABRE BRECHA PARA A “CURA GAY” NO BRASIL




NOTA OFICIAL PÚBLICA DE DESCONTENTAMENTO DA ALIANÇA NACIONAL LGBTI SOBRE A DECISÃO LIMIAR MONOCRÁTICA QUE ABRE BRECHA PARA A “CURA GAY” NO BRASIL

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 aliancalgbti@gmail.com
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

TONI REIS
Presidente da Aliança Nacional LGBTI

GISELE ALESSANDRA
Advogada
OAB/PR 74.812

Via Ivete Sangalo / FB:


É Brasilzão, a gente tentando ser forte, ser otimista, com inúmeras pendências que caberiam a uma administração decente resolver, e aí me resolvem dizer que homosexualidade é doença. Doentes são aqueles que acreditam nesse grande absurdo. Pessoas, pensem sobre o que é esse grande equívoco , absorvam a coragem e a luta dos homossexuais e apliquem às suas mofadas e inertes vidas. Tentem que vcs talvez possam ser felizes tb #respeito

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 09/19/17

“The first step towards identifying the beliefs that limit our lives is becoming aware of that which bothers us - even if at first, we blame the other. What bothers you? Is it a particular behavior? Is this why the other rejects you? Whether it’s true or not - never mind - just become aware of what pulls you out of your center. The second step is to bring yourself back inwards and see who in you is provoking this situation, and why. Then the third step is to re-educate this psychological self that insists upon sabotaging your happiness.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Wisdom Is the Basis of Transformation

The goal of the Buddhist path is wisdom in service of personal and social transformation.

—David Loy, “Healing Ecology

Monday, September 18, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 09/18/17

“Jealousy overtakes your mind through insecurity. There is a wound of helplessness - a lack of trust in oneself - and this is how jealousy comes onto the scene. Our work is to deeply understand this insecurity, even if our partner is indeed contributing to it. Oftentimes, the other likes to see us feeling jealous and insecure because it helps them to feel more powerful. But when we become jealous, we weaken ourselves and confirm our belief in our own helplessness. This is the dynamic of attraction in these psychological selves; this is what happens in the quadrant of hell known as lust.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Set Your Direction

No matter what situation we find ourselves in, we can always set our compass to our highest intentions in the present moment.

—Jack Kornfield, “Set the Compass of Your Heart

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Via Ram Dass / Words of Wisdom - September 17, 2017

You are loved just for being who you are, just for existing. You don't have to do anything to earn it. Your shortcomings, your lack of self-esteem, physical perfection, or social and economic success... none of that matters. No one can take this love away from you, and it will always be here.

- Ram Dass -

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

“The Mystery is indescribable. Just like it’s impossible to describe the flavor of an apple - indeed, it’s only possible to understand this flavor by tasting it - it’s impossible to understand the Mystery through the mind. The Mystery can only be understood through experience.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Lead by Example

When we are happy, healthy, safe, and at ease, we can model those qualities for others as well as make choices and take action from a place of sanity and lovingkindness.

—Cyndi Lee, “May I Be Happy

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

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Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 09/16/17

“Through relationships, we have the opportunity to identify the beliefs that limit our spontaneity and the chance to become aware of our internal conflicts. Some people object when I take all the romanticism out of relationships and refer to them as school material. Of course, the sphere of relationships involves a series of subtle and subjective aspects - it’s where we develop the many dimensions of love. But when you look at it objectively, the sphere of relationships is also where we can see our limitations and overcome them.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: The Truth about Forgiveness

Forgiveness is really not about someone’s harmful behavior; it’s about our own relationship with our past. When we begin the work of forgiveness, it is primarily a practice for ourselves.

—Gina Sharpe, “The Power of Forgiveness

Friday, September 15, 2017

Kãlãma Sutta


Alan Watts

“A living body is not a fixed thing but a flowing event, like a flame or a whirlpool: the shape alone is stable, for the substance is a stream of energy going in at one end and out at the other.”

-Alan Watts

Via Awarenessact / 13 Traits of People With True Integrity

Integrity, for those who are not familiar, is quite important. It is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles.
People who have a strong sense of integrity are sadly a rare breed. However, there are still some people left in this world with integrity, and usually, they share the following 13 traits.

