Tag Archives: Peace

Change the World

“When we are training in the art of peace, we are not given any promises that, because of our noble intentions, everything will be okay. In fact, there are no promises of fruition at all. Instead, we are encouraged to simply look deeply at joy and sorrow, at laughing and crying, at hoping and fearing, …

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Think Different

Invasion, occupation, bombing, assassination, torture; none of those things has brought peace to the Middle East. Maybe the United States could try something different? Peace came to Southeast Asia when America stopped killing people and went home.  Maybe try that?

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So What? It’s no big deal.

“As we learn to relax with groundlessness, this enthusiasm will emerge. We practice what is called the threefold purity – no big deal about the doer, no big deal about the action, no big deal about the result. This joyful exertion is rooted in no expectation, no ambition, no hope of fruition. We just eagerly …

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One More Try

“There’s no way I can single-handedly save the world or, perhaps, even make a perceptible difference– but how ashamed I would be to let a day pass without making one more effort.”~  Isaac Asimov (via Slashdot /.)

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Spread Peace

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Free!

I wish I could join the digital-less revolution, but it’s not possible anymore. We’ve been forced to pay most of our bills online because the mail is so slow and unreliable we were being slammed with late fees.  Now some companies are requiring payment online, removing entirely the option of paying with cash. It sucks. …

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You Can Call It Optimism.

“I would say, that I am applying the ‘butterfly wing’ theory to my everyday life. It’s a kind of moral dictum, moral responsibility to keep in mind that whatever I do this second affects what the next second will be. So I try not to do anything negative, which is my best insurance that the …

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So Be Kind

“Always remember that to argue, and win, is to break down the reality of the person you are arguing against. It is painful to lose your reality, so be kind– even if you are right.”  ~Haruki Murakami

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Enough

The poem below was written by Kurt Vonnegut to memorialize his friend Joseph Heller: JOE HELLER by Kurt Vonnegut (via) True story, Word of Honor: Joseph Heller, an important and funny writer now dead, and I were at a party given by a billionaire on Shelter Island. I said, “Joe, how does it make you …

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18th Century Hippy

Too lazy Ryōkan Taigu from The Zen Poems of Ryokan, translation ©2014 Too lazy to be ambitious, I let the world take care of itself. Ten days’ worth of rice in my bag; a bundle of twigs by the fireplace. Why chatter about delusion and enlightenment? Listening to the night rain on my roof, I …

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An Unfortunate Homonym

From The Huffington Post: Americans have an uncomfortable relationship with taking it easy: We’re overworked and burned out. We’re loath to take our vacation days. We have abysmal work-life boundaries and valorize being busy. That’s exactly why we need a little niksen in our lives. Niksen is the Dutch term for carving out time to …

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Temples

“Better than material gifts offered in stone-made temples, churches and mosques, God loves the gifts of love, peace, and devotion offered in the temple of one’s own heart or through the temples of the hearts of others.”  ~Paramahansa Yogananda

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