Women and the Magi: A New Christian Perspective

Saturday, January 9, 2016

An Epiphany with Wise Women? by Christine Schenk, Jan. 7, 2016, National Catholic Reporter

http://ncronline.org/blogs/simply-spirit/epiphany-wise-women
Epiphany,” ©2003 Janet McKenzie, www.janetmckenzie.com,

Collection of Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL

.…”a renowned authority on the Gospel of Matthew, Dominican Fr. Benedict Thomas Viviano, believes it entirely possible that women could have been among the Magi portrayed in the Matthean birth narrative. Viviano is professor emeritus at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He also wrote the commentary on Matthew in The New Jerome Biblical Commentary. Matthew is the only Gospel that says anything at all about Magi. You may be surprised to learn that this Gospel does not ascribe number, gender or royal status to the Wise Ones from the East. The traditional number three was deduced from the three gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, and the idea that the Magi were kings didn’t appear until the fifth century. Matthew’s use of the Greek masculine plural magoi for magi can be used inclusively, just as the English word “men” often includes women. But there is more toViviano’s wonderfully provocative claim than grammar. Matthew’s Gospel was meant for a Jewish audience. Viviano specializes in examining the book of Matthew in light of its literary connections to the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). It is upon this analysis that he bases his arguments about female magoi.According to Viviano, “The main reason to think of the presence of one or more women among the magi is the background story of the queen of Sheba, with her quest for Israelite royal wisdom, her reverent awe, and her three gifts fit for a king.”

The first book of Kings, Chapter 10:1-29, narrates the visit of the queen to King Solomon with gifts of gold and spices such as myrrh and frankincense.

Viviano believes viewing the Solomon-Sheba background as a close biblical parallel to the Magi story opens up some “previously neglected possibilities” such as the “wisdom and feminine aspects of the narrative. “He points to the Israelite tradition of personifying wisdom as female (Proverbs 8:22-30, 9:1-6 and Sirach 24) and notes that for Matthew, Jesus embodies wisdom (Matthew 11:19, 25-30).Even more compelling to me is that in the Middle East it would have been inconceivable for men to be in the presence of a woman without the presence of other women. Joseph is conspicuously absent when the Magi visit. This is surprising, since Matthew’s infancy account normally narrates events from the point of view of Joseph. (In Luke’s account, Mary is more prominent).The phrase “the child and his mother” is used five times in the Magi-flight-into-Egypt narrative (Matthew 2:11, 13, 14, 19, 21). For Viviano, “The presence of Jesus’ mother Mary is an explicit statement of the presence of a woman at the time of the magi’s visit. It is a question of attending to the feminine resonances in the text.”

Scholars tell us that the magoi were a caste associated with the interpretation of dreams, astrology, Zoroastrianism and magic.  In support of  Viviano’s thesis, Zoroastrianism allowed women to serve as priests and in ancient Persia there were female astronomers and rulers…..”

[A Sister of St. Joseph, Sr. Christine Schenk served urban families for 18 years as a nurse midwife before co-founding FutureChurch, where she served for 23 years. She holds master’s degrees in nursing and theology.]

2017: THE YEAR OF THE FIRE ROOSTER

My husband’s Japanese American Culture (as does Japan) celebrates The New Year on January 1.  We have always found it interesting to see how the Japanese Zodiac Calendar suggests a certain pattern of how a year will go.  This past year, The Year of the Monkey, was very much like it was predicted to be in the public arena, confusing!  You can find a Calendar with your birth year to see how your new year will be.  Have fun!

2017 – Year of the Fire Rooster

We are getting out of a pretty confusing period of time and entering a rational and constructive period.