1. They value other people’s time.

They value their own time so they also value the time of other people. They know you have plenty of other places you need to be and won’t hold you up. If you spend time with them, it is likely they will thank you for that as well.

2. They give credit where it is due.

They do not take credit for things they did not do. They will always credit those who deserve it. If you help this person with a project he or she will likely mention your name so you can take credit for your work.

3. They are authentic.

They are their truest forms. You won’t catch them in a lie or being fake.

4. They are always honest.

They are honest people that feel no need to lie as it is important for them to get to where they need to get in life honestly.

5. They never take advantage of others.

They are not the kind of people who will take advantage of someone else. They love to build people up and help them get where they need to be. Taking too much from someone else will never be an issue with someone who has a lot of integrity.

6. They do not argue over disagreements.

They will talk through things in a civil manner or not talk at all. You cannot and will not force this person into arguing over something completely ridiculous. I find this to be a very respectable trait.

7. They give most people the benefit of the doubt.

They try to see the good in everyone. I think this is because they feel like maybe there are more people in this world that also have integrity. That being said, if you take advantage of them too much they will get rid of you.

8. They know when something is bothering someone.

They have a great intuition that lets them know when something is going on. If someone is down in the dumps they will notice. Chances are they will actually do what they can to cheer you up.

9. They believe others.

They accept your word as truth until it is disproven. That being said, they do not take lying well. And once you lie to them, it is unlikely that they will ever take your word again.

10. They apologize first.

If they have done something wrong they will come to you and apologize. This is just how they are. They own up to their mistake and try to make things right.

11. They are humble.

They do not quite know their own worth. While they are very important and do so much good they don’t quite see it. You should remind them of it.

12. They do good when they can.

They are always helping other people. They love to know that they have improved someone’s life. It gives their lives meaning.

13. They are always kind to those who need it.

Giving kindness can go a long way. When someone looks like they need a little pick me up these people deliver. They can brighten up almost anyone’s day.

If you are someone who has true integrity, thank you for being who you are and thank you for all that you do. You really do actually make a difference in society, please keep up the good work. If you feel no one else is proud of you, know that I am.

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 09/15/17

“When we transform our actions into a practice of selfless service, we become links in the chain of happiness. Happiness passes through us and reaches the other. If we try to keep happiness for ourselves, it inevitably turns into suffering. It is not possible to keep happiness only for ourselves, because happiness is destined for every human being.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Treat Anger with Care

It is not easy to refrain from repressing or indulging our anger. Our challenge is to embrace it with mindfulness and genuine caring.

—Jules Shuzen Harris, “Holding Anger

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Via Daily Dharma: Listen to Your Thoughts

Listening is much more effective than trying to stop thought or cut it off. When we listen there is a different mode employed in the heart. Instead of trying to cut it off, we receive thought without making anything out of it.

—Ajahn Amaro, “Thoughts Like Dreams

Via Ram Dass / Words of Wisdom - September 13, 2017

When we're identified with awareness, we're no longer living in a world of polarities. Everything is present at the same time.

-- Ram Dass --

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 09/14/17

“Self-knowledge is the most important tool in the process of unveiling one’s inner purpose. It is not possible to discover our purpose without diving deeply into ourselves. We will inevitably need to make our way across the inner ocean.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Dare to Connect

In order to authentically and securely connect with other human beings, first we must dare to connect with what has been consigned to the shadows.

—Josh Korda, “Why I Come Clean to Students about My Insomnia, Anxiety, and Sobriety

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Via JMG: Civil Rights Groups Pay Tribute To Edith Windsor

 




