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Daily Practice for November 10, 2016

Daily Practice for November 10, 2016

Word:  People are, of course, ranging in feelings from jubilation to terrified. I want to sit in the terrified for just a moment today. In the news this morning, I read that likely cabinet members will include Chris Christie, Rudy Guliani, and Newt Gingrich. Focusing on Guliani, the folks who should be terrified are African-Americans. Guliani's policing policies. The policy of "Stop, Question, and Frisk" often called "Stop and Frisk" or a "Terry Stop" is that it by far impacts African Americans in New York City. So that means of all the hundreds of thousands of people walking through the streets, mostly African Americans were chosen to be stopped, questioned, and frisked. Nearly 90% of all people stopped were not detained. So far in 2016, 53% of those stopped are black, 30% are Latino, wh...
Mindful Monday: An act of peace

Mindful Monday: An act of peace

Buddhism, mindfulness, peace, Spirituality
In the wake of the attacks in Paris and several other places around the world this weekend, Maia Duerr, anthropologist and Zen practitioner, said on Facebook, "My act of peace for today: I will not argue with you. Noticing the violence that comes from fixed views, including and particularly my own...  We humans can make everything so complex. And of course it is, on one level. I don't mean to diminish the complexity of the world. But we tend to layer on more complexity from our wounded psyches, and that is not helpful." What are you noticing about your response to the recent terror attacks as well as other people's responses? Do you have fixed views? ... for Mindful Monday   Photo Credit: "'Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.'--Ralph ...
It is Good?—Prayerful Tuesday

It is Good?—Prayerful Tuesday

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“And God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1:10b In the last weeks God’s creation has seemed anything but good.  Terrorist attacks, ambushing of police, and police shootings of unarmed young men continue to rent the very fabric of our society.  Yet God did not create an evil world, in fact God proclaims this world a good world where everyone, and I mean everyone, has what they need to live and be the person they are meant to be.  It is our choice’s, not God’s, that have created a world that is unsafe. Spending time in silent contemplation with a focus on what we could have been, and still could be, seemed the only way for me to center myself and see the world as good.  So today I offer as our prayer of the week another Visio Divina using the above painting of the Garden of Eden by Jan Brueg...