The Rooster, the tenth Chinese zodiac sign, gives the year that just begins some of the characteristics of the bird it has as a symbol: ambition, pride, the desire to be admired, punctuality, courage, passion and a well-developed disposition for love and seduction. At the same time, during the year that has just started, an increase in enthusiasm, perseverance and auto-control will be felt. The relationships between people will be under the sign of great honesty. We will all prove to have more passion in life, especially regarding work, where we will not hesitate to roll up our sleeves in order to reach our objectives. “Always higher, always going on” is the motto of the Rooster and it will inspire all of us. Braver than usually, we will not be defeated by difficulties and adversities. However, we will have to maintain our spirit’s flexibility, because under the influence of this king of the yard, which, according to Chinese people, is very conservative, we risk being inflexible and refuse changing ideas or life strategies, even though they might be inadequate for the future. Regarding love, times will be intense and full of passion. We will feel the desire to overwhelm our loved ones and to be overwhelmed by them. Those with a free heart will search for happiness with more partners, but those that are already in love will choose loyalty, proving great tenderness.

Born in the Year of the Rooster:

Rooster personality traits: Loyal and trustworthy.  People born in the Year of the Rooster are sociable, very accomplished and usually very well-dressed.

  • Shrewd and daring, they are outspoken and even boastful by nature. Most annoyingly – Roosters always think they are right … and very often they are!
  • Sharp and analytical, Roosters are generally deep thinkers and it is a rare occasion when something gets by them. Though abundantly practical, Roosters are also big dreamers. They are courageous by nature and know how to get what they want. If thwarted in attaining a big ambition they can become moody and downcast. However, they usually recover from a loss quickly. Roosters are rarely still for any length of time and must always be busy doing something.
  • Shy and conservative at heart, Roosters are can be overly concerned with their appearance and often buy the most stylish of clothes. They love to entertain, and a party hosted by them is almost sure to be the most memorable and extravagant of any.

Roosters are noted for doing anything in their power to keep friends and loved ones happy, and are disappointed if they fail. For their sincere and straightforward care and concern, Roosters are usually much loved and respected by all who know them. Successful in any field they may choose, Roosters usually do well as publicists, entertainers or restaurateurs. Roosters are most compatible with: Ox, Snake, Dragon http://www.chiff.com/home_life/holiday/chinese-new-year-rooster.htm

Rooster (Tori) Quick-witted, efficient, and confident. They thrive on challenge and change, and are devoted to work. On the negative side, they have a suspicious nature and can be quite aggressive to others. They bite off more than they can chew & always have a packed schedule.  They represent “kindness” & “hospitality”.

Dog (Inu) – Patient, strong-willed, and honest. They have a sense of duty and loyalty, and always strive to succeed. However, they are also very stubborn, and do not like to admit their own faults. They can inspire confidence in others and be trusted with secrets.  They represent “diligence” and “devotion”.

Boar (Inoshishi) – Honest, helpful, and have the spirit of pioneer. They put emphasis on fair play, and do not like play tricks. On the negative side, they are short-tempered, and like to see everything in black and white.

They are not good at telling lies and are affectionate and kind to their loved ones.  They represent “courage” & “adventure”.

Rat (Nezumi) – Charming, smart, ambitious and hard-working. They have a tremendous capacity for pursing their goals. On the other hand, they can be cunning, calculating, and tight with money. They have only a few long-lasting friends and do not easily show their true feelings. They represent “prosperity of descendants” and “social success

Ox (Ushi) – Calm, good-tempered, and trustworthy. They do things steadily, and do not spare any effort in achieving their goals. On the negative side, they can be quite stubborn and lack the flexibility to adapt to drastic changes. Represents “loyalty” and “patience”.  They like to wear plain clothes.

Tiger (Tora) Proud, courageous, and generous. Being decisive and quick-witted, they are potentially great leaders. On the negative side, they do not like to follow orders, do not make plans and can cause interpersonal friction with others. They have great sympathy for those they are close to and love.

Rabbit (Usagi) – Otimistic, warm, virtuous and broad-minded. While they are lovable and are regarded with admiration and trust most of the time, their trusting nature means they can be deceived easily. Represents “well-being of a family” & “great progress in business” because of the way they leap forward.