From the ACLU:
Today, we lost one of this country’s great civil rights pioneers, Edie Windsor. The wheels of progress turn forward because of people like Edie who are willing to stand up in the face of injustice. One simply cannot write the history of the gay rights movement without reserving immense credit and gratitude for Edie Windsor. We were proud to stand with Edie when she took her fight on behalf of same-sex couples everywhere to the Supreme Court. We mourn her today, as do all whom she touched in her incredible life. Edie always urged others not to ‘postpone joy.’ So even as we mourn this terrible loss, we also celebrate Edie, who set an example for all of us to follow.
From GLAAD:
Edie Windsor is a legend who changed the course of history for the better. She touched countless lives, and we at GLAAD are deeply saddened by her passing, but her kindness, compassion, and legacy will endure. LGBTQ advocates and organizations are planning a vigil for Edie outside of the Stonewall Inn in New York City tonight.
From PFLAG:
We’ve lost a lesbian national treasure, someone who committed to love and never stopped pushing for change and justice. Edie had such joy for life, and gave our community so much. I hope she felt our love for her, and that we gave back to her in the same way she gave to all of us.
From Lambda Legal:
Our hearts are with Edie’s wife, Judith Kasen-Windosr, their family, friends and all whose lives were changed because Edie so fearlessly stood up for herself and her community. She called for the respect and dignity denied to same-sex spouses, and the Supreme Court heard her plea. Because of Edie, we are a more perfect union. She left an indelible mark on all who knew her story, and all whose love is now recognized and protected because of the victory she helped secure for LGBT people. Thank you Edie. You will be remembered with deep respect and gratitude. We will miss you.
From the Civil And Human Rights Coalition:
Edie Windsor was unafraid to stand up when she knew she was being discriminated against, and ultimately, the Supreme Court agreed. Because of her bravery, the nation saw a significant leap forward for LGBTQ equality. While much work remains, the actions of courageous individuals like Edie have helped move us forward as we work towards a more perfect union. We extend our sympathies to her wife, Judith Kasen-Windsor, and all those who were touched by this amazing woman.
From the Human Rights Campaign:
Edie Windsor is a hero and civil rights icon who pushed our country closer to the promise of a more perfect union,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Future generations will learn how she faced down discrimination with courage and defiance, and boldly challenged the United States government to treat her marriage to Thea Spyer equally under the law — as our Constitution guarantees. After Edie Windsor succeeded in defeating the Defense of Marriage Act, she continued to push forward, galvanizing the support of hundreds of thousands of Americans in support of the Obergefell case before the United States Supreme Court in 2015. We join millions across the nation in mourning the loss of Edie Windsor, and share our deepest condolences with her wife, Judith Kasen-Windsor.
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Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 09/12/17

“Education is fundamental in the formation of personality and in the process of expanding human consciousness. But it can either help or hurt this process. And in order for it to help, education needs to include self-knowledge.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Paying the Bills, Ethically

If we are embarking on a spiritual path, we need to live our lives ethically, and this means ensuring that we do as little harm as possible to anyone or anything while we’re earning our daily bread.

—Krishnan Venkatesh, “Why Right Livelihood Isn't Just About Your Day Job

Monday, September 11, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 09/11/17

“Only significant educational reform can improve the situation in our society. But this reform must start now, with the re-education of adults, for both parents and teachers.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: The Treasure of Hope

When we possess the treasure of hope, we can draw forth our inner potential and strength. A person of hope can always advance.

—Daisaku Ikeda, “On Hardship & Hope

Sunday, September 10, 2017

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

“Humans are less and less interested in connecting with each other. This is happening for a variety of reasons, but overall, this trend is part of the deconstruction of the flawed societal model in which we have been living. Everything is being redefined—even the way we relate to one another.”

Sri Prem Baba

Via Ram Dass

The object of our love is love itself. It is the inner light in everyone and everything.

- Ram Dass -

Via Daily Dharma: Dealing with Delusion

Acknowledging our delusion is a very important step, but just to leave it at that will not suffice. There’s no greater foolishness than to spend one’s lifetime acknowledging that one is deluded and yet doing nothing whatsoever about it.

—Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, “Renunciation

Saturday, September 9, 2017

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

“Being unaware of one’s purpose has consequences, such as anxiety, sadness, a feeling of not fitting in, a lack of enthusiasm and depression. The human being finds itself in a deep state of forgetfulness regarding its greater purpose. This is why depression is the disease of the century. Nowadays, anti-depressants are some of the most popular medications because of this forgetfulness—because of this great ignorance in relation to life’s purpose.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Trading Candy for Gold

In trading the pleasures of an ordinary life for a meditative life, you’re trading candy for gold.

—Thanissaro Bhikkhu, “Skillful Shelter

Friday, September 8, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 09/08/17

“It’s odd, but every human being wants to have peace in their heart, yet doesn’t know how to achieve it. We are led to believe that money will bring peace and happiness. In order to accumulate this money, we hurt the other, steal and create disorder in the society.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Use Boredom to Your Advantage

Boredom is like having to deal with fear, anger, or indeed craving, or any other negative mental state. It is an opportunity to experience the energy that is usually drained away by distractions.

