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Daily Practice for August 15, 2016

Daily Practice for August 15, 2016

Word: Hello! I'm back from vacation! I'll do a vacation post one day soon and fill you in. But onward to today... Today's mindfulness practice from Donna Pierce is the quote: "We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same." - Carlos Castaneda I guess when it comes to "making ourselves" this is true. But there is a heck of a lot of stuff that is beyond our control, beyond our ability to make. Even our personality formation, whether genetic or learned over time, informs our responsiveness. I have a friend who tells the story of her family. It includes no major tragedies. No unexpected happenings. People are born, live, and die in old age of predictable things. In some ways, it is a charmed life. She knows this. I know a young adult w...
10,000 Is Too Few

10,000 Is Too Few

Essay, Ethics, Spirituality
This is a repost from Eric Atcheson at The Theophilus Project. Reprinted with permission. (I wrote this post back in September, when the plights of the Syrian refugees making their way to Europe began making the news here in the States and President Obama announced a plan to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees. In the midst of massive prejudice against them in the wake of the Paris and Beirut terrorist attacks over the weekend, I feel it's important for me to, as a descendant of wartime refugees, to publicly restate the moral imperative--from both a Christian and an American perspectiv--for accepting those with less freedom than ourselves.  My hope is that in so doing, we will reach for a divine grace far greater than ourselves. ~E.A.) Do not pick your vineyard clean or gather up all the gr...
I’ll have a cup of racism for Sabbath, please!

I’ll have a cup of racism for Sabbath, please!

spiritual practice
I have been taking a class on racism. The most helpful definition I have heard is that racism is not what or who you are, it is the outcome of your actions. This is great! It puts the conversation into an area of actions that are measurable. There is no speculation about who or what people are with regard to racism. All that matters is outcome. True, I suppose. Actions matter more than words. And yet, words harm. So perhaps there is a both/and. Why racism on Sabbath? One of the things that Rabbis encourage us to do on Sabbath is to set aside consumption and do things like read, learn, be joyful! Sabbath is also directly juxtaposed with the justice movement as the command to practice Sabbath comes on the heals of leaving slavery behind and moving towards abundant life. The Ancient Israeli...