Dragon (Tatsu) – Energetic, brave, honest, and can inspire trust in almost everyone. However, they are also short-tempered and very competitive, so they tend to have as many enemies as friends. Work better as individuals than in groups & Speak their mind without reservations.

Snake (Hebi) – Deep thinkers, great observers, and possess tremendous wisdom. They do not like conflicts, and get along with anyone. However, their tendency to avoid conflicts can put them under considerable stress. They are also the jealous type, and can do something mean behind people’s backs.

Horse (uma) – Cheerful, sociable, and decisive. They are also versatile and excel in many fields, but tend to get bored easily and leave things unfinished. They exhibit a vain streak and are big spenders.  They are skillful in paying compliments and are quick to catch on to a trend.  They represent “liveliness” & “openness

Sheep (Hitsuji) – Caring, considerate, sympathetic, and they cherish friendship. They are endowed with artistic talent, and are passionate in whatever they do and believe in. However, they are very sensitive and tend to worry unnecessarily over small matters.  They are keen to learn new things.  They represents “peace” & “security”.

Monkey (Saru) – Clever, inventive, flexible, and decisive. Although they are perfectionists and do not hesitate to use every trick to achieve their aims, they tend to be preoccupied with a short-term gain and fail to see the whole picture.  They put themselves before others, have excellent skills of negotiation and represent “curiosity”

http://japanesezodiac.com/

2017 – Year of the Fire Rooster

We are getting out of a pretty confusing period of time and entering a rational and constructive period.

The Rooster, the tenth Chinese zodiac sign, gives the year that just begins some of the characteristics of the bird it has as a symbol: ambition, pride, the desire to be admired, punctuality, courage, passion and a well-developed disposition for love and seduction. At the same time, during the year that has just started, an increase in enthusiasm, perseverance and auto-control will be felt. The relationships between people will be under the sign of great honesty. We will all prove to have more passion in life, especially regarding work, where we will not hesitate to roll up our sleeves in order to reach our objectives. “Always higher, always going on” is the motto of the Rooster and it will inspire all of us. Braver than usually, we will not be defeated by difficulties and adversities. However, we will have to maintain our spirit’s flexibility, because under the influence of this king of the yard, which, according to Chinese people, is very conservative, we risk being inflexible and refuse changing ideas or life strategies, even though they might be inadequate for the future. Regarding love, times will be intense and full of passion. We will feel the desire to overwhelm our loved ones and to be overwhelmed by them. Those with a free heart will search for happiness with more partners, but those that are already in love will choose loyalty, proving great tenderness.

Born in the Year of the Rooster:

Rooster personality traits: Loyal and trustworthy.  People born in the Year of the Rooster are sociable, very accomplished and usually very well-dressed.

  • Shrewd and daring, they are outspoken and even boastful by nature. Most annoyingly – Roosters always think they are right … and very often they are!
  • Sharp and analytical, Roosters are generally deep thinkers and it is a rare occasion when something gets by them. Though abundantly practical, Roosters are also big dreamers. They are courageous by nature and know how to get what they want. If thwarted in attaining a big ambition they can become moody and downcast. However, they usually recover from a loss quickly. Roosters are rarely still for any length of time and must always be busy doing something.
  • Shy and conservative at heart, Roosters are can be overly concerned with their appearance and often buy the most stylish of clothes. They love to entertain, and a party hosted by them is almost sure to be the most memorable and extravagant of any.

Roosters are noted for doing anything in their power to keep friends and loved ones happy, and are disappointed if they fail. For their sincere and straightforward care and concern, Roosters are usually much loved and respected by all who know them. Successful in any field they may choose, Roosters usually do well as publicists, entertainers or restaurateurs. Roosters are most compatible with: Ox, Snake, Dragon http://www.chiff.com/home_life/holiday/chinese-new-year-rooster.htm

Rooster (Tori) Quick-witted, efficient, and confident. They thrive on challenge and change, and are devoted to work. On the negative side, they have a suspicious nature and can be quite aggressive to others. They bite off more than they can chew & always have a packed schedule.  They represent “kindness” & “hospitality”.