—Sangharakshita, “Staying with Boredom

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 09/07/17

“Social media and similar technologies have an enormous potential to do good. They can be aligned to create a culture of peace. But, unfortunately, this has not happened. Instead of creating union, social media has created separation and isolation. We need to take a look at how we use these tools.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Be Yourself—It's Your Only Option

The only thing you really ever have to offer another person is your own state of being.

—Ram Dass, “Tuning

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Via Ram Dass / Words of Wisdom - September 6, 2017

Do what you can on this plane to relieve suffering by constantly working on yourself to be an instrument for the cessation of suffering.

To me, that's what the emerging game is all about.

- Ram Dass -

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 09/06/17

“Silence has become the most precious and rare commodity in our world, especially in big cities. In order to find a place that is silent, we have to pay quite a high price.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: How Meditation Helps You Let Go

By creating a sense of background support through the calming and stilling of the mind, meditation makes possible the compassionate conditions that allow clinging to be released.

—Mark Epstein, “What Changes?

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Time for a Metta // Tempo para um Metta

I’d like you to be safe
I’d like you to be healthy
I’d like you to be happy
I’d like you to be at ease in the world

Eu gostaria que você estivesse seguro
Eu gostaria que você estivesse saudável
Eu gostaria que você estivesse feliz
Eu gostaria que você estivesse à vontade no mundo

Via Rick Heller / Secular Meditation

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Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 09/05/17

“A simple way to connect with your soul’s purpose is to remember what you wanted when you were a child. What did you want to be when you grew up? This memory can give you a clue. And today, if you didn’t need to make money or please anyone, what would you be doing? This answer provides yet another clue.”
 
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: On the Impermanence of Desire

As a simple experiment, the next time you have some wanting or desire in the mind, investigate what the wanting feels like and then notice how it feels when the wanting passes away. Given the great law of impermanence, it always will.

—Joseph Goldstein, “The End of Suffering

Monday, September 4, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 09/04/17

“A child is born free and spontaneous, manifesting the fragrances of Being that they are. One of these fragrances is trust: a child takes their father’s or mother’s hand and goes where they are led, without even knowing where that is. Children can be themselves because they have not yet been contaminated by shame or by fear.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Karma: The Best Investment

Don’t worry so much about social security. Finance your karmic security instead.

—Andrew Holecek, “The Supreme Contemplation

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Via Patheos/ Queers: Our Worth is Independent of Theology

This week a conservative evangelical Christian group released the “Nashville Statement,” a transparently homophobic and transphobic screed designed to give theological cover to those who wish to discriminate and hate in the name of God. Its 14 Articles are a sustained assault on the dignity of LGBTQIA+ people, each one an ethical monstrosity elevating some people’s interpretation of scripture over other people’s right to live as they wish.

The articles include the following:
WE DENY that God has designed marriage to be a homosexual, polygamous, or polyamorous relationship.

WE AFFIRM that divinely ordained differences between male and female reflect God’s original creation design and are meant for human good and human flourishing.

WE DENY that adopting a homosexual or transgender self-conception is consistent with God’s holy purposes in creation and redemption.

WE DENY that sexual attraction for the same sex is part of the natural goodness of God’s original creation, or that it puts a person outside the hope of the gospel.

WE AFFIRM that it is sinful to approve of homosexual immorality or transgenderism and that such approval constitutes an essential departure from Christian faithfulness and witness.
And it continues.

In response, various more liberal Christian groups and individuals have released counter statements. I enjoyed the one by fellow Patheos blogger Nadia Bolz-Weber (the Denver Statement) which, while offering a more affirming view of LGBTQIA+ persons, also questions whether God has arms.

I am, of course, heartened that some Christians have the heart to see through the Nashville Statement’s hateful nonsense. Honestly, though, these Christian counter-statements miss the most important point: we must never ground human dignity in any text or teaching, any scripture or sacrament. We must not look to the Bible, or the teachings of Jesus, or any other external source in order to “justify” the worth and dignity of human beings. Doing so will always jeopardize the most marginalized people, because we human beings cannot help but interpret texts and teachings in ways inflected by the prejudices of our current culture. Once we locate the source of people’s dignity outside people – LGBTQIA+ people are worthy of respect because it says so here in my book – it is only a matter of time before someone finds a way to reinterpret that source in such a way that it does not grant some people dignity.

