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  •  Good morning, Dave! (7+ / 0-)

    Do you write every Sunday?  I am coming to love seeing your pieces pop up.  

    I have been revigorating my practice this last bit, which I appreciate. Work stress had pushed it off the front burner, which is when it is most needed

    I came across this interesting piece about the thinking of blaming, that seemed relevant to a lot of political discussion. it is about how when we blame other we inadvertently give up our ability to see and end up elevating our own egos. Seemed relevant to how you thoughts are relevant to dkos.

    Touch all that arises with a spirit of compassion

    by Mindful Nature on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 08:13:03 AM PDT

    •  Thank you; and yes the idea is to have ... (5+ / 0-)

      ... a weekly meeting place for those who find some value in having a sangha here at Daily Kos.  So yes, I've been trying to write something each Sunday; though the basic idea I think is not so much me writing as just providing a space for a sangha.

      And yes, the article you cite is very on point.

      "... ultimately no separation between you and me ... no outside or inside ... blame and elevation of oneself make no sense ..."
      Rephrasing, when we awaken to our true nature, when we awaken from the illusion of separate egoic self, our experience is that there is ultimately no separation between you and me, no outside or inside; and from the perspective of that experience, blame and elevation of oneself make no sense.

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      Love one another

      by davehouck on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 08:56:54 AM PDT

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      •  That's right (4+ / 0-)
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        Now that you say it, this notion of promoting seeing Others as being us, of advocating the lack of separation, is what I try to have motivate my politics.  Makes sense to me

        Touch all that arises with a spirit of compassion

        by Mindful Nature on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 09:12:33 AM PDT

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      •  What if... (1+ / 0-)
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        the person you blame is yourself?

        •  In my view, dharma teaches that ... (3+ / 0-)

          ... blaming yourself is not helpful.  One of the things that ego does is pat yourself on the back one moment and beat yourself up the next.  Blaming yourself does not really solve anything, but it does make life more miserable.  The practice is that when the pattern of blaming yourself arises, to meet it with compassion, with tenderness, with an open and loving heart, just as you would with anyone else who is suffering.

          When we meet what arises with compassion, with an open heart, this takes away the karmic energy, the charge, the momentum, of egoic conditioning.  Being fully present, opening the heart, returning to the breath; this practice takes the wind out of patterns that can make our life miserable.  And by practicing with these tools daily, over time these patterns will dissipate, losing their energy and momentum.  Over time, life does become much more enjoyable.

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          Love one another

          by davehouck on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 04:59:02 PM PDT

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