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This is an open thread for members of the DKos Sangha and others who are interested in discussions concerning how we integrate our progressive political activism into our spiritual practice.  If you have observations about the political discourse of the week, or about practice, or about anything else related to walking a spiritual path through the political world, if you wish to share, or if you seek support, or if you simply want to say hello, please do; this space is for you.

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The summer solstice, followed by a full moon.

We are part and parcel of the natural world, this earth, this universe.  Its rhythms are our rhythms.  To the degree that we open ourselves to this earth, we become attuned to and flow naturally with her.  When we are closed off from the natural world, when our lives have unfolded such that we are constantly involved in work and other activities that leave us disconnected from this earth, then we lose a fundamental part of who we are as human beings, and our physical, mental, and spiritual well being suffers as a result.

It can be healing to go for a walk in the woods, or to sit on the porch and look up into the night sky.  It can be healing to simply sit and breathe, letting go of thought, listening, feeling, deeply experiencing this present moment, simply being your true self, not other than this earth and this universe.

The summer solstice is an important day, a turning point, in the cycle of this earth and in the cycle of our bodies.  The days will begin to grow shorter, the place where the sun sets on the horizon will begin moving south, its high point at noon a little lower each day.  Similarly, the full moon is the zenith of the lunar cycle.  To have the high point of these two cycles as close as they are now is auspicious; it is an opportunity to feel into and align one's self with the universe.

Everything in this universe is energy; it is one vast energy field, a sea of vibration.  We are not separate from, not other than, this field.  The sun, the moon, the earth, this body, this mind, this heart, all a part of the same field.  The vibrations, the cycles, the movement, the dance, the seasons, day and night, heat and cold, growth and decay, all of these rhythms are a part of who we are.  When we are aware of them, when we flow in harmony with them, our experience, our lives, are healthier.

Go for a walk, or sit on the porch.  Breathe.  Feel deeply, within and out into the world around you.  Touch the earth.  And simply be.

Enjoy your day,


Originally posted to DKos Sangha on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 06:58 AM PDT.

Also republished by Street Prophets .

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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    Love one another

    by davehouck on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 06:58:01 AM PDT

  •  Thanks Dave (4+ / 0-)
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    Ojibwa, davehouck, 714day, Joy of Fishes

    Restarted my meditation practice again yesterday and still planning my wedding next week.  Still I haven't forgotten I owe DKS a diary!

    Thanks for your work!

    Touch all that arises with a spirit of compassion. An activist seeks to change opinion.

    by Mindful Nature on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 08:39:55 AM PDT

  •  Republished to Street Prophets. (3+ / 0-)
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    davehouck, 714day, Joy of Fishes

    Thanks for this interesting series.

    I have also sent an invitation to join Street Prophets so that you can regularly republish there as well.

  •  Hey, I just accidently found this sangha (1+ / 0-)
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    when I was browsing the recent diaries column.

    Or did I?

    Which leads me to a question: what are the sangha's thoughts concerning "coincidence"? If so, is there meaning in coincidence?

    I ask this because I just recently finished read a book by buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh.  Many of his teachings made an impression upon me.  One of his recurrent teachings (actually the Buddha's teaching) is taking refuge in the sangha.  Hanh placed importance upon relying on the sangha in developing one's personal practice.

    The thought of a sangha (which I envisioned to be a community of monks and devoted lay persons organized under a central physical location -similar to a how a parish or christian church operates) has stayed with me in a passive sort of way.  I saw this diary and it reminded me of Hanh.

    So was is it mere coincidence that I happened upon this diary or is it closer to something that Karl Jung described as "synchronicity", the experience of separate causally unrelated events observed as happening together in a meaningful way?


    •  An interesting question (0+ / 0-)

      So, who is it that notices a coincidence, and who is it that is thinking about coincidence.  These observations, these patterns, these congruences, appear and are perceived.  In what space do they appear; and who is it that perceives them.

      There is a flow of events, karma, causes and effects.  There is the flow of the tao, the unfolding of things, balance and equanimity.

      At various points along the path, there will be dharmas, tools, practices, teachings, there will be teachers and fellow travelers; at various points along the path there will be a seeing, or feeling, of something of value, something that helps you along the path.  And there will be opportunities to share, to lend support, to grow, to experience.

      There is of course no path, and no one to walk it.  There is no one separate and apart from that within which everything is made manifest.  And the only moment you will ever experience is this present moment.

      Coincidence?  How could it have been otherwise.  How could now not be now.


      Thich Nhat Hanh is a wonderful teacher, and his teachings make for a very beneficial practice.  His is a very good path.

      As I tend to draw from a variety of traditions and teachers, I have found it useful to vary the wording or meaning of the three jewels.  For instance, instead of "I take refuge in" it can be useful to "be grateful for".  Similarly, "the Buddha" can be "my teacher" or "my teachers"; "the dharma" can be "the teachings"; and "the sangha" "all those with whom I walk this path".

      I have learned much from fellow travelers along the path.  In my view, the sangha is both the great community of those who have awakened or are on the path of awakening throughout the world, and it is any group of folks who wish to share with each other, who wish to support each other.  The sangha is indeed a refuge; and I am very grateful for all those with whom I have shared this path.


      Love one another

      by davehouck on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 06:18:34 PM PDT

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