“Breathing in, I establish myself in the present moment. Breathing out, I know that this is a wonderful moment”
Thich Nhat Hanh
Facebook is a treasure trove of ideas and information. Today there was a post from “Organizing Made Fun”. They asked
If you could organize anything in the new year what would it be.
How about Congress. Out with the old and tattered, In with the new and hopeful.
Politics as usual is very frustrating. I think people need hope for the future and too many of the long term Congresspeople are playing destructive games, are obviously corrupt, and in general killing the spirit of the people they are supposed to represent. If we had term limits maybe they wouldn’t waste their opportunity.
“Don’t take anything personally. Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.”
Don Miguel Ruiz
The Four Agreements
As I’ve contemplated what I want to accomplish with this Blog I realize I want to be part of the healing paradigm. I considered posting my strong political and social opinions here, but to what purpose other than creating more conflict. We have plenty being posted on social media, opiniated “news”, hate mongering public figures, propaganda, lies & half truths, contentious rhetoric. I decided I would leave my self-righteous disagreements in my diary. Those might come in handy in the future, for now the cathartic experience of writing it down will suffice.
I’ve spent decades exploring the spiritual world, that part of me that seeks to be at peace within the world. While I have nothing new to say, maybe something I say in a new way will help someone on their path. My process has incorporated Christianity, Atheism, Agnosticsm, Gnosticism, New Age psychic and ethereal, Buddhism, prayer, meditation, and contemplation. And love of Science Fiction. Surely within all that I’ve studied some good can be shared.
This is an important time in our political history. We need to be aware, as a society, that a deadly form of racism exists. As a civilized people we have an obligation to find solutions. No one is saying “only” black lives matter, they are exposing injustice.
It doesn’t matter if people have deep seated prejudice, we need another couple hundred years to get past that, but we all have the ability to keep our prejudices in check. It certainly shouldn’t be acceptable to act on those prejudices in our justice system.