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Marc’s Mindful Thought of the Day 10Mar 2014 ~ Compassion

compassion hearts
compassion hearts (Photo credit: DanLacher)

Cultivation of compassion is not something you can just snap your fingers and obtain. Being compassionate towards others is something that has to come from mindfulness.

Mindfulness keeps you in the present moment with focus on only the current moment. Avoiding negative thoughts and focusing attention only on the present moment, not what will happen tomorrow or next month or what happened in the past. Making no assumption about the future, recognizing and stopping instinctive or habitual reactions to stressful situations in life is a prerequisite to obtaining mindfulness..

Clinical research shows Buddhist mindfulness t...
Clinical research shows Buddhist mindfulness techniques can help alleviate anxiety , stress , and depression (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s not reasonable to claim you are a compassionate individual while at the same time putting your compassion on your calendar. Compassion on only certain days of the week and the other days you are a vicious, sadistic person with a nickname “hyppocrates” by causing stress, pain and suffering to others and having no concern about it while creating an illusion of compassion. This turns you into a hypocritical, diabolical monster.

Mindfulness comes from the ability to breath and focus on the present moment. If your mind wanders to some other place or time, being able to recognize this wandering and where your mind has wandered off to is key to mindfulness. Recognition of the reaction you are experiencing is necessary to return to breathing and focusing on each breath and not negative or painful thought, anticipation of something not necessarily real, such as what occurs with a phobia.

That’s all I have for you this morning. It time to breath and to focus in the moment.

Marc Gilbert-Widmann (March 10, 2014)

mind·ful·ness
?m?ndf?ln?s/noun
 
  1. the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.
    “their mindfulness of the wider cinematic tradition”
  2. a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

 

Quote of the Day 07 March 2014 – Personal Revolution

“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.”

English: Jim Morrison in 1970.
English: Jim Morrison in 1970. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“People are afraid of themselves, of their own reality; their feelings most of all. People talk about how great love is, but that’s bullshit. Love hurts. Feelings are disturbing. People are taught that pain is evil and dangerous. How can they deal with love if they’re afraid to feel? Pain is meant to wake us up. People try to hide their pain. But they’re wrong. Pain is something to carry, like a radio. You feel your strength in the experience of pain. It’s all in how you carry it. That’s what matters. Pain is a feeling. Your feelings are a part of you. Your own reality. If you feel ashamed of them, and hide them, you’re letting society destroy your reality. You should stand up for your right to feel your pain.”

English: Mug shot of Jim Morrison.
English: Mug shot of Jim Morrison. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“That’s what real love amounts to – letting a person be what he really is. Most people love you for who you pretend to be. To keep their love, you keep pretending – performing. You get to love your pretence. It’s true, we’re locked in an image, an act – and the sad thing is, people get so used to their image, they grow attached to their masks. They love their chains. They forget all about who they really are. And if you try to remind them, they hate you for it, they feel like you’re trying to steal their most precious possession.”
Jim Morrison

English: For the youth, Idols of Rock and Pop ...
English: For the youth, Idols of Rock and Pop Music Deutsch: Für die Jugend, Idole der Rock- und Popmusik :*Graphics by Antonia Graschberger :*Ausgabepreis: 70+35 Pfennig :*First Day of Issue / Erstausgabetag: 14. April 1988 :*Michel-Katalog-Nr: 1362 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Quote of the Day 06 March 2014 ~ Voice of the People

Cover of Public relations, Edward L. Bernays a...
Cover of Public relations, Edward L. Bernays and the American scene; annotated bilbiogrpahy of, and reference guide to writings by and about Edward L. Bernays from 1917 to 1951 ([1951]) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
No serious sociologist any longer believes that the voice of the people expresses any divine or specially wise and lofty idea. The voice of the people expresses the mind of the people, and that mind is made up for it by the group leaders in whom it believes and by those persons who understand the manipulation of public opinion. It is composed of inherited prejudices and symbols and clichés and verbal formulas supplied to them by the leaders.
Edward Bernays

 

 

 

 

Rule the World!
Rule the World! (Photo credit: chrisch_)

Mindful Quotes for the Present Moment Wed 05 March 2014

Thich Nhat Hanh
Cover of Thich Nhat Hanh

“In order to rally people, governments need enemies. They want us to be afraid, to hate, so we will rally behind them. And if they do not have a real enemy, the will invent one in order to mobilize us.”

 

When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love.

