Tag: Compassion

Daily Practice 2017.09.06 – Gazing Upon the Other

Daily Practice 2017.09.06 – Gazing Upon the Other

Meditation Yesterday, I had the privilege of a day apart with my colleagues. We were at a daytreat (1-day retreat) led by Jamal Rahman. I've known of his work for quite some time. I saw him first about 8 years ago as he was a member of the Three Interfaith Amigos. That is, Rabbi Ted Falconer, Pastor Don Mackenzie, and Imam Jamal Rahman. They are wonderful folks. We started the day by chanting a short song, perhaps 2 minutes or less, and going around a circle and chanting it to each person present. Looking into their eyes the entire time. Or I suppose we were to look one another in our eyes. I did. I kept my eyes open to the other and invited them subliminally to enter into this with me. The first time, I was surprised because I didn't think about eyes when we were given our instruct...
Daily Practice 2017.08.16 – This is Theater!

Daily Practice 2017.08.16 – This is Theater!

Meditation Today (and the next few days before VACATION), I will be sharing from our sibling publication, The BeZine. Our issue this month is Theater Lessons. Today, I'm sharing an excerpt from Priscilla Galasso. Priscilla's peace, Theater Lessons, seems especially relevant to today's social situation. Her piece is a bit of theatrical biography including photos. If you get a chance, mosey on over there for the whole article. When I was a little kid, I learned that I could entertain and amuse my parents and my older sisters and get positive attention. As the youngest of four daughters, I was eager to exercise this talent to my advantage whenever my ego felt bereft. This helped me compensate for having fewer general skills and powers than my seniors. Well, I'm not going to say it, *cough*
Unselfishness v. Love

Unselfishness v. Love

C. S. Lewis
"If you asked twenty good men to-day what they thought the highest of the virtues, nineteen of them would reply, Unselfishness.  But if you asked almost any of the great Christians of old he would have replied, Love - You see what has happened?  A negative term has been substituted for a positive , and this is of more than philological importance.  The negative ideal of Unselfishness carries with it the suggestion not primarily of securing good things for others, but of going without them ourselves, as if our abstinence and not their happiness was the important point." C.S. Lewis