Dog (Inu) – Patient, strong-willed, and honest. They have a sense of duty and loyalty, and always strive to succeed. However, they are also very stubborn, and do not like to admit their own faults. They can inspire confidence in others and be trusted with secrets.  They represent “diligence” and “devotion”.

Boar (Inoshishi) – Honest, helpful, and have the spirit of pioneer. They put emphasis on fair play, and do not like play tricks. On the negative side, they are short-tempered, and like to see everything in black and white.

They are not good at telling lies and are affectionate and kind to their loved ones.  They represent “courage” & “adventure”.

Rat (Nezumi) – Charming, smart, ambitious and hard-working. They have a tremendous capacity for pursing their goals. On the other hand, they can be cunning, calculating, and tight with money. They have only a few long-lasting friends and do not easily show their true feelings. They represent “prosperity of descendants” and “social success

Ox (Ushi) – Calm, good-tempered, and trustworthy. They do things steadily, and do not spare any effort in achieving their goals. On the negative side, they can be quite stubborn and lack the flexibility to adapt to drastic changes. Represents “loyalty” and “patience”.  They like to wear plain clothes.

Tiger (Tora) Proud, courageous, and generous. Being decisive and quick-witted, they are potentially great leaders. On the negative side, they do not like to follow orders, do not make plans and can cause interpersonal friction with others. They have great sympathy for those they are close to and love.

Rabbit (Usagi) – Otimistic, warm, virtuous and broad-minded. While they are lovable and are regarded with admiration and trust most of the time, their trusting nature means they can be deceived easily. Represents “well-being of a family” & “great progress in business” because of the way they leap forward.

Dragon (Tatsu) – Energetic, brave, honest, and can inspire trust in almost everyone. However, they are also short-tempered and very competitive, so they tend to have as many enemies as friends. Work better as individuals than in groups & Speak their mind without reservations.

Snake (Hebi) – Deep thinkers, great observers, and possess tremendous wisdom. They do not like conflicts, and get along with anyone. However, their tendency to avoid conflicts can put them under considerable stress. They are also the jealous type, and can do something mean behind people’s backs.

Horse (uma) – Cheerful, sociable, and decisive. They are also versatile and excel in many fields, but tend to get bored easily and leave things unfinished. They exhibit a vain streak and are big spenders.  They are skillful in paying compliments and are quick to catch on to a trend.  They represent “liveliness” & “openness

Sheep (Hitsuji) – Caring, considerate, sympathetic, and they cherish friendship. They are endowed with artistic talent, and are passionate in whatever they do and believe in. However, they are very sensitive and tend to worry unnecessarily over small matters.  They are keen to learn new things.  They represents “peace” & “security”.

Monkey (Saru) – Clever, inventive, flexible, and decisive. Although they are perfectionists and do not hesitate to use every trick to achieve their aims, they tend to be preoccupied with a short-term gain and fail to see the whole picture.  They put themselves before others, have excellent skills of negotiation and represent “curiosity”

http://japanesezodiac.com/

 

Children’s Wisdom Respected in Midrash–Thank YOU Rabbi Sasso!

 

In the 1980s, while surveying children’s religious literature to find good books for her own children and for the students she taught,
she was disappointed.  No one was taking children’s innate spirituality seriously.  In fact, most of what was written was limiting their imagination.  So, she began writing about God and spirituality in ways that would both engage children and allow the ideas presented to grow with them. She was more interested in the questions and the conversation, than the answers.  In 1992, her first children’s book, God’s Paintbrush, was published. It was an immediate success, selling over 100,000 copies. Many consider it a classic.