(nl: IJssla krop)Iceberg lettuce
(nl: IJssla krop)Iceberg lettuce (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change”

Thich Nhat Hanh

A HISTORY Lesson of US Invasions For Perspective in Today’s World

Seal of the United States Department of State.
Seal of the United States Department of State. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1) Grenada (1983-1984), (2) Bolivia (1986; ), (3) Virgin Islands (1989), (4) Liberia (1990; 1997; 2003), (5) Saudi Arabia (1990-1991), (6) Kuwait (1991), (7) Somalia (1992-1994; 2006), (8) Bosnia (1993-), (9) Zaire (Congo) (1996-1997), (10) Albania (1997), (11) Sudan (1998), (12) Afghanistan (1998; 2001-), (13) Yemen (2000; 2002-), (14) Macedonia (2001), (15) Colombia (2002-), (16) Pakistan (2005-), (17) Syria (2008; 2011-), (18) Uganda (2011), (18) Mali (2013), (19) Niger (2013), (20) Yugoslavia (1919; 1946; 1992-1994; 1999), (21) Iraq (1958; 1963; 1990-1991; 1990-2003; 1998; 2003-2011) (22) Angola (1976-1992)

Who are WE to judge someone for ONE invasion??? This post is not for an argument of political motivations or justifications on either side… This is purely finance. Citibank among others have significant exposure in Ukraine… well… fuck those banksters.

There’s no way to bash any specific politician or party or platform with the exception of one, but I like the way you can look at this and avoid party or platform labels… this is just “US” (you and me) in general. because all those labels and platforms are a fraud.

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Anonymous Quote of the Day – 03 March 2014

English: A logo for the Quote of the Day on Si...
English: A logo for the Quote of the Day on Simple English Wikiquote (but may be used elsewhere). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Speak in such a way that others love to listen to you.

Listen in such a way that others love to speak with you.”

Quote of the Day 03Mar 2014 ~ Worthy Cause

  • English: Theodore Roosevelt, circa 1902
    English: Theodore Roosevelt, circa 1902 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

    It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt

English: Signature of Theodore Roosevelt.
English: Signature of Theodore Roosevelt. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Your Signature is Needed…

Las Vegas Monorail
Las Vegas Monorail (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Las Vegas monorail was a great idea that because of political pressures wasn’t implemented to its full potential. In its current form the system doesn’t service visitors effectively, because it doesn’t go to the airport or downtown. Expanding the system would create jobs for a state with the highest unemployment rate in the country and transform the current system into a viable, effective system that would serve the needs of transporting Las Vegas visitors and provide a hub for future expansion to the rest of the Las Vegas valley.

Español: Monoriel del hotel Hilton en Las Vegas
Español: Monoriel del hotel Hilton en Las Vegas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Anonymous Quote of the Day 01Mar 2014

  • Treat a person as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat him as he could be, and he will become what he should be.

    English: A logo for the Quote of the Day on Si...
    English: A logo for the Quote of the Day on Simple English Wikiquote (but may be used elsewhere). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Topic of the Day 28Feb 2014 – Freedom of Religion

Freedom of Religion

English: Jains praying at the feet of Lord Bah...
English: Jains praying at the feet of Lord Bahubali, the world’s largest monolithic statue. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Some foolish men declare that creator made the world. The doctrine that the world was created is ill advised and should be rejected. If God created the world, where was he before the creation? If you say he was transcendent then and needed no support, where is he now? How could God have made this world without any raw material? If you say that he made this first, and then the world, you are faced with an endless regression. If you declare that this raw material arose naturally you fall into another fallacy, For the whole universe might thus have been its own creator, and have arisen quite naturally. If God created the world by an act of his own will, without any raw material, then it is just his will and nothing else — and who will believe this silly nonsense? If he is ever perfect and complete, how could the will to create have arisen in him? If, on the other hand, he is not perfect, he could no more create the universe than a potter could. If he is form-less, action-less and all-embracing, how could he have created the world? Such a soul, devoid of all morality, would have no desire to create anything. If he is perfect, he does not strive for the three aims of man, so what advantage would he gain by creating the universe? If you say that he created to no purpose because it was his nature to do so, then God is pointless. If he created in some kind of sport, it was the sport of a foolish child, leading to trouble. If he created because of the karma of embodied beings [acquired in a previous creation] He is not the Almighty Lord, but subordinate to something else. If out of love for living beings and need of them he made the world, why did he not take creation wholly blissful free from misfortune? If he were transcendent he would not create, for he would be free: Nor if involved in transmigration, for then he would not be almighty. Thus the doctrine that the world was created by God makes no sense at all, And God commits great sin in slaying the children whom he himself created. If you say that he slays only to destroy evil beings, why did he create such beings in the first place? Good men should combat the believer in divine creation, maddened by an evil doctrine. Know that the world is uncreated, as time itself is, without beginning or end, and is based on the principles, life and rest. Uncreated and indestructible, it endures under the compulsion of its own nature.

ghost god (pike and 12th)
ghost god (pike and 12th) (Photo credit: Dylan)

[By 9th century Jain (the religion of Jainism) Acharya, Jinasena, in his work, Mahapurana, a major Jain text. The Jains have never believed in any gods as creators of the universe, unlike most other religions, and have focused on acting morally on Earth rather than wasting time on the supernatural.]”
JinasenaMahapurana

How do you describe freedom of religion?