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The Practice of People-Watching

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A little spiritual practice I recommend is to go to a public place where you can sit and watch human beings, perhaps at a café or in the park. I call it “people-watching.” The only difference between ordinary people-watching and this kind of people-watching is that your practice is not to attach any label or judgment on any human that you watch; you allow them to be as they are as they walk along or do whatever they do, and enjoy the incredible spectacle of the multiplicity of human forms.

There is no judging as good or bad; just allow them to be, so the mind does not call them anything. You’re there as an innocent observer. It’s a beautiful thing; it even does something to the energy field where you are, where you’re sitting. You bring in a different frequency, but that’s a secondary thing. Don’t start thinking, “I am here to bring in a different frequency…”; just be there an alert watcher…

—Eckhart Tolle

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Posted by on January 12, 2017 in Articles

 

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Greed and Selfishness

Who is Saint Gregory?

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It is by no means enough not to steal the property of others; you are in error if you keep to yourself the wealth which God has created for all. He who does not give to others what he possesses is a murderer, a killer; when he keeps for his own use what would provide for the poor, one can say that he is slaying all those who could have lived from his plenty; when we share with those who are suffering, we do not give what belongs to us, but what belongs to them. This is not an act of pity, but the payment of a debt. — Pope Gregory the Great (6th Century)

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2016 in Quotes

 

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Alienated Addicts of Consumption

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Posted by on December 10, 2016 in Articles

 

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Our Measurement of Worth Is Barbaric

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Posted by on December 9, 2016 in Articles

 

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Transformation Begins With Self and Extends Outwards

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Posted by on December 7, 2016 in Articles

 

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Alienation and Isolation

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Posted by on December 3, 2016 in Articles

 

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Question Authority? Question EVERYTHING!

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Posted by on November 30, 2016 in Articles

 

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Famine, Affluence, and Morality

Peter Singer: “Famine, Affluence, and Morality”

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2016 in Video

 

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Your Thoughts Have Consequences

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Posted by on November 26, 2016 in Articles

 

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How do you define yourself?

How do you define yourself? An inspiring lecture from the late Alan Watts.

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Posted by on February 27, 2016 in Video

 

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Restoring Women to Cultural Memory

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“One of the devastating weaknesses of university learning, of the store of knowledge and opinion that has been handed down through academic training, has been its almost total erasure of women’s experience and thought from the curriculum… What you can learn [in college] is how men have perceived and organized their experience, their history, their ideas of social relationships, good and evil, sickness and health, etc. When you read or hear about ‘great issues,’ ‘major texts,’ ‘the mainstream of Western thought,’ you are hearing about what men, above all white men, in their male subjectivity, have decided is important.”

— Adrienne Rich

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Posted by on January 3, 2016 in Articles

 

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Who Are You?

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Posted by on August 24, 2015 in Articles

 

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Everything We Call Real Is Not Real

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“If quantum mechanics hasn’t profoundly shocked you, you haven’t understood it yet. Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real.”
– Niels Bohr, Danish Physicist

“All perceptible matter comes from a primary substance, or tenuity beyond conception, filling all space, the akasha or luminiferous ether, which is acted upon by the life giving Prana or creative force, calling into existence, in never-ending cycles all things and phenomena.”
– Nikola Tesla, Man’s Greatest Achievement, 1907

“Despite the unrivalled empirical success of quantum theory, the very suggestion that it may be literally true as a description of nature is still greeted with cynicism, incomprehension and even anger.”
– T. Folger, “Quantum Shmantum”; Discover 22:37-43, 2001

“Get over it, and accept the inarguable conclusion. The universe is immaterial — mental and spiritual.”
– R.C. Henry, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Johns Hopkins University

We are all children of the same universe.

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2015 in Articles

 

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Gratitude is a Vaccine for Suffering

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“Buddhist monks begin each day with a chant of gratitude for the blessings of their life. Native American elders begin each ceremony with grateful prayers to mother earth and father sky, to the four directions, to the animal, plant, and mineral brothers and sisters who share our earth and support our life. In Tibet, the monks and nuns even offer prayers of gratitude for the suffering they have been given: “Grant that I might have enough suffering to awaken in the deepest possible compassion and wisdom.”

~ Jack Kornfield

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2015 in Quotes

 

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The Real You (If You’re Ready For It)

“What you do is what the whole universe is doing at the place you call here and now.
You are something the whole universe is doing, in the same way that the wave is something that the whole ocean is doing.
The real you is not a puppet that life pushes around.
The real deep-down you is the whole universe.”

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Articles

 

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