Subsequent children’s books have also received national acclaim. Publisher’s Weekly selected two of her books, But God Remembered and Noah’s Wife; The Story of Na’amah, as Best Books of the Year. Abuelita’s Secret Matzahs is the winner of the 2005 Sugarman Family Children’s Book Award and the 2006 Best Books of Indiana Award. Rabbi Sasso is the 2004 recipient of the Helen Keating Ott Award for Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Literature.  And her latest children’s book—The Shemah in the Mezuzah—won the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for Best Illustrated Children’s Book.

Rabbi Sasso has also been a successful writer for adults. “It is my belief that difficult and complex ideas must be accessible to all, if we are to have an intelligent conversation about faith, meaning, and purpose.  What is required is not a simplification of ideas, but a simplification of language.  ”Sasso’s writings for adults appear in numerous collections and in her book Midrash – Reading the Bible with Question Marks.  She reminds us; “I believe that opposites are best when matched, lover and power, justice and compassion, faith and doubt, seriousness and play.  The Sacred is the “and” that brings those opposites into one harmonious whole.”

MOTHER OF EXILES: Fellowship for Reconciliation Training in Nonviolence

Fellowship of Reconcilation–Mother of Exiles  Please watch this  short inspiring video and sign up for nonviolent training.

http://forusa.org/blog.php?i=113

The New Colossus

by Emma Lazarus (1883)

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she

With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Emma Lazarus (1849–1887) wrote The New Colossus in 1883 to raise money for the construction of the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. In 1903, the sonnet was engraved on a bronze plaque and mounted inside the pedestal’s lower level. It has come to portray the statue as a welcoming mother, a symbol of hope to the outcasts and downtrodden of the world. It serves as a powerful emblem of the spirit of the United States of America. In this video, immigrants from West Africa, Russia, Iran, and Palestine, along with U.S.-born citizens whose parents or ancestors were immigrants, recite the poem as a reminder of the best and true spirit of our country.

  • Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Did Donald Trump say he would create a registry of Muslims, if elected president?

    During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump stated on multiple occasions he would support the development of databases to track Muslims in the United States. These comments began attracting attention in November 2015, following terrorist attacks in Paris, France, and San Bernandino, California. Although members of his transition team have denied that Mr. Trump ever advocated explicitly for a “Muslim registry,” his comments have been widely perceived as endorsing such a proposal (which has specifically been promoted by Trump advisors and political surrogates).

  • Isn’t there a registry already?

    Although there isn’t known to be a “Muslim registry” in the United States, there is widespread evidence that Americans who are Muslim are already forced to endure numerous forms of governmental surveillance. The federal government’s “No Fly List” launched in 2001 quickly began targeting people with Muslim-sounding names; it operates in total secret, unaccountable to public scrutiny. From 2002 to 2015, the New York City Police Department coordinated widespread surveillance of Muslim communities; in 2016 a landmark lawsuit received a court judgment demanding the NYPD eliminate all such investigations. Nevertheless, some national politicians argue the NYPD program should be used as a model for federal religious profiling initiatives. And data brokerage companies already have created databasesthat allegedly maintain information about Muslim adherents throughout the nation, which are already available to federal government agencies.

  • What will FOR do in 2017?

    In response to the incoming administration’s hateful potential for increasingly oppressive policies, the Fellowship of Reconciliation will expand efforts to promote a culture of nonviolent resistance to the “Triple Evils” of racism, militarism, and materialism. We will continue to support and strengthen grassroots efforts by providing education and training in nonviolent organizing and activism. We will raise a louder voice of hope and compassion through our ongoing nonviolent narrative, and to promote spiritually-grounded principles of nonviolence as a way of life.

The New Technology–Kindness and Compassion

Why Aren’t We More Compassionate and Kind?

