Tag: loving kindness

Daily Practice for 2017.10.16

Daily Practice for 2017.10.16

Meditation I strongly believe in living from a core of loving kindness. I strongly believe that we are living in an unjust time where white supremacist patriarchy rules the day. I strongly believe that we are called to be in dialogue. I strongly believe that we are to stand against injustice. ... Is it possible to live from a core of loving kindness and to protest? Protesting seems to be the anti-dialogue. But, I want to say that you can be filled with loving kindness and still stand strongly for something. We see it all the time with our Water Protectors. They put their bodies on the line. I do not perceive them to be doing anything but living out of a deep wisdom and concern. I was imagining what I would do that is a non-violent, peaceful protests. For the point of ...
Prayer in the Face of Difficulty

Prayer in the Face of Difficulty

mindfulness, prayer, Prayer Practice, spiritual practice, Spirituality, Uncategorized
Today, I have curated wisdom from Tara Brach regarding prayer. Prayer is a discussion that James Cowles (our Thursday skeptic writer) and I have been discussing for a while. Tara Brach reminds us that prayer, "when offered with presence and sincerity...can reveal the source of what your heart most deeply longs for—the  loving essence of who you are. Perhaps without naming it as prayer, in times of great need and distress you may already spontaneously experience the act of doing so. For instance, you might find yourself saying something like, “Oh please, oh please” as you call out for relief from pain, for someone to take care of you, for help for a loved one, for a way to avoid great loss." She then offers some reminders that I will summarize (and add my own twist into): If you fe
Inspiration Sunday: Banging the Gong

Inspiration Sunday: Banging the Gong

Essay, Photography, spiritual practice, Spirituality
Friday, I joined in with the Congregations for the Homeless to honor the homeless count in King County. You see, Thursday evening was the night that volunteers go out around the country and count the homeless people. They found 3,117 people in King County. But here is what you need to know ... the volunteers are only allowed to go into circumscribed areas. Homeless people know what those areas are. At least half leave the proscribed areas. So the true count of people on the streets is at least double. And it is a 14% increase over last year. And it doesn't count people in temporary shelters, transitional shelters, or "couch surfing."  What do you think the true count of homeless would be? Triple? Quadruple? This is one urban county in one state in one nation in one part of the world. The