This is a fundamental and inescapable problem with moral systems which look to privileged texts to tell us what is right or wrong: they are only as secure as a given interpretation of the text. And when you’re dealing with the Bible – a text with an inescapable homophobic history and, at best, defensible homophobic interpretations – it’s crystal clear that there is no secure basis for the dignity of LGBTQIA+ people to be found there.

We need to take a Humanistic turn, as a culture. We need to state, quite simply, that respect for the dignity of persons is a bedrock ethical principle, grounded in the very nature of people themselves, requiring no external justification. In response to abominations like the Nashville Statement we must not say “We have a better interpretation of scripture than yours,” or “We understand God better than you do” (responses which make human dignity a matter of interpretation), but “No God or scripture can undermine the inherent dignity of a human person.”

The Nashville Statement is not only wicked, but it is irrelevant: that is the most important point.
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Via Ram Dass / Words of Wisdom - September 3, 2017

The transformative process is our job, so that we are not ruled by fear but by love.  

- Ram Dass -

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 09/03/17

“When we are not attuned with the commands of the heart, we require a tremendous amount of effort to move forward. When we move, it’s as though we take one step forward and two steps backwards. This means that we are still not in harmony with love. We are not in kindness mode because we are still carrying our past in the form of wounds and resentments. Pride is in command of our personality.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: You Are Your Own Best Proof

For practicing Buddhists, why would you need third-person proof to show that your own practice is helping you? In the end, when it comes to spiritual practice, you are your own best proof.

—Thupten Jinpa Langri, “Under One Umbrella

Saturday, September 2, 2017

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Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 09/02/17


“God is like a great employment agency. When we offer to the world our very best - our best being that which we do with the most ease, an open heart, and completely whole - we are hired by Him. This is how we become a function of divine love.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Planting Seeds for the Future

Life is a series of mind moments, each one a new creation. Every moment we inherit something from our past, transform it in our present experience, and thereby seed the consequences of our future.

—Andrew Olendzki, “A Tough But Not Impossible Act to Follow

Friday, September 1, 2017

A friend posted this on her FB page, and I just had to mess with it. Not to diminish the evils of racism... it just got me to thinking


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The problem is that many heterosexuals see homophobia as conscious hate, when homophobia is bigger than that. Homophobia is a complex system of social and political levers and pulleys set up generations ago to continue working on behalf of heterosexuals at the other people’s expense, whether heterosexuals know/like it or not. Homophobia is an insidious cultural disease. It is so insidious that it doesn’t care if you are a heterosexual person who likes LGBTq people; it’s still going to find a way to infect how you deal with people who don’t act like you do. Yes, racism looks like hate, but hate is just one manifestation. Privilege is another. Access is another. Ignorance is another. Apathy is another. And so on. So, while I agree with people who say no one is born homophobic, it remains a powerful system that we’re immediately born into. It’s like born into air; you take it in as soon as you breathe. It’s not a cold that you can get over. There is no anti-homophobia certification class. It’s a set of socioeconomic traps and cultural values that are fired up every time we interact with the world. It is a thing you have to keep scooping out of the boat if your life to keep from drowning in it. I know it’s hard work, but it’s the price you pay for owning everything.”

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Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 09/01/17

“When we are lost in the labyrinths of the mind, we start to complain, judge, compare - we see the worst in everything. This means we are losing altitude and that our consciousness is lowering. When this happens, we can turn our focus towards beauty. It is a portal to ascension. Through beauty, we return to presence. When we behold beauty and are able to say, ‘Wow, how beautiful!’, we are rising. Breathe in beauty and be present.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Nurture Your Spiritual Confidence

You should feel confident: Yes, I can attain enlightenment, I can benefit beings. Here in samsara I can help my family, I can support the sangha and benefit sentient beings. I can do it. I can achieve things, and I can live a joyful, meaningful life.

—Kyabgon Phakchok Rinpoche, “Four Simple Tips for Living a Buddhist Life

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Dissolving the Fear, Finding Your Own Beauty - Ram Dass


Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 08/31/17

“In a simplified way, we can say that everything can be summed up in silence. Just connect yourself with your inner silence, and act from there. Inner silence is another word for divine Presence. Remember this. If this is the only thing you remember, it will be enough.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Karmic Gardening

Learn to selectively water the positive seeds and flowers in you by attending to them. There are enough weeds. You don’t have to encourage them.