Developing Kindness and Compassion has never been more important both for adults and children.  Kindness and Compassion can both be seen and experienced as the New Technology for our New Age.  TED Talk on NPR (Guy Ross) revisited one of their podcasts from last year with Daniel Goleman, Karen Armstrong, Robert Wright, Krista Tippett Carol Kohn to discuss this more than ever important topic.  Each podcast is about 10 minutes long and linked well with the interviewer.  Please take time to listen and see how YOU can participate in this New/Old Way of Being.

http://www.npr.org/programs/ted-radio-hour/December 9,2016

Robert Wright:  Are We Wired to Be Compassionate?  YES!  The Evolution of Compassion. “In the beginning, there was compassion.”   Hint–Goes back to Kin Selection.

Krista Tippitt:  Words Matter-–Compassion is a core Virtue, but it has been compromised and hallowed out by our culture and our way of using words.

Sally Kohn:  CNN Political Commentator.  Gets lots of hate Tweets (238 hate tweets a week.)  “Is it enough to be Politically Correct?–Emotional Correctness is more important.

Karen Armstrong:  Author of “12 Steps to a Compassionate Life” and many other books on World Religions.  She is a Historian of Religion.  Why Practicing Compassion can Change Us.        Did Compassion or Religion come first?

Daniel Goleman:  Author of Emotional Intelligence.  Find out why it is important to give of our time and money.  Why Emotional Intelligence matters to All Societies. 

The Intuitive Mind is a Sacred Gift for Children and Grown-ups How to cultivate it…Meditation

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?Some International Reflections from my worldwide Meditation and Centering  Prayer Group that some people may find encouraging……POST AMERICAN ELECTION.  TAKE YOUR TIME…….
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The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.
We will not solve the problems of the world from the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.
More than anything else, this new century demands new thinking:

‘We must change our materially based analysis of the world around us to include a broader, more multi-dimensional perspectives.” ~Albert Einstein
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Enjoy your day! ?  let spread loving-kindness with every thought, word, and action… just for today…
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“You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down.”- Charlie Chaplin✨
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“Life has no remote….get up and change it yourself.”- Mark A.Cooper?
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May Peace Prevail On Earth and May Wisdom Prevail In The United States of America❤️??.
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The more I listen silence
slowly, I look beyond trees
stones and shadows
and leave the two worlds.
I become a raindrop
falling
neither from heaven,
nor on the face of earth
falling in smell of a rose.
the soul is here for her own joy,
not to make a mark
not to make a sound
flow over time,
shapeless and fearless
pulling toward her destiny
one moment still, like a sun
one moment in motion,
like a playful wind.
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Express yourself completely,
then keep quiet.
Be like the forces of nature:
when it blows, there is only wind;
when it rains, there is only rain;
when the clouds pass, the sun shines through.
If you open yourself to the Tao,
you are at one with the Tao
and you can embody it completely.
If you open yourself to insight,
you are at one with insight
and you can use it completely.
If you open yourself to loss,
you are at one with loss
and you can accept it completely.

Open yourself to the Tao,
then trust your natural responses;
and everything will fall into place.
@dailytao.org
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Ommmm…..From California:
I just started a book from my mom that she has had on her bookshelf my entire life, When God was a Woman. If you haven’t read it yet, find a copy, it’s a perspective shift, and it feels helpful right now. I just thought I should share. Have a inspired 2017.
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I’m feeling so isolated tonight, despite being busy, keeping busy and trying for awareness and patience. InI just wanted to thank everyone here in this wonderful group for being part of my life and this is a part of my day I look forward to . Meditating together and sharing . You brighten up my day?
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Shared from Media, PA
Greeting friends.
Life in monastery is rigorand richly rewarding. Here is my latest blog post.
Celebration
Wishing that your practice is strong and clear,
Paco
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From Napier, New Zealand
I’m sitting here, aware of blackness and space in my mind. Colours appear, and shapes. Stuffs forming. I’m doing a bit of imagining….
I’m thinking of a Universe – bam there it is, planets, suns, galaxies…
Now I’m thinking of a planet full of people – bam there it is. I’ll call it Mearth….
That was easy. I didn’t need to design each person, plant, animal… they’re just there. “Oh but you copied anatomy that you knew” you might say, but no, my people, plants and animals look nothing like anything you’ve ever seen. Their anatomy is a mystery, but it works.
I leave them for a year or two and guess what? They’re still right there in my imagination. There are some changes; different buildings, different folks, taller trees….
Is that just me remembering a little differently or did things actually change? Whoah I’m getting caught up in dualistic thinking here.
These forms, this universe is in my mind. It isn’t real. It is just thought. It’s me. It’s not separate. It doesn’t exist outside of me.
We are all one thing. Mearth might’ve changed, its still just me and my imagination and I am just aware of it; not concerned, not involved, just aware.
Makes you kinda wonder about this ‘reality’ huh?
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From Napier, New Zealand
®Attachment….the worlds strongest glue. One drop is capable of holding the attention of seven billion egos. Detach from ego…
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❤️ From Oxford, UK
STAND STRONG LIKE A ROCK

