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Tag: war

the century of possible peace

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after Muriel Rukeyser's "Poem" the century of possible peace . I have lived in the century of world wars and into the century of “hot spots” and “conflicts,” those isolated regions of hostility and battle, of choreographed shows of military cliché and the violent disaffected eruptions of the marginalized Every day is an homage to some insanity Media reports are conveyed with facile intensity by hyperkinetic journalists - they deliver easy and ominous conclusions based on seemingly recondite facts, quickly moving to celebrity gossip and other insipid topics . . . I have lived in two centuries of wars I know what it is to be exhausted by the vain posturing of the ruling class and the tired protestations of tribal unity and supremacy based on accidents of birth I kn...
Daily Practice for August 17, 2016

Daily Practice for August 17, 2016

Word:  Reading the BeZine again this morning. I found the poem by Imen Benyoub titled "This Peaceful Morning in Wartime." Imen writes of a good-bye scene in a seemingly idyllic place. It makes me wonder where the wartime is. Is it the war within? Yearning for one more day with a loved one? Is there a war? With one person leaving to go fight? Is the war something else altogether? The fight to stay in the present reality accepting to gift of what is here. Now? Maybe it is all of that. And things unsaid. One thing that annoyed me when I was on vacation was a visit we made to the Dungeness Wildlife Refuge. The visit didn't annoy me, just some observations I made. There Dungeness spit is a long piece of sand. One side is facing the open Pacific Ocean / Strait of Juan de Fuca. The other s...
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 ...