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Daily Practice for August 18, 2016

Daily Practice for August 18, 2016

Word:  My friend, Corina Ravenscraft, writes about expectations and attachment in the BeZine. This is a life-long journey. I remember years ago when I was a beginning Spiritual Director, during my practicum, I was practicing at Washington Correctional Center for Women. I was there as a Spiritual Director. I went once monthly and the women signed up for Spiritual Direction via kites* outlining why they wanted spiritual direction. *It is fun the language you learn when you are in a different culture. A kite is a note sent from person to person in prison. There is an official kite form that they fill out and send around. In triplicate. Seriously. Anyway, at WCCW (or Purdy as it is commonly known), I put up posters and the folks would respond by sending me a kite. I asked a few simp...
Mindful Monday: Attachment to strong opinions

Mindful Monday: Attachment to strong opinions

Buddhism, mindfulness, Spirituality
"As Buddhists, we need not give up even strong opinions and positions – but we do have to give up attachment to them. Not being attached to them is to abandon the idea that because I think or believe something, it is true. And abandon the idea that the opinions of others are somehow lacking just because they are another’s idea, not mine. This makes commitment to growing, evolving truth more important than opinions and positions. The great philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche said, 'A very popular error: having the courage of one’s convictions; rather it is a matter of having the courage for an attack on one’s convictions.' "This is the Buddhist way, too. Having a conviction, opinion, position, is inevitable. Holding to it carries no great virtue. Virtue is, while having a position, being open ...