Don’t focus on what’s ‘wrong’ with the world. When you fight against a broken world you become violent inside and you contribute to the conditions that created the violence you now witness.
See the world as it is, the way an artist would see a face, with all its flaws, imperfections, ridges, bumps, crevices and creases. See the light and the dark, the love and the flight from love, the kindness and its forgetting. Love the world now for how it appears. Understand the world. Forgive the world. Hold the world in your loving arms. She is young, and making mistakes, and learning.
And from this place of love, re-enter the world. Stand strong like a rock, illuminating the world with your powerful presence. Speak up for those without a voice. Amplify messages of compassion. Spread the truth. Fight for what you know, not against what you hate. Your attention is your greatest blessing, so bless the world you are birthing now; do not energise a dying world with your intolerance. Gather together with your brothers and sisters. Discover your true family, beyond colour, race, religion, belief.
Unite in the name of love. Now you are not attacking the world but fighting alongside her, and all her angels fight with you.
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I had a profound realization today while I was enjoying some country-side riding. I’ve been practicing mindfulness for well about 7 weeks now and its benefits have been amazing. But lately, I’ve come to depend so much on meditation like I want to meditate as much as I can to have clearer perspective. I’ve been upping my quantity in meditation and somehow losing the quality in it. The thing that hit me was, I’ve come to depend on it so much that I forgot that MINDFULNESS itself is not just about meditation. Mindfulness is a way of living. The practice comes in living your life. We dont realize how much opportunities we have in our lives apart from formal sitting practices to cultivate mindfulness.
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“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”- Dr. Suess?
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“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”- George Bernard Shaw?
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May Peace Prevail On Earth and May Wisdom Prevail In The United States of America❤️
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1 day ago in Pine Island, MN
Every time I meditate, afterwards, I pay particular attention to the “home to XXX meditators”. It is amazing me as I watch the number climb each time. Today, it’s at 1,322,000. I just watch, and watch and watch…amazing me. Namaste community!
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1 day ago in Bethesda, MD
Amazing how our thoughts make us travel vicariously…more so when you meditate…am going to be doing some holiday travel soon…my mind was taking me into these mannequin challenges at the places I am going to be traveling to…something in the future, yet so vivid…feeling ever so grateful to experience life at a new dimension…a concept going viral, imagined in the present moment, of a future destination…I love this life and everything about it…namaste ?
If you want to become whole,
let yourself be partial.
If you want to become straight,
let yourself be crooked.
If you want to become full,
let yourself be empty.
If you want to be reborn,
let yourself die.
If you want to be given everything,
give everything up.

The Master, by residing in the Tao,
sets an example for all beings.
Because he doesn’t display himself,
people can see his light.
Because he has nothing to prove,

people can trust his words.
Because he doesn’t know who he is, people recognize themselves in him.
Because he has no goal in mind,
everything he does succeeds.
When the ancient Masters said,
“If you want to be given everything, give everything up,”
they weren’t using empty phrases.
Only in being lived by the Tao can you be truly yourself.

@dailytao.org
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