—Thomas Bien, “Water the Flowers, Not the Weeds

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Via JMG and CBS / West Virginia County To Pay Settlement And Apologize After Deputy Clerk Called Gay Couple An “Abomination”



GILMER COUNTY, W.Va. (WDTV) -- A settlement has been announced in a federal lawsuit against Gilmer County.

The case Brookover v. Gilmer County was a result of alleged harassment received by a same-sex couple when going to get their marriage license. 

According to a news release by Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Gilmer County Deputy Clerk Debbie Allen called Amanda Abramovich and Samantha Brookover an “abomination” to God and stated their marriage shouldn’t be legal. 

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the women by Mayer Brown LLP, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and Fairness West Virginia, naming Allen, Gilmer County Clerk Jean Butcher and Gilmer County as the defendants. Americans United stated the defendants violated the U.S. Constitution by “treating same-sex couple differently from others in the name of religion.”

The settlement includes Gilmer County apologizing to Abramovich and Brookover and paying damages to them. It also includes the county issuing a public statement regarding the wrongdoing of the County Clerk’s office. The county has also promised to take steps to ensure their employees do not discriminate against anyone again. 

In a statement, Abramovich and Brookover said, ““When we went to get our marriage license, this was the last thing we expected. We were presented with two options: accept this treatment and leave the possibility that other couples would have to endure this as well, or speak up for ourselves and hopefully stop it from continuing.”

“Consenting adults should never be made to feel embarrassed or ashamed when marrying the person they love,” they added. “It will be a comfort to know that this behavior will no longer be allowed in the Gilmer County Courthouse.”

“Religious freedom is a fundamental American value, and finding someone to love and to marry is a fundamental part of the American dream for many. One should not come at the expense of the other,” said Richard B. Katskee, legal director of Americans United “Religious freedom gives us all the right to believe, or not, as we see fit, but it does not give anyone the right to harm others.”

Via Ram Dass / Words of Wisdom - August 30, 2017


My work around the issue of aging is to quiet the mind — it’s standing back enough so that I am not so caught in the culture and the set of attitudes I developed from my childhood, and so on—that I can see what is and respond in a way that is in harmony with that, to become a part of it. Which is the way a bird sings or a river flows or a baby cries.

-  Ram Dass -

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 08/30/17

“In this moment through which we are passing, one in which evil is strengthened and well-organized, we need to take great care not to be evil’s instrument. In the majority of cases, evil takes over us through our own complaining. It robs our vision of beauty and of the sacred, and we start to see only the worst in life; we start to see the defects in everything. At this moment in time, pay great attention to not start complaining, because it is very easy to bring the other along the same path, and by doing so, you sink down more and more.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Practicing Prayer

Your prayers are answered without your having to think about them. They are answered through the practice of prayer itself.

—Ken McLeod, “Prayer Without Blind Faith

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Via The independent / Chile legalises gay marriage and allows LGBT couples to adopt as historic new bill signed

Chile legalises gay marriage and allows LGBT couples to adopt as historic new bill signed

'We can’t let old prejudices be stronger than love,' President Michelle Bachelet says


Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has introduced a bill to legalise gay marriage, the latest in a series of recent reforms in a country long regarded as one of Latin America’s most socially conservative.

Bachelet signed the proposal, which will be sent to lawmakers, at a ceremony in the presidential palace. She said the measure seeks to expand the definition of marriage between a man and a woman and would also expand rights for gay couples, allowing them to adopt children.

“We can’t let old prejudices be stronger than love,” Bachelet said.



Chile approved civil unions for same-sex couples in 2015 and decriminalised gay sex in 1999. The bill comes a week after Chile’s Constitutional Court upheld a measure that would end the country’s absolute ban on abortions.

Civil unions have been recognised in several South American countries, though only Argentina and Uruguay have codified same-sex marriage. Gay marriage has also been legalised in Brazil and Colombia under court rulings.

It’s unlikely Bachelet will be able to push the measure through Congress before she ends her term in March 2018. But gay right advocates celebrated the decision as an important step toward full rights.
“It’s the beginning of the end of discrimination based on sexual orientation to access marriage,” said Luis Larrain, founder of the Iguales Foundation.

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